Real Madrid came back from two goals down in the second half to beat Sevilla 4-2 and make their Champions League group stage record 16 points. Manchester United had a much better weekend, however, with Rashford scoring twice while completing 90 minutes against Chelsea on Sunday. Liverpool got an impressive 3-0 victory over Spurs this past Saturday as Alisson was named Man of the Match for his performance.
Real Madrid’s comeback, Rashford’s redemption, Alisson MVP for Liverpool Weekend Review.
Late goals were the prevailing theme of the European weekend, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid completing remarkable comebacks in LaLiga, while Manchester United required a 93rd-minute strike to win. In other news, Liverpool’s goalie was the hero in a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace that might have gone other way.
Rob Dawson, Alex Kirkland, and James Tyler bring you the latest news from throughout Europe.
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There are four items to consider.
In a 2-2 tie, Real Madrid wins.
Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Elche on Sunday seemed like both a squandered opportunity (second-place Sevilla’s dropped points the day before had provided them the chance to increase their advantage at the top) and a reminder that this squad never knows when it’s defeated.
Rashford and Rangnick have a chance to redeem themselves.
Marcus Rashford was booed at Old Trafford not long ago, but he has since bounced back with two goals in his last two games, the most recent of which — a stoppage-time winner against West Ham on Saturday — might be crucial when the Champions League positions are decided.
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People close to Rashford believe he has been suffering from a confidence problem in recent months, so a goal in the 94th minute against David Moyes’ team was welcome in more ways than one. Ralf Rangnick’s changes were rewarded with Rashford’s goal, with Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani both contributing to the score.
Rangnick made the appropriate changes against Brentford in midweek, even if it meant dealing with the aftermath from substituting Cristiano Ronaldo, and the team’s performance in the previous two games will win over some of the fans who questioned his game management in United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last week. Dawson’s words
MARCUS RASHFORD WINS IT IN STOPPAGE TIME FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! #MUNWHU #MyPLMorning pic.twitter.com/aDNjghmAII
— January 22, 2022, NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer)
In their match against Juventus, AC Milan stutters.
With around 14 matches remaining, Serie A’s championship race is perhaps the most close in Europe’s major leagues this season, with three clubs separated by four points. Milan, on the other hand, may see Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate with Juventus as a squandered chance.
The Bianconeri came in with little intention of pressing through half-time, snatching a few off-target shots while resolutely stopping their opponents from putting together a solid offensive. With Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao, Davide Calabria, and Theo Hernandez all attempting and failing to evade Wojciech Szczesny, a flat Milan effort was bookended by chances from Juan Cuadrado (first five minutes) and Weston McKennie (last five minutes).
A draw was a fair outcome, but it doesn’t make you a champion. Finally, Stefano Pioli’s side has two weeks to think and prepare for their next opponent, Inter Milan, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was forced off after half an hour due to injury. Tyler’s comment
Atletico Madrid’s incredible comeback
Even in the backdrop of a severely poor season, Atletico Madrid’s first-half performance against Valencia on Saturday was horrible. Atleti was 2-0 behind after goals from Yunus Musah and Hugo Duro, and seemed farther away than ever from mounting a meaningful defense of their LaLiga crown. “My heart broke in the first half,” coach Diego Simeone said later, and who can blame him?
What transpired next is entirely down to the manager and his players. A wild 3-2 comeback, two of which came in extra time, seemed like a reunion between players and supporters, a rediscovering of the team’s identity, and validation for Simeone’s techniques.
ATLETICO GOAL IN STOPPAGE TIME TO GO UP 3-2 AFTER BEING DOWN 0-2 pic.twitter.com/bSfaWD0d8L INCREDIBLE TEAM GOAL BY ATLETICO TO GO UP 3-2 IN STOPPAGE TIME AFTER BEING DOWN 0-2
— January 22, 2022, ESPN FC (@ESPNFC)
It began with an unexpected substitution: forward Joao Felix was replaced by the clumsy defender Felipe, resulting in a reorganization of the team’s form that enabled them to go all-in. Out wide, Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco shone, while another replacement, Matheus Cunha, kicked off the comeback before Correa and Mario Hermoso finished the job at the very end.
“In the second half, we saw Atletico Madrid,” Simeone stated. “We were just being ourselves. I want to grab on even tighter if it seems like it’s going away.” Jose Maria Gimenez gave an exceptionally candid assessment of what has gone wrong this season, admitting that Atletico’s superior team has made them worse, not better.
“I’ve seen a little more ease,” the defender added. “We’ve gone into games knowing we have tremendous players who can win you a game at any point… but a great team is founded on outcomes.” Kirkland’s comment
Three objectives that you must see
Dortmund is victorious, and it is a convincing victory.
There’s a lot of chaos around Borussia Dortmund these days, especially in terms of their defense, but one area that’s humming along at a rapid pace is their offensive. When you have players like Erling Haaland, Marco Reus, and Jude Bellingham on your team, you can’t go wrong, and their current Bundesliga record reflects that, with 16 goals scored in their last five league games.
