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Manchester United and Manchester City salvaged Champions League Matchday 2 for the Premier League on Wednesday.
England's top division was staring at an embarrassing record of just one win in its first eight Champions League group stage matches after both Manchester clubs fell behind 1-0. But United and City both managed to pull out 2-1 victories over Wolfsburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach, respectively.
Man United equalized in the 34th minute on a penalty by Juan Mata (no, not Wayne Rooney) and grabbed the lead on Chris Smalling's 53rd-minute goal that was set up by Mata's brilliant backheel to the delight of the Old Trafford faithful.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to lead Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory at Malmo. The Portugal star's 29th-minute goal was the 500th of his career for club and country.
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It was another crazy day in the UEFA Champions League. And another day of disappointment for the Premier League sides.
Barcelona struggled in its first game without the injured Lionel Messi and trailed Bayer Leverkusen well into the second half before getting an equalizer by Sergi Roberto in the 80th minute. Two minutes later, Luis Suarez scored for a 2-1 comeback victory at the Camp Nou.
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Lionel Messi will be out "around seven to eight weeks" with a collateral ligament tear in his left knee, Barcelona announced after its 2-1 La Liga victory over Las Palmas on Saturday.
That diagnosis should allow Messi to return just in time for Barcelona's Nov. 21 showdown with rival Real Madrid.
Messi went down in the fourth minute after colliding with a Las Palmas defender and suffering a knock to his left knee. He stayed down for a couple of minutes before walking to the sideline with the team trainer, then returned to the game.
Messi wouldn't last past the 10th minute. He waved back to the sideline to be taken out.
But one thing Messi won't be able to outrun is Father Time. Saturday very well could be the first sign that Messi, at 28, could be showing his age.
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When he finally hangs up his boots, Lionel Messi very well could walk away as the best soccer player the world has ever seen. The Argentine magician has accomplished everything there is to achieve in modern football (except win a World Cup, of course) and, at 28, he continues to dazzle game in and game out. He put on another show on Sunday in Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Levante, setting up Marc Bartra's opening goal and adding two of his own.
Messi was his typical magnificent self, lofting a perfect cross to the far post to Bartra, burying a 61st-minute penalty and capping the win with a 90th-minute strike. But what the Twitterverse wanted to talk about afterward wasn't what Messi did to help Barca retain its two-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid. Instead, the chatter focused on Messi's missed penalty in the 75th minute.
His latest penalty miss.
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Adam Lallana scored in the 65th minute to give Liverpool the lead, but Bordeaux salvaged a point thanks to Jussie's 81st-minute equalizer.
Adam Lallana uses quick feet and a slick finish to open the scoring for Liverpool vs. Bordeaux. http://t.co/zGj8HbLXV7
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CONCACAF released on Tuesday the provisional 35-player rosters of the United States and Mexico for their Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup playoff at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. There were no surprises.
Mexico listed 32 players on its roster, including the return of Los Angeles Galaxy star Giovani Dos Santos. The U.S. named the full 35 players, including Stanford forward Jordan Morris, who scored against Mexico in a 2-0 friendly win in April.
Both sides will decide on their 23-man squads on Oct. 1. The winner earns the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, the host for the 2018 World Cup.
Goalkeepers (4) – Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain); Moises Munoz (Club America/Mexico); Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico).
Defenders (10) – Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain); Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona/Italy); Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal); Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal); Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara/Mexico); Arturo Rivas (Tigres/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico).
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Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona from international duty with Argentina this week and skipped the club's only training session on Thursday to attend the birth of his son Mateo. But even the world's best player doesn't go straight back into the starting XI without training.
So when Barça kicked off Saturday's big La Liga showdown at Atletico Madrid, Messi began the game watching from the bench. Judging by Messi's expression, he wasn't thrilled.
But Little Leo came on as a substitute in the 60th minute and, as has been the case for most of his encounters with Atletico Madrid, he scored – the 20th goal of his career against Atleti – finishing a nifty combination play in the 77th minute to cap Barcelona's comeback for a 2-1 victory.
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Cristiano Ronaldo did not score in Real Madrid's first two matches of the La Liga season. He then came up empty for Portugal during the recent international break to run his streak of games without a goal to eight for club and country.
Naturally, questions were asked. And the words "goal drought" were being included in the same sentence as Ronaldo.
Coach Rafa Benitez even had to utter the following words during his press conference on Friday: "With his quality, I'm sure he will score many goals."
Surely, the crazy talk can finally end.
During Real Madrid's visit to Espanyol on Saturday, Ronaldo scored not once but three times in the first 20 minutes of a match that quickly got out of hand. He added two more goals in the second half to finish with five in a 6-0 victory.
Ronaldo's rampage began In the seventh minute, as he ran onto a looping long ball over the top by Luka Modric and then flipped the ball off goalkeeper Pau Lopez's glove and inside the far post.
In the 17th minute, Ronaldo converted from the spot after Gareth Bale won a penalty.
Game, set, match and the end of some ridiculous talk of a goal drought.
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The United States men's national team can thank Lionel Messi for making sure Mexico enters the Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup against the Americans with some doubt about its form.
El Tri was headed for a confidence-boosting shutout victory over Argentina when the world's top-ranked team and the planet's best player decided to crash that party. Sergio Aguero scored in the 85th minute, then Messi produced the tying goal four minutes later to salvage a 2-2 draw for Argentina on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.
A couple of hours after archrival U.S. got blasted 4-1 by Brazil in Foxborough, Mass., Mexico was making quite the statement before a Cowboys Stadium crowd of 82,559 against the Argentines, the runners-up at the 2014 World Cup and this summer's Copa America.
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Jurgen Klinsmann warned the United States men's national team about "having too much respect" for Brazil. Make that mistake and the consequence would be devastating.
"You get crushed," Klinsmann summed up.
Tuesday's friendly in Foxborough, Mass., wasn't a case of the Americans having too much respect. It was more about being outclassed by one of the world's most talented sides happily showing off its awe-inspiring offensive firepower. A desultory defensive display by the U.S. also played a huge factor as the Selecao steamrolled their way to a 4-1 victory at Gillette Stadium.
Brazil needed just nine minutes to take the lead courtesy of an easy finish in the box by Hulk, then ran roughshod over Klinsmann's men in the second half. Not surprisingly, the onslaught began shortly after Neymar stepped onto the field as a halftime substitute. The Barcelona star scored twice, his tallies sandwiched around Rafinha's first goal for Brazil.