El Clásico 2017

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What a second half performance by FC Barcelona as they scored three goals against hated rival Real Madrid. 3-0 was the final score. The first half was a different story though with Madrid winning possession and controlling the half. FC Barcelona must have looked at themselves in the mirror and given a pep talk at halftime. They started to play classic Barça football with great passing and controlled possession.

Luis Suarez began the scoring in the 54′ on a great counter attack led by Ivan Rakatic who passed it to Sergio Roberto who then provided a perfect little cross to Suarez who put it in the back of the net with a hard low driven shot. The best player in the world, Lionel Messi scored the second in the 64′ on a penalty kick that resulted from a hand ball on the goal line which of course led to a red card for Dani Carvajal. Lastly, defender Aleix Vidal who came on in the 90′ just as fresh defending legs found himself in prime position in the middle of the box and received a pass from Messi. Vidal shot it on the ground underneath a diving Keylor Navas (Real Madrid’s goalkeeper) to make it 3-0 in the 90+3′ and to just rub it in the face of Madrid, which I loved to witness. And, of course I can’t forget to leave out the German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who once again put on a clinic making some huge saves and adding another clean sheet to his résumé. #ForçaBarça

Highlights here

Manchester Derby

Another Manchester Derby is in the books and the “Citizens” come out on top 2-1. David Silva started the scoring with a goal in the 43′, but in stoppage time before the half, Manchester United tied it up all thanks to their young star striker, Marcus Rashford. Just 10 minutes into the second half, City’s Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick was terribly cleared by Utd’s Romelu Lukaku in the box which bounced off a player right to Nicolas Otemendi’s foot and then to the back of the net. In the 85′ City’s goalkeeper, Ederson came up with the biggest save of the game but it came at a cost. Lukaku’s attempt hit Ederson square in the neck and he was down for a little while but stayed in the game. City is on a tear, breaking a Premier league record with their 14th straight victory.

UEFA Champions League

Earlier today, we found out the remaining eight teams to make the round of 16. included Liverpool (England), Sevilla (Spain), Manchester City (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey), FC Porto ( Portugal), Tottenham Hotspur (England) and Real Madrid (Spain) (the other eight teams can be found on my previous post).

The days headline game belonged to Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund, based soley on club size and prestige. Madrid won the match 3-2.  Ronaldo was at it again, breaking another record, by scoring in every group stage game. As a Barcelona and Messi fan, this isn’t that intriguing of news but it is what it is. In a huge upset, Manchester City, who haven’t lost a game all year (all competitions), wound up losing to an Ukraine powerhouse club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian Premier League is not an overall great league when it comes to the product on the field, but Shakhtar has some good players to compete in Champions League.  You would think their first loss might come to a fellow big time Premier League club but I guess thats why you have to play the games and not use whats on paper.

The round of 16 draw is on December 11th and the first leg of action begins February 13th.

UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid was stunned, shocked, and flat out embarrassed as they have been eliminated from champions league play in the group stage (first round). They recently made the champions league final in 2014 and 2016. This is the first time they have been knocked out in the group stage since the 2009-10 season, where they found themselves in the europa league and eventually won the competition. We saw Manchester United (England), FC Basel (Switzerland), PSG (France), Bayarn Munich (Germany), AS Roma. (Italy), Chelsea (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Juventus (Italy) all advance to the next round. Eight more games tomorrow 12/6/18 to find out who else advances.

 

WORLD CUP GROUP DRAW

The 2018 World Cup Group Draw

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco

Group C: France, Peru, Australia, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama

Group H: Poland, Columbia, Senegal, Japan

LIONEL MESSI STAYING AT BARCELONA

Arguably the best player ever and in present times (some say Cristiano Ronaldo) has signed a new contract extension to stay at FC Barcelona. it goes through 2021 and Messi said “I want to be here for my whole career, I’ve always said that it’s my dream to retire at Barcelona and we’re on the path to that.” Now as a Barcelona fan myself, I couldn’t be more happy. There was a lot speculation about him fleeing to Manchester City to re-kindle his relationship with coach Pep Guardiola when he was at Barça 2008 – 2012 where they won two champions league titles. in closing, this is HUGE news for Barcelona fans and sad news for every La Liga team especially Real Madrid.