Sunday, June 26, 2016

DEJA VU: CHILE KNOCK OFF ARGENTINA ON PKs, REPEAT AS COPA AMERICA CHAMPS

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:
Argentina's Lionel Messi gestures after being defeated by Chile in the penalty shoot-out of the Copa America Centenario final in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, on June 26, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLAALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images
In front of the largest crowd ever to attend a soccer match in New Jersey (82,026 at MetLife Stadium), following 120 scoreless minutes (during which both squads were reduced to ten men each due to first-half red-card ejections), Nicolas Castillo, Charles Aranguiz, Jean Beausejour, and Francisco Silva converted their spot kicks as Chile, in a rematch of last year's final, knocked off Argentina 4-2 in the penalty-kick shootout to win their second straight Copa America championship on Sunday.  During the shootout, Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Luis Biglia's spot kick while Lionel Messi's attempt missed the goal altogether.

Leo the Lion's reaction after his PK miss says it all.


Photo from USA Today website

MLS: Timbers Wipe Out Two-Goal Deficit, Upend Dynamo At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

In the lone Sunday Major League Soccer contest, Diego Valeri converted a pair of penalty kicks (82', 90'+1) as the Portland Timbers came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to knock off the visiting Houston Dynamo 3-2.  Lucas Melano started the Timbers' comeback at 64 minutes.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Philadelphia (GP: 17; GD: +4; PTS: 26)
2.   New York City FC (GP: 17; GD: -4; PTS: 24)
3.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 17; GD: +5; PTS: 23)
4.   Montreal (GP: 15; GD: +2; PTS: 21)
5.   DC United (GP: 16; GD: 0; PTS: 20)
6.   Orlando City SC (GP: 15; GD: +3; PTS: 20)
7.   Toronto FC (GP: 15; GD: -1; PTS: 15)
8.   New England (GP: 16; GD: -7; PTS: 19)
9.   Columbus (GP: 15; GD: -3; PTS: 16)
10. Chicago (GP: 14; GD: -6; PTS: 11)

NOTES: With DC United and Orlando City level on points (20), DC have more wins than the Lions (5-4); with Toronto FC and New England level on points (19), the Reds have more wins than the Revolution (5-4).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Colorado (GP: 16; GD: +8; PTS: 32)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 18; GD: +2; PTS: 31)
3.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 16; GD: +1; PTS: 27)
4.   Vancouver (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 24)
5.   Portland (GP: 17; GD: -1; PTS: 23)
6.   Los Angeles (GP: 16; GD: +10; PTS: 23)
7.   Kansas City (GP: 18; GD: -2; PTS: 22)
8.   San Jose (GP: 16; GD: 0; PTS: 22)
9.   Seattle (GP: 15; GD: -6; PTS: 16)
10. Houston (GP: 16; GD: -3; PTS: 14)

NOTES: With Portland and Los Angeles level on points (23), the Timbers have more wins than the Galaxy (6-5); with Sporting Kansas City and San Jose level on points (22), Sporting have more wins than the Earthquakes (6-5).

Euro 2016: Les Blues. Germany, Belgium Advance To Quarterfinals

The European Championship continued on Sunday in France with three more games.

At Lyon:

Antoine Griezmann (shwon here) scored twice (58'm 61') during a three-minute span in the second half as France came from behind to upend the Republic of Ireland 2-1.

Getty Images photo

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:
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Jerome Boateng (8), Mario Gomez (43'), Julian Draxler (63') each scored once as Germany dominated Slovakia 3-0.  Here are the defending World Cup champs celebrating their victory that propelled them into the quarterfinal round.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Patrik Stollarz

At Toulouse:
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Toby Alderweireld (10'), Michy Batshuayi (78'), Eden Hazard (80', that's him celebrating after scoring), and Yannick Carrasco (90'+1) each scored once as Belgium broke open a tight game with three goals in the final quarter-hour and demolished Hungary 4-0.

