Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal: Cech spectacular to keep out dangerous Potters

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It was a goalkeeper show at the Britannia, but Petr Cech starred as Stoke City pummeled the Arsenal goal late but were unable to break through the veteran shot-stopper.

Stoke City prodded the Arsenal back line early too, and Marko Arnautovic had himself a speculative shot early on, but the Potters didn’t produce anything terribly stunning. Arsenal down the other end saw the game’s first real chance in the 21st minute as Joel Campbell found Olivier Giroud who had beaten Philip Wollscheid with a run, but Jack Butland came out of net to smother the Frenchman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a go from the top of the box on 29 minutes that forced Butland into a leaping save, tipping the ball over the bar. On the ensuing corner, Ox had another vicious attempt but it skipped off the foot of Laurent Koscielny wide.

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Straight out of the half, Butland was called into action straight away as Arsenal won a corner that met the head of Giroud, but he put it inches wide.

Stoke City had a gaping opportunity in the 57th minute but Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech came up massive. Joselu had the ball near the penalty spot and smashed an effort on net which forced Cech into a full-stretch save. The rebound fell to Bojan from a much tighter angle, and he tried to beat Cech at his near post as the goalkeeper was recovering, but again the 33-year-old threw his body at the shot and kept it out.

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Cech appeared again as Joselu worked space in front of Koscielny and flashed a shot to the far corner but the Gunners netminder was there again to parry it away.

The one time Cech needed help, it was there as regulation time came to a close. A corner swung in and a header to the far post by Jonathan Walters had beaten Cech but Aaron Ramsey cleared it off the line. The rebound fell to Joselu who efforted another venomous attempt, but it was saved by Cech’s outstretched leg.

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Arsenal’s point brings them atop the table, above Leicester by a single point with 44. Stoke City keeps them in seventh, two back of West Ham above them and six back of the top four. Arsenal still has not won at the Britannia in six years.

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