Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus inch closer to titles

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Tottenham 4-0 Watford
(Ali 33', Dier 39', Son 44', 54')

Manchester City 3-1 Hull City
(Elmohamady OG 31', Aguero 48', Delph 64')-(Ranocchia 85')

Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley

Stoke City 2-1 Liverpool
(Walters 44')-(Coutinho 70', Firmino 72')

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Southampton
(Clasie 25')

West Ham 1-0 Swansea City
(Kouyate 44')

AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
(King 42')-(Smith OG 17', Hazard 20', Alonso 68')

All that talk of the title race being back on after last weekend's results is now completely nonsensical. Chelsea's midweek deconstruction of Manchester City and this convincing beatdown of Bournemouth have them on top of the league by seven points with seven to play. It would take some massive collapse for them to lose their grip on the trophy, as has been the case for months now.

Bundesliga
FC Köln 3-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Clemens 18', Modeste 58', Stindl 80')-(Vestergaard 13', Hazard 55')

Hamburg SV 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Hunt 26', 75')-(Kramaric PK 35')

RB Leipzig 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
(Poulsen 90+3')

SC Freiburg 1-0 Mainz
(Petersen 70')

Schalke 04 4-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Burgstaller 6', 77', Goretzka 23', Caligiuri 48')-(Gomes PK 79')

Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Ribery 4', Lewandowski 10', PK 68', Robben 49')-(Guerreiro 20')

Just in case Bayern Munich needed any more proof that they are the best in Germany, they well and truly pounded their arch rivals in Der Klassiker. They have a ten point lead over RB Leipzig with six matches to play.

La Liga
Espanyol 1-0 Alavés
(Piatti 56')

Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid
(Pepe 52')-(Griezmann 85')

Sevilla 4-2 Deportivo La Coruña
(Jovetic 1', Sarabia 9', Correa 32', Ben Yedder 88')-(Kakuta 4', 25')

Malaga 2-0 Barcelona
(Ramirez 32', Jony 90')

Barcelona did their best to make sure the Spanish title race is all done and dusted. Not only did this match see them lose their fourth game of the season, but it came at the cost of Neymar for potentially several games. He was sent off in the 65th minute and satirically applauded the refs decision to show hm red. That little gesture could cost him some extra games and Barcelona any shot at the title. That could keep him out for the April 23 El Clasico at the San Bernabeo. Real Madrid are six points clear at the top with a game in hand over the rest of the competition.

Serie A
Empoli 1-1 US Pescara
(El Kaddouri 9')-(Capari 31')

Atalanta 1-1 Sassuolo
(Cristante 73')-(Pellegrini 36')

Juventus 2-0 Chievo Verona
(Higuain 23', 84')

The Juventus title march is on as well. Gonzalo Higuain's brace has them nine points clear of AS Roma, who play today, with seven matches to go.

Ligue 1
Angers 0-1 AS Monaco
(Falcao 61')

AS Nancy Lorraine 3-0 State Rennes
(Dale 11', Dia 51', 65')

Bordeaux 3-0 Metz
(Malcom 14', Vada PK 50', 52')

Caen 0-2 Montpellier
(Sessegnon 49', Ikone 88')

Dijon 1-2 Bastia
(Melou 29')-(Crivelli 17', Cahuzac 58')

Olympique Lyonnais 1-4 Lorient
(Tolisso 28')-(Waris 42', Marveaux 49', Moukandjo 74', 80')

The only major European title left up for grabs is here in France. Monaco, PSG, and Nice are separated by six points at the moment with PSG still to play this weekend. Nice are more or less out of the picture, though. They sit four back with six to go, but have an extra game played compared to the other two challengers. The Parisians can shrink their gap to three points today.

European League Tables

MLS
Chicago Fire 1-0 Columbus Crew
(Nikolic 22')

New England Revolution 2-0 Houston Dynamo
(Kamara 52', Agudelo 72')

D.C. United 2-1 New York City
(Sam 53', Acosta 73')-(Villa 84')

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers
(Marquez 26')-(Nagbe 32', Miller 66', Adi PK 88')

Toronto FC 2-2 Atlanta United
(Giovinco 20', Morrow 44')-(Villalba 15', 47')

FC Dallas 2-0 Minnesota United
(Morales 43', Barrios 49')

Real Salt Lake 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Rusnak 54', Movsisyan 74', Mulholland 78')

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders
(Wondolowski 90')-(Lodeiro 84')

Liga MX
Cruz Azul 1-1 Morelia
(Benitez 30')-(Ruidiaz 87')

Querétaro 1-4 Atlas
(Villa 90')-(Barragan 13', 54' Alustiza 18', Alvarez 88'))

Monterrey 4-1 Chiapas
(Funes Mori 35', Cardona 44', Cardona 71', De Nigris 86')-(Micolta 76')

Leon 4-0 Veracruz
(Boselli 72', Hernandez 82', 90+1', Cano 90+4')

Necaxa 1-1 UANL
(Gonzalez 42')-(Meza 16')

Guadalajara 3-2 Puebla
(Pulido 55', Centurion OG 74', Fierro 90+3')-(Gonzalez 26', Duenas 32')

NASL
Puerto Rico FC 1-1 Indy Eleven
(Ramos 19')-(Zayed 45+3')

Miami FC 0-2 New York Cosmos
(Szetela 58', Garcia Perez PK 90+4')

FC Edmonton 0-1 Jacksonville Armada
(Steinberger 8')

San Francisco Deltas 3-1 North Carolina FC
(Heinemann 45+3', 90, Dyego 82')-(Shipalane 23')

USL
Richmond Kickers 0-1 Louisville City
(Davis IV PK 81')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3-0 Seattle Sounders 2
(Wynne 13', Thoma 86', McKendry 90+4')

Charleston Battery 1-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Guerra 8')-(Hollingsworth 59', Hertzog 90+1')

Orlando City B 1-1 Charlotte Independence
(Dikwa 70')-(Hilton 60')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 Ottawa Fury
(Hristov 47')

OKC Energy 0-1 Rio Grande Valley
(Luna 67')

Tulsa Roughnecks 1-2 Sacramento Republic
(Calistri 80')-(Kneeshaw 48', Blackwood 67')

Saint Louis FC 3-2 New York Red Bulls II
(Volesky 3', Angulo PK 74', Rudolph 84')-(Allen 52', Bezecourt 58')

Portland Timbers 2 1-2 Orange County SC
(Williams 19')-(van Ewijk PK 9', Pineda 58')

Phoenix Rising 2-1 LA Galaxy II
(Rooney 60', 78')-(Amaya 51')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The rumors have more or less been true for a while, but the USA, Canada, and Mexico intend to make their 2026 World Cup bid official at a press conference in New York on Monday. U.S. Soccer mentioned a "historic announcement" to go down tomorrow, which can really only mean the World Cup bid is on. I can't imagine they would tease us like this for making the CONCACAF Nations League official. CONCACAF hasn't hosted the World Cup since 1994 in the USA. Mexico has hosted twice, 1970 and 1986, which was Canada's only appearance at the tournament. The GReat White North has never hosted the men's event, but were excellent hosts for the 2015 Women's World Cup,

Today's Matches
Premier League
Sunderland v. Manchester United- 8:30am- NBCSN
Everton v. Leicester City- 11am- NBCSN

Bundesliga
Hertha Berlin v. FC Augsburg- 9:30am- FS1
FC Ingolstadt 04 v. SV Darmstadt 98- 11:30am- FS2

La Liga
Granada v. Valencia-  6am
Celta Vigo v. Eibar- 10:15am
Osasuna v. Leganes- 12:30pm
Las Palmas v. Real Betis- 2:45pm

Serie A
Sampdoria v. Fiorentina- 6:30am
AC Milan v. Palermo- 9am
Bologna v. AS Roma- 9am- beIN
Cagliari v. Torino- 9am
Crotone v. Inter Milan- 9am
Udinese v. Genoa- 9am
Lazio v. Napoli- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Toulouse v. Olympique Marseille- 9am
St. Etienne v. Nantes- 11am
Paris-Saint Germain v. Guingamp- 3pm

MLS
Orlando City v. New York Red Bulls- 4pm- ESPN
Sporting Kansas City v. Colorado Rapids- 7pm- FS1

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Toluca- 1pm- Univision
Santos v. Pachuca- 7pm- Univision Deportes

USL
Bethlehem Steel v. FC Cincinnati- 4pm- YouTube

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