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Landon Donovan injured; off at halftime for Galaxy

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LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan spent the second half of Saturday’s visit to D.C. United on the bench, his left ankle covered in ice.

Donovan, just back from contributing a goal and an assist in the huge U.S. win over Mexico, got tangled up with United forward Luis Silva late in the first half at RFK Stadium. Silva unintentionally rolled over Donovan, who was able to continue for the last few minutes but was subtracted at the break for Jose Villarreal.

Donovan already had an assist in the match as his team sliced through United’s defense with ridiculous ease for an early road goal.

Remember, Donovan continues to chase not just the all-time goals record in Major League Soccer, but also Steve Ralston’s all-time assist leadership. With Saturday’s helper, Donovan is now 19 behind Ralston’s all-time best 135.

This would have been worse had it been prior to Tuesday’s big World Cup qualifier in Columbus, although that’s hardly likely to comfort the Galaxy, which has four matches remaining in a busy September. (The Galaxy schedule is here.)

LA has two important home matches this week, mid-week against Metapan in CONCACAF Champions League play and then an MLS Round 30 biggie on Saturday against current Western Conference leaders Seattle.

Given Donovan’s busy times recently, he seemed like a good candidate to sit out Wednesday’s Champions League match anyway – something that seems closer to a certainty now.

(Check back for updates at ProSoccerTalk after the match on Donovan’s injury.)

(MORE: Donovan, Keane, Gonzalez start for Galaxy against D.C. United)

WATCH: Fraser Forster with a GK error for the ages

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Fraser Forster of Southampton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
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Basically, it’s an accidental reverse rabona.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has far more tremendous moments than abysmal ones, but the Saints man has committed a gaffe more likely to be seen in a men’s league.

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A below-average men’s league at that, as an under-pressure Forster almost completely missed his clearance against Crystal Palace.

The bumbling ball was easily slotted by Christian Benteke, who will not score many easier goals in his life.

Pressure the keeper, kids.

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Premier League AT HALF: Hosts cruising, Kane hits PK for Spurs

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion heads to score the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns on December 3, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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It’s a fine day to be home in the Premier League, with multi-goal leads the norm in 10 a.m. EDT kickoffs.

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Swansea City

Bob Bradley‘s visitors were under siege at White Hart Lane, and Harry Kane converted a penalty before halftime. Heung-Min Son scored soon after Kane’s tally.

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Watford

Johnny Evans has the Baggies ahead off a Chris Brunt corner at the Hawthorns, while the latter added a goal before the break to insure the lead.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

A head-scratching error by Saints keeper Fraser Forster allowed Christian Benteke a simple goal, and James Tomkins lost Oriel Romeu on a corner to make it 2-0 moments later.

Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City

In-form Victor Anichebe, Black Cats looking dangerous at home.

Stoke City 2-0 Burnley

Potters hit the woodwork through Bruno Martins Indi, but Jonathan Walters scored a nice-looking goal to give Stoke a deserved lead. Marc Muniesa then finished a Marko Arnautovic pass to make it more comfortable at the Britannia Stadium.

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VIDEO: Man City, Chelsea players clash as Aguero, Fernandinho sent off

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Things got very lively in the closing stages of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday.

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With Sergio Aguero launching into a late, high challenge on David Luiz in stoppage time with Chelsea 3-1 ahead, a huge melee broke out as Aguero was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.

As players and coaches piled in, the mass of players pushed towards the stands as Cesc Fabregas and Fernandinho got into it. The latter pushed Fabregas into the stands and over the advertising boards and was sent off, reducing City to nine men on a bad afternoon for Pep Guardiola‘s side.

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Click play on the video above to see the entire incident develop.

Chelsea-Man City: Five stars who shone (and five more who went dim)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates his team's third goal scored by Eden Hazard (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Selecting Chelsea’s best from an all-around strong game was a struggle, certainly harder than identifying the men who hurt Manchester City’s chances of going atop the Premier League in a 3-1 match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday .

City had a lot of passengers, to be sure, as Antonio Conte got the better of Pep Guardiola in their first ever match-up (one that tactically delivered even if City’s players didn’t hold up their end of the bargain).

[ MORE: Match recap | Chelsea’s decisive goals ]

Forgive us for not going 22-deep with the player ratings this fine American morning, but here are 10 players who sincerely impacted the match for better or worse.

Stars who shone…

Diego Costa — Chelsea’s big forward was an absolute force, and would deserve his shine on the basis of his goal alone. His classy chest trap of Cesc Fabregas’ fantastic long offering allowed him the moment to boss Nicolas Otamendi, and the finish past Claudio Bravo was no problem. Then he turned well to play Willian in for the second goal, completing his day with an assist before walking off injured.

N'Golo KanteWe’re unsure the Chelsea engine has truly poor games, to be honest, and the French midfielder again showed his class (even if there’s some debate as to whether his risky but successful first-half tackle on Ilkay Gundogan could’ve been ruled a penalty). This is the sort of player who bears watching off the ball, because he’s likely going to where the opposition is trying to place it.

Cesc Fabregas — Set up Costa’s opening goal, and could’ve easily had a second assist when Eden Hazard darted around Bravo only to opt for a pass rather than a tight-angled shot on goal. Conte’s inspired decision to start him will be lauded in the fallout.

Cesar Azpilicueta — The least heralded of Chelsea’s backs was lively in the win, and had spells in which he was in charge of his side of the field. Well done, Dave.

Kevin De Bruyne (for 89 minutes and 59 seconds) — Hear me out… Can one moment quash a match with plenty of bright moments? The Belgian star was very good for Chelsea, apart from missing a sitter on the doorstep. De Bruyne’s lunging effort could’ve made it 2-0, as KDB was inches from scoring but couldn’t keep his body forward enough during the lunge. He’s gotta slide, unfortunately, and doesn’t (doubly so).


 

…And those who went dim

Nicolas Otamendi — He’ll need to turn the page on this one in a hurry. Otamendi was victimized by Costa on the first goal, and then caught in no man’s land on the second. A rough day for a strong player.

Gary Cahill — Yeah, it’s a bit easy to call out a man who scored an own goal, especially one who cleared a later effort off the line, but the Englishman’s finish behind his keeper was a poor decision to use the wrong foot. And it put his team down a goal.

Sergio Aguero — Far too little to like from the Man City man, who added a heaping of injury to his insulting night when he committed a horror tackle on David Luiz late. Sent off, this means a chance for Kelechi Iheanacho to shine in perhaps several matches. A striker of his quality has to find a goal in matches like this, or face criticism.

Fernandinho — On the same note, here’s a man who didn’t have a poor match on the pitch but cost his team big with a hands to the throat of Fabregas and a shove over the advertising boards that made the red card unavoidable for Anthony Taylor. These next few games will be difficult for City.

Claudio Bravo —  Perhaps a bit harsh, but City wants to win the Champions League and Premier League. A top-end goalkeeper has to find a way to stop that second goal. Dare-we-say that Joe Hart is a better shot-stopper than the Chilean?

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