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Getafe 1- 0 Barcelona: Koeman’s Title Hopefuls Fall To Shock Defeat Of Their Own

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Barcelona joined rivals Real Madrid in suffering a shock defeat just one week before the first Clasico of the season, with Ronald Koeman’s men going down 1-0 to Getafe.

The Catalans came into the match knowing a win would see them draw level on points with Real Madrid following their defeat to Cadiz earlier in the day, but they spurned that opportunity with a loss of their own.

Koeman handed Sergino Dest and Pedri their first competitive starts as Barcelona players with Ansu Fati only on the bench. The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half and could have taken the lead had Antoine Griezmann or Lionel Messi converted one of their chances.

Barca were made to rue these misses as Jaime Mata gave Getafe the lead after 56 minutes, rolling home a penalty kick after the referee had pointed to the spot for a foul by Frenkie de Jong on Djene Dakonam.

Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite, Francisco Trincao and Riqui Puig were all introduced off the bench to try and turn the game in Barcelona’s favour, but they failed to break down a stubborn Getafe side.

 

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Manchester United And Chelsea Play Out Dull Stalemate

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Manchester United and Chelsea played out a dull draw in Premier League encounter on Saturday afternoon.

Fans will certainly be disappointed with the outcome of the first meeting between Premier League giants this season.

However, for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he would be pleased with a second successive clean sheet. Goalkeeper Mendy made a couple of decent saves to deny Manchester United.

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Chelsea on the other hand had a penalty appeal in the first-half ignored. Maguire gripped Azpilicueta in a headlock at a corner and there was no review by VAR.

 

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Just In: Legon Cities Sign Asamoah Gyan 

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General captain for the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has completed a sensational move to Legon Cities FC according to credible news reaching modernnewsgh.com

The newly branded football club has secured the services of the all time top scorer of Ghana after a fruitful negotiation.

The 34-year-old playmaker signed the contract with the Accra based club after he quashed the rumours of signing for Asante Kotoko.

Reports has it that he was given $150,000  as an appearance fee to sign for the club.

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Arteta lauds ‘impressive’ Thomas Partey

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has showered praises on Thomas Partey following his explosive performance on Thursday night.

Partey, who joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day from Atletico Madrid, made his full debut in their Europa League 2:1 win over Rapid Vienna in Austria.

David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals in five second-half minutes after a Bernd Leno mistake had gifted Taxiarchis Fountas the opener to ensure the Gunners began Group B with a victory.

The Black Stars deputy captain’s presence in midfield broke down attacks and built play with apparently effortless ease.

And Arteta is excited by what is to come from the Ghana international.

“I think he held the midfield by himself in the second half when we were a little bit more open,” said the Arsenal boss. “He started to take more chances attacking certain spaces with some players.

“I think he was fantastic and there is much more to come from him.”

BT Sport pundit and former Manchester United and England midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, also described Partey’s performance on the night as “one of the best debuts I have ever seen.”

“He is a key ingredient of what Arsenal have been missing for years,” former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney, commentating on the game for BT Sport, added.

“He has a knack of breaking up play and keeping the momentum going. He is pure class. He is versatile and tactically astute, gives more balance and is technically very good.

“He is brilliant and Arsenal fans will be overjoyed to see him in this team.”

Partey and his Arsenal teammates will now focus on their Premier League game against Leicester City on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.

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