Barcelona secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in a tense La Liga encounter, all thanks to loanee Joao Felix. Felix’s goal was the ultimate decider that now puts Barcelona within four points of league leaders Real Madrid. Recall that Felix is on loan from Atletico. He left the club in September, amidst controversies surrounding his stay and playtime. Meanwhile, his excellent chip secured the only goal of the match. Joao Felix scored the only goal in the match – Getty image In the second half, Atletico attempted to mount a comeback, but Barcelona’s defense deterred them. Barcelona’s Raphinha hit the post, and substitute Memphis Depay faced a huge save from a free-kick. Atletico’s Angel Correa also tested Barcelona’s goalkeeper, Inaki Pena, who made a crucial stop. The win by Xavi Hernandez side put them in a promising position in the La Liga title race.
Liverpool staged a remarkable comeback, scoring two late goals in just two minutes to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory against Fulham. Jurgen Klopp’s side faced the danger of a surprising defeat when Bobby Decordova-Reid headed Fulham into a 3-2 lead in the 80th minute. However, Liverpool rose to the challenge with incredible fit in the final minutes of the match. Wataru Endo, on 87 minutes, initiated Liverpool’s comeback with a crucial goal, leveling the score in the EPL encounter. Mac Allister scored Liverpool a beauty – Getty image Just a minute later, Trent Alexander-Arnold sealed the turnaround with another goal, to double his tally, and completing Liverpool’s stunning late surge. The deadlock was broken with a free-kick by Alexander-Arnold that struck the crossbar, rebounding off Fulham’s Bernd Leno to give Liverpool the lead. However, Fulham’s Harry Wilson responded swiftly to equalize. Liverpool regained the lead when Alexis Mac Allister scored an extraordinary long-range effort. Yet again, Fulham demonstrated their strength as Kenny Tete found the net in first-half stoppage time. With the game entering its 90th minute, Decordova-Reid’s goal appeared to secure victory for Fulham, but Liverpool had other plans, as substitute Endo and vice-captain Alexander-Arnold’s late heroics sealed a comeback win at Anfield.
Anthony Gordon scored the match’s only goal – Getty image Newcastle United outclassed Manchester United with a tap-in goal from Anthony Gordon at St James’ Park on Saturday night. Eddie Howe’s men secured the well-deserved 1-0 victory against Manchester United, after raining terror on the Red Devils defense. Anthony Gordon scored the match’s only goal – Getty image Gordon who made good timing in the 55th minute, slotted in a fine finish from a cross by Kieran Trippier, after several attempts by the home side. Despite Newcastle’s dominance and securing all three points, they hit a brick wall with the defensive combination of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, who prevented them from scoring more. Onana who has faced criticism recently, was also on top of his game in the clash, making some clinical saves, although gasped at some point.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal extended their Premier League top of the table lead with a 2-1 win against Wolves on Saturday. The Gunners showed their attacking prowess early in the game, scoring their first within six minutes. Bukayo Saka’s skill maneuvering past Wolves defense, saw him net his eighth goal of the season. The league leaders continued their onslaught, doubling their lead just 13 minutes into the match.
Arsenal continue EPL lead with 2-1 against Wolves – Getty image Oleksandr Zinchenko’s clever play set up captain Martin Odegaard, who calmly finished to put Arsenal in stronger control. The Gunners’ manager Arteta, had been vocal about the challenges posed by Wolves defensive style. However, Arsenal’s attacking display in the game proved mover decisive. Meanwhile, the match also saw Wolves’ goalkeeper, Jose Sa, pick an injury, leading to an unexpected opportunity for second goalkeeper Dan Bentley. Recall that Bentley was a former Arsenal player who was released 15 years ago.
Burnley secured their first home win since promotion by ruthlessly thrashing Sheffield United 5-0 on Saturday’s Premier League clash. The deadlock was broken from the first minute as Jay Rodriguez found the back of the net, putting Vincent Kompany’s side in the driving seat. The attacking force continued, and by the 29th minute, Burnley doubled their lead with a goal from Jacob Bruun Larsen. The second half saw Burnley maintaining their form, with Zeki Amdouni adding another goal to the tally. Burnley thrash Sheffield United 5-0 – Getty image Luca Koleosho and Josh Brownhill further asserted Burnley’s dominance by scoring in the later stages of the game. The 5-0 victory marked Burnley’s first home win since their promotion from Championship, under the management of Vincent Kompany.
