Harder than it looks?
Harder than it looks?
How would you like to win £1,250 ($2,071) totally on accident? That sounds about as awesome as it does unlikely … unless you’re one lucky woman in England:
Oh my god as if I won this on a free bet that I thought I was putting on united oh my god oh my god pic.twitter.com/TRdeRx8Jr8— Holly Griffiths (@Holly_elise)August 26, 2014
Holly Griffiths, a reported Manchester United fan, redeemed a free bet of £2.50 ($4.14) on Tuesday’s Capital One League Cup tilt between MK Dons and United. Most sane folks expected United, an English juggernaut, to roll past lowly third-tier MK Dons.
That, of course, wasn’t the case. MK Dons went on to win in a stunner, but we assume Griffiths was even more surprised when she went to check her betting account.
She’d accidentally tossed her freebie bet on the massive underdogs to win 4-0 at a whopping 500/1 odds. To put it in perspective, it would be like gambling that Eeyore would win the Kentucky Derby, and hitting.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but this isn’t: Holly Griffiths is the luckiest person in the world.
Hulk doesn’t need to smash to be a menace on the field. Sometimes, a little solo run past three hapless defenders will do just fine, as was the case Tuesday against Standard Liege.
The robust Brazilian striker scored two goals to send Zenit into their third straight Champions League group stage. The first was a penalty kick, and the second was, well, just watch:
Real Madrid finally launched their new third kits on Tuesday and it was well worth the wait, because it has DRAGONS on it. Dragons!
Renowned Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto created the all-black kit, which Real will most likely don for some of their Champions League matches and whenever they feel like intimidating the hell out of their opponents.
If this won’t break all kinds of kit sale records in the Far East market, I don’t know what will. Well played, Real and Adidas, well played.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden)August 26, 2014
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11)August 26, 2014
Okay, now when’s the next season of “Game of Thrones” starting again?
Germany have won the World Cup this summer, the Under-19 European Championships, and now, the Women’s Under-20 World Cup as well.
Lena Petermann did her best Mario Goetze impression and scored the only goal of the final in the 98th minute of extra time to seal the Germans’ third triumph in the span of six weeks — but it could have been very different were it not for a colossal error by their Nigerian opposition.
In the 83rd minute, the Super Eagles thought Asisat Oshoala - voted the tournament’s best player - scored the late winner after her header beat the German goalkeeper, but the goal was correctly ruled out after her overzealous teammate Loveth Ayila thundered the ball across the line needlessly from an offside position.
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SD Eibar made its La Liga debut this weekend and promptly celebrated their first three points thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. The club from the tiny Basque town of Eibar, which boasts a population of just over 27,000, also made sure the winning goal was a memorable one.
Midfielder Javi Lara buried a beautiful free kick from an impossible angle to etch himself forever in club lore:
The underdog of all underdogs, Eibar is the smallest club to ever to compete in La Liga and had to raise $2.3 million in capital just to keep its place in the league after earning promotion from the Segunda Divison.
Their home ground, Ipurua Stadium, holds just 5,900 spectators (there are plans to raise the capacity to a whopping 6,700). And now they’re playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose own arenas could hold three Eibars. The entire town. Three times.
We here at the Blog sincerely hope the magical ride continues for as long as possible. What a great story.
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The Timbers Army is at it again.
As you would expect anytime the Seattle Sounders come to town, the fans in Portland conjured up an epic pre-match tifo to give their rivals a warm welcome to Providence Park for Sunday’s Cascadia Cup match.
This time, they really out-did themselves with a Wizard of Oz-themed tifo. A yellow brick road connected Dorothy holding a can of gasoline on one end, and a burning city of Seattle (appropriately known as the “Emerald City”) on the other. The message “There’s no place like home” hung right above it.
The tifo was absolutely brilliant. Their team? Well, the Sounders left Portland with a convincing 4-2 win over their bitter northwest rivals.
Check the tifo out in action, below:
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC)August 24, 2014
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We’re not sure anything will ever “top” Junior Malanda’s miss of the century in Friday’s Bundesliga opener, but AB Copenhagen’s Nichlas Rohde will come as close as you can possibly get.
The Danish forward managed to hit the simplest of rebounds off the post from just a yard out. Unlike in Malanda’s epic miss, the ball was flat on the ground after the opposing goalkeeper made the initial save - but to give Rohde the teeniest bit of credit, the goalkeeper was still somewhat in the picture, and he did hit the post…
No, you’re right. Still no excuse.