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- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:24:15 +0000: Liverpool can live with Mohamed Salah’s misses but not without his hits | Sachin Nakrani - Aston Villa | The Guardian
The forward was wayward in his finishing at times in the win over Aston Villa but his equaliser underlines his importance
With 13 minutes played at Anfield, Mohamed Salah was presented with a chance to score for Liverpool after a glaring error by Tyrone Mings but, with only Emiliano Martínez to beat, he poked his shot wide.
With 51 minutes played at Anfield, Mohamed Salah was presented with a chance to score for Liverpool following a pass by Georginio Wijnaldum but, despite having a reasonable amount of time and space inside the area, he dragged his shot and, via a deflection, saw it dribble out for a corner.Continue reading...
- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:20:10 +0000: Alexander-Arnold’s late winner caps Liverpool comeback to sink Aston Villa - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Liverpool required redemption at Anfield and there was no better person to deliver it than Trent Alexander-Arnold. A trying week for the England international, indeed a trying year on home soil for the Premier League champions, ended with the release of an emphatic 91st-minute winner against Aston Villa that maintained Liverpool’s momentum for a top-four finish. A long and damaging wait is over.
At the eighth time of asking, and after an unprecedented run of six successive defeats, Jürgen Klopp’s team could finally celebrate victory at Anfield in 2021 and one tinged with the satisfaction of avenging October’s 7-2 humiliation at Villa Park. Celebrate it they did. Klopp roared with a mix of joy and relief when Alexander-Arnold swept a stunning shot beyond Emiliano Martínez in stoppage time. His backroom staff sprung from the bench in all directions while the defender, widely criticised after an error-strewn display against Real Madrid on Tuesday, stood in front of an empty Kop pointing to the Liver bird on his chest. Three invaluable points won and one important point made to the watching Gareth Southgate.Continue reading...
- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:11:32 +0000: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa, Preston 0-5 Brentford and more: clockwatch – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a brilliant injury-time winner at Anfield, while all the big guns were victorious in the Championship
That’s it for today’s Clocko. We’ll have match reports galore on the site shortly, and you can also follow Crystal Palace v Chelsea with Simon Burnton. Oh, and I’ll be back later for El Clasico. Bye!
Peep peep! The 3pm games are over, and these are the scores in all our featured games.
Peep peep! Liverpool jump to fourth after winning at Anfield for the first time since mid-December.
Kieran Dowell’s classy free-kick means Norwich are one win away from clinching promotion.
Brentford end a run of four straight draws with a spectacular victory.
A dreadful day for Cambridge, who have lost their place at the top of League Two to Cheltenham.
Five for Brentford!
Half time: Strasbourg 0-3 PSG Moise Kean has scored a third for PSG just before half-time. It’s safe to assume they will win that game. Or, to put it another way, there’s no chance I’m handing around after 5.15pm.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has given Liverpool the lead in injury-time! It was a beautiful goal, flashed into the far corner from the edge of the area.
Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa Liverpool are running out of time at Anfield, with only one minute of normal time remaining. But they are at least on course to end their run of six straight league defeats at home.
A couple of 6-0 scorelines worth mentioning: Celtic 6-0 Livingston in the Scottish Premiership, and Crewe 0-6 Oxford in League One.
Matt Jay has made it four for Exeter at the Abbey Stadium. That is quite a result.
The substitute Sergi Canos completes a superb afternoon’s work for Brentford, whose switch to a back three has been a triumph.
Apropos not much, I wonder what VAR would make of this
Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa An interesting incident at Anfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold kicks the bottom of Trezeguet’s foot in the Liverpool area. Trezeguet stays on his feet, and VAR decides it wasn’t a penalty. Had he gone down, that might have been given. It’s such a mess.
Tariqe Fosu beats his man with multiple stepovers and stands up a lovely cross that is headed in by Ivan Toney. Brentford’s winless run is surely over.
Hull’s day just got even better: Greg Docherty has put them three goals ahead at Plymouth.
