Moon Soccer – Weekend Soccer Round-Up – Premier League & Championship

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Moon Soccer 13

Moon Soccer 13 Weekend Soccerround – Premier League & Championship

Premier League Everton took all three points in an impressive second half display against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. Three goals after the break from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ouma Niasse and Tom Davies sealed a 3-1 win. Leicester City were hammered by an even more impressive second half showing by Manchester City. Jamie Vardy had equalised Raheem Sterling’s early goal to go in level at Half Time. However the Foxes were hit by a masterclass from Sergio Aguero scoring 4 second half goals as Leicester were in the end thrashed 5-1 by the league leaders.

On Sunday Liverpool won a comfortable victory against Southampton. Mohammad Salah settled Liverpool with an early goal. Robert Firmino added a second in a game Liverpool totally dominated and could have scored a number more. Liverpool remain third in the table after the win.

ChampionshipDerby County stay second but dropped two valuable points at Pride Park against Norwich. Matej Vydra’s 17 league goal of the season put Derby ahead. Nelson Oliviera had a penalty saved by Rams keeper Scott Carson, however Norwich who had the better of the second half, earned another penalty which this time James Maddison buried to give the Canaries a deserved point.

On the other side of the Eats Midlands Nottingham Forest’s poor run continued with a 2-0 defeat at the City Ground against Hull. A Jon Toral header opened the scoring on 9 minutes and harry Wilson put the Humbersiders 2-0 up before the break. Matty Cash hit the post for Forest in between the goals but the Reds could not muster a shot on target in the second half. The win takes Hull out of the drop zone.

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Premier League

Southampton (0) 0

Liverpool (1) 2 (Firmino, Salah)

AT ST MARY’S, SOUTHAMPTON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Everton (0) 3 (Sigurdsson, Niasse, Davies)

Crystal Palace (0) 1 (Milijovejic)

AT GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Manchester City (1) 5 (Sterling, Aguero 4)

Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy)

AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Sheepdraw

Championship

Derby County (1) 1 (Vydra)

Norwich City (0) 1 (Maddison)

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Forest Lose

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

Hull City (0) 2 (Toral, Wilson)

AT THE CITY GROUND, WEST BRIDGFORD

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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Moon Soccer – Liverpool v Tottentham Hotspur

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Premier League

Liverpool (1) 2 (Salah 2)

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 2 (Wanyama, Kane)

AT ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL

Liverpool managed another game poorly which meant they only drew a game they should have won against Tottenham. Mo Salah gave Liverpool an early lead as Liverpool dominated the first half and should have been further ahead. Tottenahm began the second half the better and slowly got themselves into the game with a deserved equaliser through a superb strike from long range by Victor Wanyama on 80 minutes

From there a dramatic ending began to unfold. Tottenham were given a penalty but Harry Kane had his kick saved by Loris Karius.  Liverpool then thought they had won the game as Salah scored in injury time with an incredible solo effort in which he left three Spurs defenders for dead. It was not over though, Eric Lamella got in front for Virgil Van Djik as the defender tried to clear but kicked Lamella instead. A second penalty was awarded and this time Kane made no mistake. Another two points thrown away for Liverpool who stay third but could have been in a much stronger position.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Mohammad Salah (Liverpool)

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Moon Saturday Soccerround – FA Cup

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Moon Soccer 13 Saturday Soccerround – FA Cup

FA Cup Round 4

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Liverpool (1) 2 (Firmino, Salah)

West Bromwich Albion (3) 3 (Rodriguez 2, Matip OG)

AT ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL

Liverpool were dumped out of the FA Cup by West Brom at Anfield. The video referee played a big role in the game adding to an extraordinary contest. Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead chipping the goalkeeper but Jay Rodriguez had equalised within a minute with a superb strike from the edge of the box.

West Brom than began cut cut Lverpool open again and again. The reds two full backs Alberto Moreno and Trent Alexander-Arnold, both who had come in for the cup game ahead of regulars Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson, went missing time and again. Roderiguez got himself a second and West Brom thought they had made it 3-1 through Craig Dawson but the video referee adjudges it offside.

