This week will likely go down as one of the best for football fans around the world owing to the amount of excitement and an even share of tensity the involved teams served.
Lots of more interesting action is at stake as one of the best leagues in the world, The English Premier League brings its curtains down this weekend, with the Premiership title on the line.
Now let’s have a look at how the week has been;
Monday, 6th May 2019.
With Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle United during the weekend, all the pressure boiled down to Manchester City as they took on former Premier League champions, Leicester City in a breathtaking Monday night clash at the Etihad Stadium. A win for the hosts would take them a win away from a back to back Premier League triumph and the Citizens weren’t letting this slip up.
Leicester City looked set to cause an upset as they held on to City a goalless draw past the hour mark.
With all attempts from City’s top draw strikers looking futile, the breakaway goal had to come from an unlikely source, as the club captain Vincent Kompany came up with a wonder strike that put the Citizens back to the summit of the Premier League table. The goal became his first ever from outside the 18-yard area!
Tuesday, 7th May 2019.
With the Catalan based side, FC Barcelona holding an impressive 3-0 lead from the UEFA Champions League semifinals 1st leg at the Nou Camp, it was FC Liverpool’s turn to overturn the huge deficit in the return leg at the Anfield Stadium.
With most fans giving FC Barcelona the upper hand to make it through to the tournament’s final, the hosts dealt them with a huge blow as they overturned the scores to win 4-0 in one of the most incredible comebacks of all time in the football world.
Strikes from Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi were enough to bring the Anfield roofs down as the Reds made their way to a successive back to back UEFA Champions League final appearance.
The comeback brought back the memories of Liverpool’s incredible night in the 2005 UCL final in Instanbul as they came back from 3-0 down at halftime to win on penalties against Italian giants, AC Milan.
Wednesday, 8th May 2019.
Ajax Amsterdam FC welcomed Londoners Tottenham Hotspurs at the Johan Cruijff Stadium with a 1-0 away advantage and the hosts were tipped to stage the tournament’s finale against Liverpool in Madrid.
And true to that, first half strikes from Mattheus De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech for the hosts meant that they held a 3-0 lead and it was going to be a tough way back for the visitors.
Quick second half goals by Spur’s Lucas Moura left their cup hopes in a single goal with over half an hour to play. The hosts’ experience came into question as they seemed to struggle then. The scores were held at 2-2 during the 90 normal time minutes and with 5 added minutes to play for the hosts to hold on to what would be a glorious final appearance.
Just as to somehow prove that Liverpool’s comeback victory wasn’t a fluke, Tottenham’s Lucas Moura came up with an incredible last gasp goal that drove the visiting fans haywire as Ajax’s hopes were sent to mere fantasies. Not even the Spur’s manager, Mauricio Pocchettino would hide his emotions as his team came close to a historical title triumph since he took over the club 5 years down the line.
Thursday, 9th May 2019.
With all of the UEFA Champions League upsets and drama on the cards, it was time for the UEFA Europa League semi finals matchups.
The two English Premier League representatives, Arsenal and Chelsea were expected to advance to the finals to pave way to what would be an all English final affair in the 2 top European Cup tournaments for the 1st time since their inception.
For Arsenal FC, they were able to prove doubters wrong as they produced a fine performance to see off the hosts, Valencia FC at the Mestalla Stadium in Spain (2-4 win) to win 7-3 in aggregate score.
On the other end, fellow Londoners Chelsea FC welcomed German Bundesliga representatives, Eintracht Frankfurt to the Stamford Bridge with the scores tied at 1-1 from the 1st leg. All looked set for an all English final as Chelsea striker Ruben Loftus Cheek sent the hosts 1-0 ahead only for Luka Jovic to level the scores minutes into the second period.
The match would later be decided by the tense lottery of penalties as the hosts were forced to come back from 3-1 down to win 3-4 courtesy Kepa Arrizabalaga’s heroics in the Blues goal and a last goal from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Indeed, it has been an exciting week for all the football fanatics and a lot more is expected to unfold as the Premier League race comes down this weekend!