World Sports News in Brief

Chelsea earn late comeback win over Arsenal after Leno blunder

Chelsea produced a stunning late comeback to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, consigning Mikel Arteta to defeat on his home debut as coach of the north London side.

Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard celebrates with their players after the match. (Photo: Reuters)
Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard celebrates with their players after the match. (Photo: Reuters)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead in the 13th minute but Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s howler handed Jorginho an equaliser on a plate after 83 minutes. Four minutes later, Tammy Abraham settled a bad-tempered London derby when he turned in the box and drilled through the hapless Leno’s legs.

* Rangers beat Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic 2-1 to claim their first win at Celtic Park since 2010, with goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic allowing Steven Gerrard's side to reduce the gap at the top to two points on Sunday. Rangers, on 50 points, have a game in hand on Celtic, on 52.

* Borussia Dortmund have signed promising young striker Erling Haaland from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on a four-and-a-half year deal, the Bundesliga club said on Sunday. The transfer fee was undisclosed but British media reported the German side paid the equivalent of about 18 million pounds (US$23 million) for the 19-year-old, who signed a deal until June 2024. Haaland shot to fame this season when he scored 16 league goals and eight goals in the Champions League group stages – second only to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s tally of 10.

* Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes the 14-point gap between the defending champions and Premier League leaders Liverpool is “too hard” to overturn and says that City need to now concentrate purely on earning a top-four finish. City beat Sheffield United 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday but remain far adrift of Liverpool, who have an extra game in hand. Juergen Klopp’s unbeaten side had earlier beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Anfield.

* West Ham United have reappointed David Moyes as head coach on an 18-month deal to replace the sacked Manuel Pellegrini and help them move away from the bottom half of the table, the struggling Premier League club said on Sunday. Moyes, 56, returns to the Hammers for a second stint after he saved the club from the drop in the 2017-18 campaign during a six-month deal and he will face the same task with the team languishing in 17th – a point above the relegation places.

* Iran U-23 national football team head coach Hamid Estili says his side have learned from Sunday's 2-2 draw against Qatar, in which Iran threw away a two-goal lead. "It was a good test and the Qatar match gave us the chance to evaluate our team for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship," Estili said.

* Japan's former Olympic champions Shinji Morisue and Kyoko Iwasaki have been confirmed to run the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. Organizers unveiled a detailed route for the relay covering all 47 Japanese prefectures earlier this month. Japan's women's World Cup winning team in 2011 will open the domestic leg of the relay on March 26.

* Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Ji'nan, Hangzhou and Dalian will host the first club World Cup featuring 24 teams from June to July 2021, while Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou will stage the 2023 Asian Cup competitions, the Chinese Football Association has announced.

Reuters, Xinhua