Associated Press photo by Petr David Josek

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Copa America: Team USA Falls To Colombia In Third-Place Game

At Glendale, Arizona:

In Saturday's third-place game in the Copa America tournament, Carlos Bacca's goal in the 31st minute carried Colombia to a 1-0 victory over the United States.

MLS: Citizens, DCU, Caps, Lions, Hoops Gather Saturday Wins On Three-Draw Saturday

Eight games were contested in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Seattle:

Frank Lampard (38') and Ronald Matarrita (87') delivered the goals as New York City blanked the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on the road.

At Washington:

Lamar Neagle (20') and Sean Franklin (27') each scored once as DC United blanked the visiting New England Revolution 2-0.

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

Christian Bolanos scored the winning goal in the 84th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps knocked off the Philadelphia Union 3-2 on the road.

At Montreal:

Dom Dwyer scored twice (21', 59') as Sporting Kansas City gained a 2-2 road draw with the Montreal Impact.  Lucas Ontivero (16') and Ignacio Piatti (59') each tallied once for the Impact.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Ola Kamara's equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time lifted the Columbus Crew to a 1-1 home draw with the New York Red Bulls, whose goal came courtesy of Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 52nd minute.

At Orlando, Florida:

Kaka's successfully-converted penalty kick in the tenth minute of second half stoppage time carried Orlando City to a 3-2 home triumph over Toronto FC.

At Frisco, Texas:

Kellyn Acosta (18') and Fabian Castillo (58') produced the scoring as FC Dallas blanked visiting Real Salt Lake 2-0.

At Palo Alto, California:

In the latest edition of the California Classico, Chad Barrett's equalizer in the 90th minute lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 draw with the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy.  Giovani dos Santos scored for the guests in minute #69.

Euro 2016: Poland, Wales, Portugal Advance To Quarterfinals

The knockout stage of the European Championship commenced on Saturday with three Round-of-16 contests in France.

At Saint-Etienne:
Following a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, followed by 30 minutes of scoreless overtime, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Glik, Jakub Blaszczykowski (who scored in the 39th minute during regulation), and Grzegorz Krychowiak (who converted the deciding kick---which was followed by the above celebration) all converted their spot kicks as Poland took out Switzerland 5-4 in the penalty-kick shootout to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Associated Press poll by Darko Bandic

At Paris:
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Gareth McAuley's own goal in the 75th minute enabled Wales to defeat Northern Ireland 1-0.   Here's Wales' Gareth Bale with the ball.

EPA photo by Georgi Licovski

At Lens:

Ricardo Quaresma (seen here celebrating) scored the game's only goal in the 117th minute as Portugal defeated Croatia 1-0 in overtime.

Getty Images photo by Clive Mason

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MLS: Wednesday Wins For Philly, RSL; Goose Eggs For Galaxy, Rapids

Three contests took place in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

Roland Alberg delivered a natural hat trick (11', 45'+2, 56') as the Philadelphia Union held off the visiting Chicago Fire 4-3

At Sandy, Utah:

Yura Movsisyan (65') and Jordan Allen (87') each scored a goal in the final half-hour as Real Salt Lake came from behind to upend the visiting New York Red Bulls 2-1.

At Carson, California:

The Los Angeles Galaxy and visiting Colorado Rapids battled to a 0-0 stalemate.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Philadelphia (GP: 16; GD: +5; PTS: 26)
2.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 16; GD: +5; PTS: 22)
3.   New York City FC (GP: 16; GD: -6; PTS: 21)
4.   Montreal (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
5.   Toronto FC (GP: 14; GD: 0; PTS: 19)
6.   New England (GP: 15; GD: -5; PTS: 19)
7.   DC United (GP: 15; GD: -2; PTS: 17)
8.   Orlando City SC (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 17)
9.   Columbus (GP: 14; GD: -3; PTS: 15)
10. Chicago (GP: 14; GD: -6; PTS: 11)

