Welcome back to The Corner, our weekly round up from the world of football. The domestic leagues have restarted after the international break and the Spanish capital was busy with the local derby. Real Madrid played host to Atletico Madrid once again. But luck was not on Los Blancos’ side this time.
Reigning La Liga Champions Atletico went some way towards avenging their loss in last season’s Champions League final. Tiago headed in a corner to give the away side an early lead. A penalty by Ronaldo levelled the score but Arda Turan’s goal wrapped up the match 2-1 in Atletico’s favour. The victory sees Atletico win back-to-back away derbies for the first time in their history.
Over to England now. One of the most fascinating encounters in the Premier League was at the Emirates Stadium, where title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City battled it out. Arsene Wenger’s team continued this season’s unbeaten run with their third draw in a row.
A late equaliser by Martin Demichelis meant Arsenal were denied a home victory. New signing Danny Welbeck could only hit the post on his debut match and Arsenal paid for it when Sergio Aguero put City ahead before halftime. Second half goals from Jack Wilshire and Alexis Sanchez put a win in the Gunners’ sights, but City’s 83rd-minute shot saw the match end 2-2.
We might be wrong…
We might be wrong, but let’s take a look at our predictions for some of the upcoming matches from the English, French and Italian leagues. Don’t forget, you can also send us your predictions via the social networks, using the hashtag #TheCornerScores.
Here on the euronews sports team, we feel Chelsea might just beat Man City to the win at the City of Manchester Stadium. We predict last season’s league winners Paris Saint Germain will prevail over Olympique Lyonnais and feel that AC Milan will lose out to Juventus.
Up or down?
For some people in the world of football, everything is going well, while others need a bit more luck. Let’s take a look at this week’s “Ups and Downs”.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa was described as a “special” player by boss José Mourinho at the weekend after his hat-trick against Swansea catapulted the Blues to two points clear in the Premier League.
The new signing has scored seven goals in his first four matches at the London club.
Brazilian Neymar also made his presence felt this weekend. He came off the bench to score two goals and seal a win for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao. Barca, like Arsenal are undefeated so far this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s season is off to a less-successful start. Real Madrid have taken just three points from three matches and are six points adrift of current leaders Barca.
Add the fact that they have now lost twice in a row to rivals Atletico and things are looking very bleak indeed.
On this day…
What happened 38 years ago today, on September 15, was highly unusual in the history of UEFA. Let’s go to Derby County and the year 1976…
Derby played a blinder. In fact, they secured the biggest margin of victory in club history at the Baseball Ground that day, beating Finn Harps 12-0 in the UEFA Cup.
After winning the league in ’75, Derby’s luck diminished. They finished fourth the following season and were winless in the first five matches of the ’76-‘77 season.
When the Irish team arrived for the opening leg of their first-round cup tie The Rams were nineteenth in the league.
The goals started to roll in and they went on to win the second leg by a less impressive, but still respectable, 4-1, before being knocked out in the next round by AEK Athens.
Penalties are a source of fear for many goalkeepers, as you’ll see in our ‘Bloopers’ section.
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