Everton 1-1 Liverpool: Pair of goals before halftime levels Merseyside Derby

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  • Danny Ings opened the scoring with a 41st minute header
  • Romelu Lukaku hit back just before the break to equalize
  • Sloppy second half forces draw

There was no shortage of fire at Goodison Park, but aside from a pair of canceling goals just before halftime, neither side could find a winner with neither side looking to risk a loser as the game finishes level for the sixth time in the last seven meetings between these two teams.

Liverpool attacked brightly in the opening 10 minutes, with the first big chance falling to Daniel Sturridge on a cross from Martin Skrtel, but Phil Jagielka came across to make a crucial challenge right in front of goal.

The fouling was persistent early as well, and referee Martin Atkinson did his best not to blow his whistle at every turn.

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With Everton largely on the back foot throughout the first half-hour, they suddenly put the game’s best chance on net in the 28th minute as Steven Naismith connected to a free-kick and headed just under the bar but Simon Mignolet was there for an acrobatic save.

The moment energized the home side, and Mignolet was needed again just two minutes later as James McCarthy struck powerful shot that saw the Belgian goalkeeper spring to his right to save.

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Tempers flared as Ross Barkley and Emre Can got heated on the touchline, with both receiving a yellow for their efforts. The anger seemed to energize Can, and in turn Liverpool as a result. They would get the opening goal four minutes before halftime as Danny Ings turned a corner home with a powerful header on his Merseyside Derby debut.

But Everton would not go into the break trailing thanks to a powerful strike from Romelu Lukaku. A cross from Gerard Deulofeu in first-half added time found the feet of Can, but the midfielder failed to clear, instead hitting right to Lukaku and the big Belgian ripped a volley into the back corner of the net to equalize.

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Both teams looked to have an attacking sense in the second half, but with the physical play continuing to halt flow, Martin Atkinson had his work cut out for him. Liverpool looked bright early, with Everton owning a spell of attacking play on the hour mark.

The game began to get sloppy in the final 15 minutes as tempers simmered, and Ramiro Funes Mori was required to stop Sturridge from finding himself in on goal with three minutes to go. The points were shared, leaving the two teams still just one apart. Everton moves to 13 to pull even with Arsenal in sixth for the moment, while Liverpool hit 12 to move even with Tottenham and Southampton.

World record-holding manager Gutendorf dies at 93

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The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.

Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.

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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).

The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.

Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From DW.com:

“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.

What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.

Man Utd’s Maguire “showed what a man he is” versus Leicester

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Manchester United is still working to find its form as a team, but center back Harry Maguire continued his run of fine performances when the Red Devils beat his former team on Saturday.

United beat Leicester City 1-0 on the day, a Marcus Rashford penalty the difference, but Maguire and fellow new back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were again exceptional.

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Ashley Young has been through a few iterations of Manchester United, and the long-time club offered up lofty words to credit Maguire’s contributions to the team.

“Again he showed today what a man he is,” Young said. “You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well.”

Maguire won five aerial battles and two tackles while completing 83 percent of his passes and managing two shots against his former side (WhoScored). On the season, only Anthony Martial has consistently been more important to the team.

He also did not record a loss of possession, and seemingly was unbothered by plenty of criticism from the traveling fans. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I don’t think it bothers (Maguire) whatsoever,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “You’ve got to be that way and when you play, when you coach, when you manage, we don’t get carried away when we win a game that we maybe didn’t deserve to win, but we don’t get in the dumps when we don’t win.”

Solskjaer also loved Maguire and Victor Lindelof for their performance against pesky Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

“I’ve got loads of admiration for Vardy,” Solskjaer said. “I think he’s my type of centre forward, runs in in behind, harasses and you’ve got to be spot on with the decision-making, when to stay up, when to drop off, and both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well.”

Maguire didn’t love being on the other side of Vardy, either.

“It was tough playing against Jamie,” he said. “I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorize defenses when he is on his game. … We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.”

United hosts Kazakhstan’s Astana on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting West Ham United on Sept. 22.

Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start up top as Everton looks to take down hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison join Calvert-Lewin in attack for the Toffees, who can go fourth with a win.


Bournemouth enters the day in 16th, a point ahead of the bottom three, but can rise into the top half with a win. Early season vibes.


Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Stacey, Solanke, Billing, L. S. Cook, Wilson, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Simpson, Mepham.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Delph, Schneiderlin, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Walcott, Sidibe, Bernard, Davies, Kean.

USWNT legend O’Reilly scores stunner on night to honor her career

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USWNT hero and North Carolina Courage playmaker Heather O’Reilly gave her special day its just desserts.

The 34-year-old New Jersey native scored a sweet goal late in North Carolina’s 6-1 demolition of Orlando Pride on Saturday night, which just so happened to be the evening chosen to celebrate her 17-year career.

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O’Reilly dribbled down the left before cutting to the middle and slashing a shot across the goal and inside the far post.

She has 231 USWNT caps with 47 goals, a Women’s World Cup crown, three Olympic gold medals, three top-flight domestic titles, two Women’s College Cups, and an FA Cup with Arsenal Ladies.

The Courage have four matches left in the regular season and look set to again be the No. 1 seed, so O’Reilly may yet have more memorable moments left in her playing career.