Europa League Roundup: Spurs stumble, Liverpool grab first goal under Klopp

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Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1

Funny how these things write themselves. In Jurgen Klopp’s first game at Anfield as new manager of Liverpool, it’s a German to break the duck. Emre Can scored just before halftime, moments after Rubin Kazan captain Oleg Kuzmin was sent off, giving Liverpool its first goal under Klopp.

Can’s goal brought the Reds level at 1-1, and the home side completely dominated the entire second half a man up, but could not score, with Christian Benteke coming closest when he hit the post inside the final 10 minutes.

Anderlecht 2, Tottenham 1

Spurs blew an early lead after Christian Eriksen‘s 4th minute goal, conceding twice and falling to the Belgian side on Stefano Okaka’s 75th-minute winner. The loss drops Tottenham out of the Group J top spot and down to third (albeit just a point off the top spot), with Anderlecht and Monaco both jump into advancing positions halfway through group play.

FC Qabala 1, Borussia Dortmund 3

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got back on schedule with a hat-trick, bringing his season total to 17 goals in 17 matches across all competitions to ease Dortmund past last year’s third place finisher in the Azerbaijani league. The win maintains Dortmund’s outright lead in Group C, and returns them to Bundesliga play on a high after early October was not kind to them.

FC Midtjylland 1, Napoli 4

Napoli took firm control of Group D behind Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace and a worldly from Jose Callejon. The latter put Napoli in front after 19 minutes on a brilliant ball over the top from Kalidou Koulibaly, which landed at the feat of a streaking Callejon who lifted it superbly on first touch over Mikkel Anderson. Gabbiadini grabbed his brace, and Gonzalo Higuain came on late to add a fourth to move Napoli three points clear of Midtjylland at the top of the group.

Fenerbahce 1, Ajax 0

Turkish club Fenerbahce topped the Dutch leaders with a Fenrandao header in the 89th minute, throwing Group A even further out of whack. These two clubs came into the group stage favorites to go through to the knockout round, but have floundered early. The win moves Fenerbahce into second place behind Molde, while Ajax continues to flounder with just two points through three matches. Robin Van Persie was not a part of the Fenerbahce squad.

Braga 3, Olympique Marseille 2

Marseille’s nightmare season continued as they came back late before blowing it just moments later to fall out of an advancing position in Group F. The first half saw no goals, but Braga was suddenly ahead with a pair of goals before the 77th minute. Marseille triumphantly came back with two goals in three minutes to draw level on 87 minutes, but as the season has gone for the French club, they gacked it away when Brazilian winger Alan scored from close range just one minute later to push the Porguguese club in front. Marseille sits in 16th in the Ligue 1 table, and now sit on the outside looking in on their Europa League group as well.

Lazio 3, Rosenborg 1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0, St. Etienne 1
Lokomotiv Moscow 1, Besiktas 1
Sporting Lisbon 5, Skenderbeu Korce 1
Basel 1, Belenenses 2
Fiorentina 1, Lech Poznan 1
Schalke 2, Sparta Prague 2
Monaco 1, FC Qarabag 1
Villareal 4, Dinamo Minsk 1
AZ Alkmaar 0, Augsburg 1
APOEL 2, Asteras Tripoli 1
Molde 3, Celtic 1
Bordeaux 0, FC Sion 1
PAOK 0, Kuban Krasnodar 0
Legia Warsaw 1, Club Brugge 1
Rapid Vienna 3, Viktoria Plzen 2
Liberec 1, FC Groningen 1

Copa America: Watch Newcastle’s Almiron sets up Paraguay opener with 60-yard sprint (video)

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For the second time in as many games, Argentina has allowed it’s opponent to score the first goal. This time, it has Miguel Almiron to thank.

Starting with a dummy that lead to a more than 60-yard sprint to the end-line, Almiron showcased his top-line speed, strength, and dribbling ability as he lead Paraguay down the field in transition, eventually crossing into the middle. It was there that Olimpia’s Richard Sanchez met the cross and sliced it home to put Paraguay up 1-0 in the first half.

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Atlanta United fans saw plenty of that blazing speed during Almiron’s two years in the U.S. If Newcastle fans get to witness this in person more this coming season, Almiron will be a fan-favorite.

 

 

Transfer Roundup: Neymar to cost $337 million? Could Jorginho follow Sarri to Juve?

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Will he stay or will he go?

That’s the main question surrounding Neymar this summer. If reports out of France – and there are many – are to be believed, Neymar will have to stay.

