DFB Pokal- First Round
BFC Dynamo Berlin 0-2 Schalke 04
(Konoplyanka 78', 90+1')
MSV Duisburg 1-2 Nürnberg
(Wolze PK 90+4')-(Behrens 21', Margreitter 41')
SC Paderborn 07 2-1 St. Pauli
(Wassey 41', Antwi-Adjej 79')-(Allagui 90+1')
Hansa Rostock 0-1 Hertha Berlin
(Weiser 85', Ibisevic 90')
Fan insanity caused a nice little fifteen minute delay in this match. It all began when Hansa fans pulled out a banner that had been stolen from Hertha supporters, which erupted into flares and fireworks being fired between the two sets of hooligans.
Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Real Madrid's next five games for the referee shoving incident during Sunday night's Supercopa first leg. Ronaldo was sent off for a second yellow after a dive in the penalty area and took out his frustration by pushing the ref in the back. He gets one game for the red card and four for the abuse of a match official. Real will appeal the suspension, no doubt.
The rift between Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool continues to grow. He did not make the trip to Hoffenheim for the Reds Champions League playoff match this evening as he continues to desire a move to Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp also commented that Coutinho "cannot play for Liverpool" with this standoff going on. The club most recently rejected a £90 million bid from the Spanish giants, who continue their search for Neymar's replacement.
The Premier League is aiming to crack down on this transfer drama leaking into the regular season. There is a proposal to move the transfer deadline to before the start of the season for next year. Representatives from the 20 Premier League clubs will vote on the issue at next month's shareholder meeting.
American international John Brooks injured himself playing for his new club, Wolfsburg, in their DFB Pokal match over the weekend. The thigh problem will likely keep him out of their Bundesliga opener this weekend.
Kaka was sent off for grabbing Aurelien Colin by the mouth as a joke late in Orlando City's loss to New York Red Bulls on Saturday, which prompted the club to release a statement on the matter. They have decided to respect the referee's decision to issue a red after consulting the VAR in order to " to avoid further unjustified consequences that may come from appealing the decision made on the field." Although the respect the decision, they do not support that he is guilty of violent conduct, due to the playful circumstances of the incident. This feels a little contradictory. If you don't think violent conduct was involved, why not appeal? What sort of unjustified consequences could arise from an appeal? Isn't it just either the suspension stays on or gets removed? Kaka is already out for one game, why would the league make it worse?
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
FK Qarabag v. FC Copenhagen- 12pm- FS2
Apoel Nicosia v. Slavia PRague- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Young Boys v. CSKA Moscow- 2:45pm- FS2
TSG Hoffenheim v. Liverpool- 2:45pm- FS1
Sporting CP v. FCSB- 2:45pm
U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
FC Cincinnati v. New York Red Bulls- 8pm
North Carolina FC v. Miami FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Orange County SC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10:30pm- YouTube