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Patricio denies Manchester City as Wolves win Asia Trophy

Sunday, 2019-07-21 07:30:37
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Soccer Football - Premier League Asia Trophy - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China - July 20, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rui Patricio saves a penalty from Manchester City's Lukas Nmecha during the shootout to win the match. (Photo: Reuters)
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Rui Patricio saved three penalties as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Premier League champions Manchester City to claim the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Shanghai on Saturday.

The Portuguese goalkeeper kept out spot kicks from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Nuno Espirto Santo’s Wolves side won the four-team pre-season tournament, which also featured Newcastle United and West Ham United, after the game was goalless at the end of 90 minutes.

* Newcastle finally won their first game in China as they beat West Ham 1-0 at Shanghai Hongkou Stadium. Newcastle showed a significant improvement after their midweek 4-0 defeat to Wolves in Nanjing. This was their first game since the new manager, Steve Bruce took over as manager of the club.

* If there were any nerves concealed behind Shane Lowry's thick beard they had no impact on his golf as the Irishman took the British Open by the scruff of the neck with a sensational course record in Saturday's third round. On a day ripe for scoring on a becalmed Dunluce links, joint overnight leader Lowry provoked a chorus of roars from the galleries that had flocked to the Antrim coast as he moved four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood with an eight-under 63.

* Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he was encouraged by the performance of the European champions on Saturday despite their defeat by his former side Borussia Dortmund who are further ahead in pre-season preparations. Goals from Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster were cancelled out by Dortmund's Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen as Liverpool were beaten 3-2 in stifling conditions at the Notre Dame stadium in Indiana.

* Holders Australia edged out South Africa 55-53 in a thrilling netball World Cup semi-final on Saturday to remain on course for a 12th crown from 15 editions of the tournament since 1963. The Diamonds, winners of the previous three World Cups, next meet hosts England or New Zealand who will contest the second semi-final later on Saturday at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena.

* New Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said on Saturday he was a fan of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba but he did not know if the Frenchman would be leaving England to join the Seria A champions. Pogba's agent recently told The Times that the 26-year-old intends to leave the Premier League club, while the player said in Tokyo last month he could seek a new challenge elsewhere amid reports linking him to Juventus and Real Madrid.

* Australian Bernard Tomic's appeal to overturn a fine for not playing to "required professional standards" at Wimbledon earlier this month has been denied in a stinging rebuke by the Grand Slam board. Tomic lost his first round match 6-2 6-1 6-4 to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon and was fined his entire winnings of 45,000 pounds after organisers ruled he had put in minimal effort in the 58-minute defeat. The 26-year-old Tomic appealed the decision, citing the fact he was unwell before the match, while Tsonga added that he felt his victory had been devalued.

* South Africa's Akani Simbine claimed the men's 100m title at the London leg of the IAAF Diamond League at the London Stadium on Saturday. The 25-year-old clocked a season best time of 9.93 seconds for the title. Britain's Zharnel Hughes finished second in 9.95 and Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Yohan Blake was third in 9.97.

* Japan plans to win 30 gold medals for the Tokyo Olympic Games as the host nation, almost doubling the previous record of 16, officials told Xinhua in an interview on the one-year countdown to the start of Tokyo 2020.

* Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on his club's pursuit of Manchester United's French international midfielder Paul Pogba. Speaking to the press ahead of his side's first friendly game of pre-season in Houston, the United States on Saturday, Zidane was asked over the chase for the World Cup winner, who would supposedly command a price close to US$200 million.

* Eddie Nketiah continued his fine pre-season form with two goals as Arsenal produced a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in the International Champions Cup in Charlotte on Saturday. Arsenal fielded a young side with Nketiah, who scored the winner against Bayern Munich in Arsenal's last match, leading the line, and the 20-year-old wasted no time in finding the net again when he opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

* Teenage forward Mason Greenwood rifled home in the 75th minute to give a dominant Manchester United a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan in their International Champions Cup opener in Singapore on Saturday. The 17-year-old turned sharply inside the box before lashing a left-footed strike into the far corner after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was only able to parry Ashley Young's whipped free kick.

* Britain's Jamie Chadwick and Dutch rival Beitske Visser will fight for the inaugural all-female W Series title at the final race of the season at Brands Hatch next month after Finnish driver Emma Kimilainen won at Assen on Saturday. Championship leader Chadwick finished third in the season's penultimate round at the Dutch circuit to move 13 points clear of Visser, who was a close fourth. The result means Chadwick will take the title, and the US$500,000 winner's prize, if she finishes her home race in the top three.

Reuters, Xinhua