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Man City’s record
winning run ends
LONDON — Manchester City saw its record 18-game
winning run in the Premier League ended with a 0-0
draw at Crystal Palace yesterday, with the leaders
dealt a further blow with injuries to Gabriel Jesus and
Kevin De Bruyne.
It needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off
Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve City’s un-
beaten run after 21 games and leave Pep Guardiola’s
side 14 points clear heading into the new year.
Despite being in a commanding position with 17
games remaining, City will be concerned in particular
with the injury to Jesus, who limped off in tears with a
left leg injury midway through the first half after fall-
“Maybe one month or two months,” Guardiola said
of the likely length of absence of the Brazil striker.
De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury
time, moments after Ederson’s penalty save, and was
helped along the touchline by two members of City’s
medical staff after the final whistle.
Guardiola said the midfielder was “lucky” it was not
more serious but didn’t give any more details.
City failed to score in a league game for the first time
this season as Palace showed no inferiority complex
up against one of the best sides to ever play in the Pre-
“I thought our discipline, defensively, throughout
the game was very good,” Palace manager Roy Hodg-
“Before we would have been jumping through
hoops to get a point,” Hodgson added. “But when you
miss a penalty, there is always an element of sadness.”
This was the first time City dropped points since
a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Aug. 21. The four-
month winning run started five days later with a last-
gasp victory at Bournemouth.
A 19th straight victory would have matched the re-
cord winning streak in Europe’s top five leagues, set
by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season.
It also would have set a Premier League record of 12
straight away wins. (AP)
Arsenal 1, West Brom 1
WEST BROMWICH, England — Arsenal conceded an
89th-minute goal from a disputed penalty to draw
1-1 at West Bromwich Albion yesterday, spoiling Ar-
sene Wenger’s record 811th Premier League game in
charge of the Gunners.
Jay Rodriguez converted the equalizer from the
spot after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have
deliberately handled a cross from barely two meters
away from former Arsenal player Kieran Gibbs.
Alexis Sanchez’s free kick, which deflected in off
the leg of James McClean as he turned his back in a
defensive wall, put Arsenal ahead in the 83rd minute
of a match that only sparked to life in the final stages
at The Hawthorns.
Arsenal heads into the new year in fifth place,
three points off the Champions League qualification
positions. West Brom stayed in the relegation zone,
in 19th place, and is without a victory since August.
Wenger overtook former Manchester United man-
ager Alex Ferguson’s mark of 810 games in the Pre-
mier League. Ferguson also managed in England’s
top division for six years before the inaugural Pre-
mier League in 1992. (AP)
Simmons is Afghan coach
Phil Simmons is Afghanistan’s
new head coach. He takes over
the role that was left vacant
when the Afghanistan Cricket
Board (ACB) terminated the
contract of Lalchand Rajput,
barely three months after the
former Indian batsman was
appointed. Simmons starts
work from January 8, and will
join the Afghanistan squad in
Dubai as it prepares for the lim-
ited-overs series against Zimba-
bwe in Sharjah in February. His
contract runs till the 2019 World
Simmons was one of the three
candidates shortlisted by the
ACB, which conducted inter-
views over the past few months.
He eventually emerged as a fa-
vourite owing to his experience
and success as head coach with
Ireland and then West Indies.
Also in favour of Simmons was
his stint as a coaching consult-
ant with the Afghanistan team
last year. “We went with Phil
because he understand our
team,” Shafiq Stanikzai, the ACB
chief executive officer, said. “He
has coached West Indies, Zim-
babwe, Ireland - all these are
teams Afghanistan will play in
the World Cup Qualifiers. He is
a good prospect.”
Simmons’ immediate chal-
lenges will be on the lim-
ited-overs front. After the
Zimbabwe series, which com-
prises two T20Is and five ODIs
between February 5 and 19, Af-
ghanistan will move on to the
World Cup Qualifiers in March.
Later in the year, Afghanistan
will travel to India to play their
inaugural Test, dates for which
are yet to be finalised.
Simmons had also inter-
viewed for the Bangladesh
coach job earlier this month.
Former West Indies coach Phil
Simmons PICTURE PAL PILLAI-IDI
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks down
before the English Premier League soccer match
between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at
Selhurst Park in London, yesterday.
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