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December 6, 2018 
Quote of the day – "Manchester City are in another category. They are not in our category. We have to play and fight to stay in the top four." - Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri after loss to Wolves
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Premier League: Hard fought draw for United and Gunners, Chelsea fall to Wolves, Liverpool and Spurs keep presure on City

Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal
Arsenal were forced to settle for a draw against Manchester United in a bruising encounter at Old Trafford. The visitors took the lead when David De Gea inexplicably allowed Shkodran Mustafi’s header to slip through his fingers and trickle agonizingly over the line. United responded instantly as Ander Herrera was quickest to react to Marcos Rojo’s spilled free kick to square for Anthony Martial to tap home his eighth goal of the season. After losing Aaron Ramsey and Rob Holding to injuries, the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette sparked the Gunners into life as they regained the lead through the France internationals scuffed shot. But right from the restart the game was level again as Sead Kolasinac dithered on the ball in the box after Romelu Lukaku caused mayhem, allowing Jesse Lingard to squeeze the ball past Bernd Leno.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Southampton
Ralph Hasenhuttl found out the hard way just how tough his assignment at Southampton will be as he watched Tottenham earn a 3-1 win at Wembley. The Austrian was named as Mark Hughes’ successor earlier in the day and took a watching brief at the national stadium, but for the first hour it was painful viewing. Spurs bounced back from their north London derby disappointment with a trouble-free three points, with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min grabbing the goals. Hasenhuttl will take over from interim Kelvin Davis, who becomes the new manager’s number two, and begins the task of guiding the Saints out of the bottom three, though he will have been encouraged by the final 30 minutes as they were the better side and got a late consolation through Charlie Austin.

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool’s title credentials were given a thorough examination at Turf Moor but they passed with flying colors after coming from behind to win a grueling encounter 3-1. Manager Jurgen Klopp’s gamble of making seven changes, including leaving out his big guns up front, was ultimately justified but for more than an hour it looked like backfiring. The Clarets gave their visitors a tough test and after goalkeeper Joe Hart had kept them in the game with two top-class saves from Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita, Jack Cork put them ahead just after the break. However, James Milner soon equalized and after Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino the latter converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival and Xherdan Shaqiri completed victory in added time. It maintained their unbeaten start to the season and ensured the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City returned to two points.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea slipped 10 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race after a shock defeat at feisty Wolves. The hosts ended a two-month wait for a win with quickfire second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota clinching a 2-1 victory. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected strike opened the scoring for the Blues but they now sit fourth to seriously trail leaders City. Pep Guardiola’s side visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday with Chelsea facing a must-win game to avoid slipping further behind after a second defeat in three league outings. (TalkSport)
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Ligue 1: PSG comeback for second consecutive draw

Paris Saint-Germain fought back after falling behind to secure a point in a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Wednesday, their second successive draw after a record-breaking 14 league wins in a row. PSG started without attacking trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria and they fell behind four minutes before half-time when the referee awarded a penalty for handball after viewing the infringement on video review. Right-back Kenny Lala sent the PSG keeper the wrong way to open the scoring with his fourth goal of the season. PSG brought on Mbappe early in the second half and it was the teenage striker who forced the breakthrough after 71 minutes when he was brought down in the box by Lala. Edinson Cavani took the penalty and leveled the scores to the relief of the visiting fans. Strasbourg thought they had scored a winner in stoppage time but Adrien Thomasson's header was ruled out for offside. (ESPNFC)

Copa del Rey: Denis Suarez shines as Barcelona advance

Barcelona booked their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after beating Cultural Leonesa 4-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, securing a 5-1 aggregate win. Munir El Haddadi fired the hosts in front after 18 minutes with an unstoppable strike that flew into the top corner. Denis Suarez then doubled Barcelona's lead with a low shot from range, before Malcom headed home Ivan Rakitic's cross minutes before half-time. Cultural Leonesa pulled one back after the break, as Josep Sene smashed the ball home from close range, before Denis completed the scoring with his second of the night. (BR)

Thursday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Chelsea have already raided Serie A side Napoli twice this season, hiring coach Maurizio Sarri before returning for midfield metronome Jorginho. They look set to return for a third time with an offer for right-back Elseid Hysaj.
  • Arsenal coach Unai Emery has joined the race for highly-rated Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes.
  • Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has played down reports linking Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron.
  • Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has told the Tiki Taka show the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Edinson Cavani, will remain at the Parc des Princes.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • Copa del Rey: Real Madrid vs Melilla 10:10 am on beIN Sports
  • Copa del Rey: Eibar vs Sporting de Gijon 12:30 pm on beIN Sports
  • Copa del Rey: Real Betis vs Racing Santander 2:40 pm on beIN Sports

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and wife Ana Ivanovic
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