Best Football Weekend? Recap
After 2 weeks of International break, the weekend looked to be exciting with the round of fixtures across European leagues.
There were some shocking results that ended something bad or good. Like Dortmund losing at home to RB Leipzig after 41 games unbeaten at home and Crystal Palace getting their first 2 goals of the season (8 games into the season) resulting into their first win.
With Friday marking the beginning of a weekend, Lyon vs Monaco ushered the weekend of Titan clashes in football. Probably the result wasn’t too shocking since it could have gone either way. Lyon winning 3-2 at home with a late winner scored from a freekick by the skipper, Fekir.
In England, the biggest and most viewed match kicked off at 11:30 GMT and there was a lot of anticipation before the game. The game just didn’t live up to its billing when Man United had to defend almost through out the match. Liverpool kept the ball more but didn’t threaten goal much. The most glorious opportunity Liverpool had to get a goal was when De Gea decided to pull a great save to keep Joel Matip from scoring and Mo Salah’s follow up effort drifted wide. It was a disappointing goalless draw.
In Italy, Lazio once again dealt with Juventus (Lazio beat Juventus in the Italian Super Cup before the start of the 2017/2018 season) and ended their 41 unbeaten home games run. Lazio stunned the hosts with a 1-2 victory. Starboy, Paulo Dybala, missed a 97th minute penalty which could have earned a draw for the Old ladies.
AS Roma also welcomed Napoli to the Stadio Olympico and probably over welcomed them. Napoli’s 1 goal was enough to keep their perfect start to the league going. They have won 8 out of 8 and remain top of the league.
In Spain, Atletico Madrid hosted Barcelona at their new stadium, Wanda Metropolitano. Saúl put the hosts in front in the first half and Luis Suarez equalised for the Catalans in the second half of the game. The game ended 1-1 but wasn’t short of brilliance. Goalkeeper, Oblak, produced a fantastic save to keep Messi’s effort from a freekick fruitless.
On Sunday day, we usually go about our “rituals” of church service and omotuo specials (Issa a Ghana thing), football fans were patiently waiting for one of the biggest matches in world football. The Milan Derby.
It was a thrilling match for even fans on the losing side. 5 goals scored in total. Mauro Icardi got the Hero of the match status as he grabbed a hat trick including a 90th minute penalty to give Inter the win against rivals and stadium mates, AC Milan. Milan drew level twice through Suso and Bonaventura’s goals but for the 90th minute penalty, their goals couldn’t earn Milan a point. The match ended 3-2 and Inter continued their unbeaten run in the campaign. They and Napoli are the only unbeaten sides in the Italian Serié A thus far.
It was indeed a great weekend of football surely (forget about the Liverpool Vs Man United game). The football gods gave us something to laugh about.
Always trust Arsenal (who lost to Watford) to steal the attention and trolls from their London rivals, Chelsea (who lost to Crystal Palace). The trolls were on Chelsea only for Arsenal to take over some hours later. Well done Arsenal ☺.