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Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach: City win Group D


On his 21st birthday, Raheem Sterling had himself the match of a lifetime, scoring twice and grabbing an assist to lead Manchester City to a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League.

With Sevilla’s win over Juventus, City claim the top spot in Group D.

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After falling behind 2-1 in the first half, City scored three goals in five minutes late in the match to pull of an amazing win on the final day of group play in the Champions League.

City took the lead in the 16th minute through a beautiful goal from David Silva. Raheem Sterling played Silva in with a clever back-heel, who then rifled a shot into the roof of the net as the Etihad erupted.

However, Gladbach responded immediately, grabbing an equalizer just three minutes later. United States international Fabian Johnson used his speed to slice through the City defense, playing a cross to Julian Korb at the back post. Korb hit a great finish back across the face of the goal as the score was level at one.

After Gladbach equalized, the visitors continued to bomb forward looking to exploit the City backline. Fabian Johnson was heavily involved in the attack, terrorizing Gael Clichy on the left wing.

Just before halftime, Gladbach took a 2-1 lead through Raffael. A great bit of team play led to a cross from Oscar Wendt on the left wing. His cross was deflected on goal from Fabian Johnson, and then deflected once again by Raffael to put the visitors ahead going into the break.

The second half was much more one-sided, as Gladbach soaked up endless pressure from Manchester City, who tirelessly pressed for a second goal themselves.

Wilfried Bony replaced Fabian Delph in the 65th minute to give City more attacking firepower, while Jesus Navas came on for Kevin De Bruyne in a more surprising decision from manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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With Gladbach pinned inside their own third for the entire half, City finally broke through, erupting for three goals in five minutes.

Raheem Sterling scored twice in less than two minutes, both on assists from the substitute Bony. Then, Bony got a goal of his own to cap off a wild second half in which City really did deserve the win.

A massive win for Pellegrini’s men, as City tops Group D and avoids playing the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the round of 16.

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.


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.