Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad: Reigning Champions FALTER at the Bernabeu, TRAIL Leaders Barca by Five Points

Defending La Liga champions Real Madrid were held to a frustrating goalless draw by visiting Real Sociedad at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, as their title charge suffered a blip.

Nothing could separate both sides after 90 minutes of action, though Vinicius Jr’s close effort in the first half went narrowly wide. Los Blancos still sit second on the standings but are now five points behind table-toppers FC Barcelona, while Real Sociedad remain in third position.

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FULL-TIME AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

HALF-TIME AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

KICK-OFF AT THE ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

Brighton 2-1 Liverpool: Holders KNOCKED OUT of the FA Cup as Seagulls earn Comeback Win, Elliott’s Strike Wiped Out by Dunk & Mitoma

Defending champions Liverpool have been bundled out of the English FA Cup, following a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in their fourth-round encounter which went down at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Harvey Elliott’s strike in the 30th minute gave Liverpool the lead albeit for a short while, as Tariq Lamptey’s effort deflected off Lewis Dunk to hand the hosts a deserved equalizer.

Kaoru Mitoma then struck late on to give Brighton a deserved victory and a place in the fifth round of the competition.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 2-1 Liverpool (K. Mitoma)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

39′ MIN: The Seagulls are level as Tariq Lamptey’s shot deflects off of Lewis Dunk and finds the net!

GOOOAAALLL: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool (L. Dunk)

30′ MIN: Naby Keita plays the ball to Mo Salah, who finds Harvey inside the area and places the ball past Steele.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (H. Elliott)

KICK-OFF AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal: Nathan Ake fires the Cityzens into the FA Cup Fifth Round

Manchester City advanced into the fifth round of the English FA Cup, following a slim 1-0 win over visiting Arsenal in their fourth-round encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

The only goal of the tie came through Dutch defender Nathan Ake in the 65th minute, after the opening period had finished goalless. Arsenal’s ouster from the FA Cup means they now have the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League to fight for in terms of winning a trophy this season.

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FULL-TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

65′ MIN: Julian Alvarez crashed a shot against the post from range, the ball fell to Grealish, who played it back into the path of Nathan Ake to coolly slot home with his right foot!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal (N. Ake)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

HALF-TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

KICK-OFF AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

Real Madrid 3-1 Atletico Madrid: Benzema scores in extra time to send Los Blancos to Copa del Rey Semi-finals >>>

Real Madrid are through to the Semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after defeating Atletico Madrid 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Los Blancos were behind after only 19 minutes of play when a beautiful passage of play led to Alvaro Morata netting a goal for Atletico. All seemed gloomy for Ancelotti’s men until super sub Rodrygo came to the rescue with a Puskas level goal that dragged the tie to extra time.

Benzema and Vinicius put the game beyond Atletico at extra time to make sure Los Blancos secured a spot in the semi-finals.

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Half-time

Goal! Real Madrid 2-1 Atletico

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Atletico Madrid 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Extra time

This match will play 30 more minutes to decide a winner. If there’s still nothing between the sides, then we go to a penalty shootout! Surprisingly, Diego Simeone has withdrawn Antoine Griezmann as we start extra time, with Pablo Barrios introduced.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Atletico Madrid 1.

Goal! Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico

THAT’S A STUNNER FROM RODRYGO! SIMPLY SENSATIONAL! THAT’S A PUSKAS CONTENDER! The Real Madrid substitute dances around three Atletico Madrid defenders with dizzying skill, before poking past Jan Oblak with the outside of his foot. An utterly stunning, glittering, exceptional goal to equalise the match!

Second half

At this point, nothing from Carlo Ancelotti off the bench as he sticks with the starting lineup (minus the one forced change just before the break). That’s a surprise, but he can’t have a long leash for the players struggling to this point.

Half-time

A feisty and physical first half comes to a close and the visitors are comfortably on top. It’s been a really rough first 45 minutes for Real Madrid, who were utterly disjointed in the attack and scattered at the back. The loss of Ferland Mendy deepens the injury crisis and forces the side to slot players in at awkward positions.

Atletico Madrid seem quite comfortable with their one-goal lead, and are in control of the match for the most part. They venture forward in moments, attacking wide areas, but are happy to absorb pressure in phases.

The right flank for Real Madrid has been awful, and Fede Valverde’s poor form is a big part of that. It’s possible Carlo Ancelotti could make a halftime change.

