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Aguero banned four games, Fernandinho gets three!

The English FA have confirmed that Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will be banned for four and three games respectively after being sent off late in the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend.

Aguero, 28, lunged in on David Luiz and was shown a straight red card for the tackle (if you can even call it that) and Fernandinho, 31, was sent off in the ensuing melee as he pushed Cesc Fabregas repeatedly and grabbed him around the throat.

n the case of Aguero, he would have already been banned for three games but his punishment has been extended by an extra game due to his suspended three-game ban which he received for elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid back in August.

As for Fernandinho, he has been handed the standard three-game ban for being sent off for violent conduct.

Pep Guardiola’s City ended the game with nine-men against Chelsea and looked frustrated after blowing a 1-0 half time lead as they lost 3-1 against the Premier League leaders.

Without Aguero and Fernandinho, their upcoming games against Leicester, Watford and Arsenal are now looking very difficult, plus Nicolas Otamendi will be unavailable against Leicester this Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) due to picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

With regards to the melee at the end of Chelsea’s win at City, it is expected the FA may fine both teams for their actions and Fabregas could also be implicated as some camera angles appeared to show him striking Fernandinho in the face first.

Let’s wait and see.

As for City, injuries and suspension are adding up and they’re now four points behind leaders Chelsea, plus they’ll have to do without their leading score Aguero who has 10 of their 30 goals in the Premier League.

A chance has now arrived for City’s only other central striker as 20-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho will likely be given the opportunity to lead the line, or if not Nolito or Kevin De Bruyne may operate as the highest player in a false nine formation.

 

source: nbcsports

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Liverpool loses 3 points with an Historical Comeback by AFC Bournemouth

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Liverpool loses to Bournemouth after taking the lead at 1st half

Bournemouth shocked the world as they came back from losing 0:2 at first half to Liverpool to winning the game with an historical comeback, ending liverpool’s 15 games unbeaten run.

Jurgen Klopp went from fist-pumps to spitting fury as Liverpool disintegrated from authoritative to all-over-the-place on Sunday afternoon.

Comfortable with a 2-0 cushion at half-time and enjoying the same margin of superiority over Bournemouth at 3-1 on 75 minutes, they criminally departed the south coast with a defeat.

It was their first across all competitions since August 20 and, while they were chasing that game at Burnley, they were in cruise mode against the Cherries.

With just 15 minutes left, Eddie Howe’s men turned the match on its head and ensured that Liverpool lost theirs in a complete capitulation.

The pre-match focus centered on the absence of Philippe Coutinho, who suffered ankle ligament damage against Sunderland, but it was the injury to Junior Stanislas in the early stages of the second half that proved decisive.

Ryan Fraser replaced the 27-year-old and won a penalty, scored one and assisted another as Bournemouth left Liverpool – missing the services of centre-back Joel Matip – down and dazed.

The afternoon promised to end positively for the Reds after Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had them coasting on 22 minutes. The Senegal international raced through to meet a ball over the top from Emre Can. He out-paced Nathan Ake, showing more physicality than his marker too, before cleverly stabbing beyond a hesitant Artur Boruc.

Two minutes later, Mane tracked back to win possession and fed Jordan Henderson. The captain supplied Origi, who put the ball around the overcommitted home keeper and applied an incredible finish from an impossible angle to get his third goal in as many games.

Liverpool had swagger and the Bournemouth bench looked to be fearing the worst. Howe’s side felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty after Roberto Firmino’s contact with Ake in the area but they were handed a spot-kick to spark their fightback in the second half.

James Milner fouled Fraser and Loris Karius dived the wrong way as Callum Wilson stuck the penalty but, less than 10 minutes later, Can demanded a pass off Mane before firing a fantastic first-time curler in from the edge of the box to restore Liverpool’s two-goal lead.

Milner went unbelievably close to scoring direct from a corner, with technology ruling that all of the ball did not go all over the line.

That seemed to be the end of Bournemouth’s resistance but it was actually just the start.

Fraser struck through a crowd of bodies to floor Karius, who should have done better before then flicking towards Steve Cook. The defender’s touch and turn was glorious as he found the bottom corner.

Liverpool were left shellshocked as the scoreline read 3-3. If they assumed that it could not have got worse, though, they were wrong. Karius failed to hold a Cook bullet in injury time, with Ake reacting quickest to make it count.

Bournemouth had never beaten Liverpool since 1927 but then became the first team to do so in 16 games.

There will be plenty of criticism, rightly, but the defeat should be viewed in context.

“We gave the game away because we didn’t play football any more,” said Klopp. Liverpool, you feel, won’t be allowed to have another off afternoon like this for a while if he has anything to do with it.

source: goal.com

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And then, They were three! (The Best FIFA Football Awards)

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Frenchman Antoine Griezmann joined regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFA’s Player of the Year award on Friday.

Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year’s biggest surprises, were nominated for the best coach award alongside Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane.

Germany’s Melanie Behringer, last year’s winner Carli Lloyd of the U.S. and Brazil’s five-time winner Marta were nominated for the women’s player of the year award.

Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016, although his performances were often criticised and he was injured early in the final against France.

He also won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.

Messi led Argentina to the final of the Copa Centenario, where they lost to Chile, and won La Liga with Barcelona.

Angry with the leadership of the Argentine FA, he briefly announced his international retirement but later back-tracked.

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann earned a spot with his performances for France at Euro 2016.

Ronaldo and Messi have shared the award since 2008, with Messi winning five times to Ronaldo’s three.

It was the sixth time in a row both have featured in the final shortlist of three.

Ronaldo won in 2008, 2013, 2014 with Messi second on each occasion. Messi won from 2009-12 and again last year with Ronaldo second on every occasion except in 2010 when Andres Iniesta was runner-up.

In the coaching race, Italian Ranieri led Leicester City to the English Premier League title against all the odds while Santos won Euro 2016 with Portugal, their first major trophy.

The first FIFA award was held in 1991 when it was won by German Lothar Matthaeus.

The women’s player of the year of the award has been held every year since 2001.

From 2010 to last year inclusive, the awards were organised jointly with France Football magazine and known as the FIFA Ballon D’Or.

Following the split with the French publication, the ceremony, which will be held in Zurich on January 9, has been renamed “The Best FIFA Football Awards’’.