What happened in football today: November 21, 2020

Chelsea lead the Premier League after victory at Newcastle

An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a strike from Tammy Abraham saw Chelsea win 2-0 at Newcastle in today’s midday kick-off.

A fifth straight win for Chelsea never looked in doubt, with the opposing side possessing 71% possession and creating a host of chances.

The result sees Chelsea top of the table on goal difference ahead of Leicester, although that could change if Tottenham beat Manchester City at 5.30pm.

Aston Villa suffer surprise loss to Brighton

Danny Welbeck scored his first Brighton goal to open the scoring at Villa Park, before Ezri Konsa equalized just after half-time.

Solly March put Brighton ahead in the 56th minute, who finished the game with 10 men after Tariq Lamptey received a second yellow card in the 90th minute. There was more late drama to come, however, as Villa initially believed they had been handed an injury-time penalty.

March had been found guilty of fouling Trezeguet, but referee Michael Oliver had been ordered to go to the pitchside monitor to review his decision. He did so and canceled the penalty, Brighton hanging on for their second win of the season.

Ancelotti thinks Richarlison could win the Ballon d’Or

Speaking to the BBC’s Gary Lineker ahead of their game against Fulham on Sunday, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his belief that Richarlison is capable of winning the Ballon d’Or:

“I said to him (Richarlison): ‘Do you want to fight for the Ballon d’Or? You are a fantastic physical player, with a lot of talent. But don’t lose this (physical).’

“Richarlison is great, in my opinion, because he’s a modern striker,” Ancelotti continued. “He can play on the right, on the left or in the middle without any problem. He’s clinical in the box – he can play as a centre-forward for sure, but he’s a physical player, not a technical player.

Leeds join Roc Nation agency

Leeds have become the first Premier League club to sign up with agency Roc Nation – a company owned by rapper Jay-Z and whose clientele includes Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

“Our aim is to grow our fan base in all territories touched by Premier League football,” said Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear. “Roc Nation’s unique profile and relationships will allow us to do this in regions such as the United States and the Far East.”

The partnership was revealed with a mural titled ‘Paving the Way’ in the town centre, which features Kalvin Phillips alongside club legends Albert Johanneson and Lucas Radebe.

Erling Haaland wins European Golden Boy

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has won the coveted European Golden Boy Award for the best player under 21 in a European top division.

The 20-year-old striker edged out Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, having scored 27 goals in 29 games since joining Dortmund in January.

Haaland’s teammate Jadon Sancho finished fourth in voting, having finished second in 2019.

Nketiah sees fellow Arsenal forwards Aubameyang and Lacazette ‘like big brothers’

In an exclusive interview with Athleticism Alan Shearer, Eddie Nketiah spoke about his good relationship with fellow Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Nketiah, who broke Shearer’s goalscoring record for England Under-21s last month, spoke about Mikel Arteta, Marcelo Bielsa and the joy of scoring goals with the former Newcastle, Blackburn and England striker.

To read the full interview, go further below.

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