Bayern Munich 6-1 (7-4, agg.) FC Porto: Bayern obliterate Porto to reach UCL semifinal

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Bayern Munich pulverized Porto at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola’s side scored five goals in 26 first half minutes to cancel out a 3-1 deficit from the first leg and secure a sensational 6-1 victory in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg to advance to the final four 7-4 on aggregate.

Guardiola has now reached the UCL semifinals in every single season as a manager and Bayern were all over Porto from the first whistle as the Portuguese side crumbled in Bavaria.

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Thiago Alcantara headed home the opener for Bayern, then Jerome Boateng added a second as the home side led 2-0 after 22 minutes. Robert Lewandowski was twice to set up by Thomas Muller and Muller himself scored another in between Lewandowski’s strikes to make it 5-0 at half time. Porto looked shell-shocked but did pull a goal back in the second half through Jackson Martinez but Xabi Alonso curled in a wonderful free kick late on as Porto bowed out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion.

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Bayern made their intent to attack clear early on as Lewandowski hit the post, and less than 15 minutes in they had scored the opener to set them on their way. Bernat’s brilliant cross to the near post was powerfully headed home by Thiago after 14 minutes to send the home fans wild and put Bayern 1-0 up. Soon after it was 2-0 up as Boateng nodded home after Holger Badstuber’s header back across goal found him in the box with Porto’s defense all over the place.

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After 27 minutes it was 3-0 as Philipp Lahm whipped in a cross which Muller helped on to Lewandwoski and the Polish forward finished well to give Bayern a 4-3 aggregate lead. On 36 minutes it was 4-0 as Muller’s long-range shot deflected off Bruno Martins Indi and past Fabiano, with Porto’s goalkeeper looking to the heavens with their hopes of advancing to the UCL semifinals in ruins. The goals kept coming and five minutes before half time it was 5-0 as Muller cut the ball back to Lewandowksi and he fired across goal to grab his second of the match.

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Just before half time Badstuber lunged into an awful tackle on Ricardo Quaresma and was lucky to not be sent off by Martin Atkinson in what was the only negative moment in a sensational first half for Bayern.

In the second half Bayern passed the ball around and Porto were scared to push high as the dejected Portuguese outfit were in full damage limitation mode. Muller’s effort after 64 minutes was tipped over by Fabiano and Alonso also sent a free kick close with Bayern looking to extend their extraordinary lead further.

However Porto made things a little more interesting as Martinez headed home Hector Herrera’s cross to make it 5-1 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate with 17 minutes to go. Martinez then fired an effort inches wide of the post moments later as Porto gave it a real go late on but there were susceptible to a counter attack as Lewandowski flashed an effort just wide as he searched for  his hat trick.

Late on Porto were reduced to 10-men as Marcano was sent off for a second yellow after a rash challenge on Thiago, as Bayern poured on the misery with Alonso’s superb free kick making it 6-1 in the 88th minute and capping off a night to remember for Bayern Munich.

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Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha (Rode, 72′), Boateng, Badstuber, Bernat; Lahm, Alonso, Thiago (Date, 90′), Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze (Weiser, 86′)

Goals Thiago, (14′), Boateng (22′), Lewandowski (27′, 40′), Muller (36′), Alonso (88′)

Porto: Fabiano; Reyes (Ricardo, 33′), Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Herrera, Casemiro, Oliver, Quaresma (Neves, 45′); Martinez, Brahimi (Evandro, 67′)

Goal: Martinez (73′)
Red card: Marcano (87′)

Crystal Palace vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Crystal Palace and Leeds meet Sunday at Selhurst Park in a bid to snap twin four-match winless runs in Premier League play (watch live, 9am ET Sunday on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Palace has won just once this season, drawing three times and sitting outside the relegation zone on goal differential.

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Leeds have three more points, good for 12th on the table.

Former Hudson River derby rival manager Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira will both look to kick their seasons forward with a much-needed win in South London.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Leeds.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Palace has given up 11 goals this season and expected goals say that perhaps it should be worse for the Eagles, who have received four of their seven goals from one man: Wilfried Zaha.

Leeds won’t have Luis Sinisterra, who was sent off last week, but Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo have been producing plenty of attacking moments. Finish has to come next, although Leeds’ 10 goals puts it middle of the pack. Perhaps Patrick Bamford is ready to deliver the goods?


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Joachim Andersen (calf). OUT: Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Nathaniel Clyne (ankle), Jack Butland (wrist), James McArthur (groin).

