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Maxwel Cornet grabs point for Burnley in six-goal thriller with Crystal Palace

Maxwel Cornet’s superb volley was the pick of the goals as Burnley and Crystal Palace took a point each from what visiting manager Patrick Vieira called a “crazy good game” at Turf Moor. In dreary conditions Cornet lit up the match with a stunning finish four minutes into the second half, levelling the scores after […]

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Eddie Howe’s Newcastle era begins with thrilling point against Brentford

As the final whistle blew Eddie Howe may well have felt more than a little claustrophobic. It was not merely that Newcastle’s new manager was trapped in his hotel room at the start of a 10-day quarantine after his positive Covid-19 test on Friday, but that his team seem stuck in an unpleasantly tight spot. […]

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Raúl Jiménez bursts West Ham’s bubble for upwardly mobile Wolves

Raúl Jiménez scored the only goal as Wolves brought West Ham’s winning run to an end with a well-earned victory. The Mexican forward struck his third goal of the season in the 58th minute having been teed-up by Daniel Podence, who had twice been denied by good Lukasz Fabianski saves earlier in the second half. […]

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Smith’s last-gasp kick gives England thrilling victory over South Africa

Nothing can entirely erase England’s disappointment at losing the 2019 World Cup final but their future is looking ever rosier. Turning over the world champions in the final seconds of a stirring contest in front of a roaring home crowd is never an everyday occurrence and the 80th-minute penalty from Marcus Smith which belatedly settled […]

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Championship roundup: Aleksandar Mitrovic scores again as Fulham go top

Marco Silva hailed Fulham’s consistency as they swept back to the top of the Championship with a seventh straight win, beating Barnsley 4-1 at Craven Cottage. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 21st goal of the season and strikes from Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson ensured Silva’s side moved ahead of Bournemouth, who play Derby on Sunday. […]

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England 27-26 South Africa: autumn international player ratings

England15 Freddie Steward Another try to cap impressive autumn. Showed a bit of vulnerability under high ball but not at the end. 7 14 Joe Marchant Was shifted back to regular midfield position and made the telling break for Quirke’s try. An excellent all-round showing. 8 13 Henry Slade Lovely pass to Tuilagi for try […]

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Elite football in England has 40 referees – all white. Why don’t black officials get top jobs?

Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham under bright blue skies at White Hart Lane on 11 May 2008 was described by the sports writers at the time as a lacklustre affair. But it has turned out to be a historic fixture: it was the last time a black referee officiated in England’s top league. It was […]