6
Oct

Highlights from Sunday’s wet n’ wild Superclasico

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Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors met in a torrential downpour for Sunday’s Superclasico and the highlights are all kinds of fun.

The match resembled water polo more than football at times as players on both sides slipped and slid and the ball repeatedly stalled on the water-logged pitch.

In fact, Argentine journalist Gustavo Streger was very excited about the new camera angle that surfaced from the depths of the Estadio Monumental:

Colossal referee mistakes didn’t exactly help the “flow” of the game.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Gago was wrongly shown a red card by Mauro Vigliano for a handball in the box, though Gago actually stopped a River Plate shot with his head. A “wave” of Boca players appropriately hounded Vigliano: Poseidon must have been watching carefully, as River’s Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Mora ended up skying his penalty to restore some karma.

However, the the tide turned once more as River scored a late goal in the 78th minute to salvage a draw for the hosts.

Image provided by Getty

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:

1
Sep

Arsenal answer critics with North London derby win

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Arsenal, so heavily criticized recently for not spending any money on new players in the transfer window, were facing free-spending Tottenham Hotspur in a momentous early season North London derby on Sunday, and they came out victorious.

Olivier Giroud scored the lone goal of the match for the Gunners, converting off of a nice Theo Walcott cross. With the win, Arsenal have jumped Tottenham and Stoke City for fourth place in the Premier League.

Hear, hear, Arsenal are top four! Still might want to add to the teeny tiny squad depth, though.