Everton bounce back from derby pain to beat Chelsea

Chelsea slipped to their third Premier League defeat in four matches on Saturday as Everton bounced back from their Merseyside derby humiliation to win 3-1 and escape from the relegation zone.   Goals early in each half from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the home side 2-0 up and although Mateo Kovacic pulled one back, Calvert-Lewin struck again late to seal the win.   The three points for Everton, under the temporary charge of Duncan Ferguson following the sacking of Marco Silva, lifts them to the relative comfort of 14th spot in the table. Frank Lampard’s men remain in fourth place but Wolves could close the gap to just three points if they beat Brighton on Sunday. READ ALSO: Police officer shoots boy to death for

JUST IN: Everton sack manager Marco Silva

JUST IN: Everton sack manager Marco Silva

Everton have sacked manager Marco Silva after a run of eight defeats in 11 matches left the club in the Premier League’s bottom three. The Portuguese has overseen a period of steady decline since early September and falling into the relegation zone after a humiliating 5-2 defeat in the Merseyside derby at Anfield proved the final straw for majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the club’s board. Duncan Ferguson has taken temporary charge of the Toffees and will oversee Saturday’s clash against Chelsea. A statement from the club read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club. 🔵 | Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the Club. #EFC pic.twitter.com/R2JqAMBdu2 — Everton (@Everton) December 5, 2019   “Majority shareholder

Jurgen Klopp gamble pays off as Liverpool thrash Everton

Jurgen Klopp gamble pays off as Liverpool thrash Everton

“We did it because we can do it,” said Jurgen Klopp. It was shortly before kick-off at Anfield and the Liverpool manager had been asked to explain his team selection. A Merseyside derby seemed a strange time to make five changes to his starting line-up, but Klopp was right. Despite resting Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool were able to put five goals past Everton and they could have had more. Divock Origi scored two of them. Xherdan Shaqiri, another of the stand-ins, got one of the others. The emphatic 5-2 victory is likely to spell the end for Marco Silva at Everton. For Liverpool, it maintains an eight-point lead at the top of the table and extends their

Lionel Messi speaks about retirement, says Barcelona should have no exit fears

Lionel Messi speaks about retirement, says Barcelona should have no exit fears

Lionel Messi has admitted on the back of his sixth Ballon d’Or triumph that “retirement is approaching”, but the Argentine hopes to enjoy “many more years” at the top and says Barcelona have nothing to worry about when it comes to his future. That will comes as a relief to those at Camp Nou, with it having already been revealed that an all-time great has an exit clause in his current contract. There has been no suggestion that it will be triggered, with Messi continuing to be a talismanic presence for the reigning La Liga champions. His efforts have once again seen him recognised as the finest player on the planet, with the 32-year-old now boasting one more Golden Ball than eternal rival Cristiano

Messi brushes off Ronaldo, beats van Dijk to win 6th Ballon d’Or

FC Barcelona playmaker, Lionel Messi has brushed off competition from Juventus talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, beating Liverpool FC defender, Virgil van Dijk to claim a record sixth Ballon d’Or award. The Barcelona superstar picked the sixth Ballon d’Or award in Paris on Monday night, after the FC Barcelona playmaker had earlier picked up the individual FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Men’s award. Lionel Messi produced a typically outstanding year in front of goal for Barca, hitting 40 strikes this calendar year and registering a further 17 assists to boot. Recall Luka Modric surprisingly picked up the accolade last year to end the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. With the sixth Ballon d’Or award in the coffers of Messi, the Barca superstar has moved one

Arsenal draw at Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game

Arsenal draw at Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game

Arsenal’s winless run continued with Freddie Ljungberg’s first Premier League game as boss ending in a draw against struggling Norwich. The Gunners, with Ljungberg at the helm on an interim basis after Unai Emery was sacked on Friday, have not won for eight games. The result leaves Arsenal eighth in the Premier League, seven points off a place in the top four, while Norwich remain 19th, three points from safety. While Arsenal started brightly, familiar defensive failings resurfaced as Teemu Pukki ended his eight-game goal drought with a shot that deflected off Shkodran Mustafi. The hosts’ lead only lasted eight minutes though, with Christoph Zimmermann penalised for handball and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling for the visitors with a retaken penalty, after four Norwich players had

Watford Sack Sanchez Flores After Three Months In Charge

Watford Sack Sanchez Flores After Three Months In Charge

Watford sacked their second manager of the season on Sunday with Quique Sanchez Flores leaving the club bottom of the Premier League table. The Spaniard managed just one win in 10 league games in charge during his second spell at Vicarage Road after replacing Javi Gracia in September. “Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury. READ > West Ham end seven-game winless run at Stamford Bridge “The appointment of a new head coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.” Defeat to

West Ham end seven-game winless run at Stamford Bridge

West Ham relieved the pressure on boss Manuel Pellegrini as they ended their seven-game winless run with a first victory at Chelsea for 17 years. Aaron Cresswell scored the winner three minutes after the break as he cut inside and fired low past Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea had plenty of chances early on as Christian Pulisic missed the target from a few yards out. The American also wasted a great opportunity late on. But Pellegrini was rewarded for picking 33-year-old David Martin in goal instead of Roberto as his side held firm under late pressure. It proved an inspired choice as Martin, whose father Alvin is a West Ham legend, made several good saves to keep a clean sheet on his Hammers and Premier League

Team Ifeanyi Ubah FC Attacked by Armed Robbers at Okene Kogi

Team Ifeanyi Ubah FC Attacked by Armed Robbers at Okene Kogi

Players of Nigeria Professional Football League side FC IfeanyiUbah were, on Friday, attacked by suspected armed men on their way to a league match against Jigawa Golden Stars in Kano. According to a press statement by the club, the incident took place at about 1:30pm, when players and officials of the club, who were travelling to Kano for their NPFL match day six tie, ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in National Youth Service Corps uniforms, at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi State.   The team’s bus driver was shot, while some members of the coaching crew and players were injured. The affected members of the team are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, the release stated. Ifeanyi Ubah FC management

Unai Emery: Arsenal sack head coach

Emery face sack after Arsenal defeat to Frankfurt

Arsenal have sacked head coach Unai Emery after the club's worst run of results since 1992. Arsenal are without a win in their last seven matches following Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. READ > Unai Emery refuses to answer questions about his Arsenal future amid reports he will be sacked The Gunners have won only four of their 13 Premier League games this season and are now eighth, eight points adrift of the Champions League places. Click here for more stories...