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  • PL on Citi: Christian Pulisic hat-trick propels Chelsea to victory against Burnley

    first_imgWillian got in on the act only minutes later as he cut in from the right, opened up some space with a step-over and left Pope sprawling for 4-0.Chelsea was awarded a penalty and a chance to make it 5-0 when substitute Hudson-Odoi went down in the Burnley box in the 75th minute but, following a VAR review, the England teenager was instead booked for simulation and no spot-kick took place.Jay Rodriguez provided some real consolation for Burnley with a rocket of a finish to make it 4-1 in the 86th minute.Remarkably, the Clarets then further reduced the deficit as Dwight McNeil fired past a static Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Chelsea defence appeared to switch off.No convincing Clarets comeback materialised, though, and Chelsea were able to celebrate a seventh straight win in all competitions as it ended 4-2 in their favour at Turf Moor. Source: Talk Sports The USA international completed his treble with a sensational header The Blues attacked with pace and purpose from the outset, capitalizing on every loose ball in the Burnley backline to devastating effect.No player epitomized this better than the 21-year-old from Pennsylvania, who grabbed a perfect hat-trick to send a message to all those who doubted he could fill Eden Hazard’s shoes.Of course, he has a long way to go, and late strikes by Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil suggest Chelsea are on a steep learning curve also.But it is likely to be an exciting journey for all involved at Stamford Bridge. Pulisic made the most of his starting berth by boosting Chelsea ahead in the 21st minute.The United States international capitalised on some indecision from the Clarets to dribble into the D and slot the ball beyond Nick Pope for his first Chelsea goal.The former Borussia Dortmund winger doubled his tally for the Blues with a second goal just before half-time, roaming forward before finding the inside of a post to make it 2-0.Pulisic completed his hat-trick – the first of his career – in the 55th minute, rising highest to get his head to Mason Mount’s cross from near the corner flag. Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up a booking for simulation after VAR intervened Christian Pulisic scored a perfect hat-trick to justify his place in the Chelsea starting XI Christian Pulisic sent a clear message to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard by scoring a perfect hat-trick against Burnley.The USA international was sensational at Turf Moor and fully justified his inclusion in the starting XI having struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge thus far. Tags: BurnleyChelsea Football clubChristian Pulisiclast_img read more

  • Women’s World Cup 2019: Cameroon defeats New Zealand to reach round of 16

    first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings 6 – There have been six own goals scored at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, already as many as were scored in the whole of the previous tournament in 2015. Lapse. #FIFAWWC #CMRNZL pic.twitter.com/88cm6CfzKH— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Cameroon made their intentions clear from the off ⁠— Gabrielle Onguene curling wide before forcing a smart stop out of New Zealand goalkeeper Nayler.And after Onguene had squandered another chance, Cameroon had a deserved lead 12 minutes into the second half.Having returned to the field after she had been taken off on a stretcher due to cramp, Nchout excellently controlled Yvonne Leuko’s clipped pass before sending a neat finish into the bottom-right corner.Nayler proved New Zealand’s hero soon after, twice denying Onguene before keeping out Alexandra Takounda’s follow-up.Annette Ngo Ndom’s brilliant stop from Betsy Hassett’s header looked to have secured Cameroon’s passage, but their hopes seemed to have been dashed when Awona volleyed Katie Bowen’s cross into her own net. Erin Nayler had pulled off three superb saves in quick succession to keep New Zealand in with a chance and those stops paid dividends when Awona sliced into her own net in the 80th minute.But, in the final seconds of stoppage time, Nchout came up with a moment of magic, twisting her way into the area before slotting beyond Nayler and booking Cameroon’s place in the knockout stages with the last kick of the game. Related News Ajara Nchout scored a sensational last-minute goal to secure Cameroon’s progression to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over New Zealand.Both sides headed into Tuesday’s contest needing a win to stand any chance of progressing from Group E and though Nchout opened the scoring, Aurelle Awona’s calamitous own goal looked to be sending both teams out.center_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E But Nchout took matters into her own hands and, with just seconds remaining, she curled in a sublime strike at the culmination of a wonderful run to send Cameroon through as one of the best third-placed sides. Key Opta Facts- New Zealand remain winless at the World Cup (D3 L12), failing to advance from the group stage in each of their five appearances in the competition (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019).- Their second-half equalizer was their first goal of the 2019 World Cup.- Nchout became the second Cameroon player to score in multiple World Cups (2015 and 2019), after team-mate Onguene.last_img read more

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