Hat-tricks for Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as PSG defeats Clermont 6-1

PSG extended their lead to 15 points after this weekend with seven rounds to go. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as leaders Paris Saint-Germain moved closer to a record-breaking 10th French league title with a 6-1 win over Clermont. Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as leaders Paris Saint-Germain moved closer to a record-breaking 10th French league title with a 6-1 win over Clermont. PSG extended their lead to 15 points after this weekend with seven rounds to go. Lionel Messi selected Neymar, who fired into the far corner to open the scoring in the sixth minute. The Argentina star then chested a Neymar cross in the 19th to volley for Mbappe, who defeated goalkeeper Arthur Desmas on Saturday. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino showed signs of irritation on the touchline as his visiting side grew smug after scoring the second goal. Clermont scored in the 42nd round when Benin winger Jodel Dossou tapped into a cross from Saif-Eddine Khaoui. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma protected PSG's lead by saving Jason Berthomier's shot in the 62nd minute before PSG took full control. Neymar gave PSG a 3-1 lead by converting a penalty in the 71st minute after Clermont full-back Akim Zedadka brought down Mbappe. Three minutes later, Neymar smacked a ball over the top for Mbappe, who rounded Desmas to score in an empty net. Mbappe scored his hat-trick by rolling into the far corner in the 80th to take his tally to a league-leading 20 goals. The French forward generously set up Neymar for a tap-in for his hat-trick in the 83rd. Messi, Neymar and Mbappe combine more effectively on the field, with greater understanding between players. "There were some events that delayed us." Messi needed time to adjust to a new league and suffered minor blows, while Neymar struggled with fitness earlier in the season and was then sidelined for more than two months with an ankle injury. PSG have been on a losing streak of four games on the road in all competitions, while Clermont suffered a fifth straight defeat to stay in 17th place, a point above the relegation zone. Also on Saturday, Benjamin Bourigeaud scored twice as Rennes moved up to second with a 3-2 win at Reims. Rennes are level on points with Marseille, who host Montpellier on Sunday. Reims created chances early by pressing high on the field, forcing Rennes goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar to save Marshall Munetsi in the fourth minute and Nathanael Mbuku in the 25th minute. After a shaky start, Rennes settled down and took control of the game. Bourigeaud opened the scoring by heading home a Gaetan Laborde cross in the 39th. The Rennes midfielder doubled the lead in the 43rd with a deflected shot. With eight goals and eleven assists in the league, Bourigeaud is enjoying his best season to date. Then Reims substitute Moussa Doumbia had saved his penalty from Alemdar in the 77th after Rennes centre-back Nayef Aguerd Ilan Kebbal tripped. The hosts conceded another penalty three minutes later when Busi's shot caught Adrien Truffert's hand.


Dossou scores as Mbappe and Neymar's hat-tricks push PSG past Clermont

Jodel Dossou scored Clermont's only goal as the Lancers were overwhelmed by Paris Saint-Germain in Saturday's Ligue 1 game. (Author: Gardener)

ClermontJodel Dossou scored Clermont's only goal as the Lancers were beaten 6-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in Saturday's Ligue 1 game. The Benin Republic international was successful in the first half but that didn't stop them from bowing to the Parisians at home. That ambition suffered an early setback when the visitors took the lead in the sixth minute through Neymar set up by Lionel Messi. In the 19th minute, PSG doubled their lead through Kylian Mbappe when Messi scored the Frenchman who shot past a stranded Arthur Desmas. However, Dossou pulled a goal back for the hosts with Saif-Eddine Khaoui the architect. With 19 minutes to go, the Parisians restored their two-goal advantage from the penalty spot after Johan Gastien rashly challenged Mbappe. Neymar took the ensuing kick, which he deftly guided past Desmas. The Brazilian set up Mbappe's second goal in the 74th minute before the French star completed his hat-trick and overtook Martin Terrier as the league's top scorer. The former Barcelona star still had time to complete his treble with seven minutes remaining as Mbappe provided the assist this time. Dossou was substituted for Jim Allevinah in the 66th minute, at the same time Lucas Da Cunha replaced Khaoui. At the other end, Senegal's Idrissa Gueye and Morocco's Achraf Hakimi were called up in PSG's starting XI, but they came on in the second half for Cameroon's Georginio Wijnaldum and Eric Ebimbe respectively. This sweeping win puts PSG 15 points clear of closest title challengers Rennes and Olympique Marseille.


