What happened in football today: January 17, 2021

Manchester United and Liverpool draw goalless

The Premier League’s first against third ended goalless on Sunday, with a draw enough to keep Manchester United top, two points ahead of Leicester City and three ahead of defending champions Liverpool.

Liverpool dominated the early stages but the game was wary throughout, with only a few good chances created either way.

Two of those came in the final fifteen minutes for United, but Alisson twice denied Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba from close range. A win would have taken Liverpool ahead, but instead they remain third, scoreless in their last three league games.

Tottenham win as Sheffield United fail to build momentum

Goals from Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele helped Tottenham win 3-1 at Sheffield United, a result that sees the north London side fall four points behind league leaders Manchester United.

Sheffield United came into the game having picked up their first win of the season in their previous game against Newcastle United. However, they failed to capitalize on that performance, despite David McGoldrick’s goal giving them hope in the second half.

Then followed the highlight of the match, as Ndombele scored Tottenham’s third goal with a fine half-volley past Aaron Ramsdale to secure the three points.

Tariq Lamptey signs new contract with Brighton until 2025

Brighton and England Under-21 right-back Tariq Lamptey has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

The 20-year-old moved to Brighton last January from Chelsea and has made 19 appearances for the club.

Head coach Graham Potter said: “We are delighted to see Tariq committing his long-term future here. He’s everything we expect of a player, now it’s about helping him reach his potential.

Chelsea victorious in WSL title clash

Chelsea returned to the top of the Women’s Super League with a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Pernille Harder opened the scoring after half an hour, pushing home after a rush on goal.

Lauren James equalized for United in the 61st minute but Fran Kirby put Chelsea ahead four minutes later. Chelsea lead on goal difference ahead of United and are also one game behind their rivals.

Lewandowksi breaks another record as Bayern extend lead

Robert Lewandowski became the first player in Bundesliga history to score 21 goals in the first 16 games as his side beat Freiburg 2-1.

Lewandowksi opened the scoring in seven minutes, breaking Gerd Muller’s record of 20 goals in 16 games in the 1968-69 season.

The victory, clinched by a 74th-minute goal from Thomas Muller, saw Bayern extend their lead over RB Leipzig to four points.

Napoli beat Fiorentina to take third place in Serie A

Fiorentina’s disappointing season continued as they were humiliated 6-0 at the hands of title contenders Napoli.

Captain Lorenzo Insigne ran the show for the hosts, scoring twice and providing a magnificent assist for Hirving Lozano.

The result sees Napoli edge Roma into third, six points and one game behind second-placed Inter Milan, who themselves beat Juventus 2-0 on Sunday night in a game crucial to both sides’ ambitions. For an in-depth analysis of Inter and Juventus’ title chances, go further below.

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