Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Fulham at KC Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Hull, England.

René Meulensteen: Was there something in the tea?

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It’s been a month since Martin Jol was shown the door and René Meulensteen took sole charge of Fulham. In those six matches, Fulham have managed two wins, but they’ve also recorded four losses. They’ve also conceded 17 goals, with losses of 4-2 against Manchester City, 4-1 at Everton and, on Saturday, 6-0 at Hull City.

The sides went into the change rooms at halftime at the KC Stadium with no goals scored. The teams walked off with Hull buoyed by a dramatic win – and Fulham remain in the relegation zone, with a -22 goal difference.

Meulensteen is bemused. “I’m shocked. I don’t know if there was something in the tea. I did not see that coming and the players did not see that coming.”

Well, Steve Bruce might not be pleased to hear that his players were lifted by a bit of something in their halftime beverage (or maybe it was Fulham that were dampened by altered tea? They certainly looked slow to respond to Hull’s attacks). The Tigers’ manager didn’t take credit for his side’s incredible second half performance, instead bestowing praise on birthday boy Tom Huddlestone, saying, “I’ve seen some great individual performances but I’ve never witnessed something as outstanding as what he produced today. Everyone else fed off that and joined in.”

Meulensteen, however, did shoulder the burden of Fulham’s loss. The manager stated, “The Christmas period is a busy period and we have to make a few forced injuries but that is why you have a squad. It’s my responsibly to make those changes so I take full responsibility.”

It’s just a few days until the January transfer window opens, and the Cottagers have Clint Dempsey returning on loan for a couple months. But, while the American can likely help bolster Fulham’s rather anemic goal-scoring rate, what’s clear from Saturday’s performance is that the club are in desperate need of shoring up at the back. Meulensteen and new technical director Alan Curbishley best get busy at finding the right players to strengthen the Fulham defense.

They might want to keep a close eye on that halftime tea pot as well. Just in case.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.