Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland: Life after Mourinho starts well on strange day

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  • Chelsea seal first win in four
  • Fans chant for Mourinho constantly
  • Ivanovic, Pedro, Oscar on target
  • Blues up to 14th place

Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they being the post-Jose Mourinho era in style.

Goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and Willian put them 3-0 up and Fabio Borini’s goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

With the win Chelsea now has 18 points, while Sunderland remain second from bottom.

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Chelsea raced into an early lead at Stamford Bridge amid banners from the home supporters lambasting their own players and chants supporting former manager Mourinho.

A corner from Willian was headed home by Ivanovic in the sixth minute to put Chelsea 1-0 up following some poor marking by Sebastian Coates. Ivanovic wheeled away in delight but it was Mourinho’s name which could be heard from the stands.

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Soon after the Blues were 2-0 up and cruising as a cross into the box dropped for Pedro and the Spaniard slammed home his effort. 2-0 to the Blues. Cue Mourinho’s name being sung once again.

Sunderland looked shell-shocked as the cameras panned to the new interim boss Guus Hiddink sitting alongside Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and owner Roman Abramovich in the stands.

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Before half time Chelsea had chances to extend their lead as the lively Oscar was denied by Costel Pantilimon and Diego Costa headed just wide.

Just three minutes into the second half Chelsea were 3-0 up as Willian was brought down by Pantilimon and Oscar stroked home the PK.

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Sunderland did fight their way back into the game as Younes Kaboul was left completely unmarked at the back post and his header across goal was parried by Thibaut Courtois into the path of substitute Borini who tapped home. 3-1.

The Black Cats had other chances to reduce the deficit with Jermain Defoe going close but Chelsea also went close through Oscar and Loic Remy, with both Cesc Fabregas and Costa roundly booed by the home fans as they went off as last subs.

Chelsea cruised to the win on a strange, strange day at Stamford Bridge which ended, once again, with Mourinho’s name sung by the home fans.

LIVE — USMNT seeks ‘payback’ v. Canada in CONCACAF Nations League

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The USMNT’s CONCACAF Nations League hopes are on the line when it meets Canada in Orlando at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

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The Yanks seek to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Canucks in Toronto last month, one that heaped pressure on coach Gregg Berhalter.

If the USMNT fails to win on Friday, a match Canada also needs for its World Cup qualifying hopes, it will bow out of the tournament before the semifinal round.

There’s no place for DeAndre Yedlin in the back line, as Tim Ream‘s been chosen to play right back with a center back pairing of John Brooks and Aaron Long. Sergino Dest starts on the right.

The midfield will have Jackson Yueill lying deep, with Weston McKennie and Sebastian Lletget also getting the call.

Gyasi Zardes starts at center forward with Jordan Morris and Paul Arriola on the wings.

EURO qualifying wrap: Sweden joins Finland in qualifying

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Finland and Sweden have qualified for EURO 2020 after posting big wins on Friday, the former doing it at home to relative minnows Liechtenstein while the latter scored an impressive win away to Romania.

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Romania 0-2 Sweden

Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison scored first half goals as Sweden qualified for its sixth-straight EURO. Both are having decent starts to the club season. The veteran Berg has scored five times for Krasnodar, while the 26-year-old Quaison has scored four times for Mainz this season.

Spain 7-0 Malta

The Spanish had seven different goal scorers beginning with Alvaro Morata and Santi Cazorla providing a 2-0 halftime lead. Spain out shot Malta 25-1, with Pau Torres, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, and Gerard Moreno also scoring for an experimental squad.

And what if we told you Jesus Navas scored? Cause he did.

Denmark 6-0 Gibraltar

Christian Eriksen scored twice in the final five minutes after Robert Skov’s brace came sandwiched around Christian Gytkjaer and Martin Braithwaite goals. The Danes climbed to the top of Group D, one point better than the Swiss and three better than Republic of Ireland (who it meets on the last match day).

Switzerland 1-0 Georgia

Granit Xhaka went 90 minutes and Cedric Itten scored the game’s lone goal as the Swiss joined the Danes in climbing above Republic of Ireland.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-3 Italy

The Azzurri were clinical on Friday, with Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne, and Andrea Belotti bagging

Norway 4-0 Faroe Islands
Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein — RECAP
Armenia 0-1 Greece

WATCH: Gabriel Jesus comically misses penalty; Messi pots winner on Argentina return

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As long as Lionel Messi is on the field, Argentina and Brazil is going to be must-watch no matter the location.

Messi converted a rebound of his own won and saved penalty to score his 69th international goal in Argentina’s 1-0 win in a Saudi Arabia-hosted friendly on Friday.

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It was Messi’s first match with Argentina since the summer, when he was banned three months for claiming the 2019 Copa America tournament was fixed for hosts Brazil.

Let’s be real, though: You should be here for this terrible penalty miss from Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian also won his penalty, but his miss was a dreadful dribble wide of the frame. It clicked three boxes of terrible: no direction, no conviction, no technique.

Pique: Griezmann growing into Barca role “little by little”

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This summer, there was plenty of talk that Barcelona’s players wanted Neymar in town and quite the opposite regarding Antoine Griezmann.

The Atletico Madrid star was the player purchased by Barcelona.

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Griezmann, 28, has four goals and three assists in 15 matches, but the bulk of that outlay came in two matches and he’s without a goal or assist in the UEFA Champions League.

A bit different from his 21 goals and 10 assists in 48 matches last season, at least on the goals end, but the Frenchman is settling into a new club and city.

While it’s not like his new teammates think he’s garbage, they aren’t sugarcoating their opinion of his transition nor downplaying their lofty opinion of Barca.

Here’s Gerard Pique, via

“Real Sociedad and Atlético were teams who played for Griezmann. That’s not the case at Barca, because the level is higher and he has to find his place in the side. Little by little he’s finding it. He’s got the quality and talent for it.”

Pique also blew off Barca’s extra rest before the new El Clasico date, and talked about Leo Messi’scontract talks as well as his relationship with Sergio Ramos. It’s all here.