MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-0 Real Salt Lake (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Will the real Real Salt Lake please stand up? For the first four months of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, the Claret and Cobalt have were a thoroughly underwhelming shell of their former selves. As a playoff-less future became more and more certain, they responded last week with a resounding victory over the Seattle Sounders, giving themselves a glimmer of hope once again. Then, seven days later, they laid a gigantic egg in a 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Through 45 minutes, RSL looked a decent bet to grab a quality road point against a good but struggling (three straight losses) FCD side, but the second half began and ended in disastrous fashion and the playoffs now look a mighty big ask. Five minutes into the second half, Demar Phillips gave away a penalty (this after he should have been sent off at the end of the first half), Javier Morales missed a penalty of his own, and Fabian Castillo put the game to bed. At the end of the day, RSL (32 points) are six points off a playoff place and rock bottom of the Western Conference. FCD (41), meanwhile, leapfrog Sporting Kansas City into third in the West.

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Three moments that mattered

50′ — Akindele taken down inside the box, converts the PK — Tesho Akindele went down inside the box under the slightest of heel kicks from Phillips. Perhaps the contact with the Canadian’s heel was enough to force his foot into the ground and lose his balance, but it’s quite unlucky for Phillips — who, it must be said, should have been off 10 minutes earlier.

77′ — El Burrito taken down in the box, but Morales misses the PK — Juan Manuel Martinez — nicknamed “El Burrito” — was taken down inside the box for a clear-as-day penalty kick, but Javier Morales could only put the ensuing spot kick onto the post of Jesse Gonzalez and watch as Joao Plata skied his effort off the rebound.

79′ — No one steps to Castillo, so he shoots and scores — Seriously, that’s Fabian Castillo dribbling right through the heart of midfield and bearing on your defense. At some point, somebody should step to him and force him to get rid of the ball. If you don’t, he’ll eventually get rid of it himself…into the back of your net.

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Man of the match: Kellyn Acosta

Goalscorers: Akindele (PK – 51′), Castillo (79′)

Bilbao’s Williams: ‘I suffered racist insults’ at Espanyol

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams says that he was a victim of racial abuse from fans while playing at Espanyol in a Spanish league game on Saturday.

Williams said after the 1-1 draw that “I suffered racist insults, something that no one wants to hear and has no place here.”

Williams, who is black, played 82 minutes of the match before being substituted.

“People should come to enjoy themselves, to help their team. This is a sport about friendship,” Williams said.

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FA Cup: Chelsea survive trip to Hull, advance to 5th round (video)

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With their 2-1 victory away to EFL Championship side Hull City, Chelsea joined Leicester City, Sheffield United and Norwich City as Premier League sides to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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Frank Lampard‘s side got off to a flying start courtesy of Michy Batshuayi‘s deflected finish in the 6th minute, and the Blues were well on their way to a first half of total dominance.

Hull looked more prepared for a fight after halftime, but it mattered very little after Fikayo Tomori was gifted a free header two yards off the goal line. Ross Barkley‘s free kick was well placed at the back post and there was nothing that anyone could do to stop it.

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Hull pulled the game back to 2-1 in the 78th minute, and they were more than a little fortunate in how they managed to do so. Kamil Grosicki smacked a free kick with plenty of power and got the deflection of all deflections to wrong-foot Willy Caballero and find the back of the net.

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

FA Cup roundup: West Ham bounced; Sheff Utd, Norwich advance (video)

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round (early) action…

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The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham were the lone Premier League side to be knocked out by a lower-division side on Saturday, as David Moyes‘ side failed to find the back of the net and were beaten 1-0 by EFL Championship leaders West Brom.

Conor Townsend scored the game’s only goal in the 9th minute, and though the Hammers controlled possession the rest of the way, they created very little in terms of scoring chances and finished the game with just three shots on target. West Brom finished the game with 10 men, but West Ham could do nothing with their 18-minute advantage following Semi Ajayi‘s second yellow card in the 72nd minute.

Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s dream season continued with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Championship side Millwall. Both goals came inside the final half-hour, but the Blades were unquestionably the better side even before breaking the deadlock.

That came in the 62nd minute, when Muhamed Besic placed a stunning curler inside the far post for 1-0. Not long before full-time, in the 84th, Oliver Norwood drove his effort hard and low and into the corner to make it 2-0.

Burnley 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich and Burnley were largely inseparable for the majority of Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor, save for a four-minute period early in the second half in which Norwich scored twice and booked their place in the fifth round.

Grant Hanley made it 1-0 in the 53rd and Josip Drmic added to the advantage in the 57th minute. Erik Pieters pulled Burnley back to within a goal in the 73rd, but that’s as close as the Clarets would get.

FA Cup fourth-round scoreboard

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RB Leipzig beaten, Bundesliga title race thrown wide open

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BERLIN (AP) Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig 2-0 to throw the title race wide open on Saturday.

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Frankfurt defender Almamy Toure scored a brilliant goal just after the break and Filip Kostic sealed the win in injury time to deal Leipzig its first defeat since a 2-1 loss at home to Freiburg in October.

Borussia Monchengladbach cut the gap at the top to two points with a 3-1 win at home over Mainz, thanks largely to goals in each half from French striker Alassane Plea.

Bayern Munich has the chance to cut the gap to one point with a win at home over Schalke in the late game.

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Borussia Dortmund is just four points off the top after its 5-1 win over Cologne on Friday.

Also Saturday, Union Berlin defeated Augsburg 2-0 at home, Hertha Berlin came from behind to win 2-1 at Wolfsburg, and Paderborn moved off the bottom with a 2-0 win at Freiburg.