Chelsea aims to stack some wins following a momentum-restoring weekend win when Southampton visits Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). The Blues have lost two of four inside the Premier League — home to Crystal Palace and at Manchester United — but beat Spurs 4-2 in a thrilling FA Cup semifinal this weekend, extending their season to a May 27 final against Arsenal. Saints are coming off their first loss in four outings, a 3-0 home beatdown at the hands of Manchester City.
After 31 (and 32, respectively) games played, three points were all that separated Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the table in La Liga. After another 90 scintillating, pulsating, thrilling, plot-twisting minutes of El Clasico on Sunday, there’s not a single thing to separate the two sides (other than Barca’s current tiebreaker on head-to-head meetings, and Madrid’s game in hand). This time, it was Lionel Messi who outshone Cristiano Ronaldo in the meeting of the world’s brightest stars, the former scoring twice and reaching the 500-goal mark in his Barcelona career (all competitions). Casemiro opened the scoring with a tap-in into an empty net in the 28th minute. Marcelo floated a ball
Keita Balde Diao had himself a day on Sunday. [ MORE: Serie A scores, schedule ] Within five minutes he scored three times to put Lazio 5-0 up against Palermo in Serie A after Ciro Immobile had scored twice in two minutes to put them 2-0 up after just nine minutes at the Stadio Olimpico. The Eagles scored with all five of their opening shots against Palermo to lead 5-0 after just 26 minutes. Watch the video of Keita’s remarkable hat trick below as the Senegalese forward, like his team, is on fire. Keita makes it 3-0 in 21st minute… Keita makes it 4-0 in 24th minute… Keita makes it 5-0 in 26th minute…
The game in 100 words (or less): I’ve been saying it since the preseason: Cyle Larin is going to Europe, and it wont be long before MLS’s best young striker since… ever(?) makes the jump across the Atlantic Ocean. Canada’s greatest-ever hope for international soccer relevance bagged a brace (31st and 51st minutes) on Sunday, bringing his 2017 season total to six goals (37 for his career, which is just over two full seasons old), as Orlando City SC narrowly edged New York City FC, 2-1 at Yankee Stadium. He’s also scored nine goals in seven career games against NYCFC. Larin wasn’t the only star striker on display, and the scoresheet, though, as David Villa provided NYCFC’s lone goal of the game
Find out how to watch/stream the best live soccer matches on April 24-30 with our listings below. For streaming: - beIN Sports games are on beIN Sports Connect. - ESPN games are on WatchESPN. - Fox Sports games are on Fox Sports Go. - NBC games are on NBC Sports Live. All times are US/Eastern Serie A Pescara vs. Roma, 2:45 p.m. on beIN Sports La Liga Eibar vs. Athletic Bilbao, 2:45 p.m. on beIN Sports in Spa. Premier League Chelsea vs. Southampton, 2:45 p.m. on NBCSN La Liga Sporting Gijon vs. Espanyol, 1:30 p.m. on beIN Sports in Spa. Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal, 3:30 p.m. on beIN Sports in Spa. German Cup Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Frankfurt, 2:45 p.m. on ESPN3 CCL Pachuca vs. Tigres,
We’ve seen MLS teams make major splashes in the past, and one of next year’s newcomers could be a really big draw if they can manage to seal the deal on a Mexican international. According to Metro New York, Los Angeles FC is continuing its talks with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez about a potential deal that would prove massive in terms of MLS spending. While LAFC won’t debut in MLS until 2018, the club could potentially make the Mexico striker the highest-paid player in league history with an average salary of roughly $10 million. The 28-year-old Hernandez currently plays in Germany with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he’s plied his trade since joining the club during the 2015/16 season.
