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Galaxy knock off Minnesota to set up El Trafico showdown with LAFC

Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos scored four minutes apart midway through the second half, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the MLS playoffs Sunday night to spoil United’s post-season debut.

Jan Gregus gave the Loons life with a goal in the 87th minute, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy hung on to advance to face top seed Los Angeles FC on Thursday in the Western Conference semifinals and set up another “El Trafico” derby between the Southern California rivals.

The Galaxy are 2-0-3 against LAFC, which joined MLS in 2018 and set the league record this season with 72 points by going 21-4-9 in the regular season.

The Loons were the only home team to lose in the first round.

Union eliminate Red Bulls

Fabrice-Jean Picault scored and assisted on Marco Fabian’s goal in extra time to help Philadelphia eliminate New York with its first MLS playoff victory.

Fabian came on in the 103rd minute and scored in the 105th when his shot from the left side deflected high off New York’s Marc Rzatkowski into the net.

Philadelphia will play at Atlanta United in the second round Thursday night.

Alejandro Bedoya and Jack Elliott also scored for the Union. Josh Sims, Tim Parker and Tom Barlow scored for New York.

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Forge FC knock off Cavalry to climb to top of CPL Fall table

The race for the CPL Fall championship is tighter than ever, after Forge FC handed Cavalry FC a 1-0 loss on Sunday.

With the win, Forge climbed to the top of the table with 16 points, one ahead of Cavalry, who suffered their first defeat of the Fall season.

The growing rivalry between these two sides was on display early on as both looked to dominate the middle. 

Heading into the second half, neither team appeared likely secure a break. However, Forge emerged the hungrier side, mounting a series of dangerous attacks. 

WATCH | Jonathan Grant’s 1st CPL goal lifts Forge FC over Cavalry:

Jonathan Grant’s 1st CPL goal lifts Forge FC over Cavalry FC 1-0. 0:33

On two occasions, Hamilton looked to have produced the go-ahead (in the 50th and 78th minutes) only to be ruled off side.

In the end, it took a stunning left-footer from Hamilton’s right-back Jonathan Grant to break the deadlock. Grant finally solved Cavalry goalkeeper Marco Carducci with a far post strike from  the top of the box, to record his first CPL goal.

While Cavalry made a pair of attacking substitutions, Grant’s marker would hold, as Forged stretched their unbeaten streak to nine across all competitions.

FCE, York9 split spoils 

FC Edmonton were left shaking their head after a bizarre goal resulted in a 2-2 draw with York9 on Sunday.

WATCH | York9’s late equalizer has FCE shaking heads:

Telfer’s sent a looping cross just inside the right post as York9 FC and FC Edmonton played to a 2-2 draw. 0:25

Oumar Diouck got the Eddies off to a flying start, in the fourth minute, after a lovely Ajeej Sarkaria flick-on, sent the Belgian in on goal, for his sixth marker of the season.

York9, however, soon equalized after a penalty call against Eddies defender Amer Didic sent Kyle Porter to the spot. Although Connor James saved the attempt, the rebound fell to Wataru Murofushi, who smashed home his first goal to even the score 1-1.

Edmonton continued to generate a bevy of chances, including a goal by Sarkaria, which was controversially called offside.

In the second, the Eddies finally managed to restore their lead after Randy Edwini-Bonsu cut in on his defender and smacked a chance off York9 goalkeeper Nathan Ingham for a corner. FCE would convert on the ensuing set-piece via Easton Ongaro, who slid the ball past Ingham from a tight near-post angle to score in his sixth goal in as many matches.

But York9 would equalize, yet again, in the 84th minute, when Ryan Telfer’s looping cross into the box bounced through the crowd and into the back of the net, leaving Edmonton keeper James shaking his head, as the game ended 2-2.

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Amandine Henry rescues France in extra-time to knock out Brazil

As the score remained tied in extra time and the clock ticked toward a penalty kicks shootout, France’s stress kept increasing. Hosting the Women’s World Cup, Les Bleues are expected to win the title or at least come close.

