Kyle Walker leads Man City to victory over Newcastle with superb screamer

Kyle Walker drove in the winning goal from 30 metres as Manchester City broke down Newcastle's dogged resilience in a 2-1 victory in the English Premier League this morning.

The England right back received the ball from Sergio Aguero, took a touch, and fired an angled shot into the bottom corner in the 52nd minute for his first goal in almost three years.

The win put City's title defence back on track after a 1-1 draw at Wolverampton Wanderers last weekend.

Another marauding right back tied the score after 30 minutes, with US international DeAndre Yedlin sweeping in a close-range finish from Salomon Rondon's cross in a rare attack from Newcastle.

Raheem Sterling's eighth-minute opener, on his 100th Premier League appearance for City, came at the start of a first half that resembled an attack-vs.-defence training-ground exercise, as the visitors regularly ceded possession.

If Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, restored to the starting lineup after injury, was looking to redeem himself after a reported training ground fracas with Matt Ritchie, the center back failed miserably.

Lascelles gifted possession to Benjamin Mendy, who released Sterling outside him, and the England international cut in from the left to curl a shot across goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and inside the far post.

Aguero, who came into the match having scored 14 goals in 11 appearances against Newcastle, whipped an effort wide from distance while Gabriel Jesus shot straight at Dubravka as City laid siege on Newcastle's goal.

But the home side conceded a sloppy goal when Kenedy played in Rondon on the left and the striker slid a low cross into the six-yard box toward the far post where Mendy would normally have been guarding.

However, the left back had been dragged into the middle and Yedlin capitalised by beating the back-tracking Jesus to the ball and converting.

It was Yedlin's first Premier League goal and first goal anywhere since September 10, 2016, against Derby in the English League Cup. He scored an own-goal in Newcastle's 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend.

Walker's goal saw City regain the lead and appeared to break Newcastle's resolve, with Jesus soon denied by an offside flag before Dubravka made a double save from Fernandinho and David Silva.

The result leaves Newcastle with just one point — a draw against newly promoted Cardiff — and manager Rafa Benitez, after its League Cup exit to second-tier Nottingham Forest in midweek, with more questions to answer.


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Croatia captain Luka Modric claims FIFA Player of the Year award

Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA, while Marta won the women's award for a sixth time.

Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world soccer's main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

Messi didn't make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. Ronaldo was shortlisted but also didn't turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah also made the top three for the first time.

Luka Modric wins the World Cup golden ball award
Luka Modric wins the World Cup golden ball award Source: Associated Press


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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wins FIFA goal of the year award

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's strike in last season's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the FIFA Puskas Award for the goal of the season.

Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, with many pundits predicting a win for Gareth Bale's acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool.

But the Egyptian star's effort, which saw him spin past two Everton players before curling a left-foot shot into the far corner, gained 38 per cent of the more than 500,000 votes cast.

The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London. Salah, 26, has also been shortlisted for men's player of the year.

He told the audience at the Royal Festival Hall that he hoped to win another prize later in the evening.

France's World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps was named men's coach of the year.

The 49-year-old was up against Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in the final in Russia this summer, and Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League win.

Deschamps' win was no surprise, given the focus on Russia 2018, and he used his acceptance speech to warmly thanks his backroom staff and players.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the goalkeeper of the year prize, beating Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and World Cup-winning France.

All three enjoyed great World Cup campaigns, with Courtois helping Belgium to a third-place finish.

Now with Real Madrid, the 26-year-old Courtois joked before his award was announced that FIFA should also hand out a save-of-the-year prize.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Source: Associated Press


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Watch: Brazil star Neymar gifts jersey to crying fan in PSG win over Rennes

Neymar was whistled off the field today but showed he held no grudge against Rennes fans by giving his shirt to a young boy who ran across the pitch to hug the Brazil star.

With PSG leading 3-1 in the French league game, Neymar slowly walked back to the Paris Saint-Germain bench in the 90th minute at Rennes — as coach Thomas Tuchel made his final substitution — when the boy escaped security and ran toward the striker.

The boy burst into tears when he reached Neymar and pointed at his shirt.

Neymar took the boy under his arm and walked back to the sidelines, gesturing toward security guards to indicate everything was okay.

Neymar then took off his shirt and gave it to the boy, who was taken away by stewards.

Neymar had a mostly anonymous performance before the incident, with a mediocre display in Brittany.

Five days after slumping to their first loss this season in a 3-2 Champions League defeat at Liverpool, PSG struggled in the first half but came from behind to win 3-1 and remain perfect in the French league with a sixth consecutive win.

PSG remains five points clear at the top.

Playing without the suspended Kylian Mbappe, the defending champions faced strong resistance from an inspired home side that defended well and destabilised PSG on the break.

PSG conceded early when Adrien Rabiot scored a clumsy own-goal. Tuchel's side managed to turn things around with goals from Angel Di Maria, Thomas Meunier and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Rennes played with three attacking players and applied early pressure on Gianluigi Buffon's goal.

Mbaye Niang and Ismaila Sarr tested the Italian 'keeper before Rabiot inadvertently sent the ball into Buffon's net from a corner after a header from Niang ricocheted off his shoulder in the 11th minute.

Rennes could not build on the momentum and started to play deeper as PSG took control of the match and leveled just before halftime with a low-shot from Julian Draxler's cut-back pass.

Edinson Cavani hit the post at the start of the second half and Meunier scored at the end of a swift counterattack with a right-footed shot.

Subsitute Choupo-Moting then celebrated his league debut with a goal in the 83rd from Meunier's pass.

Neymar won over his rivals after giving away his playing jersey to a young boy who stormed the field. Source: BT Sport


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Chelsea's perfect Premier League start ended with West Ham stalemate

West Ham ended Chelsea's perfect start to the Premier League season as the London clubs played out a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea had recorded five wins in its first five games but, after a tiring trip to Greece midweek to play in the Europa League, Maurizio Sarri's team never really got going against an energetic and organized opponent.

And the Hammers looked more likely to find a winner for much of the game, with Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga - the world's most expensive goalkeeper - forced into the best save of the match, and Andriy Yarmolenko missing a simple chance late on for West Ham.

Chelsea improved as the game went on but Alvaro Morata wasted its best chance, firing straight at Lukasz Fabianski soon after coming off the bench.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso against West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko
Chelsea's Marcos Alonso against West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko Source: Associated Press


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