DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For all the attacking power that Brazil brought to the World Cup, the defense has been impressing the most for the five-time champion in Qatar.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — With a post-game hug, Robert Lewandowski paid respect where it was due. Guillermo Ochoa had done it again at the World Cup.
Mexico's stalwart goalkeeper stopped Lewandowski, one of the game's best strikers, on a second-half penalty kick that preserved a scoreless draw between El Tri and Poland.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Argentina strikers Nicolás González and Joaquín Correa have been ruled out the World Cup because of injuries.
González, who plays for Fiorentina, injured a muscle during a training session on Thursday and was replaced by Atlético Madrid forward Angel Correa, the Argentine soccer federation said.
A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Wednesday:
Napoli has already qualified for the last 16 and will be joined by Liverpool if the English team avoids defeat at Ajax.
FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira has been named Major League Soccer's Young Player of the Year.
Ferreira had 18 goals this season to match the franchise record. His goals were the third-most for any player under 22 in league history.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Former Lazio and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stanković was appointed coach of last-placed Serie A club Sampdoria on Thursday.
Stanković replaced Marco Giampaolo, who was fired following a 3-0 loss at home to promoted side Monza last weekend.
MILAN (AP) — Thiago Motta’s first match in charge of Bologna ended in disappointment as his team hit the woodwork twice in a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow struggler Empoli in Serie A on Saturday.
Filippo Bandinelli’s second goal in as many matches was enough to give Empoli its first win of the season.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Atlanta United forward Thiago Almada was included in Argentina's 28-man squad Thursday for two World Cup warm-up matches to be played in the United States this month.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Thiago Almada scored in the 72nd minute and Raul Gudino stopped three shots as Atlanta United beat Orlando City 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Orlando's loss clinched a playoff berth for the New York Red Bulls, the team's 13th consecutive postseason appearance.
ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Purata scored three goals in the second half to help Atlanta United beat Toronto 4-2 on Saturday.
Thiago Almada gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the 74th and Purata's third goal came in the 88th to cap the scoring for United (9-12-9).
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Former Paris Saint-Germain and Italy midfielder Thiago Motta will be named Bologna’s new coach, replacing the fired Siniša Mihajlović.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabriel Pereira scored the tying goal in the 41st minute for New York City FC in a 1-1 draw with Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati took the lead in the 22nd minute on an own goal by Thiago Martins.
LONDON (AP) — Substitute Ben Chilwell scored one goal and set up the winner for Kai Havertz as Chelsea rallied for a 2-1 win over West Ham in the English Premier League on Saturday, although the Blues had a disputed VAR decision to thank for the victory.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool bolstered its midfield Thursday by adding Brazil international Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season in the final hours of the summer transfer window.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea squandered a lead to lose 2-1 at Southampton and continue its inconsistent start to the Premier League season on Tuesday.
Goals by Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong saw Southampton recover from going behind to a 23rd-minute strike from Raheem Sterling, who now has three goals since his move from Manchester City and has been one of Chelsea's few successes this season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tesho Akindele scored in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to lead Orlando City to a 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday.
Júnior Urso took a pass from Facundo Torres and scored in the 7th minute to give Orlando City (11-10-6) an early lead.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Botic Van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands cruised into the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals, beating Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in the U.S. Open tune-up event.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dominic Thiem, playing in his first tournament on American soil since winning the 2020 U.S. Open, defeated top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open after Dimitrov retired because of dizziness.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Defender Andrew Gutman scored the 20,000th goal in MLS history and it came in the 83rd minute to help Atlanta United earn a 2-2 draw with FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
Thiago Almada gave Atlanta United (7-9-8) a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Luiz Araújo and scored in the 17th minute.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Alejandro Pozuelo scored his first two goals of the season, including the match-winner in the 84th minute, and Inter Miami rallied to beat New York City FC 3-2 on Saturday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Sanchez scored the equalizer for Atlanta United in a 1-1 tie with Orlando City on Sunday.
Sanchez tied the score at 1-1 for United (6-8-6) in the 71st minute, assisted by Thiago Almada.
ROME (AP) — Former Chelsea assistant Luca Gotti was appointed to coach Serie A club Spezia on Friday.
Gotti, who previously coached Udinese, was given a two-year contract. He replaces Thiago Motta, who left by mutual agreement after helping Spezia avoid relegation last season.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a raped 11-year-old girl had received a legal abortion after a judge blocked her for weeks from ending her pregnancy.
Federal prosecutors in the state of Santa Catarina said in a statement that Polydoro Ernani de São Thiago hospital had taken "measures to interrupt the minor's pregnancy” after a formal request made on behalf of the girl's family.
