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Daily Links: 88 Days to World Cup

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In today's countdown: debut wins for Felix Magath and Pepe Mel, Villa stun 9-man Chelsea, dream debut for Defoe, and a legend says farewell to the beautiful game. It's TLR's Daily Countdown!

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Debut Wins for Magath and Mel

Bottom of the league Fulham beat Newcastle 1-0, giving Felix Magath his first win while in charge of The Cottagers.

Pepe Mel also earns his first league win as manager of West Brom, as his side won at Swansea 2-1.

No Scoring Affair

Sunderland and Crystal Palace played a goalless draw.

Super Seamus to the Rescue

Everton beats Cardiff at Goodison Park 2-1, thanks to Seamus Coleman's last minute strike.

Making their Cases Heard

Saints two English striker, who will be vying for a spot in England's World Cup squad this summer, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert both netted a goal, as Southampton defeat Norwich 4-2.

Carroll Strikes but Hammers Drop to Stoke

Andy Carroll scored a goal, but it was fruitless as West Ham lost to Stoke at The Britannia 3-1.

Race to The Title

10-man City still proved too strong for Hull City, winning 2-0.

While table-toppers Chelsea lost to Aston Villa 1-0. Fabian Delph scored the winner. Tempers flared in the game, which saw two Chelsea players sent-off, Mourinho was also sent to the stands but doesn't expect punishment.


Jermain Defoe strikes twice in his debut for Toronto FC as they beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 in MLS.

Snodgrass backs Cole over Shaw

The Scottish international said that he would take Ashley Cole over Luke Shaw. Though Shaw had the last laugh as The Saints beat Snodgrass's Norwich side.

Farewell Rivaldo

The legendary Brazilian midfielder finally calls time on an amazing 24-year career at the age of 41. Among some of his notable achievement is winning the Ballon d'Or with Barcelona, Champions League with AC Milan, and the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

Here's some of hist best moments (courtesy of Marcello Sousa):