Top 5 Football Matches of the Weekend
The football season is fully back! All the major leagues, bar the Bundesliga (It was the German cup aka DFB Pokal weekend), are in full throttle with the La Liga serving us arguably the most entertaining set of games. Three of the Spanish league matches generated a whopping 24 goals! That’s an average of 8 goals per game. The 2nd weekend of premier league games wasn’t as scintillating as the first, but it still had its thrills. Also providing us with football fireworks far away in the west from Europe was the Olympic football men final where Neymar and co made history by finally winning Brazil her first gold medal in football. So without much further ado, here are the top 5 games that got our fangs tickling.
NOTE: This list is based on a combination of metrics which include the number of goals scored in a match, landmarks, entertainment value and controversial moments.
5. Watford 1-2 Chelsea – Fabregas 10mins salvo
For the 1000th time in the premier league, Diego Costa did everything against the book to earn a dismissal and for the 999th time, Jon Moss, the referee for the game, refused to punish Diego for his indiscretions. On two occasions, the aforementioned player should have been red carded; one for an apparent dive and the other for a wild kick on a Watford defender. But the game will be more remembered for Cesc Fabregas’ instant impact in the game. Surprisingly benched by Conte for the second game running, Cesc was brought in in the last 12mins of the game and won it with his sumptuous trademark pass to Diego. Also, Cesc’s control of the ball and deft touches gave Chelsea the cutting edge they were obviously lacking prior to his entry. Conte will be foolhardy to bench Cesc for the next game against Burnley.
4. Brazil U23 1 (5) – 1 (4) Germany U23 (PEN) – Golden Neymar
Until Saturday, this was the only football competition Brazil has NEVER won! And what better way to win it in front of a packed crowd at the Maracana stadium led by the country’s jewel, Neymar Jr. He was inherently instrumental in winning Brazil her first ever gold at the Olympics. His masterclass performance in the final and throughout the competition propelled his team to a historic win. In the final, Neymar scored a breathtaking free kick to put brazil in the lead and scored the deciding kick in the penalty shootout. This Olympics triumph will partially erase the recent disappointments the fans have been subjected to by the senior team, especially the debacle of the world cup semi-final game — incidentally — against the German senior team.
3. AC Milan 3-2 Torino – The Bacca Show
Milan got their Serie A to a solid start after piping Torino to a narrow win. The Rossoneri has their talisman, Carlos Bacca, to thank after the player scored a perfect hat trick. The unsettled striker scored his first goal with his head, the second with his left foot and the third, a penalty, with his right foot. Carlos worth in the transfer market just got tripled after the game.
2. Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis – The Suarez/Messi Combo
This is like Déjà vu, we watched this duo last season, countlessly mauls helpless teams with their sumptuous display and awesome finesse in front of goal. First match this season; 5 goals, first victim; the hapless team from Sevilla. At least, Real Betis can be happy about one thing; they will not have to face this diminutive duo for the next 18 LA Liga games.
1. Sevilla 6-4 Espanyol – 10 Goal Thriller
This was by far the game of the weekend! It’s not every weekend you see a football game producing 10 goals. But this match did without any incidences (like a penalty) to influence the number of goals. Though the game was fraught with a lot of horrid defending from both sides, but heck, for neutrals like me, I care less; I mean what’s so exciting in a football match filled with tactical perfection that won’t produce any goals at the end?