Boxing Day is one of the biggest match days in the EPL. If you’re a soccer fan you definitely don’t want to miss it, but if you did here is a brief recap of all ten of the games that were played. Jose Mourinho’s first place Chelsea squad, easily beat West Ham United, 2-0. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game to give Liverpool the three points over Burnley. Southampton won 3-1 against Crystal Palace. Everton were unable to answer after going down to Stoke City and lost, 1-0. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both netted as Tottenham beat Leicester City. Manchester United cruised to a 3-1 win over Newcastle. Sunderland were unable to hold on to their early lead against Hull City and lost, 3-1. Swansea City beat Aston Villa, 1-0, at home. Manchester City didn’t have to much trouble with West Brom and won, 3-1. Arsenal were able to beat QPR, 2-1, despite having Olivier Giroud sent off in the 53rd minute. That’s all for Boxing Day’s EPL action.
It’s the holiday season and the games are coming fast and furious. Here is a brief recap of match day 17’s Premier League games. Manchester City dominated Crystal Palace and deservedly won 3-0. Although Manchester United had sixteen shots and 65% possession, they were only able to tie Aston Villa, 1-1. Ki Sung-Yeung netted his third goal of the season to give Swansea City a 1-0 win over Hull. Charlie Austin scored a hat trick as QPR came back from 2-0 down to beat West Brom, 3-2. Southampton crushed Everton, 3-0. Erik Lamela scored an absolute cracker as Tottenham beat Burnley, 2-1. West Ham United were 2-0 victors in their match against Leicester City. Adam Johnson scored late to give Sunderland the 1-0 win over Newcastle United. Arsenal were leading Liverpool 2-1 up until the seventh minute of stoppage time when Martin Skrtel netted a fantastic header to salvage a point for Liverpool. John Terry and Cesc Fabergas both scored as Chelsea beat Stoke City, 2-0. That’s all for match day 17’s Premier League action.
A few days ago I found this video on YouTube that showed Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Ronaldinho doing amazing tricks. If you play soccer you might be able to pick up a few moves to make your opponent look silly! Click on this link to watch the video.
The Manchester United Liverpool rivalry is one of the oldest and most famous rivalries in football history. It sprouted in the industrial times when both cities were dominating for supremacy of the North West (in England). Liverpool was an important port city and Manchester was important because of it’s manufacturing prowess. Then in 1894 the Manchester Ship Canal was built. It allowed ships to bypass Liverpool and transport goods directly into Manchester. The ship canal meant Liverpool merchants made less money, which resulted in job losses at the port. That is where the two cities started disliking each other. Their inter-city rivalry carried over to football. Why it is such a big rivalry is due to the two clubs’ huge success. Between the two of them they have won 121 honors (62 for Man U and 59 for Liverpool). Liverpool and Manchester United have met 192 times. Liverpool has won 64, Manchester United has won 76, and there have been 51 draws. However, not only are the two clubs rivals, but there are also player rivalries. For example, Wayne Rooney, Man U’s center attacking mid and, sometimes, striker, grew up in Liverpool as an Everton fan (Everton is another huge rival of Liverpool), so it makes since for him to hate the Reds. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool’s center mid, took a film crew on a tour of his house. When he came to his collection of football jerseys he had swapped with opposing players at the end of matches (that is a tradition, but not everyone does it) he pointed out that he didn’t have any Manchester United jerseys and said that he never would. Manchester United and Liverpool are two of the biggest clubs in the world, both with great histories, and each will probably continue to be successful in the future. We look forward to this rivalry being very important fixture for years to come.
Here are the match ups that will take place in the Round of 16 in the a UEFA Champions League:
PSG vs Chelsea
Manchester City vs FC Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid
Juventus vs Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke vs Real Madrid
FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Bayern Munich
Arsenal vs AS Monaco
FC Basel vs FC Porto
These first leg of these matches will be played on February 17 and 18. Make sure you watch for my post!
Here is a brief recap of the games played on match day 16 in the EPL. Burnley shocked Southampton, beating them 1-0, but the game would’ve ended 1-1 if Tom Heaton (Burnley’s goalkeeper) hadn’t saved a penalty in the 60th minute. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both netted as Chelsea won 2-0 over Hull City. Crystal Palace and Stoke City drew, 1-1. Frank Lampard scored the only goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Leicester City. Over at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland drew 1-1 with West Ham. 10-man Aston Villa lost 1-0 against West Brom. Arsenal crushed Newcastle United, 4-1, with Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud both netting braces (two goals). Everton easily beat QPR, 3-1. In the Manchester United Liverpool rivalry David De Gea (Man U’s goalie) and Antonio Valencia (Man U’s right midfielder) both played exceptionally well as the Red Devils (Man U) won, 3-0. Tottenham scored at the last second to win 2-1 and take home the three points against Swansea. That’s all for match day 16 of the English Premier League.
Here is a brief recap of group E, F, G, and H’s final games in the Champions League group stage. Athletic Bilbao cruised to a 2-0 victory over BATE Borisov. Manchester City beat Roma in Rome, 2-0, ending the Wolves’ (Roma) Champions League run. Ajax crushed Apoel, 4-0. Barcelona came back from 1-0 down to beat PSG, 3-1. CSKA Moscow were clobbered, 3-0, by Bayern Munich. Chelsea didn’t have much trouble with Sporting Lisbon and won, 3-1. Vincent Aboubakar netted in the 87th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Porto against Shakhtar Donetsk. Maximilian Meyer scored the only goal in Schalke’s 1-0 victory over NK Maribor. That wraps up the group stages and I will be posting on who made it out of the group stage soon!