Mbappe and Neymar hat-trick at PSG

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as leaders Paris Saint-Germain moved closer to a record-breaking Ligue 10 title with a 6-4 win over Clermont. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarKylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as leaders Paris Saint-Germain moved closer to a record-breaking Ligue 10 title with a 6-1 win over Clermont. PSG extended their lead to 15 points after this weekend with seven rounds to go. Lionel Messi selected Neymar, who fired into the far corner to open the scoring in the sixth minute. The Argentina star then chested off a Neymar cross in the 19th to volley Mbappe that defeated goalkeeper Arthur Desmas. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino showed signs of irritation on the touchline as his visiting side grew smug after scoring the second goal. Clermont scored in the 42nd round when Benin winger Jodel Dossou tapped into a cross from Saif-Eddine Khaoui. Neymar gave PSG a 3-1 lead by converting a penalty in the 71st minute after Clermont full-back Akim Zedadka brought down Mbappe. Three minutes later, Neymar smacked a ball over the top for Mbappe, who rounded Desmas to score in an empty net. Mbappe scored his hat-trick by rolling into the far corner in the 80th to take his tally to a league-leading 20 goals. The French forward generously set up Neymar for a tap-in for his hat-trick in the 83rd. Messi, Neymar and Mbappe combine more effectively on the field, with greater understanding between players. "There were a couple of events that delayed us." PSG have been on a losing streak of four games on the road in all competitions, while Clermont suffered a fifth straight defeat to stay in 17th place, a point above the relegation zone. Benjamin Bourigeaud scored twice as Rennes moved into second place with a 3-2 win at Reims. Your ad blocker may be preventing you from No thanks, I'll keep my ad blocker on


Mbappe on fire again, Neymar back at his best as PSG demolish Clermont

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar burned on Saturday as both scored three hat-tricks as Paris St Germain beat Clermont 6-1 to move one step closer to the Ligue 1 title. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarSoccer Football - Ligue 1 - Clermont v Paris St Germain - Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France - April 9, 2022 Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring their sixth goal to complete his hat-trick with Kylian Mbappe REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Clermont v Paris St Germain - Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France - April 9, 2022 Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring his sixth goal to complete his hat-trick with Kylian Mbappe REUTERS/Stephane Mahe PARIS , April 9 (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were on fire on Saturday as both scored hat-tricks as Paris St Germain beat Clermont 6-1 to move one step closer to the Ligue 1 title. Mbappe, who scored two goals and two assists against Lorient last weekend, joined Neymar on both sides of the break to take his league record to 20 and take PSG to 71 points from 31 games. They have a 15-point lead over second-placed Stade Rennais. Rennes are ahead of Olympique de Marseille on goal difference after repelling a late challenge in a 3-2 away win at Stade de Reims on Saturday. In Clermont, PSG were unstoppable despite a mediocre first half. Neymar put them ahead after six minutes and fired home with a low cross after being set up by Lionel Messi. Messi also set up the second for Mbappe, who defeated Arthur Desmas with a half-volley from inside the box in the 19th minute. In the second half, PSG was unstoppable. Mbappe was back six minutes later, benefiting from a nice combination between Messi and Neymar to curl a shot into the top corner. Earlier, Rennes had taken a 3-0 lead thanks to Benjamin Bourigeaud's first-half double and Martin Terrier's second-half goal that took the team's goal tally to the top 67 in the league - before PSG's six topped the capital's tally brought 70.


Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both score hat-tricks in PSG's lopsided win

Lionel Messi had a hat-trick of assists in the big win (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeParis Saint-Germain obliterated Clermont Foot 63 with a 6-1 Ligue 1 win on Saturday, taking a 15-point lead at the summit thanks to Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, both of whom scored hat-tricks, as well as a triple assist from Lionel Messi opened . The Brazilian started and finished the goal while also adding a penalty and the Frenchman had two of his goals from the Argentine and another from Neymar as Les Parisiens' star trio clicked at the Stade Gabriel Montpied. It was just six minutes before Mauricio Pochettino's men opened the scoring with Neymar following a Messi assist and he was back on 19 minutes when he found Mbappe to create an early cushion. Jodel Dossou brought hosts Clermont back into play just before half-time and Pascal Gastien's men kept PSG within reach until the final 20 minutes when things broke up with four fairly quick goals to ensure the capital's team kept up ran away from the result. Neymar scored his second penalty with 19 minutes remaining before Mbappe added his second from the Brazilian's assist, completing his hat-trick thanks to Messi within six minutes before Neymar scored. Although the result at the summit doesn't change much, as it remains a provisional 15-point lead for the Ligue 1 leaders until at least Sunday, it was a blow to Clermont's hopes of survival after FC Lorient's unexpected win over AS Saint-Etienne on Friday . The performance, admittedly against one of the weaker goals at Le Championnat, is proof that PSG's star attacking trio can click just as much as last week's tough win over Lorient. There is hope for the future as the three play together beyond the end of this season and Mbappe's current contract. "We are happy," said Mbappe after the game. We continue towards the 10th Ligue 1 title which is not too far away now and we are satisfied. "There have been many delays but life is like that - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Next week PSG face bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille at Le Classique in the most prestigious of the remaining French giants." Games this season and maximum points at home should be enough to clinch a record-breaking 10th French title and level with Saint-Etienne.


