Of course, Manchester United came back to win, this time vs. QPR

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The Harry Redknapp era hasn’t officially started at Queens Park Rangers, though he wouldn’t have been able to help were he on the sidelines Saturday. The new QPR manager was in the stands at Old Trafford to see his club fall victim to what’s a common occurrence: A Manchester United comeback.

After a scoreless first half in Manchester (with the Red Devils looking very plain for 35 minutes), Rangers opened the scoring with a 52nd minute goal from Jamie Mackie, a score which had the unintended effect of serving as a wake up call. Jonny Evans pullled Manchester United even 12 minutes later, with a Darren Fletcher goal (his first since returning from illness) giving the hosts a 68th minute lead. Four minutes later, Javier Hernández finished the scoring, United temporarily going top in England with their 3-1 win.

The match marked the eighth time this season United has come from behind to win. Given the list of the teams United have added to this list, it appears the Red Devils have developed a habit of starting in neutral against perceived inferior opposition:

Aug. 25, vs. Fulham – Damien Duff scored after two minutes, but with goals from Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Rafael, United went on to a 3-2 victory in the season’s second match.

Sept. 2, at Southampton – The Red Devils needed three goals from van Persie to overcome 0-1 and 1-2 deficits at St. Mary’s, winning 3-2.

Sept. 23, at Liverpool – Steve Gerrard opened the scoring in the 46th for 10-man Liverpool before goals from Rafael and van Persie gave Man United a 2-1 win.

Oct. 2, at CFR Cluj – Conceding early in Romania gave the Red Devils a scare before a double from van Persie pushed United to a 2-1 win.

Oct. 20, vs. Stoke City – Wayne Rooney responded to an early own goal with two of his own in United’s 4-2 win.

Oct. 23, vs. Sporting Braga – United needed two from Javier Hernández around a Jonny Evans goal after falling behind 0-2 in the opening 20 minutes.

Nov. 7, at Sporting Braga – Three goals in the final 10 minutes gave United a 3-1 win in Portugal.

Nov. 10, at Aston Villa – Two second half goals from Hernández and a Ron Vlaar own goal bring the Red Devila back from a 0-2 deficit to win, 3-2.

MLS Three Things: RBNY beats Atlanta, is a special club right now

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At this point, Jesse Marsch could take the USMNT job, Tyler Adams could bolt for the Bundesliga, and we’d still have to select the New York Red Bulls to finish with a home playoff game.

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That’s how well run RBNY is these days, which is to take nothing away from their coach and 19-year-old star, but considering they navigated a solid CONCACAF Champions League run en route to this start… well…. wow.

On a night when Luis Robles’ ironman streak ended, Kaku recorded two assists, and Ezequiel Barco bagged his second goal in three matches, they don’t even meet the requirements of our three things.

Form giants deliver more goals

Marsch’s men have been shutout once this season, and most multiple goals in four-consecutive wins. Three of those four wins have come on the road, at LA, Colorado, and now Atlanta.

RBNY has the best points-per-game in Major League Soccer, has scored the joint-most goals despite playing in the second-fewest games, and is allowing barely more than a goal-a-game.

Bet against ’em. We dare ya.

BWP delivers the goods

RBNY’s 33-year-old English star scored twice and won a penalty that Daniel Royer converted as he continued his assault on all future Red Bulls’ hopes of becoming the club’s leading scorer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has almost 50 more goals than his nearest competitor, Juan Pablo Angel, and he makes headers look like child’s play.

Victory comes with a price

Kemar Lawrence was lost with a scary-looking face-plant on a clearance, and needed to be stretchered off the pitch. Hopefully it’s not long-term for the Jamaican back.

Willian “edits” Conte out of FA Cup champions photo

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Willian is not a fan of Antonio Conte.

Come to another conclusion if you like, but it’s hard to argue the Brazilian wizard’s feelings following his Instagram post after Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

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Willian covered his manager in trophies following the win, and it’d be a stretch to call that a tribute to the Italian’s tactical brilliance.

The player recorded seven goals and six assists despite playing less than all but 12 Chelsea players in league play (12th place Alvaro Morata had 11 and 6).

We’re accepting alternative explanations for the since-deleted Instagram photo below:

Elis scores twice as Dynamo beat Fire 3-2

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Alberth Elis scored two second-half goals to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Sunday for their first road win of the season.

Elis, on a one-on-one breakaway, cut back to evade defender Johan Kappelhof and ripped a right-footer from the center of the box into the back of the net to give Houston (4-3-3) a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute.

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The Dynamo’s Romell Quioto opened the scoring in the fourth, running onto a long through ball from Tomas Martinez and rolling the finish past sliding goalkeeper Richard Sanchez. Nemanja Nikolic tied it in the 14th minute and then fed Diego Campos for a goal about two minutes later. Elis converted from the spot to make it 2-2 early in the second half after Mauro Manotas drew a foul in the area conceded by Sanchez.

Chicago (3-6-2) has lost three of its last four games.

 

Inter Milan back in the Champions League after late heroics (video)

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It’s been more than a half-decade since Inter Milan qualified for the UEFA Champions League, an infamous run that ended on Sunday.

Inter scored twice in the final 13 minutes to beat fifth-place Lazio and advance into the Top Four via head-to-head record.

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Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home, collecting red cards in the 79th minute and stoppage time.

Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino scored his third goal of the season, redirecting a corner kick home in the 81st minute, as Inter clinched fourth place in Serie A.