TSG Hoffenheim’s 3-2 come-from-behind triumph on Saturday included two such gems: Haaland’s sixth-minute effort was a magnificent, sweeping team effort with a ton of slick interchanges and movement that resulted in the big Norwegian’s simplest tap-in ever. 15 minutes into the second half, Reus’ performance was also the consequence of exceptional decision-making and fluidity. May it continue for a long time. Tyler’s comment
A goal deserving of a point against Man City.
How about that for your first goal in the @premierleague?
@KWPeters is very kind! pic.twitter.com/R8bWxTwfct
— January 22, 2022, Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC)
Southampton’s build-up play was impressive, with passing triangles and sweeping cross-field balls, but the final result was even better. The outside of the boot touch and finish was flawless, and it was all done while sprinting into the penalty area. Overall, it was a beautiful goal that earned Southampton a point. Dawson’s words
In Spain, Serrano’s scorcher
Nico Serrano scored this goal: pic.twitter.com/qDI7u8wzzj
— January 23, 2022, ESPN+ (@ESPNPlus)
Nico Serrano is the latest talented kid to emerge from Athletic Bilbao, and his goal on Sunday — in his first LaLiga start, no less — put a stop to Rayo Vallecano’s perfect home record this season. Serrano took advantage of a bad defensive header inside the area, controlling the bouncing ball with a touch and easily thrashing a left-footed effort past Rayo goalkeeper Luca Zidane.
Inaki Williams, Nico Williams, and Serrano in the front three? Please add me to the list. Kirkland’s comment
There are two teams that should be concerned.
Everton’s problems are growing worse.
Burnley, Watford, Newcastle, and Norwich are all expected to be relegated from the Premier League this season, but Everton have cause to be concerned following a weekend in which they were thrashed at home by Aston Villa, while Newcastle and Norwich also won.
Everton are now just four points clear of the relegation zone, making their post-international break trip to Newcastle, who defeated Leeds on Saturday, crucial for both clubs. Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s interim manager, will have had more time to work with his players by then, and he will be hoping for a better performance than the one he saw against Villa.
With just one league victory since the end of September, the Goodison Park side looks uncomfortable and disconnected moving forward, which will have to improve if they are to pull out of their current predicament. Rafael Benitez has left Everton, but the club’s difficulties are far from over. Dawson’s words
Mallorca’s downward spiral continues.
IN THE 91ST MINUTE, MILITAO EQUALIZES!
VINI’S WORK IS AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/BNDoH1VMVW
— January 23, 2022, ESPN FC (@ESPNFC)
After his team’s 3-0 loss to Villarreal on Saturday, Real Mallorca coach Luis Garcia Plaza made no apologies. He remarked, “We can’t be that naive.” “Perhaps we’ll have to depend more on the players who are familiar with the situation.” He appeared to hint that having brilliant youngsters such as Take Kubo, Lee Kang On, Fer Nino, and Jordi Mboula in the team is great, but is it really what you need in a relegation dogfight?
Mallorca’s issue isn’t simply that they’ve lost four consecutive games and have just one victory in their last 13 league games. It’s the fact that the clubs surrounding them are showing indications of improvement. Quique Sanchez Flores has transformed Getafe, a squad that was unrecognizable when the season began with a record seven-game losing run. Cadiz, who replaced Alvaro Cervera as manager with Sergio Gonzalez, won 2-0 against Levante this weekend. Elche dazzled in a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.
Garcia Plaza is a likeable and accomplished manager, but he’ll have his job cut out for him to keep Mallorca in LaLiga — and a lengthy cup run, which includes a Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Rayo Vallecano, may not help matters. Kirkland’s comment
MVP of the weekend
If we have another championship contest, Alisson will be the one to beat.
For most of their Sunday afternoon duel at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace left Liverpool gasping for breath, making it difficult to determine which of the two clubs was in the championship chase and which was stuck between Southampton and Brentford in mid-table. On paper, the Reds won 3-1 thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Fabinho (through a disputed late penalty). However, the three points are because to their outstanding goalie. His efforts were possibly the most crucial of all, given the way in which Palace attacked and pushed the underperforming Reds all day.
Liverpool’s 2-0 half-time lead never looked safe thanks to Palace’s pacy, direct running, and Odsonne Edouard’s chill finish 10 minutes after the break quickly swung the momentum back in the hosts’ favor; if another goal seemed imminent, it was only ever going to come from Patrick Vieira’s purposeful side. Conor Gallagher & Co. controlled the midfield, Michael Olise led an aggressive press and the Reds simply couldn’t slow things down.
Alisson is then summoned to restore order. He stopped an Edouard back-heel and resisted great pressure once Christian Benteke and Andre Ayew came in to lay siege. Though Liverpool’s goals keep them in the championship chase these days, Alisson is just as crucial in putting the pressure on Manchester City. Anything less than a win on Sunday would have been a missed chance after City’s draw with Southampton. Then it’s a good thing for Liverpool. Tyler’s comment
The “Liverpool premier league” is a football club in England. The team plays in the Premier League, which is the top level of English football. The Liverpool team managed to come back from two goals down and beat Real Madrid 3-2 on Saturday evening. Reference: liverpool premier league.
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