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Champions League Round of 16 (Day 6)

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It’s a late post but here, and it’s time to cover the thrilling finale to Champions League action until next week.

Manchester City 1-2 FC Basel (5-2)

City jumped on to the #playyourkids movement this game. They lost this leg, but overwhelmingly won on aggregate. Gabriel Jesus continues his blazing form by notching in the first goal after some great team play. Basel responded with a fumbled ball in the box, Elyounoussi would then put into the back of the net. Lang would put another in at the 71st minute, but it was all they would muster up against City.

Statview of the game: Manchester City controlled the possession as they normally do, 78-22 in their favor. However, the shots on goal were even at three a piece. Lastly, Basel definitely had the edge at fouls, getting called on 11.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Juventus (3-4) 

Spurs’ fans everywhere are gonna be up late thinking of what could’ve been in the next round. It all looked so promising and in true Spur’s fashion, that’s when it all went downhill. Son scored to put them ahead at home, and 3-2 on aggregate. Then the second half came around and Higuain took it upon himself to lead the comeback putting them level after a great cross, and a defense of statues. But things at this point are still okay, Spurs would still go through on the away goals.

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Spur’s fans at Wembley

Then bombing down the left side comes Paulo Dybala, the Argentine, Juventus forward. His finishing was great and put them even on away goals and ahead on aggregate. After this Allegri was content to trust his world class experienced defense to see the result out, and they did. Spurs still looked dangerous on the attack and were literally inches from scoring the equalizer which would send them to overtime, but it was not meant to be.

This one goes out to the Spurs’ fans, but Gigi Buffon fans will be happy to see the chance at a Champions League trophy is not completely gone yet. Next week, more Champions action, its gonna be great, come back here and be entertained. Thanks for reading!

 

Premier League Rundown 3/3/18

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Happy March everybody, so we’re back with our review of Premier League action. Also, today is the return of MLS, I know that many aren’t a fan but as an American I try and support the league. I’ll have a review of that action at the end of the day on another review post, stick around for that!

Burnley 2-1 Everton

There was some beautiful football at Turf Moor today, amazing saves from Pickford, self guided through balls, and flying elbows at the very end. Pickford kept Everton in the game much longer than they deserved with how Burnley were playing, something out of De Gea’s playbook. Overall, great control of the game by Burnley, could’ve notched more goals, but Everton’s back line needs help, and now that Williams has a red card for his elbow, they have another unnecessary issue.

Leicester City 1-1 AFC Bournemouth

Leicester were saved at the death by their superstar, Riyad Mahrez. After conceding a clumsy penalty in the first half, Leicester spent the whole game playing catch up at home. The result in my opinion was fair, and didn’t necessarily ruin anything for either team, so that’s that.

Southampton 0-0 Stoke City

Nothing too crazy this game, and definitely no goals. However, the one development here is the great goalkeeping from Butland, Stoke City, and England international. It should make for a great competition between Pickford and Butland for England’s starting spot this World Cup.

Swansea City 4-1 West Ham United

Swansea dominate this still struggling West Ham side, they’ve only won one in the past six games. Notable move here is Swansea are out of the relegation zone again, and maybe we can hear some Carvalhal quotes again about having their heads above water.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Son scores a brace, and another game that wasn’t in any doubt all the way through, also didn’t place Huddersfield in the relegation zone. A very fortunate match up for Spurs because they need some rest coming up to the final leg against Juventus in a few days.

Watford 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Watford receives West Brom to have their own wack at the bottom of the Premier League. Nothing has gotten better for West Brom and Watford still has Deeney scoring winners, so everything went as planned.

Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle United

Salah continues his scoring ways, he gets a nice pass from the Ox and megs the keeper for the go ahead goal. Then later Sane seals home some great team passing that just dismantles Newcastle. Karius made an amazing save as well, it looks like his new strategy of attempting to look like De Gea to play like De Gea is working. Even though Newcastle had some dangerous chances, Liverpool were the better side, and are in second place for at least the next couple days.

Still many more games to be played tomorrow and Monday, but City isn’t in any danger if you’re interested in the title race.

Champions League: Round of 16

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The first matches of the round of 16 finally were played today. If you wanted goals then you definitely got your money’s worth.

Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Juve got off to a flying start thanks to a quick set piece goal by Higuain. Quickly after, Juve put another one in from the spot after earning a well deserved penalty.

Tottenham’s attack couldn’t be counted out and as soon as the second goal went in Kane looked dangerous to score. Allegri’s men sat back and just tried to absorb the pressure and it didn’t work out at all. Kane beat Buffon after receiving a great pass and put it in the back of the empty net. The onslaught wouldn’t stop until Spurs gave up another penalty, this one would give Higuain the hat trick, and he hit the crossbar. Spurs went into the half only one down, but surely Juve’s defense can hold at home. It didn’t. Eriksen scored from a free kick by blasting a shot on the ground to Buffon’s right, he’s gonna want that one back.

The game ended 2-2, a truly great result for Spurs, being 2-0 down away. They never stopped fighting and you have to give them credit for that. The draw isn’t over of course, there’s still another leg, but if they play like this again it’s hard to see them not passing.