Mbappe and Neymar score hat-tricks as PSG beat Clermont

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as Paris Saint-Germain beat Clermont 6-1 on Saturday to move closer to winning Ligue 1. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarKylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored hat-tricks as Paris Saint-Germain edged Clermont 6-1 on Saturday to move closer to winning Ligue 1. Mbappe, who has yet to decide if he will stay at PSG beyond this season, scored twice and had three assists in last weekend's 5-1 win over Lorient. He added another assist in that game and won a penalty as he rose to the top of Ligue 1's scorer chart this season with 20 goals. Mauricio Pochettino's men are now 15 points clear of second-placed Rennes and look set to reclaim the title with just seven games left. Clermont remains in 17th place, just a point ahead of Saint-Etienne, who occupy the relegation play-off spot. PSG have only Ligue 1 left to play this season after Real Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League but put in a second impressive performance with Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi in fine form. PSG took the lead in the sixth minute when Mbappe wreaked havoc on the home defense with a driving run from the left wing. The ball eventually found its way to Messi, whose clever pass found Neymar and the Brazilian drilled the ball into the far corner. The champions-elect doubled their lead within 20 minutes as Messi collected his 12th league assist of the season. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner volleyed the ball to Mbappe, who slotted it past oncoming goalkeeper Arthur Desmas. But with 20 minutes to go the game ended in a one-on-one when Mbappe was brought down in the penalty area after a quick counterattack by Akim Zedadka and sent Neymar Desmas the wrong way from the penalty spot. Mbappe scored his second goal just minutes later, racing on Neymar's brilliant pass to circle and tap Desmas. PSG's fearsome front three scored the fifth goal when Neymar's rebound caught Messi, who played into Mbappe to put in a great strike into the far corner. The away side scored four goals in 12 minutes with seven minutes remaining as Neymar completed his first hat-trick since December 2020. Earlier on Saturday, Rennes moved up to second ahead of Marseille as a 3-2 win at Reims gave a boost to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. The top two finishers automatically qualify for next season's Champions League group stage, while the third-place finisher advances to the qualifying rounds. Rennes have won six of their last seven league games to enter the competition, while Nice have slipped from the top three to fifth after a poor result streak. Benjamin Bourigeaud scored twice in the space of four first-half minutes to give Rennes a two-goal lead at half-time. Rennes held despite a late rally in Reims with goals from Maxime Busi and Jens-Lys Cajuste, who scored a penalty just three minutes after team-mate Moussa Doumbia missed one.


Clermont vs PSG live results, updates, highlights and line-ups from Ligue 1 matches

