Brighton 3-0 Liverpool: Reds Suffer Successive Premier League Defeats, Solly March at the Double for the Seagulls

Liverpool’s wretched run continued on Saturday afternoon, as they were humbled 3-0 by Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

The home side were by far the more superior team on the day, as they caused the Reds all sorts of problems especially with the pace and trickery of Kaoru Mitoma, Pascal Gross and Ferguson.

It was no surprise when the Seagulls took the lead immediately after the restart through Solly March in the 46th minute. He was at it again in the 53rd as he grabbed his second of the afternoon, while Danny Welbeck made the points safe for Brighton late on to register his first goal of the season.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 3-0 Liverpool

81′ MIN: Substitute Danny Welbeck shows great skill to take a touch past Joe Gomez and fire in a third.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 3-0 Liverpool (D. Welbeck)

53′ MIN: It’s that man again! Solly March doubles Brighton’s advantage via a wonderful finish on the angle.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 2-0 Liverpool (S. March)

46′ MIN: Solly March puts Brighton in front after a square ball from Kaoru Mitoma.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 1-0 Liverpool (S. March)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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

The Reds are without striker Darwin Nunez due to injury, though new winter arrival Cody Gakpo starts alongside Egyptian forward Mo Salah.

The home side are without Belgium international Leandro Trossard, following an incident with manager Roberto de Zerbi. Japanese star Kaoru Mitoma, Pascal Gross and Moises Caicedo are in the XI.

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City: Fernandes and Rashford give Red Devils Comeback Victory, Grealish on target for the Cityzens

Manchester United earned the bragging rights in the 189th edition of the Manchester Derby, following a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off fixture.

It was a cagey affair in the opening period with City dominating possession, though the Red Devils had the better chances.

The deadlock was broken in the second half when substitute Jack Grealish headed Manchester City in front but the home side turned it around within the space of four minutes as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both found the back of the net in the 78th and 82nd minute respectively as Erik ten Hag’s side earned their eighth successive win on the trot.

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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

82′ MIN: What a turnaround! Marcus Rashford continues his red-hot form, converting from Alejandro Garnacho’s cross.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City (M. Rashford)

78′ MIN: The hosts are level as Bruno Fernandes tucks it away nicely past Ederson.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-1 Manchester City (B. Fernandes)

60′ MIN: A perfect lofted pass from Kevin De Bruyne finds Jack Grealish, who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the roof of the net. His effort was both strong and precise, and David de Gea had no chance of stopping that.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City (J. Grealish)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

The Cityzens have in their line-up Erling Haaland and Phil Foden – who both netted a hat-trick each in the reverse fixture last year. Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake are in defence while Riyad Mahrez will be in attack.

Injury to Diogo Dalot sees Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane on defensive duties in a back-four. Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Fred shall be in the middle, while Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will lead the frontline.

OFFICIAL: Manchester United Announce LOAN Signing of Wout Weghorst

Premier League giants Manchester United have confirmed that striker Wout Weghorst has joined the club on loan from Championship side Burnley until the end of the 2022/2023 season.

The Dutch hitman had been on loan at Turkish Super Lig outfit Besiktas this season, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 18 appearances. He will link up with manager Erik ten Hag and his fellow Red Devils teammates as they challenge for silverware and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Prior to now, he has made 414 club appearances in leagues across the Netherlands, Germany, England and Turkey, netting 172 goals.

He has also featured 19 times for the Dutch national team, scoring five goals, including two at the just-concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar last December.

Weghorst revealed: “I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United. I’ve played against the club in the past and it’s a fantastic feeling to now have the chance to pull on the famous red shirt. I’ve seen United’s progress under Erik ten Hag this season and can’t wait to start playing my part in pushing the team towards its aims. Whatever happens in the next few months, I can promise to give everything to the club for as long as I am here. I thank everyone who has played a part in getting me to this stage, and now I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting involved straight away.”

Manchester United football director, John Murtough revealed: ”Wout has a consistent goalscoring record across several European leagues, and his attributes will add a further dimension to our squad for the remainder of the season. We were also attracted by his strong personality and dedicated approach to football, which fits perfectly with the spirit that Erik is building within our squad. He has shown a huge desire to join Manchester United and be part of what we’re striving to achieve this season.”

