West Ham United 3-1 Watford

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Apr 212016
Andy Carroll has scored nine goals this season for West Ham

West Ham beat Watford in a dramatic encounter at Upton Park to maintain their push for a place in Europe.

Andy Carroll poked home his sixth goal in six matches, and Mark Noble added two penalties to put the hosts 3-0 up.

The first spot-kick was awarded after Jose Holebas felled Diafra Sakho, and Almen Abdi brought down Michail Antonio for the second after the break.

Sebastian Prodl hooked one back for Watford and they also earned a late penalty, but Troy Deeney saw it saved.

And in the final minute of injury time, Hornets winger Nordin Amrabat was sent off for picking up his second yellow card.

The Hammers remain sixth in the Premier League, still three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool also beat Everton 4-0 on Wednesday and are two points behind West Ham in seventh.

Watford remain 12th and will now focus on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Palace.

So many penalties

Both sides have had their fill of penalty action this week.

Carroll scored one for the Hammers before they conceded a late spot-kick and equaliser against Leicester on Sunday.

And Watford earned a 1-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday – their first win in seven league games – largely thanks to Heurelho Gomes’ two penalty saves.

However, Gomes was not able to save his side for a third and fourth time in 135 minutes of play.

Noble slotted both penalties home with ease, after Carroll had given the Hammers the lead by poking in from close range after a pinpoint ball from Dimitri Payet.

Watford got in on the action late on, when Angelo Ogbonna was adjudged to have brought down goalscorer Prodl in the area, but Deeney – on as a second-half substitute – was denied by Adrian.

Fortress Upton Park

West Ham came up against a much-changed Watford side, as manager Quique Sanchez Flores kept seven first-team players rested for Sunday’s trip to Wembley.

And the Hammers dispensed of the Hornets with ease to earn a new club record.

Slaven Bilic’s side have now gone 15 games without losing at home in the Premier League – their last defeat at Upton Park coming against Bournemouth on 22 August.

The record came in the third-from-final game at Upton Park ahead of the Hammers’ move to the Olympic Stadium.

Man of the match – Dimitri Payet

He didn’t get on the scoresheet, but Dimitri Payet was effective in attack for West Ham. The Frenchman set up Andy Carroll’s opener, made a game-high eight crosses and also took four shots himself.

The stats you need to know

  • Andy Carroll has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.
  • Dimitri Payet has had a hand in 18 league goals this season for West Ham, eight more than any other player – nine goals, nine assists.
  • West Ham have scored from the penalty spot in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since December 2009.
  • Mark Noble has scored 17 of his 20 penalties in the Premier League (85%).
  • Only Norwich (nine) have given away more penalties than Watford and West Ham this season in the Premier League (both eight).

What the managers said

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “We can say they had half of their mind on the weekend and they rested players, but their line-up still had internationals.

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West Ham 3-1 Watford: We should’ve scored more – Bilic

“We are victims of our success as the bar is always rising. We are coping with that well. This game was a big one because I told the players ‘the season is good or very good anyway but after this game are we going to look up and try to catch those teams’. Still we have to look down as Liverpool are in good form.”

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: “The application was very good from us. We conceded really early and then it was very tough to play against a tough team like West Ham as they had confidence.

“In the second half, we reacted really well but not good enough to reduce three goals.

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Watford all fit for FA Cup semi-final – Flores

“We have used a lot of players recently and the plan was to try to conserve and be fit for the weekend. Practically all of the players will be fit for the weekend.”

What next?

West Ham travel to West Brom on Saturday, 30 April, while Watford make the short journey to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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Apr 212016
Barca striker Suarez has now scored 49 goals in all competitions this season

Barcelona humiliated Deportivo La Coruna to end a three-match losing run.

Luis Suarez scored four for the Spanish leaders, with the Uruguay striker bundling in the opener, then tucking in Lionel Messi’s pass.

Barca scored six in the second half – Ivan Rakitic fired in , before Suarez slid in for his hat-trick and then tapped in Neymar’s selfless pass.

Messi rolled in, then Marc Bartra’s solo goal and Neymar simple finish from close range sealed the rout.

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Apr 202016
Alan Shearer was nominated for RTS Pundit of the Year in 2015

Match of the Day pundit and former England captain Alan Shearer has extended his BBC contract to 2020.

Shearer joined the BBC shortly after his retirement in 2006 and has covered five major international tournaments.

He said: “I’m loving my broadcasting work with the BBC and I’m excited to continue my role working across its wide range of football coverage.”

Philip Bernie, Head of TV Sport for the BBC, described Shearer as “one of the very best pundits in the business”.

Shearer will be part of the BBC’s team for Euro 2016 this summer, including fronting a BBC One documentary reflecting on 20 years since Euro 96, when he was top scorer with five goals.

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Apr 202016
Media captionFrance has declared a state of emergency following the attacks on Paris

The French government plans to extend a state of emergency imposed after the Paris attacks in November to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.

Given the scale of the event, security has to be ensured, he said in a radio interview.

The proposed two-month extension will require parliamentary approval.

The European football competition involves 24 national teams and runs from 10 June to 10 July.

Media captionFrench police simulate train attack

The coordinated gun and bomb attacks in Paris on November 13 killed 130 people and were claimed by so-called Islamic State.

The Stade de France football stadium, which was targeted by suicide bombers, will host the opening match of Euro 2016 and the final.

The current state of emergency, which gives police extra powers to conduct searches and put people under house arrest, runs until 26 May.

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Image caption France has been under a state of emergency since the November 13 attacks in Paris

It was last extended for three months in February, despite concerns raised by rights groups that which said police had abused their powers.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will seek other ministers’ approval of the extension later on Wednesday, before asking parliament to vote on it, Mr Valls said.

“The state of emergency cannot be permanent, but on the occasion of these big events… we have to prolong it,” he said.

The proposed extension would also cover the Tour de France bicycle race.

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Image caption French police have been taking part in drills simulating attacks at Euro 2016 sites, including fan zones

Security will be tight at the Euro 2016 tournament, with more than 1,200 security officials deployed for matches at the Stade De France, and an average of 900 across all stadiums.

Mr Cazeneuve said on Friday that more than 3,500 searches and 400 arrests had been carried out since the state of emergency was first imposed in November.

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