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What’s going on at Villa Park? West Midlands derby has already given us six goals – Watch

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In one of the most open games of the Premier League season, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have combined for six goals in 45 minutes, spectacular strikes combining with freakish fortune to send the rivals into the dressing rooms tied 3-3. And with both teams relentlessly challenging each other since the opening kickoff, the match seems destined to produce more goals after intermission, with neither side given any reason to relent in this shootout.

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The scoring started in the fourth minute when a rocket from Chris Brunt beat Brad Guzan from 25 yards, giving West Brom at 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, a cross from James Morrison was redirect by Fabian Delph into his own goal, giving the visitors a two-goal lead before the 10-minute mark.

Over the next 28 minutes, however, Villa would fight back, eventually taking the lead. Andreas Weimann started the comeback by chipping Ben Foster after a Diego Lugano header inadvertently went  toward the West Brom goal. In the 24th minute, Leandro Bacuna was the beneficiary of more randomness, with Matthew Lawton’s cross finding him at the left post after a West Brom tackle redirected a ball to the lingering right back. In the 37th minute, however, a Delph blast off the bottom of Foster’s bar gave Villa a fully earned goal, putting the home side up one.

That lead lasted six minutes before combination play from Victor Anichebe, Morrison, and Yousouf Mulumbu ended with the Baggies midfielder putting the equalizer inside Guzan’s left post, sending the sides into halftime tied, 3-3.

It’s an apt score after a half that saw both teams discard any intent to possess the ball, immediately turning up field to test their rivals with each new possession. Instead of passing backward or attempting to play around their opponents’ defense, the teams are electing to go through their opposition, with any loss of possession offset by the knowledge they’ll get the ball back in a few moments.

Whether both sides persist with this approach in the second half remains to be seen, but with Paul Lambert going against Pepe Mel, there’s every reason to believe these teams will continue throwing haymakers.

Peru extradites ex-soccer boss to US on bribery charges

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 13: A FIFA logo next to the entrance during part I of the FIFA Council Meeting 2016 at the FIFA headquarters on October 13, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
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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.

San Jose Earthquakes release Clarence Goodson, eight others

San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa (25) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Portland Timbers during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 13, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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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.

Napoli beats Inter 3-0 in Serie A after lightning start

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 02:  Players of Napoli celebrate the opening goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio San Paolo on December 2, 2016 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Paraguayan midfielder Almiron to join Atlanta United for $13 million

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 11:  Miguel Almiron #17 of Paraguay tries to keep the ball as John Brooks #6 of United States slides in the first half during the Copa America Centenario Group C match at Lincoln Financial Field on June 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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.