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watch gonzalo higuain finish off a beautiful juventus counter-attack filled with


monaco-juve started with a bang, with both teams really going for it early, but it was juve who opened the scoring in the opening 30 minutes with a beautifully executed counter-attack.not only is it a textbook counter, there’s a little bit of everything for the aesthete here. midfielder claudio marchisio clips a dainty little pass into the path of paulo dybala, and he busts out a perfect flick into the onrushing third man, dani alves. alves then immediately plays in gonzalo higuain, who finds him once again down the right in space.but the sauce isn’t over there.higuain lumbers his way into the box, where dani alves pulls off an inch-perfect backheel that pipita tucks away perfectly into the lower corner. the whole move takes barely 10 seconds from start to finish, and it shows just how qui






gonzalo higuain scores 2 as juventus wins at monaco in champions league semifina


monaco — record signing gonzalo higuain scored two opportunist goals and veteran goalkeeper gianluigi buffon made some crucial saves as juventus won 2-0 at monaco to take a commanding lead from the first leg of their champions league semifinal on wednesday.monaco had scored 146 goals before this game, including three times home and away in the previous two knockout rounds. but juventus gave a masterclass in how to withstand pressure and then punish on the counter attack, with both of higuain’s goals coming after good monaco spells.higuain pounced in the 29th minute, side-footing home after dani alves had latched onto his pass down the right before back-heeling the ball back to the argentina striker as he sprinted into the area.higuain hadn’t scored against barcelona in the round of 16, lea






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


gonzalo higuain, dani alves, and paolo dybala sure made the opening goal of wednesday’s uefa champions league match between juventus and monaco at the stade louis ii look nice.early chances for the hosts from kylian mbappe and kamil glik were missed or stymied by juve keeper gianluigi buffon.[ roma: totti set to retire as king of rome ]higuain broke through off a classy back heel from dani alves, and the no. 9 buried his chance before racing out of bounds and well onto the track to celebrate with visiting juventus supporters.real madrid beat atletico madrid 3-0 in the other semifinal first leg on tuesday.follow @nicholasmendola






monaco 0-2 juventus - bbc sport


gonzalo higuain had not scored in seven champions league knockout matches before the fixturejuventus closed in on a second champions league final in three seasons as gonzalo higuain struck twice to beat monaco in the semi-final first leg.the french hosts started brightly, with kylian mbappe heading at gianluigi buffon before forcing another low save.but higuain ruthlessly finished two fine dani alves assists, sweeping the brazilian's back heel in on 29 minutes.radamel falcao went close for monaco after the break before alves' measured cross saw higuain put juve in control.after real madrid's comprehensive first-leg win over city rivals atletico on tuesday, it now looks almost certain the two teams in cardiff on 3 june will form a repeat of the 1998 final, in which the spanish side beat juv






monaco 0-2 juventus - bbc sport


gonzalo higuain had not scored in seven champions league knockout matches before the fixturejuventus closed in on a second champions league final in three seasons as gonzalo higuain struck twice to beat monaco in the semi-final first leg.the french hosts started brightly, with kylian mbappe heading at gianluigi buffon before forcing another low save.but higuain ruthlessly finished two fine dani alves assists, sweeping the brazilian's back heel in on 29 minutes.radamel falcao went close for monaco after the break before alves' measured cross saw higuain put juve in control.after real madrid's comprehensive first-leg win over city rivals atletico on tuesday, it now looks almost certain the two teams in cardiff on 3 june will form a repeat of the 1998 final, in which the spanish side beat juv






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milan (ap) gonzalo higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for juventus.higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club napoli midweek as juventus progressed to the italian cup final. and the forward netted another double to fire the bianconeri past chievo verona 2-0 in serie a on saturday.juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed roma, which visits bologna on sunday.massimiliano allegri will be hoping higuain can make it three out of three when juventus hosts barcelona in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals on tuesday.“it will be a very difficult match in the champions league, we’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” higuain said. “as we respect them, they respect us,






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milan (ap) gonzalo higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for juventus.higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club napoli midweek as juventus progressed to the italian cup final. and the forward netted another double to fire the bianconeri past chievo verona 2-0 in serie a on saturday.juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed roma, which visits bologna on sunday.massimiliano allegri will be hoping higuain can make it three out of three when juventus hosts barcelona in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals on tuesday.“it will be a very difficult match in the champions league, we’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” higuain said. “as we respect them, they respect us,






centurion buffon the difference - fifa.com


gianluigi buffon becomes first player to reach 100 champions league appearances for juventusbuffon made several key saves as juventus earn 2-0 semi-final win at monacoreturn leg next tuesday, with fifa club world cup spot on offer for the winner of next month’s final gonzalo higuain grabbed most of the headlines for his two-goal performance as juventus put one hand on a ticket to the uefa champions league final, but ageless goalkeeper gianluigi buffon played an equally pivotal role in the italian club's 2-0 win at monaco on wednesday. the 39-year-old buffon celebrated his 100th champions league game for juventus – the first player to reach this landmark for la vecchia signora – with a typically flawless performance. buffon notably denied teenager kylian mbappe twice early on at the stade l






ola kamara has goal, assist, crew beat revolution 2-0


columbus, ohio — ola kamara had a goal and an assist and zack steffen made five saves for his third shutout, leading the columbus crew to a 2-0 victory over the new england revolution on saturday night.kamara opened the scoring with his sixth goal in the 13th minute. he took the ball down the left side on a feed from justin meram, stepped right and curled the ball just inside the far post.kamara's patience that led to federico higuain's third goal in the 53rd minute. higuain sent the ball forward to kamara on his right and continued forward. kamara pushed the ball ahead and stopped, waiting for support before sending the ball back to the streaking higuain, who buried the shot high from just outside the box.it was the first time columbus (5-4-1) had scored from distance. last season, they w






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dani alves and mario mandzukic sent juventus into the champions league final as the italian giants eased by monaco in a 90 minutes that seemed all too comfortable.the brazilian full-back was the real star, with a stunning volley and an assist as well.monaco was dangerous through the opening 20 minutes, and forced the juventus defenders to make a few last-ditch clearances and tackles. georgio chiellini in particular was needed as he cleared it off the line after a shot got past gianluigi buffon.juventus would eventually gain control of the match past the 20-minute mark. gonzalo higuain had a big chance one-on-one with danijel subasic, but while his chip got past the monaco goalkeeper, kamil glick was there to clear it off the line. subasic then made a spectacular save on mandzukic who got t






arena speaks about usmnt turnaround, says “no secret formulas”


sao paolo striker lucas pratto will receive a fantastic opportunity on tuesday when argentina faces bolivia in conmebol world cup qualifying.[ preview: usmnt travels to panama in concacaf wcq ]it just so happens that pratto’s gain is a major letdown for one of the premier league’s top strikers. the 28-year-old is tied for second this qualifying campaign for argentina with two goals.la albiceleste have announced their starting lineup ahead of tomorrow’s clash in bolivia, which features mainstays lionel messi, angel di maria and goalkeeper sergio romero.meanwhile, aguero — who started in argentina’s 1-0 win over chile on thursday — is the lone change from manager edgardo bauza.the copa america runners’ up are currently depleted with a combination of injuries and suspensions. four players wil






real madrid and juventus on verge of champions league final


madrid — it could be a momentous week for juventus. and a big one for real madrid, too.two of europe’s grandest teams will be defending big leads this week in the second leg of the champions league semifinals.juventus beat monaco 2-0 last week in its quest to reach the final for the second time in three seasons. madrid, looking to become the first team to win back-to-back champions league titles, defeated atletico madrid 3-0.madrid won the title in 2014 and 2016, both times against atletico, while juventus lost to barcelona in 2015. the italian club is seeking its first champions league title in more than two decades.___ juventus vs. monacothe italian champions have a chance to return to the champions league final and clinch an unprecedented sixth serie a title this week.“first we have to






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milan (ap) arkadiusz milik scored his first goal since his lengthy injury layoff but it wasn’t enough to prevent napoli from drawing 2-2 at sassuolo on sunday and missing the chance to move second in serie a.milik scored two minutes after coming off the bench to rescue a point for napoli and move it to within one point of second-placed roma, which visits bottom club pescara on monday.second spot in serie a secures automatic entry into the champions league group stage, while the team that finishes third has to go through a playoff.“the road to second spot has got more difficult, we have to hope our rivals slip up,” napoli coach maurizio sarri said. “we have a point more than last season, even though we played in the champions league, even though we lost (gonzalo) higuain at the beginning of






tosaint ricketts lifts toronto fc over columbus crew


columbus, ohio—tosaint ricketts scored two late goals to help toronto fc beat the columbus crew 2-1 on wednesday night for its club-record fifth straight victory.toronto (6-1-4) won its second straight road match and avenged its only loss of the season. columbus (5-5-1) had won six of its last eight home games dating to last season.ricketts, who entered as a sub in the 40th minute, tied it with a header in the 81st minute. raheem edwards chipped it from the edge of the 18-yard box and ricketts headed it down to the lower-left corner. nine minutes later, a deflected cross fell to ricketts’ feet at the far post for an easy finish.toronto struggled on the attacking side for much of the match without star striker sebastian giovinco, who did not play for a second-straight match due to a heel br






