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Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth: Rooney, Rashford key blowout

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  • Match rescheduled from Sunday
  • Rooney with goal, assist
  • Rashford, Young score
  • United finishes fifth

Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scored as Manchester United sealed fifth place in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

The match was postponed from Sunday after a bomb scare before kickoff.

A late Chris Smalling own goal was Bournemouth’s tally, denying David De Gea a share of the PL Golden Glove Award with Petr Cech.

United’s win allows them direct passage into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, while Bournemouth finishes 16th in its first season in the top flight. United will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

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There wasn’t much to like about a first half hour that saw United possess the heck out of the ball but rarely move into dangerous positions until Michael Carrick slid onto the end of an over the top pass, redirecting his shot at keeper Adam Federici.

The Red Devils went ahead before halftime, as Anthony Martial worked a 1-2 with Juan Mata before passing through the 18. Marcus Rashford dummied the ball for Rooney, who passed the ball into the center of the goal.

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The Cherries had an inspired spell of work inside the United box early in the second half, but Dan Gosling‘s shot was rushed over the net by an onrushing tackler.

Penalty shouts soon followed at the other end, as Mata’s dribble came together with Steve Cook in what should’ve been a penalty for the United midfielder. No call.

United was set to find its insurance goal when Marcus Rashford made a skillful move to the left of Federici before Jesse Lingard‘s shot was deflected wide. Then Antonio Valencia eyed up a shot from 25-30 yards that Federici flew to remove from its path to the upper 90.

Rashford made it 2-0 as the clock hit 74, putting his hard shot through multiple pairs of legs and into the Bournemouth goal for his fifth PL tally of the season.

And then Rooney’s terrific over-the-top pass found Young, who chested the ball down and had plenty of time to cut the ball just past Federici. 3-0.

Charlton wins promotion to Championship in stoppage time

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Charlton Athletic struck a wildly late blow to clinch the final place in the 2019-20 Football League Championship, defeating Sunderland 2-1 in Sunday’s promotion playoff at Wembley Stadium.

A stoppage time free kick in a cagey affair led to a scrum in the box, with Patrick Bauer sliding to strike a shot off a Sunderland defender and into the goal.

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The goal came at the 3:55 mark of four minutes stoppage time, and was the 26-year-old defender’s first goal of the season.

Ben Purrington had leveled the score line for Charlton after Sunderland went ahead via an early own goal. The Addicks were relegated from the Championship after the 2015-16 season, while Sunderland went down last year.

It had to feel extra special to manager Lee Bowyer, who played with Sunderland local rivals Newcastle United from 2003-06.

Pique: Copa-losing Barca still “really hurting” from UCL exit

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Barcelona was the favorite to win La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and the Copa del Rey for the majority of the season, but only claimed one.

Liverpool’s amazing comeback to beat Barca in the second leg of the UCL semifinals met Saturday’s loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey Final to give Barca a league title alone.

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Even with that La Liga advantage being decisive — Barca carried the table by 11 points over Atletico Madrid and finished 19 ahead of Real Madrid — there’s a very dour mood and promised change for the Camp Nou set.

And Gerard Pique says it all traces back to the loss against Liverpool. From The Liverpool Echo:

“I believe that if we had gotten through at Liverpool, we would have won the treble. We would have come here [to the Copa del Rey final] with a different mood, and I’m convinced we would have won the Champions League final, but that is football. We are really, really hurting.”

There are hints of a massive clear-out at Barcelona, with Lionel Messi and Pique two of the only safe bets to stay. When will Barca get over it?

Brazilian team tangles in locker room futmesa (video)

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It was defense versus attack in the Brazil dressing room.

Neymar and Gabriel Jesus squared off with international teammates Filipe Luis and Ederson in a game of futmesa/table soccer this week.

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Neymar and Filipe Luis are used to be on different sides of the field from their time in La Liga, while Jesus and Ederson are teammates at Manchester City.

Brazil is hosting this summer’s Copa America and is the favorite to win its first tournament since 2007, when it claimed its fourth in five tries.

It’s really impressive stuff for us normal to subpar athletes, even if standard for those with such deft talent.

Quite a winner from Man City’s young striker.

Jovic could see himself in Premier League, Serie A

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Maybe Luka Jovic’s presumed move to Real Madrid won’t happen this summer.

Or at all.

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The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been tipped for a move away from the Bundesliga after another strong campaign, and taking the center forward reins from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Several outlets reported the deal as done, but Jovic isn’t speaking that way (or at least the Serbian is throwing us off the scent.

From Goal.com:

“In terms of the physique, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the games against Chelsea or Inter Milan, I personally had the feeling that I could feel even better [playing] in the Premier League or Serie A. … The way the teams play there suits me better.”

Jovic scored 27 times in 48 appearances for Frankfurt, adding seven assists at the tender age of 21. Ten of those came in the Europa League, and we’re not talking about flooding the nets of minnows; Jovic scored against Chelsea (twice), Marseille (three), Lazio (two), and Inter Milan (once).