NOTES:  With Toronto FC and New England level on points (19), the Reds have more wins than the Revolution (5-4); with DC United and Orlando City level on points (17), DC have more wins than the Lions (4-3).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Colorado (GP: 16; GD: +8; PTS: 32)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 17; GD: 0; PTS: 28)
3.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 15; GD: +3; PTS: 27)
4.   Los Angeles (GP: 15; GD: +10; PTS: 22)
5.   Kansas City (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 21)
6.   Vancouver (GP: 16; GD: -3; PTS: 21)
7.   San Jose (GP: 15; GD: 0; PTS: 21)
8.   Portland (GP: 16; GD: -2; PTS: 20)
9.   Seattle (GP: 14; GD: -4; PTS: 16)
10. Houston (GP: 15; GD: -2; PTS: 14)

NOTES:  With Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver, and San Jose all level on points (21), SKC and the Whitecaps each have six wins, compared to the Earthquakes' five; Vancouver has the superior goal differential vis-a-viv Kansas City (-2 to -3).

Copa America: It's A Rematch Of The 2015 Final

At Chicago:

Charles Aranguiz (7') and Jose Fuenzalida (11') delivered the goals in the first quarter-hour on Wednesday as Chile blanked Colombia 2-0 in a Copa America semifinal contest.

Severe weather in the Chicago area delayed the opening of the second half by more than two hours.

Chile will face Argentina in Sunday's final at East Rutherford, New York (5:00 PM Pacific Time, Fox Sports One).  It is a rematch of last year's final in which the Chileans won in the penalty-kick shootout and earned the South American berth in next year's Confederations Cup.

At for the Colombians, they will face the United States in Saturday's third-place playoff at Glendale, Arizona (5:00 PM Pacific Time, FX).

Both games can be seen in Spanish on Univision and the Univision Deportes Network.

Euro 2016: Belgians Send Zlatan Into International Retirement; Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Hungary Advance To Knockout Stage

Four games were contested on Wednesday in France as group-stage play in the European Championship concluded.

GROUP E:

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:
Robbie Brady, centre, celebrates with team-mates James McClean, left, and Stephen Ward after the Republic of Ireland’s victory over Italy.
Robbie Brady (that him [center] celebrating with James McClean [left] and Stephen Ward [right] after his tally) scored the only goal of the match as the Republic of Ireland locked up a berth in the Round of 16 by knocking off Italy (who had already advanced) 1-0.

AMA/Getty Images photo by Matthew Ashton

At Nice:

Radja Nainggolan (that's him [left] celebrating with teammates) scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute as Belgium punched their ticket to the knockout stage with a 1-0 over Sweden.  With his earlier announcements that he would retire from the Swedish national team following this tournament as well as his decision not to take up in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, this match turned out to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's swan song with now-eliminated Sweden.

Associated Press photo

Final Group E Standings:

1. Italy (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Belgium (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. Republic of Ireland (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
4. Sweden (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

Italy, Belgium, and the Republic of Ireland advanced to the knockout stage.


GROUP F:

At Saint-Denis:

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (18', see the celebration here) and Arnor Ingvi Traustason (90'+4) each scored once as Iceland racked up their first-ever victory in a major tournament by defeating Austria 2-1 and thus advanced to the knockout stage.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Franck (Don't Call Me Barney)Fife

At Lyon:

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice (50', 62', that's him celebrating with teammates after scoring one of his goals) and Nani once (42') as Portugal gained a 3-3 draw with Hungary which saw both teams advance to the knockout stage.  Balazs Dzsudzsak scored twice (47', 55') and Zoltan Gera once (19') for the Magical Magyars, who finished atop Group F.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Francisco Leong

FINAL GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. Hungary (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 5)
2. Iceland (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Portugal (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Austria (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

Hungary, Iceland, and Portugal advanced to the knockout stage.



Match-ups for the Round of 16:

Saturday:

At Saint-Etienne:

Switzerland vs. Poland

At Paris:

Wales vs. Northern Ireland

At Lens:

Croatia vs. Portugal

Sunday:

At Lyon:

France vs. Republic of Ireland

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:

Germany vs. Slovakia

At Toulouse:

Hungary vs. Belgium

Next Monday:

At Saint-Denis:

Italy vs. Spain

At Nice:

England vs. Iceland

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Copa America: Leo And Friends Make Things Much Too Hot For Team USA As Argentina Advance To Final

At Houston:

Gonzalo Higuain (50', 86') scored twice while Lionel Messi (32'; he became his country's all-time scoring leader in the process) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (3') each added a goal as Argentina manhandled the United Stats 4-0 on Tuesday night in semifinal action from the Copa America tournament.

