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Netherlands wins, relegates Germany

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Ronald Koeman‘s Netherlands sent Germany into League B, and moved a draw away from the semifinals after taking care of the World Cup champions in the highlight of Friday’s UEFA Nations League matches.

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Netherlands 2-0 France

Georginio Wijnaldum was in a prime position to slot in a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a save on Ryan Babel, and Memphis Depay converted a stoppage time panenka penalty as Netherlands’ win sent Germany into League B.

The Dutch are still alive for A1, and can make the semifinals with a win over Germany on Monday.

Wales 1-2 Denmark

An even match saw Denmark score off a counterattack, with Nicolai Jorgensen supplying the finish off put the Danes ahead of the hosts. Martin Brathwaite made it 2-0 in the 88th minute, with Gareth Bale‘s goal the only Welsh answer a minute later.

Denmark goes top of Group B4, and end Wales’ hopes of promotion to League A. It’s Denmark into the “top flight” next cycle, and the nation is guaranteed at least a playoff spot in qualification for EURO 2020.

Gibraltar 2-6 Armenia

Former Real Salt Lake attacker Yura Movsisyan scored four for captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s side.

Cyprus 1-1 Bulgaria
Slovenia 1-1 Norway
Liechtenstein 0-2 Macedonia
Slovakia 4-1 Ukraine

RSL loans Yura Movsisyan to Swedish club

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There’s been a bit of confusion regarding Yura Movsisyan’s stay at Real Salt Lake, but the Western Conference side has sent the veteran forward overseas.

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RSL announced on Monday that Movsisyan has been loaned to Swedish side Djurgarden until the end of July 2018, however, the loan can be extended by the club for the duration of the year if they choose to do so.

MLSSoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal also reported that despite RSL’s move to waive Movsisyan in early March, the club still obtains the player’s rights and are expected to pay his remaining 2018 salary of nearly $2 million.

The Claret and Cobalt opted to waive the 30-year-old’s contract in order to open a Designated Player spot for Mike Petke’s side.

Movsisyan first joined RSL back in 2007 from Sporting KC (then, the Kansas City Wizards) for two seasons, before returning to Salt Lake City in 2016.

In four seasons with RSL, Movsisyan tallied 31 goals for the club.

Real Salt Lake permanently acquires forward Yura Movsisyan

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Forward Yura Movsisyan has been permanently acquired by Real Salt Lake from FC Spartak Moscow, general manager Craig Waibel said Monday.

The club also signed Movsisyan to a contract for 2017.

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The 29-year old joined Real Salt Lake in January through a loan for the 2016 season and has scored a team-high nine goals to go along with three assists in 27 games.

This is Movsisyan’s second time playing for Real Salt Lake after being on the roster from 2007-09. He was a key member of the 2009 MLS Cup championship team.

Movsisyan was the fourth overall pick of the Kansas City Wizards in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and was traded to Real Salt Lake for a third-round pick, allocation money and an international roster spot.

MLS Snapshot: NYCFC 2-3 Real Salt Lake

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The game in 100 words (or less): NYCFC had complete control of the game and had finally taken a deserved lead eleven minutes into the second half. Then, they didn’t. The home side utterly imploded in the final half-hour, and Real Salt Lake left Yankee Stadium with a 3-1 win. Following Jack Harrison’s first MLS goal, NYCFC conceded a pair of poorly defended goals, and unraveled when a head-scratching own-goal saw any chance of a comeback evaporate, slumping to their third loss in four matches, winless in their last five.

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Four moments that mattered:

56′ – David Villa and NYCFC had punished Nick Rimando’s goal all first half, but it produced no fruit. After 15 shots, NYCFC finally had a goal. Young Jack Harrison bagged his first MLS goal as he burst through the middle, ripping a shot from the top of the box that clipped the inside of Justen Glad’s shin and went in, with the deflection stranding Rimando.

59′ – After all the NYCFC domination and goal just after halftime, the visitors struck back just three minutes later to level the score. Yura Movsisyan took possession at the top of the box and used his strength to muscle Jason Hernandez to the ground before burying the chance.

67′ – Things went from bad to worse for the home side after dominating much of the match. RSL took the lead off a set-piece as Juan Manuel Martinez settled a ball in the box and ripped an outside of the foot shot that rippled the back of the net. In NYCFC’s 26th home match since joining MLS, the goal is the 23rd conceded off set pieces.

74′ – Oh no. NYCFC came completely undone with an own-goal from Frederic Brilliant. Good possession work from Movsisyan sprung Javier Morales down the right. He sent in a cross for nobody in particular, and goalkeeper Joe Saunders had it covered perfectly. Except Brilliant had no idea Saunders was going to collect the cross, and his sliding attempt to clear the cross sent it into the back of the net.

Also, this happened towards the end. LOL.

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Man of the match: Yura Movsisyan

Goalscorers: Harrison 56′, Movsisyan 59′, Martinez 67′, Brilliant (og) 74′, Villa (pen) 87′

MLS Snapshot: Sporting KC 1-3 Real Salt Lake (video)

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City might not be good. Actually, they might be bad. After breaking their seven-game winless skid last week, Peter Vermes’ side seemed to have turned the corner not only in victory but sheer dominance of Orlando City SC. Fast forward six days to Saturday night, and they looked the same lost side that zombie-walked through the month of April and the first half of May. Real Salt Lake came into Children’s Mercy Park, withstood a few chances inside the first 30 minutes, then rocked Sporting KC across the jaw three times in 21 minutes to secure a 3-1 away victory for their second triumph in this building this season. Most notably for Sporting, Matt Besler looks a shell of his former (read: 2014 World Cup and before) self, winding up responsible for two of RSL’s goals on the night thanks to all-too-characteristic gaffes. With the defeat, Sporting (17 points) remains seventh in the Western Conference, as RSL (20) catapult all the way up to third in the West.

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Three moments that mattered

32′ — Burrito finishes at the far post for 1-0 — The giveaway by Besler was totally unnecessary. From there, RSL made it look easy working the space out wide and feeding it to the back post.

45+2′ — Movsisyan finishes off Davis’s back — It’s just been this kind of month (or two) for Sporting KC.

50′ — Dwyer pulls one back early in the 2nd half — Jimmy Medranda, who’s playing left back, is now the no. 10.

53′ — Movsisyan dusts Coelho and restores the two-goal lead — Benny Feilhaber giveaway -> Besler whiffs on the through ball -> Nuno Andre Coelho can’t run with Movsisyan -> cool, composed finish.

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Man of the match: Yura Movsisyan

Goalscorers: Martinez (32′), Davis (45+2′ – OG), Dwyer (50′), Movsysian (53′)