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Columbus Crew SC took MLS conference finals by scruff of the neck

Columbus will be facing Portland in the MLS Cup Final after surviving a scary last few minutes against the NY Red Bulls.

HARRISON, N.J. - Three quick thoughts after Columbus Crew SC outlasted the New York Red Bulls and advanced to next week's MLS Cup, losing 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday but surviving a furious last-gasp push from the hosts to win the two-leg Eastern Conference championship 2-1 on aggregate. Columbus will host the Portland Timbers next Sunday at Mapfre Stadium in the league's title game (4 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).

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1. Columbus came out flying ...

All week, Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter...

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Neymar rejects rumoured Real Madrid interest in favor of Barca stay

The ESPN FC crew discuss how enjoyable it is to watch Barcelona football when they are playing at their best.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says Real Sociedad were lambs to the slaughter in their 4-0 defeat by Barcelona.

The winter window draws closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: Perez obsessed, but Neymar says no

If Gianluigi Buffon is to be indulged and Lionel Messi really is an "alien," then Neymar must surely be the best human being currently playing the beautiful game. The Brazil captain earned another perfect 10 for his superb display in Barcelona's 4-0 win...

Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo are one of the Premier League's best strike duos

Quique Flores hailed the play from Watford's Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo in their 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Watford's 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday was an excellent example of how fine the margins are in football. It certainly wasn't an easy ride and there was something uncomfortable the build-up to this game.

The fact that Watford were looking at an away match in the Premier League and fancying their chances just felt wrong. When the club's fans start to feel confident there's usually a humbling experience lurking just around the corner.

On another day, perhaps Villa could have provided it....

Atletico Madrid have youthful options to replace injured Tiago in the midfield

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol believe that Atletico Madrid can finish above Real Madrid in La Liga.

As so often happens in football, one man's misfortune can be just the stroke of luck another player needs. Unfortunately for Atletico Madrid, this misfortune comes in the news that midfield general, metronome and unsung hero Tiago has suffered a broken leg, ruling him out for at least the next four months.

The Portugal international has displayed some of the best form of his career throughout the past 18 months, putting in energetic, all-action displays more akin to that of a 24-year-old as opposed...

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Slaven Bilic gets West Ham United's tactics right, still drops points to WBA

Slaven Bilic was impressed by his side's chances in the first half, but admits West Ham lost steam after an equaliser from West Brom.

For a simple game, football can be very difficult to predict sometimes.

West Ham's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park was a game where Slaven Bilic seemed to make all the right moves but just ended up with a heap full of frustration. After a scintillating first half when the Hammers could have a lot more than Mauro Zarate's sumptuous free kick to show for their endeavours, the home side suffered an exasperating second period that could well have ended in defeat.

It was difficult to...

Alan Pardew's day of joy, and what if Diego Costa's bib hit Jose Mourinho?

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes their victory against Newcastle United have put them back on track.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce notes the impact substitute Duncan Watmore made in his side's 2-0 win over Stoke City.
Jurgen Klopp says he's unconcerned with the narrow margin Liverpool's win over Swansea, and believes his side is improving.
Eddie Howe reacts to the dramatic scenes in their 3-3 draw with Everton.

With another round of the 2015-16 Premier League season done and dusted, Iain Macintosh runs the rule over the Heroes and Villains of the weekend.


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew just about managed to keep a straight face in public. Imagine what his face would have looked like in private. Imagine the celebrations after his side's 5-1 destruction of Newcastle United on Saturday. After the manner of his exit from St James' Park at the end of last year, following months of abuse from the stands,...