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Premier League roundup: Chelsea, Spurs win late; Man City, Hull stay perfect

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in the Premier League…

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Watford 1-2 ChelseaFULL RECAP

Chelsea went a goal down just before the hour mark, but responded brilliantly to snatch all three points at Vicarage Road. Michy Batshuayi equalized seven minutes after Antonio Conte subbed him on, and Diego Costa — caught up in another round of controversy — scored the winner three minutes before the end of regular time.

Stoke City 1-4 Manchester CityFULL RECAP

Who said Pep Guardiola couldn’t do it on a wet, windy trip to the Britannia Stadium? Sergio Aguero and Nolito bagged a brace apiece, each in quick succession in the first and second halves, respectively, and the Citizens are off to a perfect two-for-two start under Guardiola. Raheem Sterling continued his strong start to the season after drawing praise from his new manager this week, notching the assist on Nolito’s second, late into second-half stoppage time.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Burnley 2-0 LiverpoolFULL RECAP

Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead with less than two full minutes on the clock, and the Clarets would never relinquish their lead. Andre Gray tacked on a second in the 37th minute. Over the 90 minutes, Burnley attempted just three shots, and put just two on target. There’s being efficient, and there’s what Burnley did on Saturday. Liverpool, meanwhile, welcomed Daniel Sturridge back into the starting lineup, to no avail.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal PalaceFULL RECAP

Spurs picked up their first win of the season, with thanks to Victor Wanyama‘s first goal for the club. It was a late winner from the Kenyan, and a fully deserved result for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side. Wayne Hennessey did everything he could to keep Palace in it, particularly in the first half, but the chances kept coming and eventually the breakthrough arrived.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on August 20, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Swansea City 0-2 Hull CityFULL RECAP

Hull City have joined Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea as the only sides to begin the season with six out of six points. Not bad, considering interim manager Mike Phelan had just two senior players on his bench to start Saturday’s victory over Swansea. It was the only sub that Phelan used, Shaun Maloney, who proved the difference-maker for the Tigers. The former Chicago Fire midfielder scored the opener and set up Abel Hernandez’s late clincher.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 EvertonFULL RECAP

Gareth McAuley put West Brom in front inside the first 10 minutes, but goals scored by Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry either side of halftime were enough to hand the visitors their first victory of the season. Following the game, Ronald Koeman delivered the bit of news Everton fans have been waiting for all summer…

Leicester City 0-0 ArsenalFULL RECAP

The game of the day weekend turned out to be the snoozer of the weekend, as the defending champions played Arsenal to a scoreless draw at home. Scoring chances were few and far between, but the Foxes were denied on a pair of penalty shouts, most notably in the 89th minute, that could have swung the result in their favor.

Red-hot Rebić scores again as AC Milan tops Torino

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MILAN (AP) Ante Rebić kept up his scoring form to lead AC Milan to a 1-0 win over struggling Torino in Serie A on Monday.

The Croatia international beat his marker to redirect a cross from the center of the area midway through the first half at the San Siro.

The score raised Rebić’s tally to six goals and an assist in eight matches since he earned his starting spot – a move that coincided with Zlatan Ibrahimović’s return to the Rossoneri.

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Bouncing back from a derby loss, Milan moved up to eighth and just beyond the Europa League places. The seven-time European champion is hoping to return to continental competition after voluntary withdrawing from this season’s Europa League to pay for UEFA financial fair play breaches.

Torino, meanwhile, lost its fifth straight, with new coach Moreno Longo still unable to turn things around in his second match in charge.

Ibrahimović narrowly missed a curling shot shortly after the break.

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Simeone: Liverpool intensity “makes me admire it as a rival”

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The UEFA Champions League returns at long last on Tuesday, and two of the greatest managers in the game will match wits for the first time.

No we’re not talking about Lucien Favre and Thomas Tuchel, the meeting of the minds in Tuesday’s other kickoff between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in Germany.

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Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp will go head-to-head with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone in Spain, and the fiery German thinks it will be “absolutely interesting.”

From The Liverpool Echo:

“People say I emotional on the sideline,” Klopp said. “I am only on level 4, Diego is level 12. Really I am the kindergarten cop against him. He is so impressive after all these years, after so many years at the club – eight years. That is really long and having still this emotional level, still, wow. So impressive. I say, his teams are always organized world class.”

The admiration is mutual.

Simeone expects a huge challenge from a Liverpool team he regards on a historic plane.

“We are facing a magnificent team, really well-trained by a coach who is different and has different alternatives in his team,” he said, via The Independent. “We have always spoken about great teams throughout time and I have no doubt this Liverpool is going to go down in history as a great team because it is different to teams that we have admired. This team is much more intense, more adaptable, and it makes me admire it as a rival.”

The bettors say Liverpool is the heavy favorite in the first leg despite the match’s location at the Wanda Metropolitano. With football geniuses like Klopp and Simeone, however, either could have a plan to throw the other for a loop.

CONCACAF Champions League preview: Five MLS sides eye history

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Once the Premier League and La Liga had taken their final bows of the day on Saturday, there felt was a particular absence, one soon-to-be filled by domestic soccer.

Yes, MLS is coming soon, and the CONCACAF Champions League is even closer.

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Five MLS sides begin their Round of 16 ties over the next three evenings, some with easier paths than others to elusive CCL glory.

The competition may not have burned itself onto the mainstream, lagging behind continental competitions in Europe and South America, but those who’ve embraced it (hint: this guy) love the thing.

For all the progress Major League Soccer has made in its quarter-century, it’s yet to find much success in dealing with Liga MX powers in the fight to qualify for the Club World Cup.

MLS sides have not won the competition since it was rebranded the CCL. Only three MLS sides have made the CCL final this decade, with Real Salt Lake (2011), Montreal Impact (2015), and Toronto FC (2017) all coming up short at the last step.

The CCL provides everything you love and hate about World Cup qualifying, and those dicey pitches with sometimes worse lighting mean the favorites aren’t guaranteed much.

The top half of the bracket sees three MLS teams — Montreal, Seattle, and NYCFC — and just one Liga MX side, while the bottom half gives us a Liga MX v. MLS match-up straight away.

That’s Leon v. LAFC, and it begins Tuesday night in Mexico. That tie carries the added intrigue of MLS superstar Carlos Vela bringing his act back to his home country for the first time… ever.

Bracket

Saprissa (Costa Rica) v. Montreal — 8 p.m. ET Weds.
Olimpia (Honduras) v. Seattle — 10 p.m. ET Thurs.

San Carlos (Costa Rica) v. NYCFC — 8 p.m. ET Thurs.
Alianza (El Salvador) v. UANL Tigres — 8 p.m. ET Weds.

Leon v. LAFC — 10 p.m. ET Tues.
Portmore United (Jamaica) v. Cruz Azul — 8 p.m. ET Tues.

Comunicaciones (Guatemala) v. Club America — 10 p.m. ET Weds.
Montagua (Honduras) v. Atlanta United — 10 p.m. ET Tues.

The 2 Robbies podcast: VAR carnage at Stamford Bridge

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle dissect a crazy game at Stamford Bridge that saw Chelsea on the wrong side of several VAR decisions (00:45).

The gents also recap the big moments from the weekend; Liverpool beat Norwich (18:30), Son’s late winner against Aston Villa (24:45) and Arteta‘s attackers thrash Newcastle United (30:15).

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