UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, First Leg

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The UEFA Champions League has finally returned after it’s long break. If you missed the action, here is a brief recap. PSG and Chelsea tied, 1-1. Although Bayern Munich dominated possession, they were’nt able to score and drew Shakhtar Donetsk, 0-0. Danilo converted a penalty for FC Porto in the 79th minute to salvage a 1-1 tie against FC Basel. Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo both netted as Real Madrid were 2-0 victors over Schalke 04. Juventus defeated Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, at home. Luis Suarez scored a brace to help Barcelona to their 2-1 away victory over Manchester City. Messi did miss a penalty in the 90th minute (it was actually saved, but then he missed the rebound) though, which may come back to haunt Barca. Arsenal played horrible against Monaco and lost 3-1. Hakan Calhanoglu scored the lone goal to help Bayer Leverkusen to a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid. That’s all for the first legs of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

To learn how the Champions League works, if you don’t already know, click on the link below:

https://touchline80.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/what-is-the-champions-league/

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English Premier League, Match Day 26

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Here is a brief recap of match day 26’s Premier League action. Although going 1-0 down to Aston Villa in the 20th minute, Stoke City were able to get the three points due to an equalizing goal in the 45th minute and a converted penalty in the 93rd. Burnley were extremely lucky to tie Chelsea, 1-1. There were multiple penalty shouts from Chelsea and at least one should have been given. Arsenal surprisingly had a quite a bit of trouble in their match against Crystal Palace, but were able to win 2-1. Hull City scored in the 89th minute to beat QPR, 2-1. Sunderland and West Brom drew 0-0. Swansea City shocked Manchester United, beating them 2-1. Manchester City clobbered Newcastle United, 5-0, bringing them within only five points of league leaders Chelsea. West Ham United and Tottenham faced off in a heated London Derby. West Ham United were winning 2-0 up until the 81st minute when Danny Rose netted to bring the Spurs (https://touchline80.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/epl-teams-nicknames/) within one. Then in the 95th minute, Harry Kane was brought down in the box (penalty). Kane missed the penalty, but calmly slotted in the rebound to salvage a point for Tottenham. Leicester City tied Everton, 2-2. Liverpool were 2-0 victors over Southampton. Southampton were unlucky to have not been awarded a penalty kick though. That’s all for match day 26’s Premier League action. Below is a link to the current EPL table.

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

EPL Teams’ Nicknames

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Here are all 20 of the English Premier League team’s nicknames.

AFC Bournemouth- The Cherries

Arsenal- The Gunners

Burnley- The Clarets

Chelsea- The Blues

Crystal Palace- The Eagles

Everton- The Toffees

Leicester City- The Foxes

Liverpool- The Reds

Manchester City- The Citizens

Manchester United- The Red Devils

Newcastle United- The Magpies

Norwich City- The Canaries

Southampton- The Saints

Stoke City- The Potters

Sunderland- The Black Cats

Swansea City- The Swans

Tottenham Hotspurs- The Spurs or Lilywhites

Watford- The Hornets

West Bromwich Albion- The Baggies

West Ham United- The Hammers

English Premier League, Match Day 25

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Surprise, match day 25 of the EPL came early. If you missed all the action because you didn’t know their was any action, here is a brief recap. Coming off their North London Derby defeat, Arsenal were looking to get three points against Leicester. They did exactly that, winning 2-1. Relegation threatened Aston Villa lost again, this time 2-0 to Hull City. QPR beat Sunderland, 2-0. Liverpool’s Mario Ballotelli netted his first goal of the 2014-15 English Premier League season in the 83rd minute to win a very close match with Tottenham, 3-2. Chelsea scored in the 89th minute to beat Everton, 1-0, but may have been a little lucky that Willian’s (the goalscorer) shot was slightly deflected. If it hadn’t Tim Howard (the Everton goalie) probably would have saved it. Chris Smalling scored a brace (two goals) as Manchester United triumphed over Burnley, 3-1. Southampton drew with West Ham United, 0-0. Manchester City crushed Stoke City, 4-1! Crystal Palace tied 1-1 with Newcastle United. Although Swansea City dominated possession, they were unable to score and lost 2-0 to West Brom. That’s all for match day 25’s Premier League action.

English Premier League, Match Day 24

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Here is a brief recap of match day 24’s Premier League action. Tottenham faced Arsenal in the North London Derby and although going down in the 11th minute, they won, 2-1, with a in-form Harry Kane netting both goals. Chelsea defeated a struggling Aston Villa, 2-1, widening their lead above second place Manchester City in the table to seven points. Joe Ledley scored the only goal of the game to help Crystal Palace beat Leicester City. Hull City were surprisingly beating Manchester City, until the 92nd minute when James Milner salvaged a point for the Citizens (Manchester City). Sadio Mane netted in the 93rd minute to get the three points for Southampton over QPR (the final score was 1-0 Southampton). Sunderland and Swansea City drew, 1-1. Liverpool tied 1-1 with Everton in the Merseyside Derby. West Brom came back from 2-0 down to tie with Burnley, 2-2. When Jack Colback scored in the 74th minute Newcastle surely thought they were going to win, but in the 90th minute Stoke City’s Peter Crouch netted to save his team a point. Despite Manchester United’s terrible performance, they drew 1-1 with West Ham United due to a late goal by Daley Blind. Well, that’s all for match day 24.

Funny Photo

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“Peek-a-boo Mr. Ball! Wait, How did you get in the net?” says the confounded Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech.

Blues Shocked

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On January 24th, EPL leaders, Chelsea, faced English League One side, Bradford City, in a fourth round FA Cup tie. The Blues (Chelsea) started the match magnificently, scoring two goals in the first 38 minutes. Then in the 41st minute Jonathan Stead netted to bring Bradford within one. The next goal came in the 75th when Filipe Morais surprisingly tied the game at 2-2. Seven minutes later Bradford City scored again, this time Andy Halliday. Bradford sealed the win in extra time when substitute, Mark Yeates, made it 4-2! What an incredible match. Just goes to show how anything can happen in football. ⚽️

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