Man City 2-1 Leicester: Lady luck on City’s side

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  • Silva, Gabriel score for City
  • City move into third place
  • Okazaki pulls one back for Leicester
  • Mahrez penalized for double hit on PK

Manchester City beat Leicester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Pep Guardiola‘s men boosted their chances of finishing in the top four.

City went 2-0 up in the first half via a controversial David Silva goal and then a penalty kick from Gabriel Jesus. Shinji Okazaki pulled one back before half time to set up an intriguing second half but City held off the Foxes to make it six games unbeaten at a crucial time of the season.

With the win City move into third place on 72 points, while Leicester stay on 43 points.

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City started brightly with Fernandinho heading wide from a promising position and then Kevin De Bruyne almost found Gabriel Jesus in the box.

At the other end Wilfried Ndidi nodded an effort over the bar as he got the better of City’s zonal marking system but his effort was wayward.

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Man City continued to look the more likely to score but Leroy Sane scuffed an effort off target from a promising position and Ben Chilwell cleared. Moments later Silva gave City the lead as his scuffed shot went in but there was some controversy as Raheem Sterling went for the ball but didn’t connect with it. 1-0 to City.

Before half time it was 2-0 to the hosts as Yohan Benalouane brought down Sane in the box and Jesus stepped up to convert the spot kick. Just when it looked like City were cruising, Leicester fought back as Marc Albrighton‘s cross from the left was brilliantly volleyed home by Okazaki to make it 2-1. Game on.

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Leicester started the second half brightly with Jamie Vardy and Okazaki looking lively on the break and City growing increasingly nervous.

City gave away a penalty kick as Gael Clichy blatantly fouled Mahrez and the Algerian winger looked like he had made it 2-2 but an excellent decision from referee Bobby Madley saw his penalty disallowed.

As he struck the PK with his left foot, Mahrez slipped and the ball hit his right foot an looped into the corner. City’s goalkeeper Willy Caballero protested and the correct decision was made. A huge let-off for City.

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Guardiola’s men held on late in the game and sealed a vital three points. Far from convincing, but job done.

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.

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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