FC Basel 0-4 Manchester City

The match that never quite looked it would go any other way, and actually ended much worse than expected. Basel, the same giants that took down Manchester United just a season ago looked to try and repeat. However, this City squad is still on fire and it seems everyone in the lineup has a burning itch to score screamers. Gundogan, Silva, and Aguero all got on the score sheet with great goals. They utterly dominated the match with Basel only getting one or two real chances.

Next leg will be at Manchester City’s home and it seems this draw is done and dusted. It would truly take a miracle to have Basel even get close.

The second leg for both matches will take place March 6th.

Thanks for reading, tomorrow will be day 2 of round of 16, it should be another great day of football.

Premier League Rundown 2/10/18

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It’s here, the fun part of the weekend. The relegation battle is still tight as ever, Carlos Carvalhal is a leader of men and Manchester City have returned to running the league.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal

The weekend started with the North London derby and forced everyone in the US to wake up bright and early, especially the poor souls on the west coast. Arsenal kept it close, but that’s the best they can say, it always seemed like it was Tottenham’s game to lose. The scoring summary is just the single header from Kane on an amazing curved ball from Davies. Kane had a few more headed chances where they could’ve put the game away much much earlier. Arsenal also had their chances in stoppage time to tie it up, poor finishing from Lacazette is what eventually put the Gunners away.

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Everton did what they’re supposed to do and took care of a 14th placed Crystal Palace, which is pretty remarkable for them. Sigurdsson opened up the scoring and they never looked back from there. Palace’s only goal was from the spot due to a glaring handball by Jonjoe Kenny, but it was only to destroy Pickford’s clean sheet as it did little else. Pickford actually was pretty upset about it, he used his body as a shield to protect the ball from Milivojevic in a funny, but quite petty way.

Stoke City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

This will be the most underrated game of the weekend in my opinion, it had goals, drama and skill worthy of even the best Premier League matchups. Brighton’s first goal gave vibes of a prime Barcelona team, the link up play was a thing of beauty. However, it was not going to stop Stoke City, or more specifically Shaqiri who curled a shot into the goalkeepers right side to draw it level. The drama came when Stoke City’s Jese won a penalty kick and was quite upset that it wasn’t his to take, so Adam’s, the designated penalty taker, gave it a go. Of course it gets saved and right when Adam is going for the rebound he gets taken down, but no penalty this time. At the very end a goal line clearance from Brighton saves them the game, and the point. Stoke City are desperate, they sit currently at 18th place, somewhere a team with their quality should be far away from. And American Geoff Cameron was riding the bench, the lack of good new for USMNT fans continues, but hey Pulisic got a sponsorship!

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley

The upset of the week right here, I mean there was signs of it, but Burnley the 7th placed overachievers that gave Manchester United a hard time and drew with Manchester City, the league leaders, falls to Swansea City? Carlos Carvalhal has had an instant impact on his team for sure. The search for the next manager might be over, he picked them up from relegation zone madness, into 15th place, taking down Burnley at home. Carlos did it all with style giving us the gift of his wise quotes. This team is heating up and is just making the race to get out of the relegation zone even tighter.

West Ham United 2-0 Watford

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Fans of ‘La Seleccion’ are gonna be happy their star striker, the little pea, is heating up at the right time as long as he can keep this on through the summer. He should be definitely fighting for the starting spot at this West Ham team that has stayed underachieving for the past couple seasons, and will take all the fire they can get. David Moyes might actually be doing something here, who knew, but they’re going up against Liverpool next week and that’s gonna be a rough one.

Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City

Sterling scored early to get Leicester City all shook, then Aguero pounced and put them four more goals underwater. At some point in there Vardy scored but there will be no party as it was a devasting defeat, albeit against the best team in the league by far. Not much else to say, it keeps looking more and more like its City’s league and we all just play in it.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United

Gritty game from these two teams. Newcastle gets away with the point to get out of the bottom three. Crystal Palace pushed really hard and will feel hard done to not have gotten the win.

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Lastly, the most anticipated match of the weekend by many, but not without a controversial end. The first goal was a very cool Mo Salah finish thanks to a big mistake from Dier. The response was an absolutely blasted shot from Wanyama who picked a spot from outside the box and hit it with the laces. Then, very late in the game (90+1) the reds got a goal provided by the amazing dribbling of Salah. However, it wasn’t over, Spurs kept pushing and got a penalty awarded (90+5) which tied up the game.

It wasn’t quite as drama free as that summary might suggest. Kane bagged his 100th goal on the late penalty, but not before missing one earlier by going straight down the middle into Karius. Spurs were also diving all over the ground like it was swim practice. The first penalty call in their favor was iffy because it should’ve been offside. The second was atrocious from Lamela. Van Dijk goes for a clearance and stops his leg before any meaningful contact, but Lamela goes straight to the floor anyways. After a few seconds of deliberation John Moss decides to ruin the night of every Liverpool fan and awarding the penalty. Kane finishes it as expected and Liverpool is fuming at the call.

In all seriousness, very poor refereeing seriously making a case for VAR. The excuse it slows the game down is nonsense when the controversy creates just as much time wasting and would prevent huge matches like this feeling ruined.

So that is all here for Sunday. Tomorrow is the last match for this week’s Premier League action, catch our review here right after!