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Where the blue half of Manchester is celebrating winning the first piece of competitive silverware of the season after victory in the Capital One Cup, the League Cup in old money.
And in the Spanish capital Real and Athletico met and the result has a now familiar ring and reaction.
Such is the other worldly nature of football that Manuel Pellegrini will be on his way out of Manchester City in three months time.
But he leaves a winner after City beat Liverpool in the League Cup final on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra-time.
willy_caballero</a>'s amazing stats from yesterday's win! 🙌🙌🙌<br><br>🎥 <a href="https://t.co/oRKmrWeKN1">https://t.co/oRKmrWeKN1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcfc?src=hash">#mcfc</a> <a href="https://t.co/D8OAzrRopf">pic.twitter.com/D8OAzrRopf</a></p>— Manchester City FC (MCFC) February 29, 2016
Pellegrini’s decision to stick with 34-year-old keeper Willy Caballero, and leave Joe Hart on the bench proved inspirational. The Argentine saved three penalties and repaid his mangers trust.
Athletico Madrid won a third consecutive Madrid derby at the home of mighty Real Madrid.
Antonie Griezmann scored the only goal, early in the second half to consign Real to a one-nil defeat.
The final whistle brought howls of disapproval cascading down from the stands as the Santiago Bernabeu demanded the resignation of club president Florentino Perez.
BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 28, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo took a modest swipe at his teammates saying ‘If everybody was at my level, we’d be top.’
Football is a topsy turvey existence one minute up, one minute down. Let’s see who’s the talk of the town and who is down in dumps.
Made in Manchester 18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored twice in his Premier League debut against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Crazy.. Rashford and Rooney were exactly the same age (18 y/o 120 days) when they scored their first PL double! pic.twitter.com/If6p8vhZnp— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 29, 2016
He also played in Ander Herrera for United’s third in a 3-2 win to dent the Gunners title challenge.
Barcelona have now gone 34-games without defeat in all competitions and equal Real Madrid Spanish record. The Catalan’s can overhaul the record if they draw or beat Rayo Vallecano on Thursday in La Liga.
Paris St Germain tasted defeat for the first time in 37 matches when the Parisians were beaten 2-1 by Lyon. The bitter taste will soon fade. Paris are running away with the French title.
ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 29, 2016
Misery for Inter Milan after they were defeated in the derby of Italy against Juventus. Inter, currently fifth in Serie A, are struggling to secure a Champions League spot, city rivals AC just one point behind them.
The Euro 2004 in Portugal proved to be one of the most unpredictable in years.
Greece showed that a solid defence is a foundation for victory.
EASPORTSFIFA</a> Euro 2008 on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Xbox360?src=hash">#Xbox360</a> and i see this. Like it was yesterday... Euro 2004 winners, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greece?src=hash">#Greece</a> <a href="http://t.co/8LgMc1gEd6">pic.twitter.com/8LgMc1gEd6</a></p>— Demetri (Zorba3) December 26, 2013
Though the purists may disagree.
No one believed that Greece could win the Euro in Portugal. They entered the tournament as an unknown quantity and there for the taking, but in qualification they won six matches on the bounce conceding no goals. Hosts Portugal slipped up in the final and Greece went crazy.
Prediction time now as the euronews sports team attempts to predict the results of some of this weeks upcoming matches.
Send us your thoughts to #TheCornerScores.
In England Liverpool set for another defeat against Man City this time in the Premier League 0-2.
In Italy we expect Roma to beat Fiorentina 2-1.
And in the big Lisbon derby Sporting will defeat Benfica 3-1.
And finally in Spain’s Liga Levante will lose 2-0 at home to Real Madrid.
As the film industry handed out Oscars to honour of some spectacular performances. We have decided to award a prize each to Louis van Gall and Diego Simone, for some unrehearsed
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