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Aug 24, 2014

Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal showed the resilience that could underpin a Premier League title challenge when they scored twice in the closing minutes to draw 2-2 at Everton after the home side largely dominated the match on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey tapped in after 83 minutes and substitute Olivier Giroud planted home a header in the 90th to cancel out the lead Everton held after a first-half header from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith’s second on the stroke of halftime.

Aug 23, 2014

Chelsea beat Leicester to complete double over new boys

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea secured a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Jose Mourinho’s side started the season with a 3-1 win at last season’s Championship (second division) runners-up Burnley on Monday and Saturday’s win over winners Leicester gave them six points after a much improved second-half performance against the resilient visitors.

Aug 23, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea beat Leicester to complete win double over new boys

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Chelsea scored a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Chelsea started the season with a 3-1 win at last season’s Championship (second division) runners-up Burnley on Monday and Saturday’s win over winners Leicester gave Jose Mourinho’s men six points after a much improved second-half performance against the resilient visitors.

Aug 22, 2014

Pragmatic Platini unlikely to enter FIFA race

LONDON (Reuters) – They play for high stakes in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in the latest round of football politics UEFA president Michel Platini looks increasingly likely to stay away from the tables, preferring instead to bide his time before showing his hand.

The Frenchman is to make a much-anticipated announcement on Thursday after deciding whether or not to stand against long-term incumbent Sepp Blatter in an election to become president of world football’s governing body FIFA.

Aug 22, 2014

Soccer-Pragmatic Platini unlikely to enter FIFA race

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – They play for high stakes in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in the latest round of soccer politics UEFA president Michel Platini looks increasingly likely to stay away from the tables, preferring instead to bide his time before showing his hand.

The Frenchman is to make a much-anticipated announcement on Thursday after deciding whether or not to stand against long-term incumbent Sepp Blatter in an election to become president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Aug 16, 2014

Dier gives Pochettino dream start with Tottenham

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 10th manager in 14 years began the club’s latest chapter with a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday thanks to their new central defender Eric Dier.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dug deep after having fullback Kyle Naughton harshly sent off in the first half for handball and rode their luck when West Ham midfielder Mark Noble wasted the resulting penalty at Upton Park.

Aug 16, 2014

Soccer-Dier gives Pochettino dream start with Tottenham

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 10th manager in 14 years began the club’s latest chapter with a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday thanks to their new central defender Eric Dier.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dug deep after having fullback Kyle Naughton harshly sent off in the first half for handball and rode their luck when West Ham midfielder Mark Noble wasted the resulting penalty at Upton Park.

Aug 13, 2014

Real reinforcements shine in Super Cup victory

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Real Madrid ended a 12-year wait for a 10th European Cup win in May but it would be no surprise if their next┬átitle arrives just 12 months later based on their performance in the 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the European Super Cup on Tuesday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s expensively assembled team dominated the lively annual European club season curtain-raiser against the Europa League winners in Cardiff and could easily have won by more than the two excellent goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Aug 13, 2014

Soccer-Real reinforcements shine in Super Cup victory

CARDIFF, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Real Madrid ended a 12-year wait for a 10th European Cup win in May but it would be no surprise if their next title arrives just 12 months later based on their performance in the 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the European Super Cup on Tuesday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s expensively assembled team dominated the lively annual European club season curtain-raiser against the Europa League winners in Cardiff and could easily have won by more than the two excellent goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Aug 13, 2014

Real lift Super Cup thanks to Ronaldo double

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory before a 33,500 crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium in the traditional curtain-raiser to the European club season.