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WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson made a successful 130 pound debut against Felix Caraballo, working him down to a sixth round stoppage victory in a non title fight at the MGM Grand Conference Center on Tuesday night.

Stevenson toyed with his opponent, breaking him down with every shot before, eventually ending the fight with a big body shot in the sixth round. The shot sent Caraballo to his knees and his gloves on the canvas and while stuck there because of the pains, the referee Tony Weeks was forced to end the fight at exactly 1:31 of the sixth.

With the win, the 2016 silver medallist Stevenson retained his unbeaten record and improved to (14-0, 8KOs). Stevenson was placed a 100-1 favourite, heading into the fight and he proved right the bookmarkers by winning all the five rounds (50-44, 50-44, 50-43) before the stoppage, dropping Caraballo (13-2-2, 9 KOs) twice in the first round…

Highlights : Cardiff City 1 - 5 Watford FC (Premier League)

Cardiff City 1 - 5 Watford Football  Highlights
(Premier League
Venue : Cardiff City Stadium
22/2/2019
Watford FC Gerard Deulofeu vs Cardiff City

Key Moments Recap :
Goal : 18' 0 - 1 Gerard Deulofeu
Deeney's persistence pays off!
He turns Morrison and bundles the ball past Bennett into the path of Deulofeu, who slots the ball first-time into the bottom corner! Watford lead!

Goal : 61' 0 - 2 Gerard Deulofeu
A poor free-kick from Bennett is headed out straight to Deulofeu. He picks the ball up from his own half and sprints past Manga before rounding past Etheridge to slot in his second. Great composure there!


Goals : 63' 0 - 3 Gerard Deulofeu
A delightful Deulofeu hat-trick! Capoue intercepts Arter, who gives the ball away cheaply, before slotting through Deulofeu who majestically dinks the ball over Etheridge into the bottom corner.

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Goals (1-5) And Cards
⚽18' 0 - 1 Gerard Deulofeu
๐ŸŒ•30' Etienne Capoue
๐ŸŒ•55' Roberto Pereyra
⚽61' 0 - 2 Gerard Deulofeu
⚽63' 0 - 3 Gerard Deulofeu
⚽73' 0 - 4 Troy Deeney
⚽82' Sol Bamba 1 - 4
⚽90' 1 - 5 Troy Deeney

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Player Ratings (Starting Lineup) 

Cardiff City   Etheridge (5), Morrison (4), Manga (4), Bamba (4), Paterson (5), Bacuna (5), Ralls (5), Bennett (4), Arter (4), Murphy (5), Niasse (4)
Subs: Hoilett (6), Mendez-Laing (4), Zohore (4)

Watford FC :  Foster (7), Janmaat (6), Mariappa (6), Cathcart (6), Masina (6), Doucoure (7), Capoue (7), Hughes (7), Pereyra (7), Deeney (9), Deulofeu (10)
Subs: Quina (5), Cleverley (N/A), Gray (N/A)

Man Of The Match : Gerard Deulofeu

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  • Gerard Deulofeu became the first Watford player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Mark Falco in October 1986.
  • Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has lost his last four home league matches against Watford by an aggregate score of 16-2, with this his 16th league defeat against the Hornets - only against Reading (16) has he lost as many league matches as a manager.
  • Watford scored five goals in a top-flight match for the first time since winning 5-1 against Leicester City in November 1986.
  • Watford's Gerard Deulofeu has had a hand in seven goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Cardiff City (5 goals, 2 assists).
  • Gerard Deulofeu became only the third player to score a Premier League hat-trick on a Friday, after Dean Windass (Bradford v Derby, April 2000) and Thierry Henry (Arsenal v Liverpool and Leeds in April 2004).
  • Troy Deeney's first seven Premier League assists were all for Odion Ighalo - since then, his nine assists have been for eight different players (Capoue twice, Kabasele, Niang, Richarlison, Doucoure, Gray, Sema and Deulofeu).
  • Cardiff have conceded 28 home Premier League goals this season - more than any other side.
  • All four Premier League hat-tricks scored in Wales have been scored by players for English teams - Luis Suarez vs Cardiff (Liverpool, 2014), Riyad Mahrez vs Swansea (Leicester, 2015), Jermain Defoe vs Swansea (Sunderland, 2016) and Deulofeu tonight for Watford.

Preview 

Cardiff City face Watford FC in Premier  League game 27, as they battle for Survival. Sitting just one point above the relegation zone, they could move up to 13th place and four points clear of the relegation zone with a win.

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