Goal! Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid

The goalless streak at the Bernabeu is snapped and the visitors are in front! It’s started by a brilliant ball over the top of the Real Madrid back line by Koke, coming to Nahuel Molina. He cuts it across to Alvaro Morata for the easy finish, and Atleti take the early lead. It’s yet another example of poor Madrid defending, as Eder Militao let Morata run free and the original run from Molina wasn’t spotted at the far post.

Kick Off!

Here we go!

Starting XI

Well, we have our answer. With the Copa del Rey, Ancelotti has afforded Modric and Kroos the chance to regain their form, with Ceballos sat. It’s likely that a stinker from either would see Ceballos back into the lineup for Sunday against Real Sociedad.

Just like today’s opponent, Diego Simeone also had questions in midfield. He goes with Koke and Rodrigo de Paul at the anchor, with Geoffrey Kondogbia and Axel Witsel sat on the bench again. Antoine Griezmann will sit behind Alvaro Morata, with Memphis Depay and Yannick Carrasco benched.

Nottingham Forest 0-3 Man Utd: Rashford Continues Scoring Run as Weghorst grabs maiden Red Devils goal, FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Dembele Punishes Ten-Man Visitors

Manchester United took a giant step into reaching the Final of the EFL Cup, following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over hosts Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

Marcus Rashford struck early in the sixth minute to put the Red Devils in front. Sam Surridge thought he had levelled for the hosts, only to see his effort cancelled for offside by the VAR. New winter arrival Wout Weghorst grabbed his first goal in three appearances for United on the stroke of half-time, while Bruno Fernandes added a third late on in the second half to help manager Erik ten Hag’s side firmly poised to reach the showpiece finale at Wembley next month.

In our second simultaneous fixture of the evening, FC Barcelona saw off the challenge of Real Sociedad 1-0 in their Spanish Copa del Rey quarter-final tie at the Spotify Camp Nou. Ousmane Dembele scored the all-important goal in the 52nd minute to send the Blaugrana through to the semi-finals of the competition.

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FULL-TIME AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad

FULL-TIME AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-3 Manchester United

87′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes puts the icing on the cake for the Red Devils. Game, Set, Match!!!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-3 Manchester United (B. Fernandes)

52′ MIN: Ousmane Dembele breaks the deadlock to give the Catalans the lead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (O. Dembele)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United

HALF-TIME AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad

HALF-TIME AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United

45′ MIN: Wout Weghorst is in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifles the ball into the top of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United (W. Weghorst)

41′ MIN: The visitors are down to ten men, as Brais Mendez receives his marching orders.

RED CARD!!! To Real Sociedad

6′ MIN: Marcus Rashford finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. Wayne Hennessey is just a bystander as the ball flies into the left side of the goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-1 Manchester United (M. Rashford)

KICK-OFF AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad

KICK-OFF AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Manchester United

The Starting line-ups for FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie.

The Starting XI for both teams ahead of their EFL Cup Semi-finals (first leg).

BREAKING: Frank Lampard SACKED by Everton after Loss to West Ham United

Everton Football Club have parted ways with manager Frank Lampard, following a run of poor results.

The Toffees went down 2-0 away to West Ham United at the London Stadium – courtesy of a Jarrod Bowen’s brace, which saw the Merseyside outfit record a eighth defeat in nine games further increasing the pressure on Lampard. Their terrible run sees the club rooted in the relegation zone (19th place) on the Premier League standings and only above Southampton on goal difference.

Furthermore, Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri who was present to watch the game, left London without speaking to Lampard and subsequently failed to offer his backing for the under-fire gaffer. When asked about Lampard’s future, he replied in cryptic fashion: “I can’t comment, it is not my decision.”

Chairman Bill Kenwright was also asked about Lampard’s future, though he revealed: “It has been a bad run of results for us all and for Frank but I would never say that to you, ever. We have to start winning haven’t we. Bad time.”

Lampard leaves the role just under a year at the helm and having won twelve out of his 44 matches in charge. The loss to West Ham United leaves the Toffees two points adrift of safety, having accrued just 15 points from 20 league games this season.

It is not yet clear who will assume the managerial role at Goodison Park following Lampard’s exit, though club legend Leighton Baines, who is in charge of the Under-18s, and Under-21 head coach Paul Tait are in line to oversee the day-to-day matters.

Whoever comes in would have to contend with two massively difficult fixtures for the Toffees – with Arsenal and Liverpool next on their schedule in the Premier League.

Arsenal 3-2 Man United: Gunners leave it late to stun Red Devils in 5-goal thriller at the Emirates, Nketiah bags brace, Saka with a screamer >>>

Arsenal have extended their lead on the Premier League table by defeating Manchester United 3-2 at the Emirates in a 5-goal thriller.

