Howard endured a difficult afternoon in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Sunday. The veteran goalkeeper found himself questioned on both Leicester goals as the relegation-threatened side nearly snatched all three points at Goodison Park. Matthew Upson turned into his own net in the late stages to allow Roberto Martinez’s side to escape with a fifth consecutive home draw.
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Brad Guzan, Aston Villa goalkeeper
Stoke City amplified Villa’s relegation worries with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park on Saturday. Victor Moses converted from the spot in second-half stoppage time to separate the sides. Guzan once again started in goal for 19th-place Villa, while Stoke defender Geoff Cameron missed out through suspension.
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Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers defender
Ream exited late in the first half with a suspected head injury in Bolton’s 4-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Ream collided with the post as he defended a set piece shortly after the half-hour. His departure exacerbated a difficult afternoon as Forest -- complete with Eric Lichaj in the starting XI -- sauntered to the points.
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John Brooks, Hertha Berlin defender
Wolfsburg moved 10 points clear of third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach with a 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Bas Dost continued his fine run of form with a double to see off Brooks and Hertha on the day. Hertha now sit two points shy of safety with 21 points from 22 games.
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Timothy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt defender
Mainz struck twice shortly after halftime to condemn 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt to a first defeat in four attempts on Saturday. Chandler worked earnestly in his regular berth at right back for the duration of the affair.
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Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt midfielder
Ingolstadt stumbled for a second straight week to settle for a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Aalen on Saturday. Matthew Leckie rescued a point in the final quarter of an hour for the 2.Bundesliga leaders. Morales assumed his usual duties in midfield for the first hour or so before departing the fray.
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Jonathan Bornstein, Queretaro defender
Former U.S. international fullback Bornstein made his first Liga MX start since October 2012 in Queretaro’s 2-1 defeat at Monterrey on Saturday. Bornstein built on his Copa MX appearance in midweek by playing the full 90 minutes at Estadio Tecnológico.
Ventura Alvarado, Club América defender
América continued their push toward the top of Liga MX with a 1-0 victory over Pumas UNAM on Sunday. Dario Benedetto claimed the decisive goal seven minutes after the interval to pull América into second place by the end of the weekend. Alvarado retained his usual spot in defense for the triumph.
Michael Orozco, Puebla defender
Orozco earned another start in defense as Puebla claimed a 2-1 victory at last-place Morelia on Saturday. Matias Alustiza completed the comeback six minutes after the interval to provide a vital result in the battle against relegation. Orozco played the entire match, while Herculez Gomez watched as an unused substitute.
Joe Corona and Greg Garza, Club Tijuana
Tijuana finished the weekend at the top of Liga MX after a 1-0 victory at Leones Negroes on Sunday. Gabriel Hauche continued his fine start to life in Mexico with the winner inside the opening quarter of an hour. Garza assumed his normal duties at left back, while Corona entered on the hour to make his 100th league appearance.