Manchester City may have to wait for a Liverpool loss that may not come, but that isn’t changing their hunger to go back-to-back.
The reigning champions scored in first- and second-half stoppage time to beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday, going ahead of the Reds on goal differential having played one more match.
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Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time off a Kevin De Bruyne feed, adding to the lead opened up by Aymeric Laporte in the second minute of first half stoppage.
“We know that it is going to be difficult,” Jesus said. “We want to play well in every game and at the end of the season we want the title.”
Pep Guardiola was happy for his side’s performance, its second match in four days compared to Everton’s second in five.
And the momentary move atop the table feels like a just reward.
“Goodison Park is always tough,” Guardiola said. “We didn’t concede one shot on target. It’s a good victory. We have a lot of games in our legs and minds. … Top of the table – we have to wait for Liverpool to go to Old Trafford (on 24 February) and if they win we are not top. We have a tough game against Chelsea, it is non-stop.”
Life is odd for a Liverpool supporter as the Reds seek a first Premier League crown. After rooting for hated Everton on Wednesday, they’ll turn their attention to hoping Chelsea gets a result Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool hosts Bournemouth on Saturday.
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.
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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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.
The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.
The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.
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Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.
If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.