ZURICH (AP) — Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out of Switzerland's opening 2020 European Championship qualifiers with an injury.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — One of the fiercest international rivalries in soccer will play out three times in the last 16 of the Champions League when a trio of English teams take on German opposition.
Five-time European champions Liverpool and Bayern Munich were drawn Monday to face each other, Manchester City was paired with Schalke and Tottenham will play Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored two goals from deflected shots to help Liverpool beat fierce rival Manchester United 3-1 and lift his team back atop the Premier League on Sunday.
Days after keeping Liverpool in the Champions League with a stunning late save against Napoli, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker made a dreadful mistake that gifted United an equalizer through Jesse Lingard in the 33rd minute at Anfield.
Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.
"Liverpool," Mourinho said, "is a better team than us."
Liverpool's 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer's two grandest clubs.
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Juergen Klopp had to bring rested stars off the bench to ensure Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 3-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday and move back within two points of leader Manchester City.
After Liverpool gambled by making seven changes, Jack Cork put Burnley ahead in the 54th minute.
James Milner equalized in the 62nd and Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival.
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — It was almost a no-win situation to begin with, and Switzerland certainly didn't win in the end.
The Swiss team, which reached the round of 16 at the last two World Cups and at the 2016 European Championship, is ranked eighth in the world. So a friendly game against Qatar, ranked 96th and without any sort of standing in the world of soccer, seemed to be an easy proposition, a chance to pile up lots of goals against an inferior opponent.
It was one of the more under-the-radar purchases of the offseason, coming late on a Friday when soccer fans around the globe were eagerly anticipating the World Cup final between France and Croatia two days later.
Liverpool was signing a back-up midfielder for 13 million pounds (then $17.2 million), and it went largely unnoticed at the time.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over last-place Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Straight after Fulham had a goal disallowed for offside, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson took a quick free kick to find right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played in Salah to race in on goal and open the scoring in the 41st minute.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Politics will keep Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri from making the trip to face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, nearly five months after the Switzerland forward made a nationalist hand gesture while celebrating a goal against Serbia at the World Cup.
Shaqiri, who is Swiss but was born in Kosovo, was left off Liverpool's squad by manager Juergen Klopp on Monday because the team fears a harsh reception in Serbia during Tuesday's match.
Promoted Cardiff was unable to pull off Mission Impossible.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said before his team's visit to Anfield it was "virtually impossible" for any side to win there this season. So it proved on Saturday, when Liverpool's dynamic forwards produced another masterclass in front of goal to win 4-1 and move to the top of the English Premier League.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool marched three points clear at the top of the English Premier League after crushing promoted Cardiff 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
With morning leader Manchester City not in action until Monday's visit to Tottenham, Liverpool went ahead early on.
Mohamed Salah, who scored his 50th goal for the club midweek, took his tally to 51 in 66 Liverpool games after Mane's 10th-minute shot was blocked.
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored for just the second time since August to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the English Premier League on Saturday.
With Salah's fourth goal of the season, Liverpool kept pace with Manchester City in the standings after nine games. City is well ahead on goal difference.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Swiss World Cup forward Xherdan Shaqiri has left relegated Stoke City for Champions League runner-up Liverpool.
Liverpool said the 26-year-old player had signed "a long-term contract", but did not disclose the transfer fee. Media reports put it at 13 million pounds ($17.2 million).
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The prime minister of Albania opened a bank account on Tuesday to allow his country's people to offer their "symbolic contribution" to pay the fines levied against two Swiss soccer players of Albanian origin.
The account, named "Don't Be Afraid of the Eagle," was opened at Raiffeisen Bank by Prime Minister Edi Rama, who urged Albanians "to pay FIFA's absurd fine on Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri."
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has fined three Switzerland players for making hand gestures of an Albanian national symbol to celebrate World Cup goals against Serbia, and cleared them to continue playing.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for unsporting behavior, in a judgment Monday by FIFA's disciplinary panel.
Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was warned and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,050).
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring.
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA's disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for goal celebrations during their 2-1 win over Serbia in Kaliningrad.
FIFA also said Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans. FIFA also is reviewing statements that Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic made after the match.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not about an entrenched political dispute casting a shadow over their teams' World Cup showdown in Russia.
Tensions have been building in Serbia before the Group E match Friday in Kaliningrad. Not between Swiss and Serbian fans, but between Albanian and Serbian supporters.
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed when already demoted Stoke won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Andy King gave Swansea an early lead, but Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch scored before halftime to give Stoke only its second victory since Paul Lambert took charge in January.
STOKE, England (AP) — Stoke was relegated from the Premier League after a 10-year stay as it crashed to a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 19th-placed Potters went into their penultimate game of the season desperate to boost their survival hopes with what would have been a first victory in 13 matches.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland cost his team a precious victory in its fight against relegation from the Premier League by spilling the ball into his own net in a 1-1 draw at Leicester on Saturday.
The England international failed to hold onto Marc Albrighton's driven cross from the right, instead fumbling it sideways to gift Leicester a 70th-minute equalizer.
STOKE, England (AP) — Charlie Adam had a late penalty saved as relegation-threatened Stoke drew 1-1 with Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
With Jese appearing annoyed not to be taking the penalty, Adam saw his effort from 12 yards (meters) kept out by Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
Xherdan Shaqiri's strike in the 68th minute canceled out Jose Izquierdo's 32nd-minute goal for Brighton.
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Substitutes Josh King and Lys Mousset struck second-half goals as in-form Bournemouth came from behind to beat Stoke 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Struggling Stoke looked on course to make it seven points from nine under new manager Paul Lambert when Xherdan Shaqiri headed the visitors into a deserved early lead at Vitality Stadium.
STOKE, England (AP) — A meeting between teams with two of the worst defensive records in the Premier League promised goals but Stoke and Watford defied the odds in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.
Stoke is out of the relegation zone after a second consecutive clean sheet under new manager Paul Lambert, a feat it hadn't managed since March 2017.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea left Eden Hazard on the bench and still overwhelmed Stoke in a 5-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday, with the first three goals coming in the opening 23 minutes.
Goals by Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater — with a thumping shot from the edge of the area — and Pedro Rodriguez put Chelsea in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Willian converted a penalty to make it 4-0 before Davide Zappacosta completed the rout with a strike from outside the area.
STOKE, England (AP) — Stoke earned a little relief by beating fellow struggler Swansea 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Stoke's second win in eight matches moved it up to 13th.
Swansea fell to the bottom of the league. It has taken only a point from its last seven matches.
LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace earned its second English Premier League win as it came from behind to defeat Stoke 2-1 with a late Mamadou Sakho winner on Saturday.
Xherdan Shaqiri's fine solo effort gave Stoke the lead, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek levelled for Roy Hodgson's side. Sakho struck in added time at Selhurst Park.
Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer just four games into the season but has reinvigorated Palace, which remains bottom of the table but is within three points of 17th-placed West Brom.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans thinks the contentious penalty awarded for handball during his team's 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Thursday was "a worse decision" than the Thierry Henry handball which deprived neighboring Republic of Ireland a spot at the 2010 World Cup.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle moved into the top five of the English Premier League with its third straight win, beating Stoke 2-1 on Saturday.
Skipper Jamaal Lascelles powered home a 68th-minute header to help Newcastle edge out Stoke.
Christian Atsu fired the home side ahead early, but Xherdan Shaqiri equalized 14 minutes after the restart.