The video ref then intervened again to give Liverpool a penalty for a tug on Mohmmad Salah but Firmino missed it. West Brom took advantage and made it 3-1 just before half time as the cut Liverpool to pieces again and Joel Matip turned the ball into his own net. Liverpool pushed forward in the second half but created little as the full backs who were poor in defence in the first half wasted numerous crosses from both sides.

Salah did pull one back for Liverpool as the introduction of Danny Ings gave the reds more energy up front. But there was no equaliser as West Brom fully deserved their victory and short of a miracle in the European Cup, Liverpool will be three years under Jurgen Klopp with no trophy.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 4th Round

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Peterborough United (0) 1 (Hughes)

Leicester City (3) 5 (Diabate 2, Iheanacho 2, Ndidi

AT LONDON ROAD, PETERBOROUGH

Leicester City made no mistake cruising past Peterborough United into round 5. Fousseni Diabate on his debut got off to the perfect start with a goal on nine minutes. 3rd round hero Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-0 and then volleyed in a third from a Christian Fuchs cross to make it 3-0 at the break. 

Andrew Hughes got one back for the home side to give them some hope but Leicester then ruthlessly put the game away. Diabate added another and in injury time Wilfred Ndidi completed the 5-1 scoreline. No repeat of their visit to Fleetwood in Round 3 as they gave a totally professional and impressive performance to advance. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 4th Round

Forest Lose

Hull City (2) 2 (Bowen, Dicko)

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Vellios)

AT THE KCOM STADIUM, HULL, EAST RIDGING

A poor first half saw Nottingham Forest fail to take advantage of their win over Arsenal as they were defeated at Hull. Jarrod Bowen hit the post with a chip before eventually putting Hull ahead. Bowen the provided a header across goal allowing Nouha Dicko to make it 2-0 before half time. Forest were better in the second half. Ben Brereton hit the post and Apostolos Vellios finished off Matty Cash’s cross to pull one back. It was then too little too late however and Forest are out of the FA Cup.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 4th Round

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Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

Swansea City (1) 1 (Narsingh)

AT MEADOW LANE, NOTTINGHAM

Notts County will be heading to Wales for a replay after a 1-1 draw with Premiership Swansea. The Swans took the lead just before half time through Luciano Narsingh. The Magpies were excellent in the second half. Jorges Grant’s free kick whistled just past the post as Notts kept up the pressure. They got their reward after a smart passing move led to Grant’s low cross being converted by Jon Stead for his sixth goal in as many games. Notts showed why they are serious League 2 promotion candidates deserving their draw against higher league opposition.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 4th Round

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Newport County (1) 1 (Amond)

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 (Kane)

AT RODNEY PARADE, NEWPORT, WALES

The wind played havoc as Tottenham will consider themselves lucky to have got away with a replay against Newport County. The exiles played the conditions perfectly in the first half with Josh Labadie causing all manner of problems. Newport got a deserved lead before half time as Robbie Wilmott crossed for Paidraig Amond to score with a back post header.

Tottenham played better in the second half bot dogged defending kept them at bay until eight minutes from time. Son Heung-Min flicked a corner on at the near post for Harry Kane to score at the far post as he was left unmarked. It would have been harsh had Spurs found a winner against a tiring Newport side. Newport held out however and they are going to Wembley, albeit for a 4th Round replay and not a Final or Semi Final. The chairman will be very pleased to with a big payday on the cards.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)

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Moon Soccer – Swansea City v Liverpool

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Premier League

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Swansea City (1) 1 (Mawson)

Liverpool (0) 0

AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM, SWANSEA, WALES

Liverpool suffered a big set back with their first defeat in 19 games at bottom side Swansea. Despite almost total domination of the possession and the chances Liverpool could not find a way through. Sadio Mane and Mohammad Salah both wasted first half chances. The Swansea goal came after the ball fell to Alfie Mawson in a goalmouth scramble in one of Swansea’s few forages forward and Mawson was able to fire into the net.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Danny Ings forced a good save from Lukasz Fabianski, Salah also had the keeper at full stretch but Fabianski managed to keep the ball out. In one final chance at the end Roberto Firmino hit the post and Mawson made a last ditch tackle to block Adam Lallana from equalising right at the death. It was not to be for the Reds who remain fourth in the table. Swansea are still three points from safety but tonight’s win stops them falling further adrift. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alfie Mawson (Swansea City)

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Moon on Sunday Soccer – Liverpool v Man City

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PREMIER LEAGUE

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Liverpool (1) 4 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane, Salah)

Manchester City (1) 3 (Sane, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan)

AT ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL

Liverpool ended Manchester City’s unbeaten run in a sensational game at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool a deserved lead and the Reds dominated most of the first half. However City reminded us why they are top as Leroy Sane leveled against the run of play before half time. Then Liverpool had a purple patch adding three more. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane & Mohammad Salah with an audacious chip from long range all scored to give Liverpool a 4-1 lead in a half hour spell of some the the best football any side has played all season. 

