Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: More corruption in England revealed

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel
(Walcott 7', 26')

Ludogorets-Razgrad 1-3 Paris-Saint Germain
(Pimienta 15')-(Matuidi 41', Cavani 55', 60')

Besiktas 1-1 Dinamo Kiev
(Quaresma 28')-(Tsygankov 65')

Napoli 4-2 Benfica
(Hamsik 20', Mertens 51', 58', Milik PK 54')-(Guedes 70', Salvio 86')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Barcelona
(Hazard 34')-(Turan 65', Pique 73')

Celtic 3-3 Manchester City
(Dembele 3', 47', Sterling OG 20')-(Fernandinho 11', Sterling 28', Nolito 55')

Manchester City have dropped points for the first time this season. It was at the hands of Glasgow Celtic, of all teams, here in the Champions League. It should be little more than a bump in the road on their way to qualification, however, with how poorly Borussia Monchengladbach have come out of the gate.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
(Carrasco 35')

Rostov 2-2 PSV Eindhoven
(Poloz 8', 37')-(Propper 14', de Jong 45+2')

CONCACAF Champions League
Alaza Amador 1-0 UANL
(Barsallo 37')

FC Dallas 0-0 Suchitepequez

This single point from FC Dallas sets up a winner moves on, loser goes home rematch with Suchitepequezon the final day of group stage competition. This time, Dallas will have to travel to Guatemala and get at least a point to move on. They hold the top spot in Group H on the third tiebreaker, goals scored.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 Central FC
(Perez 11', Techera 22', 70', Kudo 49')-(Da Silva 44')

Vancouver completes the only perfect run, so far, through the CONCACAF Champions League with this win. Pachuca and Arabe Unido are sitting on nine points through three matches and can join them in that small club.

Monterrey 3-0 Don Bosco
(Lopez 18', De Nigris 43', Gonzalez 51')
MLS
D.C. United 3-0 Columbus Crew
(Sam 71', Neagle 86', Saborio 90')

D.C. United now hold a four point lead over the final playoff spot with three games remaining. Orlando, as evidenced by their bland 0-0 draw below, doesn't look capable of challenging them and New England, who are right below them in seventh, aren't exactly look hot either. Things aren't looking bad for United in terms of making the playoffs.

Montreal Impact 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes
(Oduro 22', Piatti 32', Venegas 90+2')-(Wondolowski 62')

Similar things can be said for Montreal as I did for D.C. They got a nice win here over a Quakes team that is more or less in shambles. While not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, it would take a big miracle to see San Jose still playing after the regular season.

Toronto FC 0-0 Orlando City

This game was a snoozer and not exactly the best midweek offering for FS1 to pick up. It was a pretty juicy matchup on paper. Orlando needed something to get back into the playoff hunt and Toronto has plenty of USMNT thunder, but neither side produced anything, even after Toronto went down to ten men in the second half.

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Chicago Fire
(Marshall 24')

This win puts the Sounders back in a playoff spot, knocking the defending champion Timbers down below the red line. Both sides have 41 points, but Seattle's 12 wins has them in front of Portland's 11. To make things worse for the Timbers, Seattle has an extra game left to play to solidify their position. If Portland fails to qualify for the post season, it will be the first time ever that both of the previous season's MLS Cup Final participants fail to make the playoffs.

NASL
Jacksonville Armada 0-0 FC Edmonton

Carolina RailHawks 0-2 New York Cosmos
(Moffat 71', Bover 72')

Puerto Rico FC 2-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(Rudy 41', Bardic 67')-(Amauri 2')

Miami FC 2-1 Ottawa Fury
(Lahoud 35', Rennella 90+5')-(Gentile 44')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The next shoe in The Telegraph investigation into English football corruption has dropped. This time, managers at the Championship, England's second tier, are taking a hit. Also related to the third-party ownership scandal that cost Sam Allardyce his job, Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright, accepted a bribe from undercover journalists related to investors profiting from transfers. He reportedly accepted £5,000 to push his club to sign certain players who were represented by these investors. He was suspended and later banned. QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was also filmed accepting a similar bribe from these "Far East investors." Also implicated was Massimo Cellino of Leeds United,

Today's Matches
Europa League
FC Astana v. Young Boys- 11am
FK Qabala v. Mainz- 11am- FS2
Ajax Amsterdam v. Standard Liege- 1pm
Celta Vigo v. Panathinaikos- 1pm
KAA Gent v. Konyaspor- 1pm
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Braga- 1pm
Krasnador v. Nice- 1pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Salzburg- 1pm- FS2
Fiorentina v. FK Qarabag- 1pm
Liberec v. PAOK Salonika- 1pm
Hapoel Be'er v. Southampton- 1pm
Sparta Prague v. Inter Milan- 1pm- FS1
FC Zurich v. Osmanlispor- 1pm
Steaua Bucharesti v. Villarreal- 1pm
Fenerbahce v. Feyenoord Rotterdam- 3:05pm
Manchester United v. FC Zorya Luhansk- 3:05pm- FS1
Olympiakos v. Apoel Nicosia- 3:05pm
St. Etienne v. Anderlecht- 3:05pm
Dundalk v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv- 3:05pm
Zenit St. Petersburg v. AZ Alkmaar- 3:05pm
AS Roma v. FK Astra Giurgiu- 3:05pm- FS2
Austria Vienna v. Viktoria Plzen- 3:05pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Rapid Vienna- 3:05pm
Racing Genk v. Sassuolo- 3:05pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Police United v. Olimpia- 8pm
Honduras Progreso v. W Connection FC- 10pm

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