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Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hits out at ‘boring’ chants; Super Clasico ends in draw; and more

Jose Mourinho has hit out at “boring” chants from Arsenal supporters, while Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America played to a draw.

Dempsey strikes again, lifts Sounders over Timbers

Clint Dempsey scored late for the Seattle Sounders, lifting his team to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.

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Red Bulls remain unbeaten with a little luck in draw against Galaxy

Th New York Red Bulls unbeaten run continued Sunday as Felipe’s equalizer led the way in a draw with the LA Galaxy.

European Weekend Rewind: Bayern grab Bundesliga crown; Chelsea inch closer to title; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

In England, Chelsea inched ever closer to a Premier League title, while the Bundesliga saw the crowning of its own champion in the form of Bayern Munich.

Chelsea moved one step nearer to claiming the Premier League crown thanks to a 0-0 draw against Arsenal. As a result, Chelsea need just six points to claim the trophy.

Bayern did just that over the weekend, snagging the Bundesliga title thanks to Wolfsburg’s 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Meanwhile, Italy’s Juventus will have to wait a bit longer to clinch their own domestic crown after falling to Torino on Sunday.

Here is everything that went down in Europe’s best leagues this weekend:

ENGLAND

Chelsea is now just six points away from the title as they managed a scoreless-draw away at the Emirates against Arsenal. Arguably, the Blues were denied two penalties in the first half so the scoreline is more than fair along with the chances created by the Gunners.

 

Everton taught Manchester United a lesson as they scored three unanswered goals in an emphatic 3-0 victory. James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas all made sure that this game would be one to remember for midtable Everton, as Man United has now dropped to fourth as they remain on 65 points.

Manchester City edged past Aston Villa by a score of 3-2 to push themselves back into second for the time being. Sergio Aguero and Alexander Kolarov put the home side up only to see their lead vanish thanks to strikes from Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez. Fernandinho was able to come up huge in the 89th minute with a sensational volley after controlling the ball with his chest to create space after a corner.

Here are the results from the Premier League this weekend:

Southampton 2-2 Tottenham

Burnley 0-1 Leicester

Palace 0-2 Hull

Newcastle 2-3 Swansea

QPR 0-0 West Ham

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

Everton 3-0 Man United

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

SPAIN

Barcelona blanked Espanyol 2-0 on the road in the Catalan Derby with strikes from Neymar and Lionel Messi in the opening 45 minutes. The sour note of the match was the questionable red card shown to Jordi Alba which was followed with a red given to the home side’s Hector Moreno in the final minutes. Alba was ejected in the 54th minute which means the hosts had 36 minutes to use their one-man advantage but were unable to do so.

Real Madrid remembered that they lost 2-0 at Celta Vigo last year, ensuring this weekend’s result was to be much different. They did allow goals from Nolito and Santi Mina, but that did not matter much since Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and a Javier Hernandez brace ended the matter with a 4-2 scoreline. With this win, Real Madrid stills its second with 79 points, just two behind Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann continued his scorching league-form with a brace in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Elche. Raul Garcia hit home the other in between his two strikes. Atleti sits in third with 72 points.

Here are the results in La Liga this weekend:

Cordoba 0-1 Bilbao

Espanyol 0-2 Barca

Atletico 3-0 Elche

Getafe 0-1 Levante

Sociedad 0-0 Villarreal

Malaga 1-1 Deportivo

Almeria 2-0 Eibar

Sevilla 2-0 Rayo

Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid

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GERMANY

Bayern Munich won their third-straight Bundesliga title with a 1-0 home-win over Hertha Berlin. Bastian Schweinsteiger hit home the game’s only goal inside 80 minutes. With Wolfsburg losing at Moenchengladbach, the deficit stayed at the increased amount of 16 points, which is impossible to overcome with only four game left to be played.

 

Borussia Moenchengladbach cut Wolfsburg’s deficit in first down to four by defeating them, 1-0, at home courtesy of Max Kruse’s 90th-minute winner. With four games remaining, finishing in second is nowhere near out of the question.

Hoffenheim is now only two points out of 6th (Europa League qualifying spot) after winning, 2-1, on the road against Hannover. With Augsburg dropping the points this week, confidence to gain that position is high for the game-winners.

