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  •  Elsewhere Valencia are doing so badly that their fans have had enough AC Milan are in freefall and Casemiro has been a revelation for Manchester United What is going on in Germany Usually by now Bayern Munich are winning matches relentlessly scoring for fun while the other teams behind them are dropping points on a regular basis and just can t compete This season is completely different The champions and the Goliath of the Bundesliga are not the winning machine of old Since the restart they have just drawn three league games in a row 1 1 against Koln and Frankfurt at home and away at Leipzig They are usually slow to start after the winter break but this is worrying because coach Julian Nagelsmann s team is not playing well not defending well and as a result is not winning And the tensions are not just on the pitch Serge Gnabry was reprimanded and benched for going to the Paris Fashion Week on his day off Tony Tapalovic the goalkeeping coach and Manuel Neuer s best friend was let go last week in a power move from Nagelsmann And Neuer is out until next season after breaking his leg skiing while on holiday after the World Cup In the meantime the competition is gearing up for more misery for Bayern Union Berlin the surprise of the season are second just a point behind the leaders Then Leipzig rejuvenated by manager Marco Rose are just one behind Union with Freiburg and Dortmund another one behind The top five of the Bundesliga within three points of each other in February has never been seen before and it puts all the more pressure on Bayern Don t you just love the FA Cup No seriously Don t you just love it It s fair to say that the conclusion of the tournament s weekend action at the Racecourse Ground between non leaguers Wrexham AFC and Championship side Sheffield United delivered in more ways than one with a 3 3 result The only thing that would have made the six goal thriller even better at least for the neutral was a seventh by the home side At that point I think even Ryan Reynolds would have lost all his senses and just like his cinematic anti superheroic character Deadpool the Hollywood actor and Wrexham s co owner would have jumped out of the stands and lost all his limbs as a result of excitement The game had everything you could ask from an FA Cup tie including an overwhelming atmosphere The second half was especially scintillating as it gave us five of the six goals on the evening four in thirty minutes agonizingly close chances and a red card against the visitors For the hosts despite the extra man it was sadly not a Hollywood ending as John Egan s stoppage time goal rescued Sheffield United thus sending this fixture to Bramall Lane for a replay Non tangibles aside it s important to remember how well Wrexham have been doing since Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took over the Welsh side and appointed their man Phil Parkinson as coach Other than the FA Cup they re also joint top of the National League and play like they belong two leagues above They were more than a match for Sheffield United who haven t lost a game since Nov 8 Oh and Paul Mullin has the absolute goods He has no business playing in this division Incredible scenes at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham result in a 3 3 draw that gives Ryan Reynolds and co hopes in continuing their FA Cup dream Can Southampton cup wins change Premier League course Southampton are rock bottom of the Premier League table and manager Nathan Jones is trying to kick start a survival bid in the cups The 2 1 victory over Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday was Southampton s fourth win in their last six games it s just a shame for Jones that only one came in the league Southampton have another cup game on Tuesday the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg against Newcastle before two vital Premier League clashes against Brentford and Wolves It would be easy for a manager to throw away cup ties to focus on battling relegation but at the very least Jones has improved the mood around St Mary s with a run of positive results Confidence and momentum is everything when you re fighting to stay up and Southampton should have both when they arrive at Brentford on Saturday It s tight at the bottom of the table with only three points separating Southampton and Leicester in 14th Romain Perraud s double secures Southampton s progression in the FA Cup despite a late resurgence from Blackpool Barcelona s 1 0 LaLiga win at Girona on Saturday was historic Coming after a 1 0 Copa del Rey victory over Real Sociedad and a 1 0 win over Getafe this was the first time in 43 years that Barca have won three consecutive games by that scoreline Add a 1 0 win at Atletico Madrid on Jan 8 a 1 0 win at Valencia on Oct 29 a 1 0 win over Celta Vigo on Oct 9 and a 1 0 win at Mallorca on Oct 1 and there s a pattern emerging It s not the one you might have expected when Xavi Hernandez the spiritual heir to manager Pep Guardiola and crown prince of tiki taka was appointed back in November 2021 Context is important Barca s defensive record in LaLiga is exceptional conceding just six goals in 18 games They ve kept 14 clean sheets Much of that can be attributed to career best form from Marc Andre Ter Stegen rivalling Thibaut Courtois for the title of Spain s most reliable keeper At the other end of the pitch it s no surprise Barca struggled to score against Girona Getafe and Atletico given that they ve been without one of the best goal scorers on the planet Robert Lewandowski The team are over reliant on him with his 13 league goals followed by Pedri who found the net on Saturday and Ousmane Dembele now injured with five each Pedri nets the goal to put Barcelona on the board first in the 61st minute Kaoru Mitoma is the epitome of Brighton and Brighton are the epitome of Kaoru Mitoma The Japanese international who was playing in university three years ago because he didn t feel he was ready for professional football and ended up costing the club a measly 3 million scored a majestic stoppage time winning goal for the Seagulls against Liverpool on Sunday It was one of those goals that deserved a microscopic re watch Entering the final moments of the game Brighton earned a free kick outside of the box From the free kick the ball hovered across the pitch to the feet of Ecuador s Pervis Estupi n who after a beautiful touch crossed it above Liverpool s defensive unit and right onto Mitoma s orbit There was still work to do for the Japanese winger however as Alisson was rightly in place ready to react What followed however was a piece of art Mitoma brought it down with his right foot with a first touch smoother than Luther Vandross s vocal chords then with the same foot proceeded to fake everyone out with a second touch and without the ball touching the ground he smashed it past the Brazilian keeper and into the far corner of the goal Kaoru Mitoma s stunning finish in the box gives Brighton the lead in the 92nd minute over Liverpool Week in week out home and away scoring or assisting Ademola Lookman is having the season of his life at Atalanta And Saturday was no different The Nigerian international scored another worldie to lead Atalanta to another win 2 0 at home against Sampdoria The former England youth player received the ball on the right hand side near the halfway line came inside with a trick ran with the ball got into the box slowed down slightly before unleashing a perfect shot in the opposite bottom corner It was his 12th league goal of the season already in 14 starts with three assists on top of it That s only four goals less than through his all professional career in the top flight in England Leicester and Everton and in Germany RB Leipzig Lookman is unstoppable and unplayable at the moment He has netted seven times in his last four games in all competitions Manchester United were already well on their way to booking a place in the fifth round when Fred made sure of the result against Reading but the Brazilian midfielder on as a second half substitute made sure the best goal was saved until last Bruno Fernandes whipped cross from the right was inviting a touch and Fred did it with a bit of flair flicking the ball into the net and making a superb bit of skill look casual Fred taps in Bruno Fernandes pass to give Manchester United a 3 0 lead over Reading Here s AC Milan s recent stretch three goals conceded against Inter Milan in the Super Cup 10 days ago four conceded away at Lazio in Serie A on Tuesday and finally five against Sassuolo 17th in the table at home on Sunday in the league That s three defeats in row with 12 goals given away and AC Milan the Italian champions are going through the biggest crisis of this era with Stefano Pioli as manager This is the first time in their history that they shipped four or more goals in successive league matches The last time someone scored five goals against them at San Siro was Juventus back in April 1997 Milan have won only one of their seven games since the restart and it was their first one on Jan 4 away at Salernitana where they had to battle hard to keep their 2 1 victory towards the end After that there have been disappointments after disappointments defeats and draws back to back Valencia s record since the World Cup break makes for grim reading They ve gone four games without a win in LaLiga and the last three in particular a 1 0 home defeat to Cadiz a 2 2 draw with Almeria and Sunday s agonising 1 0 loss at Real Valladolid conceding in the 90th minute have all come against opposition that a team with talent like Jose Gaya Yunus Musah Samuel Lino and Edinson Cavani should be beating Their start to the season was solid at times thrilling but a dreadful October when they went another five league games without a win and this latest winless streak have seen Gennaro Gattuso s team thrust into the midst of a relegation battle Valencia are just three points clear of the bottom three now and although they have two games in hand over most of their rivals you wouldn t bank on them winning either on current form Casemiro wasn t only the MVP of the weekend he is quickly becoming the MVP of Manchester United s whole season The Brazilian won the FA Cup tie with Reading on Saturday with two goals in four minutes the first with a clever scooped finish from Antony s pass and the second with a pinpoint effort from 25 yards out It was a contribution that ensured a comfortable evening against the Championship side just as they were threatening to make things nervous Casemiro has only been at Old Trafford for a couple of months but he s already been a transformational signing Not only have United filled a gaping hole in their midfield they ve done it with one of the best players in the world in the position He s brought some bite in the middle of the pitch calmness on the ball and above all a winner s mentality It s something that s been missing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired Credit https www espn com soccer english premier league story 4864701 weekend review man united need casemiro bayern in crisis
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     Elsewhere Valencia are doing so badly that their fans have had enough AC Milan are in freefall and Casemiro has been a revelation for Manchester United What is going on in Germany Usually by now Bayern Munich are winning matches relentlessly scoring for fun while the other teams behind them are dropping points on a regular basis and just can t compete This season is completely different The champions and the Goliath of the Bundesliga are not the winning machine of old Since the restart they have just drawn three league games in a row 1 1 against Koln and Frankfurt at home and away at Leipzig They are usually slow to start after the winter break but this is worrying because coach Julian Nagelsmann s team is not playing well not defending well and as a result is not winning And the tensions are not just on the pitch Serge Gnabry was reprimanded and benched for going to the Paris Fashion Week on his day off Tony Tapalovic the goalkeeping coach and Manuel Neuer s best friend was let go last week in a power move from Nagelsmann And Neuer is out until next season after breaking his leg skiing while on holiday after the World Cup In the meantime the competition is gearing up for more misery for Bayern Union Berlin the surprise of the season are second just a point behind the leaders Then Leipzig rejuvenated by manager Marco Rose are just one behind Union with Freiburg and Dortmund another one behind The top five of the Bundesliga within three points of each other in February has never been seen before and it puts all the more pressure on Bayern Don t you just love the FA Cup No seriously Don t you just love it It s fair to say that the conclusion of the tournament s weekend action at the Racecourse Ground between non leaguers Wrexham AFC and Championship side Sheffield United delivered in more ways than one with a 3 3 result The only thing that would have made the six goal thriller even better at least for the neutral was a seventh by the home side At that point I think even Ryan Reynolds would have lost all his senses and just like his cinematic anti superheroic character Deadpool the Hollywood actor and Wrexham s co owner would have jumped out of the stands and lost all his limbs as a result of excitement The game had everything you could ask from an FA Cup tie including an overwhelming atmosphere The second half was especially scintillating as it gave us five of the six goals on the evening four in thirty minutes agonizingly close chances and a red card against the visitors For the hosts despite the extra man it was sadly not a Hollywood ending as John Egan s stoppage time goal rescued Sheffield United thus sending this fixture to Bramall Lane for a replay Non tangibles aside it s important to remember how well Wrexham have been doing since Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took over the Welsh side and appointed their man Phil Parkinson as coach Other than the FA Cup they re also joint top of the National League and play like they belong two leagues above They were more than a match for Sheffield United who haven t lost a game since Nov 8 Oh and Paul Mullin has the absolute goods He has no business playing in this division Incredible scenes at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham result in a 3 3 draw that gives Ryan Reynolds and co hopes in continuing their FA Cup dream Can Southampton cup wins change Premier League course Southampton are rock bottom of the Premier League table and manager Nathan Jones is trying to kick start a survival bid in the cups The 2 1 victory over Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday was Southampton s fourth win in their last six games it s just a shame for Jones that only one came in the league Southampton have another cup game on Tuesday the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg against Newcastle before two vital Premier League clashes against Brentford and Wolves It would be easy for a manager to throw away cup ties to focus on battling relegation but at the very least Jones has improved the mood around St Mary s with a run of positive results Confidence and momentum is everything when you re fighting to stay up and Southampton should have both when they arrive at Brentford on Saturday It s tight at the bottom of the table with only three points separating Southampton and Leicester in 14th Romain Perraud s double secures Southampton s progression in the FA Cup despite a late resurgence from Blackpool Barcelona s 1 0 LaLiga win at Girona on Saturday was historic Coming after a 1 0 Copa del Rey victory over Real Sociedad and a 1 0 win over Getafe this was the first time in 43 years that Barca have won three consecutive games by that scoreline Add a 1 0 win at Atletico Madrid on Jan 8 a 1 0 win at Valencia on Oct 29 a 1 0 win over Celta Vigo on Oct 9 and a 1 0 win at Mallorca on Oct 1 and there s a pattern emerging It s not the one you might have expected when Xavi Hernandez the spiritual heir to manager Pep Guardiola and crown prince of tiki taka was appointed back in November 2021 Context is important Barca s defensive record in LaLiga is exceptional conceding just six goals in 18 games They ve kept 14 clean sheets Much of that can be attributed to career best form from Marc Andre Ter Stegen rivalling Thibaut Courtois for the title of Spain s most reliable keeper At the other end of the pitch it s no surprise Barca struggled to score against Girona Getafe and Atletico given that they ve been without one of the best goal scorers on the planet Robert Lewandowski The team are over reliant on him with his 13 league goals followed by Pedri who found the net on Saturday and Ousmane Dembele now injured with five each Pedri nets the goal to put Barcelona on the board first in the 61st minute Kaoru Mitoma is the epitome of Brighton and Brighton are the epitome of Kaoru Mitoma The Japanese international who was playing in university three years ago because he didn t feel he was ready for professional football and ended up costing the club a measly 3 million scored a majestic stoppage time winning goal for the Seagulls against Liverpool on Sunday It was one of those goals that deserved a microscopic re watch Entering the final moments of the game Brighton earned a free kick outside of the box From the free kick the ball hovered across the pitch to the feet of Ecuador s Pervis Estupi n who after a beautiful touch crossed it above Liverpool s defensive unit and right onto Mitoma s orbit There was still work to do for the Japanese winger however as Alisson was rightly in place ready to react What followed however was a piece of art Mitoma brought it down with his right foot with a first touch smoother than Luther Vandross s vocal chords then with the same foot proceeded to fake everyone out with a second touch and without the ball touching the ground he smashed it past the Brazilian keeper and into the far corner of the goal Kaoru Mitoma s stunning finish in the box gives Brighton the lead in the 92nd minute over Liverpool Week in week out home and away scoring or assisting Ademola Lookman is having the season of his life at Atalanta And Saturday was no different The Nigerian international scored another worldie to lead Atalanta to another win 2 0 at home against Sampdoria The former England youth player received the ball on the right hand side near the halfway line came inside with a trick ran with the ball got into the box slowed down slightly before unleashing a perfect shot in the opposite bottom corner It was his 12th league goal of the season already in 14 starts with three assists on top of it That s only four goals less than through his all professional career in the top flight in England Leicester and Everton and in Germany RB Leipzig Lookman is unstoppable and unplayable at the moment He has netted seven times in his last four games in all competitions Manchester United were already well on their way to booking a place in the fifth round when Fred made sure of the result against Reading but the Brazilian midfielder on as a second half substitute made sure the best goal was saved until last Bruno Fernandes whipped cross from the right was inviting a touch and Fred did it with a bit of flair flicking the ball into the net and making a superb bit of skill look casual Fred taps in Bruno Fernandes pass to give Manchester United a 3 0 lead over Reading Here s AC Milan s recent stretch three goals conceded against Inter Milan in the Super Cup 10 days ago four conceded away at Lazio in Serie A on Tuesday and finally five against Sassuolo 17th in the table at home on Sunday in the league That s three defeats in row with 12 goals given away and AC Milan the Italian champions are going through the biggest crisis of this era with Stefano Pioli as manager This is the first time in their history that they shipped four or more goals in successive league matches The last time someone scored five goals against them at San Siro was Juventus back in April 1997 Milan have won only one of their seven games since the restart and it was their first one on Jan 4 away at Salernitana where they had to battle hard to keep their 2 1 victory towards the end After that there have been disappointments after disappointments defeats and draws back to back Valencia s record since the World Cup break makes for grim reading They ve gone four games without a win in LaLiga and the last three in particular a 1 0 home defeat to Cadiz a 2 2 draw with Almeria and Sunday s agonising 1 0 loss at Real Valladolid conceding in the 90th minute have all come against opposition that a team with talent like Jose Gaya Yunus Musah Samuel Lino and Edinson Cavani should be beating Their start to the season was solid at times thrilling but a dreadful October when they went another five league games without a win and this latest winless streak have seen Gennaro Gattuso s team thrust into the midst of a relegation battle Valencia are just three points clear of the bottom three now and although they have two games in hand over most of their rivals you wouldn t bank on them winning either on current form Casemiro wasn t only the MVP of the weekend he is quickly becoming the MVP of Manchester United s whole season The Brazilian won the FA Cup tie with Reading on Saturday with two goals in four minutes the first with a clever scooped finish from Antony s pass and the second with a pinpoint effort from 25 yards out It was a contribution that ensured a comfortable evening against the Championship side just as they were threatening to make things nervous Casemiro has only been at Old Trafford for a couple of months but he s already been a transformational signing Not only have United filled a gaping hole in their midfield they ve done it with one of the best players in the world in the position He s brought some bite in the middle of the pitch calmness on the ball and above all a winner s mentality It s something that s been missing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired Credit https www espn com soccer english premier league story 4864701 weekend review man united need casemiro bayern in crisis
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    Elsewhere, Valencia are doing so badly that their fans have had enough, AC Milan are in freefall, and Casemiro has been a revelation for Manchester United.

