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Angels Links: Liverpool win Champions League playoff first leg

Plus, another Western Conference MLS team makes a coaching change.

Liverpool FC v Leicester City FC: Premier League Asia Trophy
Alexander-Arnold scored an important goal for Liverpool.
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Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 2-1 to inch closer to Champions League group stage

Liverpool defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff series on Tuesday to move very close to the Champions League group stage. Having scored two away goals, Liverpool are in a very good position. After saving a penalty, Liverpool went ahead through a free kick by 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold. They added a second goal off an own goal via a James Milner deflection. However Hoffenheim did score a late goal to just keep the tie in doubt. But they will have to play much better if they hope to overcome Liverpool at Anfield in the return leg.

New York Red Bulls overcome FC Cincinnati to reach final of U.S. Open Cup

The New York Red Bulls won a dramatic comeback over FC Cincinnati, winning 3-2 in extra time to advance to their first U.S. Open Cup final since 2003. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a brace, including the game-winning goal in extra time. FC Cincinnati actually scored the first two goals in the game, but the Red Bulls mounted a furious comeback and denied the Cinderella a berth in the final.

Pablo Mastroeni out as Colorado Rapids head coach

Pablo Mastroeni was let go as head coach of the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday. The Rapids are stuck down in 10th place in the Western Conference this year, and despite a good season last year, Mastroeni’s teams were more often than not on the wrong side of the red line in his tenure. Assistant coach Steve Cooke will take over the team on a interim basis.

Barcelona’s transfer policy leaving a lot to be desired

Barcelona have had a very strange offseason. The Neymar saga seemed to weigh on everyone and they clearly didnt want him to go, but they received a cool £222 million for him. And yet Barcelona have been unable to lure any of their targets to come to the Camp Nou. They have so far been rebuffed in trying to sign Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, and have no other real clear targets at the moment. Jack Sargeant of SB nation talks about Barcelona’s interesting offseason.

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