The 73rd minute of Reading’s match at Charlton was one to remember for both American midfielder Danny Williams and the road supporters, as Williams netted the only goal in the match and leapt into the crowd to celebrate.
It earned him a yellow card and a fine from his coach, but the 25-year-old had to admit he didn’t mind the punishments.
From The Reading Chronicle:
“I don’t mind. If it means I can score a goal, I will jump into the crowd and the manager can fine me, I’m happy with that.
“Saying that, I will talk to him. It was just emotional. I’m a very emotional guy when it comes to football.
“That’s why I’m always saying how important it is that the crowd is behind us. I am a player who really recognises the impact it can have, I feel it on the pitch.
“And I wanted to share my emotions with the fans, because I thought they did a great job. I just wanted to give them something back.”
As for the goal, Reading’s cameramen were in the right place at the right time (and the club hated Williams’ crowd jump so much it’s part of the title on its YouTube post):
The goal was the fourth of the season for Williams, whose Reading club has the sixth and final Championship playoff place and a five-point cushion on four clubs with six matches to go. Performances like this will only keep him in the discussion for a ticket to Brazil with Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT.
You’ll also note on The Reading Chronicle’s report that Reading “have signed USA Under 18s striker Andrija Novakovich. The youngster will join the Royals Academy in the summer.”
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.
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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
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
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.