WEEKEND FOOTBALL REVIEW 03/04/17

 

We start from the English Premier League where Man United continues to resist the chance to close the gap on the top 4. Man United hosted West Brom at the theatre of dreams hoping to stay within touching distance of Liverpool. United huffed and puffed but could not breakdown a resolute West Brom. The match ended goalless. Man United have now drawn 8 of their 15 home games making this the worst home record since 91/92. Crystal Palace visited Stamford Bridge with plans to crumble the bridge and that they did Zaha and Benteke scored 2 quick-fire goals to turn the game on its head after Fabregas’ opener. The game ended (1-2). Spurs capitalized and reduced the gap at the top to 7 points with a (0-2) win at Burnley. In other games, there was the little matter of the Merseyside derby which ended (3-1) in favour of the reds. This victory moved Liverpool into 3rd position albeit having played one game more than her closest rivals. In the biggest match of the weekend Arsenal hosted Man City at the Emirates. The game ended which ended (2-2) was full of attacking flair and some defensive lapses. Sane opened the scoring for City before a Sergio Aguero goal either side of goals from Walcott and Mustafi.

In the Spanish La Liga, Sporting Gijon visited Seville and played out a goalless draw. Athletico Madrid capitalized on the slip up with a (0-2) win over Malaga thanks to goals from Koke and Felipe Luis. The win moved Atletico into 3rd place albeit level on points with 4th place Seville. Barcelona stayed within touching distance of Real Madrid with a (1-4) win over Granada. In the absence of Messi , Luis Suarez and Neymar shone for Barcelona and both getting on the score sheet. Neymar’s goal ensured he has now scored 100 goals for FC Barcelona in just 176 appearances. Real Madrid continues the march to La Liga title with a (3-0) win over Deportivo Alaves. Goals from Benzema, Isco and Nacho gave Madrid the win. Madrid currently sits top of the standings 2 points and a game in hand over Barcelona.

Bayern Munchen annihilated Augsburg (6-0) to continue the march to the title. Lewandoski (3), Muller (2) and Thiago scored for Bayern. Bayern remains 13 points clear at the top with just 8 games to go. Dortmund visited arch rivals Schalke at the Veltins Arena. Aubameyang gave Dortmund the lead but Kehrer pulled one back for Schalke to level the game (1-1). Dortmund sits 4th in the standings one point off 3rd placed Hoffenheim. At the Bay Arena Leverkusen hosted Wolfsburg and contrived to blow a 2 goal lead to end the game (3-3). As at the 80th minute, Leverkusen was 2 goals up but a 7-minute hattrick from Mario Gomez g turned the game on its head and gave Wolfsburg a (2-3) lead before an 89th minute strike from Havertz settled the game.

It was Coupe de la Ligue weekend in France with PSG and Monaco playing for the trophy. 2 goals from Cavani and a goal each from Draxler and Di Maria gave PSG a (4-1) win over Monaco to claim the title for the 4th straight season. In one of the few Ligue 1 games, Rennes hosted Lyon and needed an 81st minute goal to level the game at (1-1).

Finally, in the Italian Serie A, the biggest game of the weekend saw 1st placed Juventus visit 3rd Placed Napoli. The game ended (1-1) after Hamsik scored a 60th minute leveller for Napoli to cancel out Khedira’s 7th minute opener. The draw allowed As Roma who defeated Empoli (2-0) with a brace from Edin Dzeko to cut down Juventus’ lead to 6 points with 8 games left to play. Milan visited Pescara and played out a (1-1) draw. The last match of the weekend will see Inter hosting Sampdoria.

Apart from Germany where Bayern Munchen has basically sealed the league, there is still so much to fight for in all of Europe’s top leagues with just a few games left to play.

Have a great week

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