Dissecting League Cup third round draw: Arsenal vs. Tottenham, USMNT battle

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Some big rivalry games have been drawn out in the third round of the Capital One Cup, as a North London derby will take center stage.

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The eight Premier League teams in European action all received a bye to the third round but the big boys have now entered the fray and some mouth-watering ties have been set up. The most notable is Tottenham hosting fierce rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sept. 23. The Gunners and Spurs were pitted together in the FA Cup in 2014 and Arsenal prevailed. Mauricio Pochettino’s side would love to knock their rivals out at the first hurdle in the League Cup.

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Elsewhere a derby in England’s second-city takes places, with Aston Villa hosting Birmingham City on Sept. 22. The latter won the League Cup in 2011 but were also relegated from the Premier League in the same season and have yet to return to the top-flight. This match will be the first “second-city derby” in almost four years, as the intense rivalry will play out between Tim Sherwood and Gary Rowett’s teams under the lights at Villa Park.

A U.S. national team battle will take place at Craven Cottage in the third round, as Stoke City’s game-winner in the second round, Geoff Cameron, heads to play Championship side Fulham who just signed Tim Ream. The two USMNT defenders will be eager to show what they can do before the big Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico on Oct. 10, so that game is one to watch for U.S. fans. A South London derby sees PL side Crystal Palace host Charlton Athletic, while League Cup holders Chelsea travel to League One Walsall to start their defense and Manchester United host Ipswich Town from the Championship. Three all-PL ties sees Leicester host West Ham, Norwich vs. West Brom and Manchester City face a trip to Sunderland.

The games below will be played on the week of Sept. 21, with extra-time and penalty kicks on the night if needed to decide the final 16 teams.

League Cup third round draw in full

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal
Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City
Crystal Palace vs. Charlton Athletic
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Hull City vs. Swansea City
Leicester City vs. West Ham United
Liverpool vs. Carlisle United
Manchester United vs. Ipswich Town
Middlesbrough vs. Wolves
Newcastle United vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City vs. West Brom
MK Dons vs. Southampton
Preston North End vs. Bournemouth
Reading vs. Barsnley or Everton
Sunderland vs. Manchester City
Walsall vs. Chelsea

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.


With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

Click on the link above to watch the game live.

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Brazil v. Mexico – 5 p.m. ET

England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.