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.

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup

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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

EURO qualifying wrap: France, Iceland, Turkey earn wins

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With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.

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Albania 0-2 France

Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.

Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.

Andorra 0-2 Turkey

Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.

Moldova 1-2 Iceland

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

With 19 points throughout 10 games, Rúnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.


Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

Serbia 2-2 Ukraine

Kosovo 0-4 England

Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic