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Carrasco’s late equalizer earns Belgium 1-1 draw with Dutch

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AMSTERDAM (AP) Yannick Carrasco scored a late equalizer and teammate Romelu Lukaku squandered two good chances as Belgium came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Netherlands in the 126th Low Countries derby on Wednesday.

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen had given the Netherlands the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute as the neighbors played a friendly to prepare for their World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

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Belgium had been looking forward to the return from a string of injuries of captain Vincent Kompany, but the Manchester City defender pulled out of the starting lineup just before kickoff as a precaution.

The Netherlands was missing an injury-prone captain of its own, but Arjen Robben is fit and expected to play Sunday for his first international in a year when the Dutch take on Luxembourg in Group A.

It was unclear whether Kompany would be back for Sunday’s game against Estonia in Brussels. Belgium hasn’t missed Kompany yet in its Group H qualifying campaign, scoring 13 goals and conceding none as it won its first three matches.

But his absence was felt as the Netherlands had the best of a scrappy first half, with Vincent Janssen twice getting in behind the Belgium defense – only to run into goalkeeper Simon Mignolet both times.

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The two collisions took their toll on the unproductive Spurs striker and he was substituted in the 25th minute, pointing to his head as he left the pitch.

The Netherlands finally broke through when a long ball by Georginio Wijnaldum found Jeremain Lens. Jan Vertonghen, playing at the Amsterdam Arena for the first time since leaving Ajax for Spurs in 2012, grabbed Lens’ shirt to bring him down.

Klaassen hammered the resulting penalty high into the roof of the net.

Belgium started without a classic deep center forward, instead playing with a mobile front three of Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Carrasco. Their speed and positional switches caused problems for the Dutch defense, but they did not carve out any clear-cut chances before the break.

“We were well organized and didn’t give much away,” Netherlands captain Wesley Sneijder said. “But we didn’t create much, either.”

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez replaced Mertens with Lukaku in the 63rd and the powerful striker twice came close to levelling the scores 15 minutes later, first seeing a shot deflected wide and seconds later miscuing an effort from close range when he should have scored.

Instead it was Carrasco who finally made Belgium’s pressure pay, with his shot deflecting off defender Joel Veltman and looping over Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal in the 82nd minute.

As Belgium poured forward looking for the winner, Lukako squandered another close-range chance and Stekelenburg saved well from Hazard to ensure the scores stayed level.

“The team played a good match,” Carrasco said. “The second half we were going for goal.”

In form in Turkey, Jeremain Lens says he isn’t coming back to Sunderland

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Sunderland is in the basement of the Premier League, stuck at the bottom of the table with just five points, having finally earned their first win 11 matches into the season. They have just nine goals on the season, the lowest number in the Premier League.

They sure could use an in-form winger serving up chances in the box, right?

Turns out, they have one. He just isn’t coming back.

On-loan winger Jeremain Lens, now at Fenerbahce, has a goal and five assists after eight matches into the Turkish Super Lig season, with the club sitting in fifth and on a three-match league winning streak bracketing a win over Manchester United in Europa League play in which Lens scored.

Thus, it’s no surprise Lens wishes to stay where he’s playing at his best, and doesn’t wish to return to the Premier League’s bottomfeeders. “I am not happy at Sunderland,” Lens said to Dutch outlet Voetball International. “I have friends within this (Fenerbahce) team, my relationships with my team-mates are excellent.”

There’s plenty of time left before Lens has to officially make a decision, with his loan good for the entire season, but at this point, it seems Sunderland maybe should have kept him.

The 28-year-old Lens initially joined Sunderland from Dynamo Kiev in the summer of 2015, coming to the Stadium of Light for a $10 million fee. He made just 20 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, often left on the bench during Sam Allardyce‘s time at Sunderland. His manager at Fenerbahce is Dick Advocaat, the same manager form whom Lens signed for at Sunderland and made eight of his Premier League appearances for, scoring two goals and assisting two more before Advocaat was let go.

Europa League wrap: Saints rise, Red Devils fall, Roma rampant

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One Premier League team stayed on pace to advance to the Europa League knockout rounds, while another dropped into third place on Thursday.

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Austria Wien 2-4 Roma

The hosts scored the first and last goals of the match, but Edin Dzeko scored to level the score within the first five minutes and added another in the 65th minute. Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan also scored as Roma moved atop Group E.

Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United RECAP

There wasn’t much to like about Manchester United’s match, going down in the first minute and then struggling with the loss of Paul Pogba to injury. Moussa Sow scored a slick bicycle kick for Fener, and Jeremain Lens made it 2-0 via a free kick before Wayne Rooney belted a terrific long shot home in the 87th minute.

United is now third in Group A with two matches to play: home to Feyenoord on Nov. 24 and at Zorya Luhansk on Dec. 8.

Southampton – Inter MilanRECAP

Two goals in six minutes, one from Virgil Van Dijk and the other an own goal, saw Saints rise from an early deficit to pick up a historic win at St. Mary’s Stadium. Inter opened up through Mauro Icardi at a time where Southampton looked most likely to score.

Athletic Bilbao 5-3 Genk

Aritz Aduriz’s five-goal haul included a hat trick on penalties alone, as the La Liga side never tailed in a high-scoring match. Athletic is now first in Group F, just a point ahead of last place Sassuolo.

