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ESPN – Everton rally from behind to secure win vs. Dynamo Kiev in UEL first leg

A late penalty kick converted by Romelu Lukaku gave Everton a 2-1 advantage over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash. LIVERPOOL — Three observations from Everton's 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Europa League. Everton Dynamo Kiev 2 1 FT Leg 1 Game Details Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats 1. Everton mount a fine comeback Roberto Martinez is fighting a one-man war to protect England's UEFA coefficient. While their Premier League superiors have suffered European embarrassment, Everton have the chance to become Britain's sole representatives in the last eight of either continental competition. They face a tough task next week against a Dynamo Kiev team who…

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GUARDIAN – Jamie Carragher hits out at Premier League quality after Chelsea exit

• Former Liverpool star believes English clubs are losing identity• Carragher: we are falling short in things that we used to do to other teams• Chelsea behaved ‘like babies’ over red card • Steven Gerrard defends Chelsea players’ ‘normal’ pressuring of refereeJamie Carragher has questioned the Premier League’s quality in the wake of Chelsea’s Champions League elimination.The former Liverpool defender, who is now a pundit for the Premier League’s biggest cheerleader, Sky Sports, believes top flight English teams are in danger of losing their identity and hit out at a scattergun transfer policy which is inhibiting European progress. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard defends Chelsea players’ ‘normal’ pressuring of referee

• Chelsea players criticised by Jamie Carragher for actions against PSG• But Liverpool captain says: ‘We have all been guilty of not abiding by rules’Steven Gerrard has defended Chelsea’s behaviour against Paris Saint-Germain and admitted that all top players are guilty of “not abiding by the rules at some time”.The Liverpool captain was speaking at the launch of an all-star charity match at Anfield alongside Jamie Carragher, who labelled Chelsea attempts to pressure Bjorn Kuipers, the Dutch referee, into dismissing Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their Champions League exit on Wednesday as “disgraceful”. While the former Liverpool team-mates were united in their view of English club’s poor performance in the Champions League this season, Gerrard offered a contrasting take on Chelsea’s actions at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading…

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