Are Barcelona the Spanish Liverpool?- Four league defeats this 2016-17 season to teams outside the Top 9

Are Barcelona the Spanish Liverpool? Given the presence of ex-Reds Suarez and Mascherano and the rumours of the Blaugrana moving for Philippe Coutinho, one would say yes. And here is another stat which makes Luis Enrique’s side look like the Spanish Liverpool- all of Barca’s four league defeats have come against teams OUTSIDE the top 9.

The Blaugrana, as mentioned above, have suffered four defeats in the league this season (including this weekend’s reverse at Malaga). Three of those games have been away from home (Celta Vigo, Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga), and one at the Nou Camp (Deportivo Alaves)

Liverpool, like Barca, have a flawless record against the remaining members of the top six this season, but seem to have issues beating supposedly “lower” opponents.

The common factor in these Barca defeats? Continue reading “Are Barcelona the Spanish Liverpool?- Four league defeats this 2016-17 season to teams outside the Top 9”

Netherlands Lowest Ever FIFA Ranking- Dutch fall to 33rd in World

2010 World Cup runners up and 2014 World Cup semifinalists Holland have dropped to their lowest ever position since the inception of the FIFA rankings after being placed at 33rd in the latest list released. That is a fall of eleven spots from the March rankings

The Dutch, who missed out on Euro 2016, are also in serious danger of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and sacked coach Danny Blind (father of United star Daley) after a poor run of results. Continue reading “Netherlands Lowest Ever FIFA Ranking- Dutch fall to 33rd in World”

First Spanish Real Madrid player to score a league hat trick since Raul (2009)- Alvaro Morata

It’s been eight years since a Spanish striker scored a league hat trick for Real Madrid, one of Spain’s top clubs. Quite an interesting stat, but that is precisely what happened when Alvaro Morata netted thrice for Zinedine Zidane’s side in their 4-2 away win at Leganes on 5 April, 2017.

Morata’s three goals in midweek now mean that he is Real’s second highest league scorer this season, behind Cristiano Ronaldo. He is also the first Spanish striker to score a league hat-trick for Real since the legendary Raul Gonzalez did so against Sevilla back in 2008 Continue reading “First Spanish Real Madrid player to score a league hat trick since Raul (2009)- Alvaro Morata”

France 0-2 Spain 2017

Spain line up- De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Koke, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, Morata, Isco.

Spain Substitutes used- Nacho, Herrera, Thiago Alcantara, Deulofeu, Iago Aspas, Silva

France Line up- Lloris, Jallet, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa, Kante, Tolisso, Rabiot, Griezmann, Gameiro, Mbappe.

France Substitutes used- Lemar, Bakayoko, Dembele, Giroud.

Spain Goal Scorers- David Silva (68), Deulofeu (77).

France twice fell to the decisions made by a video assistant referee during their 2-0 home defeat against Spain. Antoine Griezmann the France footballer thought he had lead his team into three minutes after half time, but the refree Felix Zwayer consulted the officials and the the goal was quickly ruled out offside against Layvin Kurzawa. In the 77th Minute Gerard Deulofeu scored a goal which was intially disallowed but the decision was reversed on consultation of the video assistant.

Portgual 2-3 Sweden 2017

Portugal Line Up- Coentrao Marafona, Cavaco Cancelo, Novo Neto, Bruno Alves, Eliseu, Batalha Martins, Joao Moutinho, Danilo, Renato Sanches, Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva.

Portugal Substitutes Used- Cabral Semedo, Andre Gomes, Afonso Fernandes, Carvalho, Quaresma, Eder.

Sweden Line Up- Johansson, Krafth, Granqvist, Helander, Hult, Claesson, Johansson, Larsson, Larsson, Nyman, Thelin.

Sweden Substitutes Used- Lustig, Jansson, Hiljemark, Durmaz , Berg.

Portugal Goal Scorers- Cristiano Ronaldo(18) & A. Granqvist (OG) (34)

Sweden Goal Scorers- V. Claesson (57,76), Joao Cancelo (OG) (90)

Joao Cancelo scored a dramatic own-goal to give Sweden a 3-2 win over Portugal. Ronaldo drew first blood for the home side by scoring a goal in the 18th Minute. Their second goal arrived just after the half-hour when Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scored an own goal. Sweden’s Claesson scored goals in the 57 and 76th minutes to draw them level before Cancelo’s last- gasp own goal gave the visitors victory. Continue reading “Portgual 2-3 Sweden 2017”