Elsewhere
Astana 1-1 Olympiacos
Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Dundalk
Apoel Nicosia 1-0 Young Boys
Anderlecht 6-1 Mainz
Sassuolo 2-2 Rapid Wien
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-0 AZ Alkmaar
Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Viktoria Plzen
Zorya Luhansk 1-1 Feyenoord
Gabala 1-2 St. Etienne
Schalke 2-0 Krasnodar
Fiorentina 3-0 Liberec
Villarreal 1-2 Osmanlispor
PAOK 0-1 Qarabag
Gent 3-5 Shakhtar Donetsk
Nice 0-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Sparta Prague 2-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva
Zurich 0-0 Steaua Bucuresti
Panathinaikos 0-3 Standard Liege
Sporting Braga 3-1 Konyaspor
Ajax 3-2 Celta Vigo

Fenerbahce beats Manchester United despite historic Rooney bullet

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  • Sow scores early shocker
  • United drops to 3rd
  • Rooney hits late laser

Fenerbahce scored a 2-1 win over visiting Manchester United at the Sukru Saracoglu in Europa League play on Thursday.

The loss puts more heat under Jose Mourinho, who got a good-looking late goal from Wayne Rooney. The tally was Rooney’s 38th for United in Europe, putting him level with Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Senegalese striker Moussa Sow scored after a minute’s play, and ex-Sunderland man Jeremain Lens netted a free kick for Dick Advocaat’s men.

A draw between Zorya Luhansk and 10-man Feyenoord means United sits third in Group A, as Fener and Feyenoord each have 7 points to the Red Devils’ six.

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Moussa Sow hit a 17-yard bicycle kick in between Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, besting David De Gea barely 60 seconds into the match.

The old cliche of “bad to worse” came around half-hour into the match, as Paul Pogba left the match with an apparent leg injury.

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Fenerbahce doubled the lead on a free kick at the hour mark. Zlatan Ibrahimovic conceded the kick about 25 yards out, and David De Gea didn’t even more as Jeremain Lens swept a quick shot around the wall. 2-0

Emmanuel Emenike just missed a sliding goal that would’ve made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. Could Mourinho’s men find magic?

Rooney helped, burying a long shot in the 89th minute to make it 2-1. He then had a stoppage time header cleared off the line.

United several corners in stoppage time, but Volkan Demirel collected the last offering to save the day.

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Rooney’s goal made history for United.

Premier League roundup: Gunners overtake Spurs, Man City fourth

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Despite the title and relegation race having been run, the Premier League season still sent us off with plenty of entertainment and a bit of North London Derby drama on Sunday.

Arsenal rose above Spurs for the 21st straight season thanks to a pair of relegated sides: rampant Newcastle United and a listless Aston Villa.

Arsenal 4-0 Aston VillaRECAP

Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick and Arsenal added a late own goal as the Gunners rose above Spurs on the table for the 21st straight season. It was an emotional goodbye for longtime captain Mikel Arteta and stalwart veteran Tomas Rosicky.

Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur — RECAP

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Georginio Wijnaldum (L) of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Moussa Sissoko (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Spurs conceded the final three goals with Newcastle down to 10 men, and Mauricio Pochettino‘s charges eventually gave away second place in the Premier League.

Where was this Newcastle team in 2016? Rafa Benitez gave St. James Park a show in its last Premier League match for at least a year, with Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals to go with one each for Rolando Aarons, Daryl Janmaat and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was sent off for an abhorrent tackle on Kyle Walker.

Manchester United – Bournemouth — POSTPONED

A suspicious package caused Old Trafford to be evacuated and the match postponed. More details to come.

Swansea City 1-1 Manchester City — RECAP

Kelechi Iheanacho‘s eighth goal of the PL season was all Man City needed to clinch a Top Four spot (barring a ridiculous scoreline when United-Bournemouth is played). Andre Ayew’s free kick deflected off Fernando for Swans’ goal.

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool — RECAP

Salomon Rondon gave the Baggies an early lead, but Jordon Ibe nabbed an equalizer at the Hawthorns. Liverpool could’ve risen to 7th with a win, while the Baggies finish 14th.

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City — RECAP

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City is closed down by Bertrand Traore of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The hosts gave former manager Claudio Ranieri and his Foxes a guard of honor, then went out and drew them. Cesc Fabregas converted a penalty for the Blues, while Danny Drinkwater scored for the champions.

Everton 3-0 Norwich CityRECAP

USMNT and Everton hero Tim Howard kept a clean sheet in his final match at Goodison Park, which saw the Toffees trounce relegated Norwich City in their first game without manager Roberto Martinez. Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and James McCarthy netted for Everton.

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Saints got goals from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle,Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis to qualify for the UEFA Europa League after winning five of their last six games to finish the season. Jason Puncheon scored for Palace, who finished miserably after a hot start but still have an FA Cup final. Is Alan Pardew‘s job in jeopardy if they lose?

Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United — RECAP

The Hammers were more dangerous all day, but Stoke took its chances well as Mame Biram Diouf and Giannelli Imbula scored second half goals to lift the Potters to a come-from-behind win. Michail Antonio scored for the visitors.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland — RECAP

Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens twice gave Sunderland the lead, with Sebastian Prodl and Troy Deeney equalized in Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game in charge of Watford. The Black Cats sealed promotion at midweek by thumping Sunderland.