Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Juve blanks Monaco for commanding UCL semi lead

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals First Leg
AS Monaco 0-2 Juventus
(Higuain 29', 59')

Gonzalo Higuain will get all the glory, but this game was not won without the ageless goalkeeping efforts of Gianluigi Buffon. AS Monaco have one of the most feared attacks in Europe and Buffon shut them down like the human wall he is. He made five saves, including one on a Kylian Mbappe shot that was destined for the bottom corner of the goal early in the match. Juventus have gone six matches since last conceding a goal in the Champions League and have the fairly simple task of defending a two goal lead on their home turf. Barring some sort of epic collapse, they will go on to play Real Madrid in what should be a fantastic final. Real Madrid are just as, if not more, scary than the current French leaders, but damnit if the Juventus defense isn't up to the task. If any club is capable of stopping the irresistible force of Cristiano Ronaldo, it's the immovable object of Buffon and the Juventus defense.

Europa League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Ajax Amsterdam 4-1 Olympique Lyonnais
(Traore 25', 71', Dolberg 34', Younes 49')-(Valbuena 66')

Toronto FC 2-1 Orlando City
(Giovinvo 9', 38')-(Kaka 45+1')

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 New York Red Bulls
(Dwyer 64', 68')

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0 Toronto FC II
(Souto 22')

North American League Tables

UEFA is going to test out a new shootout format in youth tournaments this summer. The European U-17 Championships will feature the "ABBA" format for penalty shootouts. Under this format, teams will alternate shooting first in each round of the shootout. This is being considered in an attempt to curb the advantage the first shooting team tends to have. The team shooting first wins more than half of shootouts, and UEFA is looking for a way to level that playing field a bit.

Roma legend Francisco Totti is planning to retire at the end of the season, this time for sure. He was thought to be retiring after last season, but decided to stick it out for one more year with the only club he has ever known. He has scored 307 goals and won five Serie A titles in his 24 years in the Italian capital. He also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006. After playing his final game on May 28, he will assume a director role with the club.

Middlesbrough are being charged with a failure to control their players after conceding a penalty against Manchester City on Sunday. Marten de Roon was whistled for a tackle on Leroy Sane, but replays showed little or no contact on the play.

Today's Match
Europa League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Celta Vigo v. Manchester United- 3:05pm- FS1

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