What you missed this weekend
The weekend is over, and it’s time for a recap. Here are some of the things you might have missed this past week in gaming news.
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Although Lionel Messi made his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, it was a different Argentine who scored the game-winning goal. In other news, Juventus is still looking for their first Serie A victory, while Borussia Dortmund excelled and a great was laid to rest in England.
Mark Ogden, Tom Hamilton, and Sam Marsden are here to talk about the major stories from the soccer weekend in Europe.
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As Messi looks on, an Argentine striker rescues PSG.
For the second week in a row, Paris Saint-Germain lined up with Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe in attack, but it was Mauro Icardi who kept Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s 100 percent winning record in Ligue 1 alive against Lyon, heading a 93rd-minute winner to make it six from six for the Argentine.
The victory will obscure another dismal night for PSG’s front three, who made their Champions League debut in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge. In the first half, Messi was the standout performer, earning two stops from Lyon’s Anthony Lopes and hitting the crossbar with a free kick. Mbappe was more muted, perhaps owing to an injury he picked up in Belgium, while Neymar earned and converted a penalty.
Pochettino then ventured to pull Messi off, much to Messi’s chagrin. However, the coach’s substitutions paid off, with replacement Icardi finding space in the box to connect with Mbappe’s cross and keep PSG’s unbeaten start intact. Sam Marsden (actor)
Despite the fact that Lionel Messi did not play the whole 90 minutes, PSG managed to win. Getty
Bundesliga managers have had a mixed bag of luck.
Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, and Borussia Monchengladbach have all hired new managers, with some settling in faster than others.
With a 4-2 victory against Union Berlin, Marco Rose and Borussia Dortmund made it four victories in a row in the Bundesliga. Erling Haaland scored two goals, the first a beautiful header and the second an amazing lob, but the speed with which BVB’s new recruits have settled in is more concerning for their opponents. Donyell Malen, Jadon Sancho’s successor, has made an immediate impact, while €15 million acquisition Gregor Kobel has shown to be a steal. At right back, Thomas Meunier has been rejuvenated, and you have championship contenders in the form of Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna.
Prior to the season, it seemed as though three clubs would compete, and that is exactly what is happening, albeit with Wolfsburg leading the charge, rather than Leipzig, with Bayern Munich and Dortmund.
Jesse Marsch has had a difficult start at Leipzig, with just one victory in five Bundesliga games and a 6-3 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League. Leipzig’s new acquisitions have not gelled as well as Dortmund’s; Andre Silva has failed to rediscover his scoring touch from Eintracht Frankfurt, while the defense is coping with the departures of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate. On Saturday, Leipzig drew 1-1 with Cologne, although they wasted opportunities to win. — Hamilton, Tom
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Liverpool’s depth is beginning to emerge.
Jurgen Klopp was in the unusual position last week of being free to rotate Liverpool’s team on his own terms after last season’s injury-plagued campaign, and victories against Milan and Crystal Palace should worry other trophy contenders.
After a strong start in the Champions League, James Milner and Kostas Tsimikas started at right-back and left-back, respectively, on Saturday, with regulars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson taking a breather. Milner was outstanding, covering the most distance and sprints of any player, while Tsimikas was one of many players who shown that he may be a viable alternative when others are rested.
Thiago seems more at ease than he did last season, thanks to Naby Keita’s late goal. The Liverpool career of new recruit Ibrahim Konate is still in its early stages, but he seemed comfortable with Virgil van Dijk; with such alternatives at centre-back, such as Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho may be returned to midfield.
For most of last season at Anfield, finishing in the top four seemed improbable. Klopp can now set loftier objectives given that his main players are fit, barring Harvey Elliott’s fractured ankle. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United will all be watching. Hamilton’s words
After easily defeating Spurs, Shaka Hislop thinks he’s beginning to view Chelsea as Premier League favorites.
Greaves was a fantastic player regardless of the period.
Jimmy Greaves’ goal-scoring exploits are virtually forgotten to a generation of contemporary fans, but his passing on Sunday at the age of 81 served as a timely reminder of his brilliance and the folly of evaluating all accomplishments exclusively within too narrow a framework.
Alan Shearer’s 260 Premier League goals constitute a record, but only in the sense that it predates the 1992 reorganization of English football; Greaves still holds the record for most Premier League goals with 357. Meanwhile, Harry Kane needs 47 more goals for Spurs to break Greaves’ club record of 266 goals in 379 appearances (Kane is in second spot, with 223 from 342).
Greaves’ 37 goals for Spurs in 1962-63 set a new club record, while he also set a new club record for Chelsea with 41 goals in 1960-61. Over the course of four years, he scored 132 goals in 169 appearances for the Stamford Bridge team.
All sports compare rivals from various periods to determine greatness, but English football’s tendency of mentioning solely Premier League records — as if football was less important before 1992 — makes no sense since it undervalues the past’s titans. Next all, it was those like Greaves and others who laid the path for what came after. ‘Mark Ogden’
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For Juventus, Morata’s magic isn’t enough.
Alvaro Morata’s fourth-minute goal capped a brilliant team effort, but it wasn’t enough to give Juventus their first Serie A victory.
