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United States falls short against Mexico in spirited Gold Cup final

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United States falls short against Mexico in spirited Gold Cup final

Well, one out of two isn't bad.

The United States National Teams achieved half of their desired results Sunday. After watching the United States Women defeat the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final, it was the men's turn Sunday night against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, which crowns the continental champions of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Unlike the women, the men found themselves on the wrong end of a shutout loss, falling 1-0 to their longtime rivals to the south.

For much of the match, the Americans appeared to have the advantage, as they created numerous scoring chances. But the Americans eventually proved unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore each had tremendous opportunities within the opening eight minutes, but neither was able to score.

The game was scoreless at halftime, but less than six minutes into the second half, the Americans nearly scored on a header off a corner kick. However, Mexico's Andres Guardado was in perfect position to head it back off the line.

Mexico seemed to generate momentum off that sequence, which culminated 22 minutes later with the only goal of the contest. In the 73rd minute, Jonathan dos Santos received a back heel from Raul Jimenez before deftly tucking the ball into the top left corner, grazing the crossbar as it crossed the goal line and into the back of the net. 

The United States created one more threatening chance in the final minutes, but Mexico goaltender Guillermo Ochoa was there to come up with the clutch save.

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Watch Alisson's brilliant assist to Mo Salah to seal Liverpool win

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Watch Alisson's brilliant assist to Mo Salah to seal Liverpool win

Mo Salah's 93rd-minute goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield didn't mean much to the result. 

After all, the Reds were seconds away from a victory that moved the Premier League leaders 16 points clear (with a game in hand) of second-place Manchester City. But no goal signaled the league's futility in trying to stop Liverpool's march to history quite like Salah's 11th goal of this Premier League campaign. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker booted a ball from his box into Manchester United's half following a corner kick, with Salah yards clear of the Red Devils' last line of defense. Daniel James caught up to Salah, but the Egyptian striker fought of his challenge to cooly finish past United keeper David de Gea. 

Alisson sprinted upfield to celebrate with a shirtless Salah, and for good reason: His assist was the first by a Liverpool keeper in nearly a decade.

[RELATED: Burnley shock Leicester in topsy-turvy weekend for top four]

With Sunday's result -- and, clearly, Liverpool's first Premier League title -- well in hand, the faithful at Anfield finally acknowledged their reality, singing "We're going to win the league" for the first time this season. 

Salah's stunner simply crystallized the inevitability of Liverpool's first top-flight title in 30 years. 

Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

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Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Manchester United (9-7-6; 34 points) have European qualification on the line, but playing spoiler Sunday against rival Liverpool (20-1-0; 61 points) at Anfield might provide bigger motivation. 

The Reds are marching towards history, with their first Premier League title merely a formality at this point. United can end Liverpool's unbeaten run in the league -- and longer on at home -- by springing the upset Sunday, which would provide embattled Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a needed boost down the stretch. Winning Sunday would also cut fourth-place Chelsea's lead to just two points, with two sides set to square off in a month.

Liverpool should be up for it Sunday, as Manchester United are the only club to earn points at the Reds' expense this season. Jurgen Klopp's side will be motivated to avoid a repeat at Anfield. 

[RELATED: Roger Bennett breaks down Man United-Liverpool rivalry]

Here's how to watch Sunday's Liverpool-Manchester United match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports