De Gea, Man Utd stymy Spurs at Wembley (video)

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  • United winners of five-straight PL matches
  • De Gea makes 11 saves
  • Pogba spies Rashford for spectacular goal
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Marcus Rashford scored the goal, and David De Gea did the rest as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the latest feather for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s cap.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was especially good in pulling the Red Devils level on points with fifth place Arsenal, six points back of the Top Four.

Spurs’ title ambitions take a huge hit, sinking nine points behind leaders Liverpool and remaining two back of Man City before Monday’s final match of Week 22.

Harry Kane was injured deep in stoppage time and limped down the tunnel after the final whistle.

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There was early action to be sure, as Harry Winks missed a pair of promising bids to hit the frame before Jesse Lingard hammered a shot over goal and Marcus Rashford cut a shot to Hugo Lloris at the other end.

Lloris stopped an in-tight effort from Anthony Martial in the 18th minute, and an ensuing corner was cleared by Spurs’ Harry Kane.

The English captain thought he’d put Spurs ahead when he poked a loose ball past De Gea, but he was offside when Dele Alli touched Kieran Trippier‘s cross.

Paul Pogba swept a tremendous ball over the Spurs defense to meet Rashford’s run, and the young Englishman spun a pinpoint ball inside the far post.

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De Gea stopped Kane on a prime chance just three minutes into the second half. He’d then make an outstanding low save on Dele 90 seconds later.

The chances kept coming, with Lloris and De Gea trading moments between the sticks.

Dele had a long 2v1 cued up by Erik Lamela, but couldn’t get the ball across to Heung-Min Son and hit a ball into De Gea’s shins.

De Gea then made another strong reaction save, his left leg planted on the goal line to deny Kane at close range.

And again! De Gea’s right foot stopped Kane from eight yards out in the 86th.

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.

Coming off two wins to open the Gold Cup, Berhalter decided to use a completely changed starting lineup, featuring ten players from MLS teams along with Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga. Although there was some familiarity of the players on the field, it was at times a very poor match, with the USMNT struggling badly in the final third and even turning the ball over at midfield or leading the attack.

Despite winning the possession battle, 62-38, the USMNT didn’t do much with it. Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis, both of whom were subbed out, struggled on their crosses after beating a defender. The pair provided energy and hard running defensively but it didn’t lead to many chances. Altidore had the best of the first half when he was played into the box, but his strike from the right just went wide of the net.

In the 65th minute, Berhalter tried to inject some life in the game with the introduction of Christian Pulisic. It turned out a goal could come just after, but without the intervention of Pulisic.

Djordje Mihailovic drilled the corner kick to the far post where it was met by the head of Matt Miazga who sent it back towards goal. A missed clearance from Panama popped the ball up in the air above the back post, allowing Altidore the time he needed to lift off the ground and bicycle kick it in for the game’s only goal.

Berhalter later brought on both Tyler Boyd and Gyasi Zardes off the bench to try and score an insurance goal, but Panama’s defense held strong and the U.S. failed to threaten the rest of the way. However, the U.S. backline kept a third-consecutive clean sheet and key players such as Michael Bradley got the entire game off to rest before likely returning to the lineup this weekend.

 

 

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.