West Brom 2-1 Stoke City: Evans’ late goal seals win

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  • Evans nets winner in stoppage time
  • Cameron sent off
  • Baggies three points behind Potters

West Bromwich Albion beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Hawthrons on Saturday as a stoppage time winner from Jonny Evans lead Tony Pulis to victory over his old team.

The Baggies went ahead through Stephane Sessegnon‘s blast but Stoke equalized through Jonathan Walters with 10 minutes to go. However a red card for Geoff Cameron and Evans’ late goal swung the game in West Brom’s favor and handed them all three points.

With the win West Brom move onto 26 points for the season and are just three behind the Potters.

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The first big chance of the game fell to West Brom as a corner from the left was flicked on by Gareth McAuely and Evans slid in at the back post but couldn’t steer his lunging effort on target.

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That chance sparked Stoke into life with Glen Johnson bursting forward from right back and smashing a shot towards goal that Boaz Myhill beat away. Stoke had another good chance as Xherdan Shaqiri picked out Marko Arnauotivc but the Austrian’s shot was saved by Myhill down low, then USMNT man Cameron had a header blocked.

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West Brom took the lead on the hour mark as Darren Fletcher found James Morrison and his pinpoint pass picked out Sessegnon in the box who hammered home his first goal of the season into the roof of the net. 1-0 to the Baggies.

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Stoke pushed hard for the equalizer late on and it arrived with 10 minutes to go. Joselu‘s marvelous cross from the right was headed home by Walters to make it 1-1, although Walters did appear to be offside in the build up to the goal as he nodded the ball wide to Joselu.

A pivotal moment then arrived as Cameron was shown a straight red card for appearing to catch Claudio Yacob in the back of the head with a flailing arm but there was little contact and Stoke felt extremely hard done by.

They were to feel even worse in stoppage time as a goalmouth scramble saw the ball drop to Evans and he slotted home the winner to give Pulis a win against his old team.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.


Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

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Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.

AFCON: Nigeria 1st team through to round of 16 at African Cup, joined by host Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) Former champion Nigeria became the first team to reach the last 16 at the African Cup of Nations after defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s second-half goal delivered a 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

The Nigerians were unimpressive in the first half in Alexandria but lifted their game in the second. Alex Iwobi‘s rasping shot was pushed away by Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone and Ahmed Musa almost set up Odion Ighalo on a counterattack.

The former Chelsea defender Omeruo did what the forwards had not been able to do when he beat Kone with a glancing header at the near post off Moses Simon’s corner in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria, which won the title in 2013, has two wins from two games in Group B. It beat Burundi 1-0 in its first match and now needs a draw from its last fixture against Madagascar to finish top and stay in Alexandria for the last 16.

There was more good news for Nigeria when Samuel Kalu came on as a substitute near the end. The midfield player collapsed at a training session the day before the first game, suffering from dehydration, and was hospitalized.

Coach Gernot Rohr rested captain John Obi Mikel against Guinea.

Elsewhere, Egypt also confirmed a place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmad Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah each scored in the first half to lead the Pharoahs to victory, the hosts second-straight win in the competition.

In the other match of the day, Uganda tied Zimbabwe, 1-1.