“It’s not simple. We’re playing on our home turf,” coach Corinne Diacre said through a translator. “There’s a constant reminder that we have this pressure to perform.”

France survived its first knockout match and advanced to the quarterfinals when captain Amandine Henry redirected Amel Majri’s free kick for a tiebreaking goal in the 107th minute of a 2-1 victory over Brazil on Sunday night at Le Havre.

Brazil forward Marta and France’s Eugénie Le Sommer react during their round-of-sixteen match on Sunday. (Loic Venance/Getty Images)

“I didn’t remember what happened,” Henry said through a translator. “I had my teammates jumping on top of me,”

The World Cup hosts, in the quarter-finals for the third straight time, will play the defending champion United States or Spain at Paris on Friday.

“France has everything that it takes to win,” Brazil coach Vadao said through a translator. “France is absolutely prepared to win this World Cup.”

France joined England, Germany and Norway in a thus-far all-European quarter-final field.

“We know that there will be pressure, We know that there will be this burden to bear,” Diacre said. “You have to understand that when you’re playing in front of such a huge crowd, even when you’re on your home turf, it’s not something that’s easy to get your head around. I think that we can be a little bit patient. I think we can allow our players to crumble under pressure, albeit for a couple of seconds.”

Valerie Gauvin, left, of France celebrates her game-opening goal. (Srdjan Suki/EPA-EFE)

Valerie Gauvin, whose first-half goal was disallowed in a video review, put fourth-ranked France ahead in the 52nd minute before a crowd of 23,965 at Stade Oceane, but Thaisa tied the score 11 minutes later for No. 10 Brazil.

Henry scored on a left-footed shot from 7 yards, getting ahead of Monica for her 13th goal in 86 international appearances, her second goal of the tournament.

Brazil had a chance to go ahead near the end of the first extra-time period when Debinha broke in alone and beat goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, but her shot headed toward goal was blocked in front of the line by defender Griedge Mbock Bathy.

“We weren’t at our best. … I didn’t recognize my team,” Diacre said. “There is something that is not jelling. Why? Because people are unfortunately not hitting their potential on an individual basis.”

This marked perhaps the final World Cup game for 33-year-old Brazilian star Marta, a six-time world player of the year who scored a record 17 goals in five tournaments. And it likely was the last game in the showcase for 41-year-old Formiga, who appeared in a record seven World Cups.

Thaisa of Brazil celebrates her game-equalizing goal against France. (Srdjan Suki/EPA-EFE)

“It’s very unlikely that we will see another Marta,” Vadao said. “It’s unlikely that we still see another player like her for her talent, her professionalism, her character, everything.”

France appeared to go ahead in the 23rd minute when Kadidiatou Diani lifted a cross in front of the goal. Brazil goalkeeper Barbara got her hands on the ball and Gauvin crashed into her. The ball went off Gauvin’s shoulder and into the net as both players fell to the ground. After they recovered, Canadian referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin signaled for a video review, and the goal was disallowed because of a foul.

Gauvin did score a goal that counted early in the second half. Diani sped down a flank past Brazilian defender Tamires and crossed. Gauvin slid in ahead of Leticia Santos and poked the ball past Barbara for her 12th goal in 22 international appearances, her second of the tournament.

Bouhaddi prevented an equalizer minutes later, leaping to tip Cristiane’s long-range shot off the crossbar and over.

Thaisa tied the score with her sixth goal in 82 appearances. The score at first was disallowed for an offside call on Debinha in the buildup but was reversed in a video review. Wendie Renard’s attempted clearance of Debinha’s cross went to Thaisa, who scored with a left-footed shot.

“Obviously, I know my players inside out. I know that we weren’t 100 percent today and the objective is to hit that 100 per cent for the next game,” Diacre said. “Will this happen? I don’t know. I don’t have a magic wand. I don’t have a crystal ball. I can’t see into the future. But it’s something that we’re working on.”

