Kevin Phillips scored the only goal to send Crystal Palace back into the Premier League after an eight-season absence from English soccer’s elite division.
Watford beat Leicester 3-2 on aggregate in English soccer’s Championship playoff semifinal with a 97th-minute goal from Troy Deeney.
Hull City earned promotion back to English soccer’s Premier League after a three-year absence following a 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona dominated 10-man Arsenal 3-1 to reach the Champions League soccer quarterfinals, where the title favorite will be joined by Shakhtar Donetsk.
Liverpool overcame the dismissal of Joe Cole before halftime to tie Arsenal 1-1 in their opening match in English soccer’s Premier League yesterday.
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has come out of retirement to rejoin Arsenal until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on its website.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Arsenal kept alive its Premier League soccer title chances by ending a three-game winless run with a 3-1 victory at Blackpool. Aston Villa beat Newcastle 1-0.
Arsenal kept its Premier League title ambitions alive with a 3-1 win at Blackpool today. Aston Villa beat Newcastle 1-0.