Thursday, August 21, 2014

Europa League Playoff Round

29 games were played on Thursday as the Europa League’s playoff round continued.

At Astana, Kazakhstan:

FC Astana (Kazakhstan) vs. Villarreal (Spain)

At Aktobe, Kazakhstan:

FC Aktobe (Kazakhstan) vs. Legia Warsaw (Poland)

At Khimki, Russia:

Dynamo Moscow (Russia) vs. AC Omonia (Cyprus)

At Larnaca, Cyprus:

AEL Limas sol (Cyprus) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (England)

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Qarabag FK (Azerbaijan) vs. FC Twente (Netherlands)

At Helsinki, Finland:

HJK Helsinki (Finland) vs. Rapid Vienna (Austria)

At Gliwice, Poland:

Ruch Chorzow (Poland) vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine)

At Eindhoven, Netherlands:

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) vs. FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk (Belarus)



At Barysaw, Minsk:

FC Dynamo Minsk (Belarus) vs. CD National (Portugal)

At Boras, Sweden:

IF Elfsborg (Sweden) vs. Rio Ave (Portugal)

At Karabuk, Turkey:

Karabukspor (Turkey) vs. Saint-Etienne (France)

At Ploiesti, Romania:

FC Petrolul Ploiesti (Romania) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

At Nicosia, Cypurs:

Apollon Limas sol (Cyprus) vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)

At Bern Switzerland:

BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) vs. Debreceni VSC (Hungary)

At Kiev, Ukraine:

FC Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine) vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam (Netherlands)

At Zwolle, Netherlands:

PEC Zwolle (Netherlands) vs. Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)


At Trabzon, Turkey:

Trabzonspor (Turkey) vs. FC Rostov (Russia)

At Athens:

Panathinaikos (Greece) vs. FC Midtjyllan (Denmark)

At Chisinau, Moldova:

FC Zimbru Chisinau (Moldova) vs. PAOK FC (Greece)

At Zlate Moravce, Slovakia:

FC Spartak Trnava (Slovakia) vs. FC Zurich (Switzerland)

At Tripoli, Greece:

Asteras Tripoli FC (Greece) vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

At Belgrade, Serbia:

Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) vs. Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan)

At St. Gallen, Switzerland:

Grasshoppers (Switzerland) vs. Club Brugge (Belgium)

At Dugopolje, Croatia:

RNK Split (Croatia) vs. Torino FC (Italy)



At Lyon, France:

Lyon (France) vs. FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania)

At Lokeren, Belgium:

Lokeren (Belgium) vs. Hull City AFC (England)

At San Sebastian, Spain:

Real Sociedad (Spain) vs. FC Krasnodar (Russia)

At Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

FK Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

At Rijeka, Croatia:

HNK Rijkea (Croatia) vs. FC Sheriff (Moldova)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AFC Champions League: Goose Eggs For Pohang Steelers And FC Seoul; Wanderers Take Series Opener Against Defending Champs

Two games were played on Wednesday as the quarterfinal round of the CAF Champions League continued.

At Sydney, Australia:

Tomi Juric scored the only goal of the match in the 60th minute as the Western Sydney Wanderers took the opening match of their two-game series with defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 at home.

At Pohang, South Korea:

The opening contest of the series between Pohang Steelers and visiting FC Seoul ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

MLS: Landon Donovan Completes Galaxy Comeback At Colorado; Wondo's Equalizer Gains Road Draw For Quakes Against Sounders

Two matches were contested on Wednesday in Major League Soccer.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Robbie Keane (20'), Omar Gonzalez (55'), newcomer (late of San Jose) Alan Gordon (68'), and Landon Donovan (80') each delivered a goal as the Los Angeles Galaxy battled back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to upend the Colorado Rapids 4-3 on the road.

At Seattle:

Chris Wondolowski's equalizer in the 65th minute lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 road draw with the Seattle Sounders.  Chad Barrett scored for the hosts in the 46th minute.

CONCACAF Champions League

Two games were played on Wednesday as group-stage action in the CONCACAF Champions League continued.

Group Three:

At San Salvador, El Salvador:

Marco Di Vaio scored twice (8', PK-60') as the Montreal Impact blew a two goal lead but went on to defeat CD FAS 3-2 on the road (despite finishing the game with ten men), placing the hosts on the cusp of elimination.

GROUP THREE STANDINGS:

1. Montreal Impact (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. New York Red Bulls (GP: 0; GD: 0; PTS: 0)
3. CD FAS (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



Group Four:

At Washington:

Eddie Johnson scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute as DC United defeated visiting Waterhouse FC 1-0.

GROUP FOUR STANDINGS:

1. DC United (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Waterhouse FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Tauro FC (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League Playoff Round: Zenit, Dragons Grab Series Openers On Road; 1-1 Draws For Slovan and BATE, AaB and APOEL, Maribor and Bhoys

Five games were played on Wednesday as the UEFA Champions League's playoff round continued.

