Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UEFA Champions League, Group H: Dragons Seal BATE's CL Fate With Dominating Second Half In Belarus

Two Group H contests took place in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

At Barsaw, Belerus:
Herrera pulls the strings as Porto march on
Hector Herrera (56', that's him on the left), Jackson Martinez (65'), and Cristian Tello (85') each delivered a second-half goal as FC Porto broke open what was at halftime a scoreless stalemate and ended up blowing out FC BATE Borisov 3-0 on the road, ending any hope the Belorussian club had of advancing to the Champions League's knockout stage while locking up the Group H title themselves.

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At Lviv, Ukraine:

Mikel San Jose scored the only goal of the match as Athletic Bilbao (shown here celebrating their victory) defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on the road.

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GROUP H STANDINGS:

1. xx-FC Porto (GP: 5; GD: +12; PTS: 13)
2.   x-Shakhtar Donetsk (GP: 5; GD: +11; PTS: 8)
3.   z-Athletic Bilbao (GP: 5; GD: -3; PTS: 4)
4.   z-FC BATE Borisov (GP: 5; GD: -20; PTS: 3)

xx-Won Group H and clinched a berth in the Champions League's knockout stage

x-Clinched berth in Champions League's knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament, but still alive for Europa League knockout-stage berth

UEFA Champions League, Group F: Chelsea Way Too Much For Schalke; Lions Top Maribor At Home, Eliminate Slovenian Club

Two games were played in Group G of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

At Gelsenkirchen, Germany:

Five different goal scorers---John Terry (2'), Willian (29'), Jan Kirchoff (OG-44'), Didier Drogba (76', that's him celebrating at game's end), and Ramires (78')---each tallied once as Chelsea destroyed Schalke 5-0 on the road and clinched top spot in Group G.

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At Lisbon:

Carlos Mane (10'), Nani (35'), and Islam Slimani (65',that's him celebrating with teammates after scoring) each delivered a goal as Sporting CP climbed into second place in Group G following their 3-1 home win over NK Maribor, eliminating the Slovenian club from the tournament.

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GROUP G STANDINGS:

1. xx-Chelsea (GP: 5; GD: +12; PTS: 11)
2.      Sporting CP (GP: 5; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
3.      FC Schalke 04 (GP: 5; GD: -6; PTS: 5)
4.   z-NK Maribor (GP: 5; GD: -8; PTS: 3)

xx-Won Group G and clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament but still alive for Europa League knockout-stage berth


UEFA Champions League, Group F: Leo The Lion Becomes King Of The Champions League As Barca Demolishes APOEL; PSG Wins Too

Tuesday saw two games played in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.

At Nicosia, Cyprus:

Lionel Messi delivered a natural hat trick (38', 58', 87', that's him celebrating after completing his triple) and became the all-time leading goal scorer in European Cup/Champions League history with 74 as Barcelona demolished APOEL FC 4-0 on the road.

At Paris:

Edinson Cavani (that's him here) scored twice (33', 83') and Zlatan Irbrahimovic once (78') as Paris Saint-Germain dominated visiting Ajax Amsterdam 3-0.

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GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. x-Paris Saint-Germain (GP: 5; GD: +5; PTS: 13)
2. x-FC Barcelona (GP: 5; GD: +8; PTS: 12)
3. z-Ajax Amsterdam (GP: 5; GD: -6; PTS: 2)
4. z-APOEL FC (GP: 5; GD: -7; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament but still alive for Europa League knockout-stage berth


UEFA Champions League, Group E: Roma and Horses Draw In Russia; Sergio Aguero Hat Trick Powers Citizens Past Stunned Bayern

Group-stage play in the UEFA Champions League resumed on Tuesday with eight games, two of them in Group E.

At Khimki, Russia:
Berezutski and CSKA foil Roma at the last
Vasili Berezutski's late equalizer (90'+3) enabled CSKA Moscow to salvage a 1-1 home draw with AS Roma.  Francesco Totti (that's him battling with the Horses' Aleskandrs Cauna, left) scored for the visiting Italian club in the 43rd minute.

