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Soccer Roundup: Keeper Error Gifts Liverpool Derby Win

  • Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, right, saves a ball in front of Liverpool forward Divock Origi before he scores his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Liverpool forward Divock Origi, center, scores his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool forward Divock Origi scored his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

  • United States' Tyler Adams walks on the pitch at the end of the international friendly soccer match between Italy and the United States, at the Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Italy won 1-0. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)



Monday, December 03, 2018

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk turned away in disgust. The Kop fell silent in disappointment. Everton fans likely breathed a sigh of relief at the other end of Anfield.

A tense and hard-fought Merseyside derby looked destined to finish in a goalless stalemate on Sunday after Van Dijk skied a speculative, mis-hit shot high into the air — and seemingly out of play — in the sixth minute of injury time.

Then came the most dramatic ending imaginable.

The ball bounced on top of the crossbar not just once but twice, firstly off the fingertips of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Time seemed to stand still as the ball dropped down to Liverpool striker Divock Origi to nod into the net from a meter out to secure a 1-0 win in extraordinary circumstances.

“For me, the situation was finished when the ball left (Van Dijk’s) foot,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said, scratching his head.

Klopp had reacted to the goal by running onto the field and punching the air, before jumping into the arms of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

“I didn’t want to be disrespectful,” Klopp said, “but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened.”

By losing in the cruelest of ways, Everton remained without a win at Anfield since 1999.

Second-placed Liverpool moved back to within two points of Manchester City after 14 games in the Premier League. City won the title last season by a record 19 points but it promises to be much closer a year on.

Arsenal moved above Tottenham, on goal difference, into fourth place thanks to a 4-2 win over its fierce north London rival in a game that had it all: penalties, a red card, clashes between players and fans lighting flares in the stands.

The victory extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 matches, underscoring the excellent work done by manager Unai Emery in his first season at the club.

France midfielder N’Golo Kante set up the first goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham by breaking up play near halfway, driving forward at pace, and then laying the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score in the fourth minute.

Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored Chelsea’s second goal in the 82nd minute.

UEFA Adds 3rd Club Tourney

Dublin — European soccer is launching a third club competition as UEFA seeks to get more countries involved in continent-wide matches.

Provisionally called UEL2, the competition will sit below the Champions League and Europa League from 2021. The plans were approved by the UEFA executive committee on Sunday, three years after the initial discussions were first revealed by The Associated Press.

UEL2 games will be played on Thursday nights — like the Europa League — with the intention of giving more countries the chance to be represented in European club competitions.

There will be eight groups each featuring four teams, with only the winners advancing automatically. The Europa League will mirror the new competition, so the group stage will be streamlined from 48 to 32 teams.

After the group stage, there will be a knockout round for UEL2 runners-up and the third-placed finishers in the Europa League to determine who advances to the round of 16.

NYRB’s Adams to Germany

Leipzig, Germany — United States midfielder Tyler Adams is joining Bundesliga team Leipzig from New York Red Bulls.

Leipzig, which is also backed by the energy-drinks manufacturer, says the 19-year-old Adams will join Jan. 1 on a deal to 2023. Further details were not disclosed.

Adams, who has nine appearances for the U.S., came through New York’s academy before breaking into the senior squad in 2016. He played 52 MLS games, contributing two goals and six assists.

“We are convinced that Tyler is in a position to strengthen us in central midfield immediately,” says Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who has also taken on coaching duties this season before the arrival of Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. “We’re delighted that he’s switching to us and are sure that he will take the next step in his development in the Bundesliga.”

Adams made his debut for the U.S. in a 1-1 draw with European champion Portugal in 2017.

Leipzig quoted Adams as calling the move “a chance to prove myself at a top level.” Adams said it was also an opportunity “to measure myself against friends and compatriots like Christian Pulisic of Dortmund and Weston McKennie of Schalke.”

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