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Controversial decision denies Ecuador upset of Brazil in Copa America opener (video)

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Ecuador may’ve taken it if offered before the game, but Saturday’s 0-0 draw in the Copa America Centenario won’t feel good after a major officiating mistake cost La Tricolor three points in both teams’ Group B opener.

The draw leaves Peru atop the group. Brazil and Haiti tangle on Wednesday in Orlando, while Ecuador and Peru will match up in Glendale.

[ MORE: CRC holds Paraguay | Peru tips Haiti ]

Brazil and its goalkeeper caught a major break in the 66th minute. Jefferson Montero played Miller Bolanos down the left of the box, and Bolanos lunged to keep the ball in play. The desperate striker hits Alisson at an odd angle and dribbled off the side panel and in… but the flag was wrongly up.

Bullet dodged. Lucas Moura nearly made it sting worse for Ecuador when he made a terrific run but turned his in-close header wide of the goal. Everything was in place for the upset but the official’s decision.

Leicester City signs Nathan Dyer on loan from Swansea City

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Nathan Dyer became Leicester City’s seventh signing of the summer, getting to the East Midlands just in the nick of time.

The winger was flown in from Swansea on the owner’s helicopter, landing at the club’s training ground to sign a season-long loan with the Foxes.

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Dyer made more than 200 appearances with Swansea City and helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League, but has fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew preferred by manager Garry Monk.

Now Dyer will look to find some minutes alongside Riyad Mahrez for Leicester, who have been one of the surprise stories of the season, albeit just four games in.

Leicester City currently sits third on the table with two wins and two draws through four matches, a shocking start considering many had the Foxes penned for relegation before the season started.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs Manchester United (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Manchester United will look to keep its unbeaten streak alive as they head to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City live on NBCSN at 11:00am E.T. or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

It hasn’t looked pretty at times, but the Red Devils have picked up two wins and a draw so far this league season which has them in the table’s fourth position.

WATCH LIVE: Swansea City vs Manchester United live on NBC Sports Live Extra

Maroane Fellaini returns for Manchester United having served his three-match suspension, and comes into the squad on the bench. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo both remain out with injury, and thus Paddy McNair is on the bench as defensive cover. Sergio Romero remains the starter in goal as Louis van Gaal confirmed he will not select David de Gea until after the transfer window closes.

For Swansea City, Garry Monk’s only injury concern was supposed to be Ki Sung-Yueng, and he’s recovered from injury to make the bench after playing most of the club’s midweek clash. Unfortunately, Jefferson Montero also injured himself in training recently and will not be available for the match.

The Swans will be looking for their third straight win over the Red Devils after besting United both times last season in league play. They’ve won three of the last four over Manchester United in all competitions, all by a 2-1 score.

LINEUPS

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Routledge, Gomis.
Bench: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Ki Sung-Yueng, Dyer, Eder.

Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Rooney.
Bench: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Fellaini, Chicharito.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea City: Black Cats grab first point of season

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  • Sunderland grab first point of season
  • Gomis now has three goals in three games
  • Ayew hits crossbar for Swans
  • Defoe levels late in the game

Sunderland fought back to grab a point against Swansea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring in first half stoppage time but Jermain Defoe scored an eerily similar goal in the second half to split the points.

With the draw Sunderland has one point from their opening three games, while Swansea is still unbeaten with five points from three matches.

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It was a slow burner to start with at the Stadium of Light as both teams felt their way into the game. Defoe went close after a cross flashed into the near post and Sunderland looked more dangerous than Swansea. Yann M’Vila’s free kick caused some problems in the Swansea defense but Danny Graham’s overhead quick was saved easily be Lukasz Fabianski.

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Jefferson Montero had a great chance before half time but after patient build up play he slammed an effort into the side-netting at the near post.

In first half stoppage time Kyle Naughton slotted in an inch-perfect pass to Gomis and the Frenchman made it three goals in three games with a fine finish into the far corner. Cue the wild panther celebration. 1-0 to Swansea.

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In the second half Sunderland improved and new signing Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside. Swansea regained dominance soon after as Andre Ayew headed Jonjo Shelvey’s cross onto the bar and the Ghanaian forward headed wide soon after as Sunderland’s defense continued to struggle.

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With 25 minutes to go the Black Cats were level as Defoe got free in the box and slotted home with ease. 1-1. Game on at the Stadium of Light. Gomis went so close to giving Swansea the lead as Costel Pantilimon saved superbly at point-blank range. Soon after Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a shot just over the bar as Swansea pushed to go ahead once again but in the end had to settle for a point.

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week – Round 2

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Manchester City’s big week didn’t stop a Chelsea man from being named to the Premier League’s Team of the Week.

Asmir Begovic gets the nod at goalkeeper in a weird week for the Premier League which saw three teams — Swansea, Everton and Man City — but multiple players on the team.

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Mesut Ozil is the lone Arsenal representative after the Gunners’ win over Crystal Palace, while Riyad Mahrez makes it two straight weeks with league honors after his big week against West Ham.

Andre Ayew also makes it two on the bounces in the PL Team of the Week.

Matchweek 2

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea)

Defender: John Stones (Everton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielder: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jefferson Montero (Swansea City)

Forwards: Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)