After another incident packed weekend in European football, let’s take a look at five of the main headline makers from the past few days.
MOURINHO OFF AS CHELSEA LOSE AGAIN
Chelsea’s awful domestic league campaign suffered yet another setback on Saturday after they lost to their capital rivals West Ham United. Another defeat (the best online betting sites now pricing them at *34.00 to retain their title) meant more controversial off field antics from coach Jose Mourinho, who had to watch the second-half of the game from one of the hospitality lounges at the Boleyn Ground, after being sent-off at half-time for an altercation with the match officials. The Portuguese tactician is now surely on borrowed time at the West London club.
MILAN GIVE DEBUT TO GOALKEEPER FRESH OUT OF HIGH-SCHOOL
Gianluigi Donnarumma became the second youngest debutant goalkeeper in Serie A history on Sunday in Milan’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo at the San Siro. The player, aged just 16 years and eight months old and heralded as the new Gianluigi Buffon, served his club well despite being beaten in the second-half by a wonderful free-kick from Domenico Berardi. With club supremo Silvio Berlusconi watching from the stands, the Rossoneri’s victory will buy some more valuable time at the helm for beleaguered coach SinišaMihajlović ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Chievo.
BAYERN CHALK UP 1000TH BUNDESLIGA VICTORY
Saturday’s routine 4-0 demolition of FC Köln saw German giants Bayern Munich record their 1000th Bundesliga win as they continue to cruise to the domestic title once again. The best online sports betting sites now price them at an astonishing *1.015 to retain their crown. The match also saw the return of Dutch playmaker Arjen Robben, who marked his return to first-team action after a two month lay-off with a goal. Just for the record, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored his 13th goal in his last 10 appearances.
LUIS SUAREZ GRABS BARCELONA HAT TRICK DESPITE EARLY SETBACK
It looked like a shock result could be on the cards in the Camp Nou on Sunday when La Liga minnows Eibar took a shock early lead against Barcelona. Fans of the Catalan giants needn’t have worried however, as Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez took matters into his own hands, grabbing a hattrick to send his team back to the summit of the table alongside Real Madrid. The gloss on the victory was taken off late on when Argentine defender Javier Mascherano was sent-off.
SALAH RETURNS TO HAUNT HIS FORMER CLUB
Fiorentina fans prepared a hostile reception for their ex striker Mohamed Salah as he returned to the Tuscan capital with his current side AS Roma on Sunday. Within six minutes of the start, the Egyptian marksman had silenced the home fans after curling a beautiful left-foot shot into the corner of the net to give the visitors the lead. Salah’s performance under constant intimidation was exceptional and the points were effectively wrapped up for the visitors before half-time when Gervinho ran half the length of the field before drilling home what proved to be the winning goal. That win takes the Giallorossi to the top of the Serie A standings.
*odds courtesy of Bet365
Steve Mitchell (@barafundler)