Seattle Sounders 4-2 Chivas USA: Martins, Dempsey lead Seattle to victory

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One game in 100 words: There was little doubt that the Seattle Sounders would take care of business against a constantly struggling Chivas USA squad, but the Goats were able to seize the advantage early on, coming off the score of dynamic striker Erick Torres and a favorable own goal. Near the second half, however, Seattle came alive to count three consecutive goals. Obafemi Martins notched a brace, Lamar Neagle got on the score sheet and Clint Dempsey added his touch for a 3-0 lead. The Sounders have now separated themselves at the pinnacle of the Western Conference by three points, and also clinched a playoff spot. Chivas is tied with the Montreal Impact for the weakest point total in MLS.

 

Goals

Seattle: Obafemi Martins 14’ and 51’, Lamar Neagle 37’, Clint Dempsey 45’+1’

Chivas: Erick Torres 12’, Jalil Anibaba (OG) 18’

 

Three moments that mattered

14’— Martins delivers to level the match, 1-1 — Obafemi Martins took this goal upon himself, setting up outside the box after a quick juke afford him an opening to rocket a left-footed strike that zipped inside far post. Erick Torres had given Chivas the lead two minutes earlier, and once the Sounders tied the match at this point, a Seattle own goal was all that the Goats would enjoy for the rest of the match.

18’ — Anibaba breathes hope into Chivas — Erick Torres spurred the man-advantage break, leading Felix Borja into the oppositions’ end with a through ball, and the Equador international crushed a deep shot off the iron. Torres regathered the rebound in the box and whipped forward  the ball that Jalil Anibaba consequently tipped past his own goalkeeper, Dan Kennedy. Chivas captured the 2-1 upper hand, forcing Seattle to utilize their attack for the win.

51’ — Cool-handed Martin chips final goal — In the midst of a crowd outside of the penalty area, Lamar Neagle managed to slip a through ball past Chivas’ back line, and Obafemi Martins corralled it. The Sounders top-notch forward then hesitated before cutting to his right and dropping a chip into the back of frame.

 

Lineups

Seattle: Stefan Frei; DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Jalil Anibaba, Brad Evans; Lamar Neagle, Micheal Azira, Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa (Andy Rose 69’); Obafemi Martins (Dylan Remick 90’+1’), Clint Dempsey (Sean Okoli 90’+1’)

Chivas: Dan Kennedy; Akira Kaji, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bobby Burling, Donny Toia; Nathan Sturgis (Marvin Chaves 72’), Oswaldo Minda (Agustin Pelletieri 87’), Matthew Dunn, Leandro Barerra (Luis Bolanos 77’); Felix Borja, Erick Torres

Bilbao’s Williams: ‘I suffered racist insults’ at Espanyol

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams says that he was a victim of racial abuse from fans while playing at Espanyol in a Spanish league game on Saturday.

Williams said after the 1-1 draw that “I suffered racist insults, something that no one wants to hear and has no place here.”

Williams, who is black, played 82 minutes of the match before being substituted.

“People should come to enjoy themselves, to help their team. This is a sport about friendship,” Williams said.

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FA Cup: Chelsea survive trip to Hull, advance to 5th round (video)

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With their 2-1 victory away to EFL Championship side Hull City, Chelsea joined Leicester City, Sheffield United and Norwich City as Premier League sides to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

[ FA CUP ROUNDUP: West Ham bounced; Sheff Utd, Norwich advance ]

Frank Lampard‘s side got off to a flying start courtesy of Michy Batshuayi‘s deflected finish in the 6th minute, and the Blues were well on their way to a first half of total dominance.

Hull looked more prepared for a fight after halftime, but it mattered very little after Fikayo Tomori was gifted a free header two yards off the goal line. Ross Barkley‘s free kick was well placed at the back post and there was nothing that anyone could do to stop it.

[ MORE: Report: Spurs, Inter close to deal for Christian Eriksen ]

Hull pulled the game back to 2-1 in the 78th minute, and they were more than a little fortunate in how they managed to do so. Kamil Grosicki smacked a free kick with plenty of power and got the deflection of all deflections to wrong-foot Willy Caballero and find the back of the net.

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

FA Cup roundup: West Ham bounced; Sheff Utd, Norwich advance (video)

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round (early) action…

[ MORE: Saints hit Spurs late to force 4th-round replay ]

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham were the lone Premier League side to be knocked out by a lower-division side on Saturday, as David Moyes‘ side failed to find the back of the net and were beaten 1-0 by EFL Championship leaders West Brom.

Conor Townsend scored the game’s only goal in the 9th minute, and though the Hammers controlled possession the rest of the way, they created very little in terms of scoring chances and finished the game with just three shots on target. West Brom finished the game with 10 men, but West Ham could do nothing with their 18-minute advantage following Semi Ajayi‘s second yellow card in the 72nd minute.

Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s dream season continued with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Championship side Millwall. Both goals came inside the final half-hour, but the Blades were unquestionably the better side even before breaking the deadlock.

That came in the 62nd minute, when Muhamed Besic placed a stunning curler inside the far post for 1-0. Not long before full-time, in the 84th, Oliver Norwood drove his effort hard and low and into the corner to make it 2-0.

Burnley 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich and Burnley were largely inseparable for the majority of Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor, save for a four-minute period early in the second half in which Norwich scored twice and booked their place in the fifth round.

Grant Hanley made it 1-0 in the 53rd and Josip Drmic added to the advantage in the 57th minute. Erik Pieters pulled Burnley back to within a goal in the 73rd, but that’s as close as the Clarets would get.

FA Cup fourth-round scoreboard

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Newcastle United 0-0 Oxford United
Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley
Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City
Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

RB Leipzig beaten, Bundesliga title race thrown wide open

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BERLIN (AP) Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig 2-0 to throw the title race wide open on Saturday.

[ MORE: Report: Spurs, Inter close to deal for Christian Eriksen ]

Frankfurt defender Almamy Toure scored a brilliant goal just after the break and Filip Kostic sealed the win in injury time to deal Leipzig its first defeat since a 2-1 loss at home to Freiburg in October.

Borussia Monchengladbach cut the gap at the top to two points with a 3-1 win at home over Mainz, thanks largely to goals in each half from French striker Alassane Plea.

Bayern Munich has the chance to cut the gap to one point with a win at home over Schalke in the late game.

[ FA CUP: Saints hit Spurs late to force 4th-round replay ]

Borussia Dortmund is just four points off the top after its 5-1 win over Cologne on Friday.

Also Saturday, Union Berlin defeated Augsburg 2-0 at home, Hertha Berlin came from behind to win 2-1 at Wolfsburg, and Paderborn moved off the bottom with a 2-0 win at Freiburg.