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.

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup

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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

EURO qualifying wrap: France, Iceland, Turkey earn wins

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With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.

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Albania 0-2 France

Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.

Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.

Andorra 0-2 Turkey

Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.

Moldova 1-2 Iceland

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

With 19 points throughout 10 games, Rúnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.

Elsewhere

Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

Serbia 2-2 Ukraine

Kosovo 0-4 England

Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic