Lukaku reaches century

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Apr 2018 10:47:35


 

MANCHESTER,

Man United blank Swansea City 2-0

ROMELU Lukaku became the first Belgian to reach 100 Premier League goals as Manchester United quickly regained second place in the table from Liverpool with a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
The powerful striker put his team in front within five minutes from a pass by Alexis Sanchez, who added the second a quarter of an hour later.


United, with record signing Paul Pogba back in the side, were dominant, although David de Gea did have to make two saves from Tammy Abraham.
Swansea, revitalised under Jose Mourinho’s friend and compatriot Carlos Carvalhal, remained three points above the relegation zone.


“It would be perfect if we could play the second half as well as we did the first half,” Mourinho said.
“The first half we played very well: we kept Swansea back, we scored, we played beautiful. It was perfect.
“The second half they improved but we let it go. But it’s fine. “We want to finish second this year and have 10 points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow. In other leagues we would be fighting for the title.”


Carvalhal was pleased with the way his team improved after half-time.
“If we achieved one goal in those few situations, when David de Gea made fantastic saves, you never know,” he said. “We could have made United nervous.
Late Salah strike gives Liverpool win at Palace
LIVERPOOL’S Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored his 29th Premier League goal six minutes from time to secure a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace that took them up to provisional second spot in the table on Saturday.


Palace took an early lead with Luka Milivojevic’s seventh successful penalty this season after Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius had charged into goal-bound Wilfried Zaha and was booked.


Sadio Mane made up for missing some first-half chances by giving Liverpool a deserved equaliser early in the second half, tapping in James Milner’s loss cross from the left.
Palace striker Christian Benteke was guilty of two bad misses against his former club in quick succession before Salah struck to leave the hosts mired in the relegation fight.
Liverpool are a point ahead of Manchester United, who can reclaim second place at home to Swansea City later on Saturday. Palace remain two points above the relegation zone.


“Maximum credit to my players,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after marking his 100th Premier League game with victory. “It’s very difficult after the international break because we are all used to a specific training intensity and then the players go away to different teams.”
Klopp felt Sadio Mane should have been given a penalty instead of a yellow card for simulation in the first half. But he agreed the Senegalese international could have received a second yellow after deliberate handball when he felt he had been fouled.


“It looked like a clear penalty. Yes he goes down late but there was contact there. For me it’s a penalty and no yellow card,” he said.
“The second one is a foul on Sadio and yes, he puts his hand on the ball, which is a second yellow, so we were lucky in that instance.”


Chelsea’s CL chances hang on same old Spurs story
CHELSEA host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday will be aiming to extend the visitors’ 28-year wait for a league win at Stamford Bridge and keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive in the process.
Spurs sit five points above the English champions in the fourth and final Champions League place with just eight games of the campaign to go.


Missing out on the top four would almost certainly seal Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s fate with speculation already rife over the Italian’s future and who trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich could look to as his successor.
However, Conte remains hopeful that Chelsea can make up the lost ground caused by four defeats in their last six league games.


“If we win, we go very close to Tottenham,” said Conte. “Otherwise, we continue to stay not so close and, with seven games to go, it will be difficult to take a place in the Champions League.”
By contrast, Spurs are unbeaten in their last 12 league games stretching back to December.
Schedule: Arsenal vs Stoke City (6:00pm) and Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur (8:30 pm).