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Real Madrid suffered a huge dent to their LaLiga title ambitions following a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante.

The home side were reduced to 10 men after just nine minutes when defender Eder Militao was shown a straight red card.

Marco Asensio put Real 1-0 up just moments later, but Jose Luis Morales levelled for Levante before the interval, with Roger Marti netting the winner 12 minutes from time.

Real remain seven points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid who travel to Cadiz on Sunday with two games in hand.

With manager Zinedine Zidane sidelined after contracting coronavirus, David Bettoni took charge of a Real side bidding to win back-to-back victories.

But they faced an uphill task when Militao was given his marching orders after he brought down Sergio Leon.

A delightful pass from Toni Kroos sent Asensio away and his cool finish put the hosts into the lead four minutes after Militao’s dismissal.

But the visitors were undeterred by Real’s opener and, following a number of chances at both ends, Morales netted past Thibaut Courtois with 32 minutes played.

Marti then had the opportunity to put Levante into the lead but his penalty kick was saved by Courtois shortly after the hour mark.

However, Marti made amends when he converted Enis Bardhi’s pass with 78 minutes played to give Levante all three points.

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Callum Wilson scored both goals, including his 50th in the Premier League, as Newcastle United won 2-0 at Everton to end a nine-match winless run in the league.

Everton carried the early threat, with Richarlison’s low shot being saved by Karl Darlow on 23 minutes.

But Newcastle grew into the match and went close when Wilson’s header from a corner was tipped onto the bar by Jordan Pickford.

The hosts spurned two chances at the end of the first half as James Rodriguez forced another save from Darlow and Richarlison shot over.

Instead, Wilson broke the deadlock for the visitors, scoring with a brilliant 73rd-minute header from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner.

The striker then struck again in stoppage time, finishing clinically from Jamal Lewis’s cross on the counter-attack.

Newcastle’s first league win since 12 December takes them to 22 points, but still in 16th place. Everton stay seventh on 33 points.

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Arsenal extended their unbeaten Premier League run to seven matches in an exciting, but goalless, draw against Manchester United.

In an open contest at Emirates Stadium, Fred saw his 19th-minute shot denied by the fingertips of Bernd Leno at full stretch, before Bruno Fernandes curled narrowly wide as United enjoyed the better of the first-half chances.

Arsenal started the second half brightly, with substitute Willian and Nicolas Pepe both having shots blocked in quick succession.

Alexandre Lacazette powered a free-kick against the bar and Emile Smith Rowe forced David De Gea into a smart save with the follow-up.

Those opportunities came either side of Edinson Cavani spurning two good chances for United.

For the first, the Uruguayan sidefooted just wide with Leno stranded, while the second was a spectacular volley with just two minutes to play going the wrong side of a post.

United’s club-record 18th away league match unbeaten keeps them second, but they drop three points behind Manchester City.

Arsenal go above Chelsea into eighth with 31 points.

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Gabriel Jesus ended a run of nine matches without a goal as his early strike was enough for Manchester City to beat Sheffield United.

The Brazilian put City ahead on nine minutes, tapping in after good work from Ferran Torres.

The league leaders controlled possession but struggled to threaten in the first half beyond Bernardo Silva’s header straight at Aaron Ramsdale.

City created more in the second half, with Ruben Dias heading wide from Ilkay Gundogan’s corner, while Oleksandr Zinchenko’s shot from distance was well saved.

Sheff Utd stayed in touch and almost produced a late equaliser when John Fleck’s shot fizzed narrowly wide.

At the other end Ramsdale denied Jesus a second goal with a superb save in added time.

City’s eighth successive victory keeps them top on 44 points, four clear of Manchester United ahead of their match with Arsenal.

Sheff Utd stay bottom on eight points.

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Juventus moved to third place in Serie A with a convincing 0-2 win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Saturday afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo did not add to his 15 goal tally but strikes from Federico Chiesa and substitute Aaron Ramsey were enough to get them past Samp.

It was Sampdoria who gave Andrea Pirlo the perfect start to his top-flight managerial career. Juventus started the campaign with a 3-0 win, but both sides have had similar returns from their recent outings. Claudio Ranieri has put their poor start behind, and his charges looked to avoid a repeat at home.

The game marked the midway point of the 2020-21 Serie A campaign, with both Samp and Old Lady having had three wins from their last four outings. The hosts were clear underdogs against the much-fancied Juventus and that showed in the result and attitudes of the players. The quality of Juventus was too much for Ranieri’s men, who controlled the proceedings.

There was a ten-point difference between Serie A leaders Milan and Juventus in fourth place but Andrea Pirlo’s men reduced the deficit to seven points thanks to a goal from Federico Chiesa in the first half and Aaron Ramsey’s strike in the second. Meanwhile, the hosts lost their cool and earned cautions from Michael Fabbri.

Both sides started with aplomb, but it was the travelers who would trouble the scorers. With Cristiano Ronaldo holding the defenders’ attention in the middle, Alvaro Morata ran on the right flank. His pass into the box was met by Federico Chiesa, who left his marker behind with his run into the box. It was an easy connection with the ball, and Emil Audero never had a chance of stopping it.

Following Chiesa’s strike, three Sampdoria players would be cautioned in the next ten minutes. As the minutes progressed, they would try their luck on goal but would gas out. This allowed Ronaldo two good opportunities on goal, but the Portuguese could not get on the scoreboard.

Going into the break, the score would remain the same. Coming out of it, Sampdoria were the more threatening of the two sides. Fabio Quagliarella could have delivered the perfect gift for the home fans on the eve of his 38th birthday but could not test Wojciech Szczesny in the 55th minute. In the very next minute, Alvaro Morata hit the back of the net, but the goal was ruled offside. The 57th minute saw Quagliarella again in action winning a corner from a blocked shot by the Polish goalkeeper.

Regulation time would keep the score same, and the Old Lady would strike again in added time. With Sampdoria going forward searching for an equalizer, Pirlo’s men would hit them on the counter. Ronaldo was key again, providing the pass that released Juan Cuadrado on the right flank. The Colombian squared the ball for Ramsey inside the box, and the Welshman made it 2-0.

It was all over four minutes later, Juve returning to Turin with the three points on offer. They leapfrogged Roma to take third place and moved within two points of Inter in second. Meanwhile, Sampdoria will continue to stay in the top half of the table irrespective of Benevento, the closest challengers, securing an upset win against Antonio Conte’s title challengers.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane each claimed a goal and an assist as Liverpool recorded a 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur to go fourth in the table.

Spurs thought they had made the breakthrough on four minutes, but Son Heung-min’s goal was overturned for offside following a review by the Video Assistant Referee.

Liverpool took the lead in first-half stoppage time as Mane squared for Roberto Firmino to tap in his fifth goal in six matches versus Spurs.

Alexander-Arnold made it 2-0 on 47 minutes, fizzing a shot into the far corner after Hugo Lloris could only parry Mane’s shot into his path.

Spurs, who took Harry Kane off with a double-ankle injury at half-time, responded immediately as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored with a powerful strike.

Mohamed Salah had a 56th-minute goal also overturned for a handball in the build-up, before Liverpool restored their two-goal lead.

Alexander-Arnold’s deep delivery took a touch off Joe Rodon and fell invitingly for Mane to hammer into the roof of the net.

Liverpool have 37 points, four behind leaders Manchester City, who have a match in hand.

Spurs lie sixth with 33 points.

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The Premier League has been named the No 1 online European league in China for the third successive year.

The Red Card 2021 report, which ranks European football leagues, clubs and players for their digital performance in China, awarded the top ranking once more to the Premier League after it led in every single category of the Red Card 2021 performance metrics.

The League also won the Red Card platform award for the most-viewed football account on Douyin, a video-led social-media platform similar to TikTok.

The Premier League’s total engagement of more than 43million on Douyin was found to be 50 per cent more than the next-highest league, LaLiga.

On Weibo, the Premier League led the way, with engagement 80 per cent higher than the second-placed LaLiga. It remains the most-followed foreign football league on Toutiao.

“Football fans in China have shown their loyal and passionate support for Premier League clubs for many years, so we are proud to have won the Red Card award again,” said Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive.

“Our innovative digital coverage has continued to evolve and prove popular with fans in China, at a time when the importance of digital content in people’s lives has been emphasized during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue to provide new ways for fans in the country to engage with the Premier League as we look at developing our digital presence in China.”

The Red Card 2021 report is published by digital sports agency Mailman and uses eight performance indicators, including followers and engagement across different Chinese platforms, to determine the level of influence.

Beyond digital, the Premier League has for a number of years worked with the Chinese FA and Chinese Super League (CSL) to develop football at all levels in the country.

The League is a strategic partner of the CSL, having provided support for youth, coaching and refereeing development as well as knowledge-sharing and expertise through workshops and study visits.

