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Defeat of “Barcelona”, defeat from “Bavaria” and seven goals of “Atalanta”: how the football weekend started in Europe


Barcelona suffered the first away defeat in 13 years from Valencia. Bayern defeated Schalke and reduced the gap from first place in the Bundesliga standings to one point. And Atalanta scored seven unanswered goals against Torino in Serie A. RT talks about the most interesting events of the day in European football.

Chelsea win and Tottenham misfire in FA Cup

This current weekend on Foggy Albion is not the next Premier League round, but the matches of the 1/16 final of the FA Cup. On Saturday, the greatest attention was focused on two top clubs from London, Chelsea and Tottenham, but only one metropolitan team was able to please their fans.

Blue on the road quite quietly outplayed the former team of Leonid Slutsky “Hull City”, still playing in the Championship. Frank Lampard took the cup match very seriously and put almost all the leaders on the field. It quickly bore fruit. Already in the sixth minute, Misha Batshuayi opened an account, and after the break, the advantage of Chelsea doubled Fikayo Tomori. In the end, the hosts managed to score a largely random ball, but the Londoners calmly brought the matter to victory.

But Tottenham again complicated his life. At the previous stage of the tournament, Jose Mourinho's wards knocked out the Middlesbrough only in the replay and in the 1/16 finals stepped on the same rake. True, in their rivals this time they had another Premier League team - Southampton. The guests took the lead after an hour of the game thanks to the exact shot of Song Heung Min and were close to winning, but in the 87th minute they allowed Sofyan Bufal to even the score.

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Departure "West Ham" and a sensation from the "Oxford"

The main loser of the game of the day was another metropolitan team, West Ham, who at home lost to the West Bromwich Championship Champion with a minimum score and flew out of the FA Cup. The ex-player and coach of the team, Slaven Bilich, who headed West Bromwich before the start of the 2019/20 season, became an evil genius for the hosts. Under the direction of the Croat, “Albion” has not only gone far in the cup tournament, but is also close to returning to the elite of English football.

Returning to the misfires of the representatives of the Premier League, one cannot but say about the unsuccessful result of Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s wards did not manage to print the gates of the third strongest division of the country, “Oxford”, and now they will be replayed, but it will take place on the opponent’s field.

Lineker hard tweet and riots in Valencia

In Spain, Barcelona provided Real Madrid with an excellent opportunity to take first place in the standings. Examples. The Catalans in the second match under the leadership of Enrique Setena on the road lost to Valencia. This defeat at Mestalla was the first for the team in 13 years. Moreover, a few hours before the start of the game at the stadium there were clashes of fans. Fans threw chairs and other foreign objects at one another, and also burned pyrotechnics. To restore order, the police had to intervene.

📽 - 2 hours until Valencia & Barcelona face each other on the pitch at Mestalla, but it looks like the battle outside the stadium between the fans has already started.

- 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) January 25, 2020

As for football, the failure of blue garnet can hardly be called undeserved. The first half they frankly failed, which recognized himself Seten. “Valencia” had several dangerous moments, but could not open an account. The hosts did not even manage to realize a penalty. Marc-Andre ter Stegen took the hit of Maximiliano Gomez from the point and repelled the 12th of 33 eleven-meter in his career.

But immediately after the break, fortune returned Gomez a favor and he struck the wrong gate thanks to a strong rebound from the defender, and at the end of the meeting Maximilian distinguished himself on his own - 2-0.

After the game, Barcelona was criticized by many fans, and the blue-garnet players themselves, like Seten, admitted that they did not act in the best way. The ex-forward of the England national team spoke out the hardest of all, and at the moment, the famous expert Gary Lineker, who urged the new coach to resign.

Setién out.

- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 25, 2020

The unexpected defeat of the leader and the end of the productive series

The struggle for the championship in the Bundesliga escalated, where the leading Leipzig unexpectedly lost to Eintracht away. Moreover, in the first half, the advantage of the guests was overwhelming. At some point, they were 11-0 in terms of the number of shots, but failed to translate this advantage into goals.

But immediately after the break, the hosts pulled ahead. A stunning shot from the semicircle of the penalty was successful by Almi Toure. After that, “Eintracht” quite calmly “dried up” the game, and in the very end finished off the opponent in a counterattack - 2-0. “Leipzig” not only suffered its first defeat since October, but for the first time since May 2019, failed to score in the Bundesliga match.

Five goals for Bayern and 21st goal of Lewandowski

Bayern did not have the right to not take advantage of the leader’s misfire and defeated Schalke at home - 5-0. The Gelsenkirchens in Munich did not have the slightest chance. Already in the sixth minute, the account was opened by Robert Lewandowski, for whom this goal was the 21st in the current season of the German championship. In the tournament scorers of the tournament, the Pole beat Timo Werner.

Soon, the striker scored more, but his goal was canceled after watching a video replay. But the ball of Thomas Muller in the time added to the first half was already scored according to all the rules. And after the break, Bayern scored three more times. Managed to score and Leon Goretske, who moved to Munich in 2018, just after leaving Schalke.

Incredible start of Holland and a couple of records

As part of the 19th round of the Bundesliga, the Dortmund Borussia also won. Black and yellow at home on Friday did not leave a chance for Cologne - 5: 1. Moreover, in their composition, the rookie Erling Holand again loudly declared himself, having moved to Germany from Salzburg.

In a debut match with Augsburg last weekend, the Norwegian came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick. For the next game, Lucien Favre again left him in reserve and released on the field only 25 minutes before the end of the meeting. As a result, Holland managed to distinguish himself twice and broke two tournament records at once.

Firstly, he became the first footballer in the history of the Bundesliga who managed to score five times in two starting games, and secondly, it took him less than an hour - 59 minutes.

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Shaped rout and two deletions

The largest score of the game day was recorded in Serie A, where Atalanta away sent seven unanswered goals to Torino's goal. The Champions League playoffs participant was apparently angered by the unexpected defeat from an outsider of the SPAL tournament on Monday, and he vented his anger at the Turin.

As a result, the biggest defeat of the current season in Serie A was recorded, although one team already scored seven goals per game. Moreover, it was also “Atalanta”, which in October did not leave a stone unturned by “Udinese” - 7: 1.

The main character of the match this time was the hat-trick Josip Iličić. A substitute eight minutes before the end of the game, Louis Muriel managed to score twice. At the same time, the hosts finished the match eight times after two removals.

The defeat of “Monaco” and Golovin’s 41 assists

Not only the Torino players, but also the Monaco players together with Alexander Golovin will try to forget the Saturday match as soon as possible, because the Monegasques again lost in League 1, and at home they lost to the middle peasant Strasbourg - 1: 3.

In the first half, Robert Moreno González's team held the ball more and hit the opponent’s goal more often, but never delivered a single shot on target. The guests reacted to their moments more carefully and stepped forward even before the break.

In the second half of the meeting, “Strasbourg” brought the score to a major one, while “Monaco” was honored only with a prestige goal performed by Stevan Jovetich. As for Golovin, he started the game in the supporting zone, and then moved to the left flank. Alexander acted diligently: he gave 41 assists (87% accurate), delivered one hit, and also performed two selections and three interceptions, but this did not help the team.

Source: russiart

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