    What is going on in Germany? Usually by now, Bayern Munich are winning matches relentlessly, scoring for fun while the other teams behind them are dropping points on a regular basis and just can't compete. This season is completely different.

    The champions and the Goliath of the Bundesliga are not the winning machine of old. Since the restart, they have just drawn three league games in a row 1-1, against Koln and Frankfurt at home and away at Leipzig. They are usually slow to start after the winter break but this is worrying because coach Julian Nagelsmann's team is not playing well, not defending well, and as a result is not winning.

    And the tensions are not just on the pitch. Serge Gnabry was reprimanded and benched for going to the Paris Fashion Week on his day off. Tony Tapalovic, the goalkeeping coach and Manuel Neuer's best friend, was let go last week in a power move from Nagelsmann. And Neuer is out until next season after breaking his leg skiing while on holiday after the World Cup.

    In the meantime, the competition is gearing up for more misery for Bayern. Union Berlin, the surprise of the season, are second just a point behind the leaders. Then Leipzig, rejuvenated by manager Marco Rose, are just one behind Union with Freiburg and Dortmund another one behind. The top five of the Bundesliga within three points of each other in February has never been seen before, and it puts all the more pressure on Bayern.

    Don't you just love the FA Cup?

    No, seriously. Don't you just love it? It's fair to say that the conclusion of the tournament's weekend action at the Racecourse Ground between non-leaguers Wrexham AFC and Championship side Sheffield United delivered in more ways than one with a 3-3 result.

    The only thing that would have made the six-goal thriller even better -- at least for the neutral -- was a seventh by the home side. At that point, I think even Ryan Reynolds would have lost all his senses and, just like his cinematic anti-superheroic character Deadpool, the Hollywood actor and Wrexham's co-owner would have jumped out of the stands and lost all his limbs as a result of excitement.

    The game had everything you could ask from an FA Cup tie, including an overwhelming atmosphere. The second half was especially scintillating as it gave us five of the six goals on the evening -- four in thirty minutes -- agonizingly close chances and a red card against the visitors.

    For the hosts, despite the extra man, it was sadly not a Hollywood ending as John Egan's stoppage-time goal rescued Sheffield United, thus sending this fixture to Bramall Lane for a replay.

    Non-tangibles aside, it's important to remember how well Wrexham have been doing since Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took over the Welsh side and appointed their man Phil Parkinson as coach.

    Other than the FA Cup, they're also joint top of the National League and play like they belong two leagues above. They were more than a match for Sheffield United, who haven't lost a game since Nov. 8. Oh, and Paul Mullin has the absolute goods. He has no business playing in this division.

    Incredible scenes at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham result in a 3-3 draw that gives Ryan Reynolds and co hopes in continuing their FA Cup dream.

    Can Southampton cup wins change Premier League course?

    Southampton are rock bottom of the Premier League table and manager Nathan Jones is trying to kick-start a survival bid in the cups. The 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday was Southampton's fourth win in their last six games -- it's just a shame for Jones that only one came in the league.

    Southampton have another cup game on Tuesday -- the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg against Newcastle -- before two vital Premier League clashes against Brentford and Wolves. It would be easy for a manager to throw away cup ties to focus on battling relegation but, at the very least, Jones has improved the mood around St. Mary's with a run of positive results.

    Confidence and momentum is everything when you're fighting to stay up and Southampton should have both when they arrive at Brentford on Saturday. It's tight at the bottom of the table with only three points separating Southampton and Leicester in 14th.

    Romain Perraud's double secures Southampton's progression in the FA Cup despite a late resurgence from Blackpool.

    Barcelona's 1-0 LaLiga win at Girona on Saturday was historic. Coming after a 1-0 Copa del Rey victory over Real Sociedad and a 1-0 win over Getafe, this was the first time in 43 years that Barca have won three consecutive games by that scoreline.

    Add a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Jan. 8, a 1-0 win at Valencia on Oct. 29, a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on Oct. 9 and a 1-0 win at Mallorca on Oct. 1, and there's a pattern emerging. It's not the one you might have expected when Xavi Hernandez, the spiritual heir to manager Pep Guardiola and crown prince of tiki-taka, was appointed back in November 2021.

    Context is important. Barca's defensive record in LaLiga is exceptional, conceding just six goals in 18 games. They've kept 14 clean sheets. Much of that can be attributed to career-best form from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, rivalling Thibaut Courtois for the title of Spain's most reliable keeper.

    At the other end of the pitch, it's no surprise Barca struggled to score against Girona, Getafe and Atletico given that they've been without one of the best goal scorers on the planet, Robert Lewandowski. The team are over-reliant on him, with his 13 league goals followed by Pedri -- who found the net on Saturday -- and Ousmane Dembele, now injured, with five each.

    Pedri nets the goal to put Barcelona on the board first in the 61st minute.

    Kaoru Mitoma is the epitome of Brighton, and Brighton are the epitome of Kaoru Mitoma. The Japanese international -- who was playing in university three years ago because he didn't feel he was ready for professional football and ended up costing the club a measly €3 million -- scored a majestic, stoppage-time winning goal for the Seagulls against Liverpool on Sunday.

    It was one of those goals that deserved a microscopic re-watch. Entering the final moments of the game, Brighton earned a free-kick outside of the box. From the free-kick, the ball hovered across the pitch to the feet of Ecuador's Pervis Estupiñán, who after a beautiful touch, crossed it above Liverpool's defensive unit and right onto Mitoma's orbit. There was still work to do for the Japanese winger, however, as Alisson was rightly in place, ready to react.

    What followed, however, was a piece of art. Mitoma brought it down with his right foot with a first touch smoother than Luther Vandross's vocal chords, then with the same foot, proceeded to fake everyone out with a second touch, and without the ball touching the ground, he smashed it past the Brazilian keeper and into the far corner of the goal.

    Kaoru Mitoma's stunning finish in the box gives Brighton the lead in the 92nd minute over Liverpool.

    Week in, week out, home and away, scoring or assisting, Ademola Lookman is having the season of his life at Atalanta. And Saturday was no different.

    The Nigerian international scored another worldie to lead Atalanta to another win, 2-0 at home against Sampdoria. The former England youth player received the ball on the right hand side, near the halfway line, came inside with a trick, ran with the ball, got into the box, slowed down slightly before unleashing a perfect shot in the opposite bottom corner.

    It was his 12th league goal of the season already in 14 starts, with three assists on top of it. That's only four goals less than through his all professional career in the top flight in England (Leicester and Everton) and in Germany (RB Leipzig). Lookman is unstoppable and unplayable at the moment. He has netted seven times in his last four games in all competitions.

    Manchester United were already well on their way to booking a place in the fifth round when Fred made sure of the result against Reading but the Brazilian midfielder, on as a second-half substitute, made sure the best goal was saved until last.

    Bruno Fernandes' whipped cross from the right was inviting a touch and Fred did it with a bit of flair -- flicking the ball into the net and making a superb bit of skill look casual.

    Fred taps in Bruno Fernandes' pass to give Manchester United a 3-0 lead over Reading.

    Here's AC Milan's recent stretch: three goals conceded against Inter Milan in the Super Cup 10 days ago, four conceded away at Lazio in Serie A on Tuesday and finally five against Sassuolo, 17th in the table, at home on Sunday in the league. That's three defeats in row with 12 goals given away, and AC Milan, the Italian champions, are going through the biggest crisis of this era with Stefano Pioli as manager.

    This is the first time in their history that they shipped four or more goals in successive league matches. The last time someone scored five goals against them at San Siro was Juventus back in April 1997.

    Milan have won only one of their seven games since the restart and it was their first one, on Jan. 4 away at Salernitana, where they had to battle hard to keep their 2-1 victory towards the end. After that, there have been disappointments after disappointments, defeats and draws back to back.

    Valencia's record since the World Cup break makes for grim reading. They've gone four games without a win in LaLiga and the last three in particular -- a 1-0 home defeat to Cadiz, a 2-2 draw with Almeria and Sunday's agonising 1-0 loss at Real Valladolid, conceding in the 90th minute -- have all come against opposition that a team with talent like Jose Gaya, Yunus Musah, Samuel Lino and Edinson Cavani should be beating.

    Their start to the season was solid, at times thrilling, but a dreadful October -- when they went another five league games without a win -- and this latest winless streak have seen Gennaro Gattuso's team thrust into the midst of a relegation battle. Valencia are just three points clear of the bottom three now, and although they have two games in hand over most of their rivals, you wouldn't bank on them winning either on current form.

    Casemiro wasn't only the MVP of the weekend -- he is quickly becoming the MVP of Manchester United's whole season.

    The Brazilian won the FA Cup tie with Reading on Saturday with two goals in four minutes -- the first with a clever scooped finish from Antony's pass and the second with a pinpoint effort from 25 yards out. It was a contribution that ensured a comfortable evening against the Championship side just as they were threatening to make things nervous.