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Bukayo Saka scored one goal and assisted another as Arsenal’s strong Premier League form continued with an assured 3-1 victory over Southampton.

Stuart Armstrong’s first-time finish from James Ward-Prowse’s corner put Southampton ahead after just three minutes at St Mary’s Stadium.

Five minutes later, Granit Xhaka’s excellent pass picked out Nicolas Pepe, who finished smartly to equalise.

Arsenal went ahead six minutes before half-time when Saka was played in by Alexandre Lacazette and rounded the stranded goalkeeper to score.

Victory was confirmed on 72 minutes as Cedric Soares’s raking pass to the right picked out Saka, whose instant cross found Lacazette to convert at the far post.

A fifth win in six league matches sends Arsenal up to eighth on 30 points, a point and three places above Southampton.

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Everton playmaker James Rodriguez’s moment of quality was cancelled out by an error from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford which allowed Leicester to leave Goodison Park with a 1-1 draw.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side had soaked up a huge amount of pressure following the Colombia international’s brilliant 30th-minute opener but a defence which had conceded only three goals in six matches were just about hanging on.

However, they were undone when the England number one, watched by Gareth Southgate, failed to keep out Youri Tielemans’ low shot.

Pickford may argue he saw the ball late as it came through a crowd of players but he got both hands to it but only pushed it in via a post.

It was the least Leicester deserved after the interval in particular as the hosts struggled to get out of their own half, dropping deeper and inviting pressure on themselves.

Ancelotti’s flexible formation had begun the game switching from 4-2-3-1 in possession to 4-4-2 without the ball but for much of the second half they resorted to a back-five in order to cope with the incessant waves of attacks.

The sight of Rodriguez, whose class on the ball had produced a superb opener with a rapier-like shot off the post, launching himself into the air to block a James Maddison cross highlighted just how much pressure Everton were under.

Ancelotti had said the next four days, with Newcastle to come at home this weekend, would have a huge bearing on the rest of their season in terms of whether they can challenge for the top four.

On this evidence they will have to be more progressive – they finished the match with just 35 per cent possession – if they are to fulfil their manager’s Champions League dream even with two matches in hand over most of their rivals.

Leicester, however, remain in the mix as they maintained third place but they will be frustrated they could not consolidate their position.

Even without the injured Jamie Vardy their pressing game had put the home side on the back foot from the start but they failed to create a genuine chance despite Harvey Barnes causing problems cutting in from the left.

It was something of a surprise to see Everton take the lead in those circumstances but there was little surprise in the goalscorer.

Andre Gomes’ raking crossfield diagonal was touched into the path of Rodriguez by Lucas Digne, playing further forward than normal on the left, and the Colombian’s left-footed shot was blocked by Wesley Fofana.

The Leicester defender could not keep control and allowed it to run back to the former Real Madrid playmaker who, with the Foxes’ defence slow to close him down, curled in his first goal since October off the upright.

It was his 19th career goal from outside the penalty area in Europe’s top five leagues but the first with his right foot.

The loss of Wilfred Ndidi just before half-time, replaced by Nampalys Mendy, interrupted Leicester’s rhythm but they quickly recovered it after the break.

A clever move from a short corner saw Barnes find space in the penalty area and his shot was parried by Pickford, who was rested for the weekend’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, with James Justin placing the follow-up wide from the edge of the area.

Pressure continued to build and it was Pickford who finally cracked when he failed to deal with Tielemans’ low shot through a forest of legs.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s one big chance, having been starved of service, came in the 90th minute but he headed Digne’s cross wide.

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Oliver Burke earned bottom club Sheffield United a surprise 2-1 win at Manchester United, as the hosts missed out on returning to the top of the table.

The Scot’s 74th-minute strike deflected in off Axel Tuanzebe to hand the Blades only their second victory of the campaign, and their first away from home.

Man Utd started brightly, with Marcus Rashford firing wide, before Sheff Utd’s Billy Sharp forced a fine save from David De Gea.

Kean Bryan then put Sheff Utd in front on 23 minutes, as he headed in his first Premier League goal from John Fleck’s corner.

Harry Maguire equalised for Man Utd on 64 minutes, heading in Alex Telles’s corner.

But Sheff Utd restored their lead 10 minutes later when Burke’s first PL goal went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Defeat leaves Man Utd in second on 40 points, one behind Manchester City, who have a match in hand.

Sheff Utd remain bottom, but they now move within 10 points of safety.