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar are in Ligue 1 action for Paris Saint-Germain, with Mauricio Pochettino's side getting closer to the French title for the first time since 2020. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar are all expected to play for Paris Saint-Germain in their Ligue 1 game against Clermont. Mauricio Pochettino's side are 12 points clear at the top of France's Ligue 1 but have won just three of their last six league games, with PSG suffering from poor form following last month's Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid. Nonetheless, PSG are close to reclaiming the Ligue 1 title after losing to Lille last season, with the capital club starting that game with a comfortable 5-1 win over Lorient. PSG have lost their last three away games in Ligue 1 and Clermont, needing points to avoid their chances of relegation, could be figuring their chances of a result. MORE: Mbappe, Neymar and Messi all score in the same game for the first time Meanwhile, Mbappe could leave PSG at the end of the season if his current contract expires - the French striker has scored nine goals in his last nine games at club level. Sporting News will be following the game live and will provide updated scores, commentary and highlights as they take place. Clermont 1 PSG 3 (Penalty Neymar 72') - This goal should secure PSG all three points, who breathe a sigh of relief. Clermont had been pushing for an equalizer but Neymar converted from the point to restore the away team's two-goal lead. 71 minutes: PENALTY FOR PSG! Mbappe storms into the penalty area, the slide tackle comes in from Zedadka and the referee points to the point! 70 minutes: Kyei has a chance! He just came on as a substitute, but Kyei is already stepping in for Clermont. The home team is pushing for an equaliser. 69': PSG-Sub - Danilo OFF, Wijnaldum ON 68': Clermont-Sub - Berthomier and Khaoui OFF, Kyei and Du Cunha ON Messi has the ball in the back of the net and heads home from close range after a good job from Mbappe left, but against the latter the flag was hoisted. That was almost the goal to secure all three points for PSG. 65 min: Berthomier shoots! Clermont puts pressure on PSG, Berthomier shoots on target from a tight angle. 63 minutes: Donnarumma is lucky! The PSG goalkeeper was nearly knocked out of his goal when a ball was played over the top but the Italian recovered and lunged for the ball before the Clermont attacker could make him pay for his mistake. 62 mins: As I said about Messi's role as a creator in this PSG team... Most assists this season in Ligue 1 so far: – Squawka (@Squawka) 9 April 2022 60 mins: Good chance! The ball landed at Neymar, who formed the shot into the far corner, but hit everything wrong and flicked the ball well over the bar. 57 mins: Will Pochettino make changes to his team soon? PSG started strong but are now not as dominant as they were in the first stretch of the first half. Neymar is the first player to be shown a yellow card in this game. 53 minutes: Ramos gets up from behind for a corner, Neymar's delivery is good, but the experienced centre-back can't quite direct his shot on target and the ball flies harmlessly over the bar. 51 mins: It is notable that PSG tried to slow down the pace of the game in the early stages of the second half. 48 mins: PSG seemed in complete control of this game after scoring twice in the opening 19 minutes but Clermont has found a foothold in the competition and will have ambitions to complete their comeback in this second half. 45 minutes: The second half is on! PSG have a 2-1 advantage over Clermont! 45+1 mins: HALF TIME! Clermont 1 PSG 2 – The away team deserves to take the lead, they were the better team but Clermont responded well to two early goals and will believe they can continue their comeback after the break. 45 minutes: At the end of the first half, one minute of stoppage time is played. 44 min: Neymar refused! That was an excellent performance from Neymar, who fired in a swipe at the near post from inside the box, but Desmas grew and saved! A very well crafted goal to unlock the PSG defense 🔓🔑 Can Clermont come back in 17th place? - Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 9, 2022 Clermont 1 (Dossou 42') PSG 2 - Clermont has a lifeline in play! They created the chance down the left, playing the ball to the back post, and Dossou was there to fire from close range! The ball landed at Gueye 25 meters away, he had Mbappe, Messi and Neymar in front of him in good positions, for some reason he takes the shot and does everything wrong! 38 mins: Ramos does well to win a header under pressure from a free-kick despite Donnarumma being behind the Spanish defender. Clermont is certainly pushing harder now than at any other stage in the game. 36 mins: Neymar played well in that first half for PSG who used the Brazilian as an outlet... 33 mins: That's a little better from Clermont. This is their best period of the game as Berthomier won a header inside the box but he would never really threaten Donnarumma with that effort. Just for a moment, Hakimi seemed to be behind the Clermont defense but the flag was flown against the PSG full-backs. 27 mins: Mbappe and Messi appear to be on the same wavelength, as this stat proves... 7 - Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé have combined seven assists in Ligue 1 this season, at least three more than any other duo. 25 mins: Messi has two assists in the first half of this game and it shows the role he plays for this PSG team. 22 mins: That goal means Mbappe has now found the back of the net 29 times for PSG in all competitions. Bear in mind that the French forward will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires! A brilliant assist from Messi and a 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 finish from Mbappé 🤩🔥 — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 9, 2022 Clermont 0 PSG 2 (Mbappe 19') - What a sensational goal by PSG! Messi controlled a pass down his chest and played a wonderful through ball for Mbappe, who lifted a finish over the keeper and into the back of the net. 18 mins: This is already going to be a very difficult night for Clermont. They struggle to get the ball and when they win the ball back they don't have much opportunity to get onto the field. 13 minutes: Messi shoots... PSG moves the ball forward down the left wing, the pass is played to Messi on the edge of the box, he pushes the ball to his left foot but shoots over the top when he should have hit the target ! 10 mins: Officials took a long look at Neymar's goal but decided there was no offense and the blow held. PSG have the early advantage. 8 mins: The Clermont players are furious that the goal was left standing because a player was in the penalty area when Neymar scored. Paris Saint Germain live NOW on beIN SPORTS! #CF63PSG 🇫🇷 - beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 9, 2022 6 mins: GOAL! 6 minutes: Goal! 6 minutes: Goal! 6 minutes: Goal! Clermont 0 PSG 1 (Neymar 6') - There's the opening goal and Neymar found the back of the net! The ball whistled around the box, then Messi served Neymar and the Brazilian shot into the back net! 5 mins: PSG got off to a positive start to this game, with the home side controlling possession in the early stages. 2 mins: This is a very important game for Clermont. 1 min: The game is underway! PSG wears its white away kit with Clermont in red and blue. 5 minutes to K/O: The two teams are on the pitch at the Gabriel Montpied Stadium tonight. 10 minutes to KO: Mbappe, Messi and Neymar all scored for the first time against Lorient in the same game last weekend and the trio are back up front for PSG. 30 mins to K/O: The big team news ahead of kick-off here is that Ramos STARTS for PSG! As mentioned, he came off the bench in last weekend's win against Lorient. 60 minutes to KO: Ramos played off the bench for PSG against Lorient last weekend but will the Spaniard start tonight? 90 minutes to K/O: PSG start this game with a 12-point advantage at the top of Ligue 1, but Pochettino and his side are under pressure after their Champions League elimination at Real Madrid. Two hours to K/O: Hello and welcome to Sporting News' live coverage of the Ligue 1 game between Clermont and Paris Saint-Germain! Can Pochettino's team take another step towards the French title? Clermont could assess their chances. Midfielder Salis Abdul Samed was unavailable to Clermont on suspension after seeing red in the Nantes defeat, meaning coach Pascal Gatien was forced to change his central unit. Sergio Ramos came off the bench in the 5-1 win over Lorient but it might be too early for the former Real Madrid captain to start for PSG. Still, Ramos will surely play against Clermont at some point. Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti are both doubts for the capital club who could open the door for Georginio Wijnaldum to play in central midfield from the start. S. Ligue 1 televised matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports, available on fuboTV, offering a free trial for new subscribers. Canada: Every Ligue 1 match is televised on beIN Sports in Canada, which can also be streamed via fuboTV. Australia: Every Ligue 1 match is televised on beIN Sports in Australia.


