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Diego Fagundez snapped out of his scoring slump in a big way by tallying twice in the first half to lead the New England Revolution to a 5-0 thrashing over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Revolution Romp in 5-0 Win Over Stunned Sounders 
May 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder/forward Lee Nguyen (24) celebrates with forward Patrick Mullins (7) after Mullins scored a goal during the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez snapped out of his scoring slump in a big way by tallying twice in the first half to lead the New England Revolution to a 5-0 thrashing over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

After going without a goal in his first nine games, Fagundez, last year’s leading scorer for the Revolution, struck in the 29th and 41st minutes. Patrick Mullins scored for the second straight week in the 14th minute, while Teal Bunbury tallied in the 36th. Adding insult to injury for the guests, a Chad Marshall own goal gave the Revolution their fifth score of the game in the 46th minute.

Some early Seattle fireworks quickly faded after five minutes as the Revolution started to tip the field in their favor. Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez found looks inside of 10 minutes, but the Revolution wouldn’t have to wait long to break through.

With plenty of space to operate, Chris Tierney pushed down the left and crossed it for Bunbury at the far back post. The service was initially deflected by a sliding Brad Evans before it fell to Bunbury, who attempted to one-time it through. But even though he was denied by the post, Mullins was there send it through.

The Revolution grabbed another 15 minutes later when Tierney sent a through ball to Fagundez, who approached the left post and pushed his shot past the dive of Stefan Frei.

While much of the talk entering Sunday’s match surrounded Seattle’s prolific attack, New England would score a third goal in the 36th minute.

In face of a Seattle backline in complete disarray, Nguyen fed a pass forward to Bunbury, who fired away on Frei. The rebound spilled right back to him, though, and Frei mishandled Bunbury’s second effort before it fell into the back of the net.

Fagundez struck again with the interval approaching when he brought down a long ball from Bunbury and wasted no time uncorking a shot lodged itself in the back of the net in the 41st minute.

As if Sunday’s match couldn’t get any more sour for the Sounders, a Bunbury shot from inside the box deflected off the arm of Marshall before it crashed through to give the Revolution another goal in the opening moments of the second half.

Seattle collected half-chances on shots from Kenny Cooper and Chad Barrett in the second half, but the guests wouldn’t find a way onto the scoreboard before referee Juan Carlos Rivero chirped his whistle thrice.

The Revolution will return to action on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday at 7pm, while the Sounders head back home to host the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field on Saturday at 10pm ET.

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.