MLS Cup Playoffs: Columbus Crew SC 3-1 AET (4-3 agg.) Montreal Impact

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The game in 100 words (or less): It took 180 minutes, then it took 30 minutes more, but Columbus Crew SC are through to the Eastern Conference finals where they’ll face the top-seeded New York Red Bulls in two weeks’ time, after knocking off the Montreal Impact, 3-1 (4-3 on aggregate) Sunday night at MAPFRE Stadium. The two-legged triumph erases a nightmare of a playoff appearance in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, in which Gregg Berhalter’s side was hammered by the New England Revolution, 7-3 over two legs. Kei Kamara scored twice on the night — a pair of headers, of course — to go along with Ethan Finlay’s late equalizer in regular time. Dilly Duka, playing against his first professional team, scored a goal that for a period of time had the Impact in front with as few as 12 minutes of regular time to be played.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

4′ — Kamara heads home from close range — Get the ball wide, get the ball into the box and watch Kamara head it home — that’s been roughly 86.7 percent of Crew SC’s gameplan in 2015, and to devastating effect. Federico Higuain sprang Waylon Francis down the left wing and the Sierra Leonean striker did the rest.

40′ — Duka puts Montreal back up on aggregate — Chaos inside the penalty area, a failure to clearance and a badly missed offside infraction — that’s all it took for Montreal to equalize on the day and reclaim the aggregate lead through Dilly Duka’s close-range finish.

68′ — Bush saves Kamara’s PK to preserve lead — It would have re-tied the series on aggregate, but it was a very soft penalty decision in the first place. Kamara hadn’t taken a penalty all season long, but he talked Higuain out of the responsibility nonetheless. It was a poor penalty, saved rather easily by Bush as long as he goes the right way.

78′ — Finlay puts home the rebound, 3-3 on aggregate — Duka was offside on his goal in the first half, and Jack McInerney was offside during the build-up to Finlay’s goal late in the second half, so we’re even now. To extra time we go.

111′ — Kamara heads home again late in extra time — Kei Kamara, expert header of soccer balls. The man is brilliant when it comes to finish chances with his head, as evidenced in his late winner to send Cedrick Mabwati’s header home from an incredibly tough angle, from a fair distance out.

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Man of the match: Kei Kamara

Goalscorers: Kamara (4′, 111′), Duka (40′), Finlay (78′)

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.

Canada’s Beckie: Sinclair asked if I wanted to take penalty v. Sweden

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Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.

Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.

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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.

“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”

So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.

“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”

Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.

Watch Live: Copa America — Group C finales

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We’ll know the full knockout round bracket following the conclusion of Group C play at the 2019 Copa America on Monday.

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If Chile draws or defeats Uruguay, it will meet Peru in the quarterfinals, sending Uruguay into a date with perfect Colombia.

Meanwhile Japan and Ecuador meet knowing a win is necessary to hope for any further dates in Brazil.

As it stands, Peru is one of the third-place teams to qualify for the next stage, while Paraguay needs Japan and Ecuador to draw in order to hold onto its spot.

You can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App. All you have to do is click on the links below.

2019 Copa America schedule

Group C: Chile v. Uruguay – 7 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group C: Japan v. Ecuador – 7 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

Check back later for recaps and highlights.