EPL: Newcastle Returns to Winning Way, Beats Man Utd 1-0

first_imgNewcastle yesterday won a Premier League home game for the first time since October with a surprise victory over second-placed Manchester United. It was same night Liverpool moved to within two points of of Mourinho side after goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a comfortable victory over struggling Southampton.Matt Ritchie scored the only goal in the second half as the Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone and left the visitors 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.The Red Devils missed a string of chances to take something from a ground at which manager Jose Mourinho is yet to win a league match.But debutant Martin Dubravka was excellent in the Newcastle goal, denying Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick.And the hosts could have had a first-half penalty when Chris Smalling tripped Dwight Gayle.Defeat for Manchester United raises the prospect of Manchester City being crowned champions when the teams meet at Etihad Stadium on 7 April.Should both teams win all of their league matches prior to that, City would only need to draw with their fierce rivals to secure the title that day.Mourinho said after the game that Newcastle had fought “like animals” – and the hosts certainly produced a fierce and committed performance.The Magpies made more sprints (553 to their opponents’ 490), ran further (115km to 105km), and in DeAndre Yedlin and Ritchie had the game’s fastest and most industrious players.Manager Rafael Benitez may be hoping recent signing Islam Slimani, who missed this game, can add more to an attack that only managed three shots on target, but Ritchie was clinical when it mattered. The impressive Jonjo Shelvey sent in a free-kick that the equally eye-catching Florian Lejeune headed down, and Ritchie collected Gayle’s flick to shoot past David de Gea.That ended a run of 43 shots without a Premier League goal for Ritchie – and gave Newcastle their first home win in the league since 21 October.Prior to the match they were just one point better off than in their 2015-16 relegation season, but this win moved them up to 13th – and only three points behind 10th-placed Bournemouth.Mourinho’s decision to select the same starting XI that lost convincingly to top-four rivals Tottenham last month may have unsettled some visiting fans.But, while the Red Devils were much better here than during an abject display at Wembley, some familiar flaws resurfaced.Then, Phil Jones missed a crucial first header in the build-up to Christian Eriksen’s early goal. Here, nobody tracked Lejeune as he ran between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba to head down for Ritchie to score.Smalling won just 53% of his headed duels, compared to 77% and 75% respectively for Newcastle’s central-defensive pairing of Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles.It suggests a defensive diffidence at odds with a manager who traditionally builds title-winning teams from the back.Overall, the visitors had the better chances but were thwarted by Dubravka, who notably stuck out a leg to deny Martial as he latched onto a wonderful, defence-splitting pass from Nemanja Matic in the first half.Had that chance – or a header from the French forward – gone in, there may well have been a different outcome.Instead, with Spurs and Liverpool increasing the pressure on them, Mourinho’s side must assert more aerial dominance and show better focus at the back.In the Liverpool match, Brazil forward Firmino gave his side an early lead with his 20th goal of the season when he finished off a Liverpool counter-attack after being teed up Salah.Southampton then twice brought saves out of Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius, before Liverpool added a second through Salah after he exchanged passes with Firmino.It was the Egypt international’s 29th goal of the season for the club from 36 appearances in all competitions.Liverpool looked the more likely to score again after half-time as they controlled possession, and only some last-ditch defending prevented a greater margin of victory.The win ensured Liverpool took advantage of United’s 1-0 defeat by Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle side earlier on Sunday and leapfrogged Tottenham back into third place.Southampton drop into the relegation zone, a point behind Huddersfield who beat Bournemouth 4-1, with further scrutiny of the position of manager Mauricio Pellegrino likely. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaican official: Usain Bolt tests positive for virus

first_imgLast Updated: 25th August, 2020 22:22 IST Jamaican Official: Usain Bolt Tests Positive For Virus Jamaica’s Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. LIVE TV Jamaica’s Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Christopher Tufton said Bolt was aware of the results and his recent contacts were being traced.”It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified; I’m told by the authorities,” Tufton told reporters Monday evening. “It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing.”Bolt said on social media earlier on Monday he was awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and was quarantining himself as a precaution.The 34-year-old retired sprinter who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last three Olympics posted a video on social media to explain the situation.”Good morning everybody. Just waking up. Like everybody, checked social media and saw that social media says I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test Saturday, because I work. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”Bolt, who appeared to be laying in bed in the video, said he has no symptoms.”Just to be safe, I’ll quarantine myself and just take it easy,” he said.Jamaica has had fewer than 1,700 cases, a relatively low number in a country of nearly 3 million.On the track, Bolt was known for his poses — his “Lighting Bolt” became iconic — and of course his post-race celebrations. His speed and charisma made his sport can’t-miss viewing whenever he lined up in the blocks.Bolt set the world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. He retired after worlds in 2017. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 25th August, 2020 22:21 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img Written By COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVElast_img read more