England, May 5 (AP/UNB) — Liverpool overcame the loss of Mohamed Salah to a heavy knock to the head to beat Newcastle 3-2 thanks to a late goal by Divock Origi and return to the top of the English Premier League on Saturday.
Origi's header at an 86th-minute free kick glanced off the top of Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles' head and into the net as Liverpool collected an eighth straight league win, which put the team on 94 points, two clear of Manchester City.
That points total would have won the Premier League in all but two seasons since its inaugural year in 1992-93.
"I don't feel pressure," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. "If we are champions then we are champions. You can't feel pressure when you do your best."
However, City remains the favorite. The champions play Leicester on Monday in their game in hand and then at Brighton on the final day. They will retain the title by winning their last two matches.
Salah appeared to be in tears when he was carried off the field on a stretcher in the 73rd minute after smashing his head against the ground following a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Klopp said Salah took a "proper knock to the head" but was "OK," and watched the end of the game from the locker room.
It is unclear if Salah will be available on Tuesday for the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona, which leads 3-0 from the first match.
Salah, with his league-leading 22nd goal, put Liverpool in the lead for the second time in a thrilling game at St. James' Park off a right-wing cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was the center of attention in the first half.
Having also set up Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool's opener in the 13th minute, Alexander-Arnold blocked the ball on his own goal line with his elbow moments before Christian Atsu equalized in the 20th minute. The referee could have chosen to award a penalty and send off Alexander-Arnold, but the right back stayed on the field and wound up assisting Salah for his goal eight minutes later.
Salomon Rondon equalized in the 54th for Newcastle, but Liverpool — playing just 72 hours after losing to Barcelona at the Camp Nou Stadium — showed its fighting qualities to eke out a win that keeps the pressure on City.
"The lads showed the spirit once again. They have showed it the whole season," Alexander-Arnold said. "Many times we have been down and out but equalized late on, or scored a late (winning) goal.
"It was important to put the pressure back on City and hopefully Leicester will be able to do something for us on Monday night."
Liverpool is seeking its first top-flight title since 1990, and 19th in total.
Before its final league game at home to Wolves a week on Sunday, Liverpool will attempt to overturn the deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Dhaka, May 4 (UNB)- City Club and Azampur Football Club (Uttara) won their respective matches in the Dhaka Mahanagari Second Division Football League at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi M Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Saturday.
City Club defeated Gouripur Sporting Club by 2-0 goals with Shishir Ahmed scoring both the goals in the 8th and 53rd minutes.
In another match today, Azampur Football Club, Uttara defeated Purbachal Parishad by 1-0 goal with Rajib Farayezi scoring match winner in the 83rd minute.
One more match on the day saw Little Friends Club play out a 1-1 draw with Tongi Krira Chakra.
Ruhul Amin Shuvo scored for Little Friends Club in the 20th minute while Tonoy Mollah equalised for Tongi KC in the 85th minute (1-1).
Atlanta, May 4 (AP/UNB) — Already struggling in the early part of the season, defending MLS champion Atlanta United will be without its top goal scorer for about a month.
Midfielder Ezequiel Barco has been called up to play for his native Argentina in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. He will leave United after Sunday's game at Sporting Kansas City to join the national team as it prepares for the youth tournament, which is being hosted by Poland.
Argentina will play its first match on May 25 against South Africa, followed by group matches against Portugal (May 28) and South Korea (May 31). The tournament runs through June 15.
Atlanta (2-3-2) is beginning a stretch of eight games in 28 days. The 20-year-old Barco is expected to miss the last seven of those matches before returning for a game at Toronto on June 26, when the MLS team returns to action after a 3½ -week summer break.
Barco has three goals in MLS play. Top sub Hector Villalba is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.
Liverpool, May 4 (AP/UNB) — Resurgent Everton kept alive its faint hopes of qualification for the Europa League by beating Burnley 2-0 in the Premier League on Friday.
Burnley defender Ben Mee deflected a shot from Richarlison into his own net in the 17th minute, and Everton right back Seamus Coleman added a second goal three minutes later after goalkeeper Tom Heaton parried out a shot from Lucas Digne.
With a fifth win in its last seven games, Everton climbed into eighth place — a point and a place behind Wolverhampton Wanderers. A seventh-place finish would earn qualification for the Europa League if Manchester City beats Watford in the FA Cup final later this month.
Everton would not be able to finish in seventh if Wolves beat already-relegated Fulham on Saturday, however.
Everton has kept eight clean sheets in its last 10 games, a remarkable upturn in fortunes for a defense that had previously been shaky in Marco Silva's first season in charge.
Burnley is safe from relegation in 15th place.
Turin, May 4 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored late as Juventus dented Torino's chances of qualifying for the Champions League with a 1-1 draw in Serie A on Friday.
Torino looked set to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Superga air disaster by beating Juventus following Sasa Lukic's first-half goal, but Ronaldo leveled six minutes from time.
Torino remained sixth, two points below fourth-place Atalanta for the final Champions League berth, ahead of the rest of the weekend's games. Juventus has already won its eighth consecutive league title.
"The draw burns. We were thinking of victory," Torino coach Walter Mazzarri said. "Two or three times we could have scored the second goal and maybe brought the win home.
"There are still three matches left. We have to play them like we did tonight."
The derby was moved ahead a day to avoid clashing with the anniversary of the 1949 plane crash in which 31 people died, including the "Grande Torino" team that had won five straight league titles.
"The 'Grande Torino' side represented the history of football," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "Tomorrow we have to commemorate this tragedy, which will always remain in everyone's memory and heart."
Torino took the lead in the 18th minute after Lukic muscled Miralem Pjanic off the ball on a Juventus throw-in and curled into the far side of the net for his first goal for the club.
However, Ronaldo headed Leonardo Spinazzola's cross into the top right corner in the 84th minute for his 21st league goal, which moved him back into a tie for second behind Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella for the most goals in Serie A this season.