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West Ham 1-1 Man City: Phil Foden earns visitors a point

Report as Phil Foden comes off the bench to earn Man City a draw at West Ham, who led at half-time thanks to Michail Antonio’s wonderful overhead kick

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Saturday 24 October 2020 14:44, UK

Phil Foden came off the bench to earn Man City a 1-1 draw at West Ham, cancelling out Michail Antonio’s spectacular first-half opener.

Antonio opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a wonderful overhead kick, given after a check for handball against Tomas Soucek.

However, the visitors levelled thanks to Foden’s well-taken strike six minutes into the second half, with the midfielder replacing Sergio Aguero at half-time.

As a result, both sides miss out on the chance to move into the top four, with each now on eight points.

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Jordan Ayew: Crystal Palace forward tests positive for coronavirus

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 29-year-old was absent from the Eagles’ matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ayew played for Ghana in friendlies against Mali and Qatar during the international break and Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed post-match the player had returned a positive test during the club’s latest set of tests.

In a Twitter post, Ayew said: “Sadly, I have tested positive for Covid-19 & have begun my quarantine in line with the health guidance. Thankfully, I am feeling fine & do not have any symptoms

“I will be cheering the boys on from home & look forward to being back on the pitch soon.”

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Palace are next in action against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, before the Eagles travel to face Wolves at Molineux on Friday October 30.

The draw against Brighton saw Palace remain 12th in the Premier League table, with seven points from their first five games of the season.

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FAI to launch investigation following coronavirus test confusion

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) will launch an investigation after a member of the Republic of Ireland squad tested negative for coronavirus just hours after testing positive.

The player, who has not been named, will undergo another test on Tuesday morning as Stephen Kenny’s side prepare to travel to Finland for Wednesday night’s UEFA Nations League fixture.

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An FAI statement released on Monday read: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that a member of Stephen Kenny’s Ireland squad has returned a negative result from a second Covid-19 test today after first returning a positive result from a UEFA test undertaken on Sunday evening.

“The player – who cannot be named at this time – first received a positive result from the UEFA testers on Monday morning in the latest round of UEFA testing for Covid-19 ahead of the Nations League game against Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday.



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“The FAI medical team then organised a second test for the player which returned a negative result this afternoon.

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“The player will now be retested as soon as possible before the team’s flight to Finland on Tuesday morning. The HSE and UEFA have been informed of this result.”

The news comes after it emerged the staff member whose test in Slovakia, which prompted the withdrawals of Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah from Thursday night’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, had been a false positive.

It is not the first example of coronavirus protocols severely affecting manager Kenny’s plans over the last week.

John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda, Alan Browne and Derrick Williams all missed their match with Wales in Dublin after another unnamed player tested positive.

Connolly has since been given permission to rejoin the Republic of Ireland squad.

Interim chief executive of the FAI Gary Owens, added: “This negative result following a positive has been reported to UEFA and the HSE and we are in communication with both UEFA and the HSE regarding the player’s availability for the Finland game.”

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Ashley Young tests positive for Covid-19 as Inter Milan

Ashley Young becomes the sixth Inter Milan player to test positive for coronavirus with next weekend’s derby now in doubt

  • Ashley Young has tested positive at the Inter Milan’s training headquarters
  • The 35-year-old has featured in all three of the club’s league games this season 
  • But now he has gone into quarantine after contracting coronavirus recently 
  • He joins team-mates Milan Skriniar and Radja Nainggolan in testing positive

Inter Milan have confirmed winger Ashley Young has returned a positive test for coronavirus.

The Serie A side confirmed the former Manchester United star is already in quarantine following Covid-19 tests carried out on Saturday at the club’s Appiano Gentile training ground.

Young has played a part in all three Italian top-flight games so far for Antonio Conte’s men and becomes the sixth player from the club to have contracted the virus.

Inter Milan have confirmed winger Ashley Young has returned a positive test for coronavirus

The Serie A side confirmed the former Manchester United star is already in quarantine

There is now growing fear in Italy that the derby with AC Milan – that is scheduled for Saturday at 5pm UK time – may not be played. 

