Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
Real Madrid haven’t had the start to the La Liga season they were hoping to, especially with their blockbuster summer signing of Gareth Bale. Los Blancos have 19 points and sit behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the league table. Sure, it’s not the worst imaginable start, but considering how talented — and expensive — the side is, much more is expected from the club.
When Madrid took on mid-table Levante on Saturday, things started going south for them again. It took a stunning late comeback to secure a 3-2 win, with a very, very late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo:
This is hardly the first time Ronaldo has saved Madrid from dropping points these season:
Three of Ronaldo’s last four La Liga goals have been in added time [93’, 96’ & 94’] via @InfostradaLive— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan)
We love the drama, but Madridistas around the world are probably yearning for a less heart-stopping action in the next few matches.
Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov isn’t doing much on the field these days, but the work he did off the field recently is far more important than any game.
According to Yahoo! Europsort, the Bulgarian was back in his home country when he became an instant hero to a man and his family. He was out shopping at the Vitosha Park mall he saw a man reportedly choking on his tongue. Bojinov performed first aid on the man, helping to pull his tongue out of his throat.
"The man was on the ground and was no longer breathing," said eyewitness Krum Savov. "His eyes rolled back and then suddenly Valeri ran to the scene and turned him on his side. The poor man was suffocating and Valeri tried to pull out his tongue – he was bitten more than once.
"I was nearby and saw Bojinov with a damaged finger. Another woman arrived on the scene and helped him to pull the victim’s head back. Only then they managed to pull the man’s tongue out and stabilize him. He gradually began to regain consciousness."
What a man. Hopefully he can get back to some on-field heroics soon.
Scott receives his red card. Picture by Ian Burt (EDP24)
Typically after you got sent off, you head straight to the dressing rooms, either downtrodden or in a fit of rage. For Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott this weekend, that was never an option. He had a more important job to do: Save someone’s life.
After Scott was red-carded for a dangerous high tackle just minutes before the end of Stocksbridge’s match at King’s Lynn Town FC, a young girl ran up to him, maybe thinking that a goalkeeper can save just about anything, and notified him that a man in his 70s had collapsed in the crowd.
Scott’s day job is as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and he quickly made his way over to the man.
Scott told the BBC:
“I started walking off the field, getting a nice bit of abuse as you do, when I noticed a young girl running past me.
“She said, ‘a gentleman’s died’, so I followed her into the crowd and came across the gentleman on the floor. His heart was in an irregular rhythm.”
Working together with members of the on-site ambulance crew, Scott said they were able to use a defibrillator to give the collapsed fan a shock, helping his heart return to a normal rhythm.
There should be little argument that Scott made his biggest save of his career.
— Stocksbridge PSFC (@parksteelsfc)
Performance of the day goes to @S22TTY the guys a hero!— F-LINE Goalkeeping (@flineGK)
@S22TTY thanks for helping the man that collapsed. You were wrongfully sent off though!— Sara Smith (@smiths1988)
These international friendlies are supposed to be tune-ups for next year’s World Cup, but the United States probably wouldn’t mind if it started tomorrow.
The US is officially the hottest national team in the world, riding a team-record and current world-best 12-game winning streak after an impressive comeback over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Down 2-0 to the 13th-ranked team in FIFA, Jozy Altidore continued his national team revival with a sublime hat trick in the second half - adding an assist to boot - in leading the US to a 4-3 win.
For Altidore, it was the fifth straight national team match in which he’s scored, a first for any player in USMNT history. For the team, it was yet another confidence-booster in a win streak that dates back to June’s toppling of powerhouse Germany. The US is now just three wins shy of the world’s all-time record, held by Spain (that streak, oh by the way, was snapped by the US in 2009)
After setting up Eddie Johnson for the USA’s first strike, Altidore opened his account with this classy finish:
Full of confidence, Altidore next proved he can also master dead ball situations. Have the US found a new free kick specialist?
Up 3-2 now, Altidore’s third would prove to be decisive, as Bosnia and Herzegovina later added a third goal of their own:
Hey, Premier League, were you watching?
World Cup champion, Euro Cup Winner, La Liga steamroller: Iniesta’s resume was impressive enough, and then this happens.
According to reports from Spanish newspaper Marca, the Barcelona man recently found that his boyhood club, Albacete, were on the verge of administration and automatic relegation after being unable to pay player salaries.
Iniesta’s immediate response? Hand the club €240,000 to cover their expenses.
While that amount might be a drop in the bucket for a player like Iniesta, this isn’t the only time he’s supported his local side. Iniesta’s winery (yes, he owns a winery), the aptly named Bodega Iniesta, is Albacete’s current sponsor.
Here’s to Iniesta; just as good off the pitch as on.
Now that’s what we call a match-winning performance! Barcelona youth keeper Inaki Pena, all of 14 years old, saved an incredible SIX penalties in a shootout against Atletico Madrid’s young’uns, then stepped up and scored the winner to boot!
Must be something in the water at La Masia.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
Notice on Barack’s twitter timeline how he hasn’t yet congratulated the Heat on the NBA championship? Priorities. Go #USWNT!
Argentina earned a tough 3-2 victory in their friendly against Sweden at Nya Ullevi Stadion on Wednesday night. Thankfully for us, Lionel Messi, as always, headlined the match for all the right reasons.
No, Messi didn’t score during the match but helped the Argentine star did help a pitch invader live a dream by standing still as accepting a hug and kiss from the Barcelona supporter.