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Jurgen KlinsmannNicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson’s goal in the second. But Bendtner tied the score in the 83rd minute and got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65 international appearances.

skrtel-suspensionI think it is fair to say that Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is not amused with the decision by the FA to give him a three-match ban for stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea at the weekend.

After hearing the news, Skrtel published the above clown picture on his Instagram account!

Skrtel was found guilty of violent conduct after he was ruled to have stamped on De Gea in stoppage time at the end of Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

minnesota-unitedMajor League Soccer continues to expansed with the awarding of its 24 the franchise to Minnesota on Wednesday. The new Minnesota United will begin play in 2018 and will play in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It becomes the 13th new team to join the North American league since 2005.

“We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer,” Garber said. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels in Minnesota were key indicators that this was the right market.”

The Nw York Red Bulls 2-0 win over DC United saw three of their players, Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips, make the MLS Team of the Week.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips should be the Player of the Week, with a 9.24 rating with a goal and an assist in the Red Bulls win.

 

skrtel-stampThe Football Association has charged Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel with violent conduct following his clash with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match.

Skrtel appeared to step on de Gea in the 95th minute of the match at Anfield, which Liverpool lost 2-1.

The FA said in a statement the incident was not seen by the officials, but was caught on video. The Slovakian has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

If found guilty, the Liverpool defender could face a three-game ban, the same punishment given to Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who was retrospectively found guilty of stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during a Capital One Cup clash against Liverpool in January.

suarez-neymar-messiLuis Suarez won the Clasico and possibly La Liga for Barcelona with a brilliantly taken second-half goal that sent his side four points clear of Real Madrid.

The former Liverpool striker brought down Dani Alves’ long ball to produce a sweet finish past Iker Casillas on 55 minutes, restoring Barça’s lead after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu’s opener in the first half.

Madrid now have ten matches to recover their four-point deficit with Luis Enrique’s side at the top, but they have a superior head-to-head record as they beat Barça 3-1 at the Bernabeu earlier in the season.

Last season’s Champions League final will be repeated at the quarter-final stage this year, as holders Real Madrid were drawn out to play city rivals Atletico at the draw ceremony in today.

 

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This is the pairing that will focus all attention, and demand the most attention from those involved. It also feels like a particularly delicately poised tie; not just because the two teams are so close in geography and quality, but also because they’ve had so many meetings in such a short space of time — not least in last season’s final. It is precisely why, rather than the usual cliched intangibles of a local derby, form might go out the window.

Gerrard-Red-CardSteven Gerrard has apologised for his dramatic red card at Anfield, saying he had let his “team-mates, manager and supporters down”.

The Liverpool captain lasted 43 seconds of his side’s clash with bitter rivals Manchester United – his last against the Red Devils before he heads to Major League Soccer – as he saw red for a stamp on Ander Herrera. It meant an immediate return to the dressing rooms for the half-time substitute and he had no excuses afterwards.

Speaking to Sky Sports 1 in the immediate aftermath of a game his side lost 2-1, Gerrard said:

Juan-Mata-GoalManchester United took a huge step towards playing in the Champions League next with a comprehensive 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

The game even had a cameo appearance from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who was sent off just 43 seconds after coming on in his final appearance against Manchester United for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

It was a pure moment of madness from Gerrard who can have no complaints about the sending off, which took place right in front of referee Martin Atkinson. Not only did Gerrard’s actions damage their top-four chances in this match, it means he will miss the trip to Arsenal after the international break and the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn four days later.

Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas talking about his sides 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution.