Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Nagbe escapes with only an ankle sprain

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Real Madrid 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg (2-2 on aggregate)
(Ronaldo 15', 17', 77')

Manchester City 1-0 Paris-St. Germain (3-2 on aggregate)
(De Bruyne 76')


USL
Seattle Sounders II 2-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Mathers 20', Fisher 84')-(Malki 50', Garcia 53')

Headlines
Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers got relatively good news regarding the health of the midfielder. The Nigel de Jong stomp only sprained his ankle and did not damage any crucial ligaments. Although the injury is not extremely severe, it is still unknown how long Nagbe will be out.

Serie A outfit Palermo has had more than its fair share of managerial turmoil this season. The relegation fighters have made their eighth coaching change of the season by firing Walter Novellino, who was in charge for all of four matches, and replacing him with Davide Ballardini, who was fired from this same job back in January. 

Leicester City is under investigation for violating Football League financial fair play rules. The whole story is rather confusing, since it involves dummy companies that can tie themselves back to King Power (the club's primary sponsor) and their Thai owner. The item under scrutiny is a sudden $16 million showing up on Leicester's books. This will not affect their title run in the Premier League and they will only face sanctions if they drop back down to the second tier.

The draw for the final round of Asian World Cup Qualifying has been made. The remaining 12 nations were split into groups of six. After playing home and home matches against each team in the group, the top two will make the World Cup. The third place finishers will then play a two legged affair for the right to face a CONCACAF team in a playoff to qualify. Group A features Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar, and Syria. Group B has Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Thailand. Given the chance to predict, I say Iran, South Korea, Australia, and Japan make it through here. Iraq and Qatar will play in the playoff with Iraq moving on to face a CONCACAF side.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Atletico Madrid v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- FS1
Benfica v. Bayern Munich- 2:45pm- FS2

Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Everton- 3pm- NBCSN

FA Cup- Sixth Round Replay
West Ham v. Manchester United- 2pm

MLS
Sporting Kansas City v. Colorado Rapids- 8:30pm
Portland Timbers v. FC Dallas- 10:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. New York Red Bulls- 10:30pm

USL
LA Galaxy II v. San Antonio FC- 10:30pm- YouTube

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