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AT HALF: Neves wonder strike leads Wolves; Man Utd up two

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We’ve got three goals across two 9 a.m. ET kickoffs in the Premier League, where Manchester United and Wolves have taken home leads.

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Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

The hosts struck twice in the first 19 minutes, and neither goal was anything to write home about.

Andreas Pereira saw a shot take a wicked deflection to fool Mat Ryan for United’s opener, and the second goal was even less sexy as Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay went to the dirty places to force a Davy Propper own goal.

Wolves 1-0 Aston Villa

It was a tricky start at the Molineux, full of stops and starts and a Wolves side which was getting into promising places but unable to pull the trigger.

A set piece routine changed that, as Ruben Neves ended up in his office and delivered with typical aplomb.

WATCH: Julian Green scorches free kick for 4th of season

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American midfielder Julian Green left scorch marks on his fourth goal of the 2.Bundesliga season.

The Greuther Furth center midfielder, 24, continued his campaign with a highlight reel goal, though he won’t be too pleased that his club tossed aside 1-0 and 2-1 leads in a 3-2 loss to Sandhausen.

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With the ball spotted just inside the arc, Green sent an arrow over the wall and past the flying keeper to open the scoring with a 14th minute free kick.

Green went 90 minutes, completing 28 of 34 passes, with a key pass, 2 shots, and one completed dribble to go with this dynamic effort. He also drew three fouls but conceded a penalty.

Capped seven times by Dave Sarachan and 15 times overall, Green is yet to be called into the USMNT set by Gregg Berhalter.

WATCH: USMNT winger Boyd opens Besiktas account in Europa League

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Besiktas’ Europa League campaign was on life support, and a USMNT winger picked up the paddles.

Tyler Boyd has his first goal with his new club, drawing level with Braga in Portugal with a tight move and smooth finish.

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Boyd, 24, had been an unused sub in four of Besiktas’ last five matches, and his lone start was the side’s 2-1 loss to Braga at home in Turkey.

Handed another chance away from home, Boyd is on the board. Besiktas has since given the lead back to Braga ahead of a huge second half.

Boyd was recalled to the USMNT by Gregg Berhalter earlier Thursday.

WATCH: Pulisic scores 4th of season to increase Chelsea lead

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Christian Pulisic has scored in back-to-back games, improving Chelsea’s advantage at Watford on Saturday.

The American had a hat trick last week at Burnley, and was held off the score sheet in the League Cup at midweek before Saturday, when he bagged his fourth Premier League goal.

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Tammy Abraham set up this goal after bagging Chelsea’s first. The striker ran down the right side of the box to meet a Willian pass before squaring through the goal mouth.

That’s where Pulisic ran between a defender and goalkeeper Ben Foster to pump in another goal, doubling the Blues lead in the 54th minute.

Chelsea leads Watford 2-0 with about a half hour to play.

Suso’s terrific free kick gives Pioli 1st AC Milan win

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MILAN — New AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli earned his first win with the club as the Rossoneri beat SPAL 1-0 in Serie A on Thursday.

Suso came off the bench to score with a free kick shortly after the hour mark, ending a scoreless streak stretching back to last season.

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Milan’s fourth win in 10 matches moved the Rossoneri up to 10th place while SPAL remained in 19th place.

Samu Castillejo also hit the crossbar for Milan early on.

Suso, who had been heavily criticized for his performances this season, scored six minutes after coming on for Castillejo.

The Spaniard’s free kick spun over SPAL’s wall then dipped down in under the bar.

Suso’s previous goal came on May 19.