Not 20 minutes have passed in the early match between Everton and Liverpool, yet we’re already in the middle of a thrilling 2-1 Liverpool lead. (Want more? Watch live on NBCSN and live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
It took just five minutes for Liverpool to grab the lead in the Merseyside Derby, with Philippe Coutinho marking the occassion by scoring his first derby goal. After Luis Suarez took a chance on goal, Steven Gerrard whipped in an enticing corner. Suarez then wiggled through the Everton defense to get his head on it, flicking the ball on to Coutinho. The Brazilian did well to get around to the near post, meeting Suarez’s header with the side of his foot to slip the ball past Tim Howard.
Everton responded in the best possible way, however. Sure, it took more than a minute, but after just three, the Toffees were back on level terms. Coutinho was the one who conceded the free kick, a silly decision when the opposition includes Leighton Baines. The Everton man put in yet another gorgeous kick, and history repeated itself. This time it was Kevin Mirallas, taking advantage of Martin Skrtel’s turned back, who made the run to the near post. Another sidefooted kick and another ball in the back of the net, with Simon Mignolet the one picking it out this time.
Everything simmered for about 10 minutes before Liverpool took the lead once more, off another free kick. Suarez was the one who took it and sent his shot swerving brilliantly. The ball found a hole in the edge of the wall, flying threw and past a diving Tim Howard. Just 19 minutes in, but we’ve already got three goals and the promise of more excitement to come.
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.