Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Wild Ligue 2 finish sees Amiens in French top flight for first time

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga
Bayern Munich 4-1 SC Freiburg
(Robben 4', Vidal 73', Ribery 90+1', Kimmich 90+4')-(Petersen 76')

Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Werder Bremen
(Reus 32', PK 75', Aubameyang 42', PK 89')-(Junuzovic 7', Bartels 46', Kruse 68')

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
(Hazard 50', Raffael 65')-(Schipplock 63', Heller 90')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 RB Leipzig
(Vallejo 83', Blum 90')-(Sabitzer 25', Poulsen 56')

FC Köln 2-0 Mainz
(Hector 43', Osako 87')

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 Schalke 04
(Gro 41')-(Avdijaj 2')

Hamburg SV 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Kostic 32', Waldschmidt 88')-(Knoche 23')

Hertha Berlin 2-6 Bayer Leverkusen
(Weiser 71', Allagui 86')-(Chicharito 5', Havertz 31', 45+1', Kieling 64', Aranguiz PK 81', Pohjanpalo 90')

TSG Hoffenheim 0-0 FC Augsburg

Thus ends the German season with Bayern Munich as runaway champions once again, That's getting kind of repetitive, but there isn't much we can do about it. On the plus side, we get a pair of Champions League rookies from Germany this year. TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig will make their European debuts next fall after strong seasons. Hopefully, Leipzig will continue their rapid ascent and actually challenge Munich for a title next year while competing in the Champions League.

On the other end of the table, minnows Ingolstadt and Darmstadt are going down, while relative giants VfL Wolfsburg will need to win a pro/rel playoff against TSV Eintracht Braunschweig to stay in the top flight. VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 98 are coming up from 2. Bundesliga after one year down.

La Liga
Sporting Gijon 2-2 Real Betis
(Douglas 7', Carmona 79')-(Castro 22', 59')

Deportivo La Coruna 3-0. Las Palmas
(Andone 4', 28', Gil 39')

Leganes 1-1 Alaves
(Timor 89')-(Krsticic 64')

Sevilla 5-0 Osasuna
(Vitolo 10', Vazquez 20', 60', Jovetic 35', Vitolo 80')

The real action takes place in Spain today, but the relegation race closed down today. Osasuna and Granada were already going down and they will be joined by Sporting Gijon, who needed a win and a loss from Leganes to have any chance of Primera Division survival.

Serie A
Chievo Verona 3-5 AS Roma
(Castro 15', Inglese 37', 86')-(El Shaarawy 28', 58', Salah 42', 76', Dzeko 83')

Napoli 4-1 Fiorentina
(Koulibaly 8', Insigne 36', Mertens 57', 64')-(Ilicic 60')

Roma are now within a point of Juventus, but the Old Lady can still wrap up a title with a game to spare if they win today.

Ligue 1
Angers 2-0 Montpellier
(Bamba 82', Tait 88')

AS Nancy Lorraine 0-0 St. Etienne

Guingamp 1-0 Metz
(Diallo 29')

Lille 0-0 Nantes

Lorient 0-0 Bordeaux

Olympique Lyonnais 3-3 Nice
(Le Marchand 10', Lacazette 48', 78')-(Donis 15', 69', Seri 90+4')

Olympique Marseille 1-0 Bastia
(74')

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Caen
(Rabiot 13')-(Ronny 90+1')

Stade Rennes 2-3 AS Monaco
(Diakhaby PK 69', 90+1')-(Fabinho 42', Jemerson 47', Jorge 78')

Toulouse 0-0 Dijon

France ends with Monaco breaking PSG's stranglehold on the top spot in the table. Those two will head to the Champions League next year along with Nice, who were unexpected title challengers for a while, but failed to hold on when all was said and done.Nancy Lorraine and Bastia are headed down to Ligue 2, while Lorient will play Troyes in a playoff as they try to stay up.

