Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Tiny Andorra wins first competitive match in 13 years

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Belarus 2-1 Bulgaria
(Sivakov PK 33', Savitskiy 80')-(Kostadinov 90+1')

Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg
(Robben 21', Sneijder 34', Wijnaldum 62', Promes 70', Janssen PK 84')

Sweden 2-1 France
(Durmaz 43', Toivonen 90+3')-(Giroud 37')

Andorra 1-0 Hungary
(Rebes 26')

Andorra, the fifth smallest nation in UEFA, wins their first competitive match since 2004, when they beat Macedonia in a World Cup Qualifying match. The victory ended a 66 match run without a triumph and was their second competitive win overall. Their national team is composed of semi-professional players from their domestic league or players in the lower leagues of Spain, so it's no wonder they rarely compete. Regardless, when you haven't won a game in nearly 13 years, you celebrate it like you jsut won the World Cup, which is what they did. Players, coaches, and supporters alike were in tears. 

Faroe Islands 0-2 Switzerland
(Xhaka 36', Shaqiri 

Latvia 0-3 Portugal
(Ronaldo 41', 63', Silva 67')

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece

Estonia 0-2 Belgium
(Merens 31', Chadli 86')

Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
(Hernandez 30')-(Chipolina OG 10', Soteriou 87')

Headlines
Schalke 04 have hired 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco as their new manager. He replaces Markus Weinzierl. The relative kid has 11 total games of management experience and all of them came at the end of last season with 2. Bundesliga side Erzgebirge Aue, whom he saved from relegation. He is the second youngest coach in the German top flight, behind only Julian Nagelsmann, who led Hoffenheim to the Champions League this year.

MLS has suspended San Jose's Marco Urena for one game after reviewing an incident where he made contact with Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson last Friday night. He kicked Gleeson as he tried to avoid him diving for a loose ball. The MLS DisCo ruled it violent conduct and he will miss next weekend's clash with Sporting Kansas City as a result.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Azerbaijan v. Northern Ireland- 12pm- ESPN3
Kazakhstan v. Denmark- 12pm- ESPN Deportes
Scotland v. England- 12pm- FS2, Univision Deportes
Slovenia v. Malta- 12pm
Germany v. San Marino- 2:45pm- FS2
Norway v. Czech Republic- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
Montenegro v. Armenia- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Poland v. Romania- 2:45pm
Lithuania v. Slovakia- 2:45pm

MLS
Chicago Fire v. Atlanta United- 4pm- UniMas
Sporting Kansas City v. Montreal Impact- 8pm
Portland Timbers v. FC Dallas- 10:30pm

NASL
New York Cosmos v. North Carolina FC- 3pm- ESPN3
Indy Eleven v. Jacksonville Armada- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Puerto Rico FC v. San Francisco Deltas- 7:30pm- beIN
FC Edmonton v. Miami FC- 9pm- ESPN3

USL
Charleston Battery v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm- YouTube
Ottawa Fury v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm- YouTube
Toronto FC v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube
Oklahoma City Energy v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Seattle Sounders 2- 8:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. Portland Timbers 2- 9pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 10:30pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 10:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Sacramento Republic- 10:30pm- YouTube

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
New Caledonia v. Fiji- 2am

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