“Dundee United still leading at Hamilton thanks to Marc McNulty’s early goal,” reports Simon McMahon. “Celtic have put five past Livingston and it’s finely poised at 2-2 between Kilmarnock and Ross County. A late goal flurry is required at Station Park before the classified check as it’s currently Forfar 1 East Fife 2.”
Give it time.
These are the latest scores in our featured games, with roughly 20 minutes remainingin the 3pm kick-offs.
Ligue 1: Strasbourg 0-2 PSG
PSG are off to a flyer in their match at Strasbourg. The ludicrous Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia have put them two up after half an hour.
Exeter have restored their two-goal lead away to the League Two leaders Cambridge, although they won’t be top of the table at 5pm if results stay as they are. Archie Collins scored from close range after very good work from Matt Jay.
Thanks to Bruce Jackson for pointing out that snow stopped play for the best part of an hour at Port Vale. The game resumed a few minutes ago, and Nathan Smith has put the home side 1-0 up against Morecambe.
Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa Trezeguet has hit the inside of the post with a terrific effort, flicked extravagantly with the outside of his right foot. It might not have counted, though, as Watkins looked offside in the build up.
Peep peep! Two dropped points for Bayern, though it’s not a terrible result given how many first-choice players they were missing. They are now five points above Leipzig, who hammered Werder Bremen.
Josh Magennis has grabbed a second goal for the League One leaders Hull. This is turning into a very good day for them, because third-placed Sunderland are losing 2-0 at home to Charlton. As things stand Hull have an eight-point promotion cushion, though Sunderland have two games in hand.
Liverpool have scored a goal, and not even VAR can stop this one! Andy Robertson’s fierce shot was pushed away by Emi Martinez, diving to his left, but Mo Salah reacted smartly to beat Mings to the rebound and head the ball into the empty net.
Cambridge are back in the game thanks to Joe Ironside, who finished from close range after an excellent cross by Hiram Boateng.
Marcus Ingvartsen has breathed a bit of life into the Bundesliga title race!
“Afternoon Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “Bewilderment and me have always been comfortable bedfellows but I cannot wrap my head around why we need VAR to decide whether that was offside or not. I accept offside is a law of absolutes but nonetheless, what overall benefit does reducing it to such fine margins bring?”
We’ve not heard the last of this either
“There’s an issue with these VAR offsides that I’ve not heard talked about,” says Kevin Holloway. “The offsides are being measured to the fraction of an inch, but we don’t know within a fraction of a second/inch when the ball was released from the passing players foot. The ball on the VAR screen is a blob that lasts for a period of time, during which a player’s armpit or finger nail moves some distance. There is no point VAR pretending it can be so accurate at the end point when it can’t be so accurate when the ball is played. I’m in despair.”
I’ve heard this mentioned a few times and completely agree. It’s another reason why they should have the equivalent of umpire’s call in cricket, or, better still, put the entire sorry mess back in its box.
... Jamal Musiala has scored a fine solo goal to give Bayern the lead.
But more importantly...
Peep peep! It’s half time in the 3pm games, so I’m off to grab a coffee and try to make sense of that disallowed goal. These are the latest scores in our featured games. It’s a good day to play away:
One back for Bremen.
There were two parts to that decision: whether Jota was offside, and whether Matty Cash touched the ball, thus invalidating any potential offside. I’m not sure about the latter, but to the naked eye Jota looked onside. VAR’s geometry department disagreed. Even Dean Smith looks baffled by that, never mind Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have had a goal disallowed by VAR in extremely controversial circumstances. Roberto Firmino seemed to have equalised with an exquisite finish, lifting the ball over two defenders and the keeper from six yards, but VAR decided there was an offside against Diogo Jota in the build up. Hmm.
Villa have stolen the lead! John McGinn played a short pass through to Ollie Watkins, who controlled it under pressure from Kabak and belted a left-footed shot through Alisson from 15 yards. That’s not great goalkeeping.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa Liverpool’s long run without a first-half goal at Anfield looks set to continue. It’s been a pretty quiet game, though Salah, Jota and Konsa have all had good chances.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa Liverpool should be ahead. Diogo Jota has just missed an excellent chance, heading onto the roof of the net from a wrongly awarded corner.
Brentford’s tactical change is working a treat; Marcus Forss has put them 2-0 up with a fine goal.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa A bit of concussion-related controversy. Douglas Luiz was about to be replaced by Jacob Ramsey, a decision taken by the team doctor, but argued his case on the touchline and was eventually allowed to stay on. We’ll hear more about that, I’m sure.
“Hi Rob,” says David Wall. “After such a long period when they were untouchable, have City become fallible at just the wrong time in the season? It’s unlikely to make a difference in the league but it could be important in Europe. And most likely that’ll be because Guardiola will get too clever with his tactics and team selection, worried about that fallibility, and it’ll completely backfire on him again.”
I suppose they have regressed towards the merely excellent, but that was inevitable after an unprecedented winning run. I didn’t realise fancy them in Europe even before they started losing the odd game.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa Ezri Konsa has missed a good chance for Villa, heading straight at Alisson from six yards.
Kieran Dowell whips a majestic free-kick into the top corner to give Norwich the lead at Pride Park.
Half times: Bayern Munich 0-0 Union Berlin, Werder Bremen 0-0 RB Leipzig
Leipzig are strolling to victory in Bremen. Alexander Sorloth has scored his second goal to put them three up at half-time.
Crikey, Cambridge are two down. Jack Sparkes’ long-range shot bounced past the diving Callum Burton, who should probably have done better.
The League One leaders are ahead at Plymouth. Keane Lewis-Potter scored the goal, sliding confidently into the far corner after good play from Mallik Wilks.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa Mo Salah has missed a great chance, poking just wide after a comedy error from Tyrone Mings. Emi Martinez did well to narrow the angle but Salah should have scored.
“What’s happened to Allison’s moustache?” wonders Paul Griffin. “I was so inspired by his midweek mouey that I was planning to copycat his 1980s regional senior sales manager vibe, and am on the hunt for a Ford Sierra 1.6 GL (Ocean Blue, with optional extra smoked glass sunroof) to complete the look. But Allison’s lip augmentation had gone. Vanished. It’s a follicular metaphor for the season as a whole and confirms that Klopp has lost both his touch and the dressing room.”
Bryan Mbuemo has slammed Brentford into an early lead at Deepdale. They are playing a different formation today, 3-4-3 rather than the usual 4-3-3.
The latest scores in our featured games
“So, mathematically, Liverpool can’t overtake Man City?” says David Hayhurst. “To quote Jez from Peep Show, Rob, do you have to live so relentlessly in the real world?”
Haha. That’s ripe for a rewatch, the early series certainly.
An early blow for the League Two leaders Cambridge, who have gone behind to a goal from the prolific Ryan Bowman. It was a precise header, steered off the inside of the post from a flat cross into the area.
Alexander Sorloth has headed Leipzig into a two-goal lead! As things stand they are five points behind Bayern with 10 games to play.
“Afternoon Rob,” writes Simon McMahon. “It’s the first set of post-split fixtures in the Scottish Premier today, the pick of them being Dundee United’s trip to Hamilton, which could have a bearing at both ends of the bottom six. Micky Mellon’s Tangerines could go seventh with a win, while three points for Hamilton would move them off bottom spot, as Kilmarnock and Ross County above them meet each other.
“Other games include Celtic v Livingston, Motherwell v St. Mirren and St. Johnstone v Aberdeen. A mention too for the Classified Check derby in Scottish League One between Forfar and East Fife. Nine-goal thriller, anyone?”
If Bayern do drop points - and it’s not beyond the realms with the team they’ve picked - Leipzig could close the gap to five or five points. They have taken the lead in Bremen through a brilliant team goal, finished by Dani Olmo.
Bayern Munich 0-0 Union Berlin Marius Bulter has just missed an excellent chance for Union, heading straight at Manuel Neuer from eight yards.
