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Predicting which teams will make UCL quarterfinals

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was made on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland and there were contrasting fortunes for the three remaining Premier League sides.

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It was “yes” for Manchester City. “Meh” for Leicester City. “Not again” for Arsenal.

Below is a look at each UCL encounter set up for the two-legged last 16 ties, as we select the eight teams who will advance to the quarterfinals.


Predicting the winners of the UCL Round of 16

Man City to beat Monaco

Despite their struggles in the PL, City will have too much going forward for Monaco and even an in-form Radamel Falcao shouldn’t be too much of a problem. With the first game at the Etihad, expect the tie to be done and dusted by the halfway point. Man City will easily advance as long as Claudio Bravo and John Stones don’t slip up in defense.

Sevilla to beat Leicester City

Not exactly the glamour tie some Leicester fans were expecting but the Foxes have a very tough task. Sevilla have won the UEFA Europa League in three of the last four seasons and their pedigree and experience in knockout competitions is undoubted. The Foxes have to keep things tight in Andalusia and hope they can take an away goal back to the King Power Stadium. Leicester can hit teams on the break and in Europe that’s been very successful so far. That said, Sevilla is a big step up on Club Brugge and Copenhagen.

Bayern Munich to beat Arsenal

Ah, these two again. In four of the past five UCL seasons Arsenal and Bayern have been paired together and it hasn’t ended well for the Gunners. Despite their defensive improvements, I don’t think it will again. True, Bayern isn’t firing on all cylinders under Carlo Ancelotti but with Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robbern, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery, they’re capable of blowing past anyone.

Barcelona to beat Paris Saint-Germain

PSG is struggling without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and others and Unai Emery is also struggling to convince the PSG fans he can do what the Parisian club hired him to do: win the UCL. Barcelona has shown some weaknesses in the UCL this season, especially in their defeat at Manchester City, but with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, you have to expect them to advance against a PSG side which is in somewhat of a transitional phase.

Real Madrid to beat Napoli

The reigning champs will like this draw. A lot. Zinedine Zidane’s boys may have finished second behind Borussia Dortmund in group play but they are on a roll and are currently 35 games unbeaten. You have to fancy Cristiano Ronaldo ripping Napoli’s defense apart at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg.

Atletico Madrid to beat Bayer Leverkusen

A tricky one for Atletico, especially as Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco have yet to really get going this season. That said Bayer looked solid but wasteful in attack in the group stages and against a stubborn Diego Simeone defense, the Bundesliga side will not get many chances. Expect Atleti to edge it.

Borussia Dortmund to beat Benfica

While the whole of the U.S. soccer community is on Christian Pulisic watch every time Dortmund play, the whole of Europe is admiring BVB’s fine attacking play. Aubameyang, Dembele, Reus, Gotze and others are excelling, with the German side scoring 21 goals in their six group stage games. Expect plenty of goals and for Dortmund to advance.

Juventus to beat FC Porto

This is a pretty poor Porto side, despite them ripping apart a second-string Leicester in the final group game. Juventus eased through, in the end, to the last 16.

Day 9: USMNT tops Group F and more from the U20 World Cup

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Five teams booked their place in the knockout phase at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, including Tab Ramos and the U.S. after the Americans picked up a valuable point to finish atop Group F.

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USMNT U-20s 1-1 Saudi Arabia

An unbeaten record in group play has Ramos and Co. moving on to the Round of 16, where the U.S. will meet New Zealand. Brooks Lennon inked his name on the scoresheet for the first time at this month’s World Cup just prior to halftime, before Abdulelah Alamri equalized with almost a quarter hour left to play.

Senegal 0-0 Ecuador

A draw was all Senegal needed to ensure it would continue its run at the World Cup, while Ecuador fell short of a final 16 bid after only managing two draws during Group F play.

New Zealand 0-2 France

With nine goals for and none conceded during Group E play, France remains one of the heavy hitters at the conclusion of the group phase. Les Bleus received a strong contribution from Bastia winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who netted twice in the first half.

Honduras 2-0 Vietnam

Honduras scored twice in the final 14 minutes-plus added time but neither nation reaches the Round of 16 with Sunday’s result.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.