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Thursday Kickoff: De Bruyne, Copa del Rey, Neymar and more


A Wednesday full of thrilling cup action has left plenty of stories to read about this morning, including the timetable for return of a Belgian star.

Manchester City recorded an impressive 4-3 aggregate victory against Everton in the English League Cup semifinals on Wednesday, but there was bad news for the Citizens as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered a right-knee injury that may keep him out for weeks. (REPORT)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said he was “heartbroken” that officials missed Man City winger Raheem Sterling running the ball out of play in the buildup to De Bruyne’s goal. (REPORT)

Celta Vigo surprisingly eliminated Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in a 3-2 victory, with Pablo Hernández scoring twice in the win. (REPORT)

Neymar posted a picture via his personal Twitter account that said he is recovering from an injury he suffered during Barcelona’s match against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Newcastle United acquired English winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham, and the 24-year-old signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies. (REPORT)

Sunderland completed the transfer of Ivorian defender Lamine Kone from French club FC Lorient, signing him until the end of the 2020 season. (REPORT)

Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates, 25, has joined Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season. (REPORT)

Real Betis reportedly signed Chelsea attacking midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, on loan until the end of the season with an option to extend one year. (REPORT)

Costa Rican international Oscar Duarte signed a contract through June 2019 with Spanish La Liga club Espanyol, moving from Belgium side Club Brugge. (REPORT)

Someone has reportedly given Swiss prosecutors “interesting information” regarding the investigation against suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (REPORT)

CONMEBOL has decided to support current UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino for the FIFA presidency. (REPORT)


Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter told SBI he’s “hungry for more success” on the heels of being awarded a new long-term contract a few months after he led the club to an MLS Cup title. (REPORT)

Vancouver Whitecaps centerback Tim Parker is eager to seize the moment with the U.S. Men’s National Team during January camp after impressing in his rookie MLS season. (REPORT)

Centerback Matt Miazga, 20, will reportedly soon sign a deal with English Premier League club Chelsea. (REPORT)

LA Galaxy attacker Gyasi Zardes wants to show consistency with the USMNT during January camp because he knows “tomorrow is not guaranteed.” (REPORT)

A representative for Miami Beckham United said the group is counting on locals to take mass transit, as well as walk, to the targeted stadium location in Overtown. (REPORT)

Here are the results from Wednesday’s top leagues and competitions:


  • Everton 1-3 Manchester City


  • Atletico Madrid 2-3 Celta Vigo
  • Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao


  • Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Toulouse


  • Juventus 3-0 Inter Milan


  • Guadalajara 1-0 FC Juarez
  • Morelia 4-5 Mineros de Zacatecas
  • At. San Suis 0-1 Monterrey
  • Necaxa 4-1 Leon
  • Chiapas 3-3 Lobos BUAP

How long do you think De Bruyne will be sidelined? Think Celta Vigo can reach the Copa del Rey final? Expect Neymar to miss any matches for Barcelona?

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