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Will fifth place in the Premier League get a Champions League place following Man City’s CAS appeal verdict?

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MANCHESTER CITY will be playing Champions League football next season after their two-year ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

City have been ordered to pay a £10m fine for obstructing Uefa’s investigation but are otherwise in the clear.

 The ruling sees Man City banned from the CL for two years

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The ruling sees Man City banned from the CL for two yearsCredit: Reuters

But what does this mean for this year’s Premier League and that all-important fourth qualifying spot?

Will fifth place Premier League finish secure CL spot?

FOLLOWING Uefa’s ruling, Man City WILL be playing in the Champions League next season, having gained enough points to guarantee their spot.

But the fifth placed team in the Premier League will not now qualify for the competition with only the top four to make it, as would be the cae in any other season.

That team is currently Manchester United, but they have a game in hand on fourth placed Leicester and take on Southampton tonight.

 How the race for the top four looks with three games to go

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How the race for the top four looks with three games to go

Why were Man City banned from the Champions League?

CITY had been slapped with the sanction having been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body.

Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.

The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of emails and letters.

City were initially fined £49m for FFP breaches in 2014, although that was later reduced to £16m.

The club have always vehemently protest their innocence.

 The reigning Premier League champions have also been hit with a whopping £25m fine by Uefa

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The reigning Premier League champions have also been hit with a whopping £25m fine by UefaCredit: Getty Images

A statement from the club at the time said: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.

“The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.  The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

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Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (4-5 pens): Bernd Leno the hero after penalty shootout

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Jurgen Klopp walked away from the crowd and buried his face under his snood. He looked like a man who knew what was coming next and so it proved.

All night he had seen Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s keeper, wage a one-man war against Liverpool, keeping out a succession of goal-bound shots. Why would things be any different in a penalty shootout? They weren’t. Leno was the hero of the hour, denying Divock Origi and Harry Wilson from 12 yards and, somehow, Arsenal found themselves in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Liverpool had enough chances to win as comfortably as they had done three days earlier, in the Premier League, but they were made to pay by Leno and, as it turned out, Arsenal repeated the feat of beating Klopp’s side in the same manner as they had done at Wembley in the Community Shield five weeks ago.

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Credit to Arsenal, for whom Joe Willock converted the decisive penalty with a shot that squirmed under the body of Adrian in sudden death, but Liverpool will be kicking themselves as to how they managed to let this one slip. They wanted to win this and their team sheet said as much.

There was something incongruous about seeing Mohamed Salah appearing in this competition. In his three years at Anfield, his only involvement in the League Cup was a three-minute cameo when Liverpool were trying to peg back Chelsea in a third round tie in September 2018.

Salah had been wonderful when the sides met on Monday, a scampering and scurrying pest who drove Arsenal to distraction. There were no goals for him then but his performance provided another reminder that his game has improved a notch from last season. 

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Takumi Minamino wasted Liverpool's best chance to score during the first period when his rebound effort hit the crossbar

Takumi Minamino wasted Liverpool's best chance to score during the first period when his rebound effort hit the crossbar

Takumi Minamino wasted Liverpool’s best chance to score during the first period when his rebound effort hit the crossbar

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (second right) endured a quiet hour before being substituted in the 61st minute of the tie

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (second right) endured a quiet hour before being substituted in the 61st minute of the tie

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (second right) endured a quiet hour before being substituted in the 61st minute of the tie

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah missed an early opportunity to give his side the lead after being foiled by Liverpool's Adrian

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah missed an early opportunity to give his side the lead after being foiled by Liverpool's Adrian

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah missed an early opportunity to give his side the lead after being foiled by Liverpool’s Adrian

LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL – MATCH FACTS

Liverpool: Adrian, Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Van Dijk (Gomez 61), Milner, Grujic, Jones, Wilson, Jota (Wijnaldum 76), Minamino, Salah (Origi 61)

Subs not used: Fabinho, Robertson, Kelleher, Elliott

Booked: Minamino, Wilson

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac, Willock, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos (Elneny 68), Saka (Maitland-Niles 86), Nketiah (Lacazette 82)

Subs not used: Tierney, Runarsson, Luiz, Nelson

Booked: Xhaka, Cedric

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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His inclusion here, however, did not pay immediate dividends. Arsenal are learning how to become dogmatic since Mikel Arteta began knocking them into shape and they were more than happy to sit in and frustrate Liverpool, while looking for gains of their own on the break.

It was Arsenal who had the first sight of goal in the 20th minute but Eddie Nketiah was thwarted by Adrian’s perfectly-timed challenge, the goalkeeper pilfering the ball off Nketiah’s foot as he shaped to shoot. A fraction out and Arsenal would have had a penalty.

