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USMNT throw away HT lead, lose 2-1 to Ireland

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Following a 3-0 victory over Bolivia on Monday, the U.S. men’s national team experienced a massive step up in opposition Saturday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ireland.

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Bobby Wood put the USMNT ahead just before halftime, John O'Shea said goodbye after making his 118th and final appearance for his country, Graham Burke equalized just before the hour mark, and Alan Judge scored the deserved winner in the 90th minute.

Interim head coach Dave Sarachin’s side was fortunate to lead at the intermission, as the Irish were in full control from the opening whistle. From the attacking trio of Bobby Wood, Timothy Weah and Rubio Rubin, to the disorganized state of young center backs Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers, positives were few and far between.

The Yanks’ miserable first half ended on the highest possible note, as Wood ended his own miserable 2017-18 campaign (two goals in 24 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg, who were relegated) with a stoppage-time goal completely against the run of play. Wil Trapp floated a free kick into the box, Matt Miazga headed the ball back across the face of goal and Wood tapped it home with goalkeeper Colin Doyle rooted to his goal line.

The lead lasted less than 15 minutes into the second half, though, as Bill Hamid ran himself into a wall of bodies with a cross coming into the box from the left flank. When the 27-year-old Midtjylland ‘keeper got nowhere near claiming the ball, it fell to the top of the six-yard box, where it was hammered home for 1-1, credited to Burke for his deflection on the goal line.

Just 10 minutes later, the Boys in Green had the ball in the back of Hamid’s net once again, but Darragh Lenihan, who fired the ball goal-bound for Ireland’s equalizer, saw his headed goal wiped away when the assistant referee flagged the Blackburn Rovers center back offside.

From bad to worse in the game’s final moments, Miazga was roasted by James McClean and Judge fired past Hamid, off the underside of the crossbar, to complete the comeback.

Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland: Blues set record for most wins

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  • John Terry subbed out in 26th minute
  • Manquillo put Sunderland ahead
  • Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Batshuayi score for Chelsea
  • Chelsea win 30th game of season

Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Antonio Conte‘s men sealed the Premier League trophy in style and celebrated with their fans.

Sunderland took the lead through Javier Manquillo early on but Willian equalized in the first half, Eden Hazard scored a second, then Pedro scored to make it 3-1. Michy Basthuayi then added two off the bench to seal a stunning campaign.

Chelsea finish the season top of the table on 93 points, while Sunderland finish bottom on 24 points.

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Sunderland stunned the party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge early as Manquillo slammed home a loose ball from a set piece situation to make it 1-0.

Chelsea responded to going behind well as Marcos Alonso hit the crossbar with a free kick and the ball cannoned back into play. Chelsea worked it to the back post and Willian fired home at the near post. 1-1.

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Diego Costa then couldn’t get on the end of a cross and Eden Hazard couldn’t finish at the back post as Chelsea piled on the pressure. Sunderland struggled to see any of the ball as wave after wave of Chelsea attack came at them.

Terry was then subbed out in the 26th minute (his shirt number) to a rapturous applause from all of the fans at Chelsea, plus he had a guard of honor from Chelsea’s players and Sunderland’s players applauded him off the pitch.

Willian then went close to making it 2-1 and John O'Shea had a good chance for Sunderland but Chelsea but the Blues couldn’t get ahead before half time.

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There were chances for both teams early in the second half as Jack Rodwell forced Thibaut Courtois into a save and at the other end Willian went close again.

Chelsea did go in front as a quick counter teed up Hazard and he made no mistake by slamming across goal and in. 2-1 to Chelsea.

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Pedro jumped off the bench and scored late on to make it 3-1 as Lescott headed over his own goalkeeper Pickford and the Spaniard nodded home.

Basthuayi then jumped off the bench to continue his good form as he scored twice to seal the convincing 5-1 win.

Stamford Bridge erupted at the final whistle as Chelsea’s record-breaking season had ended and they hoisted the PL trophy aloft.

Worthy champions.

Sunderland 0-2 Swansea City: Swans edge closer to survival

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  • Llorente, Naughton score for Swans
  • Swansea four points above drop zone
  • Sunderland lose Denayer, Anichebe to injury

Swansea City secured a vital victory in their battle against relegation as they beat already relegated Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

First half goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton sent Paul Clement‘s men four points clear of the relegation zone with one game remaining and that means Hull City must beat Crystal Palace on Sunday otherwise the Tigers are all but down due to their vastly inferior goal difference.