    Casemiro has only been at Old Trafford for a couple of months but he's already been a transformational signing. Not only have United filled a gaping hole in their midfield, they've done it with one of the best players in the world in the position. He's brought some bite in the middle of the pitch, calmness on the ball and, above all, a winner's mentality. It's something that's been missing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    Credit: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4864701/weekend-review-man-united-need-casemiro-bayern-in-crisis

  •  Kaoru Mitoma scored in stoppage time as Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at the Amex With the game heading to a draw Japan winger Mitoma produced a great piece of control before firing in from close range to stun the Reds Jurgen Klopp s side who were beaten 3 0 at the Seagulls two weeks ago took the lead midway through the first half when Harvey Elliott slotted into the bottom corner from Mohamed Salah s pass following a quick break However Brighton equalised when Tariq Lamptey s shot from distance deflected heavily off Lewis Dunk to fly into the back of the net It looked like a replay at Anfield would be needed to decide the tie before Mitoma stepped up to snatch another big result for Brighton It is testament to the impressive work done by Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi since his appointment that you couldn t say with a degree of certainty which side was the favourite heading into this match Liverpool won the FA Cup last season but have endured a difficult campaign and went into this game as the side lower in the Premier League table they are ninth while Brighton are sixth The hosts impressively outplayed the Reds on 14 January and clearly fancied their chances of another victory against them as they showed belief and confidence in this game Great defending by Dunk prevented what looked to be a certain goal for Salah early on while Evan Ferguson then had a shot cleared off the line by Trent Alexander Arnold The hosts stepped it up after the break and got their reward for another hard working display with Mitoma s late winner although the home fans celebrations were delayed as a possible offside was checked by the video assistant referee before the goal was given Mitoma is the latest star to rise at Brighton who continue to impress despite losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month and with Moises Caicedo left out of this game following a bid from the Gunners A year ago there was talk of Liverpool potentially winning four trophies in one season as they found themselves fighting for honours in the Premier League Champions League League Cup and FA Cup In the end they finished with two the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but they are in danger of closing this season with nothing as they struggle to find the consistent top level performances they have shown in previous campaigns Liverpool certainly looked better than they did in their previous visit to the Amex with their counter in the first half a constant danger for Brighton while Cody Gakpo showed promising signs of building up an understanding with Salah But ultimately they did not threaten the Seagulls goal enough as they finished with just two shots on target while they were fortunate not to have been reduced to 10 men after Fabinho injured Ferguson with a nasty foul There s still time for Liverpool to secure a top four Premier League finish and success in the Champions League but they will need to produce much better than this Match ends Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Second Half ends Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Substitution Brighton and Hove Albion Jan Paul van Hecke replaces Tariq Lamptey Foul by Pascal Gro Brighton and Hove Albion Curtis Jones Liverpool wins a free kick on the right wing VAR Decision Goal Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton and Hove Albion 2 1 Liverpool Kaoru Mitoma Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Kaoru Mitoma Brighton and Hove Albion right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal Assisted by Pervis Estupi n following a set piece situation Goal confirmed following VAR Review Andrew Robertson Liverpool is shown the yellow card for a bad foul Alexis Mac Allister Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the attacking half Foul by Andrew Robertson Liverpool Pervis Estupi n Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the defensive half Foul by James Milner Liverpool Substitution Brighton and Hove Albion Deniz Undav replaces Evan Ferguson because of an injury Delay over They are ready to continue Delay in match because of an injury Evan Ferguson Brighton and Hove Albion Fabinho Liverpool is shown the yellow card for a bad foul Evan Ferguson Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the defensive half Foul by Fabinho Liverpool Substitution Liverpool Fabinho replaces Stefan Bajcetic Delay over They are ready to continue Credit https www bbc com sport football 64445980
    Brighton knock holders Liverpool out of FA Cup
     Kaoru Mitoma scored in stoppage time as Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at the Amex With the game heading to a draw Japan winger Mitoma produced a great piece of control before firing in from close range to stun the Reds Jurgen Klopp s side who were beaten 3 0 at the Seagulls two weeks ago took the lead midway through the first half when Harvey Elliott slotted into the bottom corner from Mohamed Salah s pass following a quick break However Brighton equalised when Tariq Lamptey s shot from distance deflected heavily off Lewis Dunk to fly into the back of the net It looked like a replay at Anfield would be needed to decide the tie before Mitoma stepped up to snatch another big result for Brighton It is testament to the impressive work done by Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi since his appointment that you couldn t say with a degree of certainty which side was the favourite heading into this match Liverpool won the FA Cup last season but have endured a difficult campaign and went into this game as the side lower in the Premier League table they are ninth while Brighton are sixth The hosts impressively outplayed the Reds on 14 January and clearly fancied their chances of another victory against them as they showed belief and confidence in this game Great defending by Dunk prevented what looked to be a certain goal for Salah early on while Evan Ferguson then had a shot cleared off the line by Trent Alexander Arnold The hosts stepped it up after the break and got their reward for another hard working display with Mitoma s late winner although the home fans celebrations were delayed as a possible offside was checked by the video assistant referee before the goal was given Mitoma is the latest star to rise at Brighton who continue to impress despite losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month and with Moises Caicedo left out of this game following a bid from the Gunners A year ago there was talk of Liverpool potentially winning four trophies in one season as they found themselves fighting for honours in the Premier League Champions League League Cup and FA Cup In the end they finished with two the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but they are in danger of closing this season with nothing as they struggle to find the consistent top level performances they have shown in previous campaigns Liverpool certainly looked better than they did in their previous visit to the Amex with their counter in the first half a constant danger for Brighton while Cody Gakpo showed promising signs of building up an understanding with Salah But ultimately they did not threaten the Seagulls goal enough as they finished with just two shots on target while they were fortunate not to have been reduced to 10 men after Fabinho injured Ferguson with a nasty foul There s still time for Liverpool to secure a top four Premier League finish and success in the Champions League but they will need to produce much better than this Match ends Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Second Half ends Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Substitution Brighton and Hove Albion Jan Paul van Hecke replaces Tariq Lamptey Foul by Pascal Gro Brighton and Hove Albion Curtis Jones Liverpool wins a free kick on the right wing VAR Decision Goal Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton and Hove Albion 2 1 Liverpool Kaoru Mitoma Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Liverpool 1 Kaoru Mitoma Brighton and Hove Albion right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal Assisted by Pervis Estupi n following a set piece situation Goal confirmed following VAR Review Andrew Robertson Liverpool is shown the yellow card for a bad foul Alexis Mac Allister Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the attacking half Foul by Andrew Robertson Liverpool Pervis Estupi n Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the defensive half Foul by James Milner Liverpool Substitution Brighton and Hove Albion Deniz Undav replaces Evan Ferguson because of an injury Delay over They are ready to continue Delay in match because of an injury Evan Ferguson Brighton and Hove Albion Fabinho Liverpool is shown the yellow card for a bad foul Evan Ferguson Brighton and Hove Albion wins a free kick in the defensive half Foul by Fabinho Liverpool Substitution Liverpool Fabinho replaces Stefan Bajcetic Delay over They are ready to continue Credit https www bbc com sport football 64445980
    Brighton knock holders Liverpool out of FA Cup
    Foreign48 mins ago

    Brighton knock holders Liverpool out of FA Cup

    Kaoru Mitoma scored in stoppage time as Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at the Amex.

    With the game heading to a draw, Japan winger Mitoma produced a great piece of control before firing in from close range to stun the Reds.

    Jurgen Klopp's side, who were beaten 3-0 at the Seagulls two weeks ago, took the lead midway through the first half when Harvey Elliott slotted into the bottom corner from Mohamed Salah's pass following a quick break.

    However, Brighton equalised when Tariq Lamptey's shot from distance deflected heavily off Lewis Dunk to fly into the back of the net.

    It looked like a replay at Anfield would be needed to decide the tie before Mitoma stepped up to snatch another big result for Brighton.

    It is testament to the impressive work done by Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi since his appointment that you couldn't say with a degree of certainty which side was the favourite heading into this match.

    Liverpool won the FA Cup last season but have endured a difficult campaign and went into this game as the side lower in the Premier League table - they are ninth while Brighton are sixth.

    The hosts impressively outplayed the Reds on 14 January and clearly fancied their chances of another victory against them as they showed belief and confidence in this game.

    Great defending by Dunk prevented what looked to be a certain goal for Salah early on, while Evan Ferguson then had a shot cleared off the line by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    The hosts stepped it up after the break and got their reward for another hard-working display with Mitoma's late winner, although the home fans' celebrations were delayed as a possible offside was checked by the video assistant referee before the goal was given.

    Mitoma is the latest star to rise at Brighton, who continue to impress despite losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month and with Moises Caicedo left out of this game following a bid from the Gunners.

    A year ago there was talk of Liverpool potentially winning four trophies in one season as they found themselves fighting for honours in the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup.

    In the end they finished with two, the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, but they are in danger of closing this season with nothing as they struggle to find the consistent top-level performances they have shown in previous campaigns.

    Liverpool certainly looked better than they did in their previous visit to the Amex, with their counter in the first half a constant danger for Brighton, while Cody Gakpo showed promising signs of building up an understanding with Salah.

    But ultimately they did not threaten the Seagulls' goal enough as they finished with just two shots on target, while they were fortunate not to have been reduced to 10 men after Fabinho injured Ferguson with a nasty foul.

    There's still time for Liverpool to secure a top-four Premier League finish and success in the Champions League, but they will need to produce much better than this.

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1.

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1.

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jan Paul van Hecke replaces Tariq Lamptey.

    Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).

    Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    VAR Decision: Goal Brighton and Hove Albion - Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 Liverpool (Kaoru Mitoma).

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1. Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán following a set piece situation.Goal confirmed following VAR Review.

    Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

    Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

    Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Deniz Undav replaces Evan Ferguson because of an injury.

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

    Delay in match because of an injury Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

    Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

    Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

    Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Stefan Bajcetic.

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

    Credit: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/64445980

  •  Brighton s stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale The Gunners had their initial 60m offer for Caicedo rejected which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave Roberto De Zerbi says club are ready to go forward without him Arsenal have had their fresh 70m bid for midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton Brighton s stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale in January with the window set to shut on Tuesday at 11pm Sky Sports News has been told their position will not change Had the Seagulls accepted Arsenal s latest offer for the 21 year old it would have been a club record transfer surpassing the 60m sale of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in the summer The Gunners also had their initial 60m offer for Caicedo rejected which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media Caicedo who said to Brighton s official website that he was focused solely on his current club just last week was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday s transfer deadline following his Instagram post Leandro Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth 27m Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi wants Caicedo to stay at Brighton until the end of the season but says the club are ready to go forward without him Caicedo is a very good guy and I can understand him said De Zerbi after Sunday s last gasp FA Cup fourth round win over Liverpool When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team they are playing in European competition I can understand Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo s social media post De Zerbi added Yes yes I was I m not sure if it was him if you know what I mean Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others De Zerbi said Yes I think so Caicedo s Instagram post read I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them I always play football with a smile and with heart I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity Caicedo said on Brighton s official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a 27m but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo Who will be on the move this winter The January transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday January 31 2023 Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports digital platforms You can also catch up with the ins outs and analysis on Sky Sports News Another Saturday another chance to win 250 000 with Super 6 Play for free entries by 3pm Credit https www skysports com football news 11095 12798879 arsenal transfer news gunners 70m bid for moises caicedo rejected by brighton
    Gunners’ £70m bid for Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton
     Brighton s stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale The Gunners had their initial 60m offer for Caicedo rejected which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave Roberto De Zerbi says club are ready to go forward without him Arsenal have had their fresh 70m bid for midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton Brighton s stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale in January with the window set to shut on Tuesday at 11pm Sky Sports News has been told their position will not change Had the Seagulls accepted Arsenal s latest offer for the 21 year old it would have been a club record transfer surpassing the 60m sale of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in the summer The Gunners also had their initial 60m offer for Caicedo rejected which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media Caicedo who said to Brighton s official website that he was focused solely on his current club just last week was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday s transfer deadline following his Instagram post Leandro Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth 27m Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi wants Caicedo to stay at Brighton until the end of the season but says the club are ready to go forward without him Caicedo is a very good guy and I can understand him said De Zerbi after Sunday s last gasp FA Cup fourth round win over Liverpool When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team they are playing in European competition I can understand Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo s social media post De Zerbi added Yes yes I was I m not sure if it was him if you know what I mean Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others De Zerbi said Yes I think so Caicedo s Instagram post read I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them I always play football with a smile and with heart I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity Caicedo said on Brighton s official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a 27m but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo Who will be on the move this winter The January transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday January 31 2023 Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports digital platforms You can also catch up with the ins outs and analysis on Sky Sports News Another Saturday another chance to win 250 000 with Super 6 Play for free entries by 3pm Credit https www skysports com football news 11095 12798879 arsenal transfer news gunners 70m bid for moises caicedo rejected by brighton
    Gunners’ £70m bid for Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton
    Foreign2 hours ago

    Gunners’ £70m bid for Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton

    Brighton's stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale; The Gunners had their initial £60m offer for Caicedo rejected, which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave; Roberto De Zerbi says club are 'ready to go forward without him'

    Arsenal have had their fresh £70m bid for midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton.

    Brighton's stance remains unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale in January, with the window set to shut on Tuesday at 11pm. Sky Sports News has been told their position will not change.