Manchester United paid nearly €3 million euros as compensation to Besiktas, before his contract could be terminated.

BREAKING: Benjamin Mendy found NOT GUILTY of six counts of rape as prosecutors seek retrial

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

The Premier League star, 28, was cleared of sex attacks on four women following a six-month trial at Chester Crown Court.

But jurors could not reach verdicts on one count of rape and one of attempted rape. Mendy will face a retrial on those counts on June 26.

The France international footballer – a £52million signing for Man City in 2017 – had been on trial alongside friend Louis Saha Matturie at Chester Crown Court since August 10.

Saha Matturie, 41, Mendy’s co-accused and alleged ‘fixer’ was found not guilty by the jury of three counts of rape relating to two teenagers.

Jurors also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against him by five other women.

Mendy, sitting in the dock at Chester Crown Court, covered his face with both hands, gently rocking back and forth, as the jury foreman, delivering the verdicts in a hushed courtroom, repeated “not guilty” to six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, relating to four young women or teenagers.

The unanimous verdicts were delivered on Wednesday by the seven men and four women on the jury, one juror having been discharged earlier for medical reasons.

But jurors could not reach verdicts on one count of rape and one of attempted rape. Mendy will face a retrial on those counts on June 26.

The France international footballer – a £52million signing for Man City in 2017 – had been on trial alongside friend Louis Saha Matturie at Chester Crown Court since August 10.

Saha Matturie, 41, Mendy’s co-accused and alleged ‘fixer’ was found not guilty by the jury of three counts of rape relating to two teenagers.

Jurors also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against him by five other women.

Mendy, sitting in the dock at Chester Crown Court, covered his face with both hands, gently rocking back and forth, as the jury foreman, delivering the verdicts in a hushed courtroom, repeated “not guilty” to six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, relating to four young women or teenagers.

The unanimous verdicts were delivered on Wednesday by the seven men and four women on the jury, one juror having been discharged earlier for medical reasons.

Fulham 2-1 Chelsea: Willian scores against former club, Koulibaly nets for the Blues as Felix sees Red on Debut

Fulham registered their fourth consecutive Premier League win on the trot, after beating fellow London outfit Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage to pile more misery on the visitors.

Former Blue Willian netted against his old employers, though Kalidou Koulibaly restored parity for Graham Potter’s men before Vinicius made the points safe with a header off Andreas Perreira’s corner in the 73rd minute.

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FULL-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea

73′ MIN: Fulham retake the lead as Craven Cottage erupts! Carlos Vinicius leaps high to steer a header into the far corner from Andreas Pereira’s cross.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 2-1 Chelsea (Vinicius)

58′ MIN: New winter loan signing Joao Felix receives his marching orders, as his boot was deemed too high by the center referee following his foul on Tete.

RED CARD!!! To Chelsea

47′ MIN: Kalidou Koulibaly scores the rebound from Mason Mount’s free-kick.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 1-1 Chelsea (K. Koulibaly)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

HALF-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

25′ MIN: Fulham open the scoring through former Chelsea winger Willian. The Brazilian cuts inside from the left, and his shot flies into the bottom corner via a deflection off Trevoh Chalobah.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 1-0 Chelsea (Willian)

KICK-OFF AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham vs Chelsea

Real Betis (2) 2-2 (4) FC Barcelona: Catalans require penalties to set up Classico Final in the Spanish Super Cup, Lewandowski & Fati on Song

FC Barcelona powered to the Final of the Spanish Super Cup, after defeating Real Betis 4-2 via penalties at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

Robert Lewandowski and Ansu Fati scored for the Catalans but they were pegged back each time by Real Betis through Nabir Fekir and Loren Moron both in regulation time and in extra time.

Like Real Madrid, Barcelona also needed the lottery of spot-kicks to scale through and will face their arch rivals in a scintillating Final on Sunday

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FULL-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona

118′ MIN: Carlos Del Cerro blows his whistle and Andres Guardado (Betis) is shown a second yellow card for his foul. His manager will not be pleased. He has lot of time to think about it as he walks off.

