City honor Liverpool, then hammer them 4-0

first_imgManchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool onto the field before their Premier League match on Thursday — and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0 at the Etihad stadium.With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity but the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that City will be desperate to regain their crown next season.Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, rejecting any suggestion they had taken the game lightly. Topics : Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty in the 25th minute.Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later when after a swift break, Phil Foden found him inside the box and the ex-Liverpool forward cut inside Gomez and slid the ball home.The 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alisson after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne.City were showing an unusual willingness to play long balls and after Rodri launched a pass deep to De Bruyne, the Belgian found Sterling inside the box and he slipped the ball goalwards, with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstretched touch only turning it into his own net.It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up.”We beat the champions, an extraordinary team,” Guardiola said.”We tried to play football, take risks against the best team I have ever faced in my life at high pressing,” he added.”They drank a lot of beers this week but they arrived here with no beers in their blood which is why I give us a lot of credit.”The loss was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions. Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool in 1997-98 in the game after they clinched the title.center_img “I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said.”Man City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said.After the guard of honor, which included City manager Pep Guardiola, the visitors started brightly and Ederson had to be alert to keep out a fourth-minute effort from Mohamed Salah.Salah then struck the post after a clever pass from Roberto Firmino, whose hair was colored red, but if Liverpool thought they were in for another night of festivities, they were in for a rude awakening.last_img read more

Leinster Under 21 final tonight

first_imgLater tonight, there’s a surprise line-up for the Leinster Under-21 Hurling semi-final at Parnell Park.Dublin, who knocked-out defending champions Wexford in their quarter-final, will play host to a Westmeath side that accounted for Kilkenny in their last game.Throw in is at half-past seven.last_img

Wednesday September 18th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set another major league home run record, becoming the first team in history to have five players go deep 30 or more times in one season. Miguel Sanó gave the Twins the all-time mark with his 30th homer, a three-run shot to the third deck in left field off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler. Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) all made it before Sanó. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ronald Torreyes was hit by a bases-loaded pitch in a three-run 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox that kept their lead in the American League Central at five games. Marwin Gonzalez hit the tying two-run single off José Ruiz. Then Torreyes, a September roster addition who has only six plate appearances for the Twins this season, crouched in front of a 2-1 fastball that grazed his right forearm as he lowered it over the plate. AMES — Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard says he has no idea what happened to University of Iowa band members during Saturday’s football game in Ames. Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta released a statement on Monday saying the University had been made aware of inappropriate actions toward members of the band and staff.Pollard says they are waiting to find out what happened.Hawkeye Marching Band director Eric Bush told ESPN that the athletic department is taking the lead in the investigation, and that he doesn’t want to give out any details yet because they’re still trying to collect information from the students and trying to figure out what events took place. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says even without starting center Colin Newell the offense line made major progress in a loss to Iowa. Campbell says Newell is questionable for Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe.Campbell says it was the best game the offensive line has played against the Hawkeyes.Campbell likes the balance on offense through two games. Ten different receivers have caught a pass and five running backs have at least 10 carries.Campbell says the next step for the offense is to do a better job finishing drives.ISU hit Iowa with a couple of big plays and Louisiana-Monroe’s attacking defense the Cyclones may get more opportunities on Saturday.Kickoff on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium is scheduled for 11 o’clockcenter_img AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is exploring construction of a multi-use “arts, culture and community district’ between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium.The school announced the plan Tuesday, saying athletic director Jamie Pollard and Iowa State Research Park President Rick Sanders will lead a feasibility study on the area, which is mostly a series of parking lots.Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen transferred oversight of the Iowa State Center, a series of buildings near the basketball coliseum and the football stadium, to the athletic department. The proposed plan would also look into relocating commuter and football game day parking to a new parking area east of the stadium. — high school volleyballValley 25-25-25, Mason City 13-19-11Northwood-Kensett 26-25-21-26-15, Newman 28-22-25-24-13Central Springs 25-25-25, Rockford 14-17-21Charles City 18-30-25-25, Decorah 25-28-22-13Forest City 25-22-25-25, West Hancock 20-25-19-5Lake Mills 25-25-25, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6-10-16Osage 25-25-25, Nashua-Plainfield 10-11-7Saint Ansgar 25-25-25, West Fork 21-13-16last_img read more