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EPL: Liverpool stage comeback to beat Villa as Arsenal’s woes continue [See all results]

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Liverpool staged their third comeback win in a week as they snatched an incredible 2-1 win from the jaws of defeat at Aston Villa.

The unbeaten Premier League leaders came from a goal down to grab all three points in the final stages of a game that could have reduced their hard-earned lead.

For a third game across seven days, Jurgen Klopp’s men had their powers of recovery tested, and they’ve passed with flying colours ahead of next weekend’s mouthwatering duel with title rivals Manchester City at home.

Meanwhile, Arsenal may have finally ran out of ‘bullets’ as the gunners cannot seem to shoot right to win an EPL match.

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Unai Emery’s side continued with their woeful run in the season after squandering another lead for the third time in a week to play 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners wasted their 2-0 lead against Crystal Palace on Sunday to settle for 2-2 draw, on Wednesday they also threw away a lead against Liverpool and were forced to kiss the dust after a penalty shoot-out in the Carabao Cup ten goals thriller.

A 76th-minute header by Wolves’ Raul Jimenez on Saturday cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half goal for Arsenal

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil was in the team after his midweek League Cup performance but there was no place in the squad for captain Granit Xhaka, who was heavily criticised following his angry reaction to being substituted last week.

Arsenal looked set to break a run of poor league performances that has seen them take five points from the last four games when Aubameyang stabbed home Alexandre Lacazette’s pass in the 20th minute.

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Despite dominating possession, Arsenal failed to convert chances and were hit by a sucker-punch in the 76th when Portuguese striker Jimenez headed home Joao Moutinho’s looping ball into the box for the equaliser.

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Arsenal pressed forward looking for a late winner but the Wolves rearguard survived the loss of Matt Doherty to injury as they held firm to make it eight league games unbeaten.

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With the home fans booing briefly at the final whistle, the result leaves Arsenal fifth on 17 points, with Wolves 11th on 13.

 

See all results from Saturday fixtures:

  • Bournemouth 1 – 0 Man Utd

  • Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves
  • Aston Villa 1 – 2 Liverpool
  • Brighton 2 – 0 Norwich
  • Man City 2 – 1 Southampton
  • Sheff Utd 3 – 0 Burnley
  • West Ham 2 – 3 Newcastle

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PSG sign striker Icardi on permanent deal

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French champions Paris St Germain have signed striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, the Serie A club said on Sunday.

Argentine Icardi, 27, joined PSG in September on a season-long loan with a buy-out option.

“FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC; the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club.

“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career,” Inter said in a statement.

Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the season was officially concluded on April 30, with 10 games remaining due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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He has been competing for a place in the side with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, PSG’s all-time top scorer, whose contract expired on June 30.

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Ukrainian match postponed after footballers test positive for coronavirus

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Ukraine’s top professional soccer league said on Saturday it had canceled one of its first post-lockdown matches after several players and staff at Karpaty in the western city of Lviv tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The match between Karpaty and Mariupol from the Azov Sea port of Mariupol was supposed to be played on Sunday behind closed doors.

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The football authorities did not specify how many players had been affected by the virus and when a rescheduled match may be played.

“Those infected were immediately transferred to self-isolation. They had no symptoms,” the league said in a statement.

Ukraine’s government has started easing restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the virus and allowed sports events to continue if all participants are tested and comply with other safety requirements.

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The soccer authorities decided to resume competitions in the Premier League and the Cup with no spectators. Two of Ukraine’s most famous clubs, Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk, are scheduled to meet on Sunday.

Ukraine has reported 23,304 cases, including 696 deaths from the coronavirus as of May 30.

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Tennis’ world number 11 undergoes surgery on both ankles

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World number 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian tennis player said he had hoped the two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic would have improved his situation.

“I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now and it’s an issue I’ve learned to cope with,” Fognini said. “Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well.

“After a medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.

“I believe it’s the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break. I will have surgery today`(Saturday).”

No professional tournaments have been played since the start of March because of the pandemic, and the ATP Tour has been suspended until at least the start of August.

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