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Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-By George! City are beaten by battling Burnley

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s faltering attempts to retain their title suffered a huge blow on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Burnley, giving Chelsea the chance to open an eight-point lead when they host Southampton on Sunday.

Second-placed City have now won only three of their last nine Premier League matches and remain five points behind Chelsea who now have two games in hand.

Mar 14, 2015

Villa’s Sherwood heaps pressure on old team mate Poyet

LONDON (Reuters) – While Aston Villa’s revival under new coach Tim Sherwood continued to gather momentum on Saturday, it left Sherwood’s former Tottenham Hotspur team mate Gus Poyet in danger of losing his job.

The pair, who played together in the Spurs midfield just over a decade ago, were left with contrasting emotions after Villa ripped the home side apart with four goals in 44 first-half minutes at the Stadium of Light.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Villa’s Sherwood heaps pressure on old team mate Poyet

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – While Aston Villa’s revival under new coach Tim Sherwood continued to gather momentum on Saturday, it left Sherwood’s former Tottenham Hotspur team mate Gus Poyet in danger of losing his job.

The pair, who played together in the Spurs midfield just over a decade ago, were left with contrasting emotions after Villa ripped the home side apart with four goals in 44 first-half minutes at the Stadium of Light.

Mar 14, 2015

Bournemouth, Watford and Boro level in Championship race

LONDON (Reuters) – Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough all scored convincing wins at the top of the tightest league in Europe on Saturday but Derby County faltered in the English Championship title race by drawing at fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich City.

Bournemouth, set on their way by a first-half hat-trick from Brett Pittman, thumped bottom-of-the-table Blackpool 4-0, Watford beat Reading 4-1 and Middlesbrough defeated Ipswich Town 4-1 to take all three teams to 69 points at the top of the second tier.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Bournemouth, Watford and Boro level in Championship race

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough all scored convincing wins at the top of the tightest league in Europe on Saturday but Derby County faltered in the English Championship title race by drawing at fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich City.

Bournemouth, set on their way by a first-half hat-trick from Brett Pittman, thumped bottom-of-the-table Blackpool 4-0, Watford beat Reading 4-1 and Middlesbrough defeated Ipswich Town 4-1 to take all three teams to 69 points at the top of the second tier.

Mar 12, 2015

Chelsea’s exit leaves England facing embarrassing failure

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea’s elimination from the Champions League after losing to Paris St Germain on the away goals rule leaves the English Premier League facing the embarrassing realisation that it is not, as it likes to think, the best league in the world.

A month after clinching a 5.1 billion pounds ($7.64 billion) TV rights deal, there is a very real possibility that for the second time in three seasons, no English club will make it into the last eight of European soccer’s elite competition.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea’s exit leaves England facing embarrassing failure

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s elimination from the Champions League after losing to Paris St Germain on the away goals rule leaves the English Premier League facing the embarrassing realisation that it is not, as it likes to think, the best league in the world.

A month after clinching a 5.1 billion pounds ($7.64 billion) TV rights deal, there is a very real possibility that for the second time in three seasons, no English club will make it into the last eight of European soccer’s elite competition.

Mar 12, 2015

man PSG stun Chelsea with Thiago Silva header

LONDON (Reuters) – Thiago Silva’s extra-time header sent Paris St Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after they overcame the sending-off of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to secure a brave 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

PSG, who had striker Ibrahimovic dismissed after 31 minutes, went through after the two sides battled to a 3-3 draw over the two legs of their last-16 tie.

Mar 11, 2015

Luiz delight as PSG knock out old club Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) – David Luiz, whose thunderous header helped knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday, apologised to the fans of his former club for his goal celebration even if most of them had gone home by the time he scored it.

The Paris St Germain defender, who won a Champions League winners medal with Chelsea in 2012, powered his header in off the underside of Thibaut Courtois’s crossbar in the 86th minute to level the scores at 1-1 and force the match into extra time.

Mar 11, 2015

Soccer-Luiz delight as PSG knock out old club Chelsea

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – David Luiz, whose thunderous header helped knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday, apologised to the fans of his former club for his goal celebration even if most of them had gone home by the time he scored it.

The Paris St Germain defender, who won a Champions League winners medal with Chelsea in 2012, powered his header in off the underside of Thibaut Courtois’s crossbar in the 86th minute to level the scores at 1-1 and force the match into extra time.