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Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United: Ross Barkley Scores Last-Minute Equaliser To Maintain Blues’ Unbeaten Start

Ross Barkley scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Chelsea secured a heated 2-2 draw against Manchester United to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Jose Mourinho’s dream of a walking away with all the three points from Stamford Bridge ended in a heartbreaking and heated manner. The Red Devils were looking set to win the clash against the Blues after Anthony Martial scored twice in the second half to help his side take the lead following Antonio Rudiger’s opener in the first half. But with seconds left on the clock, Ross Barkley found the back of the net salvage a dramatic draw.
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Chelsea vs Manchester United (Credits: Reuters)
The last-gasp equaliser sparked wild scenes as Chelsea second assistant Marco Ianni ran across Mourinho’s path in celebration, which angered the United manager and in-turn sparked scuffles on the sidelines and in the tunnel.
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Chelsea opened the scoring in the 21st minute when from Willian’s corner, Rudiger escaped from his marker and buried his header inside the goal. The Blues continued the domination as they enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession in the first half. They even had the chance to double their lead before the break but Alvaro Morata squandered the chance from just inside the box.
Chelsea vs Manchester United (Credits: Reuters)
United began the second half on the front foot and soon got the reward. Anthony Martial hit the equaliser ten minutes after the restart to turn the game on its head.
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N’Golo Kante forced a fine save from David de Gea 20 yards out before Manchester United struck again to take the lead. Juan Mata found himself free on the right, squaring to Marcus Rashford and then onto Martial, who curled a fine effort into the far bottom corner from 15 yards.
Chelsea vs Manchester United (Credits: Reuters)
The visitors were looking primed to walk away with all the points before the dramatic event unfolded in the dying seconds. First David Luiz hit the post with a header, Rudiger’s follow up was superbly saved by De Gea, before Barkley drove into the goal with ease.
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Mohamed Salah Fires Lacklustre Liverpool TO Narrow Win Over Huddersfield

Mohamed Salah scored his first goal in five club games as Liverpool laboured to a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Huddersfield.
Liverpool were once again far from being at their best. However, unlike the previous seasons, the Reds once again managed to take all the points from a game where they clearly struggled. Their only shot on target all match proved to be the winner as Salah latched on to Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball (24) to score his 50th goal in English football.
The result means Liverpool move back up to second behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference while Huddersfield remain in 19th on three points.
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Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)
Hit by several injuries, Jurgen Klopp named Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in the starting lineup. And the Reds clearly struggled to start the game on a strong note. They particularly struggled to test the home side in the final third. But minutes before the half-hour mark,  Shaqiri found Salah in a pocket of space before the Egyptian poked it across Jonas Lossl to score his fourth goal of the season.
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Huddersfield soon came agonisingly close to scoring the equaliser when Hogg’s fierce strike from 25 yards hit the post. Huddersfield continued to pile pressure but luck deserted them. They will feel they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball brushed both James Milner’s thigh and hand. Soon, they saw a goal ruled out for offside when Alex Pritchard found the back of the net with a good finish.
Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)
After the break, a header from Laurent Depoitre forced Alisson into his only save of the match 10 minutes into the second half. The second half did not produce any eye-catching chance from either of the teams. Salah had the chance to put the game to the bed but he stroked his effort wide of the far post.
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The home side also had the chance to equaliser with just ten minutes remaining. However, after Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren failed to clear a cross, Steve Mounie could only fire over from 10 yards out as Liverpool held on to walk away with all the points.
Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)
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Eden Hazard Happy To Finish Career At Chelsea If Real Madrid Move Fails

At a time when the whole world is speculating a sensational bid from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard, the Chelsea star insists he will be happy to end his career with the Blues if he does not secure a move to the Spanish giants.
Hazard has made a fine start to life under new boss Maurizio Sarri. The Belgian international is one of the main reasons behind the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season, scoring eight goals in all competitions. Chelsea currently sit joint top of the Premier League along with Manchester City and Liverpool.
Eden Hazard (Credits: Twitter)
But amidst his fine form and Chelsea’s good run, he has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid. What has further added fire to the speculations is Hazard’s desire to join the reigning European Champions. Time and again, Hazard has opened up on his dream move to Real Madrid. But while his desire to move to Real Madrid has not died down, it seems like he would not be too disappointed if he fails to move to Real Madrid.
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“When I was in Lille I always said I want to go one day in England because it is my dream league, because the English league is very hard, and then one day try to move (to) Spain,” Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Saturday.
“Now I’m almost 28, seven years with Chelsea, we won almost everything.
“So I can finish (my career) with Chelsea. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.
“So if I don’t move, if I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me,” he added.
Hazard won the UEFA Europa League in his first season with Chelsea and the PFA Young Player of the Year in his second. In the 2014–15 season, he helped Chelsea win the League Cup and Premier League, earning him the FWA Footballer of the Year and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards. Two years later he won his second English title as Chelsea secured the 2016–17 Premier League.
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Eden Hazard (Credits: Twitter)
On the other hand, Real Madrid are clearly struggling in front of the goal after selling Cristiano Ronaldo. The Spanish giants have have failed to score in four consecutive games for the first time since 1985. And reports suggest that the Los Blancos are set to bid for the Chelsea star.
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Watch: 22-year-old Russian Footballer Scores Breathtaking Backflip Penalty

Rubin Kazan player Norik Avdalyan is making heads turn after netting a breathtaking back flip penalty during the Under-21 clash against Ural at the weekend.
Scoring a goal from penalty might seem one of the easiest ways to find the back of the net. But a keen observer of the game knows it is not so.  Zico, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry Roberto Baggio are some of the handful of stars who missed crucial penalties for their side. Most recently, Riyad Mahrez ballooned over a crucial penalty for Manchester City against Liverpool.
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So there is absolutely no denying that a player needs a steely resolve to bury a penalty. Well, Norik Avdalyan has perhaps got something which is far more than only steely resolve as he scored one of the most incredible goals from the spot the game has ever seen.
Norik Avdalyan getting ready for the penalty (Credits: Twitter)
The Russian starlet sent social media into meltdown after he bamboozled goalkeeper Yaroslav Hodzyur with his audacious spot-kick. The 22-year old, who only joined Rubin in the summer, is making all the right moves at his new side.  And the latest goal is bound to enhance his reputation.
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The midfielder left the opposition goalkeeper stunned and confused as the ball rifled into the top right corner.
Norik Avdalyan scores the stunner (Credits: Twitter)
Avdalyan stood as usual the goalkeeper and the referee got ready for the penalty. But as soon as the whistle was blown, Avdalyan took a few steps ahead as if he was taking a regular penalty but instead performed a backward somersault to score. Not surprisingly, he burst into celebration as soon as the ball hit the net.
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Here is a clip of that stunner from Norik Avdalyan:

What a penalty by our youth academy player Norik Avdalyan!
— Rubin Kazan UK (@RubinKazanUK) October 8, 2018

The goal, meanwhile, is no fluke. Last year, he had banged in a similar kind of goal for Team NSFL. FC Rubin Kazan also took to Twitter to post a video of their viral star, showing his backflip penalty on the training ground as well.

Rubin-2 player Norik Avdalyan and his amazing backflip penalty on Rubin TV
— FC Rubin Kazan (@fcrk_en) October 8, 2018