Highlights

EPL, LA LIGA, LIGUE 1, SERIE A & WEEKEND FOOTBALL ROUND-UP


This weekend was all about excitement and crunch fixtures all across Europe for football fans all over the world.
Let’s have a look how the fixtures panned out in different Leagues.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE:

In England on Saturday, the Leicester city hosted Tottenham Hotspur in King Power stadium. After a frustrating loss at Old Trafford last week, Leicester were determined to make life hard for the visitors from London. But all didn’t go as planned, and Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs after a delightful back heel pass from Son and gave his side the lead. After the half time Leicester pushed hard for a goal and finally earned one when Vardy played a sublime pass to Pereira who fired the ball home easily. Leicester continued to pressurize Spurs but Maddison rose to the occasion and from outside the box scored a world class goal in the 85th minute. There was too little time left for the visitors to retaliate and the game ended with Leicester taking away 3 points at home.

tottenham vs leicester

Sporting Life

Sean Dyche’s Burnley pinned Norwich City down with a brace from Chris Wood in the starting 14 minutes. Norwich City managed to beat Manchester City last week but were far from the performance they displayed last week and looked second best all evening against Burnley.

Newly promoted side Sheffield United, managed to beat Everton and took 3 points in an away fixture. Everton were unlucky when Yerry Mina scored an own goal but Sheffield United remained disciplined at the back and didn’t allow Everton to score. Later on, they doubled their lead with Lys Mousset and secured the win.

Watford paid a visit to the defending champions at Etihad and City made them regret it. Pep’s side was ruthless right from the kick off as they opened the scoring right from the first minute when David Silva scored the first one. Aguero scored the second from a penalty while Riyad Mahrez scored the 3rd. City didn’t stop as their 4th and 5th came in next 5 minutes and they were 5-0 up inside 18 minutes. After half time Manchester City continued their rampage and managed 3 more ending the game 8-0 with Bernardo Silva scoring a hat-trick.

Next in line was West Ham United against Manchester United and once again the Red Devils displayed a disappointing show. They were unable to dominate the game and just before half time Yarmalenko gave his side the lead. United tried to milk an equalizer but Fabianski denied them every single time. Towards the end a superb freekick from Chriswell extended the lead further and the game ended 2-0 in favor of West Ham.

Aston Villa paid a visit to Arsenal and in the first 20 minutes acquired the lead. To add more misery Maitland-Niles was sent off after conceding a second yellow before the end of the first half. Arsenal were lucky to equalize in the 59th minute, but Aston Villa scored their second in the very next minute and regained their lead. Arsenal with 10 men tried their best to equalize and finally in the 81 minute Calum Chambers brought Arsenal on level with Aston Villa. 3 minutes later, Arsenal won a free kick and Aubameyang with a sublime hit sent the ball at the back of the net to complete the comeback. Aston Villa couldn’t do much in reply and Arsenal scrapped a win after a sensational comeback.

League leaders Liverpool were visiting Stamford Bridge to meet Chelsea. Right from kick off the reds dominated the game creating problems for Chelsea defenders. They didn’t have to wait long for the opener. Liverpool won a free kick which Salah just dragged backwards and Alexander Arnold fired the ball in the top corner to give his side the advantage. In the 30th minute, Robertson crossed brilliantly on the free kick and a powerful header by Firmino doubled the advantage for the visitors. Chelsea came out in the second half much more composed and with intensity. A solo effort from Kante saw Chelsea pull one back for his side but Liverpool remained resilient and halted the blues at the score of 2-1.

LA LIGA:

In Spain, Atletico Madrid were hosting Celta Vigo but to everyone’s surprise they played a goalless draw. The game was more about the physical battle and saw the ref producing 8 yellow cards. Atletico managed 13 corners but were unable to find a way past Ruben Blanco who had a sensational game and made 5 crucial saves.

Same day, the most shocking result came out when Granada defeated Barcelona on Saturday night. The Cules were left clueless when Granada strike early on in the 2nd minute and gained advantage via Ramoz Azeez. As the game progressed Granada looked to lose control but a handball by Vidal in the box gave Granada a penalty which Vadilo converted and strengthened is team’s chances. Barcelona couldn’t produce much and the game ended 2-0 and Granada gained a historic victory.

Real Madrid were visiting Sevilla and after the humiliation in Paris in midweek, they had a lot to prove. The game started off with Sevilla pressing hard but Real Madrid absorbed the early pressure and then dictated the game. The first half remained goalless with Real Madrid’s two efforts being saved. In the 64th minute Dani Carvajal’s cross found Benzema who jumped and scored for Real Madrid. Sevilla desperately looked for an equalizer but failed and the game ended 1-0 in favor of Real Madrid.

LIGUE 1:

PSG were visiting Olympique Lyonnais in a crunch fixture. PSG pushed hard for a goal but Lyon remained pack at the back and didn’t allow a goal, until in the 87th minute Neymar scored the winner for PSG.

SERIE A:

The much hyped Milan Derby was also an important fixture this weekend. Antonio Conte’s side was already high in confidence and they used it to overcome their city rivals. The first half saw both sides trying to score but none could find the net. Early in the second half Brozovic helps his side to hit the front with a messy finish as Inter led the derby. 30 minutes later Lukaku scored the second one to seal the game for Inter Milan.

Author: S.M Ali

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