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, who many felt was hard done by in not winning the award during Leicester City’s miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16, was named the 2016-17 PFA Player of the Year on Sunday. With Chelsea six games from claiming this season’s Premier League title (they currently possess a four-point advantage on Tottenham Hotspur), it’s impossible to ignore Kante’s presence and impact on each of the last two (presumed) title-winning sides. While his goal and assist numbers (1 and 1 this season) don’t come anywhere close to those of past winners (Riyad Mahrez tallied 17 and 11 en route to last season’s award), Kante’s industry, energy and rugged, ball-winning ways have integrated so
April 23 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Sunday Sunday, April 23 Burnley 0 Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 2 Saturday, April 22 Bournemouth 4 Middlesbrough 0
The timing is a bit sudden and certainly leaves many questions up in the air, but Phoenix Rising will have to look for a new manager. On Monday, head coach Frank Yallop resigned from his position with the United Soccer League (USL) club less than one day after former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joined the organization as a player-owner. With Phoenix seen as one of several lower-level clubs with ambitions of making the leap to MLS over the coming seasons, Yallop’s departure is surely a shock to many. According to ESPN FC, Rising lead owner Berke Bakay was quite surprised by Yallop’s decision to step down, as was Drogba. “Didier was as surprised and disappointed as we were that Frank is unable
Palace win third-straight at Anfield Christian Benteke scores twice Liverpool slip up in top four race Eagles 7 points above drop zone Crystal Palace stunned Liverpool at Anfield once again on Sunday as the Eagles fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and added to their recent impressive wins against Arsenal and Chelsea. Phillipe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead with a stunning free kick but just before half time Christian Benteke made it 1-1 and then the former Liverpool striker headed home in the second half to give Palace a precious three points. With the win the Eagles are on 38 points and move up to 12th place as they surge away from the relegation zone, while Liverpool remain on 66 points
AS Roma has found its new sporting director, and it’s a man with a keen eye for talent. Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez Verdejo, 48, has spent the last 18 years as the sporting director at Sevilla, which won five UEFA Europa League titles under his watch. Monchi was discussed in the media as a target for the same job at Arsenal and was a target for other Premier League clubs, but Roma sealed the deal with the former goalkeeper. He is considered to have a big role in discovering and developing Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Dani Alves.
Alan Pardew knows why Crystal Palace was failing when he got fired, knows he could’ve fixed it, and seems pretty bummed he’s not there any more. Pardew emerged to make the comments after Sam Allardyce helmed another upset win for Palace, a 2-1 win over Liverpool which joins defeats of Arsenal and Chelsea. The win moves Palace 12th, and the Eagles have a legitimate shot at a top-half finish despite their poor start to the season. But Pardew wants fans to know it was about a personnel mistake, and that Palace dropped into the relegation zone after he was fired. The Northeast Chronicle says Pardew aimed to bring former Newcastle left backs Davide Santon and Paul Dummett to Palace, but couldn’t get
German publication Kicker says Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke attended both of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinals and had his eye on two players in particular. Reschke apparently wants to bring players from both North London Derby rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the Allianz Arena. In the case of Spurs, that man is right back Kyle Walker. The 26-year-old has also played right mid in 8 of his 35 matches for Tottenham this season, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. It’s hard to believe Spurs would have interest in selling Walker, who would help fill the role of retiring Philipp Lahm. On the other side is Alexis Sanchez, the embattled but electric Arsenal attacker
United unbeaten in 23 PL games Red Devils one point off top four Martial, Rooney on target in first half Burnley five points off bottom three An injury-hit Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday to keep their hopes of a top four finish well and truly alive. First half goals from the excellent Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney did the damage as Jose Mourinho’s men go into Thursday’s Manchester derby against City just one point and one place behind their crosstown rivals. With the win United move on to 63 points, while Burnley remain on 36 and are just five points above the relegation zone after another inept display in attack. Early on United missed a massive chance as Anthony
Antonio Conte might be just seven games away from guiding Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double this season, but the Blues’ first-year Italian manager insists his squad is nowhere near being a finished product. Speaking after Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, Conte insisted that the team he inherited last summer, after a disastrous 10th-place finish in the PL, is “in a period of transition” and that “[they] need time” as the club moves on from an accomplished, foundational generation — quotes from Sky Sports: “I think that now at Chelsea we are in a period of transition. In this season, we have lost (Branislav) Ivanovic, (John Obi) Mikel and next season we lose
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Atletico Madrid officials are at sport’s highest court to appeal against a FIFA transfer ban that will prevent the club from signing youth players from overseas during the coming offseason. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is hearing the appeal Monday, but says a verdict is not expected immediately. Atletico and FIFA previously agreed to seek a CAS verdict by June, before the summer trading period opens. FIFA imposed a one-year ban on registering new players as punishment for Atletico breaking rules introduced to prevent child trafficking and luring youngsters from their home country. Atletico denies wrongdoing, though it agreed not to sign players in January while
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