Norwich City 2 – Everton 2: Canaries and Toffees draw in pulsating clash (Video)

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In the game of the weekend so far, Norwich City and Everton went toe-to-toe in their 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.

All the goals came in the second half as the Canaries struck first through Steven Whittaker. But soon after Everton were level as Ross Barkley scored a stunning left-footed strike, then they took the lead when Seamus Colmean tapped home.

But the home side looked dangerous on the break and new signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored the equalizer with a looping header to send both teams home happy after an entertaining clash.

Norwich City took the lead in the 50th minute, when right back Whittaker scored a great goal. The Scotsman marauded forward from defense, as the Canaries hit Everton on the counter. Whittaker got lucky with a few bounces but his 60-yard run saw him get to the edge of the box before curling a wonderful left-footed shot against the post.

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Barkley hammered home his first goal for Everton.

The rebound came back out and Whittaker, to his credit, continued to keep up with the play and slotted the ball home expertly with his right foot.

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But Everton youngster Ross Barkley then scored a wonder goal in the 60th minute after good work from Seamus Coleman.

The local boy scored his first-ever goal for the club, as he collected a square ball from Coleman on the edge of the box. Barkley, 19, then shuffled the ball from his right foot onto his left and smashed home an unstoppable drive to make it 1-1 with 30 minutes to go at Carrow Road.

Then in the 65th minute, Everton took the lead through Seamus Coleman, as Nikica Jelavic having a shot saved by John Ruddy.

What an incredible 15 minute spell.

But take a breath, the scoring wasn’t over. On 71 minutes Norwich were back on level terms as $14 million summer signing van Wolfswinkel superbly headed Whittaker’s arching cross home, past US international Tim Howard.

Both teams pushed for the winner but a draw was a fair result with the points shared after a scintillating show at Carrow Road.

Lineups

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Martin, Garrido; E Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Redmond (Olsson 86); Hoolahan (Tettey 73); van Wolfswinkel. Subs not used: Bunn (GK), R Bennett, Butterfield, Fox, Becchio

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Barkley (Anichebe 90), Osman, Fellaini, Mirallas (Naismith 70), Jelavic (Kone, 81), Pienaar. Subs not used: Robles, Heitinga, Deulofeu, Stones.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.