15
Feb

Messi, Neymar all warmed up for Manchester City

Manchester City, consider this your final warning.

Lionel Messi and Neymar polished their shooting boots ahead of Tuesday’s highly anticipated UEFA Champions League duel (live, FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET), putting on a show in Barcelona’s 6-0 stomping of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi scored two goals on Saturday, the first of which was a sublime lob over Rayo’s keeper. It was Messi’s 336th career goal for Barcelona in all competitions, a new Spanish record for most goals scored by a player for one club. He later added his 337th.

By the way, Messi is still only 26. Yeah.

Merely 324 goals behind Messi on Barca’s all-time scoring list lies Neymar, who returned to the pitch for the first time since injuring his ankle last month. To make sure he hadn’t lost his touch the past several weeks, Neymar unleashed from long distance in the 89th minute, resulting in this:

City: beware.

5
Jan

Best Goals of the FA Cup Third Round

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Ah, the magic of the FA Cup.

The world’s oldest association football competition, traditionally rich with upsets every season, delivered the goods again this weekend. The stunner of the Third Round? Swansea knocked out Premier League champion Man United for their first-ever win at Old Trafford, thanks to Wilfried Bony’s 90th-minute goal:

There were more brilliant moments on Saturday. 

Minnows Rochdale moved into the Fourth Round of the competition for the first time in eleven years after upsetting Leeds United. The League Two minnows held a slim 1-0 lead over Leeds before Ian Henderson sealed the win with this exquisite volley:

Elsewhere, Oliver Norwood scored a perfect free kick to help Championship side Huddersfield Town to a 3-2 win, avoiding a major upset at the hands of non-league Grimsby Town:


And in the big match of the weekend, Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky stole the ball from Spurs defender Danny Rose at the halfway line and chipped keeper Hugo Lloris masterfully on the ensuing breakaway:

7
Dec

Dortmund’s Bundesliga hopes crash and burn as Bayern continue record streak

Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on the road Saturday to leave BVB six points behind them in the fight for second place in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are now a whopping ten points behind Bayern Munich, practically closing the book on Dortmund’s already slim title hopes before the turn of the calendar year.

Heung-Min Son provided the only goal of the game as Dortmund also lost key midfielders Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender to ankle injuries, further decimating Jurgen Klopp’s squad depth.

A couple hours earlier, Bayern all but clinched the midseason “title” before the Bundesliga heads into its winter break, blowing out Werder Bremen 7-0 on the road. It extended Bayern’s record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 40 games.

Where does that streak rank among the longest all-time unbeaten runs in Europe’s top domestic leagues? Here are the five teams that still top Bayern’s mark:

  • 62 - Celtic (Scotland) 1915-1917
  • 58 - AC Milan (Italy) 1991-1993
  • 56 - Benfica (Portugal) 1976-1978
  • 52 - Ajax (Netherlands) 1994-1996
  • 49 - Arsenal (England) 2003-2004