Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United: Cherries fight back

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Adam Smith and Dan Gosling scored second half goals to lead Bournemouth to a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Dwight Gayle scored twice to put Newcastle United ahead, but the Magpies threw away a chance to go 10th. Newcastle instead sits 15th, three points above the drop zone.

The equalizer keeps Bournemouth 10th, with 32 points.

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The hosts started well in possession, and ex-Newcastle man Dan Gosling headed a deflected cross over the cross bar. And last match day’s Magpies hero, Martin Dubravka, stopped Callum Wilson in the first stanza of play.

Newcastle barely had the ball until the 10th minute, and Kenedy missed a volley with his weaker foot within 60 seconds of said possession.

Former Cherries midfielder Matt Ritchie earned a free kick with a mazy dribble in the 13th minute. Kenedy swooped his effort over the wall and bar.

Jonjo Shelvey directed the opener, as he swept a cross over Charlie Daniels onto the path or Ritchie, whose pass was pushed through a diving Asmir Begovic and backheeled into the goal.

And Ritchie curled a left-footed shot just wide of the far post in the 21st.

A Bournemouth corner threatened to let the club back in the door, but Junior Stanislas‘ volley knuckled away from the frame.

Gayle doubled the advantage at the break when he tapped Ayoze Perez’s pass home after the Spaniard passed under Begovic from a Paul Dummett cross.

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Ryan Fraser thought he won a penalty off Jamaal Lascelles, but referee Roger East was unmoved by what easily could’ve been a spot kick and yellow card.

Steve Cook blocked a Christian Atsu bid for 3-0, and Atsu won a free kick from 23 yards (or so) within a minute. Gayle’s free kick bounced through the wall, but Perez popped his in-tight shot over the goal.

Cook had a prime chance to pull Bournemouth back into the game, but Martin Dubravka made an outstanding flying save. Dubravka hit his head on a desperately diving Shelvey and required attention.

An Atsu break off a counterattack should’ve led to 3-0, but Shelvey missed a prime chance with a charging Nathan Ake at his heels.

That’s when Smith smashed his amazing goal past Dubravka, from deep on the left wing off the woodwork at the far post and into the goal.

Mo Diame gave away a very scary free kick to Junior Stanislas in the 86th minute, and the Englishman saw his kick collected by Dubravka.

Nothing to separate Portland and 10-man LAFC

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There was entertainment value in Los Angeles FC’s potential playoff preview with the Portland Timbers on Sunday in the City of Angels, but all that arrived was a scoreless draw.

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Both Giovani Savarese’s Timbers and Bob Bradley‘s nickname-free expansion club remain in the West’s Top Four. PLAFC remains unbeaten at home during their maiden voyage through Major League Soccer.

Adama Diomande came close for the hosts, who finished with 10-men when Lee Nguyen went studs-up on Sebastian Blanco‘s thigh for a pretty easy red card (though it took some time for Silviu Petrescu to produce the red).

VIDEO: France stars projected onto Arc de Triomphe

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If France’s players had any doubt about the level of import their World Cup title had back home, it was erased when their photos were projected onto one of the most celebrated monuments in the world.

The photos of Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, and company made their way onto the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, hours after France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup Final.

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The Arc de Triomphe honors those who died in the French Revolution and early 19th century wars, and sits above France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

How humbling must it be for those players to grace such a heavy monument (both in weight and substance).

Dalic: In one day, Croatia went from lucky to unlucky

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Ante Cacic’s Croatia was on pace to miss out on the World Cup.

Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia rallied the troops to second place in their qualifying group, a playoff defeat of Greece, and a run to the World Cup Final.

Pretty decent stuff.

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And surely the 51-year-old will reflect on that, probably even this evening, but he’s more focused on a letdown after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to highly-favored France.

Key to the match was a penalty awarded to France when a partially-obscured Mario Mandzukic handled a ball inside the 18, leading to Antoine Griezmann’s pivotal goal.

The PK was awarded via VAR, and France went up 2-1 en route to a three-goal lead. From the AFP:

“I never comment on referees but in a World Cup final you do not give such a penalty,” said Dalic.

“It in no way diminishes France’s win. We were a bit unlucky. Maybe in the first six games we were favored by luck and today we weren’t.

“I have to congratulate my players. Maybe today we played our best game at these championships. Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we must also be proud of what we’ve done.”

Croatia had two-thirds of the ball and doubled France’s shot attempts, and Dalic isn’t the least bit controversial in wondering whether the match is much different if that penalty goes unawarded by referee Nestor Pitana.

Atlanta comes back to draw 10-man Seattle (video)

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A scrappy if not downright venomous affair between the lowly Seattle Sounders and high-flying Atlanta United ended in a 1-1 draw in Georgia on Sunday.

The Sounders went ahead through a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty kick, awarded via VAR a la this morning’s World Cup Final, but Atlanta leveled the score with a highlight which show every bit of the game story.

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Just check Josef Martinez’s barking at Stefan Frei, who made an uncharacteristic error on the play, after his 19th goal of the season (Nice cross, Julian Gressel).

Martinez needs nine more goals to break the MLS single season record, and he has 13 games to score them.

Jordan McCrary was sent off for Seattle in the 63rd minute for a second yellow, but Seattle navigated the final half hour or so to scoop up an unlikely point.

Atlanta still sits first with its earned point but opens the door for New York City FC to reach the top of the table when it plays its match-in-hand, while Seattle is now 11 points back of the West’s final playoff spot.