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Alexander-Arnold’s free kick UCL goal “a thing of dreams”

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Liverpool returned to the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, and an 18-year-old led the way.

Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly gave the Reds a Man of the Match display in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim that gives Liverpool a leg in the UCL group stage.

Alexander-Arnold scored this good-looking free kick and was all over the pitch in the win. Had he not been caught calling for offside on Hoffenheim’s late goal, he would’ve usurped Sadio Mane and Simon Mignolet for the game’s top honors.

[MORE: Recap | Klopp reacts to win ]

He’s not worried about that. After all, he just scored for Liverpool in the Champions League. From The Liverpool Echo:

“Obviously it’s a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club, and to mark it with a goal as well is very special.”

“I kind of got egged on to do it, to be honest. I never put my hand up at first, but I had the confidence to finally take it and it paid off.”

Alexander-Arnold won’t turn 19 until October, and this was his 14th senior appearance for the Reds. Nathaniel Clyne is no doubt Liverpool’s No. 1 right back, but Klopp has plenty of reason to feel comfortable with choosing either as fixture congestion continues for the Reds.

MLS Snapshot: NYCFC add to Galaxy’s misery, win 2-0 in LA

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The game in 100 words (or less): At the risk of making the same mistake two seasons in a row (writing the Seattle Sounders off in early August), it’s time to forget about the LA Galaxy making the playoffs in 2017. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of New York City FC was their seventh in eight games. Sigi Schmid inherited an absolute mess of a squad, which currently sits nine points out of the sixth and final playoff place in the Western Conference. Rookie Jonathan Lewis scored the game’s opening goal, his first in MLS, and David Villa added the insurance 15 minutes before full-time, his league-leading 18th of the season. NYCFC leapfrogged the Chicago Fire, who lost on Saturday, for second place in the Eastern Conference and remain four points back of Toronto FC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield (and home-field advantage in the playoffs).

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Three moments that mattered

40′ — Johnson makes a reaction save to deny Pele — No, you didn’t read that wrong. (Pele van Anholt, that is.)

54′ — Lewis curls a beauty past Rowe for 1-0 — It’s a wonderful strike by Lewis, but one must acknowledge Jermaine Jones’ flailing challenge which comes up painfully empty as the rookie skates past him and goes for goal.

73′ — Villa curls one past Rowe for 2-0 — We are truly fortunate to follow this league while this player continues to do his thing at this level. He’ll almost certainly become the first back-to-back MVP in MLS history.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Lewis (54′), Villa (73′)

Hertha keeper Jonathan Klinsmann out weeks with ankle injury

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been ruled out for several weeks with ligament damage in his right ankle.

The Bundesliga side says the 20-year-old Klinsmann, who joined the club in the offseason after impressing in a trial, was injured in training a few days ago, and its extent was confirmed by a scan.

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Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann, is a goalkeeper with the U.S, Under-20s.

He was last playing for University of California before he joined Hertha.

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth: Baggies edge Cherries

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  • Hegazy grabs winner on debut
  • Bournemouth fail to create chances
  • Set pieces again fruitful for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to get their season off to a flying start.

The Baggies impressed early on and took the lead through Ahmed Hegazy‘s header which turned out to be the winner.

Bournemouth struggled throughout and West Brom and Tony Pulis were the deserved winners on opening day.

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New West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez smashed an early effort in on goal which Bournemouth’s new goalkeeper Asmir Begovic saved superbly to deny the hosts a lead.

West Brom went close with a header at the back post as they looked more dangerous with Bournemouth having more possession but failing to do much with it.

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Rodriguez then curled an effort inches wide of the far post with Begovic beaten as the Baggies continued to push for the opener.

West Brom deservedly took the lead just after the half hour mark as Chris Brunt‘s inswinging free kick from the right found Hegazy at the back post and the Egyptian defender headed home superbly on his Premier League debut.

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West Brom continued their dominance from set pieces in the second half as Claudio Yacob headed into the side-netting.

Bournemouth chased an equalizer by bringing on Jermain Defoe for his second Cherries debut and the former Sunderland striker was warmly applauded by both sets of fans.

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Nathan Ake made a great last-ditch tackle after Bournemouth were caught out at the back and despite Defoe looking lively on the break, West Brom held on for the three points on opening day.

Southampton 0-0 Swansea: Dominant Saints held

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  • Yoshida goes close twice
  • Saints had 29 shots, 13 corners
  • Record six home PL games without a goal for Saints
  • Swansea without Sigurddson, Llorente

Southampton and Swansea City drew 0-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday as the away side somehow escaped with a point.

Saints went close on multiple occasions through Maya Yoshida but the center back couldn’t convert his chances and let the Swans off the hook.

New manager Mauricio Pellegrino will be impressed with Southampton’s display but will be ruing missed opportunities. New manager for Saints, but the same old story.

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Early on Manolo Gabbiadini hit the post with a header and Dusan Tadic side-footed wide from close range when the entire stadium thought he had scored and you got the sense it could be one of those days, once again, for Southampton.

A big chance then arrived for Swansea as a cross from the right was headed towards goal brilliantly by Tammy Abraham but the Chelsea loanee saw his effort fly inches wide.

Saints started to come into the game more and Gabbiadini got on the end of Ryan Bertrand‘s cross but the Italian striker couldn’t direct it goalwards.

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Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked a James Ward-Prowse shot after Nathan Redmond‘s positive run, then Dusan Tadic went down in the box after a heavy challenge.

Saints kept pouring forward and came close before half time when Yoshida sent an acrobatic effort towards goal which flew just wide.

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In the second half there was wave after wave of Southampton attack with Gabbiadini dragging an effort wide, then Swansea broke and Abraham had an effort superbly blocked by Cedric and then Leroy Fer smashed the rebound wide in their only chance of the second half.

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Yoshida then somehow missed the target from close range a few yards out with the goal gaping, while Tadic curled over when he got free on the edge of the box.

Jack Stephens had a good shout for a penalty kick late on for a handball but the calls were waved away as the Swans frustrated the Saints with Yoshida and substitute Charlie Austin both going close late on.