Coming up to Ligue 1 next year will be champions Strasbourg, who are completing their fourth promotion in six years. They last played in the top level back in 2008. Second place Amiens will join them after a 96th minute winner in their final game put them through to second place, It's their first time in the top flight in their 116 year history.

European League Tables

MLS
Montreal Impact 4-1 Portland Timbers
(Piatti PK 13', 50', Fisher 43', Oyongo 77')-(Valeri 45+1')

D.C. United 0-1 Chicago Fire
(Accam 52')

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Real Salt Lake
(Shipp 42')

Atlanta United 4-1 Houston Dynamo
(Almiron 30', 42', PK 80', Gressel 76')-(Torres PK 90')

Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids
(Sapong PK 67', Medunjanin 75')-(Calvert 15')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Techera 40', Parker 67')

FC Dallas 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes
(Hyka 81')

NASL
Indy Eleven 0-2 Miami FC

(Rennella 28', Poku 72')

Puerto Rico 1-2 North Carolina FC
(Dawson 27')-(Fondy 73', Schuler 90+1')

USL
New York Red Bulls II 3-4 Ottawa Fury

(Flemmings 20', Allen PK 56', Mines 69')-(Hume 14', Seoane 51' Salazar 87', Williams PK 90')

FC Cincinnati 1-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Konig 18', 52')-(Conneh PK 33')

Harrisburg City Islanders 2-2 Charleston Battery
(Olabiyi 23', Mendoza 90+6')-(Guerra 68', Williams 69')

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0-1 Louisville City
(Spencer 7')

OKC Energy 1-0 Orange County SC
(Dixon 35')

Rio Grande Valley 1-1 LA Galaxy II
(Murphy 36')-(Dhillon 72')

San Antonio FC 1-0 Phoenix Rising
(Ajeakwa 12')

Real Monarchs 5-2 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Hoffman 30', 54', Velasquez 51', 57', Haber 83')-(Suggs 25', Frater 87')

Reno 1868 6-0 Seattle Sounders 2
(Kelly 28', PK 32', PL 35', Mfeka 44', Caspie 48', Ockford 90+2')

Sacramento Republic 3-2 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Barrera 29', Ochoa 31', Christian 74')-(Caffa PK 67')

North American League Tables

Headlines
This doesn't come as a shock, but Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has no desire to give up his control of the club. The American sports mogul has turned down the $1.3 billion bid from Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. He has aspirations of turning Arsenal into a major force in Europe. That's a wonderful dream to have, but it would be nice if he started spending like he meant it. Kroenke has come under increased fire from Arsenal supporters as the club continues to spiral into chaos while the owner stays silent from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Everton- 10am- NBC
Burnley v. West Ham- 10am- Oxygen
Chelsea v. Sunderland- 10am- SyFy
Hull City v. Tottenham- 10am- MSNBC
Leicester City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am- Bravo
Liverpool v. Middlesbrough- 10am- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Crystal Palace- 10am- CNBC
Southampton v. Stoke City- 10am- E!
Swansea City v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am- Esquire
Watford v. Manchester City- 10am- USA

La Liga
Atletico Madrid v. Athletic Bilbao- 10:45am
Celta Vigo v. Real Sociedad- 10:45am
Valencia v. Villarreal- 10:45am
Barcelona v. Eibar- 2pm
Malaga v. Real Madrid- 2pm- beIN

Serie A
AC Milan v. Bologna- 9am
Empoli v. Atalanta- 9am
Genoa v. Torino- 9am
Juventus v. Crotone- 9am- beIN
Sassuolo v. Cagliari- 9am
Udinese v. Sampdoria- 9am
Lazio v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

MLS
New England Revolution v. Columbus Crew- 2:30pm
Minnesota United v. LA Galaxy- 5pm- ESPN
Orlando City v. New York City- 7pm- FS1

Liga MX Playoffs- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Guadalajara v. Toluca- 7:06pm- UniMas
Tijuana v. UANL- 9pm

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Richmond Kickers- 4:05pm- YouTube

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