Inter Miami CF (5-6-3, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta United FC (4-5-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Atlanta United FC -202, Inter Miami CF +517, Draw +344; over/under is 2.5 goals
Colorado Rapids (5-6-3, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. New York City FC (8-3-2, first in the Eastern Conference)
The Bronx, New York; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -209, Colorado +561, Draw +335; over/under is 2.5 goals
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Liverpool's injury concerns have eased ahead of the final against Real Madrid in Paris, with midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara back in full training.
Columbus Crew (3-5-4, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta United FC (4-4-4, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Atlanta United FC -108, Columbus +291, Draw +254; over/under is 2.5 goals
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara could be fit for the Champions League final against Real Madrid despite missing training on Wednesday because of injury.
The Spain international came off with an Achilles tendon injury in the 3-1 win over Wolverhampton on Sunday but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the problem “was not that bad.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville SC saw a victory slip away Wednesday night when Dom Dwyer scored in the 88th minute but held on for a 2-2 draw with Atlanta United that upped its home-match unbeaten streak to 24.
Chicago Fire (2-5-5, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York City FC (6-3-2, second in the Eastern Conference)
, ; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -219, Chicago +588, Draw +347; over/under is 2.5 goals
Atlanta United FC (4-4-3, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Nashville SC (5-4-3, sixth in the Western Conference)
Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nashville SC +107, Atlanta United FC +269, Draw +230; over/under is 2.5 goals
ATLANTA (AP) — Luiz Araujo scored the equalizer for Atlanta United in a 2-2 tie with the New England Revolution on Sunday.
Araujo’s tying goal came in the 63rd minute for United (4-4-3). Thiago Almada got an assist on the goal.
Columbus Crew (3-3-4, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York City FC (4-3-2, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
The Bronx, New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -159, Columbus +432, Draw +293; over/under is 2.5 goals
Sporting Kansas City (2-6-2, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. New York City FC (4-3-1, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
, ; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -228, Sporting Kansas City +611, Draw +354; over/under is 2.5 goals
If Liverpool’s first two journeys to the Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp were characterized by chaos, then the third — likely to be completed on Tuesday — ought to be defined by control.
And no one is bringing more control to this remarkable quadruple-chasing team than Thiago Alcantara.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Liverpool kept its quadruple hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday to maintain pressure on Premier League title rival Manchester City.
San Jose Earthquakes (1-4-3, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. New York City FC (3-3-1, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
The Bronx, New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -260, San Jose +608, Draw +422; over/under is 3.5 goals
Toronto FC (3-2-2, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York City FC (2-3-1, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
, ; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -285, Toronto FC +754, Draw +406; over/under is 2.5 goals
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic dug deep for the second match in a row to reach the semifinals of the Serbia Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Miomir Kecmanovic on Thursday.
Kecmanovic won the opening set without facing a break point, but Djokovic finally showed signs of getting back to his best in the second and then won the final four games of the decider in what was just his sixth match of the year.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — John Millman tainted Dominic Thiem’s return from injury by beating the Austrian 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Serbia Open on Tuesday.
Thiem was playing his first tour-level match since injuring his right wrist last June, and the former world No.
NEW YORK (AP) — Valentin Castellanos became New York City FC's first player with a four-goal game, and Real Salt Lake was sent to its worst margin of defeat in a Major League Soccer match with a 6-0 rout Sunday.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea consigned Southampton to its latest humiliating defeat in the Premier League, with the 6-0 thrashing on Saturday proving good shooting practice ahead of a must-win Champions League in midweek.
SEATTLE (AP) — Albert Rusnák and Jordan Morris scored in the first half, Nicolás Lodeiro converted a penalty kick midway through the second half, and the Seattle Sounders beat New York City FC 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
ATLANTA (AP) — Thiago Almada and Brooks Lennon scored late goals and Atlanta United rallied to earn a 3-3 draw with CF Montreal in MLS play on Saturday.
Trailing 3-1, Almada's first career MLS goal came in the 85th minute.
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool reignited the Premier League title race and came within a point of the top spot with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday after scoring two second-half goals to extend their winning streak to nine games.
Liverpool hasn’t been this close to Manchester City in three months.
The gap is down to one point in a Premier League title race that looks set to go down to the wire after Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Arsenal on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Callens scored a goal — the first this season for the defending MLS Cup champions — and New York City FC breezed to a 4-1 victory over CF Montreal on Saturday.
Santiago Rodriguez added what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 20th minute for NYCFC (1-1-1).
NEW YORK (AP) — Santiago Rodriguez delivered a pivotal goal in a 4-1 win for New York City FC over CF Montreal on Saturday.
Rodriguez's goal put NYCFC (1-1-1) ahead for good at 2-0 in the 20th minute.
A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Tuesday:
LIVERPOOL vs INTER MILAN
So much has gone right for Liverpool since winning at Inter Milan 2-0 in their last-16 first leg. The English League Cup was won for a first domestic cup in a decade.