Conte’s men are also scheduled to begin their Champions League campaign against Bundesliga outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach a week on Wednesday. 

Inter Milan team-mate Alessandro Bastoni tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the week amid growing fear of rising cases in Serie A. 

Bastoni was then joined by Milan Skriniar – a target for Tottenham in the summer transfer window – after the Slovakian Football Association confirmed his positive test on the eve of their victory on penalties against the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final on Thursday.

Young has played in all three Serie A games for Antonio Conte’s side in the 2020/21 season

There are now genuine fears Inter’s derby against Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan will not go ahead

A day later, the club confirmed Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, goalkeeper Ionut Radu and Italy midfielder Roberto Gagliardini had also contracted coronavirus.

And should the Milan derby not go ahead it will cause further chaos to a league that is already dealing with a cancelled match.

Juventus’ game against rivals Napoli did not go ahead after Gennaro Gattuso’s men were prevented from travelling to Turin after first-team members Elif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski tested positive.


Inter Milan team-mates Milan Skriniar (left) and Radja Nainggolan (right) are also positive


Italy’s Roberto Gagliardini (left) and Alessandro Bastoni (right) have also contracted the virus

Meanwhile, Andrea Pirlo’s men arrived at the stadium and even announced a starting XI before being informed that their visitors would not be arriving.

A decision on whether the game will be rescheduled is due from the Italian courts next week. 

Last week the entire Juventus squad were forced to isolate after two non-playing staff members picked up the virus.

Goalkeeper Ionut Radu completed the list of Inter first-team members to have tested positive

No Milan derby would be a blow to a league already dealing with Napoli’s no show at Juventus

The news regarding Young comes just a couple of days after he stated he would be willing to walk from Italy if he had the chance to represent former club Watford.

‘If I could go back and play [at Watford] again, I would walk from Italy right now because it’s what I know, it’s where I come from and it’s what allowed me to be who I am and get where I am,’ he told Watford’s official podcast Golden Tales.

‘It gave me a humble beginning.’




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Matt Doherty blames himself for not performing for Republic of Ireland

‘I’ve not been the same player for Ireland as I have in the Premier League’: Matt Doherty is determined to repeat the form that earned him £16m Spurs move for his country

  • Matt Doherty says internationally he has not been as good as the Premier League
  • Doherty was among the best right wing-backs in the division while at Wolves
  • His form won him a £16million move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham this summer
  • Doherty won his 12th cap for Ireland during their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final 

Matt Doherty says only he is to blame for not replicating for Republic of Ireland the Premier League form that won him a £16million move to Spurs this summer.

The 28-year-old readily admits his performances for his country have not come close to what he produced for Wolves during the past two seasons.

Doherty was among the best right wing-backs in the division at Molineux and has started equally impressively at Spurs under Jose Mourinho.

Matt Doherty admits his performances for Ireland have not been as good as those for Wolves

The Dubliner will win just his 12th cap for his country during Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final in Slovakia, and he knows more is expected of him.

‘You could say I’ve not been the same player for Ireland as I have in the Premier League,’ he said from Bratislava.

‘I guess we play differently. We probably don’t have as much of the ball as we do at club level. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that.

‘It’s up to me to find a solution. It’s up to me to find a way to bring out my best game when I put on the Ireland jersey. It’s nobody else’s fault, nobody else is to blame for that other than myself. I need to find the way or the path to bring out my best game here.’

The 28-year-old made a £16million move to Spurs this summer after impressing Jose Mourinho

Doherty made his 12th cap for Ireland during their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final in Slovakia

Doherty goes into the game with confidence soaring following Spurs’ free-scoring start to the season.

He was tight-lipped on Mourinho’s ambitions for the campaign, but he did not dismiss talk of winning the Premier League title, as he added: ‘The dressing-room was bouncing after the 6-1 win at Manchester United (on Sunday). 

‘We’d beaten Chelsea on penalties during the week, we’d beaten Maccabi Haiti 7-2. The goals are flying in, lads are playing well. So there is a great atmosphere around the place at the moment.

‘We just take it game-by-game obviously, but there is a special atmosphere at the moment. We really feel we can do something special with that type of squad.’





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