Around Europe: Real Madrid runs wild, Tammy Abraham leads Roma, Bayern slips


Europe might’ve not had the absolute insane Saturday of the Premier League, but matches around Italy, Germany, and Spain sure managed to raise eyebrows.

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  • Real Madrid put its hands even tighter around the steering wheel for La Liga’s title.
  • Bayern Munich opened the door a crack for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga thanks to a clinical own goal.
  • Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma refuses to quit on a wild race for fourth place in Serie A.

Here’s what you missed (and if you missed the Premier League action, check before the jump).

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma gets big win through Abraham

Jose Mourinho doesn’t need the ball that much when his center forward is finishing.

We know this, and ex-Chelsea man Tammy Abraham is finishing well for Mourinho’s Roma.

Abraham scored the only goal of Saturday’s big top-four match between Roma and Atalanta, won 1-0 by I Lupi, his 20th of the season powering sixth-place Roma level on points with fifth-place Atalanta. Roma has played one more match.

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Credit to Abraham for the finish, but let’s also have a moment for Nicolo Zaniolo’s first touch of the long ball to lift the lid on Atalanta’s back line.

A Lazio win at Cagliari means there are four teams within four points of fourth place, including current No. 4 Juventus. The Old Lady hosts Spezia on Sunday, but the big tilt is No. 2 vs No. 3.

Inter Milan moved back into first-place on Friday with 58 points, but second-place Napoli and third-place AC Milan have 57 and tangle Sunday in Naples.

Elsewhere in Serie A…

Inter Milan 5-0 Salernitana — Friday
Udinese 2-1 Sampdoria
Roma 1-0 Atalanta
Cagliari 0-3 Lazio
Genoa vs Empoli — 6:30am ET Sunday
Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona — 9am ET Sunday
Bologna vs Torino — 9am ET Sunday
Venezia vs Sassuolo — 9am ET Sunday
Juventus vs Spezia — Noon ET Sunday
Napoli vs AC Milan — 2:45pm ET Sunday

Bundesliga: Bayern drops points, COVID postpones Mainz-BVB

Bayern Munich dropped two points to return Borussia Dortmund’s favor from last match week, but BVB won’t be able to capitalize Sunday with a match at Mainz postponed due in large part to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the hosts.

Bayern’s lead atop the table is nine points with one further match played than Dortmund, the reigning champs drawing 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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Niklas Sule put Bayern in front after just 18 minutes but a Thomas Muller own goal restored level terms after 36 minutes were played, and no one else found the goal over the final hour.

See Muller’s finish, which looks tasty if you don’t know he’s put the ball over the wrong goal line, below the scores.

Elsewhere in Bundesliga…

Arminia Bielefeld 0-1 Augsburg — Friday
Bochum 2-1 Greuther Furth
Wolfsburg 1-0 Union Berlin
Hertha Berlin 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt
RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg
Bayern Munich 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Stuttgart 3-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Mainz vs Borussia Dortmund — postponed from 9am ET Sunday
Koln vs Hoffenheim — 11:30am ET Sunday

La Liga: Real Madrid tightens its title grip

It was fun while it lasted, but Real Madrid’s fight to win back La Liga is now essentially a training exercise.

Real Madrid overcame an early penalty concession converted by Mikel Oyarzabal to thump Real Sociedad 4-1, scoring twice in each half.

Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric scored three minutes apart in the first half and Karim Benzema joined Marco Asensio in scoring — wait for it — three minutes apart in the second half in an absolute shellacking.

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The show of domination is perhaps best summed up in shot attempts: Real Madrid 18, Real Sociedad 1.

At least it went in. Real Madrid’s table lead over Sevilla is eight points with 11 matches left for both sides.

Elsewhere in La Liga…

Alaves 0-0 Sevilla — Friday
Osasuna 1-0 Villarreal
Espanyol 2-0 Gerafe
Valencia 3-1 Granada
Cadiz vs Rayo Vallecano — 8am ET Sunday
Elche vs Barcelona — 10:15am ET Sunday
Celta Vigo vs Mallorca — 12:30pm ET Sunday
Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid — 3pm ET Sunday
Athletic Bilbao vs Levante — 3pm ET Monday

USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?


Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.


France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.

How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.

England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news


World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.


Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.

How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.

Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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