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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: USA beat Mexico 4-3 in thrilling contest

The U.S. battled back from an early deficit, using a brace from Josh Sargent and second-half strikes from Blaine Ferri and Ayo Akinola to capture a 4-3 win against archrival Mexico in the teams' second game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The result marks the USA's first-ever World Cup Qualifying victory against Mexico at the U-17 level and also ends El Tri's 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.

With six points from its first two matches at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. has clinched a berth to the tournament's Classification Stage.


Flamengo to face Fluminense in Carioca Championship Final

Former Bayern Munich striker Paolo Guerrero struck two second-half goals as Flamengo defeated Botafogo 2-1 in their Carioca championship semi-final. Flamengo will now meet Fluminense in the final, to be played over two legs on April 30 and May 7.

Guerrero opened the scoring just after the interval at the Maracana Stadium here on Sunday with an unstoppable volley after a poor Botafogo clearance. The 33-year-old Peru international then doubled his side's lead by converting from the penalty spot.


Nilton hoping to be a winner with Vissel Kobe

Brazilian midfielder Nilton has raised the prospect of returning to his country next year, but says he won't do so without winning titles with Japan's Vissel Kobe. The 30-year-old joined Vissel Kobe from Brazil's Internacional last year and is contracted with the J-League club until mid-2018.

"It's nice to have the support of people in Brazil," Nilton was quoted as saying by Brazilian football news service Lance.


USA thrash Jamaica 5-0 in 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Battling scorching conditions under the afternoon sun, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team used a barrage of second half goals from Chris Durkin, Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and a late brace from Ayo Akinola to earn a 5-0 victory against Jamaica in the teams' opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Despite 90-degree heat and high humidity at kickoff, the U.S. came out with heavy pressure early on but was thwarted at every turn in the first half thanks to stellar play from Jamaica goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths. The Reggae Boyz captain turned away two great chances from Blaine Ferri and Akinola inside the first 11 minutes before pouncing on Andrew Carleton's 22nd minute penalty kick.


Costa Rica grab 95th minute winner against Canada

Canada will look ahead to Cuba and Suriname after dropping their opening match at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship. Reduced to 10 men, Canada lost 1:2 to Costa Rica on a 95th-minute heartbreaker in Panama in the Saturday afternoon match at Estadio Maracan√°.

Canada conceded late in the first half, but then equalised shortly after the break on an Antonio Rocco Romeo header. Romeo was later ejected leaving Canada to 10 men in the 83rd minute. 


Jorge Sampaoli to become Argentina's new national team coach

Jorge Sampaoli has agreed to leave Sevilla to coach Argentina's national football team. The position was made vacant by the sacking of Edgardo Bauza earlier this month amid a poor run of results.

According to the AS newspaper, Bauza will be officially announced as Argentina's coach when the European season ends in late May. Sampaoli, who guided Chile to victory at the 2015 Copa America, was appointed the Sevilla boss in June.


Fluminense thump Vasco da Gama to advance to Campeonato Carioca final

Fluminense earned a place in Brazil's Campeonato Carioca final by trouncing Vasco da Gama 3-0 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Richarlison opened the scoring with a header just after halftime on Saturday and Wellington Silva made it 2-0 five minutes later with a close-range shot that went between goalkeeper Martin Silva's legs.


Botafogo go top of Copa Libertadores group

Second-half substitute Sassa scored a late penalty to earn Brazil's Botafogo a 1-1 in their their group match of the Copa Libertadores football tournament against Barcelona Sports Club.

Christian Aleman struck just after the half-hour mark for the Ecuadorian outfit, who looked to be in control before Yefferson Mena was dismissed after a second caution for a bad foul on Thursday night.


Canada opens against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship

Canada will kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship with a tough Saturday test against Central American winners Costa Rica. The two nations will go head-to-head on Group B's opening day as CONCACAF's 12 remaining nations fight for four berths to the FIFA U-20 World Cup India 2017.

"We have a good group of players and we have all the belief in the world in them, their quality, and their ability to go out and perform at the highest level," said Paul Stalteri, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-17 Team Coach. "We have had the group here in Panama this week getting used to the conditions, be it the changing of the weather, the humidity, the heat, and all the different factors. Our focus right now is the first match and all the preparation that goes into that."


Copa Libertadores: Fantastic Fred bags four for Atletico Mineiro

Former Brazil striker Fred scored four second-half goals as Atletico Mineiro defeated Bolivian football club Sport Boys Warnes 5-2 in their Copa Libertadores group match on Thursday.

Robinho, the former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan winger, opened the scoring in the fifth minute at the Independencia Stadium but goals from Carlos Tenorio and Alexis Messidoro put the visitors ahead.


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