Cinzia Rizzi guides us through the weekend’s football in ‘The Corner.’
“Welcome back, loads of interesting matches over the weekend.
We liked the Manchester derby and the top of the table clash at the summit of the Dutch league where PSV Eindoven met Ajax Amsterdam.
Manchester United fans bellowed their delight after victory over Manchester City in their own backyard and it was Manchester born Marcus Rashford who stunned the Etihad with a wonderful goal in the first half. City looked flat and failed to rouse themselves.
United are just one point behind city and could steal a champions league place ahead of their rivals and leave in coming coach Pep Guardiola without big time European football.
Ajax replaced champions PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Dutch league thanks to a 2-0 win at the Philips Stadion.
FINAL | PSV 0 – 2 #AJAX. Goals from both— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) March 20, 2016
arekmilik9</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/AElGhazi7">AElGhazi7 puts #Ajax 1st in the Eredivisie! #psvajapic.twitter.com/DuMoV7HafZ
Arkadiusz Milik bagged his 18th goal of the season after just two minutes easing PSV to their first their first home defeat of the campaign.
Anwar El Ghazi supplied the second late on with his 12th of the season as Frank de Boer’s side made it nine wins from their last 12 league games.
The result takes Ajax two points clear at the top with six games to go.
Record breaking ups and downs this week. A goalkeeper, a striker and a coach from the Italian, German and Spanish leagues.
Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a Serie A record by not conceding a goal after 974 minutes of play . The 38-year-old overtook SebastianoRossi’s previous best of 929 minutes. Buffon finally succumbed in the 48th minute of the Turin derby to a penalty.
RECORD: Gianluigi Buffon has set a new Serie A record after going 930 minutes without conceding a goal.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 20, 2016
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski bagged his 25th goal of the season to became Bayern’s highest scoring foreign player in one season overtaking Luca Toni.
Atlético Madrid lost for the first time after leading at half-time, since Diego Simone took charge 248 games ago.The last time was in 2010 against Real Madrid.
Diego Simone pic.twitter.com/rOJuVb9QXl— #Football & Rap FaN (@dhakal_jeshan) March 17, 2016
Euro 2008 marked the start of the Spanish domination of European international football.
Spain won the crown in Austria and Switzerland ,but another team turned heads by their unexpected performances, it was Turkey, who finished third.
The Turks delivered a tournament of thrilling football. Turkey under Fatih Terim scored a late winner against co-hosts Switzerland and twice in the last three minutes to stun the Czech Republic, as well as a last-gasp extra-time leveler against Croatia before winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out 3-1.
Ivica Olic to SN: “Hardest moment of my career? Losing to Turkey at EURO 2008. I hated football after that defeat.” pic.twitter.com/jo7NvVDtAf— Tommy (@tommy_sportske) March 4, 2016
Only to be be beaten in 90th minute in the semi-final against Germany.
Nail-biting down to a fine art.
Next week is the international break as the Euro in France looms. We have made our predictions, now you make yours you can reach us on social media using the #TheCornerScores.
Italy 1-1 Spain
Netherlands 2-0 France
Germany 3-1 England
Times up and we end with the charming images of three kids invading a Barcelona training session. The pampered Barca stars took things in the right spirit. We leave you with the amusing spectacle, we’ll be back next week, see you then.’‘