With time run­ning out, Arse­nal con­tin­ues push


The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Things are look­ing up for Arse­nal as the team makes its tra­di­tional end-of-sea­son charge for Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the English Pre­mier League. The ques­tion is: Is it too late? Arse­nal pro­duced one of its best per­for­mances of the sea­son to beat host Stoke, 4-1, on Satur­day and move to within one point of the top four with two games re­main­ing.

If fourth-place Liver­pool fails to beat West Ham away Sun­day, Arse­nal knows that vic­to­ries over Sun­der­land on Tues­day and Ever­ton on the fi­nal day will earn the team a place in the Cham­pi­ons League for the 20th straight sea­son.

“At the mo­ment, we have con­sis­tency,” Man­ager Arsene Wenger said. “Let’s fin­ish well.”

Olivier Giroud tapped in two close-range fin­ishes and Alexis Sanchez net­ted his 50th Pre­mier League goal for Arse­nal in its fifth win in six games.

The pres­sure on Liver­pool was ramped up even fur­ther by Manchester City beat­ing Le­ices­ter, 2-1, to move into third place, above the Reds.

City got two big breaks on its way to vic­tory over the de­posed cham­pi­ons.

The team’s first goal, scored by David Silva, could have been ruled out as Ra­heem Ster­ling was stand­ing in an off­side po­si­tion and di­rectly in Le­ices­ter goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel’s line of vi­sion when Silva took aim.

Gabriel Je­sus made it 2-0 from the penalty spot be­fore for­tune struck again in the form of a missed penalty by Le­ices­ter.

Else­where, Swansea earned a 2-0 win over Sun­der­land to move four points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Bournemouth beat Burn­ley, 2-1, and Southamp­ton de­feated Mid­dles­brough, 2-1.

GER­MANY: Ar­jen Robben scored in the fifth minute of in­jury time for Bun­desliga cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich to come back from two goals down and beat Leipzig, 5-4.

Bay­ern got off to a bad start at se­cond-place Leipzig when Mar­cel Sab­itzer opened the scor­ing in the se­cond minute. The cham­pi­ons trailed 3-2 late when they scored three goals af­ter the 84th minute.

ITALY: Ata­lanta con­ceded a late equal­izer and drew with re­gional rival AC Milan, 1-1, in Serie A but still cel­e­brated its re­turn to Europe af­ter 26 years.

Ata­lanta is fifth, six points ahead of Milan with two rounds re­main­ing.

The fourth- to sixth-placed clubs qual­ify for the Europa League, a com­pe­ti­tion that Ata­lanta has not par­tic­i­pated in since 1991.

POR­TU­GAL: Ben­fica routed Vi­to­ria Guimaraes, 5-0, to win a club-record fourth straight Por­tuguese league ti­tle.

Ben­fica lifted the tro­phy with one round to go by open­ing an eight-point lead over FC Porto, which plays Sun­day and can only get within two points of its rival if it wins both of its re­main­ing matches.

It is the 36th league ti­tle for Ben­fica, which led the league since the fifth round.

Toronto ex­tends win streak

To­saint Rick­etts broke a tie in the 77th minute, and host Toronto FC beat Min­nesota United, 3-2, to push its club-record win­ning streak to six games in MLS ac­tion.

First-place Toronto over­came in­juries to Se­bas­tian Giovinco and Nick Hag­glund, and Ja­son Her­nan­dez’s ill­ness.

Jozy Alti­dore set up the win­ning goal with a run down the left flank, beat­ing sev­eral de­fend­ers be­fore send­ing in the cross that found Rick­etts’s head.

CREW 3, IM­PACT 2: Justin Meram fin­ished with a hat trick, in­clud­ing the win­ning goal in se­cond-half stop­page time, to lift Colum­bus in Mon­treal.

Meram scored twice in the first half to give the Crew an early two-goal lead, but the Im­pact pulled even in the se­cond half on goals by Ig­na­cio Pi­atti and An­thony Jack­son-Hamel.

RAPIDS 3, EARTH­QUAKES 0: Shkelzen Gashi scored twice, and last-place Colorado beat San Jose in Den­ver to snap a seven-game win­less streak.

Do­minique Badji also scored for the Rapids, who had not won since March 4.

OR­LANDO CITY SC 2, SPORT­ING KANSAS CITY 2: Latif Bless­ing scored twice, in­clud­ing the ty­ing goal in the 74th minute, to help Sport­ing Kansas City earn a draw in Or­lando.

Cyle Larin and Kaka had firsthalf goals for Or­lando City SC.

REV­O­LU­TION 4, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Scott Caldwell, Kei Ka­mara, Diego Fa­gun­dez and Lee Nguyen scored in the first half, and New Eng­land cruised to a win in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

FIRE 4, SOUNDERS 1: Ne­manja Nikolic scored twice, and host Chicago beat Seat­tle.

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