Manchester City outfoxed by fellow title contenders LeicesterComments
Leicester City’s fairytale season continued over the weekend as the ‘Foxes’ silenced Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium with a victory that edged them out in front at the top of the Premier League.
It was arguably Leicester’s most significant win of the campaign and it was thoroughly deserved.
Robert Huth scored twice and Riyad Mahrez once as Claudia Ranieri’s side beat their title rivals 3-1.
Sergio Aguero’s late glancing header was of little consolation to City who dropped to fourth place six points off Leicester’s pace.
The Foxes’ remarkable season continues with a trip to Arsenal, who along with Tottenham Hotspur are five points behind.
Ajax win Dutch Classic
Over in the Netherlands Ajax came from behind after Jens Toornstra’s opener to beat Feyenoord 2-1 in De Klassieker.
And what goals there were.
Amin Younes produced a dazzling bit of individual play to draw Ajax Level at one all.
The German winger capping off an entertaining first half with a stunner solo effort after being played through to the byeline captain Ajax captain Davy Klaassen.
Ajax’s second was equally impressive as Riechedly Bazoer fired home the winner in devastating fashion.
The midfielder settled the encounter from long range in the 65th minute.
Ajax could have walked off the pitch 3-1 winners as three minutes after Bazoer’s goal Ajax were awarded a spot kick when Feyenoord keeper Kenneth Vermeer brought down Klaassen.
However Nemanja Gudelj was not up to the task and sent his effort over the cross-bar and into the stands.
Ajax held on for the win that kept them second, now six points clear of Feyenoord in fourth and two points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Up and down
On the up this week is Barcelona boss Luis Enrique who enjoyed his 80th victory with the Catalans from his first 100 games in charge.
The win over Levante also equalled Barca’s best unbeaten run. The last time Barca went 28 games without defeat was in the 2010/2011 campaign.
Juventus and Napoli are also on the up as they continue their Serie A title race.
Napoli most recently beat Carpi for a club record eighth consecutive league victory while Juve downed Frosinone for their 14th straight win.
A run of form that sets up nicely Saturday’s top of the table clash.
Although with vastly improved performances Manchester United do make our down list after failing to beat Chelsea for the seventh straight league match.
Jesse Lingard put United ahead with a superb control and half volley on the turn inside the box.
But one minute into the six minutes of added time, Diego Costa sent Stamford Bridge into wild celebrations when he rounded David De Gea to slot home the equalizer.
Last time United beat the Blues was in late October in 2012.
The result also preserved Chelsea’s unbeaten record under interim boss Guus Hiddink.
Road to Euro
On home turf at Euro 1996, England lost against Germany in the semi-finals, once again missing out on the continental title. Despite the disappointment one player from the Three Lions team was unequalled in the scorers chart for that tournament.
Former England striker Alan Shearer finished top scorer with 5 goals. He scored two more goals in the next edition of the European Championships four years later which made him the second highest scorer in the tournament’s history, behind former France captain Michel Platini.
Shearer, who remains the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 260 goals, retired from international football following Euro 2000, having earned 63 appearances and scored 30 goals for his country.
We might be wrong
Next weekend European football is going to dish up a lot more emotions courtesy of four adrenaline-pumping fixtures. Here you have our predictions. Have a go and send us yours on social medial using #TheCornerScores.
Arsenal 1-2 Leicester
Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham
Juventus 2-2 Napoli
Benfica 3-1 Porto