This Saturday at Glendale, Arizona, the Americans will face the loser of Wednesday's Chile-Colombia match in the third-place game while Argentina will take on the winner of the aforementioned Wednesday game in Sunday's final at East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Canadian National Championship: Reds Take Series Opener

At Toronto:

In Tuesday's opening game of the two-match Canadian National Championship Final, Toronto FC defeated the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 as Sebastian Giovinco scored the game winner in the 43rd minute.

The series will conclude in Vancouver, British Columbia next Wednesday with the winner qualifying for the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.

Euro 2016: Germany, Poland Advance To Knockout Stage; Croatia Knock Off Spain, Win Group D; Green and White Army Advance Too Despite Losing; Slovakia Clinch Round of 16 Berth; Turkey Still Alive After Beating Czech Republic

Four games were played in France as group-stage action in the European Championship continued.

GROUP C:

At Marseille:

Jakub Blaszczykowski scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute as Poland defeated Ukraine 1-0 and advanced to the knockout stage.  That's Jakob here, celebrating after scoring the goal that sent Poland to the Round of 16.

Associated Press photo by Claude Paris

At Paris:

Mario Gomez scored the only goal of the match in the 30th minute (shown here) as Germany won Group B following their 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland.  The Green and White Army still advanced as one of the four best third-placed teams thanks to Turkey's win over the Czech Republic (by too small a margin).  This result also clinched a berth in the knockout stage for Slovakia, who finished third in Group B.

Associated Press photo by Michael Probst

FINAL GROUP C STANDINGS:

1. Germany (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
2. Poland (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
3. Northern Ireland (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Ukraine (GP: 3; GD: -5; PTS: 0)

Germany, Poland, and Northern Ireland advanced to the knockout stage.  Ukraine have been eliminated.



GROUP D:

At Lens:

Burak Yilmaz (10') and Ozan Tufan (65') each scored a goal at Turkey blanked (and eliminated) the Czech Republic 2-0.  The Turks can still advance to the knockout stage with one of the four best third-place finishes.  Here's Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Babacan who ended up with a shutout.

Associated Press photo

At Bordeaux:

Ivan Perisic scored the winning goal in the 87th minute as Croatia knocked off Spain 2-1 to win Group D as both squads advanced to the knockout stage.  Here, we see Spain's Sergio Ramos pondering after having failed on his penalty-kick attempt in the 72nd minute.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Loic Venance

Final Group D Standings:

1. Croatia (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
2. Spain (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
3. Turkey (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Czech Republic (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

Croatia and Spain advanced to the knockout stage.  Turkey can still qualify for the Round of 16 with one of the four best third-placed group-stage finishes.  The Czech Republic have been eliminated.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Euro 2016: Wales, England Avance To Knockout Stage; Slovakia Still Alive

Action in Group B of the European Championship concluded on Monday with two games contested in France.

At Toulouse:

Aaron Ramsey (11'), Neil Taylor (20', shown here), and Gareth Bale (67') each scored once as Wales, in their Euro debut, won Group B by dominating now-eliminated Russia 3-0.

Getty Images photo by Dennis Grumbkowski

At Saint-Etienne:

England laid claim to second place in Group B and a knockout-stage berth by playing Slovakia to a 0-0 stalemate.  The Slovaks finish third in Group B and have a fighting chance of advancing as well.