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Sharks stage wild comeback to knock off Golden Knights in OT

In San Jose, the game will always be remembered as the Pavelski Payback for the four goals scored on one power play after the Sharks’ captain was knocked out cold, turning around a wild Game 7 that finally ended in overtime.

In Las Vegas, the Golden Knights will always lament the call that they believe was excessive and cost them a chance to advance to the second round.

The Sharks responded to the bloody injury to captain Joe Pavelski by scoring four goals on the ensuing power play and then bounced back after allowing the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation to beat Vegas 5-4 on Barclay Goodrow’s goal 18:19 into overtime on Tuesday night in San Jose.

WATCH | Sharks rally, then win wild Game 7 in OT:

San Jose rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the game and a 3-1 deficit in the series, beating Vegas 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 and advance to the second round. 2:11

“He’s the heart of this team, and to see him go down like that and suffer like that was heartbreaking for us,” said centre Joe Thornton, who rallied his teammates and implored them to score three goals on the power play to erase the 3-0 deficit. “That power-play unit, it won us the game. The boys got together and said this is for Pavs. We love him. It was just a matter of will, and we willed that one for him.”

The penalty happened on a faceoff in San Jose’s offensive zone when Cody Eakin cross-checked Pavelski in the chest with 10:47 to play. Paul Stastny then bumped Pavelski as he fell to the ice, his helmet slamming down. Pavelski was knocked out and bleeding on the ice.

“You see our leader go down, he’s out cold on the ice and it was kind of like he was seizuring up a little bit so tough to see,” teammate Logan Couture said.

The officials huddled as a dazed Pavelski was helped to the locker room and gave Eakin a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. Series supervisor Don VanMassenhoven said the major penalty was given because the cross-check caused a significant injury.

The Golden Knights disagreed.

“They called five minutes for that? Why don’t you have hockey replay or something? It changed the whole outcome of the game,” forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “Seriously. What is that? It’s so disappointing. . The game is not even close, it’s 3-0. Call the two, OK, but a five? With something you don’t even see? You just called the outcome. It’s a joke, that’s what it is. It’s embarrassing.”

The Sharks then rallied behind their captain after a plea from Thornton thanks to two goals from Couture, one from Tomas Hertl and then the tiebreaker from Kevin Labanc, who assisted on the first three goals. That scoring spree in 4:01 against Marc-Andre Fleury sent the fans at the Shark Tank so used to playoff disappointment into delirium. It marked just the second time a team had scored four goals on one major power play in a playoff game.

“You have to give credit to Jumbo,” Couture said. “He gathered the guys at the bench and said you guys go out and get … three goals right now. When a guy who has played 20 years orders you around like that, bosses you around, you have to do it. We got four.”

Pavelski receives treatment on the ice after his third-period injury. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Martin Jones then appeared ready to seal the win, robbing Mark Stone with a glove save with 3:10 to go and Vegas on the power play. But the Golden Knights didn’t go away and got the equalizer with Fleury pulled in the final minute.

William Karlsson, who scored the first goal, leaped at the blue line to keep a puck in the zone and then Reilly Smith ended up with it behind the net where he set up Marchessault to make it 4-4 and set up overtime. It was the third-latest tying goal in a Game 7 in NHL history but it wasn’t enough for Vegas.4

“Last year we were in the Stanley Cup finals and it was tough to lose, tonight was tougher than that,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “It really was, the way we lost that hockey game.”

Fourth-liner Goodrow, on his second shift in the overtime, delivered late in the extra period. He took a pass from Erik Karlsson and deking his way past Fleury for the game-winner that set off a wild celebration. The Sharks became just the second team ever to overcome a three-goal deficit in the third period of a Game 7 and win, joining the Boston Bruins, who did it in 2013 against Toronto.

“To be honest I can’t really remember what just happened,” Goodrow said. “It was a pretty surreal moment. Definitely the biggest goal of my career, obviously.”

Eakin and Max Pacioretty also scored for Vegas and Fleury made 43 saves.

