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

31
Aug

Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit

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:

23
Oct

Zlatan Ibrahimovic becomes 10th player to score four goals in Champions League match

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If it seems like we’ve been tossing out one Zlatan Ibrahimovic story after another, it’s because we have. It’s not our fault, though. When Zlatan does incredible Zlatan things, we must obey.

On Wednesday, the PSG striker scored not one, not two, not three… but FOUR goals in a Champions League affair against RSC Anderlecht, making him just the tenth player to accomplish that feat in the Champions League era.

Zlatan hit his first three goals in a span of just 19 minutes in the first half, the eighth-quickest hat trick in competition history. None were more Zlatan-esque than the third, a stupendous half-volley from distance that practically broke the sound barrier. We clocked the strike at approximately 72.6 mph, though you could’ve told us it was 150 mph and we would’ve believed it. After that golazo, Anderlecht’s fans stood to applaud Ibrahimovic, knowing full well they wouldn’t get a better reason to do any cheering. Of course, Zlatan applauded right back at them.

In the second half, Zlatan graciously allowed Edinson Cavani to get his name on the score sheet before rounding out his four-pack in the 62nd minute. Sadly, Ibra couldn’t nab a fifth goal, which would have made him only the second player after Lionel Messi to score five in one Champions League match.

Perhaps next time. We can’t wait.

21
Sep

Leighton Baines’ 2-for-1 free kick special helps Everton stay undefeated

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Newsflash: Leighton Baines is quite alright at set pieces.

The diminutive, yet prolific fullback, scored on a pair of second-half free kicks on Saturday to help Everton past West Ham United. Each of Baines’ golazos cancelled out leads by the Hammers, ere Romelu Lukaku produced a late winner for the Toffees. After Liverpool’s loss, Everton are now the only Premier League team to remain unbeaten, and they primarily have Baines to thank.

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.

25
Aug

Cardiff City net first ever Premier League win

Cardiff waited over fifty years to see the return of top-flight football, and lost out on Premier League promotion three consecutive years before making the jump last season. On Sunday all that patience finally paid off as Cardiff notched its first ever BPL win, and it just so happened that it came against one of the favorites for the Premier League title: Manchester City.

After Edin Dzeko scored a wonderful strike to hand City the lead at the start of the second half, the newly-promoted Welsh side scored three unanswered goals, two by Fraizer Campbell - to secure the famous victory.

Afterwards, the home fans celebrated the win the only way they knew how, by singing along extra loud to “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. The song is an homage to the club’s alias as the Bluebirds, despite new club owner Vincent Tan controversially changing the team’s colors  from blue to red and adding a giant red dragon to the team’s crest last summer.

If you’ve not seen it before, this is what the Cardiff tradition sounds like (here after the team’s promotion last season):