The incredible implementation of Tottenham Hotspur and the missed moments of Manchester City
Last season, Manchester City practically did not lose points and eventually became the champion of England, and in the new one he misfired in the second round, playing in a draw - 2: 2. However, the team that managed to stop the townspeople was the current Tottenham Champions League finalist.
The match itself turned out to be quite bright and productive. Josep Guardiola's wards managed to step forward in the middle of the first half thanks to an accurate header by Rahim Sterling. However, the guests recouped three minutes later - Eric Lamela from outside the penalty area beautifully struck into the far corner. Nevertheless, “Manchester” nevertheless left for the break, leading in the long run, as Sergio Aguero managed to distinguish himself.
But in the second half, Mauricio Pochettino made an effective substitution. Before the hero of last year’s semifinal confrontation in the Champions League with Ajax Lucas Moura entered the field, he closed the pitch from the corner with the first touch of his head.
There were no more goals scored, although the current champion had an overwhelming advantage and had many points. In the time added by the referee, Gabriel Jesus hit the goal of Hugo Lloris, but the ball was canceled after watching VAR, because before that there was a hand game from the defender of the “townspeople”.
An eloquent fact: the hosts delivered 30 shots per game, while Tottenham Hotspur hit just three and two on target, but both were incredibly successful.
Thus, Manchester City for the first time in five matches failed to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. In addition, the nine-match home winning streak of the team in the championship was interrupted.
The Liverpool goalkeeper’s worst mistake and Mane’s next goal
Misfire the current champion took advantage of “Liverpool”, only a few days ago, won the UEFA Super Cup. However, the fans in the match with a modest Southampton had to get nervous. To begin with, it was not clear whether the reserve goalkeeper Adrian, who was injured in Turkey by an ankle who jumped onto the lawn, was able to enter the field.
As a result, the Spaniard was still able to play, but was marked by a gross mistake. At the end of the match, he managed to take the ball straight to Danny Ings, from which the shell rolled into the net. Fortunately for Jürgen Klopp, his team had already been 2-0 at that time thanks to goals by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
By the way, Adrian almost organized a similar goal into his own net back in the first half, but then the ball bounced off the opponent past the alignment.
Hat-trick of 29-year-old Finn
No less noticeable event of the Premier League game day was the hat-trick of Teemu Pukki. The forward scored three times and helped Norwich returning to the Premier League to beat Newcastle - 3: 1 - and win their first victory of the season. At the same time, in the last round, the Finn managed to hit the gate of Liverpool, although his team suffered a major defeat.
For the striker, this hat-trick was the fifth in his career and the first in the leading European championships. Moreover, the high performance allowed Pukka to lead the Premier League scorer race after two rounds along with Sterling. Ashley Barnes of the Burnley is one point behind them.
Modric's first removal in 16 years
In the Spanish Example, Real Madrid, unlike Barcelona, began the season with a victory. The royal club on the road did not leave a chance for Celte - 3: 1. Already in the 12th minute, the account was opened by one of the team’s senior residents - Karim Benzema, who spent the tenth season in Madrid. This goal was for him the 149th in the Example.
The only fly in the ointment for "creamy" was the removal, which at the beginning of the second half was received by Luca Modric. A Croat on the flank hit the opponent’s legs, and the judge at first dispensed with a warning, but after watching the replay decided that the current owner of the Golden Ball committed deliberate rudeness.
It is noteworthy that this direct removal was the first for Modric for 16 years of his career. Prior to that, he retired in 2014 in the match for the Spanish Super Cup with Atletico, having received two yellow cards.
However, the incident did not affect the “Real”, and in the remaining time, Madrid in the minority finished off the opponent. First, Tony Kroos struck a stunning blow to the near nine from outside the penalty area, and then Lucas Vazquez closed the backache of the same Benzema. The only thing that managed to “Celta” - to score the prestige ball already in stoppage time.
Eight goals for two and salvation in the 99th minute
No less interesting were other matches of the tour in Spain. For example, the former team of Denis Cheryshev “Villarreal” broke the world with “Granada”, and the rivals scored eight goals for two - 4: 4.
Moreover, in the first half, opponents only exchanged goals from the penalty spot, but after the break they really broke through. Before the second half began, “Villarreal” came forward again, however, the guests quickly recouped thanks to an own goal.
Then the hosts scored two goals in a row and seemed to secure a victory, but the modest Granada was in no hurry to give up and in the end managed to escape from defeat, scoring two goals in six minutes.
It is noteworthy that the former football player of Villarreal Roberto Soldado helped to save the guests. This goal helped him to establish an unusual achievement - he became the first football player in the history of Examples, who scored 20 goals against his former teams.
And in the match, “Valencia” and “Real Sociedad” fans have witnessed an incredible ending. “Bats” opened the scoring at the beginning of the second half, and the referee added eight minutes to the main time of the match. As a result, the hosts earned a penalty on the third of them, but the author of the first goal, Kevin Gameiro, struck from the penalty spot quite inaccurately.
But that was not the end. Already in the 99th minute, the player of “Valencia” played with his hand while in the wall, and the judge also pointed to the “point”. Mikel Ojarsbal, unlike the opponent, did not miss his chance and confidently struck in the center - 1: 1.
38 shots in Freiburg and five goals for Borussia
In Germany, the Dortmund Borussia began the season with a major victory over Augsburg - 5: 1. At the same time, the yellow-blacks managed to miss in the first minute, but they answered their opponent’s goal with five of their own. Double scored by Paco Alcacer, the ball scored by Jadon Sancho, Marco Royce and Julian Brandt.
The game in Freiburg turned out to be very exciting, where the local team of the same name hosted Mainz. On the scoreboard for a long time kept zeros, despite the fact that the teams often hit on goal of each other and delivered a total of 38 shots.
But in goals they were converted only in the very ending, and luck smiled at the hosts, who upset the opponent three times in seven minutes - 3-0.
The rout for Golovin
But for Alexander Golovin, the starting match in the French championship was unsuccessful. He missed the game of the first round with Lyon due to disqualification, but was ready to help Monaco in the match with Metz. However, as a result, Monegasques and with the Russian in the composition suffered a second defeat in a row - 3: 0.
Moreover, as in the previous round, the team remained in the minority already during the first half. A week ago, a direct red card was received by Radamel Falcao, and this time - defender Ruben Aguilar.
Game day in France was rich in deletion. In only one match between “Nimes” and “Nice” the judge showed three red cards, another referee presented in Amiens.
But the “Metz” opened an account even in equal compositions. In the tenth minute, another Monaco defense player Camille Glick violated the rules in his own penalty area, and Habib Diallo scored a penalty. And after the break, the Senegalese scored a double and scored the third goal in the first two rounds. He put the end to Renault Coad.
Thus, the Monegasques demonstrated a terrifying start: in two matches they conceded six goals, did not score a single goal, but earned two deletions.