Newcastle United 1-1 Stoke City: Cameron, Crouch steal point from wasteful Magpies

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Jack Colback’s 74th minute goal should’ve been the start of a Newcastle blowout, but missed chances and poor marking allowed Peter Crouch to grab Stoke City a point in a 1-1 draw on NBCSN early Sunday.

Newcastle blew the chance to move 10th, and remains two points behind Stoke City.

Substitute Gabriel Obertan was a star for John Carver, who came within minutes of presiding over back-to-back Newcastle wins, but several poor plays from Mike Williamson and the Magpies defense begged the Potters to tie things up.

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Missed passes and dicey fouls were the story from a rough bit of Sunday morning viewing, but they gave way to an exciting ending.

Newcastle came very close to finding the opener in the 11th minute when Asmir Begovic just got a hand on Remy Cabella’s flicked header off a Moussa Sissoko cross from the left.

Cabella and Sissoko nearly turned the trick 15 minutes later, when the latter burst up the middle of the field before working a hopeful 1-2 that Begovic claimed before Sissoko could arrive in the six.

It was a clumsy, if vicious, first half. Four yellow cards were handed out, with three going to Stoke and one going to Sammy Ameobi.

Cabella slid Ayoze Perez through in the 43rd minute, but his right-footed shot from just inside the 18 bounded wide of the goal.

The Potters could’ve found their way into a halftime lead, but Tim Krul made a flying left-handed save on Mame Biram Diouf.

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source:  The second half took a good, long while to show any excitement, but Stoke had the better of possession and earned several corner kicks and somewhat-dangerous restarts. The match needed an infusion of energy for the Magpies, as a content Stoke brought in USMNT veteran Geoff Cameron shortly after half.

Carver took off Vurnon Anita and put Papiss Cisse up top with just over 25 minutes to play, before moving Remy Cabella off for Obertan moments later.

Obertan made all the difference, as he linked up with Daryl Janmaat down the right side for plenty of opportunities. There was little danger, though, until Obertan found fellow Frenchman Sissoko, who laid off for Colback — fortunate to have avoided a second yellow card moments earlier — to blast home.

The Magpies lead opened Stoke up, with both Obertan and Perez missing glorious chances in the final 10 minutes.

And those would come back to haunt them, as Crouch headed over a diving Krul just before four minutes of stoppage time on a huge cross from Cameron.

Lineups

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haïdara; Sissoko, Anita (Cisse, 65′), Colback; Cabella (Obertan, 70′), Perez, Ameobi (Abeid, 86′)

Goal: Colback (74′)

Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Wilson (Cameron, 51′); Whelan, Nzonzi; Walters, Ireland (Crouch, 82′), Moses; Diouf

Goal: Crouch (90′)

VIDEO: Portugal lead Iran at HT; Spain 1-1 Morocco

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We’re through the first 45 minutes of Monday’s Group B finales at the 2018 World Cup, and things are happening. A quick rundown…

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Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos combined to commit a disastrous gaffe at midfield, resulting in a goal for Khalid Boutaib in the 14th minute. At this point, Spain would have finished second, behind Portugal, and headed to the far more difficult side of the knockout bracket.

Five minutes later, it was Iniesta who, with a little help from some slightly lesser geniuses, unlocked the Moroccan defense to set up Isco for an emphatic finish. La Furia Roja moved back to the top of the group, on goals scored.

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In the afternoon’s other game, Portugal and Iran appeared destined for a 0-0 scoreline at halftime, until Ricardo Quaresma unleashed a stunning, outside-of-the-foot curler from outside the box to beat the goalkeeper and put Portugal ahead — both on the day, and in the table. As things currently stand, Portugal would win the group and Spain would finish second.

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 4

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In the fourth episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England players have been preparing for their next match in an unusual way, Argentina has a huge meltdown, and more.

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Click play on the video above to watch the fourth episode in full.

Atlanta leads way with six All-Star Fan XI selections

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It may be hard to believe with all the World Cup festivities going on, but the Major League Soccer season is nearly halfway over.

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And that means it’s almost All-Star time.

The MLS All-Stars will continue their recent tradition of facing a European superpower in August, with Juventus being welcomed to the United States in early August.

But, which players from MLS will we see in action?

Last season’s expansion sweetheart Atlanta United leads the way in the fan voting with six players from the Eastern Conference side voted into the Fan XI, including attackers Miguel Almiron, Ezequiel Barco, Darlington Nagbe and Josef Martinez.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender/captain Michael Parkhurst also made the team from Atlanta.

In all, only five clubs were represented based on the Fan XI, with the LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles FC’s Carlos Vela and Laurent Ciman, Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi and Portland Timbers star Diego Valeri each rounding out the squad.


Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United)

Defenders: Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles Football Club), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

Forwards: Josef Martínez (Atlanta United), Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club – EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge)

Saudi Arabia steals late win over Egypt in Group A finale

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Saudi Arabia pulled off a late 2-1 win against Egypt on Monday in their Group A finale, as the two nations ended their 2018 World Cup run in the group stage.

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Salem Al Sawsari scored in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time to give the Saudis a late winner in the match, as the attacker struck the post in the dying moments before the ball crossed the line.

The Pharaohs took the lead in the 22nd minute, after a tremendous run from Mohamed Salah and lob over the Saudi Arabia goalkeeper.

Salah has two goals at the World Cup for Egypt, who were already eliminated heading into Monday’s match.

Saudi Arabia was granted a chance to equalize prior to halftime, however, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary brilliantly stopped Hattan Bahebri’s penalty kick in the 41st minute to preserve the Egypt advantage.

El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history to appear in a match at the age of 45.

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The Egypt keeper wasn’t as lucky the second time around though, with Salmon Al Faraj converting a penalty kick in the 51st minute.

Saudi Arabia finishes group play in third place on three points, while Egypt goes winless in its three matches.