West Ham ended a run of eight successive Premier League matches without a win as they overcame the odds to beat Chelsea 1-0 in Saturday’s London derby, giving David Moyes his first triumph at the club.
The Hammers were cruelly denied a point late on at Manchester City last time out, but against Chelsea they looked almost impenetrable, frustrating Antonio Conte’s men throughout and preventing them from cutting the gap to Pep Guardiola’s leaders.
This was the 41st consecutive Premier League matchday in which Moyes started in the relegation zone, setting a new record, but his West Ham side showed plenty to suggest that they are by no means a lost cause during the first half.
They had the lead within six minutes thanks to a well-worked goal from Marko Arnautovic, his first for the club, before sitting deeper and looking solid at the back.
Chelsea threw men forward in desperate fashion towards the end, but West Ham’s stubbornness gave them little hope, as Conte’s men were left trailing City by 11 points, a margin which could be extended on Sunday after the Manchester derby.
Cristiano Ronaldo capped a successful week by leading Real Madrid to a 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in Saturday’s LaLiga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 32-year-old, who on Thursday was announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in his career, scored twice in a devastating performance from the champions that saw them temporarily close to within five points of leaders Barcelona.
All five goals came in a breathtaking first half, in which Sevilla’s defensive frailties were brutally exposed by a Madrid side who counter-attacked in clinical fashion to record a fifth league win at home in a row.
Nacho Fernandez opened the scoring in the third minute after Eduardo Berizzo’s side failed to clear a corner, before Ronaldo put the champions in control with a composed finish and a penalty just after the half-hour mark to take his tally to 25 goals in 15 league games against the Andalusians.
Toni Kroos then scored for the first time in LaLiga since the opening-day win at Deportivo La Coruna after Ronaldo won back possession in his own half, before Achraf Hakimi got his first goal for the club four minutes later at the end of a spectacular half from Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling his arch-rival Lionel Messi’s record after a phenomenal season that saw him lead Real Madrid to the Champions League and the LaLiga title.
The 32-year-old, who is the all-time record goalscorer in the Champions League, was presented with the award, which recognises the best footballer in the world in a calendar year, in Paris on Thursday.
Gianluigi Buffon was placed fourth while the official confirmation regarding who among Neymar and Messi finished second is yet to come from France Football magazine.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane was the highest-ranked Englishman in 10th spot, while Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté finished eighth.
Here’s the top 10:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
4. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
6. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
7. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)
8. N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
10. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
On December 7, one of the most prestigious prizes in football will be awarded as the 2017 winner of the Ballon d’Or is announced.
First given to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956, some of the greatest players to have played the game have claimed it in the past including Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, Eusebio and Alfredo di Stefano.
More recently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award, with Kaka the last man other than them to win it back in 2007.
A total of 30 players are in contention to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or, a prize presented by the weekly football magazine France Football to the player it deems to be the best in the world over the calendar year.
In very French fashion, the identity of the 62nd Ballon d’Or winner will be broadcast on a dedicated television programme presented by former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola. Shown at 6.45pm UK time on December 7 – the day before the December edition of France Football is available to buy – it will be broadcast on L’Equipe.
Who are Ballon d’Or 2017 nominees?
Messi, Ronaldo and 30 stars of football
Here are the 30 nominees:
🔰 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund
🔰 Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
🔰 Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus & Milan
🔰 Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus
🔰 Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
🔰 Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
🔰 David de Gea – Manchester United
🔰 Paulo Dybala – Juventus
🔰 Edin Džeko – Roma
🔰 Radamel Falcao – Monaco
🔰 Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid
🔰 Eden Hazard – Chelsea
🔰 Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich
🔰 Isco – Real Madrid
🔰 Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
🔰 N’Golo Kanté – Chelsea
🔰 Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
🔰 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
🔰 Sadio Mané – Liverpool
🔰 Marcelo – Real Madrid
🔰 Kylian Mbappé – Monaco & Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Dries Mertens – Napoli
🔰 Lionel Messi – Barcelona
🔰 Luka Modrić – Real Madrid
🔰 Neymar – Barcelona & Paris Saint-Germain
🔰 Jan Oblak – Atlético Madrid
🔰 Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
🔰 Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
🔰 Luis Suárez – Barcelona
Jesse Lingard scored twice but Manchester United relied on goalkeeper David de Gea to clinch victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Manchester United survived the second-half dismissal of Paul Pogba to end Arsenal’s 12-game winning run at home in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium – but only thanks to the brilliance of David de Gea.
The Premier League heavyweights took part in a slugfest in the English capital, with Jose Mourinho’s side somehow surviving some seriously heavy punishment to run out victors and close the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points.
Real Madrid’s goalscoring concerns arose once more in a scoreless draw away to Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid had Sergio Ramos sent off late on and wasted a chance to gain ground in the LaLiga title race with a frustrating 0-0 draw against struggling Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Saturday.
Barcelona’s earlier draw at home to Celta Vigo gave Los Blancos the opportunity to cut the gap in LaLiga to six points, but a recurrence of their wayward finishing was largely to blame for a failure to secure victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos were both guilty for letting chances slip in the first half, while the contest might have been different had Karim Benzema not hit the post in just the eighth minute.
Defying the form that has seen them tumble to a concerning 15th, Athletic remained competitive throughout and were not without opportunities to snatch what would have been just a fourth win of the league campaign.
The midfielder is set on leaving Camp Nou when the window reopens, with clubs in England, Spain and Italy all interested in his services.
Arda Turan’s agent has confirmed he is set to leave Barcelona this winter, with a move to the Premier League a possibility.
The midfielder has not made a single appearance in La Liga this season and reports have claimed he will be part of a mini-clearout at Barca, with Ernesto Valverde told his bloated squad must be trimmed before reinforcements are signed.
And Arda’s agent has now solidified those claims by revealing that his client will be leaving Camp Nou in January.