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Most Memorable Game of 2018: The Night I Saw Messi

Most Memorable Game of 2018: The Night I Saw Messi

‘Don’t be so hard on yourself no,’ words booming around Wembley prior to kick off, would also be those echoing around the Tottenham dressing room at the final whistle. It was the first time I had seen Messi in the flesh and he was at his mercurial best. Seeing him walk on to the pitch, the first thing that struck me was his size. I found it deeply ironic, that he came up to most players’ chest, yet he would…

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Blues Shoot Down Stoke

Blues Shoot Down Stoke

In front of the biggest crowd of the season, Birmingham unleashed two Christmas crackers to down Stoke and their former manager, Gary Rowett. Maghoma’s effort was straight out of the top draw, but he was upstaged by Omar Bogle, whose bolt out of the blue, made it 2-0 and ensured all three points. Blues raced out of the blocks. Stoke were less spritely and Jota almost gave them a nasty fright inside the first thirty seconds. Martins Indi was caught…

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Spurs Silence the Gunners

Spurs Silence the Gunners

Spurs showed a cutting edge and avenged their NLD defeat a couple of weeks ago. Goals from Son and Alli ensured their passage into the last four. 2-0 winners on the night. As expected, the atmosphere was bouncing prior to kick off. Queuing outside the turnstiles, Arsenal fans were buoyant. Mocking their neighbour’s lack of stadium and trophies, they were in fine voice. They would have been singing even louder, had Arsenal been more clinical. The home side with a…

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River Reign Supreme in Madrid

River Reign Supreme in Madrid

At the fifth time of asking, the Copa Libertadores, was finally resolved. River Plate overcame their fierce rivals Boca Juniors, 3-1 in the Bernabeu. In a frenzied atmosphere, it was a match played at full throttle. The two sides gave everything. At the final whistle, tired legs tumbled to the turf. Those wearing red and white, fell in jubilation, those in blue, collapsed in desolation. Boca had given their all but had agonisingly, come up short.   Right from the…

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A Bitter Blow for Sevilla

A Bitter Blow for Sevilla

On Saturday, Sevilla were seconds away from taking all three points. But then, with virtually the last kick of the game, Valencia snatched an equaliser.   The goal came from an unlikely source. Substitute centre-half, Mouctar Diakhaby met Dani Parejo’s free-kick and powered the ball home. Cue, pure delirium from the home fans. Who, seconds earlier were heading for the exits, bemoaning their team’s lack of quality and resigned to defeat. Football’s a funny old game.   The match itself,…

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AS Roma 2-2 Inter Milan: No Love Lost Between These Two

AS Roma 2-2 Inter Milan: No Love Lost Between These Two

Last night, the Stadio Olimpico played host to an enthralling encounter. This time, it was Inter Milan, guilty of invading Roman soil. Inter were heading for all three points, but an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty ensured at least a point stayed in the capital.   It was a game between two juggernauts of the Italian game. There was no need for added drama, but recent history ensured there was. Luciano Spalletti, Inter’s head coach, had spent four years in Rome. However,…

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A Case of Deja Vu

A Case of Deja Vu

These two have history. The weekend’s events in Argentina may have shocked and surprised many. But for those in South America, sadly, it was deja-vu. The attack on the Boca Juniors team bus, smacked of a game, three years ago.   It was carbon copy. Although, on that occasion, the boot was on the other foot. That time, Boca were the perpetrators and River were the persecuted. Going into the second leg, River held a slender 1-0 lead. After a…

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