A goal at that point would have brought the game to life but Arsenal didn’t want to deviate too much from their plan. The next step in their development under Arteta will be to come to a stadium such as this and get on the front foot to seize the initiative.

So the onus was on Liverpool to find a way through, prodding and probing and played out to a constant soundtrack of Virgil van Dijk bellowing. Curtis Jones, brimming with enthusiasm, did his best to conjure something, at one point even attempting a ‘Rabona’ cross.

Liverpool thought they had a penalty in the 41st minute, when Diogo Jota wriggled away from Dani Ceballos, but full credit to referee Kevin Friend who made the perfect call, spotting that the infringement had occurred a fraction outside Arsenal’s area.

James Milner’s free-kick came to nothing and Arsenal managed to clear but Liverpool managed to recycle the attack and a super cross from Marko Grujic picked out Jota who had again sneaked in on the blind side but the Portuguese’s header was turned away by Bernd Leno. 

Arsenal's Dani Ceballos makes a sliding challenge on Liverpool's Diogo Jota during a closely fought first half

Arsenal's Dani Ceballos makes a sliding challenge on Liverpool's Diogo Jota during a closely fought first half

Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos makes a sliding challenge on Liverpool’s Diogo Jota during a closely fought first half

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk jokes with team-mate Jordan Henderson after departing as a second half substitute

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk jokes with team-mate Jordan Henderson after departing as a second half substitute

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk jokes with team-mate Jordan Henderson after departing as a second half substitute

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As good as the save was, Leno should really have been left picking the ball out of his net but, from the rebound, Taki Minamino crashed a drive against the bar and the manner in which the Japan international grimaced as he watched the rebound bounce off, let you know this miss was glaring.

Half-time did not exactly kill Liverpool’s momentum, though. They started quickly again, hemming Arsenal back, and Leno again came to his team’s rescue in the 52nd minute when he got down quickly to save Van Dijk’s toe poke that appeared destined for the bottom corner.

This was a sign of things to come. Arteta made eight changes to the team that had played here on Monday but altering Leno never crossed his mind and with good reason; Arteta believes Leno is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and he was about to get ample opportunity to show why. 

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno punches away a ball played into the box in front of his defenders

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno punches away a ball played into the box in front of his defenders

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno punches away a ball played into the box in front of his defenders

Leno made a series of excellent saves to keep Liverpool at bay in the fourth round tie especially during the second half

Leno made a series of excellent saves to keep Liverpool at bay in the fourth round tie especially during the second half

Leno made a series of excellent saves to keep Liverpool at bay in the fourth round tie especially during the second half

The two sides were facing off at Anfield for the second time inside a week following a Premier League meeting on Monday

The two sides were facing off at Anfield for the second time inside a week following a Premier League meeting on Monday

The two sides were facing off at Anfield for the second time inside a week following a Premier League meeting on Monday

First there was a plunging dive down to his left to push a drive from Grujic around the post. The Serbian’s shot was firm and true but Leno was equal to the challenge in the 58th minute, ensuring there was no rebound for those in Red who were closing in.

Better was to come in the 61st minute when Jota wonderfully controlled a raking pass from Jones and drilled a shot towards the top corner but, again, Leno turned the shot away for a corner. Jota, increasingly exasperated, puffed out his cheeks and wondered what he needed to do win this fight.

Such was Liverpool’s dominance, there was that feeling lurking that Arsenal would make them pay for taking their chances and, really, that moment should have arrived in the 69th minute when Nicolas Pepe crossed for Rob Holding but, from point blank range, he headed straight at Adrian.

Arteta had squawked and chirped his way through the game, asking for every decision to be given to Arsenal, but he could only look on in disbelief as his team’s best moment had gone begging. He need not have worried. Leno was there to protect them, right to the very end.

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Carabao Cup draw LIVE: Arsenal into quarter-finals after beating Liverpool on penalties – latest updates

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ARSENAL are into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Liverpool on penalties – and we’ve got the last eight draw for you right here.

  • Final score: Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (4-5 on pens)
  • Quarter final draw TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Main Event/NOW TV

Follow the Carabao Cup quarter final draw below…

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Tottenham vs Maccabi Haifa LIVE REACTION: Kane runs riot as Spurs make it safely into Europa League group stages

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MOURINHO SPEAKS

Speaking on Premier Sports after the game, Jose Mourinho said: “I don’t think it was a game that was 7-2, we didn’t play amazing, it was a strange game and we were too open.

“They were too adventurous to play against a team of a different level and we punished them.

“But we were not very compact and didn’t defend very well.

“But, job done. Not three good opponents, but it’s difficult to travel, play in empty stadiums in one game knockouts.”

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