Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle: Black Cats win 6th straight Tyne-Wear derby

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There are no more winless teams in the Premier League this season. Sunderland used a controversial red card to their advantage, winning 3-0 over heated rivals Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light for their first victory of the year and sixth straight over Newcastle, a first in this hotly contested fixture.

Newcastle, on the heels of last week’s blistering win, started on the front foot, earning a trio of corners in the opening five minutes. Captain Fabricio Coloccini had a difficult chance saved by Costel Pantilimon in just the third minute, while Aleksandar Mitrovic looked dangerous, with a headed attempt saved on 10 minutes and teeing up last week’s hero Giorginio Wijnaldum for an effort on target in the 16th minute.

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American youngster DeAndre Yedlin was a positive for Sunderland, but they struggled to deal with Newcastle’s attack down the Magpies right flank. Newcastle’s physical midfield play earned Chieck Tiote an early yellow card in the 14th minute.

Newcastle continued to push forward and hold the ball, and Sunderland had to deal with an injury as Ola Toivonen aggravated a groin injury and had to come off, forcing Jermain Defoe into the match after the half-hour mark. Just moments after that change, John O'Shea pulled up lame with an apparent hamstring injury, bringing on Sebastian Coates and burning Sam Allardyce‘s second substitution.

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The match’s turning point occurred in stoppage time just before the halftime break. On the break, Steven Fletcher was bumped to the ground by Coloccini in the box, and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot. Then, he sent Coloccini off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, a highly controversial decision given goalkeeper Robert Elliott had scooped up the ball as the foul occurred.

Adam Johnson stepped up and buried the penalty, causing the Stadium of Light to roar in delight at the stroke of halftime.

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Newcastle fought well a man down in the second half, and had a massive opportunity to draw level on 55 minutes as Mitrovic stepped past Yedlin to get one-on-one with Pantilimon, but was beaten by the goalkeeper as his shot couldn’t find the gaping net.

They’d rue the miss as Sunderland went 2-0 ahead to put the game away. The Cats’ first corner in the 65th minute floated across the box to Yann M'Vila who expertly volleyed a shot that squirted through bodies to the far post. Billy Jones was there to tap in the effort and make sure it went in the net.

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It was all Sunderland from there behind the home supporters. Adam Johnson nearly scored a blinder but his curling shot clattered the corner of the woodwork. On the break with five minutes remaining, Sunderland picked up an extra for good measure as Younes Kaboul found Steven Fletcher for a quality volleyed finish.

The Black Cats win pulls them level with Newcastle on six points, and while they both remain in the relegation zone, each are just two points from escape.

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