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At Manchester, England:
Ag├╝ero grabs stunning win against ten-man Bayern
Sergio Aguero delivered a hat trick (PK-22', 85', 90'+1) as Manchester City came from behind to upend visiting Bayern Munich 3-2.  That's Sergio, celebrating his game winner with teammates.

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GROUP E STANDINGS:

1. xx-Bayern Munich (GP: 5; GD: +9; PTS: 12)
2.      Manchester City (GP: 5; GD: -1; PTS: 5)
3.      AS Roma (GP: 5; GD: -4; PTS: 5)
4.      CSKA Moscow (GP: 5; GD: -4; PTS: 5)

xx-Won Group E and clinched a berth in the knockout stage

Sunday, November 23, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs, Galaxy Take Series Openers

The Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs resumed on Sunday with the opening contest of each of the respective conference finals.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Jermaine Jones scored the winning goal in the 86th minute as the New England Revolution took the opening match of the Eastern Conference Final 2-1 on the road over the New York Red Bulls.



At Carson, California:

Marcelo Sarvas scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy bested the visiting Seattle Sounders 1-0 in game one of the Western Conference Final.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MLS Dispersal Draft: Hoops Select Dan Kennedy; Only Seven Goats Selected, All In The First Round

In Wednesday's Major League Soccer dispersal draft of players from the roster of the late Club Deportivo Chivas USA, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the jewel of the Goats' roster,  was selected first by FC Dallas.

Dan was one of only seven former Goats selected in the draft.  Los Angeles' other MLS club was dissolved last month.

The other players selected:

Matthew Dunn, midfielder, selected by the New York City Football Club, one of two expansion clubs set to start play in 2015.

Thomas McNamara, forward/midfielder, selected by DC United.

Danny Toia, defender, selected by the Montreal Impact.

Caleb Calvert, forward, selected by the Colorado Rapids.

Kristopher Tyrpak, forward, selected by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Marco Delgado, midfielder/defender, selected by Toronto FC.

All of the aforementioned players were selected in the first round, with all 20 surviving clubs (including both expansion clubs NYCFC and Orlando City SC) passing in the second round.

No included for selection in the draft was forward Erick Cubo Torres, who returned to Chivas of Guadalajara.

Monday, November 10, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Scoreless Home Draw In Game Two Good Enough For Sounders As Seattle Eliminates FC Dallas To Get Crack At Galaxy For West Title (And Chance To Host Cup Final)

At Seattle:

A 0-0 Monday home deadlock against FC Dallas in the second match of their two-game Major League Soccer Western Conference semifinal series enabled the Seattle Sounders to advance on away goals with the aggregate score at 1-1. 

Here's the schedule for the MLS Cup conference finals:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Harrison, New Jersey:

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 10:30 AM Pacific Time (NBC)

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

New England vs. New York, Game #2, Saturday, November 28 @ 12:00 Noon, PST (NBCSN)



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Carson, California:

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 2:00 PM PST (ESPN)

At Seattle:

Seattle vs. Los Angeles, Game #2, Sunday November 30 @ 6:00 PM PST (ESPN)

The two conference final winners will meet in the MLS Cup Final at the home of the higher-seeded club on Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 Noon Pacific Time on ESPN.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs, Galaxy Demolish Respective Opponents, Advance To Conference Finals; New England To Get Red Bulls Next

Action in the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday with two games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Goals from Lee Nguyen (43'), Jose Goncalves, and Teal Bunbury carried the New England Revolution to a 3-1 game-two home victory over the nine-man Columbus Crew and a 7-3 two-game conference semifinal series aggregate victory.  The Revs will take on the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Carson, California:

Landon Donovan delivered a hat trick (11', 55', 72') as the Los Angeles Galaxy destroyed visiting Real Salt Lake 5-0 in game two of their conference semifinal series and took their series by that same score on aggregate.  The Galaxy will next take on the Seattle-Dallas winner in the Western Conference final.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Red Bulls Knock Off DC United To Advance To East Final

At Washington:

Peguy Luyindula scored a critical goal in the 57th minute on Saturday as the New York Red Bulls, despite dropping a 2-1 road decision in game two of their Major League Soccer Cup Playoff Eastern Conference semifinal series with DC United, ousted the conference's top-seeded club 3-2 on aggregate, having finally ousted the capital city's club in MLS Cup playoff action on their fifth attempt.