Juventus suffer historic back-to-back defeatsComments
Juventus continued their poor start to their Serie A title defence.
After losing their league opener a week ago to Udinese ‘The Old Lady’ were defeated in Rome this time around.
It was the first time in the club’s history that they have lost their first two matches of the season.
Juve’s latest result suggests a change in the Serie A air.
The game against Roma pitted last season’s top two teams against each other.
Roma dominated from the start and second half goals from Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko handed the home side a 2-1 victory.
Paulo Dybala hit Juve’s only goal in the 87th minute.
Although coach Massimiliano Allegri is refusing to press the panic button just yet the result is an early signal that Italian football’s hierarchy could change this term.
Swans clip United’s winning wings
In England Swansea City inflicted a first defeat of the season on Manchester United.
The Swans recovered from Juan Mata’s opener to put two past United for the win.
Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Swansea a third straight win against United.
After completing the double against United for the first time last season, Garry Monk’s side became only the sixth team to claim three successive league victories against the Red Devils.
It was a disappointing way for Louis van Gaal to mark his 50th game in charge.
Up and down
Our ‘up and down’ list this week sees a few milestones reached but with contrasting fortunes.
On the Up is Nabil Fekir who scored a hat-trick and chalked up an assist during Lyon’s emphatic victory over Caen.
He becomes the first player to record these stats in the French topflight since 2011.
Manchester City are up, up and away in the English Premier League.
Their victory over Watford leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s men top of the table with maximum points, 10 goals scored and none conceded.
Jose Mourinho’ might be forgiven for feeling a little bit blue.
Chelsea’s poor start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat by Crystal palace – not quite the way Mourinho would have liked to celebrate his 100th league game at Stamford Bridge.
Road to Euro
Continuing our European Championship history trip – In 1960, France staged the inaugural tournament. The home side reached the semis but Yugoslavia hadn’t read the French script and caused quite the upset.
France, who had beaten Austria 9-4 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, met Yugoslavia in the semis without Just Fontaine, top scorer at the 1958 World Cup, and play-maker Raymond Kopa.
France led 4-2 with 15 minutes to play. But France goalkeeper Georges Lamia conceded three goals in four minutes as Yugoslavia made a quick-fire comeback to win their semi-final 5-4.
Lamia paid the price and went on to earn just one more cap for France.
Yugoslavia went on to lose the final to USSR.
We might be wrong
Next weekend, the leagues will take an international break. It’s going to be the 7th leg of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Here you have our predictions for some selected matches. Tell us how you think these games will end using #TheCornerScores.
Spain 2-1 Slovakia
San Marino 0-6 England
Germany 3-1 Poland
Netherlands 2-1 Iceland
We end this episode with Real Madrid players rolling back the years in a training session with the school playground game of ‘tag you’re it’. (see clip above)