City were not done however and Liverpool’s defensive frailties showed again in the last few minutes and the fact they were missing Virgil van Dijk with injury told. Bernardo Silva gave City a glimmer of hope on 84 minutes. The nerves were then jangling as Ilkay Gundogan got on the end of a cross beating three players around him to make it 4-3. Liverpool held off the final charge to get the victory. Manchester City will still very likely win the league, but for Liverpool this is a huge three points in the sides development under Jurgen Klopp.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)

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Moon Soccerround – FA Cup 06/01/2018

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Saturday Soccerround – FA Cup

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Liverpool (1) 2 (Milner, Van Dijk)

Everton (0) 1 (Sigurdsson)

At Anfield, Liverpool

A fairytale start for £75m new singing Virgil Van Dijk as Liverpool won the Friday night Merseyside Derby at Anfield. The Reds took the lead through a controversial penalty that James Milner tucked away. Everton equalised through a fast counter attack that ended with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cool finish beating the keeper. As a replay was looking likely, a Liverpool corner saw Van Dijk beat Everton keeper Jordon Pickford to the ball to head home the winner on his debut and move Liverpool into Round 4.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Manchester United (0) 2 (Lingard, Lukaku)

Derby County (0) 0

At Old Trafford, Trafford

It was a brave attempt from in form Derby County, but Premiership class told in the end. Scott Carson made a number of excellent saves to keep Derby in the game and it took something special, a spectacular long range effort from Jesse Lingard on 84 minutes, to break the Rams down. The goal took it out of the Derby legs and Romelu Lukaku added a second before the end. Defeat but plenty of positives to take into the promotion chase for the East Midlanders.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Fleetwood Town (0) 0

Leicester City (0) 0

At Highbury, Fleetwood

A much changed Leicester City side were lucky to get away with a replay at League 1 Fleetwood Town. Former Fleetwood man Jamie Vardy was out injured and a number of other changes were made as the Foxes failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Hunter had a deflected shot hit the post in the dying minutes for the underdogs who deserved to win the game. As it is they will have to settle for a payday replay at the King Power.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Brentford (0) 0

Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

At Griffin Park, Brentford

Notts County pulled off a shock as the League 2 side won at Championship Brentford. It was a classic smash and grab as Brentford dominated the game but on 65 minutes Jon Stead cut inside and fired a curling shot into the net. They then defended stoutly to keep out the Championship side and and earn Mark Noble’s side an upset and with it a place in Round 4.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Cardiff City (0) 0

Mansfield Town (0) 0

At The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Mansfield Town earned a replay in an excellent draw against 3rd place Championship side Cardiff City. Lee Angol had a great chance saved in the first half for the Stags. However Cardiff did have most of the game without creating a lot. It was Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce whose misdirected header nearly found his own net in injury time that was Cardiff’s best chance. However Mansfield defended well and deserve a replay back at Field Mill.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

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Moon New Year Soccerround 01/01/2018

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PREMIER LEAGUE – BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL

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 Burnley 1 (Gudmindsson)

Liverpool 2 (Mane, Klavan)

At Turf Moor, Burnley

Liverpool added another Christmas win at Burnley, again leaving it very late. Sadio mane gave the Reds the lead on 63 minutes, Berg Gudmindsson equalised with 3 minutes left and it looked like Liverpool had thrown another lead away. Bu in the final minute Ragnar Klavan got his first goal to give Liverpool all three points.