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


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barcelona 0-0 juventus (agg 0-3)


barcelona have failed to reach the champions league semi-finals for the second successive seasonjuventus produced an exceptional defensive performance to reach the semi-finals of the champions league after stopping barcelona from scoring at the nou camp.trailing 3-0 from the first leg, barca peppered the italian goal but failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat paris st-germain.lionel messi, who had earlier been denied by gianluigi buffon, fired wastefully over the bar while luis suarez and neymar also spurned chances on a night barca were restricted to one shot on target.juve's gonzalo higuain fired tamely at marc-andre ter stegen and juan cuadrado missed another chance but the final whistle was celebrated wildly by the champions of italy






juventus beats porto 1-0 to reach champions league quarters


turin, italy — paulo dybala's penalty set juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man porto on tuesday and a place in the champions league quarterfinals.dybala, who had said it was his "dream" to score past veteran goalkeeper iker casillas, converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after maxi pereira was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line.massimiliano allegri's side progressed 3-0 on aggregate and maintained its impressive record at the juventus stadium.it was casillas' 175th appearance in european competition, breaking the previous record held by former italy and ac milan defender paolo maldini.trailing 2-0 from the first leg, it was always going to be an uphill task for porto against the five-time defending serie a champion.especially as juventus hadn't lost in turin in th






higuain salvages derby point - juventus.com


unsurprisingly then, the evening’s first real openings were all carved out by the more enterprising home side. a near miss for sami khedira from a paulo dybala corner kicked off a series of presentable opportunities for juve.the best of them fell to leonardo bonucci who volleyed over the bar after medhi benatia’s header had struck the woodwork and goalkeeper joe hart had smartly denied stefano sturaro on the rebound.juan cuadrado's right-wing cross was flicked narrowly wide of the top corner by a combination of mario mandzukic and defender luca rossettini moments later as cracks began to show in the torino defence.that said, it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that juve managed to slice it in two and create their first genuine scoring opportunity from open play. dybala’s exquisite drive from d






more trump u lawsuits are coming — if judge gonzalo curiel lets fraud cases move


when trump university agreed to fork over $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit last december, president donald trump probably though he’d put the matter to bed permanently.however, as politico reports, trump could soon find himself dealing with several more trump university fraud lawsuits — and it’s all thanks to judge gonzalo curiel, the judge whom trump had disparaged for being a “mexican” last year.curiel is set to rule on thursday whether former trump university students will be allowed to press individual fraud suits against trump that fall outside last year’s $25 million settlement.specifically, politico notes that curiel will determine whether the $25 million settlement “is fair to thousands of people who paid anywhere from about $1,500 for a three-day seminar up to about $35,000 f






judge approves trump university settlement deal


san diego  -- a judge on friday approved an agreement for president donald trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct trump university, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate. u.s. district court judge gonzalo curiel.  u.s. district court via ap u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel said the agreement represents an “extraordinary amount” of money for customers to recover. plaintiff attorneys say about 3,730 people will get at least 90 percent of their money back. the ruling settles two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit by new york attorney general eric schneiderman that had dogged the republican businessman throughout the presidential campaign. mr. trump fueled the






‘mexican’ judge curiel will once again decide trump’s fate in dreamer deportatio


the judge who donald trump once said was incapable of rendering a fair verdict towards him due to his “mexican heritage” will now oversee a lawsuit against a california dreamer who was deported in february, usa today reports. u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel will rule on the lawsuit brought by 23-...






enrique and mascherano: “juventus among europe’s best”


“we are all looking forward to be taking on a team like juventus in the champions league quarter-finals. only two top performances will see us through to the next round."if you don’t play your best at this level, you so often get punished for it. juve are an excellent side with an illustrious history and a formidable home record here at juventus stadium. our target is to take a first-leg lead back to the nou camp."“this team knows how to play one way and one way only. we don’t want to second guess ourselves and our style, and compromise our performance. with the quality of the players we have at our disposal, we simply have to play to win.“gonzalo and paulo are two fabulous players. i know them well and we will need to pay special attention to them because they have the talent to take the






meram, kamara lead crew to 2-1 win over toronto fc


columbus, ohio — justin meram and ola kamara scored, and zack steffen made four saves to help the columbus crew beat toronto fc 2-1 on saturday night.meram put columbus (4-2-1) in front for good in the 44th minute, poking alex crognale's header — off a corner kick by federico higuain — into the net with the outside of his right foot.jozy altidore gave toronto (1-1-4) a 1-0 lead in the 21st, heading home a corner kick by victor vazquez. kamara tied it about 16 minutes later, tapping in a perfect feed from niko hansen.the 22-year-old steffen tied his career high with four saves — including a sliding stop of altidore in the 24th minute and a diving, right-handed save moments later.tfc outshot the crew 19-11.






