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And MLS joins the fray!

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England

Watford 3 - Liverpool 0
An Ismaila Sarr brace and a Troy Deeney goal ended Liverpool’s bid to match the Invincibles. I wrote about the loss from an Arsenal perspective.

Norwich 1 - Leicester City 0
Leicester thought they’d opened the scoring in the first half, only to have their goal overturned by VAR for handball. Jamal Lewis scored for the Canaries.

Bournemouth 2 - Chelsea 2
The Blues needed an 85-minute goal from Marcos Alonso (his second of the match) to equal the Cherries 2-goals-in-three-minutes outburst earlier in the second half.

Everton 1 - Manchester United 1
The Blues thought they’d snatched the points late-on through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the goal was VAR’ed out because Gylfi Sigurðsson was in an offside position and deemed to be interfering with David de Gea’s line of vision. Because that is something that normally gets called.

Tottenham 2 - Wolves 3
Spurs’ no-good, very-bad season continues. Wolves are tied for fifth, which is a Champions League place, for now.

Germany

Hoffenheim 0 - Bayern Munich 6
Much more interesting than the result was the fan protests. The referee halted the match several times and eventually suspended play for 15 minutes in response to the away Bayern fans signs and jeers aimed at Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp. Upon resumption of play, players from both teams kicked the ball back and forth to each other in protest of the fan behavior. It would be nice to see players do something like that not just for rich owners, but also when teammates/opponents are the target of racial abuse.

RB Leipzig 1 - Bayer Leverkusen 1
Leon Bailey struck first for the visitors, but his tally was almost immediately cancelled out by Patrik Schick’s equalizer minutes later. The draw leaves Leipzig three points off the top.

Borussia Dortmund 1 - SC Freiburg 0
Jadon Sancho scored the lone goal of the match as Dortmund moved to within a point of second in the Bundesliga. They are still four off the top.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - Hoffenheim 1
Lucas Ribeiro scored in second half added time to split the points. It’s a missed opportunity for Gladbach to pick up points on Leipzig, who also drew. They’re three points off second with a game in hand.

Spain

Real Madrid 2 - Barcelona 0
Goals from Vinicius Junior (71’) and substitute Mariano (92’) snapped a four-match home losing streak for Real Madrid against Barca. The goals were also the Madridistas first in over 400 minutes of football against their rivals. The match was more even than that scoreline suggests: Barca let several chances go wanting and Thibaut Courtois made a handful of good saves. Madrid reclaim the top of La Liga’s table.

The chase pack got more congested. Wins from both Sevilla and Getafe saw the two clubs leapfrog Atletico Madrid who drew. Sevilla are now in 3rd, Getafe 4th, and Atleti 5th. Real Sociedad are two points off a Champions League spot with a game in hand. Valencia, currently in 7th, won over the weekend and are only four points off a coveted top-four place. The race for third and fourth in Spain is going to be a good one.

France

No movement at the top of the Ligue 1 table this week. PSG beat Dijon 4-0, Marseille topped Nimes 3-2, Rennes bested Toulouse 2-0, and Lille edged out Nantes 1-0. PSG are 13 clear at the top, Marseille have an eight-point lead over third place Rennes, who hold a one-point lead over Lille in fourth.

Italy

Five Serie A matches were postponed this week over coronavirus fears, including the massive clash between Juventus and Inter Milan. That match has been rescheduled for May 13th and could determine the league winner.

Lazio 2 - Bologna 0
With Juventus idle, Lazio moved top of the Serie A table. Surprisingly, Ciro Immobile did not score for Lazio. He’s still on 27 goals through 26 matches, which still ain’t bad.

Lecce 2 - Atalanta 7
Duván Zapata netted a hat trick for the visitors who sit fourth in the Serie A table.

Cagliari 3 - Roma 4
Roma kept its slim Champions League hopes in large part thanks to Arsenal-loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The midfielder scored the eventual winner (although there is some question whether he or Aleksandar Kolarov got it) and assisted on another. They’re three points out of fourth but all the teams ahead of them save Lazio in first have at least one game in hand.

MLS

Going to give you all the MLS scores for a little while, at least until the table shapes up, but the notes are going to be limited because there are a lot of matches.

DC United 1 - Colorado 2
Jonathan Lewis scored in the 92nd-minute to snatch the points for the Rapids.

Montreal 2 - New England Revs 1
Thierry Henry registered his first MLS win for his new club on the strength of a lovely late lobbed goal from Maximiliano Urruti.

Houston Dynamo 1 - LA Galaxy 1
It was Chicharito’s MLS debut, but Cristian Pavon stole the spotlight with a first-half wondergoal. Mauro Manotas scored for the Dynamo.

San Jose 2 - Toronto FC 2
Two second-half goals, including a blistering added-time free kick from Oswaldo Alanis, dug out a draw for the Earthquakes.

FC Dallas 2 - Philadelphia 0
Zdenek Ondrasek and Paxton Pomykal scored for Dallas. I almost wrote “the Burn” there. I’m old.

Orlando City 0 - Real Salt Lake 0
Ho-hum.

Nashville SC 1 - Atlanta United 2
Goals from Ezequiel Barco and Emerson Hyndman spoiled the party in Music City. But the big news from the match was Atlanta striker Josef Martinez (the only player to finish top four in scoring each of the past three seasons) leaving with what was later confirmed to be a torn ACL.

Vancouver 1 - Sporting KC 3
Alan Pulido (Liga MX’s top scorer last season), Gadi Kinda, and Erik Hurtado scored for the visitors.

Columbus 1 - NYCFC 0
NYCFC centerback Maxime Chanot received a straight red for DOGSO inside three minutes, the third-fastest red card in MLS history. Columbus’ $7M newcomer, Lucas Zelarayan, scored the winner.

NYRB 3 - FC Cincinnati 2
Kyle Duncan, Kaku, and Danny Royer scored for Red Bulls. Florian Valot notched two assists on his return after missing most of last season through injury.

Seattle 2 - Chicago 1
A Jordan Morris substitute double, including the winner in second half added-time, lifted the Sounders to the full points.

LAFC 1 - Miami 0
Carlos Vela scored the only goal of the match to spoil David Beckham’s Inter Miami’s first MLS game.

Portland 1 - Minnesota 3
A Kevin Molino double was enough to lift the visiting Loons to the win over the Timbers. All three Minnesota goals came on the counter.