Final Group B Standings:

1. Wales (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2. England (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Slovakia (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 4)
4. Russia (GP: 3; GD: -4; PTS; 1)

Wales and England advanced to the knockout round, while Slovakia, who finished third, have a legitimate shot at advancing as one of the four third-place teams with the best records.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

MLS: Father's Day Wins For SKC, Red Bulls

Two games were contested in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Benny Feilhaber had a hand in both goals----assisting on Lawrence Olum's tally in the 43rd minute and converting a penalty kick in the second minute of first-half stoppage time----as Sporting Kansas City blanked visiting FC Dallas 2-0.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Mike Grella scored both goals (18', 59') in the New York Red Bulls' 2-0 blanking of the visiting Seattle Sounders.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Philadelphia (GP: 15; GD: +4; PTS: 23)
2.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 15; GD: +6; PTS: 22)
3.   New York City FC (GP: 16; GD: -6; PTS: 21)
4.   Montreal (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
5.   Toronto FC (GP: 14; GD: 0; PTS: 19)
6.   New England (GP: 15; GD: -5; PTS: 19)
7.   DC United (GP: 15; GD: -2; PTS: 17)
8.   Orlando City SC (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 17)
9.   Columbus (GP: 14; GD: -3; PTS: 15)
10. Chicago (GP: 13; GD: -5; PTS: 11)

NOTES:  With Toronto and New England level on points (19), the Reds have more wins than the Revolution (5-4); with DC United and Orlando City level on points (17), DC have more wins than the Lions (4-3).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Colorado (GP: 15; GD: +8; PTS: 31)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 17; GD: 0; PTS: 28)
3.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 24)
4.   Kansas City (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 21)
5.   Vancouver (GP: 16; GD: -3; PTS: 21)
6.   Los Angeles (GP: 14; GD: +10; PTS: 21)
7.   San Jose (GP: 15; GD: 0; PTS: 21)
8.   Portland (GP: 16; GD: -2; PTS: 10)
9.   Seattle (GP: 14; GD: -4; PTS: 16)
10. Houston (GP: 15; GD: -2; PTS: 14)

NOTES: With Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and San Jose all level on points (21), SKC and the Whitecaps have more wins (6 apiece) than the Galaxy and Earthquakes (5 apiece); Sporting Kansas City have the superior goal differential vis-a-viv Vancouver (-2 to -3); Los Angeles has the clear goal differential vis-a-viv San Jose (+10 to 0).

Euro 2016: France and Switzerland Battle To Scoreless Draw As Both Advance; Albania Picks Up First-Ever Major Tourney Win To Keep Knockout-Stage Hopes Alive; Romania Eliminated

The third and final cycle of group-stage contests in the European Champion commenced in France with two Sunday matches in Group A.

At Lyon:

Armando Sadiku scored his country's first-ever major-tournament goal in the 43rd minute (that's him celebrating with teammates after his historic tally) as Albania defeated Romania 1-0 for their first-ever major-tournament game victory, thus keeping their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive.

Getty Images photo by Michael Steele

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:
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France and Switzerland battled to a 0-0 stalemate as les Bleus won Group A while the Swiss advanced to the Round of 16 as well.  By missing the ball, France's Adil Rami ended up kicking the noggin of Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi instead.

Associated Press photo by Thibault Camus

Final Group A Standings:

1. France (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
2. Switzerland (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Albania (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Romania (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

France and Switzerland advanced to the knockout stage while Albania still has a chance to finish with one of the four best third-place finishes and a knockout-stage berth as well.  Romania have been eliminated.

CAF Champions League: Zamalek Topped Enyimba On The Road

At Port Harcourt, Nigeria:

In the lone Sunday CAF Champions League group-stage contest, Basem Morsi's goal in the eight minute held firm as Zamalek knocked off Enyimba International FC 1-0 on the road in a Group B match.

Group B Standings:

1. Mamelodi Sundowns (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Zamalek (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Enyimba International FC (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. ES Setif (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Copa America: Argentina (Who Will Get Team USA Next, Chile (Who Destroy Mexico) Advance To Semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the Copa America tournament concluded on Saturday with two games.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice (8', 28') and Lionel Messi (60') and Erik Lamela (71') once apiece as Argentina dominated Venezuela 4-1.

