Dortmund see league victory at last as Guendogan goal seals it over Hoffenheim

In a season of surprisingly mediocre domestic performances from a host of big European clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, the two Milan’s) none has been more dramatic–dare say surprising– as Borrusia Dortmund’s progressive slide to rock bottom of the Bundesliga. And yet coach Jurgen Klopp remains as popular– as admired– as ever, and many experts continue to feel it only a matter of time before the confidence-hit Dortmund got back on the winning trail.

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Watch St Etienne rumble Lyon 3-0 in the Derby Rhône-Alpes

St Etienne rumbled neighbours Lyon in the Derby Rhône-Alpes by three goals to nil last night. Strikes from Bayal Sall, Wolfswinkel, and Cohade seen the home side move to within one point of their rivals, but still eight points off Marseille who have been consistent at the top of Ligue 1 this season, albeit with big spending PSG breathing down their neck. Watch all three of St Etienne’s goals below.

Watch the goals from last night’s Milan derby

AC Milan and their neighbours Inter have been struggling by their own mighty standards these last couple of years. Both club’s league form has been pretty poor to say the least, culminating in no Milan representation in this year’s Champions League.

Sunday evening’s derby (Il Derby della Madonnina) was a mid-table affair, and saw the return of former Man City coach Roberto Mancini at the Inter Helm. During his first spell in charge Inter were the top team in Italy, almost unchallenged wining a hat-trick of Scudetto’s between 2006 – 2009. Continue reading

Watch Messi break the Spanish La Liga goalscoring record

With Neymar to his left and Suarez to his right, Lionel Messi was still determined to get the goal himself, driving forth in one seriously selfish record-breaking mood. Team player and, ultimately, individual all at once. This sums up the man, the player. Like all of the world’s best sportsmen and women this drive, focus, confidence, and outright determination is what marks him out.

It’s all there, as you watch Messi grab his La Liga goalscoring record goal last night, part of a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla. A splendid free-kick to first draw level with–  followed by the aforementioned strike — Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra to take his tally to 253 goals, record that has stood for almost 60 years. He even had time to fire home for the hat-trick (as if he was ever going to let that get away?)

 

Euro football round-up #4

By John Dobson

The way the Champions League is unfolding, we’re switching allegiances as each round passes. In the third qualifying round, we were on Maccabi Tel Aviv who played Maribor. A goal coming five minutes into stoppages in the first leg gave a fairly defensive Maribor the advantage. The onus would therefore be on Maccabi to force the issue in the return, once again hosted in Larnaca. Continue reading