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Late equaliser earns West Brom 1-1 draw at Liverpool

Monday, 2020-12-28 10:06:00
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion - Anfield, Liverpool, UK - December 27, 2020 West Bromwich Albion's Semi Ajayi scores their first goal past Liverpool's Alisson. (Reuters)
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A late header by Semi Ajayi earned struggling West Bromwich Albion a surprise 1-1 Premier League draw at champions and leaders Liverpool on Sunday as the defender cancelled out Sadio Mane’s early opener for the home side.

The result left Liverpool on 32 points from 15 games, three ahead of second-placed Everton. West Bromwich stayed 19th on eight points but their spirited fightback will have given new boss Sam Allardyce plenty to cheer about.

* Tottenham Hotspur scored after just 57 seconds against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday but Jose Mourinho's men paid for a defensive display during the rest of the game as the hosts rescued a point with a deserved late equaliser.

* Ben Johnson and Tomas Soucek scored second-half goals as West Ham United twice came back from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday (Dec 27).

* Badminton world number one Kento Momota won the All-Japan championships on Sunday (Dec 27) to complete the first step of his comeback, nearly a year after suffering serious injuries in a car crash. Momota came from behind to beat world number 11 Kanta Tsuneyama 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in Tokyo.

* Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday's (Dec 29) match at home to Eibar due to an ankle injury, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Barca said in a statement that Messi, who is in the last year of his contract and is free to negotiate a move to rival clubs for free in 2021, is undergoing treatment on his right ankle and will return to training before their visit to Huesca on Jan 3.

* Britain's former world number one Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard for February's Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Sunday (Dec 27).

* Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open for the first time in his career as he continues his recovery from two rounds of knee surgery, organisers said Monday (Dec 28).

* Lionel Messi remained coy on his future at Barcelona in a long interview broadcast on Sunday (Dec 27) in which he called the Catalan giants "my life". Speaking to Spanish TV channel La Sexta, Messi insisted that he was "excited" to play under coach Ronald Koeman this season despite trying to leave the club where he has played his entire senior career last summer.