Watford 1-2 Chelsea: Blues come from behind through Batshuayi, Costa

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Chelsea made it two wins in two under new manager Antonio Conte with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Capoue put the home side ahead just before the hour mark, but Batshuayi and Costa each scored inside the final 10 minutes to steal three points.

The two sides combined for just five shots in the first half (two on target), though Chelsea were undoubtedly the more dangerous of the two. Eden Hazard blazed down the left flank time and again, putting the ball into dangerous areas without any reward from Costa or Pedro crashing the far post.

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Capoue provided the breakthrough for the home side in the 55th minute (WATCH HERE). Adlene Guedioura‘s cross found the Frenchman unmarked beyond the far post, and Capoue settled with a deft first touch before unleashing a left-footed volley into the ceiling of Thibaut Courtois‘s goal.

Chelsea nearly hit back with an equalizer three minutes later, but Hazard’s shot-cross from a tight angle was held well by Heurelho Gomes with Costa and Oscar looming large inside the six-yard box.

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Batshuayi equalized in the 80th minute, seven minutes after replacing Oscar from the bench. It wouldn’t have been possible without Gomes’s howler in the face of goal. Hazard’s initial shot was saved by the Brazilian, but spilled into the path of Batshuayi for the easy tap-in.

Seven minutes later, Costa was played in behind the Watford defense by Cesc Fabregas, and the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard applied the cool, right-footed finish between the legs of Gomes in front of the traveling Chelsea fans. Costa, coincidentally, could have been sent off with two yellow cards, but managed to escape with only a single booking, as he so often does.

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The victory sees Chelsea match Manchester City, Manchester United and Hull City’s six-point starts to the 2016-17 Premier League season, while the Hornets remain winless through two games.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.