Arsenal's Mikel Arteta has failed against Brighton with deals going to top-four hopes

Arsenal have shown they can overcome adversity but Arteta needs a better response to Tierney and Partey's double defeat, one of his toughest tests. (Author: Gardener)

BrightonLONDON - The double injury blow from the loss of Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey would always pose some tough questions for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, but he has to come up with a better answer. Brighton - a clever but out-of-form team with one goal in seven games, six of which they have lost - deserved a 2-1 win here at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as goals from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu spelled a big one Schlag added to the Gunners' hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League. Arsenal have given up the initiative in the Champions League qualifying race with two defeats in six days - and Arteta compounded the absence of two key players with a team selection on Saturday that only contributed to an incoherent performance. Using midfielder Granit Xhaka at left-back to replace Tierney was a mistake. Xhaka had held that position before, but with Partey already absent, losing the Switzerland international's passing range in midfield only served to deepen the division across the team. Albert Sambi Lokonga, in his first start since January 23, has been asked to anchor a three-man midfield that will provide defensive cover and allow Arsenal to play from behind. The difficulty of this task was compounded by Xhaka's absence from the same area of ​​the pitch, which Arteta tried to rectify in the second half by encouraging Xhaka to drift into midfield when the home team was in possession. Although there was a late rally from Arsenal, sparked by Martin Odegaard's deflected long-range shot that halved the deficit after 89 minutes, that performance was a bit chaotic, a far cry from the structure and rhythm they played at their best under Arteta to have . Gabriel hit the side netting with a close-range header before Trossard opened the scoring and Gabriel Martinelli was ruled offside for an equalizer just before half-time. After Mwebu doubled the visitors' lead with a superb goal and beautiful interplay between Trossard and Moises Caicedo, Odegaard hit the bar with a free-kick and substitute Eddie Nketiah did the same with the rebound. But Arsenal lacked cohesion and balance, which only underscores the difficulty they face now with such a small squad to make up for the absences of Tierney, who underwent knee surgery on Thursday, and Partey with a hamstring problem. "With the entire team available, we know how difficult the challenge ahead is," said Arteta. We can't look at that because we're going to be looking for excuses and what happened today is up to us with the players we have and the way we prepared for the game. Arteta will have raised more doubts about the most logical understudy for Tierney. Tavares was an unused substitute here but he will certainly be called upon at some point as his inclusion would allow Xhaka to return to his natural midfield role. Cedric Soares could also be used at left-back once Takehiro Tomiyasu is fit again, but the Japan international will only return to full training after next weekend's game in Southampton after suffering a calf problem Saturday's performance: The cushion Arsenal in the top 4 races is gone and Arteta has not been hiding from the difficult moment they are in now. Alexandre Lacazette was once again a marginal figure, now without a goal from open play since 11 December. The only other Arsenal outfielder with the same gap was Ben White, who was much ridiculed by away fans after leaving Brighton in a £50m move last summer. Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe tried to impress from the bench as before, but the lack of options Arteta has available after streamlining the squad in January comes more into focus on days like these. But the double loss of Tierney and Partey is one of their biggest hurdles yet.


Southampton 0-6 Chelsea, Arsenal 1-2 Brighton and more, football watch - live!