Here are the results from the Bundesliga this weekend:

Mainz 2-0 Schalke

Dortmund 2-0 Frankfurt

Koln 1-1 Leverkusen

Hamburg 3-2 Augsburg

Hannover 1-2 Hoffenheim

Stuttgart 2-2 Freiburg

Bayern 1-0 Berlin

Paderborn 2-2

Moenchengladbach 1-0 Wolfsburg

ITALY

Juventus lost the derby against Torino on the road by a score of 2-1. Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring for the visitors before Matteo Darmian and former Old Lady player Fabio Quagliarella completed the comeback. This was the first time Torino earned all three points against their rivals in 20 years. Juve still sits atop Serie A with a 14 point lead.

Napoli made sure Sampdoria would not catch up to them in fourth with a 4-2 victory in front of their home fans.  Lorenzo Insigne and Manolo Gabbiadini each hit once for the hosts with Gonzalo Higuain’s double completing their scoring. Raul Albiol’s own-goal and Luis Muriel’s strike made some noise for the visitors.

Fiorentina missed the chance to jump into fifth after their 3-1 home defeat against Cagliari. Duje Cop hit a brace while Diego Farias completed the scoring in the final minute. The hosts found the back of the net through Alberto Gilardino inside the 75th.

Here are the results from the Serie A this weekend:

Udinese 2-1 AC Milan

Inter 2-1 Roma

Atalanta 2-2 Empoli

Genoa 3-1 Cesena

Hellas Verona 3-2 Sassuolo

Lazio 1-1 Chievo

Parma 1-0 Palermo

Torino 2-1 Juve

Fiorentina 1-3 Cagliari

Napoli 4-2 Sampdoria

FRANCE

Paris-Saint Germain were once again without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is continuing to serve his suspension. However, allowing Edinson Cavani to play centrally in the 4-3-3 paid dividends as they defeated Lille 6-1 with the Uruguayan scoring twice and assisting once. PSG still sits second with 68 points, level with Lyon, with a game in-hand.

Lyon won, 4-2, at Reims to continue the Ligue 1 chase to the title as a two-way race against PSG. Corentin Tolisso, Alexandre Lacazette, Clinton Njie and an own-goal Mickael Tacalfred brought the points back home with the visitors. With four games remaining, these two still have it all to play for.

Monaco is now in third with 62 points after a thrilling 3-0 sweep at Lens. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Anthony Martial and Bernardo Silva made sure of all three points.

Here is what happened in Ligue 1 this weekend:

Marseille 3-5 Lorient

PSG 6-1 Lille

Bordeaux 1-1 Metz

Caen 0-2 Guingamp

Evian 1-2 Bastia

Rennes 2-1 Nice

Toulouse 1-1 Nantes

Saint Etienne 1-0 Montpellier

Lens 0-3 Monaco

Reims 2-4 Lyon

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Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hits out at ‘boring’ chants; Super Clasico ends in draw; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As Chelsea continued to set course for a scoreless draw with Arsenal to all but wrap up the title, chants of “boring” filled the Emirates, a fact that caused Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to call for fans to look in the mirror.

Mourinho, who has a long standing rivalry with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, jibed that the chants are a result of Arsenal’s own title drought, one that dates back to 2003-04, as well as Wenger’s decision to remove Olivier Giroud late in the game despite Arsenal’s chase.

“You know, I think boring is 10 years without a title. That’s very boring,” said Mourinho. “You support the club and you’re waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that’s very boring.

“But maybe they were not singing to us. Maybe, when you want to win a game and you’re at home and you take your number nine [Olivier Giroud] off, maybe the home fans want more. Maybe they want to play Giroud and [Danny] Welbeck together up front to try to win the game.”

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Dempsey strikes again, lifts Sounders over Timbers

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE– It took 77 minutes and forced a packed house to sit through a somnolent first half, but the Seattle Sounders scored late in front of 41,451 at CenturyLink Field to earn a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night.

No surprise it was Clint Dempsey who finally felled the Timbers.

Just moments after entering the match, Sounders midfielder Andy Rose fired a short-range shot at goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, who dove to deflect the shot but failed to collect. As Kwarasey rolled toward the goal in search of the ricochet, Dempsey darted in to push the ball over the line for the 1-0 lead and his fourth goal of the season.

Dempsey has now scored in four straight matches against Portland. He also has six career goals in the rivalry, leading all players on either team since the Timbers joined MLS in 2011.

Late substitute Fanendo Adi almost equalized in the 81st minute, but his header from the center of the penalty area slapped off the crossbar. Gaston Fernandez volleyed wide right in stoppage time.

The Timbers have yet to win a regular season MLS match in Seattle. The Sounders now lead the all-time MLS series with a 6-2-4 record, outscoring Portland 22-14 in the process.

