La Liga & Serie A roundup: Villarreal draws; Napoli downs Fiorentina

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Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Getafe 1-1 Villarreal

Villarreal’s poor run of form continues as the side remains winless in La Liga since March 8th following a draw at Getafe. Ikechukwu Uche put Villarreal ahead in the 52nd minute, but Diego Castro leveled for the home side right after the hour mark to earn a share of the points. Making things worse for Villarreal, defender Mateo Musacchio had to be stretchered off following a horrific ankle injury as video replays are graphic and tough to watch for the faint of heart.

Real Sociedad 2-2 Deportivo

David Moyes’ Sociedad side twice held a lead against struggling Deportivo but failed to take all three points, with the match finishing in a 2-2 draw. Xabi Prieto opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Sociedad and Chory Castro added the second on a brilliant volley from a tight angle. But Deportivo rallied behind Victor Sanchez del Amo, as the former player was in charge of his first match as manager and jumped three spots on the table with the draw.

[ RELATED: Saturday’s La Liga & Serie A roundup ]

Cordoba 0-2 Elche 

Elche got a crucial win over last-place Cordoba to go three points clear of the relegation zone in La Liga. Leading 1-0 at half, 20-year-old Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic doubled Elche’s lead in the second, connecting on a cross with a header to the near post. Cordoba was sent to ten men when Borja Garcia was shown red for head-butting Victor Rodriguez late in the match, and the side remains winless in La Liga since January.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Espanyol 1-0 Athletic
Valencia vs. Levante (Monday, 2:30 p.m. ET)


Napoli 3-0 Fiorentina

Napoli jumped over Fiorentina to fourth place in Serie A following a massive 3-0 win today. Belgian international Dries Mertens gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break, while Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon added to the tally in the second half. Napoli should have had another as Gonzalo Higuain hit a rocket off the underside of the bar, with video replays clearly showing the ball cross the line. However, the referee allowed play to continue as goal-line technology will start being used in Serie A next season.

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Roma lost its hold on second place following a draw vs. Torion

Torino 1-1 Roma

Roma drops to third on the table after drawing Torino on the road. An Alessandro Florenzi penalty in the 57th minute gave Roma the lead, only to concede an equalizer from Maxi Lopez just seven minutes later. That makes it nine draws in the last 13 matches for Roma, who now sit a point behind Lazio and 13 points behind league-leaders Juventus.

Milan 1-1 Sampdoria

Sampdoria spoiled AC Milan’s bid for three straight wins, taking away a point from the San Siro. The visitors struck first as Roberto Soriano finished off an assist from Samuel Eto’o right before the hour mark. Nigel de Jong, usually known for his brute defending, showed a flash of skill as the Dutchman scored on an acrobatic overhead kick to save a point for Milan.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Cesena 0-1 Chievo
Lazio 4-0 Empoli
Udinese 1-3 Palermo
Atalanta 2-1 Sassuolo

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

[ FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT takes on Panama in Kansas City]

Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.


Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

[READ: Kroos wants to retire at Real Madrid]

Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.

AFCON: Nigeria 1st team through to round of 16 at African Cup, joined by host Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) Former champion Nigeria became the first team to reach the last 16 at the African Cup of Nations after defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s second-half goal delivered a 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

The Nigerians were unimpressive in the first half in Alexandria but lifted their game in the second. Alex Iwobi‘s rasping shot was pushed away by Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone and Ahmed Musa almost set up Odion Ighalo on a counterattack.

The former Chelsea defender Omeruo did what the forwards had not been able to do when he beat Kone with a glancing header at the near post off Moses Simon’s corner in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria, which won the title in 2013, has two wins from two games in Group B. It beat Burundi 1-0 in its first match and now needs a draw from its last fixture against Madagascar to finish top and stay in Alexandria for the last 16.

There was more good news for Nigeria when Samuel Kalu came on as a substitute near the end. The midfield player collapsed at a training session the day before the first game, suffering from dehydration, and was hospitalized.

Coach Gernot Rohr rested captain John Obi Mikel against Guinea.

Elsewhere, Egypt also confirmed a place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmad Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah each scored in the first half to lead the Pharoahs to victory, the hosts second-straight win in the competition.

In the other match of the day, Uganda tied Zimbabwe, 1-1.