'We need to concentrate for longer periods' - Coach Whitmore

By July 04, 2019
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    Keaton Parks and Alexandru Mitrita scored as New York City came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

    Chris Wondolowski poked in a Valeri Qazaishvili cross to give the Earthquakes a surprise 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

    However, City were ahead prior to the break, Parks equalising before Mitrita finished clinically after an Ismael Tajouri pass in the 43rd minute.

    The result extended City's unbeaten run in MLS to seven games as they moved five points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.

    Philadelphia Union are in second but lost ground after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

    Kacper Przybylko gave Union an early lead before this season's top goalscorer Carlos Vela levelled.

    Atlanta United, third in the east, suffered a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew despite Martinez continuing his incredible streak.

    Martinez scored for the 14th consecutive MLS game to put Atlanta ahead, but second-half goals from Gyasi Zardes and Luis Diaz Espinoza and a Miles Robinson own goal saw Columbus to a surprise victory.

    Chicago Fire boosted their play-off chances with a 4-0 thrashing of Dallas and Cincinnati stunned Montreal Impact 1-0 despite a late red card to Kendall Waston.

    Nani scored a brace but Orlando City were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Houston Dynamo 2-1.

  • Neymar must accept boos from fans – Tuchel Neymar must accept boos from fans – Tuchel

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    Playing his first game of the season for PSG, Neymar produced a moment of magic in additional time, scoring an acrobatic goal to lift PSG to a 1-0 win on Saturday.

    But the Brazil star was targeted by his own fans, booed after an off-season transfer saga during which he reportedly pushed for a return to Barcelona.

    Tuchel said the 27-year-old needed to accept being booed by supporters, but he praised Neymar's response.

    "It was not easy because he is a sensitive guy, but he did well," he told a news conference.

    "That's the life, it's not easy for the fans too during the transfer market. That's why we have to accept their behaviour. I don't want to judge their behaviour, it's like that. It was not easy.

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    "He has the quality to decide the destiny of a game. I am happy he showed that in the last minute."

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  • Ansu Fati has 'something special', says Valverde Ansu Fati has 'something special', says Valverde

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    Making his starting debut, Fati needed just seven minutes to have a major impact at Camp Nou, opening the scoring before setting up Frenkie de Jong for Barca's second.

    Fati, aged 16 years and 318 days, became the youngest player to score as a starter in LaLiga history, and the youngest player to both score and assist in a LaLiga game in the 21st century.

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    "What you see in training is what you see here. Today was something exaggerated – goal, give one assist and almost score another."

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    Amid the excitement around Fati, Valverde played down comparisons to superstar Lionel Messi, who is sidelined with a calf injury.

    "I'm not worried about the comparison," he said.

    "The ball is going to be very big and we have to take care of deflating it."

    Barcelona sit fourth in what is a congested top half of the table, trailing Atletico Madrid (nine points), Real Madrid (eight) and Athletic Bilbao (eight).

    As for his side's performance, Valverde praised Barca's second-half display at home.

    "The best thing is that we have come out with determination, to try to score and arrive," he said.

    "Sometimes we were in danger of putting a lot forward and leaving room for counters. They have fast players. We have done a good second half."

    Barcelona are back in action on Tuesday, visiting Borussia Dortmund in their opening game in the Champions League this season.

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