Real Madrid Become First to Win Back to Back UEFA Champions Leagues

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. This year reigning champions Real Madrid returned to defend their title against Italian giants, Juventus. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Juventus looked the better team from the start, but in the 20th minute Dani Carvajal played a perfect pass to an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo waiting at the top of the box. CR7 unleashed a shot into the bottom corner, just out of Buffon’s reach for his 104th UCL goal. Not long after Real Madrid opened the scoring, in the 27th minute, Juve’s Mario Mandzukic netted a historic bicycle kick to equalize for The Old Ladies. Minutes later Ronaldo tried to duplicate Mandzukic’s feat, but his attempt was blocked. Right at the hour mark, Casemiro’s strike was deflected off of former Real Madrid midfielder, Sami Khedira, leaving Buffon helpless and giving Real the lead. From there on Massimiliano Allegri’s men fell apart. Just 3 minutes after Casemiro’s goal, Luka Modric sent a ball into an (yet again) unmarked Ronaldo, who finished to give him a brace and Real Madrid a two goal lead. Things would only get worse for the Italian giants though. In the 84th minute, Juan Cuadrado, who had just entered as a sub for Juve accumulated a second yellow card for shoving Real’s captain, Sergio Ramos, and was sent off. In the 90th minute, one minute before the whistle blew, Marcelo cut it back for Marco Asensio to seal the game with a fourth goal for Los Blancos (Real Madrid). Real Madrid are the kings of Europe again and the first team to win back to back UEFA Champions Leages. Congratulations Real Madrid! 🙂

English Premier League, Match Day 37

Here is a brief recap of match day 37’s EPL action. Manchester City just edged Leicester, 2-1. Josh King netted in the 85th minute (two minutes after Burnley’s equalizer) to secure Bournemouth a 2-1 win over The Clarets. Already relegated Middlesbrough fell 2-1 to Southampton. Swansea clinched safety with a 2-0 victory against Sunderland. Arsenal defeated Stoke, 4-1, keeping their UCL hopes alive. Hull City were relegated to the Championship after a 4-0 thumping from Crystal Palace. Liverpool routed West Ham, 4-0. Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-1 in their final match at White Hart Lane. Watford lost 1-0 to Everton. Chelsea were crowned champions after defeating West Brom, 1-0. Well, that’s all for match day 37. Congratulations to Chelsea, the 2016/17 EPL Champions.

UEFA Champions League, Semi-Final, Second Legs

Here is a brief recap of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second legs. Dani Alves netted a screamer as Juventus defeated Monaco 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate). Real Madrid fell 2-1 to Atletico Madrid, but advanced on goal differential, 4-2. The final is set. Juventus, returning to their second UCL final in three years, will face the defending champions Real Madrid to decide who is the King of Europe. Check back soon for my recap of the final.

UEFA Champions League, Semi-Final, First Legs

The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals have begun. Four of Europe’s best will battle to decide who will head to the final and a chance at one of the most prestigious trophies in football. If you missed any of the action here is a brief recap. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 47th career hat-trick helped Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over rivals Atletico. Juventus defeated Monaco 2-0 thanks to a brace by Gonzalo Higuain. Well, that’s all for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first legs.

English Premir League, Match Day 36

There are only three matches remaining in the 2016/17 EPL season and almost every result is crucial. If you missed any of the action here is a brief recap. West Ham all but ended Tottenham’s title dreams with a stunning 1-0 victory. Manchester City routed Crystal Palace, 5-0. Stoke and Bournemouth drew, 2-2. Sam Vokes’ brace helped Burnley to a 2-2 tie with West Brom. A struggling Hull City fell 2-0 to already relegated Sunderland. Leicester cruised to a 3-0 win against Watford. Swansea just edged Everton 1-0 to lift them out of the drop zone. Southampton keeper Fraser Forster saved a penalty to salvage his side a 0-0 draw against Liverpool. Arsenal comfortably beat Manchester United, 2-0. League-leaders Chelsea moved within three points of winning the title as they defeated Middlesbrough, 3-0. Well, that’s all for match day 36’s Premier League action.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/english-premier-league/23/table

English Premier League, Match Day 35

Here is a brief recap of match day 35’s English Premier League action. Southampton and Hull drew 0-0. Bournemouth just edged Sunderland, 1-0, condemning the Black Cats (Sunderland) to life in the Championship next year. Crystal Palace fell 2-0 to Burnley. Jamie Vardy’s solo goal in the 43rd minute gave Leicester a 1-0 victory over West Brom. Stoke tied 0-0 with West Ham. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spectacular free kick in the 79th minute secured a vital point for relegation-threatened Swansea against an injury-weakened Manchester United (the final score was 1-1). The Icelandic international’s late equalizer also denied Mourinho’s men (Manchester United) the opportunity to commandeer third place. Manchester City came from behind twice to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  In a thrilling London Derby, Tottenham assured their position above Arsenal, and canceled Sir Totteringham’s Day, as they defeated the Gunners 2-0 with goals coming from Harry Kane and Dele Alli. This is the first season in 22 years that Spurs will finish above their archrivals. Although we are nearing the end of the season, not everything is set in stone. All of these teams still have a lot to play for (except for maybe Sunderland*) and the last three match days are sure to be more exciting than ever. Make sure you check back for more recaps and other football news.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/english-premier-league/23/table

*Sorry Sunderland fans.

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