Milan put everything on the line and suffered the price when Juve regained control. Morata was supplied by Paulo Dybala, who did the rest; his first touch was in his own half, and he only needed three more touches to hold off Theo Hernandez and then lift the ball over Mike Maignan.
Juve seemed like they’d hang on for three points from there, but they gave up a lead for the third time in four league games this season. Milan won a point thanks to Ante Rebic’s late header, putting them level with Inter on 10 points from a possible 12. The search for Massimiliano Allegri’s first league victory since his return to Turin continues. Marsden’s words
ALVARO MORATA WITH A CHEEKY FINISH pic.twitter.com/FZ8v9DF6Cj ALVARO MORATA WITH A CHEEKY FINISH
September 19, 2021 — CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo)
Bailey helps Villa Park get back on its feet.
Leon Bailey was one of the most high-profile summer signings, going from Bayer Leverkusen to Aston Villa for up to £30 million, but the Jamaican international may have gone under the radar due to Villa Park’s emphasis on Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City.
Bailey’s spectacular goal against Everton on Saturday, though, was one of those that made everyone sit up and take notice. Bailey received a long pass from Danny Ings in the Everton half and, without stopping, nodded the ball down before firing a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from 20 yards.
Bailey only lasted 21 minutes after coming in as a replacement, but he provided an assist and a goal before being pulled off due to a muscle injury. The Holte End, which is packed with Villa’s loudest fans, will be hoping that their exciting new striker isn’t out for long. Ogden, Utah
@LeonBailey, welcome to Villa Park! pic.twitter.com/RpYKWe1bXM
September 18, 2021 — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial)
Guerreiro scores a memorable goal.
Naby Keita’s volley against Crystal Palace was fantastic, but Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro stepped up.
The ball bobbled on the outside of the box between Jude Bellingham and Guerreiro 10 minutes into BVB’s eventual 4-2 victory against Union Berlin, and Guerreiro had an opportunity to chest it down before hitting a half-volley across goal and into Union goalie Andreas Luthe’s top corner.
It was a timely reminder that, for all the hype of Borussia Dortmund’s potency up front via Erling Haaland, who did score twice in the game, the team has other players who can step up and deliver a moment of spectacular brilliance. Hamilton’s words
Vintage #Bundesliga action at #BVBFCU, with stunning goals and an exciting match! pic.twitter.com/Gc2rIkGZkX pic.twitter.com/Gc2rIkGZkX pic.twitter.com/Gc2
September 19, 2021 — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga EN)
There are two teams that should be concerned.
Celta Vigo should be concerned.
Celta started the LaLiga season with a loss to champions Atletico Madrid and then lost to Real Madrid last weekend, but the argument that their poor start is due to a tough early schedule is eroding with each passing week. Because outside setbacks against the two aforementioned heavyweights, a 2-2 draw at Osasuna and a home defeat to Athletic Bilbao, were exacerbated by a 2-1 loss at Balaidos on Friday to Cadiz, who were winless going into the game.
Celta should be too good to go down, but a start of one point from 15 will worry supporters, especially with a dispute rumbling in the background. Eduardo Coudet did a good job last season, steadying the ship and clinching an eighth-place finish, and Celta should be too good to go down, but a start of one point from 15 will worry supporters, especially with a dispute rumbling in the background.
Intermedia Sport Player, the agency that represents many first-team players, notably Iago Aspas and Denis Suarez, is at conflict with President Carlos Mourino. The manner a teenager, Bryan Bugarin, departed the club for Madrid in the summer enraged Mourino. Marsden’s words
Bochum learns a hard lesson in the Bundesliga.
This season, Greuther Furth and VfL Bochum both made it to Germany’s top table, but the gap between the two was evident this weekend as the latter was thrashed 7-0 by Bayern Munich, due to a combination of long-range goals, sloppy close-range efforts, and a hilarious own goal.
Bochum have lost three games in a row after a 2-0 victory over Mainz in matchday two, and with fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach expected to rediscover form sooner rather than later, Bochum must bounce back fast. Hamilton’s words
Edin Dzeko, in the center, has had a strong start at Inter. Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images photo
Dzeko demonstrates that Inter can succeed without Lukaku.
Inter Milan needed to find a proven goal scorer to fill the hole created by Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5 million summer move to Chelsea, and Edin Dzeko is already proving himself capable.
Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter, and his 24 Serie A goals helped Antonio Conte’s team win the Scudetto last season. Inter needed stability and dependability up front after the summer departures of both players, and the free transfer acquisition of Dzeko from Roma proved to be a masterstroke.
While he may not be as prolific as Lukaku for the Nerrazzurri, the 35-year-experience old’s and ability to deliver consistently will be crucial for Simone Inzaghi’s team. He scored twice as a substitute during Inter’s 6-1 home win over Bologna on Saturday, putting the reigning champions on top of the table.
Dzeko is one of Europe’s most reliable goal scorers, but he may not have received the recognition he deserves. He scored 85 goals in 142 games for Wolfsburg, helping the team win the Bundesliga championship in 2008-09. He then went on to win the Premier League with Manchester City, scoring 72 goals in 189 appearances. He’s off to a terrific start in his quest for a third major league championship. Ogden, Utah
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