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Rodgers was delighted to welcome back James Justin, who has been out since February with a knee injury.
Admittedly, this was a reasonably rotated Cameroon side, although the Africa Cup of Nations hosts’ defensive lapses could well be a source of optimism for other nations who harbour realistic ambitions of winning the tournament. Given Cameroon’s strong record on home soil, as well as the red-hot form of Vincent Aboubakar, many will have them down as favourites to win the AFCON. Were it for some better decision making at times, the Indominable Lions could well have been shocked on Monday afternoon.
<strong>Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool</strong>: Portuguese forward Jota scores once in each half as the Gunners exit with yet another red card to their name
There were nine pre-season friendlies this weekend, including Championship club Bradford beating Hull in Danny Brough's testimonial match.
Hopes that Cameron Norrie would begin 2022 where he left off last season were dashed as the British No1 suffered a 6-3 6-0 6-4 defeat to Sebastian Korda in the opening round of the Australian Open. Korda, the son of former Australian Open champion Petr, is seen as one of the rising stars of the game but No12 seed Norrie never got into the match. At one point, the Briton lost nine consecutive games in a thoroughly one-sided contest.
The Red Devils switched formations for the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa amid the absence of Ronaldo due to injury, with Ralf Rangnick potentially set to stick with a 4-3-3 system here. The Portuguese veteran is hoped to shake off a hip issue in time for the game in West London, having stopped off in Switzerland on Monday to accept a Special Award at Fifa’s The Best ceremony. Rashford (thigh) is on the bench while Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are back from one-game bans although only the latter starts.
City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Everton have sacked Rafael Benitez after six months in charge. Benitez leaves Goodison Park after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Norwich left Everton 16th in the Premier League after nine defeats in their past 12 games. Everton’s travelling fans demanded that Benitez “get out of our club” during the Norwich defeat.
England are collapse specialists but Hobart ignominy sets new low. Rory Burns and Zak Crawley put on England’s first opening stand of more than 50 in the series before old failings returned
Julien Stephan's side move into fourth with victory at the Ligue 1 strugglers
Andy Murray has cast doubt on his competitive future after a straight-sets second-round defeat at the Australian Open by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel, the worst result by ranking of his grand slam career. A picture of dejection as he reflected on a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 loss to the world No 120, he said: “A performance like that is not something I find motivating at this stage.”
Oxford United have held talks to sign Jermain Defoe until the end of the season.
Crystal Palace are reconsidering their decision to potentially allow Jean-Philippe Mateta to leave the club this month. There is interest in the striker from his homeland France in a loan deal until the end of the season, but a recent upturn in form may see him stay at Selhurst Park. Mateta has two goals in his last four games across all competitions and was turned to by manager Patrick Vieira ahead of Burnley target Christian Benteke during the 1-1 draw with Brighton, playing a role in Conor Gallagher's fine goal.
The Dallas Mavericks star recently became the youngest player in league history to record 40 triple-doubles.
For the lucky few, the first golf round of the new year often produces much-needed feelgood instead of all too familiar foreboding and certainly that was the case at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday for Tyrrell Hatton who admitted to “mental struggles” during 2021.
Marcelo Bielsa’s injury-ravaged side produced a stunning upset at the London Stadium but, for the top-four race, it will leave a sense of injustice
Xavi backs the decision to sell Ousmane Demebele after Barca exit the Copa del Rey.
Dusan Vlahovic is available for transfer this month after reports in Italy detailed Fiorentina’s plans to cash in on the Serbian striker. Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid have all been linked with the forward and the Gunners are said to have launched a £50million player-plus-cash bid. Also on their radar is the surprising name of Diego Costa, according to reports in Brazil, with Mikel Arteta desperate to bolster a squad which was deemed unable to face Tottenham in today’s North London derby.
Swinton have announced winger Reece Hamlett has had his contract terminated by mutual consent to concentrate on employment away from rugby league.
The Premier League will resist calls to overhaul their controversial Covid postponement system despite increasing fears that the competition’s integrity has been compromised following 21 rearranged fixtures.