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Blistering Bayern, faltering Real Madrid and Arsenal defy the critics, all in the latest edition of The Corner

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Blistering Bayern, faltering Real Madrid and Arsenal defy the critics, all in the latest edition of The Corner

On The Corner this week. It was a weekend full of football emotion in Germany, Spain and England. We look at the ups and downs of the last seven days and look back at the beginnings of European competition.

Blistering Bayern

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich gave Borussia Dortmund’s a surefire demonstration why they are at the top of the table over the weekend with a decisive 5-1 victory. From the moment in the 26th minute when Thomas Muller scored the first of his two goals before the break it was always going to go Bayern’s party. His second came with a penalty after Thiago Alcantara was brought down. A minute later Borussia did manage one consolation goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but it didn’t stop the Bayern bulldozer, with Robert Lewandowski putting another two away in the second half and Mario Gotze adding a fifth for Bayern after 66 minutes.

At the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Karim Benzema gave Real a great start in the city’s derby with his sixth goal of the season just nine minutes into the game. Real’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas preserved that advantage in the 22nd minute, saving a penalty from Antoine Griezmann.
But then Real went on the defensive instead of attacking. Atletico pushed forward and Argentinian substitute Luciano Vietto put away a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal took a 3-0 lead over Manchester United in the shortest time ever since the Premier League was founded. It was a stunning demonstration of power and skill from Alexis Sanchez after six minutes, followed just a minute later by Mesut Ozil, and then another in the 19th minute from Sanchez again.
The looks on the Man United bench said it all.

Ups and Downs

Do you remember the five goals scored by Robert Lewandowski two weeks ago? Well, last weekend, another star followed his footprints, although it took more than nine minutes.

Our man on the up this week is Sergio Aguero. He scored five of Man City’s six goals against Newcastle in just twenty minutes, the fastest in Premier League history, prompting comparisons to fellow Argentine Messi and to Portugal’s Ronaldo.

Heading down is former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, sacked after three-and-a-half years in the job.
His demise came after the Reds drew 1-1 with Everton on Sunday in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool are sitting at 10th in the Premier League.

Road to Euro

It was 1968, when the third European Football Championship took place. The rules changed and so did the winner. That was the first, and so far only, continental title won by the Azzurri.

Euro 1968 saw the introduction of a new format with the start of the qualification phase. A group stage led to a quarter-final round featuring the eight group winners, then semi-finals and a final. In 1968 it was Italy and Yugoslavia who made it all the way to the final in Rome. They drew 1-1, going on to play a second match two days later. Italy, playing for the first time in the final phase of the tournament, won the title with 2-0 victory.

We might be wrong

This week, clubs take a break to allow national teams to take part in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. We’re going to tell you how we think these games are going to turn out.

Euro 2016 – qualifiers – our predictions.

Kazakhstan 0-2 Netherlands
Spain 6-1 Luxembourg
Irleand 1-2 Germany
Portugal 0-0 Denmark

You, of course, may think differently.

See you next week on The Corner

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