Life is a continuous flux. When you think everything is settled, things take a new turn and go haywire. Sometimes, it is the other way round.
Footballing events in the last two weeks have been exciting to the neutrals, excruciating to the losers and rewarding to the winners.
Who would have believed that Real Madrid would need a late penalty to edge into the semi finals of the Champions League? Who would have expected Barcelona with Lionel Messi losing 3-0 to Roma and out of the Champions League? Could you have believed that Liverpool will do a double over Pep’s Manchester United? Nobody would have expected Tottenham appealing the FA to award Eriksen’s goal to Kane? Wow – football.
It was a week of comebacks. Roma overturned a first leg 4-1 loss by beating Barcelona 3-0 in Rome. It was unbelievable. Real Madrid needed a late penalty from Michael Oliver to progress after Juventus equalled the tie by going 3-0 up.
It was a hard decision for Juventus. Few minutes ago they were in jubilation. Few seconds to FT, the penalty was conceded. Buffon got sent off for his reactions. Up came Szczesny but Ronaldo sent the ball to the roof. Hard luck.
Manchester City took on the Arsenal challenge and have now lost three consecutive matches. Liverpool won 2-1 at the Etihad with Pep sent to the stands. Bayern Munich needed just a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena against Sevilla.
Arsenal fought back from 2-0 down in Moscow to draw 2-2 against CSKA Moscow and progress 6-3 on aggregate to the semi finals of the UEFA Europa League.
Mohammed Elneny was the hero in a night that the Gunners were poor going forward. Wilshere was a shadow of himself and Lacazette was not sharp enough. Welbeck and Ramsey ensured CSKA Moscow didn’t win at home.
The two goals conceded were spilled by Cech and you would think the comeback wind had found its way to Moscow. Arsenal held on.
It seems the Gunners have forgotten how to lose. Good.
The draws are next.