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West Ham 0-0 Sunderland: Big Sam can’t shake sack shouts after disappointment at Upton Park (video)

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An open match somehow ended 0-0 as Sam Allardyce failed to quiet the doubters and pick up points against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland in a 0-0 draw.

With many expecting home supporters expecting a result against Gus Poyet’s struggling side, West Ham were maybe even lucky to get a point as they repelled a number of Sunderland attacks.

It was a bright, exciting start for both sides, with everyone knowing what’s at stake and no sign of what was to come at the end.

Maiga had an early chance inside five minutes, but having received service in the box he skied it over Mannone’s net.

West Ham continued to push forward early, with Mohammed Diame finding Maiga with a cross, and his header to the far post was almost turned in by Matt Jarvis.

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West Ham were poor, but Jozy Altidore also missed a few good chances for the visitors.

Sunderland also then just after missed as well, with Jozy Altidore pushing wide after having been fed through onsides.  The American probably should have done better, with the angle not helping him but no defenders in the way.

Neither side had much in the first thirty minutes following that chance, but on 35 minutes Phil Bardsley, with three goals in his last six matches from central defense, clattered the crossbar with a brilliant effort from distance that nearly tucked into the corner.

The first chance of the second half fell to Jozy Altidore, as Ki Sung-Yueng laid off for Jozy, but his driving effort was just deflected away by a defender.

West Ham responded with pressure, Upton Park giddy with every touch by Ravel Morrison. The youngster got some space at the top in the 55th minute but his shot was saved.  A few minutes later an acute effort from Diame went into the side netting as West Ham were boosted by the home fans.

The game opened up a bit, with chances on both ends, but all attacks proved wasteful as nobody could fool the opposing goalkeepers.

Sunderland’s point moves them four away from Fulham in 19th place, and West Ham climb out of the relegation zone as well with their share of the spoils, but between the performance and expectations it’s disappointing for the home side for sure.

LINEUPS:

West Ham – Jaaskelainen; McCartney, Tomkins, Jarvis (Collison 56′), Maiga; Morrison, Noble, Collins, Demel (O’Brien 58′), Diame; J.Cole (C. Cole 75′).

Sunderland – Mannone; Celustka, Bardsley (Dossena 82′), Brown, O’Shea; Cattermole, Ki, Larsson, Giaccherini; Borini (Johnson 72′), Altidore (Fletcher 73′).

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday