MANCHESTER CITY MAKE HISTORY WITH DERBY WIN
David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scored either side of a Marcus Rashford strike to seal a 2-1 win for Manchester City against Manchester United. The win saw the Citizens extend their lead at the top to a staggering 11 points and made history in the process; by securing their 14th successive league win.
CHELSEA STUNNED IN EAST LONDON
A Marko Arnautovic goal in the sixth minute condemned Chelsea to a shocking loss against West Ham, who secured their first win since David Moyes took charge. The unexpected loss now sees Antonio Conte’s side fall 14 points adrift of leaders City, and are realistically now out of the title race.
SPOILS ARE SHARED IN MERSEYSIDE DERBY
In what was a one-sided affair for large periods, the 229th Merseyside Derby at Anfield ended 1-1. Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring for Liverpool on the stroke of halftime, before Everton stunned Anfield with a smash and grab equalizer by Wayne Rooney, who netted from the spot in the 77th minute. A frustrating day for Jurgen Klopp who’d feel his side deserved the points on the balance of play.
BARCELONA TRIUMPH AT VILLARREAL
Barcelona may have made hard work of their clash against Villarreal at El Madrigal, but a red card in the 60th minute to Daniel Raba swung the tie in the Catalans’ favour. Ernesto Valverde’s side went on to secure a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the 72nd and 83rd minute respectively.
REAL MADRID BLOW SEVILLA TO SMITHEREENS
Sevilla aren’t the best travellers, but what wasn’t expected was their meek surrender to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real stormed to a five goal lead in the first half, with two coming from Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, and it stayed that way till the end of the game. An impressive performance by Zinedine Zidane’s side.
VALENCIA KEEP THE PRESSURE ON BARCELONA
Valencia may have left it late against Celta Vigo, but they found a late winner through a Daniel Parejo penalty in the 81st minute. The 2-1 win keeps Los Che within five points of leaders Barcelona after 15 games.
DORTMUND MAKE BAFFLING APPOINTMENT
To those who had been following happenings at Borussia Dortmund, the sacking of Peter Bosz after a 2-1 home loss to Werder Bremen wouldn’t have come as a surprise. Failure to pick up a win in eight games in all competitions perhaps provoked the decision. The move to jettison the Dutchman wasn’t shocking, but the appointment of Peter Stoger (who was sacked by bottom placed Koln, after making the worst start in Bundesliga history) definitely was. Time will tell if there’s any method to the ongoing madness at BVB.
MONACO SHOW CLASS IN COMEBACK WIN
Having trailed 2-0 to Troyes in front of their home fans, Monaco could’ve rolled over and given up, but they showed fight and desire to turn things around and win 3-2. An own goal from Mathieu Delpagne followed by two late goals from Guido Carrillo sealed the come-from-behind win for the Red and Whites who are third on the log with 35 points.
DEFENCES ON TOP AS JUVENTUS AND INTERMILAN DRAW
Nothing could separate Juventus and Inter Milan as both sides played out to a goalless draw at Juventus stadium. Inter defended for large periods of the game, and would wonder how they managed to escape with a point from the heavyweight encounter having survived time and again from the Old Lady’s profligate finishing. After the scoreless draw, Inter and Juventus remain in first and third respectively.
NAPOLI FAIL TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
Having seen Inter and Juventus drop points a day earlier, Napoli would be terribly disappointed at not taking advantage against Fiorentina. The Light Blues had more of the ball in the encounter, but couldn’t quite break down the resolute Lilies as it ended goalless at San Paolo. Maurizio Sarri side remain in second place after the draw.