Premier League round-up: Unai Emery secures first win, plenty of red cards

first_imgWolves 1-1 Manchester City (12:30pm)Aymeric Laporte rescued a point for Manchester City as the champions were frustrated by battling Wolves.The defender earned a 1-1 draw, cancelling out Willy Boly’s controversial opener at Molineux after the Wolves centre-back appeared to score with his arm.Sergio Aguero – twice – and Raheem Sterling hit the frame of the goal for City while Wolves’ Raul Jimenez had a strike disallowed for offside.It was only the fifth time City had dropped points in the Premier League this calendar year, despite dominating for long spells. 5 King’s penalty brought Bournemouth back into the game 5 5 Gray bagged Leicester’s first goal Bournemouth 2-2 EvertonBournemouth came back from 2-0 down to salvage a draw against Everton with both sides reduced to ten men.The goalless first half ended with Richarlison being sent off for an attempted headbutt on Adam Smith, but this didn’t deter the visitors, who took the lead through Theo Walcott and doubled it thanks to Michael Keane.In between Everton’s two goals, Bournemouth’s Smith was sent off for pulling back Walcott who had begun to race towards Asmir Begovic.However, Joshua King’s penalty followed by Nathan Ake’s tap-in saw the Cherries bring it back to 2-2. Southampton 1-2 LeicesterHarry Maguire’s late drive handed Claude Puel sweet revenge over his ex-employers as Leicester saw off 10-man Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s.England defender Maguire’s drilled effort in stoppage time added insult to injury for Saints, who had Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent off for two bookings.Ryan Bertrand’s thunderbolt strike on his 150th appearance for the club had the hosts in front, only for Demarai Gray to equalise just four minutes later.Hojbjerg’s dismissal after diving in the Leicester box gifted the Foxes the chance to steal the points, and the visitors duly obliged – much to Puel’s delight. The deadlock could not be broken between Huddersfield and Cardiff 5 5 Huddersfield 0-0 CardiffJonathan Hogg was sent off following an ugly collision with Harry Arter as Huddersfield and Cardiff ground out a goalless draw that did little to advertise their Premier League pedigree.Both sides are tipped as relegation candidates and if this was really the earliest imaginable ‘six-pointer’ of the season then taking one apiece suggests a long, hard campaign could be on the way for David Wagner and Neil Warnock.Hogg saw red just after the hour, aggravated by Arter but responding boorishly – first pushing forward with his head then shoving the midfielder to the ground.That gave Cardiff time to press for a win which had never previously seemed likely, but they proved no more able than their hosts to summon a cutting edge worthy of the top flight. Here’s what happened in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League on Saturday, August 25…Arsenal 3-1 West HamUnai Emery toasted a first victory as Arsenal head coach as his side came from behind to seal an unconvincing win over London rivals West Ham.The Gunners had lost to Manchester City and Chelsea in Emery’s first two games at the helm and could easily have slipped to a third defeat before eventually running out 3-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium.West Ham, who have now lost their first three matches under Manuel Pellegrini, took the lead through Marko Arnautovic only for Nacho Monreal to equalise soon after.Arsenal went in front through a debut own goal from Issa Diop and Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score a late third. Nacho Monreal netted Arsenal’s equaliser Boly’s goal caused controversylast_img read more

Barcelona FC Offers Free Football Training to Child Refugees at Lesbos Hotspots

first_imgLESBOS, Greece – Barcelona FC has been sponsoring a football camp for hundreds of refugee children on the island of Lesbos, involving adult refugees as coaches.Hundreds of children have become members of the Barca Soccer FutbolNet programme since the programme’s implementation in July 2017, with the support of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the NGO Movement on the Ground.“We know we can influence them and help them dream, to show them the future,” Jordi Cardoner, vice president of Barcelona and Barca Foundation said.The children attending the football academy on the island come from the two hotspots on Lesbos. The training lasts two hours, and held three times a week. Coaches are refugees who have been granted asylum.“These children are unaccompanied minors. They are here without their parents, and do not have someone to tell them the what is right and what is wrong, “said Aesa Osso, who is a coach from Syria. “Through this programme they learn many values, like respect and team work,” he added.A 15-year-old girl added, “They said football is only for boys not for girls – but now there is no difference: We are equal.”TweetPinShare128128 Shareslast_img read more