Premier League roundup: Gunners overtake Spurs, Man City fourth

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Despite the title and relegation race having been run, the Premier League season still sent us off with plenty of entertainment and a bit of North London Derby drama on Sunday.

Arsenal rose above Spurs for the 21st straight season thanks to a pair of relegated sides: rampant Newcastle United and a listless Aston Villa.

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Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick and Arsenal added a late own goal as the Gunners rose above Spurs on the table for the 21st straight season. It was an emotional goodbye for longtime captain Mikel Arteta and stalwart veteran Tomas Rosicky.

Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur — RECAP

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Georginio Wijnaldum (L) of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Moussa Sissoko (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Spurs conceded the final three goals with Newcastle down to 10 men, and Mauricio Pochettino‘s charges eventually gave away second place in the Premier League.

Where was this Newcastle team in 2016? Rafa Benitez gave St. James Park a show in its last Premier League match for at least a year, with Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals to go with one each for Rolando Aarons, Daryl Janmaat and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was sent off for an abhorrent tackle on Kyle Walker.

Manchester United – Bournemouth — POSTPONED

A suspicious package caused Old Trafford to be evacuated and the match postponed. More details to come.

Swansea City 1-1 Manchester City — RECAP

Kelechi Iheanacho‘s eighth goal of the PL season was all Man City needed to clinch a Top Four spot (barring a ridiculous scoreline when United-Bournemouth is played). Andre Ayew’s free kick deflected off Fernando for Swans’ goal.

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool — RECAP

Salomon Rondon gave the Baggies an early lead, but Jordon Ibe nabbed an equalizer at the Hawthorns. Liverpool could’ve risen to 7th with a win, while the Baggies finish 14th.

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City — RECAP

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City is closed down by Bertrand Traore of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The hosts gave former manager Claudio Ranieri and his Foxes a guard of honor, then went out and drew them. Cesc Fabregas converted a penalty for the Blues, while Danny Drinkwater scored for the champions.

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USMNT and Everton hero Tim Howard kept a clean sheet in his final match at Goodison Park, which saw the Toffees trounce relegated Norwich City in their first game without manager Roberto Martinez. Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and James McCarthy netted for Everton.

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Saints got goals from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle,Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis to qualify for the UEFA Europa League after winning five of their last six games to finish the season. Jason Puncheon scored for Palace, who finished miserably after a hot start but still have an FA Cup final. Is Alan Pardew‘s job in jeopardy if they lose?

Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United — RECAP

The Hammers were more dangerous all day, but Stoke took its chances well as Mame Biram Diouf and Giannelli Imbula scored second half goals to lift the Potters to a come-from-behind win. Michail Antonio scored for the visitors.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland — RECAP

Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens twice gave Sunderland the lead, with Sebastian Prodl and Troy Deeney equalized in Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game in charge of Watford. The Black Cats sealed promotion at midweek by thumping Sunderland.

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.

[ READ: Defending champions Portugal qualify to EURO 2020 ]


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