Hull City 2-3 Chelsea: Remy strike downs bright Hull (video)

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Hull City bothered Chelsea all day up and down the pitch, but a pair of early goals for the Blues and a goalkeeping mistake down the stretch did the Tigers in as Loic Remy’s winner gave the league leaders all three points at the KC Stadium.

Eden Hazard converted a blistering start into an early lead for the Blues as Diego Costa touched to the Belgian before crumbling to the ground, and Hazard did the rest, cutting up the Hull back line and firing past Allan McGregor from outside the box.

Hull nearly responded just four minutes later. Abel Hernandez found himself in on goal one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, but the Belgian ‘keeper stoned his shot with an impressive save.

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The home side would rue that miss, as Chelsea would double their lead inside 10 minutes and cap a flying start. It looked all too easy for Diego Costa, who sauntered up the left side and cut into the box before chipping an effort into the top corner from a tight angle.

Hull continued to attack as Chelsea looked porous at the back. They’d pull one back in front of the home crowd before the half-hour mark as Andrew Robertson impressively burst down the left edge, splitting defenders on the way. The 21-year-old crossed to Ahmed Elmohamady who powered it home past Courtois, producing an emphatic fist-pump from Steve Bruce.

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They’d storm all the way back level just moments later on a rare mistake from Chelsea’s young goalkeeper.

The home side continued to bomb forward and trouble the league leaders. They held much of the possession the rest of the way through the first half. They remained dangerous in the second half, and while Diego Costa was a threat for Chelsea, they again needed Courtois to come up big. Just past the hour mark, Courtois made a strong triple-save on shots from Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, and Gaston Ramirez before shouting emphatically.

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Chelsea would repay Courtois’s hard work with yet another lead. Substitute Loic Remy, who came on just a minute earlier, got a cross from Willian from point blank range, and while his weak strike was initially stopped by McGregor’s legs on the dive, the ball squirted under his body and into the net.

Hull City remained dangerous and controlled the midfield, as they did all game, but couldn’t find a final product.

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The win for Chelsea restores their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Hull remains just three points above the relegation zone.

LINEUPS

Hull City: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson (Aluko 81′), Meyler (Quinn 80′), Livermore, Ramírez (Brady 80′), Hernández, N’Doye.

Goals: Elmohamady 26′, Hernandez 28′

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires (Oscar 61′), Willian (Zouma 80′), Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy 75′).

Goals: Hazard 2′, Costa 10′, Remy 77′

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup

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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

EURO qualifying wrap: France, Iceland, Turkey earn wins

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With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.

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Albania 0-2 France

Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.

Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.

Andorra 0-2 Turkey

Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.

Moldova 1-2 Iceland

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

With 19 points throughout 10 games, Rúnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.

Elsewhere

Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

Serbia 2-2 Ukraine

Kosovo 0-4 England

Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic