English Premier League, Match Day 18, Boxing Day

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In the EPL, Boxing Day, i.e., the day after Christmas, is one of the biggest footballing days of the year. While other leagues take time off, Premier League clubs battle through a grueling holiday schedule. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Sam Allardyce drew 1-1 with Watford in his first match in charge of Crystal Palace. Andre Gray’s solo goal gave Burnley a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Everton defeated Leicester, 2-0. West Ham crushed a struggling Swansea, 4-1. Arsenal just edged West Brom, 1-0. League leaders, Chelsea beat Bournemouth 3-0 for their 12th consecutive victory in the Premier League. Mkhitaryan’s screamer (a scorpion kick that flew into the left side of the net) helped Manchester United to a 3-1 win against Sunderland. Hull fell 3-0 to Manchester City and Liverpool destroyed Stoke, 4-1. Tottenham came back from 1-0 down to beat Southampton 4-1. Well that’s all for Boxing Day’s Premier League matches.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

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

 

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When you used to play for Barcelona and now you play for Middlesbrough.

UEFA Champions League, Match Day 6, Part 2

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Here is a brief recap of the match day 6 UEFA Champions League results from Wednesday. Monaco suffered their first defeat in ten matches at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, 3-0. Tottenham defeated CSKA Moscow 3-1 to secure a spot in the Europa League. Legia Warsaw just edged Sporting, 1-0. Dortmund came back from 2-0 down to tie Real Madrid 2-2, finishing first in Group F. Copenhagen beat Club Brugge, 2-0. FC Porto thrashed Leicester, 5-0. Dinamo Zagreb fell 2-0 to Juventus and Lyon and Sevilla drew, 0-0. Well, the group stages of this year’s UEFA Champions League have come to a close. Half of the original 32 clubs have been eliminated. Soon the remaining 16 will clash in the first round of the playoffs. The UCL will return on February 14.

Click on the link below for the final UCL standings:

http://www.espnfc.us/uefa-champions-league/2/table

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UEFA Champions League, Match Day 6, Part 1

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It’s the final match day of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stages. For some clubs these fixtures are crucial if they wish to advance to the Round of 16, while others are merely fighting for a spot in the Europa League or a possibly easier fixture in the next round. Whatever the circumstances, the final match day always provides an abundance of excitement. If you missed any of Tuesday’s action, here is a brief recap. Lucas Pérez netted a hat-trick as Arsenal romped Basel, 4-1. Ángel Di María scored late to salvage a point for PSG against Ludogorets; the final score was 2-2. Dynamo Kiev, who finished last in Group B, went out on a high note, routing nine-man Besiktas 6-0. Napoli beat Benfica, 2-1. Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach with Arda Turan netting three. Manchester City drew 1-1 with Celtic and Bayern Munich just edged Atletico Madrid, 1-0. PSV and Rostov tied, 0-0. Well, that’s all for Tuesday’s match day 6 UCL action.

Ronaldo Bags Fourth Ballon d’Or

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Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo who won his fourthBallon d’or this past Monday after an outstanding 2016 with both club and country, leading Portugal to their first ever major trophy in the Euro and lifting the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. CR7 scored an astounding 51 goals in 55 games in all competitions. He beat out Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann and five-time winner,  Lionel Messi for the award.

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