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European Football Round Up – The Week Of The Underdogs


The European football never stops amazing you and this weekend if deemed as the week of the underdogs will not be wrong.
On Friday evening, the mighty PSG were defeated by Dijon FC who were at the foot of the table. PSG opened the scoring via Kylian Mbappe in the 19th minute. Mounir managed to level the score line at the stroke of half time. Later, just after a minute into the second half a solo effort from Jhonder Cadiz gave Dijon the lead. PSG then tried hard to break in Dijon’s defense but find it too resilient and couldn’t equalize until the end of the game.

In England, Manchester United were pinned by AFC Bournemouth 1-0. The game’s only goal came off from Joshua King just before half time which gave his side the lead and proved to be enough to grab 3 points.

Manchester City struggled against Southampton, Ward-Prowse opened the scoring in the 13 minute and the lead remained until Aguero equalized in the 70th minute. Walker then with a late goal put City in front and the game ended 2-1 in favor of the Citizens.

Liverpool and Aston Villa locked horns, and Aston Villa earned a well-deserved lead in the 21st minute. Late in the 2nd half Robertson managed to find the back of the net to level the score line and Mane then in the stoppage time scored again to give his side a victory, in a game largely dominated by Aston Villa.

Arsenal were up against Wolves, and Aubameyang was the first to find the goal but Raul Jimenez in the second half cancelled the Arsenal’s advantage and forced Arsenal to share points.

In Serie A, between Napoli and Roma, a cracking fixture took place. Napoli were the favorites to win this game, but Roma dismantled them completely and managed to pull off an important 2-1 victory.

In Spain, Barcelona were shell shocked after conceding the match against Levante. In the 38th minute Messi converted a penalty and put his side in front. In the 61st minute Campana leveled with a neat finish. 2 minutes later Borja Mayoral with a brilliant goal gave Levante the lead and in the 68th minute, Radoja with a fine volley made the scoreline 3-1. Barcelona couldn’t do much after that and eventually dropped 3 points.

Real Madrid and Real Betis faced off each other and played a goal less draw. Real Madrid came close to scoring numerous times, but the Betis defense and Robles in particularly kept his side from conceding. Real Madrid missed a golden opportunity of going top of the table and are now level with Barcelona on 22 points.

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid also shared points in a 1-1 draw. A goal from Franco Vazquez for Sevilla was cancelled out by Morata’s effort and Atletico Madrid also wasted a chance of going top of the table.

Eintracht Frankfurt played against the Bayern Munich and completely thrashed them. It all started when Boateng was shown the Red card in the 9th minute for a bad foul on Paciencia. Kostic opened the scoring of the evening in the 13th minute. Sow then doubled Frankfurt’s lead before Lewandowski managed to pull one back. Early in the 2nd half David Abraham made it 3-1 for the home side and Martin Hinteregger further extended it to 4-1. In the 85th minute Paciencia added one more to make it 5-1 before the full time whistle was blown.

This thrashing proved to be fatal for Bayern’s coach as he no longer remain’s Bayern in-charge. Bayern sacked Niko Kovac yesterday and was confirmed by the club in an official statement.

Author: S M Ali

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