Weekend Football Review

To VAR or not to VAR?

Premier League MW 2

Arsenal 2 vs. 1 Burnley

Arsenal got the ball rolling this weekend as they beat Burnley 2-1 at home. The win meant that Arsenal managed to win their first two games in a season for the first time in 10 years. Lacazette got the lead for the Gunners in the 13th minute but Burnley grew into the game and Barnes equalised right before half time. Aubameyang then scored the winner in the 64th minute after making some space for himself. Ceballos started his first game for the Gunners and got assists for both the goals. Arsenal fly up to 2nd in the table while Burnley drop down to 10th.

Aston Villa 1 vs. 2 Bournemouth

It was not a triumphant home return for Villa as they lost to Bournemouth 1-2. King got the lead for the Cherries early on via the penalty spot in the 2nd minute. Harry Wilson then scored a great goal from outside the box thanks to a slight deflection to make it 0-2. Douglas Luiz got one back for Villa in the 71st minute and Grealish missed a sitter late on as Villa lost their second game of the season. Villa drop down to 17th, and Bournemouth climb into 7th. 

Brighton 1 vs. 1 West Ham

Brighton got off to a brilliant start last week but faced a tough test against a wounded West Ham side. The first half was tight as neither side got an edge over the other but Chicharito opened the scoring with a goal for West Ham in the 61st minute. Leandro Trossard earlier had a goal disallowed by VAR but smashed a brilliant one in the 65th minute to equalise for the Seagulls. Brighton drop into 5th while West Ham climb up to 16th. 

Everton 1 vs. 0 Watford

A top 10 clash as Everton welcomed Watford and the close game was settled by a goal from Bernard in the 10th minute. Watford tried but had no reply as they still seek a point. Everton move into 9th while Watford drop into 20th. 

Norwich 3 vs. 1 Newcastle

Norwich faced a tough test against Liverpool last weekend but played well and they continued that mood into this game as they beat Newcastle 3-1. Pukki got the ball rolling for his team in the 32nd minute and then got two more in the 2nd half to complete a hattrick and make it 4 goals in 2 games. Newcastle got a consolation goal in the 93rd minute via Shelvey. Norwich climb up to 11th while Newcastle drop into 18th. 

Southampton 1 vs. 2 Liverpool

Liverpool had a gruelling midweek game in Istanbul and it showed as they struggled throughout the game against Southampton. Mane though popped up with a moment of brilliance to make it 0-1 right before half time. Firmino then doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 71st minute, Southampton replied back through Ings after Adrian misplaced his pass but it was too little too late. Liverpool got the 3 point but were far from convincing as they move to the top of the table. Southampton drop into 19th with the loss. 

Man City 2 vs. 2 Tottenham

Saturday came to an end with a big clash as City took on Tottenham. Sterling got the ball rolling as he gave City the lead in the 20th minute. Lamela then scored a good goal to equalise for Spurs 3 minutes later. Aguero then restored City’s lead in the 35th minute. Moura came of the bench in the 2nd half and equalised once again as the game headed for a nervy final 40 minutes. In extra time Jesus who had come on for Aguero did well to finish from a cross and City thought they had won the game. Aguero and Pep were hugging thinking that they had won while the stadium was ecstatic. The referee though decided to go to VAR and it showed that the ball had touched a City player’s hand in the box and so the goal was disallowed. Pep and City were shocked as they dropped points and Spurs got a good point. After the game many people had a problem with VAR but it’s not VAR that’s the issue it’s the rules it has to implement. The handball rule is especially annoying and so should be looked into. City drop into 3rd while Spurs remain 6th. 

Sheffield United 1 vs. 0 Crystal Palace

It was a triumphant return for the Sheffield at Bramall Lane as they beat Palace 1-0. Lundstram came of the bench in the 47th minute to give the Blades a lead. Sheffield held on to it and Palace had no reply. Sheffield climb into 8th with the win while Palace drop into 14th. 

Wolverhampton 1 vs. 1 Man United

Monday night football returned as Wolves welcomed Man United in another top 10 clash. Wolves started slowly as their Europa League travels looked to be playing a part. Martial gave United the lead in the 27th minute after a good finish. Wolves held on for the rest of the half as Adama Traore was brought on at half time for the home side. Traore gave Wolves a charge going forward as he terrorised Shaw. The equaliser though came in the 55th minute as Neves scored a beauty from outside the box. The teams went for a win but neither could. Wolves remain 13th while United drop into 4th. 

La Liga MW 1

An entertaining start to La Liga saw Bilbao beat Barcelona 1-0 on Friday after local legend Aduriz came of the bench to score a bicycle kick winner. Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 1-3 as they started the season well after a poor pre-season. Sevilla beat Espanyol 0-2 to get 3 points on opening weekend, and Atletico beat Getafe 1-0 as Felix was the star of the show. Real Madrid, Sevilla, Mallorca, and Valladolid make the top four after the first weekend of fixtures. 

Bundesliga MW 1

German football returned with some great results as Bayern got the ball rolling with a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin. Dortmund beat Augsburg 5-1 to stamp their authority on the league from the get go. Monchengladbach got a 0-0 draw with Schalke, while Frankfurt beat Hoffenheim 1-0. Leipzig ended the weekend with a 0-4 win over Union Berlin. Dortmund top the table with Leipzig, Freiburg, and Dusseldorf making the top four. 

Ligue MW 2

Lyon thrashed Angers 6-0 to continue their great start to the campaign, while Nantes and Marseille drew 0-0. Monaco continue to collapse as they lost to Metz 3-0, while Lille lost to Amiens 1-0. PSG also lost their first game as Rennes beat them 2-1. Lyon, Nice, Rennes, and Metz make up the top four after 2 weeks. 

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