Football

British sport unites to support football in social media boycott

English cricket and Premiership Rugby on Wednesday announced they will join football’s social media blackout this weekend in response to continued online racist abuse of professional players in the country. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with all 18 first-class county teams, the eight women’s regional teams and the… Cyprus Mail …


Dawson own goal gives Man United win over West Ham

Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games after a second-half own goal by West Ham United’s Craig Dawson gave them a 1-0 home win in the Premier League on Sunday. The result left United second on 57 points from 29 games, 14 behind Manchester City… Cyprus Mail …


Talking points from the Premier League weekend:

GUARDIOLA DELIGHTS IN A 1-0 WIN So much has been written about the flair with which Pep Guardiola’s sides play football but their 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday was a masterclass in the art of keeping the opposition away from your own goal. It was their 13th successive Premier… Cyprus Mail …


Man City held to home draw by lowly West Brom

Manchester City’s hopes of closing the gap on the Premier League pacesetters were frustrated as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. City took the lead on the half hour when Raheem Sterling did well to work his way to the… Cyprus Mail …


Jorginho secures point for Chelsea in dead rubber v Krasnodar

Chelsea’s Jorginho converted a penalty as a much-changed side were held to a 1-1 draw by Russians Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in their final Champions League Group E game with nothing at stake. Frank Lampard’s side had already secured top spot and Krasnodar the Europa League qualifying place… Cyprus Mail …


Night of cheer as fans return and Arsenal win big

Arsenal’s fans had waited nine long months to return to the club’s north London stadium but the 2,000 people sprinkled across the red seats had to wait only nine minutes to enjoy the thrill of celebrating a goal in the flesh on Thursday. Appropriately, it was Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette who… Cyprus Mail …


Porto join Manchester City in advancing in Champions League

FC Porto joined Manchester City in advancing to the next phase of the Champions League after the two played out a goalless draw in their Group C clash on Tuesday. The point, combined with defeat for Olympiakos in France, was enough to ensure Porto finished second while City, who had… Cyprus Mail …


Fulham inflict surprise defeat on Leicester

Fulham fixed their penalty jinx as Ivan Cavaleiro’s spot kick eased them out of the relegation zone with a shock 2-1 win at high-flying Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday. Scott Parker’s struggling side were leading thanks to Ademola Lookman’s well-taken 30th minute opener before Cavaleiro beat Kasper… Cyprus Mail …



Lacklustre Liverpool slump to 2-0 loss to Atalanta (all results)

Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored quickfire second-half goals to give them a comfortable 2-0 win over a toothless Liverpool, who barely managed a shot on target, in their Champions League Group D clash at Anfield on Wednesday. After the home side fielded an experimental lineup featuring three teenagers… Cyprus Mail …