Juventus Finally get back to winning ways
Matthijs de Ligt was the unlikely candidate, who scored the winning goal in the midweek Serie A encounter between Spezia and Juventus on Wednesday evening. An incredibly open encounter had Janis Antiste score the second goal of the match for Spezia, just after the second half began. With the score 2–1 to Thiago Motta’s side, it looked as though Juventus were continuing this season’s sequence of scoring first and dropping points in league games. They had scored first in three of their previous four Serie A matches this season and only collected two points in the process.
Stats Corner - West Ham 1 - 2 Manchester United
It was an intriguing encounter with some downright crazy moments. Ultimately Manchester United came out on top but it could have gone either way. Here are the stats from the Premier League encounter between West Ham United and Manchester United.
Ronaldo, Lingard and a helpful de Gea, extend Manchester United’s Away Record
- West Ham's Initial Dominance David Moyes had not beaten Manchester United since he was sacked by the Red Devils in 2014. Having lost his last two league matches against United prior to this encounter, his side would face a stark challenge from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges. West Ham had gone undefeated in the Premier League before hosting the Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Manchester United, who had just come off a humiliating away loss to Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League.
Piqué – We Are What We Are
It was nowhere near the evening that Barcelona fans had dreamt of as they made their way to the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening for their first game of the new Champions League season. Their last meeting with the German giants had ended 8-2 and there were some that were optimistic that Ronald Koeman and his side could turn things around. A fortunate goal from Thomas Müller in the first half, was followed up by two goals from Robert Lewandowski, as Bayern Munich dominated a one-sided affair. The revenge that Barcelona fans had been hoping for would not come to fruition, if anything it evoked more questions.
Not Even Rookie Jones could stop the Dolphins
In an intriguing and close affair, the Miami Dolphins defeated the New England Patriots 17-16 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on week one of the NFL. The Dolphins have now won three of their past four games on the road. They also increased their winning streak against Bill Belichick’s side to two, consecutively beating the Patriots for the first time since 2013/14. This also marks the first time the Dolphins have won two out of three at the Gillette Stadium since managing back-to-back away wins against the Patriots in 1999-2000. The Dolphins now lead the overall head-to-head standings between the two teams 57-54. Not great reading if you’re a Patriot fan.
Reece James Gets Robbed
It was meant to be another great night in the Champions League for Reece James and his Chelsea colleagues. While a dire first half had the fans at Stamford Bridge scratching their heads, Romelu Lukaku made up for it in the second forty-five with a well headed goal in the 69th minute. It was to be the only goal in a game that never really got going, however Thomas Tuchel and his charges would welcome a winning start as they attempted to defend their European crown. Offensively, it was a rather worrying display, while at the back it was another solid performance by the London side.
Songs, Followers and Manchester Money – The Return of Cristiano Ronaldo
“Viva Ronaldo, Viva Ronaldo … Running down the wing, hear United sing … Viva Ronaldo”. That was the song that made its way to the Molineux Stadium and could be heard before, during and after Manchester United’s 1-0 away victory to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Not since the end of the 2008/09 season could Manchester United fans rejoice at the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo would be wearing a shirt with their beloved badge on it. While the outpouring of joy from the public was something to behold among fans of the red devils and those that admire him; what was profound to see was the reaction on social media, the stock market and the club shops.
Rio Ferdinand's take on the European Super League
The FA Cup Semi-Final between Leicester City and Southampton had just concluded. A game in which Leicester City had managed to reach the cup final for the first time since 1969. They had never won the competition in their history. Another unbelievable story for Brendan Rodgers' overachievers. A success that added to their out-of-this-world Premier League title in 2015/16.