With the win the Swans move level on 16th place Crystal Palace with 38 points, while Sunderland remain bottom of the table on 24 points.

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Sunderland started well and Javier Manquillo caused problems after being found by Jermain Defoe but Martin Olsson cleared.

The Swans soon settled and took the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s free kick into the box caused havoc with Llorente, John O'Shea and Jordan Pickford all challenging for the ball and it hit Llorente and went in. 1-0 to Swansea.

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Sunderland were forced into a change before the break with Jason Denayer limping off and Darron Gibson coming on in his place, and going behind knocked the stuffing out of the Black Cats.

Fabio Borini whipped in a dangerous cross and moments later Billy Jones popped up but his header was off target. Jermain Defoe had a half chance but Lukasz Fabianski saved and before half time Victor Anichebe was forced off with a hamstring injury as Wahbi Khazri came on.

Right on half time Naughton made it 2-0 with a fine strike into the top corner from the right back. What a strike for his first-ever Premier League goal and his first goal in over six years.

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Sunderland just couldn’t get going as their final home game in the Premier League for at least 12 months failed to deliver many positive moments.

Sebastian Larsson‘s free kick slammed into the wall and appeared to hit Sigurdsson’s arm but referee Andre Marriner waved the penalty kick calls away.

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Late on Sunderland kept pushing forward and Larsson’s corner kick almost crept in directly and a scuffle ensued as Khazri appeared to catch Sigurdsson, but the Swans held on and have given themselves a great chance of survival.

Hull City 0-2 Sunderland: Tigers tamed by Black Cats

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  • Jones, Defoe score for Sunderland
  • Silva’s loses home league game for first time since March 2014
  • Sunderland grab first win in 11 games

Already relegated Sunderland won their first game since February 4 as they beat Hull City 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe scored in the second half as David Moyes‘ side played for pride and delivered with Hull suffering a damaging blow in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

With the win Sunderland move on to 24 points for the season, while Hull remain just two points above the drop zone with two games remaining.

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Sunderland had a great chance to take the lead as Billy Jones’ cross found George Honeyman at the back post but his header went wide.

Hull finally woke up as Sam Clucas forced Jordan Pickford into a fine save down low and moments later Harry Maguire drove forward and whipped a shot just wide of Pickford’s near post.

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Sunderland stuck to their task but Hull always looked dangerous with Oumar Niasse‘s overhead kick hitting John O'Shea but calls of handball were waved away.

Abel Hernandez bent an effort just wide of the far post as Hull pressed before the break but O’Shea headed just wide from a corner as Sunderland continued to look dangerous.

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Pickford then launched a long ball forward which found Jermain Defore but his low shot was smothered by Eldin Jakupovic and cleared.

Kamil Grosicki then crossed the ball to the back post and Pickford flapped at the cross with Alfred N'Diaye surprised and stabbing the ball wide. Hull then went close again as Hernandez’s shot was blocked by O’Shea brilliantly.

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Sunderland stuck with it and could’ve gone ahead as Defoe was free on the edge of the box but blasted over. Soon the Black Cats did go ahead as Honeyman’s corner found Jones who sent a diving header into the net. 1-0 to Sunderland.

Hull wasted another good chance late on as Niasse toe poked wide and then Pickford denied Hernandez with a brilliant stop. Late on Hull threw everything at Sunderland but couldn’t break through and Defoe scored (although he was in an offside position) to make it 2-0, as the Tigers’ survival hopes took a massive blow.

Premier League AT HALF: Leicester, Stoke nab first half leads

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For a second-straight Saturday, a batch of mid-morning Premier League matches is begging for more attack.

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Burnley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion [STREAM]  

Not much cooking here aside from the typical physical play you’d expect from a Sean Dyche and Tony Pulis managed affair.

Leicester City 1-0 Watford [STREAM]  

Wilfried Ndidi changed Leicester City’s season in the long-term, and finally gave the Foxes their deserved lead in the short-term when he pounced on a missed Watford touch about 8 yards from goal.

Hull City 0-0 Sunderland [STREAM]  

No breakthrough yet for Hull as the Tigers attempt to put heat on Crystal Palace and open up more space from Swansea City. Hull probably should’ve been awarded a penalty for a clumsy handball from John O'Shea.

Bournemouth 0-1 Stoke City [STREAM]  

At last, Stoke’s goal drought is over before reaching 11 hours of play. Geoff Cameron appeared to have scored off a corner kick, but the ball hit Lys Mousset on its way to an own goal.