    Had the Seagulls accepted Arsenal's latest offer for the 21-year-old it would have been a club-record transfer, surpassing the £60m sale of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in the summer.

    The Gunners also had their initial £60m offer for Caicedo rejected, which prompted the Colombia international to plead with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media.

    Caicedo, who said to Brighton's official website that he was focused solely on his current club just last week, was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday's transfer deadline following his Instagram post.

    Leandro Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth £27m.

    Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi wants Caicedo to stay at Brighton until the end of the season but says the club are "ready to go forward without him".

    "Caicedo is a very good guy and I can understand him," said De Zerbi after Sunday's last-gasp FA Cup fourth-round win over Liverpool.

    "When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team, they are playing in European competition, I can understand."

    Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo's social media post, De Zerbi added: Yes, yes I was. I'm not sure if it was him if you know what I mean..."

    Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others, De Zerbi said: "Yes, I think so."

    Caicedo's Instagram post read: "I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.

    "I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.

    "I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful.

    "The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity."

    Caicedo said on Brighton's official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club.

    Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a £27m, but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo.

    Who will be on the move this winter? The January transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday January 31, 2023.

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

    Another Saturday, another chance to win £250,000 with Super 6. Play for free, entries by 3pm.

    Credit: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12798879/arsenal-transfer-news-gunners-70m-bid-for-moises-caicedo-rejected-by-brighton

  •  Wrexham United Kingdom Jan 29 2023 AFP Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds watched on in anguish as his Wrexham side conceded deep into stoppage time to draw 3 3 against Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney took over the National League side in 2020 The Canadian born actor celebrated the Welsh club s three goals wildly in the stands but they will need to win a replay to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time since 1997 Wrexham could not have got off to a worse start as Oli McBurnie headed the Blades in front after 61 seconds Sheffield United look set for a return to the Premier League next season but they were rocked by a pulsating atmosphere inside the Racecourse Ground The home side struck twice in 11 minutes early in the second half to turn the tie around as James Jones and Thomas O Connor scored from set pieces Oli Norwood looked to have ended the Wrexham dream with a composed finish to equalise But a red card for Daniel Jebbison for an off the ball incident handed the hosts 20 minutes with an extra man to find the winner They seemed set for a Hollywood ending when top scorer Paul Mullin steered home in the 86th minute However there was a final late twist in the plot as John Egan forced home a corner in the 95th minute to force a replay Mullin said he was very disappointed to concede so near the end of the match If we just hold on against 10 men then we are through he told the BBC I thought we were the better team throughout the game creating chances and looking dangerous on the break We limited them to not many chances in open play I m so proud of everyone We ve worked so hard to get here We came into the game thinking we could win and we had a game plan Unfortunately it hasn t quite paid off but I think when the dust settles tomorrow we ll be proud of it Credit https www thescore com eng_fed news 2561105
    Wrexham heartbroken after Sheffield United force FA Cup replay in thriller
     Wrexham United Kingdom Jan 29 2023 AFP Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds watched on in anguish as his Wrexham side conceded deep into stoppage time to draw 3 3 against Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney took over the National League side in 2020 The Canadian born actor celebrated the Welsh club s three goals wildly in the stands but they will need to win a replay to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time since 1997 Wrexham could not have got off to a worse start as Oli McBurnie headed the Blades in front after 61 seconds Sheffield United look set for a return to the Premier League next season but they were rocked by a pulsating atmosphere inside the Racecourse Ground The home side struck twice in 11 minutes early in the second half to turn the tie around as James Jones and Thomas O Connor scored from set pieces Oli Norwood looked to have ended the Wrexham dream with a composed finish to equalise But a red card for Daniel Jebbison for an off the ball incident handed the hosts 20 minutes with an extra man to find the winner They seemed set for a Hollywood ending when top scorer Paul Mullin steered home in the 86th minute However there was a final late twist in the plot as John Egan forced home a corner in the 95th minute to force a replay Mullin said he was very disappointed to concede so near the end of the match If we just hold on against 10 men then we are through he told the BBC I thought we were the better team throughout the game creating chances and looking dangerous on the break We limited them to not many chances in open play I m so proud of everyone We ve worked so hard to get here We came into the game thinking we could win and we had a game plan Unfortunately it hasn t quite paid off but I think when the dust settles tomorrow we ll be proud of it Credit https www thescore com eng_fed news 2561105
    Wrexham heartbroken after Sheffield United force FA Cup replay in thriller
    Foreign2 hours ago

    Wrexham heartbroken after Sheffield United force FA Cup replay in thriller

    Wrexham, United Kingdom, Jan 29, 2023 (AFP) - Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds watched on in anguish as his Wrexham side conceded deep into stoppage time to draw 3-3 against Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

    Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney took over the National League side in 2020.

    The Canadian-born actor celebrated the Welsh club's three goals wildly in the stands, but they will need to win a replay to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time since 1997.

    Wrexham could not have got off to a worse start as Oli McBurnie headed the Blades in front after 61 seconds.

    Sheffield United look set for a return to the Premier League next season but they were rocked by a pulsating atmosphere inside the Racecourse Ground.

    The home side struck twice in 11 minutes early in the second half to turn the tie around as James Jones and Thomas O'Connor scored from set-pieces.

    Oli Norwood looked to have ended the Wrexham dream with a composed finish to equalise.

    But a red card for Daniel Jebbison for an off-the-ball incident handed the hosts 20 minutes with an extra man to find the winner.

    They seemed set for a Hollywood ending when top scorer Paul Mullin steered home in the 86th minute.

    However, there was a final late twist in the plot as John Egan forced home a corner in the 95th minute to force a replay.

    Mullin said he was "very disappointed" to concede so near the end of the match.

    "If we just hold on against 10 men then we are through," he told the BBC.

    "I thought we were the better team throughout the game, creating chances and looking dangerous on the break. We limited them to not many chances in open play.

    "I'm so proud of everyone. We've worked so hard to get here. We came into the game thinking we could win and we had a game plan. Unfortunately it hasn't quite paid off but I think when the dust settles tomorrow we'll be proud of it."

    Credit: https://www.thescore.com/eng_fed/news/2561105

  •  Inaki Williams missed his first La Liga game for Athletic Bilbao since April 2016 on Sunday as he was forced to sit out with an injury The 28 year old had played an enormous 251 league games in a row for the Spanish side and become a key cog in their forward line He has also scored 78 goals since joining the first team in 2014 after an impressive spell for Bilbao Athletic the club s B team Williams was not included in Bilbao s matchday squad to face Celta Vigo on Sunday after picking up an injury in their last game against Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter final He assisted two goals for Ernesto Valverde s side as they advanced to the next round of the tournament with a 3 1 victory The last time Williams missed a La Liga game Leicester were Premier League champions Arsene Wenger was manager of Arsenal and England were yet to be knocked out of the Euros by Iceland Fans showed their appreciation for the forward who has played international football for both Ghana and Spain as one tweeted that his value should be through the roof after going so long without missing a game His achievement was also described as unreal and a feat we will never see in modern football again The comments below have been moderated in advance The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline By posting your comment you agree to our house rules Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account We ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy Credit https www dailymail co uk sport football article 11689849 Athletic Bilbaos Inaki Williams misses La Liga game nearly SEVEN YEARS html
    Bilbao’s Williams misses his first La Liga game in nearly SEVEN YEARS
     Inaki Williams missed his first La Liga game for Athletic Bilbao since April 2016 on Sunday as he was forced to sit out with an injury The 28 year old had played an enormous 251 league games in a row for the Spanish side and become a key cog in their forward line He has also scored 78 goals since joining the first team in 2014 after an impressive spell for Bilbao Athletic the club s B team Williams was not included in Bilbao s matchday squad to face Celta Vigo on Sunday after picking up an injury in their last game against Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter final He assisted two goals for Ernesto Valverde s side as they advanced to the next round of the tournament with a 3 1 victory The last time Williams missed a La Liga game Leicester were Premier League champions Arsene Wenger was manager of Arsenal and England were yet to be knocked out of the Euros by Iceland Fans showed their appreciation for the forward who has played international football for both Ghana and Spain as one tweeted that his value should be through the roof after going so long without missing a game His achievement was also described as unreal and a feat we will never see in modern football again The comments below have been moderated in advance The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline By posting your comment you agree to our house rules Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account We ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy Credit https www dailymail co uk sport football article 11689849 Athletic Bilbaos Inaki Williams misses La Liga game nearly SEVEN YEARS html
    Bilbao’s Williams misses his first La Liga game in nearly SEVEN YEARS
    Foreign4 hours ago

    Bilbao’s Williams misses his first La Liga game in nearly SEVEN YEARS

    Inaki Williams missed his first La Liga game for Athletic Bilbao since April 2016 on Sunday, as he was forced to sit out with an injury.

    The 28-year-old had played an enormous 251 league games in a row for the Spanish side and become a key cog in their forward line.

    He has also scored 78 goals since joining the first team in 2014 after an impressive spell for Bilbao Athletic, the club's B team.

    Williams was not included in Bilbao's matchday squad to face Celta Vigo on Sunday after picking up an injury in their last game against Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter final.

    He assisted two goals for Ernesto Valverde's side as they advanced to the next round of the tournament with a 3-1 victory.

    The last time Williams missed a La Liga game, Leicester were Premier League champions, Arsene Wenger was manager of Arsenal and England were yet to be knocked out of the Euros by Iceland.

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  •  PARIS Striker Folarin Balogun equalized deep into stoppage time as Reims earned a 1 1 draw at French league leader Paris Saint Germain on Sunday keeping PSG three points ahead of second place Lens Balogun who began his career at Premier League team Arsenal and stood out throughout the game with his movement latched onto a long pass in the sixth minute of injury time He easily beat veteran defender Sergio Ramos for pace before confidently shooting past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma It was the 21 year old forward s 11th league goal of the season and one less than PSG s scorer Neymar Neymar struck in the 51st to move one behind league top scorer and teammate Kylian Mbapp before PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a dangerous tackle on Japan winger Junya Ito in the 59th Verratti made his return from a thigh injury when he came on for the second half Midtable Reims extended its unbeaten run to 12 games which included holding PSG to a 0 0 draw at home in October and was the better side in the first half Donnarumma almost gave a goal away after 23 seconds when he hacked a back pass straight to the opposition but got away with it Balogun went close midway through the first half and teammate Marshall Munetsi a midfielder with Zimbabwe also caused problems for PSG s static defense Referee Ruddy Buquet awarded Reims a penalty shortly after Neymar s goal for a foul on Balogun but changed his mind following a video review In the end Balogun had his say PSG has won only one of its last four league games losing two and coach Christophe Galtier acknowledged there is a problem We were soporific in the first half we were quickly split in two and we were on the back foot he said We abandoned our defense Since the World Cup PSG has won only two of its five league games and both have been against strugglers PSG needed an injury time penalty from Mbapp to beat Strasbourg 2 1 and it beat rock bottom Angers 2 0 With a much tougher test against Bayern Munich approaching in the round of 16 of the Champions League PSG needs to improve fast Either side of playing Bayern on Feb 14 PSG has two away games at bitter rival Marseille in the French Cup and in the league Marseille is only five points behind PSG in third spot Earlier striker Gaetan Laborde scored the winner as Nice beat Lille 1 0 to end the northern side s six game unbeaten run Laborde netted in the 34th minute after Badredine Bouanani intercepted a poor back pass and set him up for a first time finish Lille had not lost in the league since Oct 30 Alexandre Lacazette notched his 12th league goal of the season as Lyon won 2 0 at Corsican side Ajaccio to move into ninth place Tempers flared after the game as Lyon coach Laurent Blanc grabbed Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni s face after they had shaken hands and shoved him away following a verbal exchange Pantaloni who played for Ajaccio as a striker in the 1990s then walked over to Lyon s bench and clashed with Lyon s goalkeeper coach R my Vercoutre Security officials had to separate them as angry home fans banged on the dugout Lacazette cut short his post game television interview when a lighter thrown from the crowd landed near him Vercoutre had to be escorted away as fans insulted him and some tried to get on the field The visitors took the lead in the 20th when 20 year old midfielder Johann Lepenant turned in Bradley Barcola s pass Lacazette who re joined hometown Lyon in the summer after five seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal scored his 144th goal overall for the club in the 72nd France s 2018 World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso and Argentina s World Cup winning left back Nicol s Tagliafico combined to set him up Dutch forward Thijs Dallinga scored twice for Toulouse in a 2 1 win at struggling Strasbourg Veteran striker Kevin Gameiro put the Alsace side ahead in the 20th but Dallinga equalized for Toulouse five minutes later and struck again early in the second half Strikers J r my Le Douaron and Steve Mounie scored first half goals for Brest in a 4 0 home win against bottom side Angers Midfielders Franck Honorat and Pierre Lees Melou scored after the break English forward Stephy Mavididi scored both goals as Montpellier got a much needed 2 0 win at 19th place Auxerre to move away from relegation trouble and Clermont drew 0 0 at home to Nantes Credit https www washingtonpost com sports soccer laborde nets winner as nice ends lilles 6 game unbeaten run 2023 01 29 4dc69a24 9ff3 11ed 8b47 9863fda8e494_story html
    PSG held to 1-1 draw after Reims equalizes in stoppage time
     PARIS Striker Folarin Balogun equalized deep into stoppage time as Reims earned a 1 1 draw at French league leader Paris Saint Germain on Sunday keeping PSG three points ahead of second place Lens Balogun who began his career at Premier League team Arsenal and stood out throughout the game with his movement latched onto a long pass in the sixth minute of injury time He easily beat veteran defender Sergio Ramos for pace before confidently shooting past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma It was the 21 year old forward s 11th league goal of the season and one less than PSG s scorer Neymar Neymar struck in the 51st to move one behind league top scorer and teammate Kylian Mbapp before PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a dangerous tackle on Japan winger Junya Ito in the 59th Verratti made his return from a thigh injury when he came on for the second half Midtable Reims extended its unbeaten run to 12 games which included holding PSG to a 0 0 draw at home in October and was the better side in the first half Donnarumma almost gave a goal away after 23 seconds when he hacked a back pass straight to the opposition but got away with it Balogun went close midway through the first half and teammate Marshall Munetsi a midfielder with Zimbabwe also caused problems for PSG s static defense Referee Ruddy Buquet awarded Reims a penalty shortly after Neymar s goal for a foul on Balogun but changed his mind following a video review In the end Balogun had his say PSG has won only one of its last four league games losing two and coach Christophe Galtier acknowledged there is a problem We were soporific in the first half we were quickly split in two and we were on the back foot he said We abandoned our defense Since the World Cup PSG has won only two of its five league games and both have been against strugglers PSG needed an injury time penalty from Mbapp to beat Strasbourg 2 1 and it beat rock bottom Angers 2 0 With a much tougher test against Bayern Munich approaching in the round of 16 of the Champions League PSG needs to improve fast Either side of playing Bayern on Feb 14 PSG has two away games at bitter rival Marseille in the French Cup and in the league Marseille is only five points behind PSG in third spot Earlier striker Gaetan Laborde scored the winner as Nice beat Lille 1 0 to end the northern side s six game unbeaten run Laborde netted in the 34th minute after Badredine Bouanani intercepted a poor back pass and set him up for a first time finish Lille had not lost in the league since Oct 30 Alexandre Lacazette notched his 12th league goal of the season as Lyon won 2 0 at Corsican side Ajaccio to move into ninth place Tempers flared after the game as Lyon coach Laurent Blanc grabbed Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni s face after they had shaken hands and shoved him away following a verbal exchange Pantaloni who played for Ajaccio as a striker in the 1990s then walked over to Lyon s bench and clashed with Lyon s goalkeeper coach R my Vercoutre Security officials had to separate them as angry home fans banged on the dugout Lacazette cut short his post game television interview when a lighter thrown from the crowd landed near him Vercoutre had to be escorted away as fans insulted him and some tried to get on the field The visitors took the lead in the 20th when 20 year old midfielder Johann Lepenant turned in Bradley Barcola s pass Lacazette who re joined hometown Lyon in the summer after five seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal scored his 144th goal overall for the club in the 72nd France s 2018 World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso and Argentina s World Cup winning left back Nicol s Tagliafico combined to set him up Dutch forward Thijs Dallinga scored twice for Toulouse in a 2 1 win at struggling Strasbourg Veteran striker Kevin Gameiro put the Alsace side ahead in the 20th but Dallinga equalized for Toulouse five minutes later and struck again early in the second half Strikers J r my Le Douaron and Steve Mounie scored first half goals for Brest in a 4 0 home win against bottom side Angers Midfielders Franck Honorat and Pierre Lees Melou scored after the break English forward Stephy Mavididi scored both goals as Montpellier got a much needed 2 0 win at 19th place Auxerre to move away from relegation trouble and Clermont drew 0 0 at home to Nantes Credit https www washingtonpost com sports soccer laborde nets winner as nice ends lilles 6 game unbeaten run 2023 01 29 4dc69a24 9ff3 11ed 8b47 9863fda8e494_story html
    PSG held to 1-1 draw after Reims equalizes in stoppage time
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    PSG held to 1-1 draw after Reims equalizes in stoppage time

    PARIS — Striker Folarin Balogun equalized deep into stoppage time as Reims earned a 1-1 draw at French league leader Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, keeping PSG three points ahead of second-place Lens.

    Balogun, who began his career at Premier League team Arsenal and stood out throughout the game with his movement, latched onto a long pass in the sixth minute of injury time. He easily beat veteran defender Sergio Ramos for pace before confidently shooting past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    It was the 21-year-old forward’s 11th league goal of the season and one less than PSG’s scorer Neymar.

    Neymar struck in the 51st to move one behind league top scorer and teammate Kylian Mbappé, before PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a dangerous tackle on Japan winger Junya Ito in the 59th. Verratti made his return from a thigh injury when he came on for the second half.

    Midtable Reims extended its unbeaten run to 12 games, which included holding PSG to a 0-0 draw at home in October, and was the better side in the first half.

    Donnarumma almost gave a goal away after 23 seconds when he hacked a back pass straight to the opposition but got away with it.

    Balogun went close midway through the first half and teammate Marshall Munetsi — a midfielder with Zimbabwe — also caused problems for PSG’s static defense.

    Referee Ruddy Buquet awarded Reims a penalty shortly after Neymar’s goal for a foul on Balogun but changed his mind following a video review.

    In the end, Balogun had his say.

    PSG has won only one of its last four league games, losing two, and coach Christophe Galtier acknowledged there is a problem.

    “We were soporific in the first half, we were quickly split in two and we were on the back foot,” he said. “We abandoned our defense.”

    Since the World Cup, PSG has won only two of its five league games and both have been against strugglers. PSG needed an injury-time penalty from Mbappé to beat Strasbourg 2-1, and it beat rock-bottom Angers 2-0. With a much tougher test against Bayern Munich approaching in the round of 16 of the Champions League, PSG needs to improve fast.

    Either side of playing Bayern on Feb. 14, PSG has two away games at bitter rival Marseille, in the French Cup and in the league. Marseille is only five points behind PSG in third spot.

    Earlier, striker Gaetan Laborde scored the winner as Nice beat Lille 1-0 to end the northern side’s six-game unbeaten run.

    Laborde netted in the 34th minute after Badredine Bouanani intercepted a poor back pass and set him up for a first-time finish. Lille had not lost in the league since Oct. 30.

    Alexandre Lacazette notched his 12th league goal of the season as Lyon won 2-0 at Corsican side Ajaccio to move into ninth place.

    Tempers flared after the game as Lyon coach Laurent Blanc grabbed Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni’s face after they had shaken hands, and shoved him away following a verbal exchange.

    Pantaloni, who played for Ajaccio as a striker in the 1990s, then walked over to Lyon’s bench and clashed with Lyon’s goalkeeper coach Rémy Vercoutre. Security officials had to separate them as angry home fans banged on the dugout.

    Lacazette cut short his post-game television interview when a lighter thrown from the crowd landed near him. Vercoutre had to be escorted away as fans insulted him and some tried to get on the field.

    The visitors took the lead in the 20th when 20-year-old midfielder Johann Lepenant turned in Bradley Barcola’s pass.

    Lacazette, who re-joined hometown Lyon in the summer after five seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal, scored his 144th goal overall for the club in the 72nd. France’s 2018 World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso and Argentina’s World Cup-winning left back Nicolás Tagliafico combined to set him up.

    Dutch forward Thijs Dallinga scored twice for Toulouse in a 2-1 win at struggling Strasbourg.

    Veteran striker Kevin Gameiro put the Alsace side ahead in the 20th, but Dallinga equalized for Toulouse five minutes later and struck again early in the second half.

    Strikers Jérémy Le Douaron and Steve Mounie scored first-half goals for Brest in a 4-0 home win against bottom side Angers. Midfielders Franck Honorat and Pierre Lees-Melou scored after the break.

    English forward Stephy Mavididi scored both goals as Montpellier got a much-needed 2-0 win at 19th-place Auxerre to move away from relegation trouble, and Clermont drew 0-0 at home to Nantes.

    Credit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/soccer/laborde-nets-winner-as-nice-ends-lilles-6-game-unbeaten-run/2023/01/29/4dc69a24-9ff3-11ed-8b47-9863fda8e494_story.html

  •  Just when J rgen Klopp thought that things could not get any worse for his Liverpool team and especially here on the south coast When they were last at Brighton two weeks ago the 3 0 Premier League defeat was to paraphrase the manager a historic low Klopp could not remember a worst performance Liverpool s traumatic season suffering one of its deepest cuts It was a big reason why this FA Cup tie mattered so much And yet from a position of strength a goal to the good through Harvey Elliott they were reeled in by a Brighton team that are attracting fresh superlatives from week to week Lewis Dunk scored to make it 1 1 before half time and it was Brighton who pushed in the final 20 minutes of the second half sensing vulnerability in a Liverpool team which has been exactly that for much of the season It looked as though Liverpool would hang on Alisson had denied the outstanding Solly March at close quarters the rebound flying back off the Brighton winger and going wide while Ibrahima Konat had threw himself into a block to keep out Evan Ferguson Liverpool got away with a few not least a challenge from Konat on Alexis Mac Allister that looked like a last man foul Konat was already on a booking having gone through the back of Ferguson Fabinho on as a substitute did likewise to the 18 year old striker who was forced off in obvious distress he would leave the stadium on crutches Fabinho was lucky to see yellow rather than red while Andy Robertson was booked for a bad one on Mac Allister in stoppage time How Brighton made him pay From the free kick Pervis Estupi n in space beyond the far post sent the ball back across and after the substitute Deniz Undav had challenged with Robertson serving to block him off there was Kaoru Mitoma in further space beyond the other post What followed was a blur of technical brilliance the winger taking it down before slicing inside with a touch on his right foot Before the ball hit the ground he had guided it into the far top corner with the outside of the same boot Cue a VAR check for an offside against Estupi n and when it was ruled on the roars might have been heard in Liverpool Brighton march on The holders are out Did it even count as a shock Brighton are flying high in sixth in the league Liverpool languishing in ninth and Roberto De Zerbi s team were portrayed as the pre match favourites in some quarters That probably talked to what had happened the last time but it also reflected the broader trajectories of both clubs with Brighton s alchemy nothing short of extraordinary Since the start of the season they have lost their manager and most of the coaching staff important recruitment personnel their biggest name defender main midfielder top scorer and a key creator It looks as though their latest star midfielder is on his way too there was no sign of Mois s Caicedo as expected as Arsenal and Chelsea circle And they have improved The strange thing was that while Klopp talked up how much better Liverpool had been when compared to the previous visit highlighting the contribution of Cody Gakpo who had a couple of eye catching bursts in the No 9 role De Zerbi felt that Brighton were not at their best Liverpool led when Naby Ke ta released Mohamed Salah on the counter and he played in Elliott who had bent his run nicely The finish found the far corner via the fingertips of Jason Steele Salah had gone close early on seeing one shot blocked by Adam Webster and the rebound cleared off the line by Dunk Salah also dragged wide on 25 minutes after Elliott s through ball Brighton played some slick and incisive stuff in the first half and they might have led early on Tariq Lamptey and Estupi n were under orders to bomb forward from the full back positions and with Danny Welbeck up front alongside Ferguson it was a bold can do approach from De Zerbi Ferguson took some punishment but he emerged with honours March who is in the form of his life crossed low from the right and after Welbeck had failed to convert Ferguson spun and shot Trent Alexander Arnold was on the line to clear Mitoma so impressive on the other flank also went close after swapping passes with Ferguson Brighton s equaliser followed a low Lamptey blast after Alexander Arnold had only half cleared a corner It was going wide until Dunk touched instinctively towards goal wrong footing Alisson Lamptey was all action and it was his saving tackle that kept out Elliott just before half time Klopp watched Dunk wobble a free kick wide after the restart and Pascal Gross lift high The Liverpool manager made changes Salah and Gakpo flickered and yet it would be Brighton who came on strong when it mattered Credit https www theguardian com football 2023 jan 29 brighton liverpool fa cup fourth round match report
    Mitoma’s magical winner for Brighton delivers knockout blow to Liverpool
     Just when J rgen Klopp thought that things could not get any worse for his Liverpool team and especially here on the south coast When they were last at Brighton two weeks ago the 3 0 Premier League defeat was to paraphrase the manager a historic low Klopp could not remember a worst performance Liverpool s traumatic season suffering one of its deepest cuts It was a big reason why this FA Cup tie mattered so much And yet from a position of strength a goal to the good through Harvey Elliott they were reeled in by a Brighton team that are attracting fresh superlatives from week to week Lewis Dunk scored to make it 1 1 before half time and it was Brighton who pushed in the final 20 minutes of the second half sensing vulnerability in a Liverpool team which has been exactly that for much of the season It looked as though Liverpool would hang on Alisson had denied the outstanding Solly March at close quarters the rebound flying back off the Brighton winger and going wide while Ibrahima Konat had threw himself into a block to keep out Evan Ferguson Liverpool got away with a few not least a challenge from Konat on Alexis Mac Allister that looked like a last man foul Konat was already on a booking having gone through the back of Ferguson Fabinho on as a substitute did likewise to the 18 year old striker who was forced off in obvious distress he would leave the stadium on crutches Fabinho was lucky to see yellow rather than red while Andy Robertson was booked for a bad one on Mac Allister in stoppage time How Brighton made him pay From the free kick Pervis Estupi n in space beyond the far post sent the ball back across and after the substitute Deniz Undav had challenged with Robertson serving to block him off there was Kaoru Mitoma in further space beyond the other post What followed was a blur of technical brilliance the winger taking it down before slicing inside with a touch on his right foot Before the ball hit the ground he had guided it into the far top corner with the outside of the same boot Cue a VAR check for an offside against Estupi n and when it was ruled on the roars might have been heard in Liverpool Brighton march on The holders are out Did it even count as a shock Brighton are flying high in sixth in the league Liverpool languishing in ninth and Roberto De Zerbi s team were portrayed as the pre match favourites in some quarters That probably talked to what had happened the last time but it also reflected the broader trajectories of both clubs with Brighton s alchemy nothing short of extraordinary Since the start of the season they have lost their manager and most of the coaching staff important recruitment personnel their biggest name defender main midfielder top scorer and a key creator It looks as though their latest star midfielder is on his way too there was no sign of Mois s Caicedo as expected as Arsenal and Chelsea circle And they have improved The strange thing was that while Klopp talked up how much better Liverpool had been when compared to the previous visit highlighting the contribution of Cody Gakpo who had a couple of eye catching bursts in the No 9 role De Zerbi felt that Brighton were not at their best Liverpool led when Naby Ke ta released Mohamed Salah on the counter and he played in Elliott who had bent his run nicely The finish found the far corner via the fingertips of Jason Steele Salah had gone close early on seeing one shot blocked by Adam Webster and the rebound cleared off the line by Dunk Salah also dragged wide on 25 minutes after Elliott s through ball Brighton played some slick and incisive stuff in the first half and they might have led early on Tariq Lamptey and Estupi n were under orders to bomb forward from the full back positions and with Danny Welbeck up front alongside Ferguson it was a bold can do approach from De Zerbi Ferguson took some punishment but he emerged with honours March who is in the form of his life crossed low from the right and after Welbeck had failed to convert Ferguson spun and shot Trent Alexander Arnold was on the line to clear Mitoma so impressive on the other flank also went close after swapping passes with Ferguson Brighton s equaliser followed a low Lamptey blast after Alexander Arnold had only half cleared a corner It was going wide until Dunk touched instinctively towards goal wrong footing Alisson Lamptey was all action and it was his saving tackle that kept out Elliott just before half time Klopp watched Dunk wobble a free kick wide after the restart and Pascal Gross lift high The Liverpool manager made changes Salah and Gakpo flickered and yet it would be Brighton who came on strong when it mattered Credit https www theguardian com football 2023 jan 29 brighton liverpool fa cup fourth round match report
    Mitoma’s magical winner for Brighton delivers knockout blow to Liverpool
    Foreign4 hours ago

