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Two late goals from Victor Bernardez leave Real Salt Lake “goonied” at San Jose


When Luke Mulholland scored his first career goal four minutes into first half stoppage time, Real Salt Lake appeared to have their game in Santa Clara under control. By now, however, we know: Against the Earthquakes, appearances are too untrustworthy to be deceive. A lead in San Jose isn’t a lead at all. It’s a target.

Over Saturday’s final 20 minutes at Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose did what they do best. They hit that target, though this time it wasn’t Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon, or Steven Lenhart – the trio we’re used to see convert penalty into Earthquakes results. Tonight’s Goonie came out of defense, with Honduran international Victor Bernardez scoring in the 75th and 95th minutes to give San Jose a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Saturday’s result would have been ridiculous if wasn’t so utterly predictable see it coming. With the fifth minute of extra time reaching its final moments, San Jose’s attackers sent a pair of crosses bouncing off the Real Salt Lake players that’d crowded into Nick Rimando’s six-yard box. When one of their attempts bounced out to Bernandez (standing just outside the six-yard box), you couldn’t help but look to the back to the net before the defender even struck his shot. Within microseconds, a ball fired into the left of goal flexed Nick Rimando’s net, giving San Jose a typical, improbable draw.

(MORE: This save from Nick Rimando is proof: RSL’s veteran keeper is deep in ‘The Zone’)

Very early on, the night looked headed for a better fate, with Wondolowski’s 80th career MLS goal beating Rimando in the sixth minute. For the rest of the half, however, it was all RSL, with Kyle Beckerman, Joao Plata, and Mulholland staking the visitors to a two-goal lead at halftime. Beckerman’s goal was particularly noteworthy, with the U.S. international pulling back Wondolowski’s opener with a left-footed blast from well above the arch.

Two years ago, as the Earthquakes began their ascend toward a Supporters’ Shield, San Jose also got two late goals against Real Salt Lake, taking advantage of a nine-man team with stoppage time tallies from Simon Dawkins and Wondolowski. Tonight’s goals gave San Jose one point instead of the three they earned that day, but the result still carried the spirit of that magical, inexplicable 2012 campaign. To this date, does anybody really know how San Jose won the Supporters’ Shield?

Between Saturday night and Tuesday’s comeback against Toluca, San Jose has starting its season with two more Goonie moments. And against two of the toughest opponents it will face this season, San Jose also has two draws. We may not be able to explain why San Jose has so such success near the final whistle, but we know it when we see it.

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.