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Highlights of New England-Philadelphia; officials get one big call right, but one very wrong (Video)


No matter how frustrating a situation becomes, a good team simply does not lose its cool.

Philadelphia certainly did Sunday night outside Boston, where John Hackworth’s team collapsed under the frustration of watching two goals disallowed against New England. One decision was absolutely correct, but the second one was a perfectly legitimate goal. And it turned the important Eastern Conference match, a real back-breaker for Philadelphia.

It would have given the visitors a 2-1 lead.  Rather, referee Allen Chapman awarded a free kick to New England. As frustration began boiling over for the Union, Juan Agudelo soon hit a shot that turned into an own goal, spinning the night back in the Revs’ favor – and the rout was on.

Shortly after that, the Revs scored three goals in eight minutes. The fouls and the cards began falling for the infuriated Union, who saw three men cautioned and one (important, talented young center back Amobi Okugo) ejected.

(MORE: Important points on the Revs’ big win Sunday)

Watch the highlights below and you will see that Sebastien Le Toux was a half-step offside as officials ruled his rebound put-away was offside. Right call.

But soon after that, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis fumbles a save, as the ball falls between his legs. Conor Casey, in full, aggressive gallop, is in quickly to score from close range.

Reis absolutely does not have possession, so the Union are correct to get twisted up over that one. No points for losing composure, as we already said – but you do hate to see matches turn on a blown decision, tough one though it was.

Here are the highlights, including all six official goals and the two that weren’t:


VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.