By PA Sport StaffManchester City had to settle for a 1-1 Champions League draw at RB Leipzig as their first-half domination went to waste. Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gundogan all had openings to punish hosts who were there for the taking in an embarrassingly one-sided first half. Mahrez, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake were promoted as Leipzig named Chelsea-bound Christopher Nkunku on the bench after a recent ankle injury. City had lost only one of their 17 matches against German opposition in the Champions League – a dead rubber group defeat at Leipzig last season – and began confidently by enjoying long periods of possession. Szoboszlai tested Ederson from distance but Leipzig levelled when Gvardiol headed home Marcel Halstenberg’s cross.
Housing and healthcare are some of the topics covered on Sunday’s front pages. The Business Post reports on warning that the housing crisis ‘risks economic growth’, alongside a piece on Government plans to expand energy supports for businesses. In Britain, the latest on Brexit and Britain’s Prince Andrew’s housing situation are splashed across the Sunday papers. Katie Price describes her family’s pain to the Sunday Mirror after Metropolitan Police officers allegedly mocked her disabled son Harvey on WhatsApp. And Daily Star Sunday says HR bosses are reporting a sudden rise in extra-terrestrial excuses, with staff blaming absences on alien abduction.1 month ago Carlow Nationalist
By Damian Spellman, PANick Pope’s Carabao Cup final dream went up in smoke as Liverpool put themselves back into the race for the top four with a 2-0 win at Newcastle. Victory saw Jurgen Klopp’s side move just six points behind their fourth-placed opponents with a game in hand. The bar came to the Reds’ rescue once again three minutes before the break when Dan Burn’s header from a Kieran Trippier corner cannoned back off it to safety. Schar headed wide from another Trippier corner, but Dubravka had to dive full-length to turn away Nunez’s 57th-minute attempt as Klopp prepared a quadruple substitution. Alisson denied Newcastle Callum Wilson with eight minutes remaining, before the Reds almost added to their lead in a late flurry of chances.1 month ago Laois Nationalist
By Andy Hampson, PAPep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players not to give up their Premier League title without a fight. That cut the gap at the summit to three points and Guardiola is determined not to let this latest opportunity slide. The City manager said: “The biggest motivation is that I don’t want to drop the Premier League just because we are not who we are. “I think Arsenal have reached a level that means that the opponent always adapts to who they are. Normally when you don’t play you’ll see players not wanting to do it in the gym or the extra time but he was always there.1 month ago Kildare Nationalist
By Carl Markham, PALiverpool’s first Premier League win of the year – and January signing Cody Gakpo’s maiden goal for the club – brought new Everton manager Sean Dyche’s honeymoon period to an abrupt end in the 242nd Merseyside derby. Everton defender James Tarkowsi, an annoyance to Liverpool all night for other reasons, saw his far-post header from Alex Iwobi’s corner hit the upright and Liverpool broke at pace. It was the Egypt international’s 100th Premier League goal involvement at Anfield (71 goals and 29 assists in 104 appearances). Everton finished the half having failed to have a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes for the seventh time in the league this season. No derby is complete without a melee and Pickford duly provided one when he raced out of his goal to barge into Robertson late on.1 month ago Laois Nationalist
The Irish Times reports ‘Ambulance response times risk patients’ lives’, citing a report from the National Ambulance Service. Both the Star and Irish Daily Mirror carry pleas from publicans after Guinness price increases came into effect on Wednesday. The Times reports British Gas has been sending debt collectors to customers’ homes to fit pay-as-you-go meters. The Financial Times reports Adani Enterprises has called off its equity fundraising following allegations of fraud and stock manipulation. And the Daily Star says 70 people living around a historic Suffolk market town identify as Satanists.1 month ago Laois Nationalist
By Eleanor Crooks, PA Tennis Correspondent, MelbourneRafael Nadal’s defence of his Australian Open title ended in injury and defeat by American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. Nadal called for the trainer after limping through the rest of the game and headed off court for treatment. Nadal created one break point with McDonald serving for the set only to hit the roof with a mis-hit, and he did not get another opportunity. McDonald, who battled past his compatriot Brandon Nakashima in five sets in the first round, broke serve again at the start of the second. Nadal looked like he might have turned things around when he reeled off three games in a row but McDonald broke through again in the seventh game, and it was moments late when injury struck.2 months ago Laois Nationalist
Jesse Marsch’s side dominated for long spells only for Villa to score a second goal against the run of play, thanks to VAR. By contrast, Leeds were denied by the video assistant as their indifferent run of results continued. Villa, disrupted by first-half injuries to Lucas Digne and Ollie Watkins, continued their recent trend of lacklustre first halves at home. But remarkably they led at half-time after containing a bombardment from Leeds following a third-minute goal from Leon Bailey. Ashley Young started the move for their goal from a Leeds corner with a flighted pass to Boubacar Kamara.2 months ago Kildare Nationalist