    Mitoma’s magical winner for Brighton delivers knockout blow to Liverpool

    Just when Jürgen Klopp thought that things could not get any worse for his Liverpool team and, especially, here on the south coast. When they were last at Brighton two weeks ago, the 3-0 Premier League defeat was, to paraphrase the manager, a historic low. Klopp could not remember a worst performance, Liverpool’s traumatic season suffering one of its deepest cuts.

    It was a big reason why this FA Cup tie mattered so much. And yet from a position of strength, a goal to the good through Harvey Elliott, they were reeled in by a Brighton team that are attracting fresh superlatives from week to week.

    Lewis Dunk scored to make it 1-1 before half-time and it was Brighton who pushed in the final 20 minutes of the second half, sensing vulnerability in a Liverpool team which has been exactly that for much of the season.

    It looked as though Liverpool would hang on. Alisson had denied the outstanding Solly March at close quarters, the rebound flying back off the Brighton winger and going wide, while Ibrahima Konaté had threw himself into a block to keep out Evan Ferguson.

    Liverpool got away with a few, not least a challenge from Konaté on Alexis Mac Allister that looked like a last-man foul. Konaté was already on a booking, having gone through the back of Ferguson. Fabinho, on as a substitute, did likewise to the 18-year-old striker, who was forced off in obvious distress – he would leave the stadium on crutches; Fabinho was lucky to see yellow rather than red – while Andy Robertson was booked for a bad one on Mac Allister in stoppage-time.

    How Brighton made him pay. From the free-kick, Pervis Estupiñán – in space beyond the far post – sent the ball back across and, after the substitute, Deniz Undav, had challenged with Robertson, serving to block him off, there was Kaoru Mitoma in further space beyond the other post.

    What followed was a blur of technical brilliance, the winger taking it down before slicing inside with a touch on his right foot. Before the ball hit the ground, he had guided it into the far, top corner with the outside of the same boot.

    Cue a VAR check for an offside against Estupiñán and, when it was ruled on, the roars might have been heard in Liverpool. Brighton march on. The holders are out.

    Did it even count as a shock? Brighton are flying high in sixth in the league, Liverpool languishing in ninth and Roberto De Zerbi’s team were portrayed as the pre-match favourites in some quarters. That probably talked to what had happened the last time but it also reflected the broader trajectories of both clubs, with Brighton’s alchemy nothing short of extraordinary.

    Since the start of the season, they have lost their manager and most of the coaching staff, important recruitment personnel, their biggest-name defender, main midfielder, top scorer and a key creator. It looks as though their latest star midfielder is on his way, too; there was no sign of Moisés Caicedo, as expected, as Arsenal and Chelsea circle. And they have improved.

    The strange thing was that while Klopp talked up how much better Liverpool had been when compared to the previous visit, highlighting the contribution of Cody Gakpo, who had a couple of eye-catching bursts in the No 9 role, De Zerbi felt that Brighton were not at their best.

    Liverpool led when Naby Keïta released Mohamed Salah on the counter and he played in Elliott, who had bent his run nicely. The finish found the far corner via the fingertips of Jason Steele. Salah had gone close early on, seeing one shot blocked by Adam Webster and the rebound cleared off the line by Dunk. Salah also dragged wide on 25 minutes after Elliott’s through-ball.

    Brighton played some slick and incisive stuff in the first half and they might have led early on. Tariq Lamptey and Estupiñán were under orders to bomb forward from the full-back positions and, with Danny Welbeck up front alongside Ferguson, it was a bold, can-do approach from De Zerbi. Ferguson took some punishment but he emerged with honours.

    March, who is in the form of his life, crossed low from the right and, after Welbeck had failed to convert, Ferguson spun and shot. Trent Alexander-Arnold was on the line to clear. Mitoma, so impressive on the other flank, also went close after swapping passes with Ferguson.

    Brighton’s equaliser followed a low Lamptey blast after Alexander-Arnold had only half-cleared a corner. It was going wide until Dunk touched instinctively towards goal, wrong-footing Alisson. Lamptey was all action and it was his saving tackle that kept out Elliott just before half-time.

    Klopp watched Dunk wobble a free-kick wide after the restart and Pascal Gross lift high. The Liverpool manager made changes, Salah and Gakpo flickered, and yet it would be Brighton who came on strong when it mattered.

    Credit: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/jan/29/brighton-liverpool-fa-cup-fourth-round-match-report

  •  Wrexham AFC are still with a shot of becoming just the sixth non league team to reach the FA Cup fifth round after a dramatic 3 3 draw with Sheffield United at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday The Wales based side play in the National League which is the fifth tier of professional English soccer and three levels below the Blades who they have now taken to a replay The game will not be replayed as such despite the use of the term replay In England specifically in cup competitions a replay means an enforced second match at the home venue of the team that played on the road in the first game which ended tied There is no third game as an even score will be decided beyond 90 minutes in that second fixture Anything below League Two which is the fourth tier of the English game is traditionally considered non league and Wrexham are the latest club of that standing to threaten a major upset Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney s ownership of the 158 year old club has been controversial since their 2020 takeover but it ensured that all eyes were on the Red Dragons in the U S Wrexham are by some way the underdogs in this matchup despite enjoying stronger financial backing than most at this level However they held their own over 90 minutes against Sheffield United and did well to come back from a deflating opening goal against them inside of the opening two minutes by Oliver McBurnie Wrexham s growing popularity in the U S and beyond will have been aided by the spectacle which followed as an FA Cup classic played out in the second half near the English border James Jones equalizer five minutes into the second half was followed by Thomas O Connor with the go ahead goal 11 minutes later to send the home fans wild That joy was short lived for the majority of the almost 10 000 strong crowd as Oliver Norwood leveled just four minutes later for the visitors Just six minutes later though there was further drama as the Blades had Daniel Jebbison sent off with a straight red card to leave them a man short for the final 20 minutes Wrexham s star man Paul Mullin attracted criticism when he moved down a division to join the club despite having just scored a league record 32 goals for Cambridge United in 2021 The 28 year old sent the home fans into raptures when he smashed home four minutes from time for what looked to be the winning strike Sheffield United had other ideas though and broke Wrexham hearts five minutes into added time when John Egan equalized for the 10 men to earn a replay at Bramall Lane FA Cup giants vs comparative minnows clashes like these are what makes the competition one of the most special domestic cups in soccer and it is extremely lucrative for smaller clubs A near capacity crowd plus TV coverage and a host of social media attention related to the game will have put Wrexham on the soccer map a bit more for those previously unfamiliar with them In forcing a replay Phil Parkinson s men now have to travel to Sheffield to play the second leg away from home for a chance to reach the fifth round That game will take place on Feb 7 8 Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool have already fallen this season and Wrexham held their own against a side that could be in the top flight come next campaign It is a tall order to win away at the Blades given that they have only been beaten twice on home turf all term but Sunday s spirited showing gives Wrexham hope as they bid to write a small piece of history Credit https www cbssports com soccer news wrexham battle sheffield united to wild goal filled draw in fa cup match to be replayed in february
    Wrexham battle Sheffield United to wild, goal-filled draw in FA Cup; match to be replayed in February
     Wrexham AFC are still with a shot of becoming just the sixth non league team to reach the FA Cup fifth round after a dramatic 3 3 draw with Sheffield United at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday The Wales based side play in the National League which is the fifth tier of professional English soccer and three levels below the Blades who they have now taken to a replay The game will not be replayed as such despite the use of the term replay In England specifically in cup competitions a replay means an enforced second match at the home venue of the team that played on the road in the first game which ended tied There is no third game as an even score will be decided beyond 90 minutes in that second fixture Anything below League Two which is the fourth tier of the English game is traditionally considered non league and Wrexham are the latest club of that standing to threaten a major upset Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney s ownership of the 158 year old club has been controversial since their 2020 takeover but it ensured that all eyes were on the Red Dragons in the U S Wrexham are by some way the underdogs in this matchup despite enjoying stronger financial backing than most at this level However they held their own over 90 minutes against Sheffield United and did well to come back from a deflating opening goal against them inside of the opening two minutes by Oliver McBurnie Wrexham s growing popularity in the U S and beyond will have been aided by the spectacle which followed as an FA Cup classic played out in the second half near the English border James Jones equalizer five minutes into the second half was followed by Thomas O Connor with the go ahead goal 11 minutes later to send the home fans wild That joy was short lived for the majority of the almost 10 000 strong crowd as Oliver Norwood leveled just four minutes later for the visitors Just six minutes later though there was further drama as the Blades had Daniel Jebbison sent off with a straight red card to leave them a man short for the final 20 minutes Wrexham s star man Paul Mullin attracted criticism when he moved down a division to join the club despite having just scored a league record 32 goals for Cambridge United in 2021 The 28 year old sent the home fans into raptures when he smashed home four minutes from time for what looked to be the winning strike Sheffield United had other ideas though and broke Wrexham hearts five minutes into added time when John Egan equalized for the 10 men to earn a replay at Bramall Lane FA Cup giants vs comparative minnows clashes like these are what makes the competition one of the most special domestic cups in soccer and it is extremely lucrative for smaller clubs A near capacity crowd plus TV coverage and a host of social media attention related to the game will have put Wrexham on the soccer map a bit more for those previously unfamiliar with them In forcing a replay Phil Parkinson s men now have to travel to Sheffield to play the second leg away from home for a chance to reach the fifth round That game will take place on Feb 7 8 Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool have already fallen this season and Wrexham held their own against a side that could be in the top flight come next campaign It is a tall order to win away at the Blades given that they have only been beaten twice on home turf all term but Sunday s spirited showing gives Wrexham hope as they bid to write a small piece of history Credit https www cbssports com soccer news wrexham battle sheffield united to wild goal filled draw in fa cup match to be replayed in february
    Wrexham battle Sheffield United to wild, goal-filled draw in FA Cup; match to be replayed in February
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    Wrexham battle Sheffield United to wild, goal-filled draw in FA Cup; match to be replayed in February

    Wrexham AFC are still with a shot of becoming just the sixth non-league team to reach the FA Cup fifth round after a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sheffield United at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday. The Wales-based side play in the National League, which is the fifth tier of professional English soccer, and three levels below the Blades who they have now taken to a replay.

    The game will not be replayed as such despite the use of the term "replay." In England, specifically in cup competitions, a replay means an enforced second match at the home venue of the team that played on the road in the first game which ended tied. There is no third game as an even score will be decided beyond 90 minutes in that second fixture.

