Jonathan Kodjia salvages a point for Aston Villa against Stoke

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue salvageing a point in a 2-2 home draw with Stoke.The visitors twice took the lead but Kodjia demonstrated his value by winning a penalty and then notching the equaliser. Continue reading...

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Football should not carry the can for society’s ills – but can help to remedy them | Barney Ronay

Raheem Sterling kickstarted a welcome debate on racism this week and while the game should not shoulder all the blame perhaps everyone in football has learned somethingTo be fair to the more risque element of Chelsea’s matchday support, they have been very thorough this week in representing the full political spectrum. On the one hand an ad hoc hostile environment for Anglo-Jamaican British citizens. On the other a little throwaway antisemitism on Thursday night in Hungary. This is exemplary political balance and frankly the BBC for one could learn a great deal from it.All that remains to complete the circle is for Sterling’s alleged Stamford Bridge abuser to resign from the East Stand and then turn up six months later as an outside Windrush Ticket bet for the next Conservative prime minister. And for Jeremy Corbyn to condemn, with a sad sigh, not specifically these Yid chants but “all kinds of offensive football chanting everywhere”. Continue reading...

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Exeter keep hopes alive with bonus-point victory over Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Danny Cipriani leaves ground with right arm in a slingA week in Europe can be a very long time in both politics and rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeared to have scuppered their European hopes. This time it was the Cherry and Whites who experienced a similar sinking feeling as Chiefs finally secured a relieving victory to throw Pool Two wide open.Munster and Castres will have enjoyed this result, with both English clubs now facing an uphill battle to progress. Exeter’s last-gasp try bonus point, secured by their England prop Harry Williams, has further clouded the outlook for Gloucester; should they and the Chiefs both win their finaltwo matches with maximum points, Exeter will be first among equals courtesy of Williams’s late close-range effort. Continue reading...

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially biased agendas has been very positive. It feels like a genuine step forward is being made and that Sterling has managed to turn something outrageous into a catalyst for long, overdue change. Related: If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists | John Barnes Continue reading...

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley; Eriksen breaks Clarets' resistance in added time

Christian Eriksen's stoppage-time strike breaks Burnley's brave resistance as Tottenham maintain their pursuit of the top two in the Premier League.

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Klopp and Liverpool sense chance to inflict killer blow on Mourinho | Barney Ronay

Liverpool’s manager has a habit of handing his Manchester United rival defeats that spell the end of the roadIt is a tribute to the indelible grandeur of Manchester United that even a season of constipated football and toxic managerial asides can still seem epic-scale and entirely engrossing.Not to mention eminently saleable, another commodity out there to be retailed. In the week leading up to Sunday’s Premier League trip to Anfield, MUTV has continued to seek new subscribers by pushing a rather telling product. Continue reading...

15-12-2018

Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lovren, startled that the ball has got as far as the back post, realises too late that Arkadiusz Milik has stolen behind him; he cannot get to the forward in time. Time slows. Milik is in form; he has the best goals‑per‑minute ratio in Serie A this season. Eight yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat, it seems he must score the goal that will put Napoli through.But Milik doesn’t score. He jabs without conviction. Alisson does everything he can, springing from his line, spreading himself towards the ball, which hits his body and cannons to safety. Liverpool have survived. Continue reading...

15-12-2018

Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem?

Football Focus speaks to former England midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, journalist Jonathan Liew and Kick It Out's Troy Townsend to debate race, football and the media.

15-12-2018

Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

15-12-2018

Jürgen Klopp: trophies are not everything, Liverpool need solid base

• Manager wants to build foundation for lasting success• ‘If I’m not as smart as Einstein should I not even try?’Jürgen Klopp has said silverware is not the only measure of success but Liverpool’s progression as a club should provide the basis for sustained achievement at Anfield.The Liverpool manager accepted José Mourinho’s latest reminder that “trophies matter” before Manchester United’s visit to Anfield, with his Old Trafford rival making reference to the absence of silverware from Klopp’s tenure in the buildup to Sunday’s fixture. Klopp, however, insists his reign should not be judged on trophies alone but on the clear development of the squad and club since his arrival in October 2015. He claimed life would be “shit” if not finishing first was considered worthless. Continue reading...

15-12-2018

Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Pep Guardiola relived to win 'dangerous, dangerous' game

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is delighted after seeing his side head back to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over a "dangerous" Everton side.

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