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Result: Colorado Rapids plunge Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup playoffs into doubt

Sporting Kansas City have just one game left to book a playoff spot in the MLS Cup following a shock 2-0 defeat to Colorado Rapids.

Sporting Kansas City have just one game left to secure a place in the MLS Cup playoffs after stumbling to a 2-0 defeat against Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.

Dillon Powers and Marcelo Sarvas scored in the final 13 minutes of the clash to leave Sporting KC needing a home win over Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday to put them into the playoffs.

The Rapids came close to taking the lead within the first 30 minutes of the match when Kevin Doyle's diving header looked goal-bound, but goalkeeper Tim Melia was able to keep it out.

A poor finish from Luis Solignac, who sent a decent chance high over the crossbar, kept proceedings level at Sporting Park before the break, and the home side failed to strike in a first half for the ninth league game in a row.

A penalty shout from Sporting KC was denied by referee Fotis Bazakos after the break, despite Graham Zusi's cross appearing to graze the arm of Axel Sjoberg in the box.

The home side upped their game as the half went on, but they struggled to make the most of their possession in the final third, as Zusi, Soni Mustivar and Krisztian Nemeth all missed chances.

The Rapids were able to take advantage of their opponents' attacking approach by hitting them on the counter, and in the closing stages of the match, Doyle and Powers caught Kevin Ellis and Mustivar out of position.

Doyle laid the ball off to Powers, who chipped over the goalkeeper and found the back of the net to put the visitors 1-0 up with just 13 minutes of normal time remaining.

Sporting KC almost equalised in the 82nd minute when Jordi Quintilla came close, but his effort flew just wide of the target, and two minutes later the hosts were dealt a double blow when Sam Cronin was sent off for a second yellow.

The Rapids took advantage again on the break as Sarvas grabbed his side's second to leave Sporting KC fifth in the Western Conference, while the visitors reside bottom of the table.

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TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

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5Columbus Crew156631612424
6New York City FCNY City1472526151123
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