    Anything below League Two, which is the fourth tier of the English game, is traditionally considered "non-league," and Wrexham are the latest club of that standing to threaten a major upset. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's ownership of the 158-year-old club has been controversial since their 2020 takeover but it ensured that all eyes were on the Red Dragons in the U.S.

    Wrexham are by some way the underdogs in this matchup despite enjoying stronger financial backing than most at this level. However, they held their own over 90 minutes against Sheffield United and did well to come back from a deflating opening goal against them inside of the opening two minutes by Oliver McBurnie.

    Wrexham's growing popularity in the U.S. and beyond will have been aided by the spectacle which followed as an FA Cup classic played out in the second half near the English border. James Jones' equalizer five minutes into the second half was followed by Thomas O'Connor with the go-ahead goal 11 minutes later to send the home fans wild.

    That joy was short-lived for the majority of the almost 10,000-strong crowd as Oliver Norwood leveled just four minutes later for the visitors. Just six minutes later, though, there was further drama as the Blades had Daniel Jebbison sent off with a straight red card to leave them a man short for the final 20 minutes.

    Wrexham's star man Paul Mullin attracted criticism when he moved down a division to join the club despite having just scored a league-record 32 goals for Cambridge United in 2021. The 28-year-old sent the home fans into raptures when he smashed home four minutes from time for what looked to be the winning strike.

    Sheffield United had other ideas, though, and broke Wrexham hearts five minutes into added time when John Egan equalized for the 10 men to earn a replay at Bramall Lane. FA Cup giants vs. comparative minnows clashes like these are what makes the competition one of the most special domestic cups in soccer and it is extremely lucrative for smaller clubs.

    A near-capacity crowd plus TV coverage and a host of social media attention related to the game will have put Wrexham on the soccer map a bit more for those previously unfamiliar with them. In forcing a replay, Phil Parkinson's men now have to travel to Sheffield to play the second leg away from home for a chance to reach the fifth round. That game will take place on Feb. 7-8.

    Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool have already fallen this season and Wrexham held their own against a side that could be in the top flight come next campaign. It is a tall order to win away at the Blades given that they have only been beaten twice on home turf all term, but Sunday's spirited showing gives Wrexham hope as they bid to write a small piece of history.

    Credit: https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/wrexham-battle-sheffield-united-to-wild-goal-filled-draw-in-fa-cup-match-to-be-replayed-in-february/

  •  We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds went from joy to despair and punch the air ecstasy to desolation as he watched his Wrexham outfit draw with Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday The Welsh soccer club the unlikely new love of his life put the movie star on an emotional rollercoaster in a thrill a minute FA Cup match that had an unscripted ending Wrexham the fifth tier team bought by Reynolds and fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney for US2 5 million in November 2020 conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to draw 3 3 with Sheffield United Earlier holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2 1 at Brighton amp Hove Albion after Kaoru Mitoma struck the winning goal in stoppage time Elsewhere Championship side Stoke beat fourth tier Stevenage 3 1 But the spotlight was firmly on Wrexham after Reynolds and one of his daughters flew in for the match at the atmospheric Racecourse Ground in north Wales They went through a full range of emotions as the goals poured in at either end I m now so much in love with this sport that I actually hate it Reynolds a Canadian born actor best known for starring in the Deadpool movies told the BBC before the match Each match I m pacing around like a caged lion With 71 places between the teams in English soccer s pyramid Wrexham came close to a big upset to add to a long line in its history The team beat then English champion Arsenal in the third round in 1992 and also reached the quarter finals in the 1996 97 season when it was in the third tier This was the biggest occasion since Reynolds and McElhenney an American actor and director who was the creator of TV show It s Always Sunny in Philadelphia took over Fans serenaded Reynolds who was in one of the directors boxes and was standing for most of the game with a chant of There s only one Ryan Reynolds near the end of the match when Wrexham were 3 2 ahead and looked like completing a win against an opponent that was down to 10 men Reynolds was seen walking across the field and to the locker room after the final whistle to speak to the players And he has a sequel to look forward to Wrexham and Sheffield United will meet in a replay next month Wrexham beat another second tier team Coventry in the previous round The new Hollywood owners are using Wrexham for a behind the scenes TV series called Welcome To Wrexham which is on Disney Reynolds said he hopes to lead Wrexham into the Premier League The plan is now and has always been the Premier League Reynolds said I can t really put a date on that But if it s theoretically possible to go from fifth division to Premier League why wouldn t we do it In Brighton Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead but Lewis Dunk equalised just before halftime The score stayed at 1 1 until Mitoma found the net in the 92nd minute It was the second time Brighton had defeated Liverpool in two weeks having also beaten Juergen Klopp s side 3 0 in the Premier League Unbelievable ending Sometimes you ve got to win a game like that We weren t at our best today Nowhere near it But we ground it out against a top side and got the win Dunk told ITV Sport We feel like we can beat anyone on our best days and we showed here we can beat them on our not so good days We ve got everything in our squad to keep pushing on and hopefully we can go further in the competition The tie looked set for a replay when Brighton s Solly March missed a golden opportunity to score in the 71st minute when he failed to beat Alisson from close range after Mitoma set him up with a brilliant low cross But Mitoma took things into his own hands scoring a superb goal following a free kick as he controlled the ball on the half volley dummied and rifled it home It was another disappointing result for Liverpool who have struggled with form and injuries this season and are ninth in the Premier League standings This season has been nowhere near good enough At the start of the year we wanted a fresh start but that hasn t happened We ve been worse Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said In the league we haven t been good enough and now we re out of both cups he added Championship Stoke City progressed to the fifth round after beating fourth tier Stevenage 3 1 as Jacob Brown scored an early goal followed by a stunning strike from Josh Laurent and a penalty by Lewis Baker Sam Kerr s love affair with the women s FA Cup blossomed again with the Matildas star firing another consummate hat trick to blast Chelsea into the fifth round On a day when fellow Australian Caitlin Foord also got on the scoreboard for goal happy Arsenal Kerr s treble on her home patch at Kingsmeadow sank fellow Women s Super League side Liverpool 3 2 and took her tally for the season to 16 goals in all competitions The 29 year old appears to be rediscovering her sharpest form having scored in all three matches since the start of 2023 including a double that helped knock Spurs out of the League Cup in midweek Remarkably Kerr said she still had room for improvement after her strikes in the 32nd 52nd and 79th minutes on Sunday Monday AEDT maintained a remarkable record in the cup competition She scored twice in last season s final as Chelsea beat Manchester City reprising her double in the showdown of the 2020 21 competition against Arsenal at Wembley There s plenty that needs improvement she said I wish I could do this every week but that s a striker s life right sometimes they go in sometimes they don t But when my teammates are putting in balls like they did today it s pretty easy for me to score She was indeed set up excellently for her treble with fullback Niamh Charles sending over the cross from which she volleyed home a stunning first half opener Fran Kirby teed her up to slot home their second after the break Liverpool hit back with a thunderous strike from Ceri Holland but Kerr made it 3 1 with a trademark close range header from another Charles delivery The breathing space was needed as Liverpool again hit back with a late Gemma Bonner goal Asked why she scored so often at Chelsea s Kingsmeadow home Kerr shrugged I don t know because I live nine minutes away can sleep in my own bed eat my own food I just like being at home playing in front of our amazing fans There s something nice about Kingsmeadow Meanwhile Foord kicked off a goal rush for WSL giants Arsenal against lower league side Leeds netting from close range in the 10th minute to set them on their way to a 9 0 win Credit https www smh com au sport soccer brighton knock defending champions liverpool out of fa cup 20230130 p5cgcm html
    FA Cup game worthy of Hollywood as Wrexham earn replay at Sheffield United
     We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds went from joy to despair and punch the air ecstasy to desolation as he watched his Wrexham outfit draw with Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday The Welsh soccer club the unlikely new love of his life put the movie star on an emotional rollercoaster in a thrill a minute FA Cup match that had an unscripted ending Wrexham the fifth tier team bought by Reynolds and fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney for US2 5 million in November 2020 conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to draw 3 3 with Sheffield United Earlier holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2 1 at Brighton amp Hove Albion after Kaoru Mitoma struck the winning goal in stoppage time Elsewhere Championship side Stoke beat fourth tier Stevenage 3 1 But the spotlight was firmly on Wrexham after Reynolds and one of his daughters flew in for the match at the atmospheric Racecourse Ground in north Wales They went through a full range of emotions as the goals poured in at either end I m now so much in love with this sport that I actually hate it Reynolds a Canadian born actor best known for starring in the Deadpool movies told the BBC before the match Each match I m pacing around like a caged lion With 71 places between the teams in English soccer s pyramid Wrexham came close to a big upset to add to a long line in its history The team beat then English champion Arsenal in the third round in 1992 and also reached the quarter finals in the 1996 97 season when it was in the third tier This was the biggest occasion since Reynolds and McElhenney an American actor and director who was the creator of TV show It s Always Sunny in Philadelphia took over Fans serenaded Reynolds who was in one of the directors boxes and was standing for most of the game with a chant of There s only one Ryan Reynolds near the end of the match when Wrexham were 3 2 ahead and looked like completing a win against an opponent that was down to 10 men Reynolds was seen walking across the field and to the locker room after the final whistle to speak to the players And he has a sequel to look forward to Wrexham and Sheffield United will meet in a replay next month Wrexham beat another second tier team Coventry in the previous round The new Hollywood owners are using Wrexham for a behind the scenes TV series called Welcome To Wrexham which is on Disney Reynolds said he hopes to lead Wrexham into the Premier League The plan is now and has always been the Premier League Reynolds said I can t really put a date on that But if it s theoretically possible to go from fifth division to Premier League why wouldn t we do it In Brighton Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead but Lewis Dunk equalised just before halftime The score stayed at 1 1 until Mitoma found the net in the 92nd minute It was the second time Brighton had defeated Liverpool in two weeks having also beaten Juergen Klopp s side 3 0 in the Premier League Unbelievable ending Sometimes you ve got to win a game like that We weren t at our best today Nowhere near it But we ground it out against a top side and got the win Dunk told ITV Sport We feel like we can beat anyone on our best days and we showed here we can beat them on our not so good days We ve got everything in our squad to keep pushing on and hopefully we can go further in the competition The tie looked set for a replay when Brighton s Solly March missed a golden opportunity to score in the 71st minute when he failed to beat Alisson from close range after Mitoma set him up with a brilliant low cross But Mitoma took things into his own hands scoring a superb goal following a free kick as he controlled the ball on the half volley dummied and rifled it home It was another disappointing result for Liverpool who have struggled with form and injuries this season and are ninth in the Premier League standings This season has been nowhere near good enough At the start of the year we wanted a fresh start but that hasn t happened We ve been worse Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said In the league we haven t been good enough and now we re out of both cups he added Championship Stoke City progressed to the fifth round after beating fourth tier Stevenage 3 1 as Jacob Brown scored an early goal followed by a stunning strike from Josh Laurent and a penalty by Lewis Baker Sam Kerr s love affair with the women s FA Cup blossomed again with the Matildas star firing another consummate hat trick to blast Chelsea into the fifth round On a day when fellow Australian Caitlin Foord also got on the scoreboard for goal happy Arsenal Kerr s treble on her home patch at Kingsmeadow sank fellow Women s Super League side Liverpool 3 2 and took her tally for the season to 16 goals in all competitions The 29 year old appears to be rediscovering her sharpest form having scored in all three matches since the start of 2023 including a double that helped knock Spurs out of the League Cup in midweek Remarkably Kerr said she still had room for improvement after her strikes in the 32nd 52nd and 79th minutes on Sunday Monday AEDT maintained a remarkable record in the cup competition She scored twice in last season s final as Chelsea beat Manchester City reprising her double in the showdown of the 2020 21 competition against Arsenal at Wembley There s plenty that needs improvement she said I wish I could do this every week but that s a striker s life right sometimes they go in sometimes they don t But when my teammates are putting in balls like they did today it s pretty easy for me to score She was indeed set up excellently for her treble with fullback Niamh Charles sending over the cross from which she volleyed home a stunning first half opener Fran Kirby teed her up to slot home their second after the break Liverpool hit back with a thunderous strike from Ceri Holland but Kerr made it 3 1 with a trademark close range header from another Charles delivery The breathing space was needed as Liverpool again hit back with a late Gemma Bonner goal Asked why she scored so often at Chelsea s Kingsmeadow home Kerr shrugged I don t know because I live nine minutes away can sleep in my own bed eat my own food I just like being at home playing in front of our amazing fans There s something nice about Kingsmeadow Meanwhile Foord kicked off a goal rush for WSL giants Arsenal against lower league side Leeds netting from close range in the 10th minute to set them on their way to a 9 0 win Credit https www smh com au sport soccer brighton knock defending champions liverpool out of fa cup 20230130 p5cgcm html
    FA Cup game worthy of Hollywood as Wrexham earn replay at Sheffield United
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    FA Cup game worthy of Hollywood as Wrexham earn replay at Sheffield United

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    Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds went from joy to despair and punch-the-air ecstasy to desolation as he watched his Wrexham outfit draw with Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

    The Welsh soccer club, the unlikely new love of his life, put the movie star on an emotional rollercoaster in a thrill-a-minute FA Cup match that had an unscripted ending.

