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Man City’s unbeaten run ends in Ukraine

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Manchester City lost for the first time in 23 matches this season, as a young back line was a part of an otherwise meaningless 2-1 UEFA Champions League group stage finale loss at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Bernard and Ismaily scored six minutes apart as the Ukrainian hosts built a 2-0 halftime lead, and a stoppage time penalty from Sergio Aguero was all City could muster against Paulo Fonseca’s hosts.

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City started youngsters Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden as well as Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo. Pep Guardiola also handed a rare appearance to 18-year-old Brahim Diaz.

The win gives Shakhtar a spot in the knockout rounds, though they still finish three points and nine goals worth of differential behind City in Group F.

UCL AT HALF: More Ronaldo history, Liverpool rolling (video)

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As it stands, Liverpool, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Porto will claim the final four places in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

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Two teams, Liverpool and Porto, are doing so in style.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 APOEL Nicosia

Fernando Llorente has Spurs’ opener and set up Heung-Min Son for Tottenham’s second before the break as a mostly second-choice side is carrying play at Wembley Stadium.

RB Leipzig 0-1 Besiktas

An Alvaro Negredo penalty kick has the group winners leading on the road.

Liverpool 3-0 Spartak Moscow

Philippe Coutinho has two, including the cherry on top of this nice team goal, and Roberto Firmino also player a part in the Reds scoring thrice in the first 19 minutes.

Porto 3-0 Monaco

Porto is down a man but up three goals. Vincent Aboubakar has bested his UEFA Champions League single season record with his fourth and fifth goals of the group stage. Yacine Brahimi has the other goal.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Manchester City

Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden are part of a young City back four, and the Premier League leaders’ unbeaten run in all competitions is in danger thanks to Bernard’s 26th minute arrow from the left and an Ismaily goal six minutes later.

Feyenoord 1-1 Napoli

They’ve traded goals at De Kuip, with Napoli opening the scoring in the second minute.

Maribor 1-0 Sevilla

Brazilian attacker Marcos Tavares has the Slovenian hosts on top.

Real Madrid 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Borja Mayoral opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo made his next bit of history to make it 2-0 in the 12th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back late.

Man City’s David Silva doubtful for Manchester Derby

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Manchester City could be without a key man for the Manchester Derby this weekend.

David Silva is rated as doubtful for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) according to his manager Pep Guardiola.

Silva, who scored the winning goal for City against West Ham at the weekend to extend their Premier League winning run to 13-straight games, did not travel with the squad for their UEFA Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of that game, Guardiola had the following to say.

“David Silva has a little problem – I don’t know whether he will recover for Sunday,” Guardiola said.

If Silva does miss out, it will be a big blow for all-conquering Man City.

The Spanish international leads the Premier League in assists (along with his teammate Kevin De Bruyne) this season with eight so far and he signed a new one-year contract extension last week.

With Paul Pogba suspended for Manchester United for the derby and Silva doubtful, both teams could be without two key players in central midfield.

City have the likes of Bernardo Silva and Fabian Delph who could slot into midfield, while youngster Phil Foden may also be promoted to the bench for the derby.

Guardiola certainly has options if Silva doesn’t make it, but there’s no doubting the diminutive Spaniard has been in sensational form this season for the league leaders and a big reason for their imperious form.

England win U-17 World Cup

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England won the U-17 World Cup after launching a superb comeback against Spain in Kolkata.

The victory now means England are just the second nation in history to win the U-20 and U-17 World Cups in the same year.

U-17 glory for Steve Cooper’s team caps a wonderful year for all of the England youth teams after victories at the Toulon Tournament, the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 EUROs, while they were also runners up at EURO 2017 and the U-21 side reached the European Championship semifinals.

Trailing 2-0 early on, the young Three Lions looked to be heading to defeat to Spain just like they did on penalty kicks earlier in 2017 in the European Championship finals.

However, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster (who won the Golden Boot with eight goals in the tournament) started the comeback and England never looked back.

They made it 2-2 early in the second half as Morgan Gibbs slotted home, then Manchester City’s Phil Foden made it 3-2 before Steven Sessegnon cleared off the line as Spain poured forward to try and grab an equalizer.

That left plenty of gaps and England were clinical as Marc Guehi made it 4-2 and Foden finished things off to grab his second and England’s fifth.

Cue incredible celebrations at the final whistle.

 

England beat Brazil, reach U-17 World Cup final (video)

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England beat Brazil 3-1 in Kolkata on Wednesday to reach the U-17 World Cup final where they will play Spain.

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Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster scored a hat trick for the second successive knockout game (he also bagged a treble in their quarterfinal victory against the USA) to send the young Three Lions into Saturday’s final against Spain who beat Mali 3-1 in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden was often the architect for England in their semifinal victory, but Brewster’s finishing inside the box was predatory as Steve Cooper’s men impressed.

England took the lead early on as Brewster finished calmly but Brazil fought back very well and were soon level with Wesley finishing off a flowing move. Big chances came and went for Brazil and Brewster struck again before half time to make it 2-1.

The 17-year-old Liverpool forward sent a header over the bar in the second half but completed his hat trick in fine fashion to seal the win and England’s spot in Saturday’s final in Kolkata as they aim to win their first-ever World Cup at U-17 level.

England will Spain in the final, who they lost to in the European Championship final earlier this year on penalty kicks after Spain had scored a late equalizer to deny England glory in normal time.

Spain reached the World Cup final with two goals from Barcelona’s Abel Ruiz and Ferran Torres added another late on to end Mali’s fairytale run in the tournament.

If the young Three Lions do go on and win the U-17 World Cup it will mean England will hold both the U-17 and U-20 World Cup trophies at the same time.

Watch out, world.

It seems like England have finally figured this World Cup thing out as the success of England’s youth teams in 2017 continues.