At Mairbor, Slovenia:

Damjan Bohar's equalizer in the 14th minute enabled NK Maribor to salvage a series-opening 1-1 home draw with Celtic.  Callum McGregor scored for the Bhoys in the sixth minute.

At Aalborg, Denmark:

Vinicius Oliveira Franco's equalizer in the 54th minute lifted APOEL FC to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Aalborg BK.  Nikolaj Thomsen scored for the hosts in the 16th minute.

At Bratislava, Slovakia:

Robert Vittek's equalizer in the 80th minute enabled FC Slovan Bratislava to salvage a 1-1 game-one home draw with FC BATE Borisov.  Tomas Jablonsky's own goal in the 44th minute provided the scoring for the visiting Belorussian club.

At Liege, Belgium:

Oleg Shatov scored the only goal of the match as Zenit Saint Petersburg took the opening match of their series with Standard Liege 1-0 on the road.

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France:

Hector Herrera scored the only goal of FC Porto's series-opening 1-0 road win against LOSC Lille Metropole in the 61st minute.

Europa League Playoff Round: Easy Win For Nerozzurri; Dnipro Hold Off Hajduk Split In Series-Opening Win

Two games were played on Wednesday as the Europa League's playoff round commenced.

At Kiev, Ukraine:

In a contest that was moved from Dnipropetrovsk to the Ukrainian capital because of the ongoing conflict between the government and pro-Russian separatists, Nikola Kalinic (50') and Evgeniy Shakhov (88') each delivered a goal as FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk took the opening contest of their two-game series 2-1.  Tino Susic scored in the 47th minute to keep the Croatian club alive in the series.

At Reykjavik, Iceland:

Mauro Icardi (41'), Dodo (48'), and Danilo D'Ambrosio (89') each scored a goal as Inter Milan placed themselves in excellent shape for advancing to the group stage following their series-opening 3-0 road domination of Stjarnan.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CONCACAF Champions League: Timbers Cruise Past Alpha United; SKC Settle For Road Draw With Real Esteli; Chorrillo Knock Off Cruz Azul; Club America Way Too Much For Bayamon FC

Four games were played on Tuesday as CONCACAF Champions League group-stage play resumed.

Group Two:

At Esteli, Nicaragua:

Antonio Rodriguez Dovale's equalizer in the 16th minute carried Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 road draw with Real Esteli.  Jorge Claros' own goal in the sixth minute provided the scoring for the hosts.

GROUP TWO STANDINGS:

1. Real Esteli FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
2. Deportivo Saprissa (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Sporting Kansas City (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)



Group Five:

At Providence, Guyana:

Steve Zakuani (18'), Maximiliano Urruti (34'), Fanendo Adi (66'), and Alvas Powell (83') each delivered a goal as the Portland Timbers coasted to a 4-1 road triumph over Alpha United.

GROUP FIVE STANDINGS:

1. Portland Timbers (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. CD Olimpia (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Alpha United FC (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)



Group Six:

At Panama City, Panama:

Justin Arboleda's successful penalty kick in the 70th minute provided all the scoring as Chorrillo FC shocked visiting defending champions Cruz Azul 1-0.

GROUP SIX STANDINGS:

1. Chorrillo FC (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. LD Alajuelense (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Cruz Azul (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)



Group Eight:

At Mexico City:

Martin Zuniga scored twice (20', 90'+3) as Club America destroyed visiting Bayamon FC 6-1.

GROUP EIGHT STANDINGS:

1. Club America (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 3)
2. CSD Comunicaciones (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 3)
3. Puerto Rico Bayamon FC (GP: 2; GD: -10; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League Playoff Round: Gunners Hold Black Eagles To Series-Opening Scoreless Stalemate In Istanbul

The playoff round for UEFA Champions League group-stage berths commenced with five games on Tuesday.

At Wals-Siezenheim, Austria:

Franz Schiemer (16') and Jonathan Soriano (54') delivered the goals as FC Red Bull Salzburg topped visiting Malmo FF 2-1 in the opening match of their two-game series.  Emil Forsberg kept the Swedish club's hopes alive with his goal in the 90th minute.

At Bucharest, Romania:

Alexandru Chipciu scored the only goal of the match in the 88th minute as Steaua Bucharest took their series opener with Bulgaria's PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 at home.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Arsenal held home-standing Besiktas to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate.

At Copenhagen, Denmark:

Son Heung-Min scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute as Bayer Leverkusen came from behind to upend hosts FC Copenhagen 3-2 in the opening game of their two-match series.

At Naples, Italy:

Gonzalo Higuain's equalizer in the 88th minute enabled Napoli to salvage a series-opening 1-1 home draw with Athletic Bilbao.  Iker Muniain scored for the Spanish club in the 41st minute.

AFC Champions League: Quarterfinal Round Begins

The quarterfinal round of the AFC Champions League commenced on Tuesday with two games.