Join Tim de Lisle for all the latest news from the Premier League and beyond (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal 1-2This website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. And Arsenal lose twice in a row. So they're not making Man United pay for their defeat, but they're giving Spurs a big chance. Brighton manager Graham Potter is happy with the result. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA His Arsenal colleague Mikel Arteta is less so. Odegaard hits the woodwork, then uses a deflection to find the net. And we finally have a home goal. And Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez is beaten by Odegaard's deflected shot. "United are still unbeaten against Dundee at Tannadice in 2004," says Simon McMahon, "although they have tried their best to remedy this by throwing away a two-goal lead. Finished 2-2 and United secured a place in the top six.” “United so bad Arsenal are bottling it up,” said Gary Neville on Twitter. "Game over," says Sky's Clinton Morrison. Rodrigo Moreno scores Leeds second goal behind Watford keeper Ben Foster. Rodrigo celebrates his goal. Arsenal 1-2 Brighton Save! Jack Harrison, so successful this year, secures victory with a bang from the left. Leeds now have 33 points this season and ten of those come from their last four games. Jack Harrison (left) celebrates with Crysencio Summerville after scoring Leeds United's third goal. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images Arsenal 1-2 Brighton They've got six minutes of added time, so there's about two to go. Odegaard sees another possibility but can't quite find Saka. Game over and season over, very likely, for Watford. They can't do anything at home yet. "It's like an impersonation farce in the Emirates," says Jeremy Dresner. Do these guys even look at the league table? Southampton 0-6 Chelsea Something has gone terribly wrong at Chelsea. They haven't scored in half an hour. "Just to add fuel to the fire," says Martin Crookall, "does anyone really want to start adding another subjective factor — i.e., does it matter? - offside?” David de Gea today called Manchester United's performance “a disgrace”. Arsenal 0-2 Brighton Arsenal got a shot on goal in 75 minutes. Plus Martinelli's illegal header, which I'm sure we'll be hearing more about. And to add to Arsenal's troubles, Tariq Lamptey comes in to replace second goal scorer Mwepu. "Chelsea fans are chanting Roman Abramovich's name," football writer John Aizlewood said on Twitter. "You sure can read a room." Watford 0-2 Leeds The second goal came from a defensive error involving Kamara and Samir, who had conspired to only beat Rodrigo to Ben Foster. Coming up: Villa-Spurs It's the 5:30pm game and Barry Glendinning is for us in the MBM. A screamer on Enock Mwepu's half volley! Watford 0-1 Leeds If Watford's season was a film it would be Nightmare At Vicarage Road. They had more shots than Leeds (8-5) and clearer chances (2-0) but only one of those eight was on target. All three of those games are now over and we still haven't scored a single home goal. "It always tickles me," says Charlie Robinson, "to see football fans tangle themselves in knots and try to justify criticism of any decision that goes against their team. Once you've typed words like "While the Arsenal goal may have been correctly ruled offside..." or "It's likely that Martinelli was just a hair's breadth offside..." you should probably reread those words and think about it a lot carefully whether you want to continue the point by arguing that the goal should have stood." Oh! Arsenal are paying a heavy price for their reshuffle as Granit Xhaka drifts out of position at left-back, releasing Dunk Mwepu, who looks up and sees Trossard in Morgen. He shoots cleanly from 12 yards out and it's the first goal Brighton have scored with their feet in eight league games. Trossard celebrates his goal with Moises Caicedo. Photo: David Klein/Reuters Photo: David Klein/Reuters Photo: David Klein/Reuters Photo: David Klein/Reuters Like the Brighton fans. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Made by Kante, who made a save from Forster and gave Werner a tap-in. Timo Werner scored his second goal of the day and Chelsea's fifth. “Shock transmission,” Ben Hayes picks up on my 4:11 post. "No wonder Chelsea are stuffing Saints when they've signed Harry Kane." Ha, sorry, I meant Kane. What Werner can do, Mount can do too. He gets his second and at this pace Southampton could settle for another 9-0. Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their sixth goal. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters Watford 0-1 Leeds Big chance for Watford! They've been better since half-time but when the chance arises Ismaila Sarr has all the old pros at the BT studio with their heads in their hands. Southampton 0-6 Chelsea It really could have been worse: Chelsea had 13 shots on target and three off - must have been Werner's three hitting the woodwork. Southampton managed one shot on target, three wide. By the way, they made one more change at half-time: Diallo for Adam Armstrong. Arsenal 0-1 Brighton Mikel Arteta, not afraid of a half-time shake, has switched to a back three. "While the Arsenal goal may have been correctly ruled offside," says Robert Speed, "one has to wonder if the offside rule is appropriate in this case. Martinelli and about 4 Brighton defenders are yards from the goal line and when Martinelli heads the ball he is way ahead of those 4 Brighton defenders. It should count for something, but I'm not sure if it does. Chelsea currently have 62 points and Arsenal have 55 points, both from 30 games. Spurs, also at 30, are a point behind Arsenal; they later play at Villa Park. Man United sit seventh on goal difference behind West Ham with 51 points from 31 games. At the other end of the table, Watford sit in 19th place with 23 points from 31 games, a point behind Burnley (who have two games in hand). Everton are 17th after 30 games with 28 points, three behind Leeds but with two games in hand. This is all assuming our 3pm games stay the way they are, which in two out of three cases could be quite premature. It lasted three minutes and 40 seconds. It's not good news for Gabriel Martinelli or Arsenal. Photo: Ian Walton/AP "I think it's likely that Martinelli was a hair offside," says Alex Whitney, "but I don't see how you knock something over if it's not clear and obvious (at least from every angle , which we could see ). "I've often wondered," says Peter Oh, "why iPhone users are so dogmatic about the supposed superiority of their product over all others. But as long as I can listen to Estupiñán (Pervis, Villareal left-back) on my humble phone, I don't feel like I'm missing anything. It was a loss at St. Mary's and it could have been worse. Timo Werner has hit the woodwork three times and Fraser Forster has "made two incredible saves", according to Sky's Paul Merson. Martinelli lunges at Gabriel's header but VAR checks for offside... Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli goes home but will it make it? Photo: Aaron Chown/PA This time it's Kai Havertz, after Werner. hit the post for the umpteenth time this afternoon. Southampton have a job on their hands to avoid another of those 9-0. Kai Havertz (left) celebrates with Timo Werner after Chelsea's fourth goal. Photo: Frank Augstein/AP Brighton maintain their narrow lead with some help from VAR. And we still haven't scored a home goal since Anthony Gordon won at Goodison Park. Watford are still in the quagmire thanks to Raphinha's post-hit strike. Take that, Mary Waltz, says Timo Werner while clinging to a long ball, presuming Fraser Forster is dead and showing all the composure he's lacked in the past 18 months. Timo Werner (right) waltzes past Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and kicks the ball home for Chelsea's third. Photo: Vincent Mignott/EPA A heavy blow for Watford as Dan James wins a 50-50 and Raphinha, the best player on both sides, beats Ben Foster at his near post. Leeds United's Raphinha scores the first goal of the game. Raphinha celebrates with Rodrigo (right). Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters Arsenal 0-1 Brighton "Arsenal have done absolutely nothing," says Chris Sutton on BT Sport, "just like they did at the Palace on Monday night." Back to Everton . "One good thing about Everton's predicament," says Ian Copestake, "if they're really still in the woods is that then they can make a paddle." Frank Lampard has many talents but I'm not sure if this is one of them. Southampton 0-4 Chelsea Ralph Hasenhuttl has to do something and he's doing it: he takes Oriol Romeu off and brings in Yan Valery to bolster the defence. It's both early in the game for a substitution and almost certainly too late. So we scored six goals in our three games and each one came from the away team. Chelsea are back in business after a bad week. Mason Mount shoots home to double Chelsea's lead “Speaking of games,” says Phil Grey, “Watford have Leeds, Brentford and Burnley at home before they play Everton at home in May (and beat them 5-2 at Goodison). Everton are still in the woods.” Arsenal 0-0 Brighton One would expect Arsenal to dominate at home against Brighton, but on paper it was very even: 52-48 possession, 1-1 shots, 118-110 passes. Sounds like Arsenal are missing Thomas Partey. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea In a very short time, Mason Mount has moved up to fourth in the PL table on goals and assists. Chelsea's Marcos Alonso sticks the ball home to open the goal. Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA "Timo Werner," says Mary Waltz. Three goals. A PL goal this season. A huge flop compared to the expectations that are coming in, isn't it?” Yes – but Chelsea score goals from all over the pitch so it doesn't cost them much. "Some confusion among Arsenal fans," says Charles Antaki, "as Alexandre Lacazette returns to the front; The old steed is more horse than war these days, and in the eyes of some not so far from the knacker's yard. But he could still hit the net.” Yeah, he was having a weird time. He seems to be a false nine these days, like Harry Kane without the goals. Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus cheers on the Gooners before kick-off. Photo: Alan Walter/Shutterstock Southampton 0-1 Chelsea It's Marcos Alonso's first goal since the season opened, and it was scored by Mason Mount with what seemed like marvelous skill. But the Saints didn't give up: Ward-Prowse got close with a free kick from the right. "I love MBM," says Richard Stant. "Just to be clear: on most phones it's not possible to put an umlaut over an n. It is impossible. Spın̈al Tap must remain for the pre-iPhone era.” Southampton 0-0 Chelsea Chelsea goes up the other end and hits the post! It's Timo Werner, with a low shot, from a Southampton corner on the break. Southampton 0-0 Chelsea An early free-kick for the incomparable James Ward-Prowse but it's too deep for a shot and Chelsea easily cope with his cross. All three of our games were blown. Correction: Everton are not over the hill. Rick Harris (2:36) makes a very good point about the game plan. Everton are yet to play Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal twice and Leicester twice. Burnley's images are softer and they have a game in hand - against Norwich tomorrow. Everton should stay up, but we've been saying that all season. "Everton's win will help Spurs if United are ever a threat," says Yash Gupta. "Lampard stays for next season - more fun for everyone not linked to Everton." Ha. Granit Xhaka continues to function as a makeshift left-back - and will be relieved to find Tariq Lamptey on the bench. “I agree United can't fight for fourth place,” says Rick Harris, “but looking at Everton's run-in I'd say they're going to need a lot more than a win against the easiest 'big' to come Team". United looks like the season can't end soon enough and it's hard to see where this squad is headed next. If Ten Hag becomes the new coach, he would be well advised to bring his best 11 players with him.” Tough but fair. From our Everton correspondent Mary Waltz. "There can be no slander towards United today," she says. “Since my Everton team is about to be eliminated, the Red Devils gave us three points. That kind of generosity should be applauded.” Ha. I know United were poor but the goal came from a big fat deflection so maybe the generosity was on the part of the gods. Anyway, the result is Frank Lampard lives to fight another day and Ralf Rangnick might as well retire now. “It's Derby day in Dundee,” he writes, “as United are looking to confirm their place in the top six with three points against a Dundee side who are almost certain to be relegated if they lose today. United haven't lost to their neighbors in Tannadice in 18 years, which makes me as nervous as a Spïnal Tap drummer. There's also an Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle and it's Aberdeen v Ross County, Livingston v Motherwell and champions-elect Celtic v St Johnstone.” Thank you Simon. Everton have maintained their 1-0 lead against Manchester United thanks largely to Jordan Pickford who was immense. That means Everton are probably out of the woods and United are probably out of the Champions League race. It's an old tradition that's slowly shrinking, like an old man. There are only three games, but all count: two are part of the scramble for the top four, and the third is a dogfight in relegation. Arsenal v Brighton After being beaten by Palace on Monday, Arsenal are in dire need of a win. Brighton are in dire need of a goal: they have scored just one in their last seven league games, having scored 11 in the previous seven. They haven't scored against Arsenal since 2019/20 but they did the double over them back then so they have reason to believe - and Tariq Lamptey's eyes will light up at the thought of facing Nuno Tavares. Southampton v Chelsea It's the Peter Osgood derby! Southampton, otherwise so difficult to beat at St. Mary's, have lost two home games in a row - against Newcastle and Watford of all places. Chelsea, too, had back-to-back shocks at home, falling against Brentford and Real Madrid. But their away form has been impressive all season, with ten wins out of 15, as has Liverpool. Watford v Leeds The Premier League's most experienced manager, Roy Hodgson, against the least, Jesse Marsch. Watford are in dire straits and desperate to win after Burnley's midweek resurgence. Leeds are in the clover after picking up seven points in three games.