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Le Parisien reported on Wednesday that if Neymar was to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, it would cost an insane $337 million (€300 million) in transfer fees. With that price, and UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, it pretty much rules out any club from Europe from signing the Brazilian star. Neymar has recently been linked with a move back to Barcelona, with $112 million and other players reportedly included in a deal from Barcelona to PSG.

There’s so many moving pieces involved in any case. Antoine Griezmann is expected to leave Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona the rumored destination. But if Neymar goes to Barcelona, could Griezmann head to PSG? Meanwhile PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi pretty much called out Neymar for some of his off the field – and on the pitch – antics, likely hurting their relationship.

So while it seems like Neymar – and PSG – may want the relationship to end, PSG won’t miss out on getting its money back.

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Jorginho to Juventus? 

Jorginho is to Maurizio Sarri like red wine is to a medium-rare steak. They just go great together.

With Sarri moving to Juventus, that raises the question that Jorginho, who moved with Sarri to Chelsea, could move back to Italy this summer. There’s plenty of reasons why it could make sense. Despite playing 56 times for the Blues, including helping lead them to the UEFA Europa League title, he took plenty of criticism from the media and fans for his lack of defensive ability. Fans were also upset with Sarri’s insistence of playing Jorginho at the 6, and not at the 6 or as part of a double pivot with N’Golo Kante. In Premier League games that Chelsea was undone, it was because Jorginho was overrun in midfield.

Jorginho meanwhile could go back to Italy, where he has citizenship, plays for the national team and enjoyed so much success with Napoli.

According to reports out of Italy, Jorginho’s agent said that the player is happy in London, but they would wait and see what happens next from Juventus.

“Chelsea have a four-year contract with the man,” Joao Santos said, via Football Italia. “We’ll wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth in this interest mentioned in the papers. His past at Napoli won’t be an issue, because Jorginho is a professional. Right now, Jorginho is happy at Chelsea. He found a great atmosphere and we can’t really say that he’d like to go elsewhere, but anything can happen on the transfer market. We’ll wait and see…”

Follow Live: Mexico faces Canada in Gold Cup doubleheader nightcap

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From Mile High USA, Denver, Colo., the 2019 Gold Cup continues with a highly-anticipated matchup between Mexico and Canada.

El Tri is coming off a 6-0 rout of Cuba in the opener at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena last week, while Canada thrashed Martinique, 4-0 in its opener. All of which leads to Wednesday, when an up-start Canada faces a young and firing Mexico in the 10 p.m. ET nightcap.

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The LA Galaxy’s Uriel Antuna, a late addition to the squad, scored a hat-trick against Cuba and is one of the many young players getting their first chance to impress new Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino. Meanwhile, Canada is having a recent resurgence, with young stars Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies and Mark-Anthony Kaye all making an early impact.

Meanwhile, Cuba and Martinique now battle it out in the first match of the night from Denver at 8 p.m., with both sides hoping for three points and a chance to emerge from the group in third place. Cuba has already lost one player to asylum in the U.S., but it’s unclear what kind of impact that will have on the team.

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Anderlecht introduces new mayonnaise in team colors

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Fans support their favorite soccer teams with shirts, scarves, and more apparel and merchandise.

Now, Belgium side Anderlecht is taking fandom to a new level: Food.

In an interesting marketing move, Anderlecht announced that it’s come out with its own version of mayonnaise that’s been dyed purple, the main color of the club (The team is called “The Purple and White” in French and Dutch). One of the most popular gameday snacks in Belgium are fries and mayonaise, according to an informal UEFA poll, and now, fans of Anderlecht can dip their fries into purple mayo!

Mayo is apparently so popular in Belgium that there are literally laws on the books governing its ingredients. The move to create a purple sauce comes from a continued business partnership with Brussels Ketjup, a national Belgian ketchup that has sponsored the team.

The purple mayo will be sold in stores around Brussels (where Anderlecht is located) and Belgium, and proceeds from the sales will go towards Child Focus, a pan-European foundation that helps missing and exploited children.

Could we see this come to the Premier League and the U.S.? Imagine red pies at Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United, or a bright green pie in Norwich.

What about green ketchup in Seattle for the Sounders, or orange fries at Houston Dynamo games.

It’s unlikely to happen – different colored ketchup from Heinz was a marketing failure – but it could be fun if it was ever tried again on a small scale, tied to a sporting event or team.

Perhaps we’ll be seeing Vincent Kompany downing some fries and purple mayo this fall.