Player ratings – Man City vs. Man United

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MANCHESTER — Manchester United beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in the 171st Manchester derby.

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Marcus Rashford‘s first half goal was enough to grab a vital three points for United as they are well and truly back in the top four race.

Here’s how the players fared out of 10 in a pulsating derby.


Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6 – Didn’t do much wrong but forced off in second half with a nasty injury.

Bacary Sagna – 5 – One of City’s defenders who didn’t struggle but didn’t get forward enough.

Martin Demichelis – 1 – Possibly one of the worst performances in Man City history. Undone by Rashford, could’ve given away a PK and poor back pass led to Hart injury. Subbed out.

Eliaquim Mangala – 4 – Maybe this mark is generous. Really struggled to contain Rashford and made some rash challenges.

Gael Clichy – 4 – Wasteful in possession when he did get forward.

Fernandinho – 6 – Did what he does best, broke up plays and hit sideways passes.

Yaya Toure – 6 – Was the driving force but should have scored at end of first half. Whipped in a lovely ball when Aguero hit the post.

Raheem Sterling – 5 – Bright start as he crossed for Navas but was forced off early with an injury. Shame.

David Silva – 5 – Not one of his better games. Couldn’t get on the ball.

Jesus Navas – 6 – Very bright and always the most dangerous of City’s attackers. Can’t finish though and had two good chances in first half.

Sergio Aguero – 6 – An off day in front of goal. He hit the post, slammed over and thrashed one wide. Always sharp but lacked support.

Subs

Fernando on for Sterling – 6 – Solid enough and helped City keep the ball better. Moved back to center back in second half.
Bony for Demichelis – 5 – Slipped at a pivotal moment when he was set free and didn’t get involved enough.
Caballero for Hart – 6 – Made one good save down low with his legs and that’s about it.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 7 – Decent save from Navas in first half and looked composed with his distribution. Solid outing.

Matteo Darmian – 6 – Came off injured and struggled with Sterling early on. Recovered.

Chris Smalling – 7 – Gave away some silly free kicks in and around the box. Apart from that, stood tall.

Daley Blind – 7 – Always looked in control and took Aguero head-on. Composed.

Marcos Rojo – 6 – Came off injured but looked solid and steady.

Morgan Schneiderlin – 8 – Dominated midfield. Sprayed the ball around nicely and helped set up the first goal. Great display.

Michael Carrick – 7 – Used all his experience to help United battle through despite not getting on the ball much.

Juan Mata – 6 – Subbed out in the second half but great ball to Rashford for the goal.

Jesse Lingard – 6 – Full of industry but didn’t get on the ball much.

Anthony Martial – 7 – Always looked lively and provided an outlet. Worked hard out wide and pressed City’s defenders whenever they had it.

STAR MAN – Marcus Rashford – 9 – The local lad scored the winner on his debut in the Manchester derby. Could have won a penalty and bullied City’s back line. Wonderful maturity and strength. Hard to believe he’s only 18. Now has five goals in eight games for United.

Subs

Valencia for Rojo – 5 – Caught out a few times defensively but did what he had to do.
Fosu-Mensah for Darmian – 5 – Didn’t have much time but youngster slotted in nicely.
Schweinsteiger for Mata – 5 – Little time to make an impact but helped clear some balls late on.

LIVE MLS Cup Playoffs — NYCFC hosts Toronto, Seattle-RSL

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Citi Field is the scene for New York City FC’s debut as the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Dome Torrent’s men have experienced opposition in Greg Vanney’s Toronto FC, who’ve been to two finals in three years but will have to advance another round without Jozy Altidore.

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USMNT prospect Keaton Parks returns from injury for City and will partner with captain Alexander Ring beneath a dangerous quartet of attack-minded players.

Toronto hasn’t lost since Aug. 3 (5W-6D) and is well-equipped to deal NYCFC’s possession system on a postage stamp pitch.

The night-cap sees a 10 p.m. ET kickoff between Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake, the visitors bringing a stingy record; RSL has allowed the second fewest goals in the Eastern Conference.

The Sounders only lost two home matches this season, and have not lost a home playoff match under Brian Schmetzer.

Champions League wrap: Barcelona, Napoli hold group leads

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Antonio Conte‘s Inter Milan got a necessary win, while several other notable teams had a lot of work on their hands on the way to three points in the UEFA Champions League.

Lionel Messi set another record, Jesse Marsch’s Red Bull Salzburg put another scare into a big name, and both Lille and RB Leipzig puts difference-making wonder strikes on the board.


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Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s third minute goal didn’t send the Czech hosts running for cover, and Slavia Prague got a leveling goal through Jan Boril. It was deserved, too, with the hosts taking double the shots as their visitors when they made it 1-1. An own goal finished off the scoring in Prague.

Messi’s goal made him the first player to score in 15 Champions League tournaments. He’s good.

Red Bull Salzburg 2-3 Napoli

Jesse Marsch’s men know a bit about comebacks after last month’s memorable match in Liverpool, and Erling Braut Haland scored to make it 1-1 after Dries Mertens gave the favored visitors a lead. Haland answered another Mertens goal but the magic ran out for the hosts after Lorenzo Insigne provided the winner.

Lille 1-1 Valencia

Russian winger Denis Cheryshev looked like he’d see his goal stand up as a winner despite a late Valencia red card, but my goodness this equalizer from Jonathan Ikone:

Inter Milan 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Make it six goals for Lautaro Martinez in 11 appearances for Inter Milan, who looked well-drilled at home under Antonio Conte. Roman Burki was sensational to keep the score 1-0, saving a penalty amongst several other timely interventions, but BVB couldn’t muster a goal. Antonio Candreva added the consolation marker.

Benfica 2-1 Lyon

Rafa Silva was in the right place to deposit a fourth minute goal, and Benfica rode the lead until Memphis Depay leveled in the 70th minute. Enter Pizzi, who scored with five minutes left to give Benfica a needed win. Last place Benfica is three points back of leaders RB Leipzig.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg

Yaroslav Rakitskiy gave the visitors a halftime lead against the run of play but Konrad Laimer leveled the score line and then — clear the deck — Marcel Sabitzer did this:

USWNT star Morgan pregnant, due 3 months before Olympics

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Add childbirth into USWNT superstar Alex Morgan’s summer plans.

The two-time World Cup winner said the “newest member of the Carrasco family” will be a girl, due April 2020. The Olympics begin three months later.

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Morgan is married to LA Galaxy striker Servando Carrasco, and the comments on her Instagram post include a who’s who of soccer including Kaka and Canadian WNT star Janine Beckie.

Congratulations are of course in order for Morgan, who understandably did not comment on how the addition to her family affects her late summer plans, but NBC’s Olympic Talk reports that she plans to play:

A source close to Morgan said, after the pregnancy announcement, that her goal is to play at the Olympics. Morgan has not stated her intention publicly either way since the announcement.

Little trouble for Liverpool in blowout of Genk

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Liverpool outlasted a strong effort from their Belgian hosts in a 4-1 win over Genk in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored late goals to finish off the Belgians, though Stephen Odey scored an 88th minute goal after the Reds had rounded out their 4-star day.

Liverpool’s six points are one behind Napoli and three ahead of Red Bull Salzburg at the midway point of Group E play.


Three things

1. “New signing” shines: Remember when Jurgen Klopp loudly proclaimed that a healthy Oxlade-Chamberlain sufficed as a new summer signing? The playmaker was fantastic in just his third start of the season. In addition to two well-taken goals, “The Ox” completed 89 percent of his passes and was credited with 79 touches, two tackles, and two dribbles.

2. “Offensive” banner brings abrupt response: Liverpool striker Divock Origi began his youth career with Genk well before he became a Champions League winner, and a banner hung in the crowd caused both clubs to issue strong statements about its being “deeply offensive.” Liverpool said the banner, which depicted Origi’s face photoshopped on a naked body next to the UCL trophy, “perpetuated a racist stereotype.”

3. Reds defense falls asleep late:  It wasn’t a great evening for center back Dejan Lovren, who was stripped of the ball in a sleepy move on the touch line, but about six teammates could’ve done something as Genk toyed with the Reds in the box to get a late concession. Not a big deal, no, but a small on-field blemish on an otherwise wonderful afternoon.

Man of the Match: Oxlade-Chamberlain


The “Ox” put the Reds on top with a nice low drive through traffic, but the first half was not without its dodgy moments.

Case in point: Naby Keita tried a poor back pass that required timely help from Virgil Van Dijk to avoid an equalizer.

Indeed, Genk thought it had an equalizer before halftime, but VAR revealed a narrow offside in the build-up. Warning sign seen by the Reds?

Mane scored before setting up Salah for 4-0, the Egyptian doing a load of work to snub several defenders.