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Wolves 1-2 Liverpool: Late Roberto Firmino goal continues Liverpools’ remarkable run



Roberto Firmino’s 84th-minute strike earned Liverpool victory over a spirited Wolves side at Molineux and maintain their 16-point lead a the top of the Premier League with a game at hand.

Jurgen Klopp’s side led inside eight minutes when Jordan Henderson met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner with a bullet header, but Wolves deservedly levelled six minutes after the break when Raul Jimenez nodded in Adama Traore’s cross.

Their 14th successive league victory was by far their most hard-fought. Having lost Sadio Mane to a first-half injury, they threatened to go under at Molineux when Raul Jimenez pulled Wolves level six minutes after the break. The home side, roared on by one of the noisiest crowds in the country.

Firmino is very much Liverpool’s away-day specialist this season. Most of his goals have come away from Anfield. This, his 10th of the campaign, was as precious as any. No retreat no surrender.

The 16-point lead at the top of the League table is restored, and can be extended at West Ham on Wednesday as the Reds play their game in hand. By the time Manchester City next play in the league, the gap could be 22 points. Honestly.

Wolves travel to Manchester United on February 1 in premier league, while Liverpool travel to Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday at 5pm.


Lampard’s side taught a harsh lesson by brilliant Bayern



Chelsea wanted to celebrate their 2012 victory over the Bavarians but the past counted for nothing as the hosts suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Serge Gnabry’s double inspired Bayern Munich as 10-man Chelsea were humbled 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

Gnabry, who scored four goals against Spurs in a 7-2 group-stage win in October, netted an exquisite quick double (51, 54) to put Bayern in control before Robert Lewandowski added a third (76) as the Bundesliga leader outclassed Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The Blues fought gamely, somehow managing to reach half-time still on level terms. However, Bayern blew them away with two quick-fire goals shortly after the interval.

Cesar Azpilicueta slipped trying to press, Andreas Christensen attempted to cover but, in doing so, broke the defensive line, which allowed Robert Lewandowski to cut the ball back cleverly for Serge Gnabry to open the scoring.

The pair linked up again just three minutes later, with Lewandowski easily winning a duel with Azpilicueta before slipping in Gnabry, who raced away from Christensen before doubling the visitors’ advantage with a cool finish.

Lewandowski got the goal his performance deserved in the 76th minute, after a brilliant break down the left flank from Alphonso Davies.

As Lampard admitted to BT Sport afterwards, “The performance was poor and sometimes you have to be brutally honest. They outclassed us in every department and it’s quite sobering.”

Marcos Alonso became the first Chelsea player to be sent off in the Champions League since John Terry was dismissed in April 2012 against Barcelona.

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Griezmann Earns Barcelona Away Goal At Napoli



Antoine Griezmann’s goal was his 14th in all competitions for Barcelona since joining the team after completing his £107m move from Atletico Madrid in July.

Barcelona scored a well deserved away goal as they came from behind to draw against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League Round-16 tie in Italy.

Dries Mertens curled in from 18 yards in the first half to become Napoli’s joint top scorer of all-time, level with Marek Hamsik on 121 goals.

But Barcelona came from behind to equalised in the 57 minutes when Antoine Griezmann scored from Nelson Semedo’s low cross.

The visitors ended the encounter with 10 men as Arturo Vidal was sent off late on.

In the 89th minute, he fouled Fabian Ruiz, but then, after the Napoli man reacted, Vidal pushed his head into the midfielder’s face and was shown two yellow cards in quick succession.

The return match takes place at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 18 March, although the Spanish La Liga leaders will also be without suspended midfielder Sergio Busquets as he picked up his third booking of this season’s tournament.

It came early in the second half when, with a foot raised, he caught Mertens, who limped off and had to be replaced shortly afterwards.

Barcelona had an injury worry of their own as centre-half Gerard Pique hobbled off in added time at the end of the match with an ankle injury.

Napoli had chances to go into the second leg in Spain with the lead but visiting goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two fine saves, denying Lorenzo Insigne and then Jose Callejon.

“They didn’t hurt us, they tickled us,” said Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso. “It went wrong in one moment and they punished us.”

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne added: “We could have won, so we’re a bit disappointed. It was emotional to face players like [Lionel] Messi.”

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West Ham led 2-1 at Anfield but an outing to forget for goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski allowed Liverpool to escape to victory.

Liverpool were made to work to clinch a record-equalling 18th-straight Premier League win on Monday, needing a second-half rally to see off struggling West Ham 3-2 at Anfield.

Sadio Mane scored in the 81st minute to secure three more points on the march to a first title in 30 years, though they were made to work hard against opponents struggling at the wrong end of the table.

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