Thursday Kickoff: Tigres-Club America, Barcelona and more

Thursday Kickoff: Tigres-Club America, Barcelona and more

CONCACAF Champions League

Thursday Kickoff: Tigres-Club America, Barcelona and more

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Club America took a massive step towards winning back-to-back CONCACAF Champions League titles on Wednesday, while top teams from across Europe battled it out in league play and domestic cup competitions.

In the first leg of the CCL final, America defeated Tigres UANL, 2-0, on the road at the Estadio Universitario. (REPORT)

After weeks of losses of ties, Barcelona pummeled Deportivo La Coruna, 8-0, as Luis Suarez scored four goals to lead his side. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid also beat Athletic Bilbao to stay level on points (79) with Barcelona atop the Spanish La Liga table. (REPORT)

Atletico centerback Diego Godin suffered a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s match. (REPORT)

Real Madrid also kept pace in the La Liga title race after defeating Villarreal, 3-0, on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale, who missed Real Madrid’s match on Wednesday with a back injury, returned to Real Madrid’s training on Thursday. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund defeated Hertha Berlin, 3-0, to advance to the DFB Cup final, where it will play Bayern Munich on May 21. (REPORT)

Juventus topped Lazio, 3-0, to increase its lead atop the Italian Serie A standings to nine points. (REPORT)

Marseille beat Sochaux, 1-0, to progress to the French Coupe de France final, where it will play Paris Saint-Germain on May 21. (REPORT)

Boca Juniors progressed to the round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores with a 6-2 win over Deportivo Cali, Corinthians and Cerro Porteno earned wins of their own in the group stage and Bolivar and Racing Club played to a 1-1 tie. (REPORT)

WEDNESDAY REWIND

MLS should not implement instant replay as it would create noticeable stoppages in play, and human error is a part of the game. (REPORT)

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks instant replay should be implemented, saying: “The last thing you want to see is a game decided by referee mistakes.” (REPORT)

Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin believes rookie defender Josh Yaro performed well in his debut against the Seattle Sounders, and the defender — who is likely to start if Ken Tribbett is not 100 percent fit — will face a tough task when David Villa and New York City FC visits Talen Energy Stadium. (REPORT)

Deployed in a more advanced role, Jermaine Jones performed exceptionally well in his Colorado Rapids debut in Week 7, scoring once and assisting once. (REPORT)

The New York Red Bulls have slumped to a 1-6-0 record to start their 2016 campaign, and struggles on both the offensive and defensive ends have seen them drop to the bottom of the standings after seven weeks of MLS play. (REPORT)

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