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Earthquakes fall to Minnesota United, stay winless under Matias Almeyda

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Earthquakes fall to Minnesota United, stay winless under Matias Almeyda

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SAN JOSE -- Darwin Quintero had a goal and an assist on Saturday night and Minnesota United beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 to open the season with back-to-back wins.

Quintero opened the scoring for Minnesota United (2-0-0) with a penalty in the 49th minute. Marco Lopez was called for a hand ball in the penalty area after video review.

Miguel Ibarra made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Quintero started the counterattack from behind midfield and fed it to Ibarra who set up his left-footed finish with a cutback.

San Jose's Harold Cummings scored an own goal in the 75th minute as Jan Gregus' corner deflected off his shoulder into the net.

It was Minnesota United's first ever win against the Quakes (0-2-0). San Jose won all four of the previous matches in the series.

Watch Harry Maguire wrongly avoid red card, seal Manchester United win

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Watch Harry Maguire wrongly avoid red card, seal Manchester United win

Harry Maguire shouldn't have been on the pitch to score Monday, but the Manchester United defender made the race for UEFA Champions League qualification much more interesting regardless. 

Maguire's 66th-minute header, his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, controversially doubled the Red Devils' lead in a 2-0 win over fourth-place Chelsea. 

But the 26-year-old should have been sent off 45 minutes prior. 

Maguire kicked out at Michy Batshuayi in the 21st minute after a clearance. It looked remarkably similar to a kick that got Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min sent off against Chelsea last month, but a VAR check ruled Maguire's kick wasn't violent conduct constituting a red card. 

VAR made Chelsea supporters even angrier about 10 minutes prior to Maguire's header. Kurt Zouma equalized for Chelsea on a set piece, but the video assistant overturned the goal after determining César Azpilicueta fouled United's Brandon Williams. Azpilicueta appeared to be pushed into Williams, but Zouma's equalizer was wiped away regardless. 

Olivier Giroud seemingly pulled one back for Chelsea in the 77th minute, but VAR once again disallowed a Chelsea goal. This time, the decision was correct. 

United's win adds plenty of intrigue to a suddenly competitive race for Champions League places. Second-place Manchester City's two-year ban from European competition, if upheld, would allow the Premier League's fifth-place team to qualify for the Champions League and reap the ensuing financial rewards. 

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Only seven points separate Chelsea and 11th-place Burnley, and seventh-place Manchester United only are three back of Chelsea. The Red Devils are just two points back of Spurs in fifth place, too.

They can thank Maguire for that, even if he shouldn't been in a position to help them. 

Chelsea-Manchester United live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Chelsea-Manchester United live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

The pressure is on Chelsea (12-5-8; 41 points).

The fourth-place Blues are only a point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur (and former manager José Mourinho) in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification. Chelsea are winless in their last three matches, and dropped points Monday against Manchester United (9-8-8; 35 points) at Stamford Bridge would set up a scintillating showdown between the London rivals next Saturday.

A win would rob Mourinho of his desired drama, however, and the Blues would have some much-needed separation between them and their closest rivals. 

Manchester City's Champions League ban could ultimately make it a moot point, but United now have an opportunity thanks to their cross-town rivals. Manchester United are five points back of Spurs (and six back of Chelsea), so an away win would go a long way towards ensuring a legitimate race for the final Champions League spot down the stretch. United haven't won a Premier League match away from home this decade (they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Dec. 28, 2019), and the Red Devils will need to find their form fast. 

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Here's how to watch Monday's Chelsea-Manchester United match online and on TV. 

When: Monday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports