After the lights went out in the changing room, Manchester City finally found a way to shine on the pitch again.
City bounced back from its disappointing draw at Newcastle by beating Burnley 4-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday, displaying the kind of fluent attacking play that has often eluded Pep Guardiola's team lately.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice for City, which arrived at Turf Moor to find that the lights weren't working in the away dressing room. The club tweeted out a picture of a black screen to make light of the situation, and the team then made light work of Burnley as well.
Jesus curled in the opener in the 24th minute and doubled the lead just after halftime. Rodri added the third with a thundering volley into the roof of the net from 20 yards out in the 68th before substitute Riyad Mahrez netted his 50th Premier League goal in the 87th. Burnley's Robbie Brady grabbed a late consolation goal for the host.
City had won just one of their last five games in all competitions but moved into second place above Leicester ahead of its game against Watford on Wednesday. It also cut Liverpool's lead to eight points ahead of the Reds' game against rival Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday.
And Rodri insisted the defending champion hasn't given up hope of catching Liverpool.
"Until the maths say another thing we have all the chance of winning the Premier League," Rodri said. "We don't see the best version of Manchester City until now."
TEN-MAN PALACE WINS
In Tuesday's other game, substitute Jeffrey Schlupp scored in the 76th minute as 10-man Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 1-0 to provisionally move up to fifth.
Roy Hodgson's side played a man down for 71 minutes after Mamadou Sakho was sent off for a rash tackle, but Palace's makeshift back four produced a solid display to see out a second straight win.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, has now lost four games in a row.
Sakho was making just his second league start of the season and recklessly caught Adam Smith high on the knee when sliding in for a tackle in the 19th minute, causing referee Anthony Taylor to show a straight red card.
Palace then had another setback when Patrick Van Aanholt sustained a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Schlupp. That meant Palace had center-back Martin Kelly playing on the right of the back four, midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate at the heart of defense and Schlupp — usually a winger — filling in at left-back.
However, Bournemouth struggled to create chances and the hosts were still a threat on counterattacks, with Wilfried Zaha having a penalty appeal waved away in the 70th minute after colliding with Chris Mepham.
Schlupp then scored the winner after he raced past Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke before dribbling into the area and rifling an effort past Aaron Ramsdale from 12 yards out.
Tuesday's games were the first Premier League matches to be streamed live by Amazon in Britain, after the online giant bought the rights for two full rounds per season for the next three years.
The gold mission of Bangladesh Men’s U-23 Football team in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games has become fade as they played to a 1-1 draw with the Maldives in a vital 2nd league match at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday.
In the days other match, holders Nepal made a flying start outplaying all losers Bhutan by 4-0 goals at the same venue Tuesday afternoon.
Bangladesh team badly needed a win against the Maldives in the day’s match to stay in the final race of the five-nation games football after suffering an embarrassing 0-1 goal defeat against lowly Bhutan in the opener, failed to achieve their goal despite leading the day’s match till 70th minute.
With the day’s frustrating draw, the gold mission of the Bangladesh team in the SA Games has become uncertain after clinching games gold in 1999 in Kathmandu and 2010 in Dhaka, as they bagged only point from two outings of the ongoing meet.
However, Bangladesh have a slim chance to reach the final even if they win their remaining two matches. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka on Thursday (December 5) at 5:15 pm and hosts and defending champions Nepal on December 8 at 5:15 pm, all at the same stadium.
In the day’s crucial match, Jamal Bhuiyan–led Bangladesh took lead in the 30th minute by a suicidal goal by Maldives captain Akram Abdulk Ghani.
Riadul Hasan made a header, off a throw–in of Rabiul Hasan and Maldives custodian cleared it initially, but the ball kissed the net touching the Akram Abdul Ghani (1-0).
Ibrahim Mahudi Hussain restored the parity for the Maldives in the 70th minute by an angular shot from the danger zone with frustration of Bangladesh (1-1).
On completion of the league basis matches, two top teams will play in the final on December 10 at the same venue.
