Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Drogba does not travel to D.C. with Impact

Yesterday's Scores
EFL Cup
Southampton 1-0 Sunderland
(Boufal 66')

West Ham 2-1 Chelsea
(Kouyate 11', Fernandes 48')-(Cahill 90+4')

Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City
(Mata 54')

DfB Pokal- Second Round
FC Astoria Walldorf 1-0 SC Darmstadt 98
(Hillenbrand 32')

Hanover 96 6-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf
(Sobiech 5', Klaus 7', 34', Harnik 15', 16', Maier 53')-(Akpoguma 20')

Heidenheimer SV 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Gomez 49')

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2-1 Mainz
(Sararer 79', Berisha 90')-(Cordoba 68')

Bayern Munich 3-1 FC Augsburg
(Lahm 2', Green 41', Alaba 90+3')-(Dong-Won 68')

Good news for USMNT fans here as Julian Green, in his first competitive start for Bayern Munich, also scored his first competitive goal for the club. He's got a long way to go before he catches Christian Pulisic for best American in Germany, though.

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Union Berlin (3-0 on penalties)
(Parensen OG 44')-(Skrzybski 81')

FC Koln 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Risse 36', Modeste 91')-(Hubner 8')

Nürnberg 2-3 Schalke 04
(Rahman OG 59', Kempe PK 68')-(Konoplyanka 20', 44', Huntelaar 31')

Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Cultural Leonesa 0-6 Real Madrid
(Zuiverloon OG 6', Asensio 32', 53', Morata 46', 55', Nacho 68')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 1-1 Bologna
(Mbaye OG 70')-(Pulgar 52')

Fiorentina 1-1 Crotone
(Asori 85')-(Falcinelli 20')

Inter Milan 2-1 Torino
(Icardi 35', 88')-(Belotti 63')

Juventus 4-1 Sampdoria
(Mandzukic 4', Chiellini 9', 87' Pjanic 65')-(Schick 57')

Lazio 4-1 Cagliari
(Diao 6', Immobile PK 23', 28', Anderson 79')-(Wallace OG 87')

Napoli 2-0 Empoli
(Mertens 51', Chiriches 81')

Sassuolo 1-3 AS Roma
(Cannavaro 12')-(Dzeko 57', PK 76', Nainggolan 78')

US Pescara 0-1 Atalanta
(Caldera 60')

Interesting note from this final match here in Serie A. The first half of this match in Pescara was halted for a couple minutes as an earthquake shook the Italian peninsula. Tremors from the quake were felt as far away as Rome and Bologna, but this appears to be the only football match affected. Thankfully, there was minimal damage and no deaths reported from the incident.

European League Tables

MLS Cup Playoffs- Knockout Round
Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union
(Giovinco 15', Osorio 48', Altidore 85')-(Bedoya 73')

LA Galaxy 3-1 Real Salt Lake
(Gordon 14', Boateng 26', 34')-(Plata PK 21')

Headlines
After Didier Drogba was held out of the squad in Montreal Impact's season finale against Toronto FC, it was thought that he and the Montreal front office had come to an understanding. Apparently, that understanding was that he would not travel to Washington D.C. for the club's playoff game against D.C. United. He has evidently been dealing with a back injury that has kept him from training with the team since the dustup. It certainly looks like his time with the Impact has come to an unceremonious end.

In Saturday's Valencia-Barcelona match, Lionel Messi hit a winning penalty in stoppage time. Valencia's supporters were angry enough to pelt the celebrating Barcelona players with a bottle. For that transgression, Valencia has been fined €1,500. That's chump change to any major football club, but Valencia have ten days to appeal the decision anyway. Barcelona has been warned for... something I guess. I'm not sure what they could have done to prevent the situation other that not scoring a dramatic winner late in a match.

With the completion of today's matches. the draw has been made for the quarterfinal round of the EFL Cup. Six of the eight remaining teams are from the Premier League, with Leeds United and Newcastle from the Championship making up the other spots. There isn't anything juicy like the Manchester Derby from this round, but here are the matches to be played the week of November 28:

Liverpool v. Leeds United
Manchester United v. West Ham United
Hull City v. Newcastle United
Arsenal v. Southampton

Today's Matches
Serie A
Palermo v. Udinese- 2:45pm

MLS Cup Playoffs- Knockout Round
D.C. United v. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm- UniMas
Seattle Sounders v. Sporting Kansas City- 10pm- FS1, UniMas

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