LONDON (AP): Thirty years after Diego Maradona’s goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal yesterday evoking memories of the Argentina great. Unlike Maradona’s 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet’s mazy run through Middlesbrough’s defence came on a far less significant occasion. But the English Premier League point it secured might just have saved Slaven Bilic’s job, preventing West Ham from crashing to a fifth successive loss. Payet lit up a drab game in the 57th minute at the Olympic Stadium, with home fans restless after Cristhian Stuani’s header six minutes earlier. The France international dropped a shoulder to turn past Antonio Barragan on the left touchline, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson. After cutting through the defence with ease, Payet provided the perfect finish to score his first goal of the league. One that evoked memories for Payet’s manager of Argentina’s current star rather than Maradona. “It reminded me of Lionel Messi’s goals,” Bilic said. “It was a brilliant moment of magic.” But West Ham remain winless since the opening day of the season, lodged in the relegation zone with four points from seven games. Promoted Middlesbrough are two points better off. HULL 0 CHELSEA 2 After a miserable September yielded one point from three games, Chelsea started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half contribution. First, Costa picked out Willian, who turned Markus Henriksen and David Meyler before curling a shot into the top of the net. Then Costa curled in his own strike from a similar position. The response to last week’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal was manager Antonio Conte dropping Branislav Ivanovic and switching to a three-man defence. It produced a second clean sheet of the season. “It is very important for the confidence,” Conte said. “It was a big change in the tactical aspect but we feel we must find the right solution to be more compact. We must trust in the world we are doing and it is important to understand we must play this way.” Chelsea are sixth, while Hull are in 15th place. SWANSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 2 With Liverpool trailing at halftime to Leroy Fer’s tap-in, Juergen Klopp entered the dressing room in a rage. “I was very angry,” the Liverpool manager said. “We were not ready and it is my responsibility. It was not good. The buildup was too static, no movement. “We were never compact enough and we lost a lot of balls … the second half was better, but still not brilliant.” Crucially for Klopp there were two goals — Roberto Firmino’s header and James Milner’s penalty — which were enough to take Liverpool up to second. Swansea, though, are on a six-game winless run since making a triumphant start to the season. Francesco Guidolin’s future as manager is looking increasingly precarious, with former Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs linked with the Italian’s job. WATFORD 2 BOURNEMOUTH 2 Watford twice fought back to ensure manager Walter Mazzarri didn’t endure a miserable 55th birthday. Both teams, though, remain in the bottom half of the standings. Callum Wilson’s downward header was cancelled out by Troy Deeney. Josh King restored Bournemouth’s lead but Isaac Success scored his first goal since joining in the summer transfer window to secure a point. SUNDERLAND 1 WEST BROM 1 David Moyes remains winless as Sunderland manager but the northeast team did capture its first point in more than a month. Patrick van Aanholt, who was forced out of the Sunderland team last month on the advice of a cardiologist, came off the bench to wipe out Nacer Chadli’s goal.
Jesse Lingard celebrates A stunning strike from Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard gave England’s Under-21s a 1-0 win over Sweden and boosted their hopes of making the knockout phase of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.It had looked like a case of being same old, same old, as the Young Lions put in a pedestrian display against opponents who were more than happy with a draw after winning their tournament opener.Gareth Southgate’s side were nowhere near their best but, with time running out, Lingard was able to collect a half-cleared corner and volley home past Patrik Calgren, who got a glove to the shot.The victory ensures England’s destiny is in their own hands going into their final group match with Italy, but there will need to be improvements to a side who lacked ideas.The game was tense throughout with the pressure created by a 1-0 loss to Portugal on Thursday telling, but there were moments of promise.A stunning through ball from Will Hughes to Nathan Redmond after 17 minutes offered a glimpse of what the Young Lions can do as the battled for supremacy in an edgy encounter, while Harry Kane struggled to find space as a swarm of Swedish stars blocked his path to goal.Tottenham star Kane then came close to scoring as he stretched to his fullest to meet a superb Carl Jenkinson cross with a diving header, but the ball flew just the wrong side of the upright.Seconds later Derby County playmaker Hughes was denied magnificently by Filip Helander’s sliding block as he shot from Alex Pritchard’s excellent pass inside the area.Spritely Spurs youngster Pritchard then dazzled again with another dribble into the box but the stoic Swedes once again had Patrik Calgren’s goal well defended.With James Ward-Prowse dropped from the team, England lacked threat from set-pieces and this was most evident when Kane’s tame, dipping free-kick from a promising position was easily claimed by Calgren.Meanwhile, Isaac Kiese Thelin saw his header saved by Jack Butland as Sweden offered a rare foray forward.After the break, Danny Ings was brought on for Hughes to offer Kane more support in the final third but Southgate’s side were hit with a blow eight minutes in to second period with Pritchard forced off through injury.His replacement, Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard struggled to get into the match as England’s slow and sloppy showing was comfortably dealt with by the Swedes, who shocked Italy in their first match of the tournament.And England’s opponents nearly grabbed a lead when Ben Gibson almost turned the ball into his own net at a corner, which Liam Moore conceded after being bullied by ex-Manchester City striker John Guidetti as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play.No matter what Southgate’s side tried it looked like they would be frustrated but, with just five minutes remaining, Lingard produced a moment of magic to send his volley curling in off the outside of his boot to give the Young Lions a vital victory. 1