Brighton and Mwepu stun Arsenal to crush Champions League hopes

Enock Mwepu gave Brighton a 2-0 lead with a well-considered goal and then held on after Arsenal struck late to win 2-1 (Author: Gardener)

BrightonIt ended with two losses, five goals conceded, one goal, two key players held up for the foreseeable future and a huge question mark planted over previously sky-high hopes of Champions League qualification. They got what they deserved against a clever, composed Brighton side who have netted just once in seven games and Mikel Arteta will need to find better solutions than these to the tremendous run forward if their challenge is to remain . Enock Mwepu set up Leandro Trossard's first set and then invented a beautiful goal himself; Arsenal will regret a border decision not to allow Gabriel Martinelli to equalize and, despite a late rise, found cold comfort in Martin Ødegaard's late goal. Graham Potter had set up a tight 3-3-3-1 formation and the second of those lines, which included 19-year-old league debutant Moises Caicedo, gave Arsenal's midfield no respite. The injured Thomas Partey's mix of physical presence and technical prowess was clearly missed and the engine room that Arteta started with, with Emile Smith Rowe and Ødegaard operating on either side of Albert Sambi Lokonga, was comfortably second best. The irony was that Brighton struck just as Arsenal had begun to show any semblance of life. Joel Veltman had blocked from a tight angle from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Magalhães had headed in from behind the far post into the side netting, although it still wasn't much. Then Lewis Dunk, exposing a gaping hole in Arsenal's left-back position, swept a first pass in the path of a striding Mwepu. The Zambian, who had won almost everything in Engineering so far, had room to cut back for an unattended Trossard who swept past Aaron Ramsdale from 14 yards out. "We scored a goal," the visiting fans rejoiced. They might not have done it had Arsenal had a proper solution for the left flank of their defence, but Arteta had moved Granit Xhaka there in Kieran Tierney's long-term absence rather than selecting Nuno Tavares, apparently the scapegoat for Monday's defeat at Crystal Palace and the resulting uncertainty was clear. Mwepu almost offered Smith Rowe a chance, but Dunk was over to block. Brighton were given a major sacking at the end of the half; Arsenal didn't particularly deserve parity but thought they had it when Gabriel nodded back after a corner from Saka. Gabriel Martinelli jumped in from close to the goal line with a quick look and celebrated loudly, but was narrowly ruled offside after a VAR delay of around four minutes. The decision was probably correct, but as with many such calls, in a pre-video world, the destination would hardly have been disputed. Increased ball possession didn't give Arsenal any significant chances before the hour. Cedric Soares squandered a promising free-kick won by Saka, who was later booked to dive, and Brighton's shifts held firm. Eddie Nketiah replaced Smith Rowe as Arteta searched for a poacher's instinct, but it was Saka who whipped up the next glimmer as the ball rolled invitingly for him. Arsenal would pay dearly. Brighton weren't particularly quick going from the left of Arsenal's box but cut an opening when Trossard cutely got in the way of Caicedo. Mwepu waited and it took tremendous technique to get a finish on the rebound with the power and control needed to beat Ramsdale. The keeper could only score the goal and, contrary to all previous logic, Brighton had scored twice. Arsenal recovered belatedly. Then Ødegaard's deflected shot came into play but Robert Sánchez saved Nketiah after the death and Brighton just held on.