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Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 to end hopes of record points haul

Thursday, 2020-07-16 09:42:13
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates Stadium, London, UK - July 15, 2020 Liverpool's Divock Origi in action with Arsenal's Dani Ceballos, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Arsenal capitalised on shocking errors from Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to beat the champions 2-1 at The Emirates on Wednesday and end their hopes of a record points tally for the Premier League season.

* David Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored first-half goals as Manchester City claimed a 2-1 Premier League victory over relegation-threatened Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

* A stoppage-time penalty from Chris Wood gave Burnley a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers after the visitors had led through a superb Raul Jimenez strike in the Premier League on Wednesday.

* Harry Kane went past 200 career club goals with a second-half double as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 at Newcastle United in the Premier League on Wednesday (Jul 15) to boost their European qualification hopes.

* AC Milan produced another comeback act as they scored three times after the break to beat Parma 3-1 in Serie A on Wednesday and remain undefeated since the season resumed.

* Franck Kessie scored for the third consecutive Serie A game as AC Milan boosted their Europa League hopes with a 3-1 comeback win over Parma on Wednesday (Jul 15) to move equal on points with sixth-placed Napoli who were held 1-1 at Bologna.

* Cristiano Ronaldo's run of scoring in six league games ended as jittery Juventus were held to a 3-3 draw at Sassuolo on Wednesday which cost them the chance to go nine points clear at the top of Serie A.

* Lazio's unhappy run continued with a lacklustre 0-0 draw at Udinese on Wednesday, although they at least avoided a fourth successive Serie A defeat thanks to goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha and the post which denied Rodrigo De Paul a late winner.

* AS Roma clocked up a third successive Serie A win by beating Verona 2-1 on Wednesday, getting off the mark with an early penalty which infuriated their opponents.

* Porto won their 29th Portuguese league title with two games to spare after second-half goals from captain Danilo Pereira and striker Moussa Marega secured a 2-0 home victory over Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.

* Liverpool will lift the Premier League trophy on the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season against Chelsea on Jul 22. Kenny Dalglish, who was the Reds' manager the last time they won the English top flight 30 years ago, will hand out the medals to players and staff.

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

* Football's rule-making body IFAB on Wednesday said teams will be allowed to continue to use up to five substitutes next season. IFAB, the International Football Association Board, had agreed to a temporary change to allow teams to use five substitutes, rather than the usual three, in May to "protect player welfare" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

* AC Milan confirmed on Wednesday (Jul 15) they have taken up the option to buy Denmark captain Simon Kjaer from Spanish club Sevilla on a two-year deal. The 31-year-old centre back arrived on a six-month loan in January, and has played 13 games in all competitions for seventh-placed Milan.

* The Premier League said on Wednesday (Jul 15) that the 2020 summer transfer window will open for 10 weeks from Jul 27 and close on Oct 5, with a domestic-only window for English Football League (EFL) clubs until Oct 16.

Reuters, CNA