It is the beginning of the working week and it is a day to reflect on the immediate past weekend and see what was, might have been and will be.
The Top4 in England scrapped out victories to make the closing stages of the Barclays Premier League interesting. Arsenal held on to a 2-1 victory at St. James Park to keep the pressure on City. Two quick goals from Olivier Giroud gave the gunners a 2-0 first half lead but the Toons came out rejuvenated and firing on all cylinders.
The gunners held on but let in a goal with Ospina dancing sekem just like the first goal conceded against Monaco. He was on ground though to prevent the agile toons from grabbing an equalizer. The final whistle was a great relief.
Chelsea were stunned at the KC stadium but Remy spared Mourinho’s blushes by grabbing an winner in a 5 goal thriller. Before the Chelsea game, Gerrard made a legendary appearance at Anfield against Manchester United featuring for just 45 seconds before getting his marching orders. He must be tired of Liverpool. Time to be a yankee.
The Red Devils won the game but Gerrard’s red was a major talking point. Mata’s double, especially his acrobatic 2nd was great. And stingy Rooney failed to convert from the spot. Liverpool did start a revival with Sturridge’s goal but you must have a laugh seeing the Anfield fans holding Balotelli from grabbing a 2nd yellow.
As a Gooner, a draw at Anfield would have been perfect. Hull City’s failure to use their chances against Chelsea hurt but we will hope on.
In Africa, Nigeria’s Kano Pillars were given a football lesson in Morocco as they were thrashed 4-0 by Moghreb Tetouan in the CAF Champions league. Will Pillars score 4 or 5 in Kano? Difficult. The last time they lost 4-0 in the continent, they went on to lose the 2nd leg 1-0 in Kano.
The Glo Nigeria Premier league continued and top of the week was a 7 goal thriller in Owerri, the eastern Heartland. Heartland 5-2 Nasarawa United was the result. Gabros won the first Oriental derby of the season with a 1-0 victory over Rangers.
Other football highlight of the weekend includes Kane’s hattrick, Suarez and Barcelona’s victory in the el Classico, Bayern’s home defeat. Football is so sweet.
So the international break is on. Time to take a break on club football and switch to international games. Nigeria will play Uganda on Wednesday.
By Chibuzor Amos (AmosCP)
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