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Red Bulls remain unbeaten with a little luck in draw against Galaxy

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

HARRISON, N.J. – As the saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

On Sunday, the New York Red Bulls were a little of both, as they controlled the game before benefitting from a fortunate bounce in a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy, which extended their season-opening unbeaten run.

Through six games, the Red Bulls are now 3-0-3 – the longest undefeated open to a season in club history. They also sit just two points behind the New England Revolution and D.C. United, which lead the Eastern Conference, with games in hand.

The Red Bulls’ bit of good fortune came while trailing 1-0 in the 58th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips appeared poised to equalize from inside six yards after a low cross from Sal Zizzo. Instead, the English striker’s shot was blocked by AJ DeLaGarza, which sent it back into play, off the head of an unsuspecting Felipe and into the back of the net.

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Altidore brace leads Toronto FC past Orlando City

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By MIKE GRAMAJO 

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the fourth time this season, Orlando City SC dominated possession at home, but the visiting side had the most important factor to a game: the goal.

Jozy Altidore bagged a brace as he propelled Toronto FC to a much-needed 2-0 victory over Orlando City on Sunday night at the Citrus Bowl in front of 30,908 in attendance.

The American international put Toronto on the scoresheet in the 50th minute after making a run past Orlando City’s back line, striking a low-shot past Donovan Ricketts. Altidore doubled the lead, and secured his brace in the 82nd minute when he rounded Ricketts to slot the ball into an open net.

“[Toronto] didn’t surprise us,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath. “I thought they played their most experienced team and made it difficult. We fell in their trap, and I don’t think we were good enough to win the game.” Continue reading »

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Despite draw, Red Bulls pass test against defending champion Galaxy

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Though the Los Angeles Galaxy traveled east without Robbie Keane, the defending MLS Cup champions provided a measuring stick for the New York Red Bulls.

Although the Red Bulls didn’t get the win to prove it, they felt like they passed that test on Sunday with a performance that left their opponent on the back foot for much of the day.

“I thought our reactions and our awareness and our movement as a group was all very good,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “Very, very good. In a lot of ways, the first half might have been one of our better halves this season. These are positives, that I feel like we continue to move ourselves along. Against a good team, we played really well and again, we’re a little bit unlucky not to get three points.”

That disappointment with the 1-1 draw, but delight with the performance, was a common theme in the Red Bulls’ dressing room after the match. And while midfielder Sacha Kljestan agreed with that assessment, he also drew another conclusion from Sunday evening. Continue reading »

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Sunday European Rewind: Hernandez leads Real Madrid to victory; Arsenal held by Chelsea; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Javier Hernandez has been a regular name on the Real Madrid score sheet this week.

Just a few days after his strike sent Los Blancos to the UEFA Champions League semifinals, Hernandez scored a brace as Real topped Celta Vigo, 4-2. La Liga’s second place team, two points behind leaders Barcelona, now has five straight league wins.

Hernandez struck in the 24th and 69th minutes, initially giving Real the lead after a quick Celta start. Nolito scored in the ninth minute to hand the hosts a surprise lead.

Toni Kroos ensured it didn’t last long, smashing home a rebound from the middle of the box just seven minutes later. Hernandez then struck from a tight angle to give Los Blancos the lead.

Celta didn’t wilt, instead equalizing in the 28th minute through Santi Mina. They put five shots on goal for the game, keeping the Real defense busy. James Rodriguez just needed a bit of luck to give Los Blancos the lead again, however, when his deflected shot went in two minutes before halftime.

Real cruised from there, and one more Hernandez strike sealed the deal in the second half.

There weren’t as many goals, but Chelsea earned a valuable point against Arsenal in other action on Sunday. Lyon took top spot in Ligue 1 on goal difference alone, and Torino beat Juventus for the first time in 20 years.

Here is more from the action on Sunday in Europe’s top leagues:

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MLS Week 8: SBI Sunday Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having emerged to this point unscathed, the New York Red Bulls face their biggest task to date in a matchup with the reigning MLS Cup champions.

Riding back-to-back victories, the LA Galaxy travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the unbeaten Red Bulls without Robbie Keane, who is absent due to injury.

Two contenders entering Sunday on a more sour note are also set to collide, as Toronto FC travels south to take on Orlando City. Finally, Sunday evening provides a Cascadia clash as the Portland Timbers take on the rival Seattle Sounders.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s action so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI live commentary is after the jump):

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