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Dismal Everton no match for Liverpool

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With Manchester City and Chelsea winning their Premier League away trips to Aston Villa and Watford, respectively, Liverpool had to return with three points from Goodison Park to stay in touch with the top two.

Before the match, it seemed a rather daunting task since the Reds only won once under Jurgen Klopp in their nine trips across Stanley Park.

In the past, Everton had been resilient against their Merseyside rivals at home turf, disregarding their form in the league.

The Toffees were not exactly lighting up the league last season when they snatched four points away from Liverpool.

So, there was a sense of slight concern among the travelling Reds fans that they might fall further behind in the title race following this fixture.

But, the away side did not seem like the team playing in front of a hostile crowd as they dominantly started the match.

Henderson opens scoring

Jordan Henderson opened the scoring before the clock hit double digits, but in the previous nine minutes, Liverpool had breached the Everton backline quite a few times.

Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah could not keep their attempts on target, and Salah forced a save out of Jordan Pickford before Henderson put Liverpool ahead with a magnificent bending shot.

Salah scored in the 19th minute to make amends for his early misses, and for many Everton fans, that was the last straw.

A significant portion of the home support left the arena after 20 minutes, but those who stayed behind had renewed hope when Demarai Gray pulled one back for Everton seven minutes before the interval.

It was all Liverpool before Gray Matip and Trent Alexander Arnold in the wake and made Alisson Becker collect the ball from the back of his net.

Richarlison won the ball against the run of play and fed it to Gray who did brilliantly to pick up his fourth Premier League goal of the season.Β 

The goal gave the home side a much-needed boost, and Abdoulaye Doucoure almost found the equalizer, but his effort got cleared from the line.

Mane came close to restoring Liverpool’s two-goal lead as well, but the score stood 2-1 at the break, teasing an exciting second half to come.

But, Everton threw away the competitiveness when they hilariously gave away the third goal.

Coleman gives it away

Seamus Coleman made a mess while receiving the ball from a cleared corner, Salah took advantage of it and fired the ball past a helpless Jordan Pickford.Β 

As the third goal went in, Everton lost the drive to fight back.

With fallen shoulders, they were eagerly waiting for the final whistle to go off.

Before it did, Diego Jota added more to Everton’s misery scoring the fourth Liverpool goal and making it the largest margin of Liverpool victory at Goodison Park since Bob Paisley’s men’s 5-0 win in 1982.

Rafa Benitez was not a popular appointment across the board as many Everton fans did not like him for his Liverpool connection.

After last night’s result, it is not difficult to imagine that Benitez will lose more support among the Everton faithful and another disappointing result against Arsenal on Monday would only make matters worse.Β 

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WATCH: Georgina Rodriguez makes huge claim on Cristiano Ronaldo’s retirement in Football

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Georgina Rodriguez made a huge claim on the future of her husband and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in Football. In a brief interaction with a host recently, Rodriguez was asked about the time left for Cristiano to make an impact at the highest level. Georgina looked honest in her approach to the question of the host and claimed something the fans would not love to hear.

Georgina claimed that the Portugal star has maybe one year more from him at the highest level. She felt that Ronaldo might play two more years before retiring and not more than that. She was however not sure if he would play for just one or two years and added that the Al Nassr star could also play more than that.

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“Cristiano one more year, then it’s over. Maybe two, I don’t know,” said Rodriguez in the little chat she had with the host. The video has gone viral on X and the fans have started sharing it on different platforms. Some of the fans feel that Georgina might be right, while others feel that she could be wrong, given the fitness and longevity of the star player.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo

On the 5th of February, Ronaldo celebrated his 39th birthday. He is currently one of the oldest players in the world. In the past, players at this age would have retired way back. But the fitness and consistency of Ronaldo make him play the sport as long as he wishes. In his career so far, Ronaldo has won many major leagues for Portugal and league teams like Real Madrid, Al Nassr, and Manchester United.