Full Report (BBC SPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE – LEICESTER CITY v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Leicester City 3 (Mahrez, Slimani, Albrighton)

Huddersfield Town 0

At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Riyad Magrez was the star of the show scoring one and creating one as Leicester claimed the points against Huddersfield. Mahrez opened the scoring then set up Islam Slimani for number two. Marc Albrighton completed the victory in injury time.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP – DERBY COUNTY v SHEFFIELD UNITED

Sheepdraw

Derby County 1 (Vydra)

Sheffield United 1 (Clarke)

At Pride Park, Derby

The two leading Championship scorers shared a goal each as Derby remain in 2nd place in the table. Matej Vydra got his 14th of the season from the Penalty Spot to give the Rams the lead at the break. Leon Clarke heading the equaliser for the Blades in an even game where the result was about fair.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP – LEEDS UNITED v NOTTINGHAM FOREST

 Forest draw

Leeds United 0

Nottingham Forest 0

At Elland Road, Leeds

Nottingham Forest without a manager rode their luck to earn a point at Leeds. Kemar Roofe hit the crossbar for the home side. Ben Brereton had Forest’s best chance. A well earned point for Forest who had to do most of the defending.

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LEAGUE 1 – ROCHDALE v BLACKPOOL

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Rochdale 1 (Kitching)

Blackpool 2 (Delfouneso, Mellor)

At Spotland, Rochdale

Blackpool got the new year off to a winning start with a good away performance at Rochdale. Nathan Delfouneso and Kelvin Mellor got the goals for the Tangerines. Mark Kitching got an injury time consolation for the home side but it was too little too late.The win moves Blackpool up to 13th in League 1.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2 – MANSFIELD TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED

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Mansfield Town 3 (Hemmings 2, Bennett)

Carlisle United 1 (Devitt)

At Field Mill, Mansfield

Kane Hemmings scored twice as Mansfield move into the play off picture after victory over Carlisle. Hemmings opener was added to by Rhys Bennett before half time. Jamie Devitt’s penalty gave Carlisle hope but Hemming’s second finished the contest as the Stags continue their recent good form.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2 – NEWPORT COUNTY v EXETER CITY

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Newport  County 2 (Amond, Willmott)

Exeter City 1 (Stockley)

At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

A spectacular 30 yard strike gave the Exiles a New Years day win over Execter. Padraig Amond headed Newport ahead but Jason Stockley equalised for the Devon side shortly after the break. Robbie Wilmott’s long range effort on 66 minutes was the winner moving Newport up to 11th, and only 3 points off the play off places. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE  2 – NOTTS COUNTY v PORT VALE

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Notts County 1 (Stead)

Port Vale 0

At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Notts County maintained their promotion push after a late victory over Port vale at Meadow Lane. With four minutes left Jon Stead was pushed in the back and converted the Penalty himself. The Magpies deserved their win and were denied a number of times by Keeper Ryan Boot who kept out Jonathan Forte and Ryan Yates before the breakthrough finally came.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE – AFC FYLDE v TRANMERE ROVERS

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AFC Fylde 5 (Rowe, Muldoon, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Tasdemir)

Tranmere Rovers 2 (Banks, Jennings)

At Mill Farm, Wesham

Tranmere’s play off hopes took a hit as they were thrashed by AFC Fylde. Danny Rowe, Jack Muldoon and Zaine Francis-Angol all grabbed goals in a superb first half showing by the home team to lead 3-0 at the break. Tranmere made more of a game of it in the second half. Ollie Banks and a late Connor Jennings goals brough some consolation for Rovers but not before Jordan Tunnicliffe and Serhat Tasdemir had added further goals for Fylde in a 5-2 scoreline. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE – GUISELEY v CHESTER FC

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Guiseley 1 (Palmer)

Chester FC 1 (James)

At Nethermoor Park. Guiseley

Chester threw away a chance to secure a vital three points against Guiseley in a draw that help neither at the bottom of the table. James Akintunde put through Kingsley James to give Chester the lead. However Ashley Palmer’s injury time equaliser means Chester remain eight points adrift of safety

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH – SOUTHPORT v CHORLEY

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Southport 3 (Morgan, Sheron, Sampson)

Chorley 0

At Haig Avenue, Southport

Southport produced their best performance for some time to take the points in a comfortable victory against Chorley. David Morgan put the Sangrounders ahead before half-time. Nathon Sheron and Jack Sampson added further goals as it finished 3-0. The win moves Southport out of the drop zone.

Southport Matchday Live (Southportfc.net)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)