FOOTBALL REVIEW ACROSS THE GLOBE LAST WEEKEND.

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In a weekend when Crystal Palace scored their first and second goals of the season beating the defending Champions in the process.

In a weekend when Borussia Dortmund and Juventus lost at home.

In a weekend when a player died while on the pitch.

Here are some highlights.

EPL
When the Special One packs the bus, it takes something
better than the miracle of Istanbul to open it.
That was exactly what we saw at Anfield on Saturday as Mourinho’s men recorded a scoreless game for the first time this season, with Goalkeeper David De Gea claiming the man of the match award for his heroics.
In South London, the defending Champions, Chelsea lost to the basement club, Crystal Palace, in a match that simply highlighted the importance of N’golo Kante and Alvaro Morata for the visitors and Wilfred Zaha for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Manchester City are already looking like Champions with the way they are making fellow men look like women(no offence please). It was just another day in the office by the Citizens.

Meanwhile, it was a familiar feeling for the Gunners as Wenger’s and Arsenal’s optimism evaporated in thin air when Tom Cleverley scored a 90th minute winner which served as a manual to the wasteful Ozil, and sent the Hornets to 4th in the table – “Arsenal’s traditional birthright.”

At last, there were cheers at Wembley when Spurs put the Cherries to the sword to claim their first home win in the league courtesy of Eriksen’s strike.

Thanks to that Wayne Rooney’s not late penalty against Brighton, that else Carlo Ancelotti’s name would have become more popular in Merseyside than Albert Dock’s.

Whereas Batshuayi was misfiring, Tanny Abraham was busy scoring a brace for the Swans to earn them the points.
Maybe Chelsea loaned out the wrong player.

Newcastle were cruising to victory until Lejeune tripped Shane Long; and Gabbiadini who hardly fails to score from six yards made Lejeune pay for his carelessness.

LA LIGA
In a weekend of five away wins, Barcelona dropped their first points of the season at the Vicente Calderon, with Luis Suarez’s late header saving the day for the Catalans.

Elsewhere, Ronaldo did exactly what RONALDO does; scoring when it matters most. And of course, he won it for Real Madrid at Getafe, as Zidane’s men moved up to third in the table.
Meanwhile, Valencia has made winning a habit. They continued their fine form at Real Betis with a commanding 6-3 demolition job. Real Sociedad, Leganese and Villarreal all won away from home while Atletico Bilbao’s win over Sevilla was the only home win of the weekend in La Liga.

SERIE A
Napoli are yet to drop a point this season and judging by their disciplined win at Roma on Saturday, a repeat of 1989/1990 season look very likely.
Dybala was the villain as his missed penalty against Lazio proved so costly and condemned Juventus to their first defeat of the season.

Internazionale skipper, Icardi stole the show with his hat trick against AC Milan and sent his team to second on the log and two points off the leaders.
Bologna, Genoa, Florentina and Sampdoria all won their respective games.

BUNDESLIGA
Three home wins, four away wins; Bayern Munich among the home winners, Borussia Dortmund among the home losers. Heynckes back with a bang, and Bayern Munich look like their old self.
RB Leipzig continue to stake a claim for a Champions League place while Koln, Weder Bremen and Freiburg hardly fails to assert their relegation credentials every other weekend.

LIGUE 1
On a day Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani flattered to deceive for PSG, Meunier Thomas became the hero and proved that there is more to the Parisian club than the superstar trio.
Champions Monaco lost to a determined Lyon while Metz’s completed their hat trick of losses when they lost to St. Etienne.

Our hearts go out to Indonesian top-flight club, Persela Lamongan who lost their goalkeeper, Choirul Huda. The 38-year old stopper died after a collision with teammate Ramon Rodrigues and Pedang forward, Marcel Sacramento, during a league game against Pedang on Sunday.
We sympathise with his family and all those that he left behind.

Let’s do it again next week.
#Hugs from Iyke Ojiobi.

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