Jones, who was pulled for ineffectiveness in two of the first five games, made 34 saves to close out the series and give the Sharks their first comeback from 3-1 down in a series in seven tries.

San Jose will face Colorado in the Western Conference semifinals, starting with Game 1 at home on Friday night.

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Flame out: Avalanche knock off Calgary in Game 5

Add the Calgary Flames to shocking Stanley Cup playoff exits this season.

Spurred by a dominant Nathan MacKinnon, the Colorado Avalanche ousted the Flames from contention with a 5-1 win Friday to win their first-round series four games to one.

The Avalanche advanced to the second round of playoffs for the first time since 2008.

“It’s awesome to win a round,” said MacKinnon, who had three goals and five assists in the series. “It’s been a while for this organization and I, personally, have never won a round so I’m really excited about it.”

Calgary topped the Western Conference with a 50-27-7 record, but bowed out to a team that sprinted the final two weeks of the regular season to secure the last wild-card berth at 38-30-14.

WATCH | Flames’ season ends in Game 5:

Colorado beat Calgary 5-1 in Game 5 to wrap up a 4-1 series win and eliminate the Flames from the NHL Playoffs. 2:05

“Obviously we were the big underdogs and no one picked us to win,” MacKinnon said. “I didn’t expect to win it in five, but we believed in this group.”

In four straight wins to take the series, Colorado beat Calgary to the puck in all three zones and forced the Flames to chase and defend.

MacKinnon was the catalyst in the Avalanche’s superior speed with and without the puck. Flames goaltender Mike Smith called the 23-year-old from Halifax “a beast”.

“For anyone who doesn’t think MacKinnon is not one of the best if not the best, they might want to look at this series,” Flames captain Mark Giordano agreed. “He really took control and led their team.”

MacKinnon assisted on three goals Friday. Mikko Rantanen, who scored the equalizer and overtime winner in Game 4, and Colin White each had two goals and an assist.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog scored while Tyson Barrie also had three assists.

Starter Philipp Grubauer had 28 saves and repelled a Johnny Gaudreau penalty shot in the first period.

T.J. Brodie countered for the Flames, with Smith stopping 27 shots in the loss.

The Flames follow the Tampa Bay Lightning in the hasty elimination of a top team from Stanley Cup contention.

The Lightning were swept in four straight by the Columbus Blue Jackets after earning the Presidents’ Trophy with the regular season’s best record (62-16-4).

Calgary ranked second in goal scoring in the regular season behind the Lightning and tied with San Jose.

But after opening the series with a 4-0 victory, the Flames didn’t score more than two goals in any game after that.

The NHL’s highest scoring team on home ice this season mustered only one Friday despite head coach Bill Peters juggling his lines in an attempt to spark the offence.

“Some of the strengths we had during the regular season weren’t strengths in Round 1,” Peters said.

“I can’t explain it to you why some of those went away. It’ll be interesting as we reflect and look back and try and find some answers.

“We tried to change some things lineup-wise, we tried to change some matchups a little bit on the MacKinnon line and we didn’t have an answer.”

Gaudreau, Calgary’s top goal scorer, was thwarted in the series. His frustration continued Friday.

Gaudreau’s penalty shot attempt was unsuccessful, he shot the puck wide on a clear first-period breakaway and had what would have been his first goal of these playoffs waived off for goaltender interference in the second.

“I had a ton of chances tonight,” Gaudreau said. “I didn’t find the net when I should have a couple times during the series.”

Colorado was the more confident team Friday after coming from behind to win both the second and fourth games of the series 3-2 in overtime, and decisively beating Calgary 6-2 in Game 3.

The Flames outshot the Avs 14-10 in the second period Friday, but still trailed 4-1.

Rantanen’s wrist shot over Smith’s shoulder 57 seconds into the third period deadened Scotiabank Saddledome as Flames fans came to grips with their team’s impending first-round upset.

“The season we had we were not expecting to go out in five games obviously in the first round,” Giordano said.

