Welcome to The Corner, our weekly trip around the world of football. We start with the Premier League and the unstoppable Chelsea, who downed Liverpool at Anfield to stay unbeaten since the beginning of the season. Across the Channel, in Paris, the French ‘‘classic’‘ between PSG and Marseille finished with a home victory.
Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool at Anfield to strengthen their grip on the Premier League title race.
German Emre Can’s long-range effort deflected off Gary Cahill to wrong foot Thibaut Courtois and give Liverpool a 9th minute lead.
Five minutes later Chelsea were equal as Cahill got on the scoresheet himself although goal-line technology was needed for confirmation.
Diega Costa hit the winner on 67 minutes when the Spain international drilled home his tenth goal of the season to help keep Jose Mourinho’s undefeated champions four points clear at the top of the table.
Capital win for Paris
Paris Saint Germain closed the gap on French first division leaders Marseille after they beat the south coast outfit 2-0 in the capital.
Lucas Moura scored the opener on 38 minutes at the Parc des Prince before Uruguay international Edinson Cavani put the game to bed five minutes from full time and only seven minutes after Marseille’s Gianelli Imbula was shown a harsh red card.
After 13 matches played PSG are now just one point behind pace-setters Marseille and one point above Lyon.
Up and Down
Now lets have a look at who made our up and down list from last week’s action.
After scoring five goals in a 7-0 rout of BATE Borisov last month in the champions league, Luiz Adriano hit a hat-trick against the Belarussians in the reverse fixture last week – Shakhtar’s Brazilian striker is the competition’s top scorer this term with nine and definitely makes the up list.
Goal-line technology joins Adriano on the UP.
When Chelsea’s Gary Cahill fired his shot at Simon Mignolet it appeared the Belgian produced an incredible stop, but it didn’t fool Hawkeye which confirmed the ball had been carried slightly over and was a goal.
Quite literally on the down is Premier League champions Manchester City who slipped eight points behind leaders Chelsea after a 2-2 two draw with QPR. It was even worse in the Champions League where their campaign reached crisis point with defeat by CSKA Moscow.
On this day
He could have played in the 2010 World Cup as first-choice goalkeeper for Germany, but sadly Robert Enke never made it to South Africa.
On 10 November 2009, after years of battling with depression, German goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide.
He was 32 years old, when he killed himself by standing in front of a train, on a ground level crossing.
Enke started his professional career in 1995 with his hometown club, Carl Zeiss Jena, and later spent time with Borussia Mönchengladbach (1996-99), Benfica (1999-2002), and Barcelona (2002-04, including loan spells with Fenerbahçe and Tenerife), before joining Hannover 96 in 2004.
He made his first appearance for the German national team in 1997.
We might be wrong
Next weekend the European leagues take a break, but football doesn’t. The national teams return to action for matchday four of the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Here you have our predictions for some selected fixtures. Send us yours, via the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.
Some players don’t just have skills with a ball, some have skills with a mic. In this week’s ‘‘Bloopers’‘ clip, we take a look at some stars of the beautiful game giving it a bit of the X factor – don’t give up the day job fellas. Send us your funny clips using #TheCornerBloopers.