Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: New York an option for UEFA Champions League final

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
Celta Vigo 2-2 Ajax Amsterdam
(Fontas 29;, Orellana 82')-(Ziyech 22', Younes 71')

Standard Liege 2-2 Panathinaikos
(sa Silva PK 45+1', Belfodil 82')-(Ibarbo 12', 36')

Konyaspor 1-1 Braga
(Milosevic 9')-(Koka 55')

Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 KAA Gent
(Kovalenko 12', Ferreyra 30', Bernard 46', Taison 75', Malyshev 85')

FC Salzburg 0-1 Nice
(Plea 13')
Krasnodar 0-1 Schalke 04
(Konoplyanka 10')

FK Qarabag 2-0 PAOK Salonika
(Quintana 56', Amirguiliyev 87')

Liberec 1-3 Fiorentina
(Sevcik 58')-(Kalinic 8', 23', Babacar 70')

Hapoel Be'er 0-1 Sparta Prague
(Pulkrab 71')

Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton
(Candreva 67')

Osmanlispor 2-2 Villarreal
(Rusescu 23', 24')-(Ndiaye 55', Patp 74')

Steaua Bucaresti 1-1 FC Zurich
(Golubovic 63')-(Kone 86')

Feyenoord Rotterdam 1-0 FC Zorya Luhansk
(Jorgensen 55')

Manchester United 4-1 Fenerbahce
(Pogba PK 31', 45+1', Martial PK 34', Lindgard 48')-(Van Persie 83')

Olympiakos 4-1 FC Astana
(Figueiras 25', Elyounoussi 33', Seba 34', 65')-(Kabanaga 54')

Young Boys 3-1 Apoel Nicosia
(Hoarau 18', 52', 82')-(Efrem 14')

Mainz 1-1 Anderlecht
(Malli PK 10')-(Teodorczyk 65')

St. Etienne 1-0 FK Qabala
(Ricardinho OG 70')

AZ Alkmaar 1-21 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
(Muhren 72')-(Scarione 24', Golasa 81')

Dundalk 1-2 Zenit St. Petersburg
(Benson 52')-(Mak 71', Giuliano 77')

AS Roma 3-3 Austria Vienna
(El Shaarawy 19', 34', Florenzi 69')-(Holzhauser 16', Prokop 82', Kayode 84')

Viktoria Plzen 1-2 FK Astra Giurgiu
(Hovara 86')-(Alibec 41', Hovara OG 64')

Racing Genk 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
(Brabec 40', Ndidi 83')

Rapid Vienna 1-1 Sassuolo
(Schaub 7')-(Schrammel OG 66')

CONCACAF Champions League
Suchitepequez 2-4 FC Dallas
(Akindele G 5', Morales 22')-(Gruezo 27', Hedges 35, Harris 51', Ruiz OG 87')

Pumas UNAM 8-1 W Connection FC
(Berjon 17', Aguirre 30', 40', Gallardo 5', 71', Niesto 79', Martinez 85', 89')-(Thomas 60')

FC Dallas and Pumas both needed wins to move on and boy did they get them. Their victories mean they join Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa, Canada's Vancouver Whitecaps, Panama's Arabe Unido, Mexico's Pachuca and Tigres, and the USA's New York Red Bulls as knockout round pariticipants. The four countries represented in this stage of the tournament is better than last year's MLS vs. Liga MX showdown. In the 2015 knockout stags, five countries were represented.

UEFA is ready to re-open its bidding process for the Champions League final and they are not opposed to leaving Europe. They have come out and said a final staged in New York would not be out of the question. Citing not difficult travel for fans and an opportunity to grow the game abroad, they have not ruled the largest city in America out.

A major reason for West Ham's early season struggles has been injuries to key players, including new signing Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll. The good news is that Ayew is back in training and could return soon. Carroll is still weeks away from making his next appearance, though.

Today's Matches
Hamburg SV v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:30pm

La Liga
Osasuna v. Real Betis- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
AS Monaco v. Montpellier- 2:45pm

Liga MX
Tijuana v. Chiapas- 10pm

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