RED CARD!!! To Real Betis

SECOND HALF IN EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 Chelsea

HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona

101′ MIN: Loren Moron latches onto the ball inside the box and scores a fantastic back-heel goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 2-2 FC Barcelona (L. Moron)

93′ MIN: Ansu Fati gets to the ball on the edge of the box and fires in a first-time shot without any hesitation. The strike is excellent and goes straight into the bottom right corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 1-2 FC Barcelona (A. Fati)

FIRST HALF EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM

END OF REGULATION TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 1-1 FC Barcelona

77′ MIN: Nabil Fekir levels for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Fekir receives a precise pass inside the box from Luiz Henrique and he beats the goalkeeper with a neat finish into the bottom right corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 1-1 FC Barcelona (N. Fekir)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona

HALF-TIME AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona

40′ MIN: Robert Lewandowski fires the rebound inside the right post after the ball breaks to him in the box.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Betis 0-1 FC Barcelona (R. Lewandowski)

KICK-OFF AT THE KING FAHD STADIUM: Real Betis 0-0 FC Barcelona

Southampton 2-0 Man City: Saints eliminate Haaland and co from the Carabao Cup, Djenepo, Mara on target >>>

In one of the biggest surprise this week, Manchester City were eliminated from the Carabao Cup after they lost 2-0 to Southampton at St. Marys.

It only took 23 minutes of first half football for Southampton to go ahead with a delightful goal by Sekou Mara. Moussa Djenepo then doubled the lead 5 minutes later to stun the visitors. The Saints held the lead through to half-time.

Pep Guardiola responded by hurling the quartet of Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Manuel Akanji and Rodri. But to the suprise of all, Manchester City could not score a goal. The Saints not only beat them to go through to the semi-finals but they made sure they kept a clean sheet in the process.

Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic: Antony and Rashford secure Red Devils Qualification into the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup

Manchester United are through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup/League Cup (Carabao Cup), after defeating Charlton Athletic 3-0 in their Quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.

As expected, United dominated proceedings and duly took the lead when Antony curled his effort outside of the box for his fifth goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Manager Erik ten Hag later subbed in some of his big players in the second half and that paid off as Marcus Rashford netted a brace in the 90th and 93rd minutes to see out the resistance of the visitors.

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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic

90+3′ MIN: Marcus Rashford nets again to put gloss on the scoreline.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic (M. Rashford)

90′ MIN: A lightning counter attack sees Marcus Rashford finish off a sweet through pass from Pellistri.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Charlton Athletic (M. Rashford)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic

21′ MIN: Antony cuts inside and curls into the top-left corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic (Antony)

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Charlton Athletic

The Addicks Starting XI set to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Red Devils gaffer Erik ten Hag has made several changes to his line-up, different from the side that defeated Everton in the FA Cup last time out. Argentina defender and World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez starts his first game of the year, skipper Harry Maguire is in the XI. Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga and Antony will lead the frontline while youngster Mainoo is set to make his debut for the club.

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Reach Verbal AGREEMENT to Sign Joao Felix on Loan from Atletico Madrid (Multiple Reports)

West London giants Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to sign Portugal international Joao Felix on loan from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

A deal has not been signed yet but the Premier League side are expected to pay a fee of around €11m (£9.68m) for the 23 year-old, which is below what the Rojiblancos initially wanted.

There have been interest from Premier League sides such as Manchester United and Arsenal, but Felix has opted for Chelsea, as he been attracted and impressed by their project.

Felix will become the latest recruit to come in at Stamford Bridge, reports have it that more winter signings are set to come in through the door.

BREAKING: Gareth Bale RETIRES from Professional Football

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspurs attacker Gareth Bale has confirmed his retirement from professional football, as he bids farewell to the sport.

The 33 Welshman who led his country to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar for the first time in 64 years, had said he would continue to play for Wales for “as long as I’m wanted” but the 3-0 defeat at the hands of England in their last group match which sealed their World Cup elimination, means he has played his final game for his country.

The legendary Welsh forward, who won five Champions League titles with Real Madrid, announced via social media his immediate retirement: “After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football,”

Bale’s sudden retirement means he will not return for international duty when the Cymru begin Euro 2024 qualifying campaign in March.