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Aug 31, 2014

Soccer-Balotelli plays second fiddle as Liverpool crush Spurs

LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – The Mario Balotelli show rolled into town and was greeted by a chorus of a approval even if the Italian ringmaster was just a supporting act as Liverpool tore Tottenham Hotspur apart 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.

The travelling Liverpool support came armed with an anthem to welcome their latest signing, captain Steven Gerrard hailed his performance as “terrific” and manager Brendan Rodgers added his hearty approval.

Aug 31, 2014

Chelsea hit Everton for six as Man City lose at home

LONDON (Reuters) – It was a day of role reversal as Jose Mourinho’s often cautious Chelsea thumped Everton 6-3 in a thriller on Saturday while champions Manchester City’s attacking talents were blunted in a shock 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City.

New signing Diego Costa was on target twice, scoring for the third Premier League game in a row, as Chelsea produced a swashbuckling performance to overwhelm Everton at Goodison Park.

Aug 30, 2014

City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again

LONDON (Reuters) – Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season. Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League’s lesser lights.

It was an equally miserable day for City’s rivals Manchester United whose frustrations continued in a 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley with British-record signing Angel Di Maria unable to spark an improvement in their fortunes.

Aug 30, 2014

Soccer-City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again

LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.

Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League’s lesser lights.

Aug 26, 2014

Pressure still on United deal maker after Di Maria swoop

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United deal maker Ed Woodward remains under pressure to fill the holes in their squad laid bare in the opening two games of the Premier League season despite shattering the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria.

Argentina winger Di Maria’s arrival from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds (98.79 million US dollar) on Tuesday took United’s spending to more than 130 million pounds in the current transfer window a they try to restructure the playing staff.

Aug 26, 2014

Soccer-Pressure still on United deal maker after Di Maria swoop

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Manchester United deal maker Ed Woodward remains under pressure to fill the holes in their squad laid bare in the opening two games of the Premier League season despite shattering the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria.

Argentina winger Di Maria’s arrival from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds (98.79 million US dollar) on Tuesday took United’s spending to more than 130 million pounds in the current transfer window a they try to restructure the playing staff.

Aug 25, 2014

Liverpool gamble on mischief-maker Balotelli to replace Suarez

LONDON (Reuters) – Having just waved goodbye to a player who constantly courted controversy, Liverpool rolled out the welcome mat to Mario Balotelli on Monday, whose maverick if inconsistent talent is perhaps only rivaled by his ability to cause mischief.

Following the departure of Luis Suarez on the back of a third suspension for sinking his teeth into an opponent, the man Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has chosen to add bite to his forward line has his own lengthy charge sheet of misdemeanors.

Aug 24, 2014

World Cup stars fail to sparkle on Premier League return

LONDON (Reuters) – Their dazzling displays lit up the World Cup, but the stars of the summer have failed to arrive on time for the Premier League party, with one of the tournament’s flops stealing the early limelight.

Whether it is Arsenal’s World Cup winning heroes, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, Chile’s leading light Alexis Sanchez or Manchester United’s Robin van Persie.

Aug 24, 2014

Soccer-World Cup stars fail to sparkle on Premier League return

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Their dazzling displays lit up the World Cup, but the stars of the summer have failed to arrive on time for the Premier League party, with one of the tournament’s flops stealing the early limelight.

Whether it is Arsenal’s World Cup winning heroes, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, Chile’s leading light Alexis Sanchez or Manchester United’s Robin van Persie.

Aug 24, 2014

Sluggish United held by Sunderland, Spurs thrash QPR

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United laboured to a ponderous 1-1 draw away at Sunderland on Sunday that delivered a first Premier League point of the season but laid bare their dire need for reinforcements.

After Tottenham Hotspur had made it six points from two games with players condemned as expensive mistakes last season starring in a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, United’s frailties at both ends of the pitch were there for all to see.