Espanyol 1-1 Levante: Moreno strike earns point for Sergio’s side

Gerard Moreno’s second-half strike gave Espanyol a 1-1 draw with Levante, which is off the bottom in La Liga but not out of the drop zone. Levante missed the chance to move out of La Liga’s bottom three as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol. The visitors approached Monday’s game having won just one of their last six league games.  But Levante made a fine start to proceedings, breaking the deadlock in the sixth minute courtesy of Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma. However, Espanyol leveled 11 minutes …

Valeri, Wallace journey back from injury to fire Timbers to MLS Cup title

Sidelined by major knee surgeries in recent years, Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace saw their long journeys back culminate with goals in the MLS Cup final. COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a vacuum, the MLS postseason functions as a five- or six-match sprint. In reality, the path to a title is a long and winding one. As much as the Portland Timbers’ run to the 2015 MLS Cup crown may seem like a talented team getting hot at the right time, the …

Porter’s perseverance and Timbers’ faith pays off with MLS Cup

Disappointing results earlier in the season never shook Caleb Porter’s faith in his Portland Timbers, who lifted their first MLS Cup title on Sunday. COLUMBUS, Ohio — For all the successes of Caleb Porter’s relatively young coaching career, he has endured some painful disappointments during the past four years — the kind that might shake a coach’s faith in his ability. Porter never wavered, though, and his determination was rewarded Sunday as his Portland Timbers played an excellent match on their way to an MLS Cup victory against the Columbus Crew. “I’m a fighter. When I was a player…

Galatasaray vs. Astana: Europa League spot up for grabs in Group C

Galatasaray need a point from their final Champions League group match at home to Astana to seal third place in Group C. Galatasaray and Astana face-off for the chance to qualify for Europe’s second-tier competition in their final Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday. The Turkish giants welcome Astana to Istanbul, with the hosts a point clear in third position and only requiring a draw to book a spot in the Europa League heading into matchday six. Galatasaray’s hopes of finishing in Group C’s top two were ended when they were beaten 2-0 by Atletico…

PSV vs. CSKA Moscow: Dutch champions eye qualification-clinching win

PSV have fate in their own hands as they look to qualify for the Champions League knockout round. PSV host CSKA Moscow in their final Champions League Group B fixture knowing a win is enough to send the Eredivisie title holders into the knockout phase. Phillip Cocu’s PSV have fate in their own hands on Tuesday, despite going into the matchday six contest in third place, two points adrift of Wolfsburg, who host second-placed Manchester United. If Wolfsburg were to beat Manchester United, who were held to a goalless draw by PSV last …

Mourinho: Chelsea will not be relegated

The champion lies in 14th place after being sunk by Glenn Murray’s solitary goal, and while the boss is not thinking about the drop a top-four finish is looking unlikely Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed talk that his side could be relegated despite slipping to another surprise defeat against Bournemouth.Glenn Murray’s winner for the Cherries leaves the Premier League champion sitting just three points above the relegation zone in 14th place after 15 gamesAnd Mourinho insists his side will climb out of trouble, though its …

From champs to chumps: Mourinho suffers his ultimate embarrassment

A mini-revival was brought to a juddering end on Saturday as the Chelsea manager suffered perhaps his most embarrassing ever loss in a season going from very bad to worse Three games unbeaten and three successive clean sheets had Jose Mourinho convinced that his Chelsea side was turning the corner, but the Special One will return to the drawing board this evening contemplating another false dawn and perhaps the most embarrassing defeat of his managerial career.The champions are marooned in 14th place, now just two points ahead of a Bournemouth side whose victory at Stamford Bridge, …

Nagbe’s positional shift paves road to MLS Cup for Timbers

The Portland Timbers have yet to lose a match since the talented midfielder shifted from a flank role to central midfield. COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was an “anomaly,” as Caleb Porter put it. While there was no easy explanation for the Portland Timbers’ attacking woes, their coach searched for a solution. Through 31 matches of the 2015 campaign, the Portland Timbers had scored 31 goals — 19th out of 20 MLS teams. A look at the advanced metrics showed that the club was third in the league in…

Injured Ings ruled out for season after setback

Liverpool forward Danny Ings has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering an injury setback. Danny Ings will not play again this season, after the Liverpool forward suffered another injury setback. Ings was dealt a cruel blow when he injured his cruciate knee ligament after appearing to be settling at Anfield following his offseason move from Burnley. The 23-year-old had initially hoped to be back in action within six months but has since been advised by specialists the first prognosis had been too optimistic. “When …

Reports: Real Madrid kicked out of Copa del Rey after Cheryshev saga

Los Blancos have been thrown out of Spain’s domestic cup competition for fielding a suspended player in the 3-1 win over Cadiz earlier this week. Real Madrid has been expelled from the Copa del Rey after it fielded the ineligible Denis Cheryshev in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Cadiz.The Russian winger picked up three yellow cards in the competition last season while on loan at Villarreal – the third in the semifinal defeat to Barcelona – and was supposed to be suspended for the first game of this season’s Copa.However, Madrid did not realize and Rafael Benitez, taking advantage of his squad, played …