Mainz 1:1 Wolfsburg 2018

Bruno Labbadia’s first game as Wolfsburg manager saw his side come away with a draw from the OPEL Arena against fellow strugglers Mainz. The visitors had a dream start to the game as Josip Brekalo opened the scoring for them in the sixth minute- his first for the club since his switch from Stuttgart.

William’s cross from the left, perhaps meant for Divock Origi, evaded the Belgian, but landed at the feet of Brekalo, whose first time effort, a weak one was blocked. Continue reading Mainz 1:1 Wolfsburg 2018

Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again

Scotland’s last remaining representative in European competition went out rather tamely as Celtic slumped to a 3:0 loss against Zenit St.Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie.

Brendan Rodgers’ men had won the first leg 1:0, and had progressed from the last ten European knockout ties where they had won the first leg. A disastrous recent away record in Europe (last clean sheet on the road was back in 2009 against Hamburg), and Zenit’s impressive home form (2 defeats in the last 15 years at home in European competition) were the factors against them.

The 3:0 defeat was Celtic’s heaviest away one in the Europa League (Or the UEFA Cup as it was called back then) since a 5:1 loss to Neuchatel Xamak in the Ro32 nearly three decades ago.

The manner of the defeat would’ve definitely hurt Celtic fans. None of Zenit’s goals were superb or spectacular, and if it had been prime Artur Boruc in goal instead of Dorus de Vries, the story might have been different. Continue reading Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again

Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund

It was a mixed bag for the four Italian teams in action in the Europa League earlier this evening, with two crashing out and two making it to the round of 16.

One obvious qualifier was AC Milan, who beat Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 at the San Siro, adding to their 3-0 first leg win in Bulgaria.

The other, perhaps not so obvious qualifier was Lazio. The Biancocelesti had lost 1-0 to Steaua in the first leg in Romania, but found their mojo to win 5-1 at the Olimpico, and thus completed a 5-2 win on aggregate. Continue reading Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund

Will Grigg now has more goals against the top six Premier League sides than Romelu Lukaku

An amazing little stat this one, following Wigan Atheltic’s stunning win over Manchester City at the DW Stadium. Grigg scored in the 79th minute as the Latics stunned Pep Guardiola’s side on Monday evening.

Grigg now has more goals against top six sides in the Premier League than Romelu Lukaku. Grigg is also the top scorer in the FA Cup currently. Wigan are currently in League One, the third tier of English football, two levels behind City, who lead the PL and are odds on to defend their title.

Grigg’s goal continued Wigan’s great record against City, having beaten them in the 2013 FA Cup final and in the quarters of the 2014/15 FA Cup.

Check out Grigg’s goal v Man City- a bit of a brainfart from Kyle Walker one has to say!

Dani Alves Goalkeeper Video- Plays as GK after Kevin Trapp red card v Sochaux

PSG comfortably beat Sochaux 4-1 in their French Cup tie, but the highlight of the game was veteran defender Dani Alves taking up the goalkeeping gloves towards the end of the game after Kevin Trapp had been sent off. The Brazilian didn’t concede during his short stint under the sticks! Continue reading Dani Alves Goalkeeper Video- Plays as GK after Kevin Trapp red card v Sochaux

Bayer Leverkusen-Bremen 4:2 Highlights Video | Bayer vs Werder 2018 Julian Brandt Goals Pokal

Julian Brandt scores twice as Bayer Leverkusen beat Werder Bremen 4:2 in extra time of this Pokal clash on 6 February, 2018. Werder took a 2:0 lead at the Bay Arena. 25.653 spectators in attendance for this Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen Pokal clash Continue reading Bayer Leverkusen-Bremen 4:2 Highlights Video | Bayer vs Werder 2018 Julian Brandt Goals Pokal