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Mexico 3-2 aet USMNT: Pure El Tri dominance at the Rose Bowl

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The good guys were in white, the bad guys in black, and the Rose Bowl was the scene for an old-fashioned Western between the United States and Mexico.

For 100 minutes, the white might as well’ve stood for surrender. Then, in a twist, the good guys appeared to dodge every unlikely bullet.

But only for a short time, as Paul Aguilar gave Mexico the win it deserved with a 118th minute goal.

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The 3-2 in extra time score line defied pure Mexican dominance in California, as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Oribe Peralta also scored in a thrilling CONCACAF Cup final.

Geoff Cameron and substitute Bobby Wood scored for the U.S., and Cameron was one of few players who had a game worthy of any merit.

Jurgen Klinsmann had no answers for a Mexico team playing with a caretaker boss.

There was a frenetic unease to the start, with emotions getting the best of the players in a noisy Rose Bowl.

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And then an early mistake from the entire left side of the U.S. defense. Matt Besler dove into the midfield, and Mexico burst through to spring a chance through the 18. Oribe Peralta fed Javier Hernandez, and Chicharito darted past an indecisive Fabian Johnson to make it 1-0.

Then the States won a free kick on the left, and Michael Bradley sent in a gorgeous ball for Cameron to head home. The Stoke man made no doubt about it with his second U.S. goal.

Playing in his advanced role, Bradley dribbled across the 18 and tried to wrong foot Moises Munoz with a left-footed shot that dragged wide of the right post.

Things got nutty in the 34th minute, when an offside Peralta slid into a prone Guzan (who had the ball). Peralta saw yellow, after a baseball-style “all talk” skirmish in the U.S. six.

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States moves the ball past Diego Reyes #5 of Mexico during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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Beasley’s overlapping run found a Bradley through ball, but the Houston Dynamo defender’s cross was too shallow and scooped by Munoz.

Altidore missed a golden chance to put the U.S. up as the clock struck 40, as he booted an in-tight and contested chance wide and high of the bar.

The Toronto FC forward then won a dangerous free kick and a yellow card for Hector Moreno with a spin move outside the 18 in the 44th minute. Bradley whipped in a scything kick on goal, but Munoz dove to rescue it, parrying the ball wide.

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The second half saw Mexico nearly score within two minutes, as Guzan made a huge safe after Mexico danced through the U.S. back line yet again.

El Tri expressed themselves in the first 15 minutes of the frame, really, with Cameron, Besler and Guzan doing yeomen’s work keep the score line level.

The Yanks should’ve been down 2-1 after Chicharito butchered a chance by trying to use his back leg instead of his left. He had left Besler in the dust, but the U.S. escaped.

The U.S. got its first corner in the 67th minute, and Bradley tried to catch Munoz napping only to see the keeper slap the ball to the other side of the pitch.

The second half saw the States looking wounded at worst and winded at best. Altidore labored, as did Jones. Dempsey was a shell of himself excepting an ambitious dribble or two.

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Hector Herrera #16 of Mexico protects the ball against Michael Bradley #4 of the United States during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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Heart-stopping stuff as the U.S. had a muddled spell of possession with about 15 minutes to play in the first 90 minutes. The Americans avoided calamity when Besler went unwhistled on a handball in the box just into stoppage time.

So we went to extra time. More of the same, and the Yanks looked beat when it came time to counter… except for Yedlin, who earned a free kick that Bradley lofted far post and right to Munoz.

Then, Peralta. The Mexican talisman did it again in the clutch, Johnny-on-the-spot to bury a chance over a beleaguered and sliding Cameron, and past Guzan.

But who the heck is Bobby Wood and what did he do with our narrative? The only-clutch U.S. striker subbed on to tie the game off a silky feed from DeAndre Yedlin, and somehow the Americans were level… and on the front foot?

Nope. Aguilar volleyed a bullet past a too-shallow Guzan, and Mexican had their trip to Russia.

LINEUPS

Mexico: Munoz; Aguilar, Reyes, Moreno, Layun; Marquez (Rivas, 76′), Guardado (Lopez, 80′), Herrera; Peralta, Jimenez, Hernandez (Corona, 97′).

Goals: Hernandez (10′), Peralta (96′), Aguilar (118′)

United States: Guzan; Beasley, Cameron, Besler, Johnson (Evans, 111′); Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, Zardes (Yedlin, 78′); Dempsey, Altidore (Wood, 98′)

Goals: Cameron (15′), Wood (108′)

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.