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Adam Forshaw (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Archie Gray (toe), Luis Sinisterra (suspension).

Newcastle vs Brentford: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Newcastle looks to run its Premier League unbeaten run to five when it hosts Brentford at St. James’ Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

The Magpies beat up 10-man Fulham last weekend to pick up their second win of the season. Eddie Howe’s team has only lost once, a controversial setback at Liverpool, and sits seventh with 11 points.

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Brentford’s only collected one fewer point than their Saturday hosts, but the Bees have been blanked in consecutive outings and failed to find a way past Bournemouth in a scoreless draw on Oct. 1.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Brentford.

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How to watch Newcastle vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Exciting forward Allan Saint-Maximin could return for Newcastle, making an already cohesive unit more dangerous. The 25-year-old has a goal and two assists in four appearances this season and scored in this fixture, a 3-3 draw, last season.

Brentford has scored the fifth-most goals in the Premier League this season — quite good — but only six teams have conceded more than the Bees. Goalkeeper David Raya has made 30 saves, tied for third in the Premier League with… Nick Pope. So perhaps it’s time to expect fireworks.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh). OUT: Karl Darlow (ankle), Alexander Isak (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee).

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Ethan Pinnock (knee). OUT: Keane Lewis-Potter (ankle), Pontus Jansson (thigh), Christian Norgaard (tendonitis)

Premier League top scorers: Who is leading 2022 Golden Boot race?

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For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, we get it: There’s something rather dull about not wondering the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, but just the number of his final tally.

Haaland’s Premier League-leading 14 goals from eight games has him seven goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

His third hat trick of the season, joined by three Phil Foden goals in Man City’s 6-3 derby win over United, keeps him on pace for more than 60 goals this season, a mark that would

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And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s already becoming clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is not farfetched at all.

Take a look at these digits. Haaland isn’t just punching in goals; He’s made an almost seamless transition to Pep Guardiola’s system, producing chances for others in addition to his powerful self-positioning.

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Haaland is unlikely to hit even 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault

Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.

Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.

Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:

  • 30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
  • Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
  • Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
  • 11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)

Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.

Premier League 2022-23 Golden Boot race

  1. Erling Haaland, Man City — 14
  2. Harry Kane, Tottenham — 7
  3. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham — 6
  4. Phil Foden, Man City — 5
  5. Ivan Toney, Brentford — 5
  6. James Maddison, Leicester City — 5
  7. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 5
  8. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 5
  9. Leandro Trossard — Brighton — 5
  10. Three tied with four. (Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo, Wilfried Zaha)

Premier League assist leaders: Who will win Playmaker of the Season?

Premier League assist leaders
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Kevin De Bruyne’s gaudy assist numbers give rise to any number of considerations, and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star has ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world in which Jose Mourinho found better use for him at Chelsea.

De Bruyne’s eight assists this Premier League season are double his closest competitors — teammate Bernardo Silva and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — to give him 94 for his career. That’s tied for fifth all-time with Dennis Bergkamp, 72 behind record holder Ryan Giggs.

The Belgian star, 31, arrived at Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and managed only 425 in a half-season before being offloaded to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne got six assists the rest of the way before setting up 21 goals the next season to set up a move to Man City.

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He’s since won the nascent Premier League Playmaker of the Season Award twice, including a 20-assist 2019-20 season, and he’s on pace to make it three of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, and Eden Hazard have also won the award, which is only five years old.

De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016-17, the year before the league but a name on the honor.

His stats hint that there’s more to come, as ‘KDB’ is creating a gaudy 3.95 chances per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times with eight assists, De Bruyne is back taunting those who’d dare chase him in terms of setting up goals (Some guy named Erling Haaland is helping…).

Take a look at De Bruyne’s shining stats, and read on to see who’s chasing him in a list of the Premier League assist leaders for the 2022-23 season.

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Premier League 2022-23 assist leaders

  1. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City — 8
  2. Bernardo Silva, Man City — 4
  3. Bukayo Saka, Arsenal — 4
  4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool — 3
  5. Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham Hotspur — 3
  6. Erling Haaland, Man City — 3
  7. Ivan Perisic, Tottenham Hotspur — 3
  8. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 3
  9. Jack Harrison, Leeds United — 3
  10. Granit Xhaka, Arsenal — 3
  11. Alex Iwobi, Everton — 3
  12. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 3
  13. Kenny Tete, Fulham — 3
  14. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City — 3