“Now Leeds have blown the title race Wide Open, Liverpool can start their late-season charge,” says Matt Dony. “Number 20 is on, Rob! It’s going to happen! To borrow a phrase, It’s coming home!”
I hate to puncture this euphoria with hardcore mathematics, but if Liverpool win all their remaining games they will finish on 73 points. City are currently on 74. I suppose they could be deducted a couple for an impromptu brawl, like Arsenal in 1990-91.
Bayern 0-0 Union Berlin A quiet start in Munich, where Bayern have picked a weakened side due to injuries and the proximity of their second leg against PSG.
Cambridge v Exeter team news
Plymouth v Hull team news
Peep peep! A glorious win for Leeds, who were down to ten men for more than half the game but stole the points when Stuart Dallas scored in injury-time.
A terrific win for Swansea. Andre Ayew scored a cracker just before half-time, then Jamal Lowe saw his goal and raised it with two jazzers in the second half. Swansea’s win means that Norwich cannot be mathematically promoted today.
Stuart Dallas has put ten-man Leeds in front with his second goal of the game!
Preston v Brentford team news
Preston (3-5-2) Iversen; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; van den Berg, Ledson, Whiteman, Potts Barkhuizen; Riis, Evans.
Substitutes: Hudson, Huntington, Molumby, Browne, Bayliss, Sincair, Gordon, Bodin, Moult.
Swansea are having a day out in London. Jamal Lowe has scored another outstanding goal. He dragged his studs over the ball to take it away from Jake Cooper, turned in one smooth movement and leathered it into the roof of the net.
Derby v Norwich team news
Derby County (4-2-3-1) Marshall; McDonald, Wisdom, Mengi, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Roberts, Lawrence, Jozwiak; Kazim-Richards.
Substitutes: Roos, Buchanan, Ebosele, Baningime, Knight, Watson, Shonibare, Sibley, Cresswell.
City have finally broken Leeds down. Bernardo Silva - who was seriously close to being offside, although the VAR check was cursory at best - set up Ferran Torres for a cool finish.
Swnsea are heading for victory in south London. Jamal Lowe has put them 2-0 up with a fine solo goa, running across the line of the Millwall defence and finishing emphatically.
Liverpool v Aston Villa team news
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Jota.
Substitutes: Adrian, Thiago, Keita, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Davies, R Williams.
And promotion-chasing Swansea are still 1-0 up at Millwall with 25 minutes remaining. Andre Ayew scored a cracking in first half injury-time.
Andre Ayew gave Swansea the lead on the stroke of half-time with this wonderful strike.
Watch the second half live on Sky Sports pic.twitter.com/7zbyrKB4uH
Leeds’ 10 men are hanging on to their 1-0 lead at the Etihad. It all happened just before half-time: Stuart Dallas scored and Liam Cooper was given a straight red, after a VAR check, for a dangerous follow through on Gabriel Jesus.
Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig team news
Werder Bremen (3-4-1-2) Pavlenka; Toprak, Moisander, Friedl; Gebre Selassie, Mbom, Gross, Agu; Sargent; Dinkci, Selke.
Substitutes: Zetterer, Veljkovic, Mohwald, Rashica, Bittencourt, Schmid, Gruev, Erras, Osako.
Bayern Munich v Union Berlin team news
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Sarr, Martinez, Boateng, Stanisic; Kimmich, Dantas; Musiala, Muller, Coman; Choupo-Moting.
Substitutes: Nubel, Pavard, Sane, Nianzou, Alaba, Vita, Oberlin, Scott.
Good afternoon one, good afternoon all. This has been a season full of ludicrous results, but one game stands out: Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool on 4 October. And it looked even weirder then than it does now. This was before Virgil van Dijk’s injury, before Liverpool’s title challenge had turned into an unfathomable fiasco. Today, the teams meet again at Anfield, and it’s fair to assume Liverpool will be after one or all of the following clichés: revenge, redemption, closure.
But what they really, really need is three points. They are fighting for their Champions League life, both this season and next, and start this match in seventh place. They are five points ahead of Villa, having played a game more. At the same stage last season, there were 57 points between them.Continue reading...
- Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:00:41 +0000: Douglas Luiz: ‘I’m proud to be from the favela. I’ve proved we can make it’ - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Aston Villa and Brazil midfielder on the fight for equality in his homeland, hopes for Jack Grealish and facing Fabinho on Saturday
Douglas Luiz smiles and extends the index finger on his left hand, proudly displaying the tattoo of his father’s moustache. “When I was playing in Vasco’s youth team I used to always raise this finger in tribute to my father,” explains the Aston Villa and Brazil midfielder. His father, Edmilson Soares, has always had such elegant facial hair that he is known simply as Bigode (“Moustache”) throughout Nova Holanda, the favela in Rio de Janeiro where the player grew up in a two-room house with his parents and three brothers.
Douglas Luiz’s tattoos are important to him. He has another commemorating his first goal for Vasco, whom he joined aged 14, and another that he translates as: “I am from the favela and I have made it.” This is a key message.Continue reading...
- Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:01:22 +0000: Liverpool v Aston Villa: match preview - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp said October’s 7-2 defeat at Villa Park will be on his mind as Liverpool look to end a damaging sequence of six successive losses at Anfield. “We have to put things right,” he said of Liverpool’s heaviest league defeat since 1963. Victory, which would be Liverpool’s 100th in all competitions at Anfield under Klopp, would not only enhance prospects of a top-four finish but improve confidence before next week’s Champions League return against Real Madrid. Aston Villa, however, can move to within two points of the champions with an eighth away win of the campaign. Only Manchester City and Chelsea have kept more clean sheets this term than the visitors’ 14. Andy Hunter
Saturday 3pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueContinue reading...
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- Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:47:15 +0000: Trezeguet: Aston Villa winger to have surgery on knee ligament injury - BBC Sport
Aston Villa winger Trezeguet will have surgery on a knee injury he sustained in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Liverpool.
- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 17:14:49 +0000: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa: Trent Alexander-Arnold was 'really good' says Jurgen Klopp - BBC Sport
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Trent says Alexander-Arnold was "really good" during their 2-1 win against Aston Villa after he scored the 91st-minute winner.
- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:49:19 +0000: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa: Dean Smith says it was 'disappointing to concede so late' - BBC Sport
Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith says it is "disappointing to concede so late" after Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a 91st minute winner during their 2-1 defeat by Liverpool.
- Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:28:46 +0000: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa: Reds end six-game Anfield losing run with comeback win - BBC Sport
Trent Alexander-Arnold scores an injury-time winner as Liverpool come from behind to beat Aston Villa and end a run of six consecutive defeats at Anfield.
- Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:31:26 +0000: Jack Grealish: Aston Villa captain out for another two weeks after injury setback - BBC Sport
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is out for another two weeks after suffering a setback in his comeback from injury.
Aston Villa are now looking to strengthen their squad for the up coming season with a large number of new players touted to be on the clubs radar in the closed season. The club has been boosted lately by the resigning of goalkeeper Brad Guzan who left the club at the end of last season. The American keeper has now penned a new lucrative three year deal which will keep him at Villa park until the end of the 2015 season.
Another huge target for the club this season is Blackburns Steven N`Zonzi who is also a top target for Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City with the midfielder stating that he has no intention of playing football in the championship. The Frenchman is thought to be available for a fee of around five million pounds and would welcome the chance to play in the English top flight again.
Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is also believed to be on the clubs radar as the championship side looked doomed to lose their influential winger as a host of top flight clubs are now vying for his signature. The twenty one year old has had a brilliant season for his club and now looks set to move to the premier league with clubs such as Everton, Wigan, Reading and Sunderland all in for the winger.
Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton is another target for the Villa Park outfit as Paul Lambert looks to strengthen his back line for the new season and the player is thought to be his top target for his defence. Lowton is now regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football but Villa will need to fight off stern interest from additional clubs such as feyenoord and Bersiktas.