Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Republic FC expansion dispute resolved

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
(Alonso 13', Hazard 53', Fabregas 85')-(Giroud 90+1')

Everton 6-3 AFC Bournemouth
(Lukaku 1', 29', 83', 84', McCarthy 23', Barkley 90+4')-(King 59', 70', Arter 90')

Watford 2-1 Burnley
(Deeney 10', Niang 45+2')-(Barnes PK 78')

Hull City 2-0 Liverpool
(Ndiaye 44', Niasse 84')

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke City
(Morrison 6')

Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland
(Kone 9', N'Dong 43', Defoe 45+1', 45+3')

Southampton 1-3 West Ham
(Gabbiadini 12')-(Carroll 14', Obiang 44', Noble 52')

Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough
(Kane PK 58')

Chelsea's methodical demolition of Arsenal keeps their nine point advantage safe and mostly confirms them as the likely champions. Tottenham are their closest competitors in second place, and the two sides do not meet for the rest of the season. Nothing short of a Blues collapse will prevent them from lifting the trophy in May.

Elsewhere, Liverpool's disastrous tailspin continues thanks to a sorry defeat at Hull. Once thought to be title contenders, the Reds are now only clinging to a top four spot by the slimmest of margins. Injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations are to blame, but overall Liverpool have lost plenty of matches they really should have won, including this one.

Bundesliga
TSG Hoffenheim 4-0 Mainz
(Uth 5', Terrazzino 81', Szalai 86', 90+1')

Hertha Berlin 1-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Haraguchi 2')

Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke 04
(Lewandowski 9')-(Naido 13')

Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 SC Freiburg
(Stindl 73', Raffael 78', Herrmann 90+2')

FC Koln 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg
(Modeste PK 81')

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 RB Leipzig
(Aubameyang 35')

Bayern Munich's lead atop the Bundesliga is now a solid four points thanks to Leipzig's loss to Borussia Dortmund. There is still a race, the two play each other once more this year, but Munich is not known for blowing leads atop the league, and probably won't this year,

La Liga
Málaga 0-1 Espanyol
(Piatti 17')

Barcelona 3-0 Athletic Bilbao
(Alcacer 18', Messi 40', Vidal 67')

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Leganés
(Torres 15', 51')

Valencia 0-4 Eibar
(Enrich 28', 77', Adrian PK 45+3', Garcia 57')

Serie A
Bologna 1-7 Napoli
(Torosidis 36')-(Hamsik 4', 70', 74', Insigne 6', Mertens 33', 43', 90')

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 3-0 Nice
(Germain 47', Falcao 60', 81')

Montpellier 2-1 Bastia
(Mounie 17', 64')-(Crivelli 34')

Guingamp 0-1 Caen
(Karamoh 90+3')

Lille 0-1 Lorient
(Aliadiere 49')

Dijon 1-3 Paris-Saint Germain
(Tavares 31')-(Moura 29', Silva 81', Cavani 84')

Bordeaux 1-1 Stade Rennes
(Menez 56')-(Gourcuff 69')
Liga MX
Cruz Azul 1-1 Querétaro
(Noriega OG 57') - (Noriega 74')

Morelia 0-2 Club America
(Dominguez 69', Alvarez 83')

UANL 0-1 Toluca
(Sambueza 72')

Leon 2-4 Tijuana
(Hernandez 6', Pena 85')-(Hurtado 33', Caraglio PK 41', Rodriguez 64', Arriola 78')

Necaxa 1-1 Monterrey
(Riano 52')-(Funes Mori 39')

North American League Tables

Africa Cup of Nations- Third Place
Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana
(Traore 89')

Headlines
The dispute between Kevin Nagel and Sacramento Republic that had threatened to derail the city's MLS bid is more or less resolved. The two parties had apparently been in discussions for months on how to handle to potential transition of the USL club to MLS. When a deal had not been reached by the January 31 deadline, Nagel went and submitted the bid without any mention of Republic FC. The agreement in principle will give Nagel the use of the Republic FC brand and full ownership of the team once the move into MLS is complete. Until that day comes, however, Republic's current owners will maintain control.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester City v. Swansea City- 8:30am- NBCSN
Leicester City v. Manchester city- 11am- NBCSN

Bundesliga
FC Augsburg v. Werder Bremen- 9:30am- FS1
Eintracht Frankfurt v. SV Darmstadt 98- 11:30am- FS1

La Liga
Sevilla v. Villarreal- 6am
Sporting Gijon v. Alavés- 10:15am
Real Sociedad v. Osasuna- 12:30pm
Celta Vigo v. Real Madrid- Postponed

Serie A
AC Milan v. Sampdoria- 6:30am
Atalanta v. Cagliari- 9am
US Pescara v. Lazio- 9am
Genoa v. Sassuolo- 9am
Empoli v. Torino- 9am
Chievo Verona v. Udinese- 9am
Palermo v. Crotone- 9am
Juventus v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Toulouse v. Angers- 9am
Nants v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 11am
St. Etienne v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3pm

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Pachuca- 1pm- Univision
Guadalajara v. Santos- 5pm- Unimas

Africa Cup of Nations- Final
Egypt v. Cameroon- 2pm

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