With United, Portugal won some major leagues like the FA Cup and the Champions League. With Real Madrid, the 39-year-old won the leagues like the UCL, Copa Del Rey and La Liga. He won it three consecutive times for Real Madrid. For Portugal, Cristiano had a huge contribution to Portugal. He has the most number of appearances and goals for an international team and won the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

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Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham slapped with Red Card as he argued with referee

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Jude Bellingham shown Red Card (Image Credit: Twitter)

England and Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham was slapped with a Red Card during the La Liga game against Valencia. In the game, the home team, Valencia was leading by 2-0 after 30 minutes before Madrid scored in the injury time of the first half. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Madrid while Hugo Duro (27′) and Roman Yaremchuk (30′) scored a goal each.

In the 76th minute, Junior scored an equalizer to keep the team in the game. However, in the injury time of the second half, Bellingham was given a red card as he argued with the referee against calling it a full-time before he could score. In reply, the match official decided to slap the England international with a Red Card. The team coach Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t happy with the verdict as the Three Lions player was making a pass at the time.

β€œI think what’s just happened is unprecedented. It’s never happened to me,” Ancelotti told reporters.

β€œWe had possession of the ball and the match should have been finished when Valencia had the ball.

β€œWhat bothers us is the red card for Bellingham because he didn’t say anything insulting. He was frustrated of course,” said Ancelotti, adding that Bellingham had used a common English swearword when telling the referee it was a goal.

We are annoyed with Jude Bellingham’s Red Card: Carlo Ancelotti

“We were annoyed with Bellingham’s red card. He didn’t say any insults. He said in English ‘it’s a f—ing goal,’ but he was just saying what we were all thinking … [The referee] allowed play to continue. I think he made a mistake.”

“[Bellingham] was clear in what he said,” Ancelotti added. “He was quite vehement [in his reaction] but that’s normal, after what happened. It wasn’t an insult, not at all.”

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PL 2023-24: MCFC vs MUFC Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI, Fantasy League Today’s Captain, Vice-Captain, and more for Manchester derby

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Super Sunday is set to witness the Manchester Derby in the Premier League 2023-24. The match between Manchester City (MCFC) and Manchester United (MUFC) is set to take place in Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City. The two teams have had a contrasting journey in the league till now. The fortunes of City changed ever since Pep Guardiola took over the club as the manager.

While the home side are placed in the second position in the points table currently, United are in the sixth place in the points table. In their previous encounter, City hammered Luton Town by 6-2 in the FA Cup. United have shown massive improvements in the last few weeks after not having a good start to their campaign. United were involved in a thrilling game where they beat Nottingham Forrest by 1-0 in their last game.

Both teams feature some of the best players in the world. The likes of Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and others would be taking part in the match. Manchester City will start the match as the favourites, given their record in the ongoing league so far and the match taking place in their home. United with their improved record can challenge the home side.

MCFC vs MUFC – Match Details

Match – Manchester City (MCFC) vs Manchester United (MUFC), Premier League 2023-24

Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Date and Time – 3rd March 2024, 21:00 IST

Live Coverage – Star Sports Network and Disney plus Hot Star

MCFC vs MUFC – Head-to-Head

Both the teams from Manchester have a rich history in the sport. they have been up against each other in 191 instances. In as many games, Manchester United have been historically the better side with 78 wins to their name. City have managed to win 60 wins, as 53 games ended in a draw. In the last five games between the two sides in the Premier League, City have won four of the five games.

MCFC vs MUFC – Likely XI

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Akanji, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Alvarez, Haaland, Foden

Manchester United: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat, Casemiro, Manioo, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho

MCFC vs MUFC – Fantasy XI

Grand League Team

Goal Keeper – E Moraes

Defenders –Β M Akanji, K Walker, H Maguire

Mid Fielders –Β Kevin De Bruyne, B Fernandes, R Hernandez, Casemiro

Forwards –Β E Haaland (VC), J Alvarez, M Rashford (C)

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League (Source: X)

Head-to-Head Team

Goal Keeper –Β S Ortega

Defenders –Β M Akanji, K Walker, R Varane

Mid Fielders –Β K De Bruyne (C), B Fernandes (VC), B Silva, Casemiro

Forwards –Β E Haaland, J Alvarez, M Rashford

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head (Source: X)

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