“Right now it doesn’t feel good. We had a great season and we couldn’t find a way to get leads in the playoffs and stick to it when we did have the lead.

“It’s sour right now because a couple games we let slip away. Nights like tonight, it felt like nothing was going in for us and they were burying.”

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Belgium survives late scare to knock Brazil out of World Cup

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer's most expensive player.

Belgium scored the decisive goal on a counterattack just after a corner had been taken by Neymar. Romelu Lukaku surged forward with the ball and Kevin De Bruyne put it in the net to give Belgium a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute.

"This was the biggest test for us," De Bruyne said. "Brazil was so strong in attack."

Kevin De Bruyne scored the eventual game-winner, as Belgium advances to the semifinals 2-1 over Brazil. 1:13

The opener came after a bit of good fortune. Fernandinho's trailing arm inadvertently helped Belgium captain Vincent Kompany's header land in his own net in the 13th minute.

As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil's changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit in the 76th with a header.

But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as efforts to force the game into extra time were thwarted by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Europe only

For the third time in a World Cup — after 1982 and 2006 — the semifinals will feature only European teams. Belgium and France will meet in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The next day in Moscow, it will be either England or Sweden against either Russia or Croatia. The other two quarterfinal matches will be played Sunday.

Humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals fours year ago on home soil, Brazil didn't even get that far this time. Just like defending champion Germany and Argentina before them, the Kazan Arena is where Brazil's World Cup challenge ended.

"This is beating Brazil in the World Cup, in the knockout," Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. "Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations."

Belgium is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak.

There is guaranteed to be a fourth straight European team winning the World Cup on July 15 in Moscow. Belgium, which finished fourth at the 1986 tournament and has never won the European Championship, will hope its golden generation can deliver its first trophy.

"Now we need more energy for the next game," Martinez said, "so let's make sure that we're all together and we're all driving each other to be as good as we can … in the semifinal."

Uncharacteristic defence

With eight shutouts in the last nine games, including three in the four games in Russia, Brazil had the tightest defence of the remaining teams at the World Cup. But it was breached after 13 minutes in Tatarstan. Fernandinho's own-goal ensured for the first time since March 2017 that Brazil was trailing in a competitive match. Unlike then — an eventual 4-1 victory over Uruguay — there was no comeback.

Not when Courtois was proving to be an impenetrable barrier in the Belgium goal, denying Marcelo's strike before the lead was extended.

Criticized for his playacting, Neymar then went down lightly under minimal contact from Marouane Fellaini at the start of the second half. But as the referee started to seek a video review, Neymar appeared to urge him against it. A booking — if he got one for diving — would have ruled him out the semifinals.

But reaching the last four looked an increasingly unlikely proposition. Even after Philippe Coutinho's cross was headed in by Augusto, who managed to evade centre backs Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen three minutes after replacing Paulinho.

"Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil has got this finesse, that quality, and that they're going to break you down, and (Belgium) just refused to accept that. This is something special."

Belgium will be without defender Thomas Meunier for the semifinals after tripping Neymar and earning a second yellow card of the tournament.

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Champions League: Roma knock out Barcelona with extraordinary comeback

Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback with a 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semifinals after overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

The Giallorossi advanced on away goals despite losing 4-1 in the first leg of the quarter-finals.

Centre back Kostas Manolas scored the decisive goal with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute amid a deafening atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian club is the third team in Champions League history to come back from a three-goal deficit.1:13

Roma had begun the comeback early when Edin Dzeko controlled an over-the-top pass between two defenders and poked in after six minutes for his sixth goal in this season’s competition.

Then near the hour mark, Dzeko earned a penalty that Daniele De Rossi converted.

Barcelona strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hardly threatened as Roma dominated possession for long stretches and stifled the Catalan club with high pressure.

In the day’s other quarter-final, Liverpool advanced after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against Manchester City to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes by Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. 

Liverpool easily moves on after defeating Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate.1:19

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