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Late Roerslev Strike Sees Brentford Past Aston Villa

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A late strike from Mads Roerslev saw Brentford come from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 and claim their first Premier League victory of 2022.

A frantic end to the game mirrored that of Brentford’s victory against Watford on December 10, when late goals from Pontus Jansson and Bryan Mbeumo secured all three points.

The winning goal came a little earlier on Sunday, with Roerslev seeing an initial effort saved by Emiliano Martinez, before slotting home into the far corner (83) for his first Premier League goal.

But Brentford once again proved themselves to be a shrewd outfit as they again came from a goal down. Danny Ings had seen Villa ahead with a fine strike early in the first half (16), which Steven Gerrard’s side dominated much of.

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Mads Roerslev scored the winner for Brentford late on

But Yoane Wissa – not averse to his own late winner – equalised for Brentford out of nowhere just before the break (42) with a superb curling effort.

Roerslev’s goal sparked a flurry of late chances – although a very clear opening had come just before, only for Martinez to push Frank Onyeka’s effort onto the bottom of the post – as Villa searched for their own equaliser, but the Bees held on for another impressive victory.

It sees Brentford oust Villa from 12th place, going level on 23 points with Crystal Palace. Villa drop down a place into 13th, losing back-to-back games for the first time under Gerrard.

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Image: Roerslev celebrates after scoring Brentford’s winning goal

The opening 15 minutes were not blessed with chances, but Villa soon found the net. It was a superb turn in midfield from Emiliano Buendia to peel away from his marker, before slotting Ings through. The Brentford defence could not get back in time as Ings slotted into the far corner with a fine finish for his fourth Premier League goal of the season.

Both sides continued to see half chances as the game continued. John McGinn fired just over from range, while Mathias Jensen also sent an effort wide of the target at the other end.

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Danny Ings gave Aston Villa the lead early in the first half

The game was meandering towards half-time, but a superb moment of magic from Wissa saw Brentford level. Roerslev broke down the right before feeding the forward at the top of the area. His first touch was superb, driving onto the ball before curling into the top corner.

Brentford brought their momentum into the second half, but it was Villa who saw the early shots. Buendia fired just over the crossbar before Bertrand Traore tricked the away fans into thinking he had scored – only to find the side of the net and be flagged for offside.

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Brentford: Fernandez (7), Pinnock (6), Jansson (7), Sorensen (7), Roerslev (8), Norgaard (6), Jensen (6), Onyeka (7), Canos (7), Wissa (7), Toney (6).

Subs used: Ghoddos (6), Baptiste (6), Janelt (n/a).

Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (6), Konsa (7), Hause (6), Targett (6), Luis (7), McGinn (7), Buendia (7), Ramsey (6), Traore (7), Ings (7).

Subs used: Sanson (6), Trezeguet (n/a).

Man of the match: Mads Roerslev.

Much like the first half, the second period lacked any real flow or sustained excitement until Brentford had a huge chance to score a second in the 75th minute. The Bees drove forward after some sloppy play from the visitors, with Ivan Toney’s flick finding the run of Onyeka. He tried to place the ball home, but Martinez leapt to push the effort onto the post.

But their winner was yet to come and it was from an unlikely source. Roerslev was slipped in down the right of the area, seeing his initial strike saved well by Martinez. But the rebound fell at his feet, with the Villa goalkeeper not able to recover in time as the ball fired past him and into the far corner.

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Brentford made two changes. Shandon Baptiste and Daniel Thompson dropped to the bench with Christian Norgaard and Sergi Canos coming into the XI.
Aston Villa made three changes. Tyrone Mings missed out through suspension, with Morgan Sanson dropping to the bench. Ollie Watkins was also not included in the matchday squad against his former club. John McGinn returned to the XI after missing out against Chelsea, with Kourtney Hause and Bertrand Traore also into the side.

As you would expect, the late Brentford goal sparked an urgency in Villa not seen for much of the second half. Even Martinez came up for a late corner, but there was no goalkeeper goal for the Argentine as Brentford stood firm for the victory.

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Yoane Wissa scored a stunning equaliser for Brentford

Man of the match – Mads Roerslev

A goal and assist isn’t a bad day’s work for the Dane. It was a real striker’s goal for the winner as he turned home a rebounded save. He played a lovely ball into Wissa’s feet too, all while slipping over, and had a real hand in Brentford’s comeback victory.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m very happy. It’s a great feeling. You can see it means so much to the crowd. Every point is crucial in this league and I’m very happy to help the team.

