America MG

16' Norberto | 19' Luan | 32' Ruy | 75' Messias

4-2

Figueirense

58' N. Careca | 90' Henan

Santa Cruz

44' J. Paulo

1-1

Boa

71' Thaciano

Luverdense

17' P. R. de Souza

1-1

Parana

58' Alemao

Goytacaz

-

Barra Mansa

Diaz

29' R. Prieto | 73' R. Leichtweis

2-1

Cerro Porteno

45' G. Velazquez

Sport Victoria

-

Defensor La Bocana

Sport Loreto

-

Santa Rosa PNP

Carlos Manucci

-

Cienciano

Club Sando

-

North East Stars

Nyva Ternopil'

-

Arsenal Bila Tserkva

Polessya

-

Nyva Vinnytsya

Podillya Khmelnytskyi

-

Teplovyk

Ahrobiznes Volochysk

-

Lviv

Bukovyna

-

Skala Stryi

Cherkaskyi Dnipro II

-

Ternopil'

Orlando City

0-1

Atlanta United

86' H. Villalba

New York Cosmos

?-?

Valencia

Barcelona Atletico

?-?

Cibao

S. Wanderers

22' F. Pina | 83' B. Cerezo | 90' E. Gutierrez

3-0

Cobresal

New York Red Bulls 2

27' V. Bezecourt

1-0

Toronto FC 2

Premier League: Liverpool defeats Arsenal 3-1

Liverpool hosted Arsenal at Anfield for their Premier League 27th round match on Saturday.

The two teams met in the first round of the season at the Emirates, back in August.
The encounter became a seven-goal thriller, with Liverpool winning the contest 4-3. Int he first half, Theo Walcott opened the scoring just one minute after missing a penalty. Destpite this, Liverpool came back, and took a 4-1 lead, before the Gunners pulled two goals back to make the final result 4-3.

In recent seasons, the two teams played out several high-scoring games, therefore everyone expected the same from yesterday’s encounter.

The home side came into the fixture after a 3-1 defeat against Leicester City, who played their first game after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Liverpool put in a miserable performance, as they were outplayed in every aspect of the game. This season their supporters are used to the fact, that the Reds usually suffer against smaller teams, but they are great against their direct rivals.
Arsenal did not play last weekend, due to the fact that Southampton were involved in the League Cup final against Mancester United.

Line ups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Welbeck; Giroud.

The match hasn’t even started, but there was already a huge surprise. Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were missing for the Gunners. Ozil was ill and did not even travel to Liverpool, while Alexis was only on the bench. Later Arsene Wenger confirmed, that it was a tactical decission, as he planned to be stronger in the air with both Giroud and Welbeck in the starting line-up.

Liverpool started the game better, but Arsenal defended well in the opening minutes. However only in the 9th minute, Liverpool took the lead thanks to Roberto Firmino, after a cross from Sadio Mané.
The overall picture of the game did not change in the first half, with Liverpool pressing for another goal, while Arsenal could not create any chances. The pressure paid off for Liverpool, as they doubled their lead. This time Mané scored after an assist by Firmino.

Arsene Wenger introduced Alexis Sanchez for the second half, after Arsenal were toothless without him. The Chilean replaced Francis Coquelin, who was outplayed in the middle of the park, while he also received a booking. The Gunners improved significantly, as they already created more in the first few minutes of the second half, than in the whole first period. Olivier Giroud had a great header, which was acrobatically saved by Mignolet. However In the 57th minute, even the Belgian keeper could not prevent an Arsenal goal, as Welbeck pulled one back after a ball from Sanchez.
Arsenal grew into the game, as they played much better in the second half. They had the opportinity to level the game in stoppage time, but Alexis’ shot was blocked by Joel Matip. A few seconds later, after a quick counter-attack, Georginio Wijnaldum scored with a right footed strike to make it 3-1 to Liverpool, and ensure victory.

Liverpool bounced back from the defeat against Leicester, to register yet another great result against one of their direct rivals. On the other side, Arsenal continued their dissapointig form against their big-six opponents, with their only win this season came against Chelsea. Arsene Wenger’s decision to put Alexis on the bench backfired, as Arsenal’s performance in the second half was much better with the Chilean on the pitch.

Liverpool climbed up to third place, while Arsenal slipped to sixth.