Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 14-December 1, 2019

Univision’s broadcast of the 2nd leg of the Tigres-Club América Liga MX Quarterfinal drew 2 million total viewers, enough to make it the top-rated club soccer match of 2019, and the top-rated Liga MX Quarterfinal in over 2 years. The first leg of the Liga MX Femenil final recently on TUDN averaged 180,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Liga MX Femenil match in so far in 2019. The second leg should continue to see strong numbers, coming just before Saturday’s Liga MX Liguilla semifinals on TUDN. NBC’s broadcast of Southampton’s 2-1 victory over Watford was the third least-watched Premier League ... Read more

Brazilian giants Cruzeiro relegated for first time

Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) – Cruzeiro suffered relegation from Brazil’s top flight for the first time in the club’s 98-year history Sunday following a 2-0 home defeat by Palmeiras that triggered ugly scenes inside the ground. Belo Horizonte-based Cruzeiro, who won the last of their four league titles as recently as 2014, were condemned to the second division after ending the season with five losses in a row. The match was abandoned five minutes from time after Palmeiras scored their second goal, as angry fans ripped up seats and threw them at the players amid scuffles on the terraces.  Riot ... Read more

Cagliari move fourth as AC Milan get back on track

Milan (AFP) – Daniele Ragatzu struck late as Cagliari snatched a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo to reclaim fourth spot in Serie A on Sunday, as AC Milan beat Bologna 3-2 to return to the top half of the table. But Fiorentina fell to their fourth consecutive defeat, 2-1 at Torino, with coach Vincenzo Montella under increasing pressure with the Tuscan side just five points above the relegation zone. Cagliari again left it late thanks to Ragatzu’s 90th-minute equaliser having grabbed victory against Sampdoria on Monday five minutes into added time. The Sardinian side move fourth, four points behind third-placed Lazio, ... Read more

Six-goal Pyramids lay down CAF Confederation Cup marker

Johannesburg (AFP) – African debutants Pyramids of Egypt confirmed Sunday that they are the team to beat in the CAF Confederation Cup after crushing Nouadhibou of Mauritania 6-0 in Cairo. Egyptian Mohamed Farouk and Burkinabe Eric Traore scored twice each and Ghanaian John Antwi and Ivorian Wilfried Kanon once for the expensively assembled side, who led 2-0 at half-time.  It was the seventh victory in eight qualifying and group matches for Pyramids under French coach Sebastien Desabre, with the other game drawn. They lead fellow Egyptian club Al Masry on goal difference in Group A, six points clear of Enugu ... Read more

Joaquin becomes La Liga’s oldest hat-trick hero, Sevilla held

Madrid (AFP) – Real Betis captain Joaquin became the oldest player to score a La Liga hat-trick after he inspired his team to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 on Sunday.  At 38 years and 140 days old, Joaquin hit his first ever hat-trick and surpassed Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, whose record as the oldest scorer of one in La Liga had stood for 55 years.   Joaquin also became only the seventh player in the league’s history to score a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes of a match, after he found the net in the second, 11th and ... Read more

Marseille make it six in a row against Bordeaux to stay with PSG

Paris (AFP) – Marseille kept pace with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday after coming from behind to beat Bordeaux 3-1 and rack up a sixth straight win that keeps them five points behind the champions. Jordan Amavi, Morgan Sanson and Nemanja Radonjic hit the decisive goals in front of a raucous crowd of around 52,000 as Andre Villas-Boas’ side maintained a hot streak that has seen them rise to second in the French top flight. While a real challenge to PSG’s domestic supremacy will be difficult, a return to the Champions League is looking more likely after another ... Read more

Serb Nurkovic, Colombian Castro star in dramatic Kaizer Chiefs win

Johannesburg (AFP) – Serb Samir Nurkovic scored a hat-trick and Colombian Leonardo Castro scored twice as South African league leaders Kaizer Chiefs came from behind three times to beat Bloemfontein Celtic 5-3 this weekend. Ndumiso Mabena, Congolese Harris Tchilimbou and Siphelele Luthuli put Celtic ahead in the first half and Nurkovic netted twice to leave Chiefs trailing 3-2 at half-time. A second-half brace from former Mamelodi Sundowns star Castro, plus another Nurkovic goal in between, turned the tide to give Chiefs 34 points from 13 matches.   Victory for the Soweto club maintained a 10-point lead approaching halfway in the ... Read more

Everton probe allegations of homophobic chants in Chelsea clash

London (AFP) – Everton have revealed they are probing reports of homophobic chanting during Saturday’s Premier League win against Chelsea. It is alleged the chants were aimed at Chelsea fans by Everton supporters during the home team’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park. “Everton is working in conjunction with Kick It Out and has commenced an investigation into homophobic chanting reported during Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea,” an Everton statement said on Sunday. “Both the club and Kick It Out have received reports of a homophobic chant being aimed at Chelsea’s fans by a small section of the home crowd. ... Read more