Brighton and Hove Albion assured themselves of a spot in the 2018/19 Premier League season after Pascal Gross’ second half goal gave them victory over Manchester United at the American Express Stadium.
Gross has been as integral to Brighton this season as Mo Salah has been to Liverpool’s and it was his header, awarded despite the best efforts of Marcos Rojo on the line, that separated the two teams at the final whistle. It was also Brighton’s first win in seven games at home and confirmed their top flight status for another season.
For United it was a disappointing performances with the likes of Rashford and Martial well below par despite starting this game. It didn’t feel like they were playing for the right to be in a Cup final side- there was one fantastic chance in the first half when all Rashford had to do was to square it to the unmarked Martial, but the youngster chose to go for glory himself and Albion were able to shut him down. David de Gea also made a fantastic save from a speculative Glen Murray effort.
Goals from Demarai Gray and Jake Clarke-Salter helped England U21 down their Romanian counterparts at Molineux. With Dominic Solanke taking a knock, manager Aidy Boothroyd chosen to give Birmingham born Gray the armband as a tribute to Cyrille Regis, the legendary striker in whose honour the game was held.
England took the lead through Gray’s 8th minute effort and doubled their advantage seventeen minutes from time when Jake Clarke-Salter nodded home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.
Romania, who had Gheorghe Hagi’s son Ianis in their lineup, pulled one back through Valentin Costache after an error from England keeper Dean Henderson. The visitors pushed for an equaliser but the home side held on to take the Cyrille Regis International 2-1.
England will now take on Ukraine in a Euro 2019 qualifier at Bramall Lane on Tuesday
Goals from James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic saw Crystal Palace end their seven game winless run as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The win saw Palace move out of the bottom three and leapfrog Southampton and West Ham to within a point of Huddersfield, the Premier League newbies who might now find themselves in a relegation fight.
Palace look a different team with Wilfried Zaha on the pitch and the Ivorian was again influential in this victory over the Terriers. It was he who earned the corner that resulted in Palace’s first goal. Milivojevic’s delivery into the box saw Jonas Lossl save James Tomkins’ first time effort, but the Dane was powerless to stop the defender from slotting in the rebound.
Town had a good chance to equalise when Mamadou Sakho lost possession in a dangerous position, but the former Liverpool defender recovered to make a last ditch tackle on Steve Mounie.
Tomkins nearly scored from a corner in the second half as well, but Mounie’s goalline clearance denied him a brace. However Palace did get their second when Jorgensen clumsily brought down Milivojevic in the box, and the Serb got up to send Lossl the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Not only was it three points for Palace, but it was also a rare clean sheet for Roy Hodgson’s men.
Huddersfield Town 0 lost to Crystal Palace 2 (Tomkins, Milivojevic pen)
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West Brom suffered their eight straight defeat across all competitions as late goals from Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas saw Alan Pardew’s side go down 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium to Bournemouth.
Albion were hurt by Jonny Evans having to go off towards the end of the game, and Bournemouth came from 1-0 behind to triumph 2-1- their first win in five. The result saw the Cherries move to 10th in the table and pushed Albion closer to the drop- the Baggies are now 10 points adrift of safety with seven to play.
After first half claims for penalties at both ends were dismissed by referee Graham Scott, it was Albion who took the lead. Kieran Gibbs’ cross from the left was headed down in the box by Salomon Rondon into the path of Jay Rodriguez, who produced a cool finish from close range.
The visitors clung on to their lead for nearly half an hour before Ibe’s long range strike caught Ben Foster unawares and saw Bournemouth equaliser. Twelve minutes later, Foster was again beaten from a near identical position, this time at the near post, by Junior Stanislas’ superb free kick.
Albion could’ve taken a point but for the brilliance of Charlie Daniels, who produced a superb goalline clearance to deny Matt Phillips deep into second half stoppage time.
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The Croatian Football Federation have announced their roster for the upcoming friendlies vs Peru and Mexico. The Croatians will take on Peru in Miami, Florida on 23 March followed by a clash four days later in Arington, Texas against Mexico (March 27)
The only players plying their trade domestically in the squad are goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), defenders Marin Leovac (Rijeka) and Zoran Nizic (Hajduk) and midfielder Filipe Bradic (also Rijeka). The only England based player called up is Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren Continue reading