Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United: Rooney celebrates new deal with volley blast (video)

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Manchester United saw goals from its two stars as Robin van Persie’s penalty kick and Wayne Rooney’s pretty volley were more than enough for the Red Devils to get all three points with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Red Devils pull ahead of Everton on goal differential for the sixth-place slot, while Crystal Palace stay in 15th.

United had a good chance in the first 10 minutes but Marouane Fellaini couldn’t connect with a deflected cross by van Persie, and the ball went out for a corner that Palace cleared.

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The Eagles earned a free kick in a dangerous spot in the 14th minute, and Tom Ince sent an arrow cross into the middle that was cleared by United.

Manchester United appeared to take the lead in the 17th minute but Adnan Januzaj was deemed to have collected another deflected van Persie pass with his arm, nullifying the potential opening goal.

Wayne Rooney’s 27th minute cross met danger but was popped into the air far post before Nemanja Vidic headed the ball over the bar. Five minutes later, van Persie raced onto the end of a cross into the box but couldn’t beat Speroni with his left foot.

Fellaini butchered a second prime chance in the 43rd minute, failing to convert on a wide-open look inside the 18. Rooney had a free kick before half that he curled a few yards right of the Palace goal.

Palace started the second half strong, as Ince and Jason Puncheon each made their impacts felt.

Yet it was a mistake from Chamakh that changed the course of the game with a silly challenge near the edge of the box that felled Patrick Evra. Van Persie stepped up and finished from the spot to make it 1-0 in the 62nd.

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New (more) money man Rooney slammed a left-footed volley home from just beyond the spot, a beautiful goal to double United’s advantage in the 68th minute.

CP sub Yannick Bolasie made a cutting dribble through the United midfield in the 77th minute, but his low screened shot was collected by David De Gea.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince (Gayle, 85), Chamakh (Bolasie, 74), Murray (Jerome, 66).

Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Fellaini (Fletcher, 88), Carrick, Januzaj (Giggs, 80), Mata, Rooney, van Persie (Valencia, 8o)

Goals: van Persie (62), Rooney (68)

Roma boosts bid for 2nd in Serie A by beating Pescara 4-1

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PESCARA, Italy (AP) Roma boosted its bid for second place in Serie A and automatic entry into the Champions League with a 4-1 win at Pescara, which was mathematically relegated on Monday.

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Roma moved four points clear of third-placed Napoli, which drew against Sassuolo 2-2 on Sunday. Third place in Serie A receives a Champions League playoff.

Pescara remained 15 points behind Empoli. There are only five matches left and Empoli has the better head-to-head record, which is the deciding factor if two teams finish level on points.

There were 48 goals in total in the 33rd round, matching the record set in October 1992.

Roma took control shortly before halftime, with Kevin Strootman breaking the deadlock after Stephan El Shaarawy unselfishly rolled the ball across the area.

Radja Nainggolan, who earlier hit the bar, doubled Roma’s lead two minutes later.

Mohamed Salah extended Roma’s advantage three minutes after the break and the winger doubled his tally on the hour following a swift counterattack.

Ahmad Benali got a consolation for Pescara and a Cristiano Biraghi free kick also hit the post for the home side.

Frank Yallop resigns as Phoenix Rising coach shortly after Drogba arrival

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The timing is a bit sudden and certainly leaves many questions up in the air, but Phoenix Rising will have to look for a new manager.

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On Monday, head coach Frank Yallop resigned from his position with the United Soccer League (USL) club less than one day after former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joined the organization as a player-owner.

With Phoenix seen as one of several lower-level clubs with ambitions of making the leap to MLS over the coming seasons, Yallop’s departure is surely a shock to many.

According to ESPN FC, Rising lead owner Berke Bakay was quite surprised by Yallop’s decision to step down, as was Drogba.

“Didier was as surprised and disappointed as we were that Frank is unable to continue coaching our Club,” Bakay told ESPN FC. “But, we all respect his decision to put his family first.

“Didier’s focus will remain on improving our team as a player and assisting our MLS expansion team ownership group as a co-owner. Frank will be helping with our international search for a new head coach.”

Rick Schantz, the current Rising assistant coach, will head the team’s managerial duties for the interim while the club completes a full search for a new manager.

Conte praises Hazard’s style, wouldn’t want him to be “more selfish”

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Antonio Conte made two bold decisions on Saturday afternoon as his Chelsea side prepared to take on Tottenham in their FA Cup semifinal.

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The Italian manager has been known for his innovation and risk-taking in the past, but many were critical of the 47-year-old when his team sheet came out ahead of the match.

Conte left key attacking duo Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench, allowing out-of-favor striker Michy Batshuayi and Pedro to get the starting nod.

Although Hazard nor Costa saw the field for the opening hour, the former made his presence known when he was summoned by Conte in the second half.

Often times Hazard has been known as a facilitator, someone that can pick apart defenses with his tremendous foot skills and clever passing. But the Belgian international has also shown his capabilities of scoring on a regular basis as well, which has prompted great interest from other giant clubs around Europe.

When Conte was asked about Hazard and if his attacker should be more selfish, the Italian gave an emphatic “NO” as his response.

“No, no, no, absolutely not,” Conte said. “I don’t think that a player like Messi is a selfish player. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent into the team. If you do this, the team [increases] your talent.

“The best players in the world don’t exist without a team. For me, it’s sad to listen to this, that a player must ‘be more selfish’ to reach the top level. That’s very sad. It’s not my idea of football and I will never understand this. Never, never. In my team, I don’t want selfish players.

“I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player. For me, I don’t want this and I can’t accept this. I don’t want my club to buy me a selfish player one day. Never. No.”

Newcastle joins Brighton in promotion to Premier League

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Two sides have now booked their trips to England’s top flight after Newcastle United rattled off its 27th win of the season.

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The Magpies earned a decisive 4-1 victory over Preston North End on Monday afternoon at St. James’ Park as the second-place side ensured its finish inside the top two in the English Championship.

Newcastle joins already-promoted club Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently sit atop the Championship on 92 points.

Ayoze Perez paced the hosts with goals on both sides of halftime, while Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie also converted for Newcastle.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender DeAndre Yedlin was on the bench for the Magpies but didn’t feature in Monday’s match.

The third and final team to be promoted from the Championship will be decided by the league’s annual promotion playoff, which is held at the end of the season and contested by four sides that finish third through sixth position.

As it stands, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham occupy the four playoff positions.