The stadium in Switzerland that staged the 1954 World Cup final is getting its original name back.
Swiss champion Young Boys said on Tuesday a new sponsorship deal has restored the historic Wankdorf Stadium name.
The stadium is part of German soccer lore for the " Miracle of Bern " final in 1954 when West Germany stunned heavily favored Hungary 3-2 to become world champion for the first time.
Named for the Wankdorf neighborhood of the Swiss capital, the stadium also hosted the 1961 European Cup final. It was rebuilt on the site and rebranded Stade de Suisse ahead of hosting games at the 2008 European Championship.
Young Boys announced the change taking effect next season as part of a five-year deal with biotech firm CSL Behring which renounced stadium naming rights.
The president of the Spanish league resigned — and immediately made himself a candidate again — to try to give the league greater "institutional stability" before negotiating new television rights.
Javier Tebas offered his resignation on Monday, triggering a new election for a four-year term.
In a letter sent to the clubs, Tebas said the move was aimed at giving the league the "greatest possible stability" to "maintain the trust" of national and international television operators which will be negotiating new rights.
Tebas' current term would end in early October, while the new tender for domestic television rights for the period 2022-25 is set to take place from March to June 2021. Tebas said he believed the new tender process would be "too close to the electoral period."
Tebas said the stability was also important as Spain faces government changes that could affect the league and the clubs, and to keep the league in a strong position to fight against proposed changes to major European competitions.
Tebas has been in charge at the league since 2013, spearheading a transformation that included the implementation of a centralized sale of television rights and the creation of financial control measures that helped Spanish clubs significantly reduce their debts.
After becoming the first six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi said he's far from finished.
"I hope to continue for a long time," Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honor the world's best soccer player.
"I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will come. It will be difficult. But I still have a lot of good years ahead of me. Time goes by very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family."
While the 32-year-old Messi won his sixth Ballon d'Or, United States captain Megan Rapinoe won her first.
"I can't believe I'm the one winning in this field, it's been an incredible year," Rapinoe said in a recorded video message during the ceremony at the lavish Theatre du Chatelet.
Messi has received the Ballon d'Or previously in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second in the polling this year, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the record of five Ballon d'Ors with Messi until Monday.
Messi's and Ronaldo's 10-year grip on the award organized by France Football magazine was ended last year by Luka Modric.
But Messi was back on top of his game over the past 12 months. He scored 36 times last season en route to a 10th Spanish Liga title, and was the Champions League top scorer. His goals in the Liga also made him the top scorer in Europe's biggest leagues, earning him the Golden Shoe award.
"A few years ago, I received my first Ballon d'Or here in Paris," Messi said. "I was 22 years old. It was something unthinkable at the time. Today is my sixth Ballon d'Or. As my wife used to say, you should never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy yourself."
The Argentine has not showed any sign of slowing down since the start of the new European season, marking his 700th game for Barcelona last week with a goal and two assists in beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1. So far this year, Messi has 41 goals in 44 games.
Messi also won his sixth FIFA award in September, edging Van Dijk, who missed the chance to become the first defender to top the France Football poll since Italy's World Cup-winning captain, Fabio Cannavaro, in 2006.
Van Dijk clinched the 2019 Champions League crown with the Reds after obliterating Messi's Barcelona in the semifinals.
"It's been an amazing year, I was close but unfortunately there are a couple of players like (Messi). I am very proud," Van Dijk said.
He was among seven Liverpool players nominated, beside goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Rapinoe won the women's Ballon d'Or for leading the United States to World Cup glory in July. She scored six goals in the championship, earning her the Golden Boot as the top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.
"I'm so sad I can't make it tonight," Rapinoe said on video. "I'll do my best to get there next year."
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956 and created a women's award for the first time last year when Norway's Ada Hegerberg won it. Hegerberg was fourth this time. Lucy Bronze of England was second, and Alex Morgan third.
Juventus defender Matthijs De Light won the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 player, and the inaugural Yashin Trophy given to the year's best men's goalkeeper went to Liverpool's Alisson.