Walter Mazzarri’s Napoli faced a 4-2 defeat against Real Madrid, denting their progress in the Champions League, despite a strong fight. Giovanni Simeone initially gave Napoli the lead, but Real Madrid quickly equalized through Rodrygo, before Jude Bellingham added another for the home side. Napoli fought back, leveling the score at 2-2 at the start of the second half with Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa’s goal. Victor Osimhen, coming off the bench, made a notable impact, contributing to Napoli’s equaliser and fighting spirit. Jude Bellingham scored a header for Real Madrid, against Napoli – Getty image However, missed opportunities haunted both teams, with Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski forced off due to a rough tackle. The score line changed again shortly, for Real Madrid, after Nicolas Paz delivered a long-range effort that slipped past Napoli’s goalkeeper, Alex Meret. In the closing minutes, Joselu sealed the victory for Real Madrid, securing a 4-2 win. The defeat leaves Napoli on the edge, with their fate depending on the upcoming clash against SC Braga. Despite the setback, Napoli can progress to the last 16 if they avoid defeat in the final group-stage match.
Newcastle United were denied an epic victory against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday night’s Champions League, after controversial penalty call. The would have been remarkable victory, was marred by a late on-the-spot finish by star forward Kylian Mbappe, bringing the match to a 1-1 draw. With Alexander Isak’s first-half goal, Newcastle transformed from the bottom of Group F to a potential second-place qualification. But the draw, although not totally encouraging, keeps their hopes alive, while compounding their situation. Late penalty deny Newcastle epic win against PSG – Getty image The Mbappe’s goal occurred deep into eight minutes of injury time when PSG was awarded a penalty for handball against Tino Livramento. Newcastle, now third in their group, need a victory against AC Milan in the final game, and hope for a favourable result in the Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG fixture to secure a spot in the last 16.
Newcastle delivered a sensational performance, securing a 4-1 win over Chelsea in a Premier League clash on Saturday. After returning from injury, Alexander Isak, opened the scoring for the Magpies, only to be met with an outstanding free-kick from Raheem Sterling, leveling the score at half time. Newcastle beat Chelsea scoring two in 90 seconds – Getty image The turning point in the game came when Newcastle rattled the net twice in just 90 seconds, courtesy of goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Joelinton. To compound Chelsea’s woes, captain Reece James received his marching orders with a red card, having taken two yellow cards during the intense clash.
Ousmane Dembele scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in a 5-2 win over Monaco, in French Ligue 1 on Friday. The victory saw the French giants keep their position as league leaders. Gonçalo Ramos opened the scoring for the Parisiens, capitalizing on a Phillip Köhn error, but Monaco quickly responded, exploiting PSG’s mistake to level the game at the 22nd minutes. PSG lead was doubled with a goal from Kylian Mbappe just before half-time.
Dembele scored his first goal for PSG against Monaco – Getty image Ousmane Dembélé stole the spotlight with a spectacular near-post finish, making it three for his side. Vitinha also added to the scoring spree with a fine curling as the host maintained dominance in the game. Although Monaco, through. Nigeria-born Folarin Balogun, managed to narrow the deficit, Randal Kolo Muani widened the net further, with with a 90+6 minutes finish. PSG successfully secured all three crucial points in a clash against their title rivals.
Harry Kane scored his 18th goal in 12 appearances for Bayern Munich on Friday against FC Cologne, surpassing Robert Lewandowski’s record. Bayern entered the match hoping to reclaim the top spot in the Bundesliga title race, and Kane’s striker instinct came to the rescue when he pounced on a rebound from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s blocked shot, securing a 1-0 victory for the visitors. With 18 Bundesliga goals to his name, Kane has surpassed Robert Lewandowski’s debut season record at Bayern. The Poland international netted 17 goals in 31 Bundesliga games during the 2014/15 campaign.
Harry Kane scored the only goal of the match – Getty image Kane’s form extends beyond domestic competition, boasting a total of 22 goals in 17 appearances across all competitions, including the Champions League. Bayern Munich remains undefeated in the league, with Kane’s impact playing a huge role. The former Tottenham star is believed to be trophy hungry, having spent over a decade without a silverware. Meanwhile, Bayern’s history of success, added to his overwhelming form, will most likely make his dreams come true.