    Wrexham, the fifth-tier team bought by Reynolds and fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney for $US2.5 million in November 2020, conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United.

    Earlier, holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion after Kaoru Mitoma struck the winning goal in stoppage time. Elsewhere, Championship side Stoke beat fourth-tier Stevenage 3-1.

    But the spotlight was firmly on Wrexham after Reynolds and one of his daughters flew in for the match at the atmospheric Racecourse Ground in north Wales. They went through a full range of emotions as the goals poured in at either end.

    “I’m now so much in love with this sport that I actually hate it,” Reynolds, a Canadian-born actor best known for starring in the Deadpool movies, told the BBC before the match.

    “Each match I’m pacing around like a caged lion.”

    With 71 places between the teams in English soccer’s pyramid, Wrexham came close to a big upset to add to a long line in its history. The team beat then-English champion Arsenal in the third round in 1992 and also reached the quarter-finals in the 1996-97 season, when it was in the third tier.

    This was the biggest occasion since Reynolds and McElhenney, an American actor and director who was the creator of TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, took over.

    Fans serenaded Reynolds, who was in one of the directors’ boxes and was standing for most of the game, with a chant of “There’s only one Ryan Reynolds” near the end of the match when Wrexham were 3-2 ahead and looked like completing a win against an opponent that was down to 10 men.

    Reynolds was seen walking across the field and to the locker room after the final whistle to speak to the players.

    And he has a sequel to look forward to: Wrexham and Sheffield United will meet in a replay next month. Wrexham beat another second-tier team, Coventry, in the previous round.

    The new Hollywood owners are using Wrexham for a behind-the-scenes TV series called Welcome To Wrexham, which is on Disney+.

    Reynolds said he hopes to lead Wrexham into the Premier League.

    “The plan is now, and has always been, the Premier League,” Reynolds said. “I can’t really put a date on that. But if it’s theoretically possible to go from fifth division to Premier League, why wouldn’t we do it?”

    In Brighton, Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead, but Lewis Dunk equalised just before halftime. The score stayed at 1-1 until Mitoma found the net in the 92nd minute.

    It was the second time Brighton had defeated Liverpool in two weeks, having also beaten Juergen Klopp’s side 3-0 in the Premier League.

    “Unbelievable ending. Sometimes you’ve got to win a game like that. We weren’t at our best today. Nowhere near it. But we ground it out against a top side and got the win,” Dunk told ITV Sport.

    “We feel like we can beat anyone on our best days and we showed here we can beat them on our not-so-good days. We’ve got everything in our squad to keep pushing on and, hopefully, we can go further in the competition.”

    The tie looked set for a replay when Brighton’s Solly March missed a golden opportunity to score in the 71st minute when he failed to beat Alisson from close range after Mitoma set him up with a brilliant low cross.

    But Mitoma took things into his own hands, scoring a superb goal following a free kick as he controlled the ball on the half volley, dummied and rifled it home.

    It was another disappointing result for Liverpool, who have struggled with form and injuries this season and are ninth in the Premier League standings.

    “This season has been nowhere near good enough. At the start of the year, we wanted a fresh start but that hasn’t happened. We’ve been worse,” Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said.

    “In the league, we haven’t been good enough and now we’re out of both cups,” he added.

    Championship Stoke City progressed to the fifth round after beating fourth-tier Stevenage 3-1 as Jacob Brown scored an early goal followed by a stunning strike from Josh Laurent and a penalty by Lewis Baker.

    Sam Kerr’s love affair with the women’s FA Cup blossomed again with the Matildas star firing another consummate hat-trick to blast Chelsea into the fifth round.

    On a day when fellow Australian Caitlin Foord also got on the scoreboard for goal-happy Arsenal, Kerr’s treble on her home patch at Kingsmeadow sank fellow Women’s Super League side Liverpool 3-2 and took her tally for the season to 16 goals in all competitions.

    The 29-year-old appears to be rediscovering her sharpest form, having scored in all three matches since the start of 2023, including a double that helped knock Spurs out of the League Cup in midweek.

    Remarkably, Kerr said she still had room for improvement after her strikes in the 32nd, 52nd and 79th minutes on Sunday (Monday AEDT) maintained a remarkable record in the cup competition.

    She scored twice in last season’s final as Chelsea beat Manchester City, reprising her double in the showdown of the 2020-21 competition against Arsenal at Wembley.

    “There’s plenty that needs improvement,” she said. “I wish I could do this every week but that’s a striker’s life, right - sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.

    “But when my teammates are putting in balls like they did today, it’s pretty easy for me to score.”

    She was indeed set up excellently for her treble, with fullback Niamh Charles sending over the cross from which she volleyed home a stunning first-half opener. Fran Kirby teed her up to slot home their second after the break.

    Liverpool hit back with a thunderous strike from Ceri Holland but Kerr made it 3-1 with a trademark close-range header from another Charles delivery. The breathing space was needed as Liverpool again hit back with a late Gemma Bonner goal.

    Asked why she scored so often at Chelsea’s Kingsmeadow home, Kerr shrugged: “I don’t know ... because I live nine minutes away, can sleep in my own bed, eat my own food! I just like being at home playing in front of our amazing fans. There’s something nice about Kingsmeadow.”

    Meanwhile, Foord kicked off a goal rush for WSL giants Arsenal against lower league side Leeds, netting from close range in the 10th minute to set them on their way to a 9-0 win.

    Credit: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/brighton-knock-defending-champions-liverpool-out-of-fa-cup-20230130-p5cgcm.html

  •  Arsenal made a 60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo offer rejected by Brighton who say player is not for sale in January Arsenal considering whether to improve bid Caicedo has released a social media statement asking to take up magnificent opportunity Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi says the club are ready to go forward without Moises Caicedo amid strong interest from Arsenal The Gunners had a 60m offer for Caicedo rejected by Brighton which prompted the Colombia international to plea with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media Caicedo was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday s transfer deadline as a result of the post in which he said he would be proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton De Zerbi insists Caicedo is a very good guy and hopes to keep 21 year old beyond Tuesday s transfer deadline as Arsenal consider making a fresh approach for the midfielder I would like him to finish the season with us but we are ready to go forward without him said De Zerbi after Sunday s last gasp FA Cup fourth round win over Liverpool When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team that is playing in European competition I can understand Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo s social media post De Zerbi added Yes yes I was I m not sure if it was him if you know what I mean Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others De Zerbi said Yes I think so Brighton have already sold Trossard to Arsenal this month after the winger forced a move to north London and De Zerbi has made it clear he wants reinforcements in January if Caicedo departs I think we need some players in some positions he added I have spoken a lot with chairman Tony Bloom and he knows my position We have a good team but we can improve from the transfer window We lost Leandro Trossard and if we lose also Caicedo it can be a problem for us if we want to fight for a European league or the maximum position on the table If you want to stay like this we can stay but I don t like that approach Sky Sports News has been told Brighton have made it clear to Arsenal that Caicedo is categorically not for sale Brighton have also told Caicedo privately that he will not be leaving in January The club appreciate Caicedo s head has been turned by the interest and have given the midfielder a few days away to get his head right for the remainder of the season after saying he wanted to leave on social media Caicedo s Instagram post read I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them I always play football with a smile and with heart I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity Caicedo said on Brighton s official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a 27m but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to comment on the midfielder when asked about him after Friday night s 1 0 defeat at Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup Arteta said You know that I m not going to comment on any players until anything is done and I will continue like that sorry As I said before we ve been pretty active in the market We have some necessities and if something is available the club is willing to try to do it when it s reasonable and hopefully it s a player who can improve our squad Another Saturday another chance to win 250 000 with Super 6 Play for free entries by 3pm Credit https www skysports com football news 11741 12797135 moises caicedo wants to take up magnificent opportunity after arsenals 60m bid for midfielder rejected by brighton
    Brighton ‘ready to go forward’ without midfielder, says Roberto De Zerbi
     Arsenal made a 60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo offer rejected by Brighton who say player is not for sale in January Arsenal considering whether to improve bid Caicedo has released a social media statement asking to take up magnificent opportunity Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi says the club are ready to go forward without Moises Caicedo amid strong interest from Arsenal The Gunners had a 60m offer for Caicedo rejected by Brighton which prompted the Colombia international to plea with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media Caicedo was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday s transfer deadline as a result of the post in which he said he would be proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton De Zerbi insists Caicedo is a very good guy and hopes to keep 21 year old beyond Tuesday s transfer deadline as Arsenal consider making a fresh approach for the midfielder I would like him to finish the season with us but we are ready to go forward without him said De Zerbi after Sunday s last gasp FA Cup fourth round win over Liverpool When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team that is playing in European competition I can understand Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo s social media post De Zerbi added Yes yes I was I m not sure if it was him if you know what I mean Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others De Zerbi said Yes I think so Brighton have already sold Trossard to Arsenal this month after the winger forced a move to north London and De Zerbi has made it clear he wants reinforcements in January if Caicedo departs I think we need some players in some positions he added I have spoken a lot with chairman Tony Bloom and he knows my position We have a good team but we can improve from the transfer window We lost Leandro Trossard and if we lose also Caicedo it can be a problem for us if we want to fight for a European league or the maximum position on the table If you want to stay like this we can stay but I don t like that approach Sky Sports News has been told Brighton have made it clear to Arsenal that Caicedo is categorically not for sale Brighton have also told Caicedo privately that he will not be leaving in January The club appreciate Caicedo s head has been turned by the interest and have given the midfielder a few days away to get his head right for the remainder of the season after saying he wanted to leave on social media Caicedo s Instagram post read I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them I always play football with a smile and with heart I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity Caicedo said on Brighton s official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a 27m but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to comment on the midfielder when asked about him after Friday night s 1 0 defeat at Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup Arteta said You know that I m not going to comment on any players until anything is done and I will continue like that sorry As I said before we ve been pretty active in the market We have some necessities and if something is available the club is willing to try to do it when it s reasonable and hopefully it s a player who can improve our squad Another Saturday another chance to win 250 000 with Super 6 Play for free entries by 3pm Credit https www skysports com football news 11741 12797135 moises caicedo wants to take up magnificent opportunity after arsenals 60m bid for midfielder rejected by brighton
    Brighton ‘ready to go forward’ without midfielder, says Roberto De Zerbi
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    Brighton ‘ready to go forward’ without midfielder, says Roberto De Zerbi

    Arsenal made a £60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo; offer rejected by Brighton, who say player is not for sale in January; Arsenal considering whether to improve bid; Caicedo has released a social media statement asking to 'take up magnificent opportunity'

    Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi says the club are "ready to go forward without" Moises Caicedo amid strong interest from Arsenal.

    The Gunners had a £60m offer for Caicedo rejected by Brighton, which prompted the Colombia international to plea with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media.

    Caicedo was told to stay away from training with the Seagulls until after Tuesday's transfer deadline as a result of the post in which he said he would be "proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton".

    De Zerbi insists Caicedo is a "very good guy" and hopes to keep 21-year-old beyond Tuesday's transfer deadline as Arsenal consider making a fresh approach for the midfielder.

    "I would like him to finish the season with us but we are ready to go forward without him," said De Zerbi after Sunday's last-gasp FA Cup fourth-round win over Liverpool.

    "When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team that is playing in European competition, I can understand."

    Asked if he was surprised by Caicedo's social media post, De Zerbi added: Yes, yes I was. I'm not sure if it was him if you know what I mean..."

    Pressed on if he thought Caicedo had been influenced by others, De Zerbi said: "Yes, I think so."

    Brighton have already sold Trossard to Arsenal this month after the winger forced a move to north London and De Zerbi has made it clear he wants reinforcements in January if Caicedo departs.

    "I think we need some players in some positions," he added. "I have spoken a lot with [chairman] Tony Bloom and he knows my position. We have a good team but we can improve from the transfer window.

    "We lost Leandro Trossard, and if we lose also Caicedo it can be a problem for us if we want to fight for a European league or the maximum position on the table. If you want to stay like this, we can stay but I don't like that [approach]."

    Sky Sports News has been told Brighton have made it clear to Arsenal that Caicedo is categorically not for sale.

    Brighton have also told Caicedo privately that he will not be leaving in January.

    The club appreciate Caicedo's head has been turned by the interest and have given the midfielder a few days away to get his head right for the remainder of the season after saying he wanted to leave on social media.

    Caicedo's Instagram post read: "I am grateful to Mr Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.

    "I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.

    "I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful.

    "The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity."

    Caicedo said on Brighton's official website earlier this week that he was focused solely on his current club.

    Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth a £27m, but Brighton are determined to keep hold of Caicedo.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to comment on the midfielder when asked about him after Friday night's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    Arteta said: "You know that I'm not going to comment on any players until anything is done and I will continue like that, sorry.

    "As I said before we've been pretty active in the market. We have some necessities and if something is available the club is willing to try to do it, when it's reasonable and hopefully it's a player who can improve our squad."

    Another Saturday, another chance to win £250,000 with Super 6. Play for free, entries by 3pm.

    Credit: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11741/12797135/moises-caicedo-wants-to-take-up-magnificent-opportunity-after-arsenals-60m-bid-for-midfielder-rejected-by-brighton

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