Premier League: Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbies

first_imgOn what was a dramatic derby day in the Premier League, Arsenal and Liverpool came out triumphants as their home grounds, Emirates Stadium and the Anfield, respectively, broke into a tizzy.While Arsenal registered a thrilling 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur to take the fourth place in the Premier League, Liverpool stayed within two points of leaders Manchester City with a very late and crucial 1-0 victory against Everton.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace for Arsenal in an epic north London battle to become the league’s top scorer, Liverpool had an unlikely hero in Origi.Chelsea, 2-0 winners over Fulham in the day’s other London derby at Stamford Bridge, put the Blues third in the table on 31 points after 14 games, five behind second-placed Liverpool and seven adrift of City.Arsenal have 30 points, ahead of Spurs on goal difference.If matches were to finish at halftime this season, Arsenal would sit 19th but once again, their final 45 minutes turned a match on its head, as they came from 2-1 down at the break to get the better of Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal an early lead from the penalty spot, before Spurs rallied with goals from Eric Dier and a Harry Kane penalty giving them the advantage before the break.However, three goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang again — with his 10th in the league this season, two more than any other player — and Lucas Torreira extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions under Unai Emery.advertisement Arsenal’s massive second half display earned them a win over Tottenham Hotspur. (Reuters Photo)”It is a very big victory we showed our supporters and we gave them the victory because it is a very special match against Tottenham. For us, it is special also,” Emery said.”We need to continue our process, creating our way. I want to do more.”Looking for only their second win over their north London rivals in nine league matches, Arsenal, without Mesut Ozil in their squad, started at a blistering pace, and were soon in front.Jan Vertonghen’s handball in the penalty area gifted Aubameyang the opportunity to score from the spot but Spurs levelled through Dier — a goal which sparked angry scenes on the touchline, as Spurs’ players clashed with Arsenal’s substitutes.Kane became the joint-top goalscorer in north London league derbies in the Premier League era with eight before Aubameyang levelled the match once more with a strike of real quality.Substitute Lacazette’s deflected effort put Arsenal in front once more, before Torreira’s first goal for the Gunners almost lifted the roof off the Emirates.Vertonghen’s late dismissal after a clumsy foul earned him a second yellow card completed Spurs’ miserable afternoon.EVERTON RUE PICKFORD BLUNDER It was Jordan Pickford’s last minute gaffe that gifted the win to Liverpool. (Reuters Photo)Everton, without a win at Anfield in the Merseyside derby since 1999, looked to have done enough to earn a 0-0 stalemate, but Jordan Pickford’s error allowed Origi in to score his first Liverpool goal since May 2017 to snatch all three points.In two minds when a mistimed Virgil van Dijk hoof from distance looped towards him, the England international only succeeded in patting the ball down onto his own bar before seeing it fall kindly for Origi to nod home.”The goal was lucky, of course, but our idea was clear: we wanted to win until the last second,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who rushed on to the pitch to celebrate the winner, only to apologise for his actions later.”We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on. It was a long and open game. I think we deserved the three points.”Earlier, Chelsea looked nervous, having suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season the previous weekend against Spurs, and after Pedro put Chelsea in front in just the fourth minute, they struggled to put the game to bed.It took until the 82nd minute, and a fine finish from substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek, for Chelsea to kill of any hope of a visitors’ fightback on Claudio Ranieri’s return to Stamford Bridge as Fulham manager.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Premier League: Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gesturelast_img read more

Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeat

first_img3rd T20I Brief Scores: New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardRohit Sharma was left disappointed after India suffered a narrow defeat in the third and final Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Chasing 213 for a victory, India suffered a 4-run defeat in the third and final T20I against New Zealand.New Zealand won the three-match series 2-1. India had won the five-match ODI series 4-1.”Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation ceremony.Vijay Shankar top scored for India with 43 while skipper Rohit Sharma scored 38 as India managed 208 for 6 from their 20 overs. Rishabh Pant (28) and Hardik Pandya (21) also made important contributions before Dinesh Karthik (33 not out) and Krunal Pandya (26 not out) stitched an unbroken 63-run stand for the 7th wicket.However, that was not enough to take India home.”Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there’s a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that,” Rohit said.India will next face Australia in a limited-overs series at home later this month. India and Australia will play 2 T20Is and five one day internationals starting March 24.advertisementAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20Ilast_img read more