Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland: Big Sam embarrassed by old club

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  • Sunderland score four times in first half
  • Defoe scores twice
  • Sunderland, Palace both on 19 points
  • Palace have 1 win in 7 PL games under Allardyce

Sunderland scored four first half goals to secure a huge 4-0 win against relegation rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe scored twice, after Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong had put the Black Cats ahead at the interval and they coasted to victory in the second half.

With the win David Moyes‘ side join Sam Allardyce‘s Eagles on 19 points and they’re both two points away from safety.

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Sunderland lead early on as a cross into the box was half cleared and Kone pounced on the loose ball to hammer home a wonderful effort into the far bottom corner.

1-0 to the Black Cats.

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In an incredible six-minute spell before half time a flurry of goals then arrived to stun the home fans. First N’dong struck an unstoppable shot from 25 yards to double Sunderland’s lead and then that man Defoe did what he does best.

First Defoe got the ball from Adnan Januzaj before finishing low to make it 3-0, then he surged into the right-hand side of the box and drilled home low to make it 4-0.

Cue pandemonium among the Sunderland fans at Selhurst.

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As the teams walked off at half time an unsavory incident occurred as a Palace fan ran onto the pitch to confront defender Damien Delaney.

That summed up the mood at Selhurst Park among the home fans as to what they’d just witnessed.

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In the second half, Palace’s players still looked stunned as Sunderland sat deep and soaked up plenty of pressure.

It was an easy win for Moyes’ side as they remain bottom of the table but are now within one win of four teams above them.

Honduras holds Costa Rica 1-1

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Honduras did the United States a favor by taking a point from visiting Costa Rica in Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Anthony Lozano pushed a 35th minute chance past an indecisive Keylor Navas, as Los Catrachos set the stage for a hopeful three points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston’s haphazard defending helped allow the goal, but he scored off a late Costa Rica corner kick to ensure Costa Rica will finish the international break in second place.

With four points, Honduras moves ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States before both sides play Tuesday.

Costa Rica beat the U.S. 4-0 in 2016, while the Yanks battered Honduras 6-0 on Friday.

WATCH: Video Assistant calls back Griezmann goal

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France and Spain used the Video Assistant Referee program on Tuesday in a friendly, and the French likely rue that decision.

Antoine Griezmann had an incorrectly allowed goal reverse for offside, while Gerard Deulofeu saw an initially ruled offside goal allowed upon review in Spain’s 2-0 win over France.

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Here’s an example, as Griezmann’s barely offside goal was overturned in less than a minute (Both calls took less than a minute to decide):

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, I really don’t like these razor thin offside calls being subject to review.

When you consider the improbability of timing the moment of contact with the ball — how many times have you seen a freeze frame conveniently used to make a case? — it just seems to mess with the spirit of sport.

What do you think?

Bolivia stuns Messi-less Argentina in World Cup qualifying

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Argentina took steps backward Tuesday in its pursuit of a 2018 World Cup berth, on and off the field.

It started as Lionel Messi was suspended four matches for verbally abusing a referee in Argentina’s Friday win over Chile.

Then La Albiceleste made another move in reverse with a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. Argentina started Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Ezequiel Lavezzi on the bench in what many presumed to be an easy win.

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Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins scored as ninth-place La Verde picked up its third win of qualifying with a win over powerful Argentina.

The bad news kept coming for Argentina (and Everton), as Ramiro Funes Mori left the match in the 36th minute with injury.

Bolivia will finish the international break at least 10 points back of the playoff spot, while Argentina could finish as low as that fifth-place spot.

STREAM: CONCACAF tripleheader concludes with USMNT

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CONCACAF’s bottom three sides in the Hex standings look to make the table incredibly tight as World Cup qualifying finds three-straight matches on the docket beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

Honduras vs. Costa Rica

Los Catrachos were creamed 6-0 by the U.S. on Friday, and return home hoping a wounded Costa Rica remains vulnerable. Honduras is dead last on goal differential, but three points would be huge and put them level with Los Ticos. Costa Rica won its first two matches before falling to Mexico on Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico

El Tri has two wins and a draw from their first three Hex matches, and will be without Rafa Marquez on Tuesday. A win guarantees Mexico the top spot heading into the next round of matches in June. The Soca Warriors surprised some with their 1-0 win over visiting Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is a different class.

Panama vs. USMNT

Despite its miserable start, the U.S. can find itself as high as second with a win and help from Honduras. The injuries remain plenty for the Yanks, who are without Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood, Sebastian Lletget, and John Brooks. Panama has allowed just a single goal through three Hex matches, but also has only managed one.