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West Brom frustrate Liverpool but set unwanted record

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool suffered a frustrating night as a sturdy West Brom side held them to a goalless draw at Anfield and climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.

Substitute Dominic Solanke thought he had won the match with eight minutes left when he turned in Joe Gomez’s cross from close range, but referee Paul Tierney ruled out the goal for handball.

West Brom frustrate Liverpool but set unwanted record

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool suffered a frustrating night as a sturdy West Brom side held them to a goalless draw at Anfield and climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.

Substitute Dominic Solanke thought he had won the match with eight minutes left when he turned in Joe Gomez’s cross from close range, but referee Paul Tierney ruled out the goal for handball.

Higuain breaks 100-goal barrier as Juventus bury Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 101 as Juventus went top of the Italian league with a 2-0 win that plunged AC Milan further into crisis on Saturday.

Higuain opened after 23 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the San Siro Stadium and grabbed a second on 63 minutes for the six-time reigning champions.

Higuain breaks 100-goal barrier as Juventus bury Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 101 as Juventus went top of the Italian league with a 2-0 win that plunged AC Milan further into crisis on Saturday.

Higuain opened after 23 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the San Siro Stadium and grabbed a second on 63 minutes for the six-time reigning champions.

Supersub Martial stars as Man Utd down Spurs

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.

Supersub Martial stars as Man Utd down Spurs

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.

Bayern wait on Mueller for Leipzig double-header

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are waiting to hear if stand-in captain Thomas Mueller can play in this week’s double-header against RB Leipzig after the Germany star suffered a hamstring injury.

Mueller lasted just ten minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga win at ten-man Hamburg.

Bayern wait on Mueller for Leipzig double-header

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are waiting to hear if stand-in captain Thomas Mueller can play in this week’s double-header against RB Leipzig after the Germany star suffered a hamstring injury.

Mueller lasted just ten minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga win at ten-man Hamburg.

Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.

The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight Ligue 1 victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Okazaki fires 50th for Japan in 4-0 Thai rout

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Everton

Why 5th Arsenal goal at Everton could be MASSIVE

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I am not talking too much about goal difference here, although it is only the two extra goals that the Gunners have let in during the current Premier League season that is keeping us out of the top four spots as we are level on points and goals scored with Chelsea, but the effect that [...]

Does emphatic win at Everton mean Arsenal are back on track?

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Not only did Arsenal win this match to put the Gunners back above last week's tormentors Watford into fifth place and only outside the top four on goal difference, it was done in an emphatic style, but does that mean that Arsenal are now properly back on track and ready to mount a challenge for [...]

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SFPI MLS Power Rankings Week 30

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Final International Break and Be Kind to Each Other Edition

Its already Friday?!?! There was a game on Tuesday?!?! Today has been a crazy week both in and out of the league. And yet again, sports takes a backseat to real world events. Due to that, this weeks rankings will be a little lighter than normal.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 24)

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Penultimate 2017 edition

This. Is. It. The final weekend of the NWSL season is upon us. The playoff teams are set, 2 of the 4 spots are locked down and it is all over but the shouting. This week's rankings do not take into account North Carolina's 4-0 win at Houston on Wednesday that clinched them the shield, as that match will count towards the final rankings next week.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 10)

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Home Sweet Home Playoff Games Edition

We are now into the Home Stretch! And the Portland Thorns, for the second consecutive season, will start their playoff run at home, thanks to a big road win, and a couple other favorable results around the league. 4 teams claim biggest winner climbing 1 spot, while the biggest loser is FC Kansas City falling 2 after drawing Chicago at home.

NWSL SFPI power Rankings (Week of Aug 27)

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OMG TOBIN HEATH IS BACK! Edition

Another Week of NWSL action is in the books and it is coming down to crunch time as teams are fighting for the 4 playoff spots. Most teams only have 4 games left so the time to make those moves is NOW. Not much movement as only 3 teams changed position. Chicago is the biggest winner climbing back up 2 spots, and Seattle is the lose falling 3.

SFPI MLS Week 18 Power Rankings

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Gold Cup Break and Technical Difficulties Edition

Welcome back from the Gold Cup Group stage break! The SFPI WAS going to take the chance to get some needed R&R in, however computer troubles that resulted in losing my entire spreadsheet prevented that. So it is fortunate that there was a break in the action.

SFPI Week 13 MLS Power Rankings

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Revenge of the Cellar Dwellers Edition

Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season is finished, and I hope that you all had a good Memorial Day Weekend (Timbers result notwithstanding). It was a week full of surprises (#becauseMLS) that saw the bottom 4 teams win by identical 1-0 score lines with the bottom 3 doing so at home (and teams that were ranked 17-22 in last weeks SFPI all won by 1 goal).

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SFPI Week 26 MLS Power Rankings

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First Week of School Edition

A very short and sweet week in MLS as we had a holiday and an international break. Needless to say, there only being 4 matches made for very little movement. But a full week is upon us and teams are going to start eating up their games in hand. Biggest winner this week is Houston moving two spots despite not playing (making them bigger winners than Chicago who also climbed two spots but had to win on the road to do it) and the biggest loser is Montreal sliding 4 spots after dropping a second consecutive home match.

FPI Major League Soccer Week 8 Power Rankings

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A new week, a new number 1 in the FPI as previous title holder Columbus Crew fell on the road to NYRB. Biggest winners this week are NYRB and Seattle Sounders both jumping 6 spots following solid performances. The biggest loser is Chicago, dropping 6 spots following a 3-1 loss at Toronto.

What goes into the FPI?

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Barca - 0 | Junevtus - 0 | Full Match Highlights

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FC Barcelona secured the passage to next round of 2017-17 La Liga with a goalless draw away against Juventus. With the draw, Barca maintains the three point lead at the top of group table. With a positive 6 goal difference compared to Juventus, we should be comfortably holding on to the top spot unless something disastrous happens when Sporting visits Camp Nou in the next match.

Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund to win Champions League group H

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Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The result means Spurs wins Group H and Dortmund can finish no higher than 3rd-place. Hanging onto 3rd-place and the Europa League qualifying spot was made a bit easier by APOEL losing 6-0 at home to Real Madrid.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Aug 20)

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Rare Collectors First Edition

I know that the season is almost over, but I noticed a distinct lack of NWSL Power Rankings, so I created another spreadsheet and using the same formulations I have developed for the Stumptown Footy Power Index NWSL Power Rankings!

There will likely not be any predictions for the rest of this season as I have not paid close enough attention to NWSL outside of the Thorns to determine how much of an advantage playing at home grants.

Serie B: Something Strange Is Happening Down At The Bottom Of Italy’s Second Tier

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The grand football lineage is chock full of strange quirks, though there is currently a statistical anomaly down at the bottom of the Serie B table that may well be a first.

After drawing 0-0 against Bari at the weekend, AC Pisa were rooted atthe very foot of Italy's second tier.

This Number Of Wins Guarantees Newcastle’s Promotion

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Newcastle have just 10 games to play now and we are 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield in an automatic promotion place. Huddersfield have 11 games left and are on 68 points, so the most points they can get is 101 and they also have a much worse goal difference that's unlikely to change [...]