“Mine could have looked a bit better, but a goal is a goal. Everybody knows [Yoane Wissa] has the finish in him. I knew when he got the perfect touch that he’d find the far corner.”

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Only West Ham (12) and Everton (11) have won more points from losing positions in the Premier League than Brentford this season (9).
Since the start of last season, Aston Villa have lost more Premier League games after scoring the first goal than any other side in the competition (8).
Brentford’s equaliser was their first-ever Premier League goal scored from outside the box, leaving Watford as the only side without a goal from distance in the competition this season.

What’s next?

Both sides are in the FA Cup third round next weekend, with Brentford visiting Port Vale on Saturday; kick-off at 3pm.

Aston Villa travel to Manchester United for their third-round clash on Monday, January 10; kick-off at 7.55pm.

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Manchester Derby, Liverpool Vs Man Utd Live on Sky Sports in March

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The Manchester derby plus Liverpool vs Man Utd are among the Premier League fixtures to be shown live on Sky Sports in March.

Ralf Rangnick will take his side to the Etihad on Sunday 6 March, with kick-off at 4.30pm. Later in the month, Man Utd will take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday 20 March, as United face a vital month in their push for a top-four finish.

West Ham’s fixture against Wolves will kick off the latest round of live fixtures on Sunday 27 February, with kick-off at 2pm. The Hammers will be back on Sky Sports the following weekend on Saturday March 5 as they travel to Liverpool.

That weekend’s Super Sunday includes the Manchester derby, which will be preceded by Arsenal’s trip to Watford at 2pm. There is also a mouth-watering Monday Night Football on Monday 7 March too as Tottenham host Everton.

Antonio Conte’s side will again be live on Sky Sports on Saturday 12 March when they travel to Old Trafford, with Chelsea vs Newcastle and Arsenal vs Leicester on Super Sunday the following day. Monday Night Football will see the Sky Sports cameras at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace face Man City on Monday 14 March.

Friday Night Football returns on Friday 18 March as Wolves host Leeds, with Burnley hosting Southampton on Saturday Night Football the following day.

Another exciting weekend of football is rounded off on Sunday 20 March as Tottenham host West Ham in a London derby before Liverpool’s showdown against Man Utd at 4.30pm.

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Saturday February 12: Norwich City vs Manchester City, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday February 13: Newcastle vs Aston Villa, kick-off 2pm

Sunday February 13: Leicester vs West Ham, kick-off 4.30pm

Tuesday January 11: Everton vs Leicester, kick-off 8pm

Saturday February 19: Man City vs Tottenham, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday February 20: Leeds vs Man Utd, kick-off 2pm

Sunday February 20: Wolves vs Leicester, kick-off 4.30pm

Friday February 25: Southampton vs Norwich, kick-off 8pm

Saturday February 26: Everton vs Man City, kick-off 5.30pm

New fixtures announced:

Sunday February 27: West Ham vs Wolves, kick-off 2pm

Saturday March 5: Liverpool vs West Ham, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday March 6: Watford vs Arsenal, kick-off 2pm

Sunday March 6: Man City vs Man Utd, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday March 7: Tottenham vs Everton, kick-off 8pm

Saturday March 12: Man Utd vs Tottenham, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday March 13: Chelsea vs Newcastle, kick-off 2pm

Sunday March 13: Arsenal vs Leicester, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday March 14: Crystal Palace vs Man City, kick-off 8pm

Friday March 18: Wolves vs Leeds, kick-off 8pm*

Saturday March 19: Burnley vs Southampton, kick-off 5.30pm*

Sunday March 20: Tottenham vs West Ham, kick-off 2pm*

Sunday March 20: Liverpool vs Man Utd, kick-off 4.30pm*

*subject to FA Cup sixth-round participation

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Sixers Into BBL Final After Dramatic and Controversial Last Over

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Hayden Kerr hit a brilliant unbeaten 98 but controversy marred the end of Sydney Sixers’ thrilling four-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League Challenger; Sixers replaced the injured Jordan Silk for the last ball but Kerr hit it for four to seal a spot in Friday’s final

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Last Updated: 26/01/22 4:19pm


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Hayden Kerr hit an unbeaten 98 as the Sydney Sixers beat the Adelaide Strikers to reach the BBL final

Hayden Kerr hit an unbeaten 98 as the Sydney Sixers beat the Adelaide Strikers to reach the BBL final

Hayden Kerr scored a blistering 98 not out from 58 balls as Sydney Sixers booked their place in the Big Bash League final with a thrilling and controversial four-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers in the Challenger.

Set 168 to win, the Sixers needed to go at more than 11 an over for the last five overs of their chase and even after a match-altering 55-run stand between Kerr and Sean Abbott (41 from 20 balls), they required 12 runs from the last at the SCG.

They proceeded to lose wickets from the next two balls with Jordan Silk sent in at No 8 despite being burdened by a hamstring injury, he got off strike with a single before Kerr thumped the next ball for six and the easy two that followed left the Sixers needing two to win from the last delivery.

It was at that stage that the Sixers, much to the Strikers’ displeasure, called for Silk to retire hurt to allow them a healthy runner at the non-striker’s end. No rules were broken but it could be argued that it went against the spirit of the game.

Ultimately, it proved somewhat incidental as Kerr whipped the last ball through midwicket for four, after a fumble in the deep, to send the Sixers into the final where they will meet Perth Scorchers on Friday.


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There was last-ball controversy after the Sixers exploited a rule loophole that allowed them to sub out an injured batter. But was it in the spirit of the game?

There was last-ball controversy after the Sixers exploited a rule loophole that allowed them to sub out an injured batter. But was it in the spirit of the game?

The drama for the Sydney franchise started before the game even began with opener Josh Philippe ruled out late on after testing positive for Covid-19, while, with only 12 players available and a second attempt to get Steve Smith back into the side blocked by the BBL, assistant coach Jay Lenton was drafted in to keep wicket nearly two years on from his last competitive game.

Having cobbled together an XI, the Sixers won the toss and asked Adelaide to bat first. Veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe (1-21) removed Alex Carey (1) in the first over and Abbott then got rid of Matthew Short (6) and Travis Head (3) inside the powerplay to leave the Strikers 21-3.

Englishman Ian Cockbain (48 from 42) and Jonathan Wells (62no from 47) rescued the innings with a stand of 83 before the latter added an unbroken 63 with Matt Renshaw (36no from 20) to take the Strikers up to 167-4.

All-rounder Kerr was promoted to open in Philippe’s absence and was the driving force through the first three-quarters of the innings as the rest of the top order struggled to get going.

Abbott came in at No 6 with the Sixers needing 67 from 35 balls and, with Kerr showing signs of tiredness, took on the mantle as he smashed two fours and two sixes to keep his side in the game.

Kerr thumped the last ball of the match for four to seal a thrilling win for the Sixers

He was dismissed from the first ball of the last over by Harry Conway (2-37), Ben Dwarshuis was then run out without facing a ball as he came back for a second to keep Kerr on strike.

Kerr held his nerve with 10 needed from three balls, heaving a six over cow corner before managing to ignore the controversy that proceeded the last delivery to hit the winning runs and spark wild celebrations in front of a jubilant home crows.

Watch the Big Bash League final between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers from 7.30am, Friday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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Fury Vs Whyte Deadline Extended by 48 Hours

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Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have been granted a further 48 hours to freely negotiate their fight before purse bids are called.

The deadline for Fury and Whyte to agree a WBC heavyweight championship fight was due at 6pm Wednesday January 26 but has been pushed back.

Purse bids would allow any promoter to enter the talks and finance the fight.

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Whyte has been named as the mandatory challenger to Fury’s title by the WBC, but is currently in arbitration with the governing body.

Anthony Joshua has meanwhile denied reports that he will be paid to step aside from the rematch that he triggered against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, to allow Fury and Usyk to stage an undisputed title fight.

Joshua said: “I’m hearing people say ‘AJ accepts ?15m to step aside’. I haven’t signed a contract, I haven’t seen a contract. So as it stands, stop listening until it comes from me.

“I’m the man in control of my destiny.”

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His promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports about Joshua’s immediate plan: “We have a number of proposals and options to discuss.”

Fury criticised his rivals: “Tick, tick, tock. Is Whyte going to fight me? Is Joshua going to step aside?

“Let me know because I am sick of looking at these bums. I am sick of listening to their excuses.”

Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “Though AJ gave his consent (according to The Telegraph) we still have not reached the final point in negotiations. And unless we get it – AJ rematch remains the basic option for us.”

If Fury and Usyk agree a deal to contest every major belt in the weight class, it would likely have to be before the WBC call for purse bids to finalise Fury vs Whyte.

They now have an extra two days to thrash out the immediate future of the heavyweight division.

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Sunday January 30 in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eliminator
Nico Ali Walsh

Saturday February 5 in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

Saturday February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Frazer Clarke’s pro debut

Saturday February 26 in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight titles
Nick Campbell vs Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title

Saturday March 5 in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza

Sunday March 20 in New York
Edgar Berlanga vs Steve Rolls
Keyshawn Davis
Xander Zayas

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