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


as monaco welcome juventus to the stade louis ii on wednesday in an intriguing clash of styles in the uefa champions league semifinal.[ live: champions league scores ] the first leg kicks off at 2:45 p.m. et and monaco, the highest scorers in france, possess plenty of young attacking talents capable of picking holes in one of the meanest defenses around.juve are yet to concede a goal in their previous four knockout games in the ucl this season (they’ve concede just twice in their 10 ucl games so far in 2016-17) but monaco have scored 12 times in their past four games with young kylian mbappe leading the way, plus falcao, lemar and silva all backing him up.[ more: why is cristiano’s greatness surprising? ] to follow live commentary of the massive encounter, click on the link above while her






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


bertrand traore struck twice to send ajax to a 4-1 home win in the first leg of ajax’s uefa europa league semifinal tie with lyon at amsterdam arena on wednesday.ajax led 3-0 on goals by traore, kasper dolberg, and amin younes. mathieu valbuena did secure an away goal for lyon, but traore completed his brace in the 71st minute to provide the final score line.[ more: villa extends nycfc deal ]the winner gets the victor of the other semifinal between celta vigo and manchester united. the uel final will be held may 24 in solna, sweden.ajax is four points back of feyenoord in the eredivisie table, while lyon is fourth in ligue 1.traore is on his second dutch loan from chelsea, spending two loan seasons at vitesse before scoring four times for the blues last season (two of those goals coming in






judge approves $25 million settlement of trump university lawsuit


a u.s. judge on friday granted final approval of a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed fraud against president donald trump and his trump university real estate seminars.the ruling was from u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel in san diego, who trump criticized during the presidential election campaign last year. trump vowed to continue fighting the fraud claims during the campaign but agreed to the settlement soon after he was elected.(reporting by dan levine)






crew pks, steffen keep dc united winless, scoreless, 2-0


washington — the columbus crew scored twice off penalty kicks and zack steffen kept d.c. united winless and scoreless on the season with three saves in a 2-0 win on saturday.federico higuaín scored in the 38th minute and ola kamara connected in the 66th minute for the crew (1-1-1). both shots just eluded diving d.c. keeper bill hamid, who had guessed right on both attempts but couldn't get to the balls, slotted just inside the post — one left and one right.steffen earned his first career win with two great saves in the second half. he came off his line early in the second half to stop josé guillermo ortiz, who made an extra touch off a give-and-go and then couldn't get the chip high enough to go over the sliding keeper. patrick nyarko got his head on a long free kick but steffen got his le






11-year-old boy dies in karting accident at alonso's track


madrid — the spanish racing federation says an 11-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in a karting accident at fernando alonso's track in northern spain.the federation says gonzalo basurto movila died after a crash during a private practice session on saturday.he had been hospitalized since the crash but could not overcome the injuries and died early sunday.spanish media said movila's kart flipped and landed on top of him.spain's racing federation said the accident was being investigated.two-time formula one champion fernando alonso said he was "devastated" by the news of the boy's death. he said on twitter it was "one of the saddest days."






judge approves $25 million settlement in trump university lawsuits – the denver


san diego — a judge has approved an agreement for president donald trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct trump university.the decision friday by u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel in san diego ends nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.the ruling settles two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit by new york attorney general eric schneiderman.trump had vowed never to settle but said after the election that he didn’t have time for a trial, even though he believed he would have prevailed. under terms of the settlement, he admits no wrongdoing.attorneys for the customers say thousands will get at least 90 percent of their money back.






the latest: judge approves trump university settlement


san diego — the latest on lawsuits involving the now-defunct trump university (all times local):9:35 a.m.a judge has approved an agreement for president donald trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct trump university.the decision friday by u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel in san diego ends nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.the ruling settles two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit by new york attorney general eric schneiderman.trump had vowed never to settle but said after the election that he didn't have time for a trial, even though he believed he would have prevailed. under terms of the settlement, he admits no wrongdoing.attorneys for the customers say thous






