Germany vs. Brazil: Looking back at 19 minutes of carnage in Belo Horizonte

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After one of the most remarkable stretches in World Cup history, the five-time champions, pre-tournament favorites, and host nation Brazil were five goals down, with their halftime reprieve still 16 minutes away. Here’s a look back at the 19 minutes of carnage that have seen Germany on the bring of the final:

11′ – A counterattack after a Marcelo turnover is defused, forcing Germany to settle for a corner kick. But “settle” becomes “capitalize” when a crowd gathers at the near post, allowing Thömas Müller to pull away before Toni Kroos’s corner. Before David Luiz can get out to him, Müller volleys home his 10th career World Cup goal, giving Germany an early 1-0 lead.

23′ – The record is Klose’s. After Fernandinho gambles to try to intercept a pass from the right, the Brazilian defense is left in cinder blocks as Kroos finds Müller in the penalty box. While Marcelo tries to recover, Müller touches it to Miroslav Klose, allowing the record-setter to-be to test Júlio César. Although the keeper’s initially up to the challenge, the ensuing rebound gives the 36-year-old an open lane inside the right post. It’s 2-0.

24′ – Brazil is shellshocked, explaining why Philipp Lahm’s been allowed to play a cross in from the right, a ball that makes its way to Kroos at the edge of the penalty area. One-timing a left-footed shot for the far post, Kroos executes one of the most clinical finishes of the tournament, something that’s overshadowed by the lopsided story on the scoreboard. Germany is up, 3-0.

26′ – Now Germany’s just playing with Brazil. Surging forward in midfield after the ensuing kickoff, Kroos intercepts a ball before it reaches an unsuspecting Fernandinho, sending the Germans streaking toward goal. Playing the ball to Sami Khedira before getting it back just inside the penalty area, Kroos slots an easy right-footed finish into the left of goal, taking the onslaught to historic proportions.

29′ – The slaughter’s last salvo comes as a Brazil defense desperately missing Thiago Silva’s guidance collapses toward Mesut Özil, in possession 10 yards from the left post. A simple pass back and a casual finish sees Khedira get on the scoresheet, with a run through midfield from center back Mats Hummels starting another attack against a stunned Brazil. It’s 5-0.

Just before the half-hour mark, the drama was over in Belo Horizonte. Records had been set. Outcomes had been decided. It’s only the second time in tournament history that a team’s scored five goals in a semifinal, and Germany did in over a span of 19 minutes.

All that remained was a final, inglorious 45 minutes for the tournament’s hosts.

(GIFs via @flybyknite and @omnimeme.)

Premier League vet Kenwyne Jones retires at age 33

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It wasn’t the season that Kenwyne Jones had expected in his first Major League Soccer season, but the veteran Trinidad & Tobago striker had himself quite the career.

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Jones, 33, announced his retirement on Monday after boasting an extensive career in England prior to finishing up his playing with Atlanta United.

Atlanta opted not to renew Jones’ contract with the club after scoring twice in 17 appearances this season for the expansion side.

The Trinidadian posted the following message to supporters on Twitter this afternoon.

Jones spent nine seasons in the Premier League, including stints with Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.

Additionally, the forward played for Al Jazira from UAE in 2016 before moving on loan to Central in his native Trinidad prior to his arrival in Atlanta’s debut MLS season.

Eibar routs Betis 5-0 to snap 8-game winless streak in Spain

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MADRID (AP) Eibar routed 10-man Real Betis 5-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, ending an eight-match winless streak in all competitions.

Eibar hadn’t won since Sept. 15. It had lost six of its eight matches since then.

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The hosts got on the board with an own goal by Betis defender Jordi Amat just six minutes in, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante scored with a header near halftime.

Striker Charles Dias scored twice in the second half, and Sergi Enrich closed the scoring in front of less than 5,000 fans at Ipurua Stadium.

“We deserved a victory like this to help us regain our confidence,” Enrich said.

Betis played with 10 men from the 55th as Aissa Mandi was red-carded for the foul that prompted a penalty kick converted by Dias.

“It was difficult to recover after we went a man down and they scored the third goal,” Betis midfielder Joaquin Sanchez said.

Eibar remained 17th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.

Betis, winless in three matches, dropped to ninth place.

Barcelona leads by four points over second-place Valencia.

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Pogba believes Man United can win Premier League if squad stays fit

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There’s no doubt that on paper Manchester United has all the workings of a Premier League contender, and Paul Pogba certainly agrees.

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The influential midfielder made his return to the Red Devils lineup this weekend in United’s 4-1 beatdown of Newcastle, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

With Jose Mourinho’s squad finally getting healthy, Pogba believes that the sky is the limit for his side as they look to chase down league leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.

“To win the league we need all our players,” Pogba told MUTV. “When you have one injured here, one injured there, it doesn’t help. It’s always better to have a full team.

“Zlatan’s back and Marcos after a long injury. It was hard for them but they kept believing and worked hard to come back. We need them to win the league and we’re really glad they’re here.”

Pogba’s presence was certainly missed in his absence, and he wasted no time in making an impact upon his return, scoring a goal and adding an assist against the Magpies.

The French international also spoke about his struggles last season with several minor injuries, but he’s hoping to remain in his United side for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.

“Most of last season I had injuries but small ones. You just have to recover well because the Premier League is different to Italy — it’s more intense and you just have to think about recovery, then you have more games. Otherwise, I just feel good, just to come back.

“I’ve trained very hard to come back fit. The season is really long so we have to be fit — not only me but all the players. To come back, to play again, to see Old Trafford, to see the fans again, to score at Old Trafford on my comeback, I feel blessed. But we had to win — that was the most important thing.”

Red Bulls freestyler shows off dribbling skills… on a treadmill (Video)

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Players from around the world display their skills on social media on a regular basis, but they’re usually on a soccer field or blacktop when they do so.

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This New York Red Bulls freestyler had a different interpretation of how he’d show off his ball control on Monday.

DJ Diveny (@djdiveny on Twitter) posted this video — below — across his social media platforms today dribbling a soccer ball on a treadmill, while his colleagues appear to introduce cones at random points as obstacles.

In addition to his talents as a freestyler, Diveny is also a youth coach with Student Athlete Coaching & Consulting, based out of New Jersey.

Again… he’s on a treadmill while doing this. Pretty cool stuff.

Watch below.