Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Real Madrid storm into UCL final to face Juventus

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions league- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (2-4 on aggregate)
(Niguez 12', Griezmann PK 16')-(Isco 42')

It was looking exciting for Atletico Madrid as they stormed out to a 2-0 lead just after a quarter hour went by, but Isco stamped out their enthusiasm just before half time. Atletico never recovered to display the same energy as the opening minutes and ended up falling in aggregate. Real Madrid makes it to their third Champions League final in the last four years to take on Juventus. They won the previous two over Atletico, but this should present their toughest challenge of the season. Juve have Europe's stingiest defense and went over 600 minutes without conceding a goal in the Champions League until Tuesday night. Real's attack should be well tested in the final, which goes down on June 3 in Cardiff.

Premier League
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
(Sanchez 60', Giroud 83')

Arsenal are well aware that they need to win their final games in order to have any chance at the top four and they got off to a good start here. Away wins agaisnt Southampton have eluded them lately as well, so this one is extra nice in that regard. They have three games left in their season, one more than Liverpool, who sit four points ahead of them in the table.

European League Tables

MLS
Columbus Crew 1-2 Toronto FC
(Higuain PK 28')-(Ricketts 81', 90')

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals First Leg
UANL 4-1 Monterrey
(Gignac 20', 69', Duenas 45', 90+2')-(Basanta 90+1')

Santos 1-4 Toluca
(Rodriguez 53')-(Hauche 14', Triverio 55', Uribe 79', Esquivel 88')

USL
Portland Timbers 2 0-0 Colorado Springs Switchbacks

LA Galaxy II 0-3 Real Monarchs
(Velasquez PK 24', Adams 65', Hanlin 90+4')

North American League Tables

U.S. Open Cup- First Round
Fredericksburg FC 0-3 Christos FC

Atlanta Silverbacks 4-1 SC United Bantams

El Farolito 0-0 Burlingame Dragons FC (5-6 on penalties)

Western Mass Pioneers 2-2 Boston City FC (4-5 on penalties)

New Jersey Copa FC 1-2 FC Motown

Charlotte Eagles 2-0 Chattanooga FC

Carolina Dynamo 2-1 Legacy 76

Miami United FC 2-1 Boca Raton Football Club

Jacksonville Armada U-23 2-1 The Villages SC

Ocean City Nor'easters 3-1 Junior Lone Star FC

Reading United AC 1-0 Clarkstown SC Eagles

Michigan Bucks 1-0 AFC Ann Arbor

Derby City Rovers 0-0 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (3-4 on penalties)

GPS Portland Phoenix 0-2 GPS Omens

Chicago FC United v. Grand Rapids FC (Postponed until Friday due to storms and field conditions)

Dutch Lions FC 3-1 NTX Rayados

FC Wichita 1-0 Azteca FC

Des Moines Menace 1-3 AFC Cleveland

Tulsa Athletic 1-1 Oklahoma City Energy U23 (2-4 on penalties)

FC Tucson 3-1 Colorado Rush

Sonoma County Sol 1-1 Anahuac FC (4-5 in penalties)

Albion SC Pros 2-3 Chula Vista FC

FC Golden State Force 2-0 Outbreak FC

Fresno Fuego 4-1 La Máquina FC

Ventura County Fusion 1-2 Moreno Valley Fútbol Club

OSA FC 0-0 Sounders FC U-23 (5-3 in penalties)

L.A. Wolves FC 4-2 San Diego Zest

Headlines
FIFA declined to renew their lead ethics investigators yesterday, and now it turns out they were working on "hundreds" of out standing investigations. The knowledge of those cases is now gone with Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely. The two men said their dismissal was the end of FIFA's ethics reforms, I agreed with them, and this only adds further evidence to back that claim.

Borussia Dortmund's Marc Bartra is back in team training after breaking his arm in the attack on the team bus before their home Champions League match against AS Monaco on April 11. Dortmund have a pair of league games and the German Cup final remaining in their season. I imagine Bartra hopes to play in at least one of those.

Today's Matches
Europa League- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Olympique Lyonnais v. Ajax Amsterdam- 3:05pm- FS2
Manchester United v. Celta Vigo- 3:05pm- FS1

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals First Leg
Morelia v. Tijuana- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes
Atlas v. Guadalajara- 10:30pm- Univision Deportes

USL
Charlotte Independence v. New York Red Bulls II- 7pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 8pm- YouTube

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