Sterling scores in injury time, City beats Southampton

first_imgMOST READ Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England—Raheem Sterling scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester City a dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, re-establishing his team’s eight-point lead.Amid wild celebrations from City players and coaching staff, manager Pep Guardiola ran onto the field, pumped his fists and jumped in delight after Sterling curled a finish into the far corner from just inside the area. The full-time whistle was blown immediately after Southampton restarted.ADVERTISEMENT On his confrontation with Redmond, Guardiola added: “(I was telling him) how good a player he is. Last season he destroyed us.”Oriol Romeu looked as if he had earned a point for Southampton in the 75th minute when he swept home from close range. That canceled out City’s opener, which came when Virgil van Dijk sliced a free kick from Kevin De Bruyne into his own net in the 47th minute.The only time City has dropped points in the league this season was a 1-1 at home to Everton in the second round of games. City remains unbeaten after 14 games and opponents might finally be working out how to compete with Guardiola’s side.Perhaps seeing how an ultra-defensive Huddersfield frustrated City, Southampton lined up with five defenders and three defensive midfielders — and the tactics worked in the first half.In fact, Southampton came closest to scoring, with Wesley Hoedt heading against the crossbar after a near-post corner was flicked on.ADVERTISEMENT It was a different story in the second half thanks to a stroke of luck two minutes after the restart. De Bruyne whipped in a low free kick from the left wing and, in attempting to smash the ball clear, Van Dijk sliced it into his own net.It meant Southampton needed to come forward more and City looked to pick them off, with Gabriel Jesus curling one shot off target and another being kept out by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.The equalizer came from a rare Southampton attack and owed much to a great touch from Sofiane Boufal. The substitute brought a high ball down at the far post, got to the byline and cut it back for Romeu to steer home.There was still time for Sterling’s last-gasp intervention and wild scenes inside Etihad Stadium.“They made it really difficult for us,” Sterling said, “but we have a feeling in the dressing room that nobody wants to drop points.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ City won a 12th straight league game — and just like against Huddersfield in a 2-1 victory on Sunday, Sterling was a late match-winner. He has 13 goals now this season, making him City’s top scorer.Sterling celebrated by running the length of the field, with his teammates chasing after him. Benjamin Mendy, out with a serious knee injury, hobbled down the touchline to join in the celebrations and attempted to take a selfie with Sterling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkA frenzied Guardiola was uncontrollable — he was told to calm down by the referee, and Guardiola then confronted Nathan Redmond as the Southampton winger walked off the field, shouting at him and patting him forcefully on the chest.“You have to enjoy these situations, you never know what will happen in the future,” Guardiola said. “We want to win the league but you have to celebrate when you score in the last breath like that.”center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona cruises to victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img 14 SUB – Wayne Rooney – N/A – Wasted time effectively in what could be his final home European appearance for the club Eric Bailly – 6 – Largely dominated his opponents in the air but was caught out by Guidetti on occasions. Stupidly got himself involved in a fracas with Roncaglia and will now miss the final against Ajax 14 Antonio Valencia – 6 – Given more freedom to attack than his opposite fullback. Had little to worry to worry about defensively, but could not provide enough quality in the final third 14 Daley Blind – 5 – Irked Mourinho with his risky style of defending on the night. Tried to play his way out of danger at the wrong time and would have been punished by a more clinical striker than Guidetti 14 14 Jesse Lingard – 5 – Rarely a threat and failed to provide the energy that Mourinho asked for. Will struggle to keep his place in the starting XI for the final in Stockholm on this evidence Sergio Romero – 7 – Pulled off a number of fine saves to deny Aspas and co. Selected again ahead of David de Gea and looks on course to get the nod for the showpiece event in Stockholm Matteo Darmian – 6 – The Italian fullback was targeted just like he was at the Emirates on the weekend. Recovered from a shaky start, but was far from convincing, as United scraped through to the final Marouane Fellaini – 7 – A night to remember for the big Belgian. Played further forward and gave United the platform to be more calm in their play after heading the hosts in front. Pressed aggressively and benefited from being played to his strengths 14 14 14 Paul Pogba – 8 – The French star has turned into something of a talisman in recent weeks. Showed great strength in the middle of the park and displayed an array of tricks and skills to wow the Old Trafford crowd 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6 – The Armenian has showed his best form in the Europa League this season, but it was his defensive duties that shone brightest on the night. Drifted inside from his wide role to congest United’s attacks at times 14 Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League final after drawing with Celta Vigo 1-1 at Old Trafford to progress 2-1 on aggregate.Marouane Fellaini’s first half header looked to have safely guided the Red Devils into the showpiece final, before Facundo Roncaglia scored in the final minutes of normal time to make for a nervy ending.But despite a late fracas involving Eric Bailly and goal scorer Roncaglia – who were both sent off – Jose Mourinho’s side held on in front of a relieved home faithful.So, how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out… Marcus Rashford – 7 – The youngster was asked to occupy a wider role when his team was out of possession – and it paid off handsomely. Produced a sensational cross for Fellaini to head United in front and caused Celta problems all night 14 14 14 SUB – Michael Carrick – 6 – Kept things relatively calm as Celta pushed for what would have been a winning goal Ander Herrera – 6 – Allowed Fellaini to threaten further forward as he largely sat back and protected the back-four. The Spaniard found it increasingly difficult to get a handle on the Celta midfield as the game progressed 14 SUB – Chris Smalling – N/A – Another defensive barrier for Celta to navigate in the dying stageslast_img read more