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Liverpool fight back against West Ham to win five-goal thriller

Tuesday, 2020-02-25 07:50:02
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v West Ham United - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - February 24, 2020 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring their first goal with Roberto Firmino. (Reuters)
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Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool had to come from behind and needed some help from two goalkeeping blunders to beat lowly West Ham United 3-2 in a thrilling game and maintain their 100% home record on Monday.

Trailing 2-1 late in the second half, West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski was twice at fault as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool prevailed to equal the record of 18 consecutive top-flight wins set by Manchester City in 2017.

* US teenage sensation Coco Gauff made her top 50 debut in the updated WTA rankings released on Monday, becoming the first 15-year-old in 15 years to achieve the feat.

* Serie A matches are set to be played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus outbreak which has hit the north of the country if proposals from the Italian football federation (FIGC) are approved by the government, the FIGC said on Monday.

* World number one Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten start to the season with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the opening round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday.

* American teenager Amanda Anisimova claimed the third victory of her career over a top-10 player on Monday by stunning fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 in the Qatar Open second round.

* Oman's Yousuf Abdulrahim Al Balushi has been banned from cricket for seven years due to match-fixing offences, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Al Balushi was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on four counts relating to Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers held in the United Arab Emirates last year.

* The Republic of Korea's K-league on Monday (Feb 24) postponed the start of the new football season in the face of the growing novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.

* Football chiefs in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday (Feb 24) announced a ban on heading in training for children up to the end of primary school, to take place with immediate effect. The three football associations issued a statement confirming changes to their heading guidance, which followed a study that showed former footballers were 3.5 times more likely to die from neurodegenerative disease.

Reuters, CNA