Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea: Blues rip Eagles apart in comprehensive performance

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Chelsea came into this match 11 points behind Crystal Palace. They left Selhurst Park potentially having turned a corner.

Willian and Diego Costa starred up front for the Blues and Cesc Fabregas appears to be back to his former self as Chelsea stormed Crystal Palace 3-0.

At the start, both sides looked to have an attacking mindset despite the pouring rain, but each side was sloppy with the ball in the wet conditions. The weather had an adverse affect on the game early on as Eden Hazard was forced off after taking a speculative shot in the 15th minute, appearing to tweak his groin or hip. He was replaced by Pedro a minute later.

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Palace built themselves in to the attack trying to capitalize on some sloppy Chelsea mistakes. Kurt Zouma was needed to cut out a breakaway with a perfect tackle on Wilfried Zaha in the 23rd minute, and Jason Puncheon sprung Frazier Campbell with a long ball to the far post a minute later, but the sliding striker couldn’t connect properly.

With Palace on the front foot, they would concede on the break. In the 29th minute, Cesc Fabregas picked out Diego Costa. His defender Damien Delaney fell down, allowing Costa to find space and cut back to a trailing Oscar in the middle of the 6-yard box for the tap-in.

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Chelsea began to build themselves onto possession following the goal, and created a few more chances. Oscar sprung Cesar Azpilicueta down the left on 35 minutes, and with no other options the wing-back shot from a tight angle, forcing a good save by Wayne Hennessey and it went behind.

Following the break, Chelsea had the first chance, as Kurt Zouma rose well to meet a Willian free kick but headed just over the bar on 53 minutes. Palace had one down the other end five minutes later as Campbell found Zaha on the left edge of the box, but the 23-year-old’s effort was weak and saved.

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That would allow Chelsea an opening, and they would take full advantage. The Blues combined brilliantly down the field, and ultimately Oscar set up Willian atop the 18-yard box who unleashed an absolute howitzer into the top corner, an unsaveable shot for Hennessey to deal with, and Chelsea went 2-0 up.

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They’d get a third soon after, as Willian skipped past James McArthur and shot. Hennessey saved but could not hang on, and Costa bagged the rebound to send the game out of reach on 66 minutes. Palace began to hit the panic button down the stretch, but all it did was cause their build-up to be rushed and allowed Chelsea to have a few more efforts on goal.

The full-time whistle would come, giving Chelsea all three points and pushing them to 14th place with 23 points on the season, six points above the relegation zone and six points back of the top half of the table. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, remains in seventh position on 31 points, failing to capitalize on Liverpool’s loss in front of them.

World record-holding manager Gutendorf dies at 93

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The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.

Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.

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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).

The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.

Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From DW.com:

“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.

What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.

Man Utd’s Maguire “showed what a man he is” versus Leicester

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Manchester United is still working to find its form as a team, but center back Harry Maguire continued his run of fine performances when the Red Devils beat his former team on Saturday.

United beat Leicester City 1-0 on the day, a Marcus Rashford penalty the difference, but Maguire and fellow new back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were again exceptional.

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Ashley Young has been through a few iterations of Manchester United, and the long-time club offered up lofty words to credit Maguire’s contributions to the team.

“Again he showed today what a man he is,” Young said. “You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well.”

Maguire won five aerial battles and two tackles while completing 83 percent of his passes and managing two shots against his former side (WhoScored). On the season, only Anthony Martial has consistently been more important to the team.

He also did not record a loss of possession, and seemingly was unbothered by plenty of criticism from the traveling fans. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I don’t think it bothers (Maguire) whatsoever,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “You’ve got to be that way and when you play, when you coach, when you manage, we don’t get carried away when we win a game that we maybe didn’t deserve to win, but we don’t get in the dumps when we don’t win.”

Solskjaer also loved Maguire and Victor Lindelof for their performance against pesky Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

“I’ve got loads of admiration for Vardy,” Solskjaer said. “I think he’s my type of centre forward, runs in in behind, harasses and you’ve got to be spot on with the decision-making, when to stay up, when to drop off, and both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well.”

Maguire didn’t love being on the other side of Vardy, either.

“It was tough playing against Jamie,” he said. “I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorize defenses when he is on his game. … We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.”

United hosts Kazakhstan’s Astana on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting West Ham United on Sept. 22.

Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start up top as Everton looks to take down hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison join Calvert-Lewin in attack for the Toffees, who can go fourth with a win.

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Bournemouth enters the day in 16th, a point ahead of the bottom three, but can rise into the top half with a win. Early season vibes.

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Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Stacey, Solanke, Billing, L. S. Cook, Wilson, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Simpson, Mepham.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Delph, Schneiderlin, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Walcott, Sidibe, Bernard, Davies, Kean.

USWNT legend O’Reilly scores stunner on night to honor her career

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USWNT hero and North Carolina Courage playmaker Heather O’Reilly gave her special day its just desserts.

The 34-year-old New Jersey native scored a sweet goal late in North Carolina’s 6-1 demolition of Orlando Pride on Saturday night, which just so happened to be the evening chosen to celebrate her 17-year career.

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O’Reilly dribbled down the left before cutting to the middle and slashing a shot across the goal and inside the far post.

She has 231 USWNT caps with 47 goals, a Women’s World Cup crown, three Olympic gold medals, three top-flight domestic titles, two Women’s College Cups, and an FA Cup with Arsenal Ladies.

The Courage have four matches left in the regular season and look set to again be the No. 1 seed, so O’Reilly may yet have more memorable moments left in her playing career.