At Al Ain, United Arab Emirates:

Mohamed Ahmed (48') and Asamoah Gyan (61') each scored a goal as Al-Ain took the opening contest of their two-game series with Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad 2-0 at home.

At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

Salman Al Faraj scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute as Al-Hilal took the opening contest of their two-match series with Qatar's Al-Sadd 1-0 at home.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MLS: Big Home Win For DC United As Luis Silva Doubles

At Washington:

Luis Silva scored twice (12', 67') while Chris Rolfe (81') and Fabian Espindola (86') each added a goal as DC United doubled up the visiting Colorado Rapids 4-2 in the lone Sunday Major League Soccer contest.

MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Kansas City (GP: 24; GD: +13; PTS: 42)
2. DC United (GP: 23; GD: +10; PTS: 40)
3. Toronto FC (GP: 22; GD: -1; PTS: 32)
4. Columbus (GP: 24; GD: 0; PTS: 30)
5. New York (GP: 23; GD: +1; PTS: 28)
6. New England (GP: 23; GD: -6; PTS: 27)
7. Philadelphia (GP: 24; GD: -3; PTS: 27)
8. Houston (GP: 23; GD: -17; PTS: 25)
9. Chicago (GP: 23; GD: -6; PTS: 25)
10. Montreal (GP: 23; GD: -18; PTS: 17)

NOTE:  With New England and Philadelphia level on points (27), the Revolution have two more wins than the Union (8-6); with Houston and Chicago level on points with 25, the Dynamo have more wins (seven) than the Fire (four).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Real Salt Lake (GP: 24; GD: +10; PTS: 42)
2. Seattle (GP: 22; GD: +8; PTS: 41)
3. FC Dallas (GP: 24; GD: +11; PTS: 39)
4. Los Angeles (GP: 21; GD: +12; PTS: 34)
5. Vancouver (GP: 23; GD: +4; PTS: 33)
6. Portland (GP: 24; GD: 0; PTS: 31)
7. Colorado (GP: 24; GD: -1; PTS: 30)
8. San Jose (GP: 21; GD: -2; PTS: 24)
9. Chivas USA (GP: 23; GD: -15; PTS: 24)

NOTE: With San Jose and Chivas USA level on points (24) and wins (6), the Earthquakes have the superior goal differential (-2 to -15).

NOTE: With Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake level on points in the race for the Supporters Shield, SKC have more wins than RSL (12-11).

Saturday, August 16, 2014

MLS: RSL Top Sounders, Move To Top Of West Standings; Impact, Crew, SKC, Hoops Win; Timbers And Revs Draw; Goose Eggs For Coats and 'Caps Before Tiny Crowd

Seven games were contested in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Sandy, Utah:

Joao Plata (53') and Luke Mulholland (57') delivered the second-half scoring four minutes apart as Real Salt Lake climbed back up to the top of the Western Conference standings following their 2-1 home victory over the Seattle Sounders.

At Montreal:

Marco Di Vaio scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute as the Montreal Impact knocked off the visiting Chicago Fire 1-0.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Liam Ridgewell's first MLS goal in the 65th minute lifted the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 road draw with the New England Revolution.  Charlie Davies scored for the hosts in the 27th minute.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Ethan Finlay scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 33rd minute as the Columbus Crew dominated the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy 4-1.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Dom Dwyer successfully converted two first-half penalty kicks (18', 33') as Sporting Kansas City dominated visiting Toronto FC 4-1.

At Carson, California:

Before a crowd of 4,215 fans at the StubHub Center, the Vancouver Whitecaps held slumping Chivas USA to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Santa Clara, California:

Tesho Akindele delivered a hat trick (43', 58', 86') while Fabian Castillo added a double (30', 74') as FC Dallas destroyed the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on the road.

Friday, August 15, 2014

MLS: Dynamo Blank Visiting Union 2-0

At Houston:

Will Bruin (51') and Raymon Gaddis (OG-90') provided the scoring as the Houston Dynamo blanked the visiting Philadelphia 2-0 in the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

US Open Cup: Sounders Bury Fire, Advance To Final

At Tukwila, Washington:

Andy Rose (33', 58') and Kenny Cooper (83', 84') each scored twice on Wednesday night as the Seattle Sounders drowned the visiting Chicago Fire 6-0 in a US Open Cup semifinal match.

The Sounders will take on the Philadelphia Union for the Open Cup title on September 16 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The winner would qualify for the group stage of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

MATADORES WIN COPA LIBERTADORES CROWN; WILL PLAY IN DECEMBER'S FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

At Buenos Aires, Argentina:

Nestor Ortigoza's penalty kick in the 35th minute proved to be the only goal of the match on Wednesday as San Lorenzo defeated visiting Club Nacional of Paraguay 1-0 in the second game of the Copa Libertadores final, enabling the Argentinian club to win their first-ever South American club championship 2-1 on aggregate.

Los Matadores will play in the FIFA Club World Cup, set to take place this coming December in Morocco.