Manchester United are the only team to have defeated Arsenal this season but they could not repeat that feat when they met in North London. Marcus Rashford put United in front but it was cancelled out by Eddie Nketiah.

Bukayo Saka put the Gunners in front with a screamer but Lisandro Martinez was on hand to equalise. Edward Nketiah sealed the deal at the death with a flick into the net past De Gea.

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Goal! Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United

Odegaard finds Nketiah in the box with a deft touch for the Arsenal striker to score in the last minute!

Goal! Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United

Ramsdale spills a corner right onto Martinez’s head and the Argentine bundles in from close range.

Goal! Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United

Saka with a lovely strike from way outside the box. Creates his own space by skipping inside before unleashing past De Gea.

Second half

Tomiyasu on for Ben White at the break.

Half-time

Rashford and Nketiah with the goals, though it’d be brave to bet against there being more to come.

Goal! Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Nketiah nods in at the far post after Odegaard’s stunning delivery.

Goal! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United

Rashford gives United the lead will a BRILLIANT drive and finish. Stunning.

Kick Off!

…and so it begins!

Starting XI

Erik ten Hag has backed his Manchester United side to cope without star midfielder Casemiro for their trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

Casemiro is out of the game at Emirates Stadium after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season during United’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Ten Hag is remaining upbeat ahead of the match with Arsenal, though, taking heart from United’s win over the Gunners back in September.

Man City 3-0 Wolves: Haaland flying towards the Golden Boot as he bags 4th Premier League hattrick >>>

Erling Haaland bagged his fourth hattrick of the Premier League as Manchester City defeated Wolves by 3-0.

The Norwegian forward consolidated his position for the Premier League Golden Boot with an outstanding performance that saw him outscore the highest goal scorer from the previous season.

Haaland opened the scoring in the 40th minute after connecting a sumptuous cross from Kevin De Bruyne. He then converted a penalty in the 50th minute before completing his hattrick four minutes later.

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Goal! Manchester City 3-0 Wolves

Dreadful from Wolves as they give it away in their own final third. Mahrez squares it round Sa for Haaland and he beats the man on the line with an accurate finish.

Goal! Manchester City 2-0 Wolves

Gundogan goes down under pressure from Neves and David Coote points to the spot! Haaland steps up and buries his second goal of the day!

Second half

The second half begins at the Etihad. New signing Sarabia, Cunha and Moutinho come on for Wolves as Traore, Jimenez and Hwang are replaced. Guardiola brings Ake on for Lewis.

Half-time

Haaland’s goal the difference with Wolves offering nothing in reply. Now on 23 goals for the season, Erling Haaland has as many Premier League goals before the end of January as last season’s Golden Boot winners got all year!

Goal! Manchester City 1-0 Wolves

De Bruyne with the assist and Erling Haaland with the GOAL!!!

Kick Off

…and we are off!

Starting XI

Nathan Ake and Julian Alvarez are replaced by Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne in the City XI. That means Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo remain on what is a pretty strong bench.

Five changes from Julen Lopetegui as January arrival Mario Lemina starts in favour of Joao Moutinho. Max Kilman and Nelson Semedo take up their usual spots at the back at Toti and Dexter Lembikisa drop out.

Matheus Nunes and Hwang Hee-chan also start as recent signings Matheus Cunha and Pablo Sarabia make the bench.

Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea: Klopp’s 1,000th Managerial Game ends in a Stalemate, Mudryk makes Debut for the Blues

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s 1,000th managerial game ended in a stalemate, as the Reds played out a goalless draw with visiting Chelsea at Anfield in a Premier League Matchday 21 fixture.

Chelsea had the ball in the net in the third minute through German international Kai Havertz, but a VAR check saw his effort chalked off for offside.

New signing Mykhailo Mudryk made his debut for the Blues in the second half. His entry created some spark going forward for Chelsea, though the scores stayed the same. Both teams still occupy the ninth and tenth position on the PL standings respectively with 29 points.

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FULL-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

HALF-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

KICK-OFF AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

OFFICIAL: Arsenal sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton in £27m deal

 League leaders Arsenal have announced the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton in a deal worth £27m (£20m up front + £7m in add-ons)

The 28-year-old Belgium international has signed a contract with the Gunners until 2027 with a 12 month option.

Trossard has scored 25 and assisted with 13 goals from Brighton since joining in 2019. Arsenal win hope the winger can continue creating goals as they push for their first Premier League title since 2004.

No fee has been confirmed yet but we do know his shirt number: 19.