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


uefa is trying something new when it comes to penalty shootouts.the governing body will try the ‘abba’ sequence of shooters at the uefa u-17 women’s tournament this week in the czech republic.[ more: juve beats monaco | ajax topples lyon ]what that means is that instead of teams alternating shooters a-b, a-b, a-b, the team that shoots second will take its first two kicks, followed by the first team then shooting twice. hence:round 1: a-bround 2: b-around 3: a-bround 4: b-around 5: a-b (and so on).the perceived advantage to teams shooting first is real. according to ben lyttleton’s exhaustive book on penalty kicks, “twelve yards”, the team kicking first wins between 56-63 percent of the time.that 56 percent figure is in the europa league and the 63 is in the champions league, with the world






stefan frei, clint dempsey give sounders performances they needed to see in loss


goalkeeper stefan frei and forward clint dempsey both looked strong in a 1-0 preseason loss to columbus that was the final sounders matchup before the regular season opens next weekendtwo sounders veterans with health questions hanging over them gave the team some performances it needed to see in a 1-0 loss to the columbus crew here in charleston, s.c. to close out the preseason.goalkeeper stefan frei made several difficult stops in going the full 90 minutes and showed no signs of being hampered by the ankle injury that had sidelined him throughout training camp. as for dempsey, trying to play himself back in to game shape, he looked so strong later in the game that the team allowed him to go an additional five minutes beyond the 75 he’d been slotted to play.frei will likely start in goal






alves, higuain lead juve past monaco in ucl semi first leg (video)


more: manchester unitedmanchester united handed huge fitness boostzlatan ibrahimovic releases update after operationwhat now for luke shaw after latest setback?balaidos is the scene for thursday’s uefa europa league semifinal first leg between celta vigo and manchester united, and the visitors received welcome injury news this week.it’s expected the headline would be paul pogba any time the influential midfielder is part of the returning group, but given united’s bare bones center back corps it’s just as notable that eric bailly, chris smalling and phil jones trained ahead of thursday’s match.celta’s attack is led by a pair of premier league outcasts in iago aspas (24 goals) and john guidetti (8), and manager eduardo berizzo rested both this weekend in a 3-0 loss to athletic bilbao.while t






newcomer shocked after taking down smash bros. legend


gif this what it feels like when somehow you beat the best smash 4 player in the world with a miraculous, last minute combo.advertisement the kid who can’t believe his eyes as he slides off his headset is luhtie, a relatively unknown player who mains zero suit samus and has never won a major smash tournament. but today he did something even better than that. even if he doesn’t go on to win 2ggc: civil war, which he still likely will did not, luhtie will leave this weekend as the person who gave superstar gonzalo “zero” barrios his lowest placement in a tournament ever by far, sending the champ packing at 49th.friend and mentee nairo said zero looked like he was playing without confidence, but anyone would be hard pressed to assert themselves against an opponent with counter-attack combos a






bale, gameiro star for madrid sides as lewandowski strikes - uefa champions leag


round of 16 first legs: tuesday 21 february• bayer leverkusen v atlético madridaugsburg 1-3 leverkusen (kohr 60; bellarabi 23, hernández 40 65)karim bellarabi struck the bundesliga's 50,000th goal – and his first league effort since april – from a cross by kai havertz, who also provided the pass for javier hernández to score the clincher at the second attempt. the mexican striker's double on friday took his tally to five in three games and ten league goals for the season.sporting gijón 1-4 atlético (álvarez 49; carrasco 46, gameiro 80 81 85)kevin gameiro came off the bench just past the hour and scored the second fastest hat-trick in liga history to ensure atleti consolidated their top-four status after being pushed all the way by struggling sporting. it took gameiro four minutes and 45 se






smash 4's competitive scene is thriving, but can it take the next big step?


image credit: adela sznajder, dreamhacksuper smash bros. for wii u often toils in the shadow of its predecessor, the gamecube classic melee. yet in the backyard of the live music capitol of the world, surrounded by more established games, dreamhack austin showcased a $10,000 smash 4 tournament that was electric to watch. it seemed a premonition of greater things to come for smash 4, even as it continues to feel some growing pains.advertisementthe notion of competitive smash has, to most mainstream spectators, often meant melee plus-one, with tournaments often featuring the newest iteration alongside the 16-year-old game. there were no guarantees that smash 4 would survive and grow. the game launched in 2014, but dreamhack tournament organizer bassem “bear” dahdouh pointed to 2016’s genesis






french soldier shoots man who attacked them outside louvre


paris (ap) — a french soldier s and seriously wounded a man in a shopping mall beneath the louvre museum on friday after he tried to attack them and shouted “allahu akbar,” officials said.the man was carrying two backpacks, and he had two machetes, and when soldiers and police officers on patrol told the man that he could not come in with his bags, he attacked, said yves lefebvre, a police union official.“that’s when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,” he said.a soldier opened fire and the man was struck five times, once in the stomach, paris police chief michel cadot said. the backpacks didn’t contain any explosives, he said. one of the soldiers was slightly wounded on the scalp.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the french interior m