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Mount goal gives Chelsea deserved victory at Liverpool

Friday, 2021-03-05 10:02:26
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Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their first goal with Reece James. (Photo: Pool via Reuters)
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Chelsea reclaimed their place in the Premier League's top four as Mason Mount's superb first-half goal earned them an impressive 1-0 victory at champions Liverpool on Thursday (Mar 4).

Liverpool struggled to carve out clear chances as they slipped to a club-record fifth successive home league defeat, having gone unbeaten in their previous 68 games at Anfield. Liverpool's title defence is in tatters and Juergen Klopp's side have slumped to seventh spot with 43 points from 27 games.

* An extra-time goal from Alex Berenguer sealed Athletic Bilbao's place in a second successive Copa del Rey final after they beat Levante 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) on Thursday. The Basque side will play Real Sociedad in last season's postponed Copa final on April 4 before taking on Barcelona in this year's a fortnight later.

* Benfica booked their place in the Portuguese Cup final with a 2-0 victory (5-1 on aggregate) over Estoril on Thursday. Benfica will face Braga in May's final after Carlos Carvalhal's side beat Porto 3-2 at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday to record a 4-3 aggregate win.

* Frenchman Benoit Paire crashed out of the Argentina Open after tanking his final service game and being docked a point for spitting on the court in a 4-6 6-3 6-1 defeat to Francisco Cerundolo.

* Forgotten man Alexis Sanchez scored twice to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Parma on Thursday, moving the Serie A leaders six points clear at the top of the standings. A sixth league win in a row moved the leaders on to 59 points, six clear of AC Milan and 10 ahead of champions Juventus in third.

* Manchester United said its total revenue rose 2.6% in the last three months of 2020, helped by strength in broadcasting. The club said revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 was 172.8 million pounds (US$239.97 million) and profit was 63.9 million pounds.

* Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into isolation, the Serie A champions said on Thursday. The Uruguay international, who has been a regular in Andrea Pirlo's side this season, will miss the weekend Serie A clash with Lazio, and is unlikely to play against Porto in next week's Champions League last 16 second leg.

* Stade Rennais named Bruno Genesio as coach on Thursday after the 54-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Ligue 1 club. The former Olympique Lyonnais coach joined Rennes, who sit 10th in the standings, following the departure of Julien Stephan this week with the team on a run of eight games in all competitions without a win, including six defeats in a row.

* Everton striker Richarlison continued his scoring form with a fourth goal in as many Premier League games to earn his side a hard-fought 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

* Tottenham Hotspur rode their luck in the quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Fulham on Thursday thanks to an own-goal by Tosin Adarabioyo and the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee. Victory dragged Tottenham back into the race for a Champions League spot with Jose Mourinho's eighth-placed side on 42 points from 26 matches.

* Watford have signed experienced Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez on a deal until the end of the season, the Championship club said on Thursday. Sanchez, who has earned 88 international caps and featured in the last two World Cups, has joined Xisco Munoz's squad as a free agent and is available for selection against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

* Brighton & Hove Albion full back Tariq Lamptey has suffered another injury setback and will miss Saturday's Premier League match at home to Leicester City, manager Graham Potter said. Lamptey, who was enjoying a breakthrough season with Brighton before picking up a hamstring injury in December, was expected to be available for selection this weekend.

* Leicester City will not rush playmaker James Maddison back into action from a niggling hip injury that has kept him out of their last three games in all competitions, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday. Maddison, who has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions this season, missed Leicester's last six games of the 2019-20 campaign with a similar injury that needed surgery.

* The women's FA Cup will resume on March 31, the Football Association said on Thursday, after the competition was suspended in January as Britain went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Real Madrid's injury problems show no sign of easing with the club confirming on Thursday that forward Mariano Diaz will miss this weekend's crunch Madrid derby against La Liga leaders Atletico with a hip issue. Real are already without Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and captain Sergio Ramos for the trip across the Spanish capital, while fellow forward Karim Benzema faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.

* Defending champion Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's Dubai Tennis Championships with a lower back complaint, organisers of the WTA 1000 tournament said on Thursday. Halep follows world number one Ash Barty, who is recovering from a leg injury, in skipping the Dubai event, which runs from Mar 7-13.

* Former Manchester United and Liverpool forward Phil Chisnall, the last player to be transferred directly between the bitter English rivals, has died aged 78, both teams said on Thursday. Mancunian Chisnall graduated from United's youth academy and represented the Old Trafford club's senior team between 1961 and 1964, scoring 10 goals in 47 games, before joining Liverpool for a fee of 25,000 pounds (US$34,840) in April 1964.

* A total of 2.6 million tickets will be available for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France and the first phase of the ticket sales will start on March 15, organisers said on Thursday. The France 2023 organising committee is aiming to make the Sept. 8 to Oct. 28 tournament the most accessible Rugby World Cup of all time after the match schedule was announced last week.

* Jack Aitken will continue in the role of reserve driver for Williams this season, the British-based Formula One team said on Thursday. The British-Korean driver, 25, made his F1 debut last year when George Russell stood in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes after the seven times world champion tested positive for COVID-19.

* Liverpool will return to Budapest to play RB Leipzig in their Champions League last-16 second leg match due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday. Liverpool, who beat Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg on Feb 16 in the Hungarian capital, cannot host Leipzig at Anfield because the Bundesliga team would have to undergo 10 days of isolation upon returning from the United Kingdom.