At Santa Clara, California:

Eduardo Vargas produced a quadruple (44', 52', 57', 74') while Edson Puch added a double (16', 87') as Chile annihilated Mexico 7-0.


The match-ups for the semifinal round:

Tuesday, at Houston:

United States vs. Argentina, 6:00 PM Pacific Time (Fox Sports 1)


Wednesday, at Chicago:

Colombia vs. Chile, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (Fox Sports 1)

The winners will advance to play in the Final on June 26 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

CAF Champions League: Group-Stage Play Opens

Three games were contested on Saturday as group-stage play in the CAF Champions League commenced.

GROUP A:

At Ndola, Zambia:

Clatous Chama scored twice (49', 55') as ZESCO United knocked off visiting Al-Ahly of Egypt 3-2.

At Abidjan, Ivory Coast:

Salah Saidi scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute as Wydad Casablanca defeated ASEC Mimosas 1-0 on the road.

Group A Standings:

1. ZESCO United (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Wydad Casablanca (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Al-Ahly (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. ASEC Mimosas (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



GROUP B:

At Setif, Algeria:

Mamelodi Sundowns knocked off ES Setif 2-0 on the road.

MLS: Action Resumes With Citizens, Revs, Reds, and Rapids Grabbing Wins On Four-Draw Saturday

Major League Soccer is set to resume on Saturday with eight games.

Hosts are listed first with all times Pacific.

At New York: 

Frank Lampard (8'), David Villa (21'), and Andrea Pirlo (50') each scored a goal as New York City raced out to a 3-0 lead before holding on to fend off the visiting Philadelphia Union 3-2.

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Kelyn Rowe scored the winning goal in the 55th minute as the New England Revolution racked up their first league road victory of the season, 2-1 over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

At Orlando, Florida:

In an emotionally-charged contest, Chad Barrett (85') and Shea Salinas (90'+4) each scored once as the San Jose Earthquakes gained a 2-2 road draw with Orlando City.  Seb Hines (66') and Julio Baptista (90'+1) provided the scoring for the Lions.

At Columbus, Ohio:

The Montreal Impact held the home-standing Columbus Crew to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Toronto:

Drew Moor scored the only goal of the match in the 76th minute as Toronto FC knocked off the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Marco Pappa scored the winning goal in the 89th minute as the Colorado Rapids defeated the visiting Chicago Fire 2-1.

At Houston:

The Houston Dynamo and visiting DC United battled to a 0-0 deadlock.

At Sandy, Utah:

Juan Manuel Martinez (17') and Yura Movsisyan (PK-70') each scored once to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-2 home draw with the Portland Timbers.  Fanendo Adi (29') and Lucas Melano (44') produced the goals for the Timbers.

Euro 2016: Belgium Dominate Second Half, Stifle Ireland; Hungary and Iceland Draw; Cristian Ronaldo's Failed PK Helps Austria Hold Portugal to Scoreless Draw

Saturday marked the conclusion of the second cycle of group-stage games in the European Championship with three games contested in France:

GROUP E:

At Bordeaux:
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Romelu Lukaku scored twice (48', 70', that's him celebrating after scoring his second goal) as Belgium erupted for three second-half goals as they dominated the Republic of Ireland 3-0.

Associated Press photo by Petr David Josek

Group E Standings:

1. x-Italy (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2.    Belgium (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3.    Sweden (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)
4.    Republic of Ireland (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage



GROUP F:

At Marseille:
Birkir Saevarsson's own goal in the 87th minute enabled Hungary to gain a 1-1 draw with Iceland.  Gylfi Sigurdosson successfully converted a penalty kick for the Icelanders in the 40th minute.  The fans from Iceland seemed to come in full force for the match in Marseille.

Associated Press photo

At Paris:
Portugal and Austria battled to a 0-0 stalemate.  Here's Cristiano Ronaldo (who missed a penalty-kick attempt in the 79th minute) shown here with a fan who went passed security and took a selfie.

Associated Press photo

Group F Standings:

1. Hungary (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 4)
2. Iceland (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
3. Portugal (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
4. Austria (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 1)