Fulham's Aaron Hughes, right, fights for the ball with Swansea City's Angel Rangel, during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Craven Cottage stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)

Fulham 1-2 Swansea: Coaching change yet to work miracles at Fulham (video)

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Swansea take temporary possession of tenth place thanks to their win at Craven Cottage, and reminded themselves of what it feels like to win on the road, after six games without. Fulham, meanwhile, find themselves even more miserable, with the loss marking their fourth straight. Despite the addition of Rene Meulensteen alongside Martin Jol, the Cottagers remain in the relegation zone, and still looked, for the majority of the match, rather hapless.

The first half may have been goalless, but at least both sides had one or two decent chances. Swansea came out slightly on top, with ten shots, forcing some quick blocks on many of them. Just before the break, Nathan Dyer was cruelly denied a chance to put the visitors ahead, when Maarten Stekelenburg blocked his shot with his leg.

Fulham, meanwhile, were a bit more cautious, perhaps bargaining on the fact that one point would be better than none at all. Their best chance came around the half-hour mark, when Darren Bent smacked the woodwork with his sharp shot. But if Bent wants to establish himself as a regular starter, he’s going to have to do a bit better.

Swansea started the second half quite lively, building into their attacks and getting in shots. Wilfried Bony and Roland Lamah both went wide. Dyer saw another shot denied, this time by a perfectly timed tackle by Kieran Richardson. Stekelenburg saved an attempt from Jonathan De Guzman, while Ben Davies saw two shots blocked — all within the opening ten minutes of the second half.

And so there was little surprise when that pressure resulted in the Swans taking the lead. The goal came courtesy of Fulham, however. Aaron Hughes attempted to clean up a cross from De Guzman and, in so doing, legged the ball into the back of his own net. You could just see Martin Jol’s blood pressure rise.

Fortunately, the Fulham manager’s health was spared less than ten minutes later, when his side put the ball in the back of the correct net. The goal by Scott Parker didn’t look entirely intentional — it was a chipped ball off a corner from Bryan Ruiz, that somehow evaded Michel Vorm and ended up in the top corner. It was a fantastic goal to watch, but it also seemed a touch unbelievable.

Intentional or not, Fulham sure wouldn’t have minded a repeat. Instead, it was Swansea that took the lead once more, ten minutes before the whistle. Jonjo Shelvey, who replaced Dyer at the hour mark, weaved his way through the Fulham defense and sent in his shot from just outside the area. The sharp shot flew past an outstretched Stekelenburg to nestle into the top right corner.

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker (Taarabt 86), Kasami, Boateng (Sidwell 60), Ruiz (Kačaniklić 77); Berbatov, Bent

Subs not used: Stockdale, Senderos, Dejagah, Dembele

Goals: Parker 64′

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas, de Guzman, Dyer (Shelvey 59), Lamah (Tiendalli 86), Pozuelo (Alvaro), Bony.

Subs not used: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Britton

Goals: Hughes o.g. 56′; Shelvey 80′

MLS Cup Playoffs: LA Galaxy 3-1 Real Salt Lake (video)

Los Angeles Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme (37) congratulates forward Alan Gordon (9) for scoring against the Real Salt Lake during the first half of a knockout round MLS playoff soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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The game in 100 words (or less): The LA Galaxy are through to the conference semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs, where they’ll take on the Colorado Rapids beginning Sunday, for the seventh time in eight years with a 3-1 knockout-round triumph over Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center on Wednesday. Alan Gordon put the home side ahead inside the first quarter-hour before RSL drew level seven minutes later, but Emmanuel Boateng bagged a quickfire brace to complete a pair of brilliant individual exhibitions of dribbling inside the penalty area. With Steven Gerrard unavailable and Robbie Keane only fit to feature off the bench, Bruce Arena turned to Gordon, who gave way to Keane early in the second half after picking up an injury of his own, to play the fulcrum of the Galaxy attack, and it worked to near-perfection during the opening half-hour. Landon Donovan started the game and played 87 minutes, providing the kind of defensive work rate that’s been missing up and down the flanks of LA all season. Sebastian Lletget put in a near-flawless passing performance while playing deep in midfield. Don’t look now, but those are the Galaxy’s biggest question of 2016, all just about answered as the playoffs begin. I won’t say, “I told you so” if/when they win MLS Cup 2016, but…

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Three Four moments that mattered

14′ — Gordon finishes from close range for 1-0 — Landon Donovan -> Giovani dos Santos -> Alan Gordon. Just like Bruce Arena drew it up in preseason midseason last month this week this morning.

21′ — Plata converts from the spot after Morales’ dive — Javier Morales was angling for a penalty from the moment he entered the penalty area. All Emmanuel Boateng had to do was look at him, and Morales was going down.

26′ — Boateng weaves through to make it 2-1 — Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Boateng took advantage of some poor defending, and the Galaxy were back in the lead.

34′ — Boateng cuts inside, blows past his man, makes it 3-1 — There’s playing in top gear, and there’s having an extra gear that you rarely have to use because no one else on the field has it. Boateng falls into the latter category.

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Men of the match: Emmanuel Boateng

Goalscorers: Gordon (14′), Plata (21′), Boateng (26′, 34′)

MLS Cup Playoffs: Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): 10 years later, Toronto FC are MLS Cup Playoffs victors. For eight seasons, the playoffs eluded them altogether. Last year, they were one-and-done in embarrassing fashion at the hands of their local rivals. In 2016, it was  their year — a proclamation we’d heard plenty times before — and so far, they’ve lived up to the hype. Wednesday’s 3-1 home victory over the Philadelphia Union in the knockout round gets the monkey off the Reds’ back, but more importantly, afforded Sebastian Giovinco, who bagged a goal and an assist on the night (his second straight game with such a line), 90 more minutes of game time after missing more than a month through injuries as the regular season wound down. After 270 minutes of action, the Atomic Ant looks sharp as ever, and destined to terrorize New York City FC, whom TFC will face in the conference semifinals, beginning Sunday.

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Three Four moments that mattered

15′ — Atlidore feeds Giovinco for 1-0 — The first playoff goal in TFC’s 10-year history. Poor goalkeeping, ball-watching defending, terrible touches, an overhead cross, and a strike off the crossbar. There’s a lot going on here. Watch it all right here.

49′ — Osorio slams home from the corner for 2-0 — The Union have been bad at defending set pieces all season, so is it at all surprising a set-piece gaffe effectively ended their season? No, it’s not.

73′ — Bedoya puts the loose ball home for 2-1 — Speaking of failing to effectively clear a corner kick, the Union were gifted a lifeline 15 minutes before full-time.

85′ — Altidore puts it out of reach, seals it for TFC — Ken Tribbet did not have the best night a center back has ever seen. His final blunder resulted in Jozy Altidore reclaiming TFC’s two-goal lead, and ending the Union’s 2016 season.

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Men of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Giovinco (15′), Osorio (49′), Bedoya (73′), Altidore (85′)

Men In Blazers podcast: Mourinho’s Chelsea return; Bradley’s 1st point

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Rog and Davo break down Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea with Manchester United, another stumble for Manchester City and Bob Bradley’s first Premier League point.

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VIDEO: Altidore, Giovinco combine for TFC’s first-ever playoff goal

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It’s been 10 years in the making, and Toronto FC finally have their first-ever goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.

This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.

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