Monday, December 14, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Arsenal go top, Tigres win Liga MX in thriller

A couple of trophies were handed out last night. First, it was Stanford winning the College Cup over Clemson, then the Liga MX apertura title was awarded to Tigres in thrilling fashion. We also have a new leader in the Premier League and some hot races for Champions League spots in the rest of Europe.

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
(Giroud PK 8', Ramsey 38')

Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle
(Dier 39')-(Mitrovic 74', Perez 90')

Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
(Henderson 21', Origi 90+6')-(Dawson 30', Olsson 73')

FC Augsburg 2-1 Schalke 04
(Hong 34', Caiuby 90')-(Kolasinac 70')

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Mkhitaryan 24', Aubameyang 57', Hummels 61', Ramos 86')-(Meier 6')

Borussia Dortmund come back from the early goal to retain their firm grip on second place. They are doing what they can to pressure Bayern Munich in first, but climbing above them will be an impossible task. The exciting part of the German season will be the first to get into the top four. Schalke could have moved into that coveted fourth position with a win, but instead are stuck down in eighth, two points back of a Champions League spot. 

La Liga
Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Malaga
(Guerra 6')-(Charles 59', Cop 89')

Eibar 1-1 Valencia
(Enrich 45')-(Junca OG 85')

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
(Niguez 45+2', Griezmann 67')-(Laporte 27')

Villarreal 1-0 Real Madrid
(Soldado 8')

Thanks to Barca blowing a two goal lead on Saturday and this Atletico Madrid win, Atletico are now level with Barca for first with 35 points. Real Madrid's dreadful (by their standards) season continues with a loss to Spain's yellow submarine. They now have three defeats this year and are five points off the pace being set by their heated rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Villarreal aren't exactly a slouch, though. They currently sit in fifth place, a point behind Celta Vigo for Spain's final Champions league position and only three back of Real Madrid.

Serie A
Chievo Verona 1-0 Atalanta
(Birsa 76')

Empoli 3-0 Carpi
(Maccarone 46', 61', Saponara 51')

AC Milan 1-1 Hellas Verona
(Bacca 52')-(Toni PK 57')

Napoli 0-0 AS Roma

Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina
(Cuadrado 6', Mandzukic 80', Dybala 90+1')-(Ilicic PK 3')

Fiorentina are the surprise of Italy this year, but they fail to take the next step towards greatness as they fall in Turin against the defending champions, who have now won six straight are creeping back up the table after a slow start. The draw for Napoli holds them in the third and final Champions League place in Italy by two points over Juve. 

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 1-0 St. Etienne
(Fabinho PK 82')

Angers 1-1 Bordeaux
(R Thomas 83')-(Rolan 40')

Olympique Marseille 1-1 GFC Ajaccio
(Batshuayi 38')-(Zoua PK 19')

Paris St. Germain 5-1 Lyon
(Ibrahimovic 11', PK 77', Aurier 17', Cavani 61', Moura 90+1')-(Ferri 24')

France belongs to PSG, and nobody will really question that. Lyon, who were involved in the Champions League this season, could have used a better showing than they got. They need all the points they can muster if they hope to get back there for next season. AS Monaco's late win gets them back into the top three, but the Angers draw keeps them level on points with each other for second place.

Liga MX
Pumas 4-1 Tigres (4-4 aggregate, Tigres win 4-2 in penalties)
(Herrera 45', Britos 55', Torales 87, Alcoba 119'')-(Gignac 103')

After going down 3-0 on the road in the first leg, Pumas stormed back with three goals at home to force extra time. Their hard work looked to be for naught. In the dying minutes, forward Eduardo Herrera. who had scored at the end of the fist half, was sent off. Nine man Pumas conceded what was though to be the winner in the 103rd, until Tigres' Hugo Ayala was shown a second yellow in the 116th. Now even on numbers, Pumas levelled again when Gerardo Alcoba scored off a corner in the 119th minute to set up penalties. Tigres would end up thwarting the Pumas comeback ultimately winning 4-2 in penalties thanks to misses from Fidel Martinez and Javier Cortes.

Stanford University, led by USMNT forward Jordan Morris, defeated Clemson 4-0 in the College Cup, the NCAA national championship match. Morris scored twice for the Cardinal, who win their first national title in school history. Morris is set to join the Seattle Sounders next season as a home grown player.

The US Women's National team scored a 2-0 victory over China last night in Phoenix. Christen Press and Crystal Dunn scored for the USWNT. Abby Wambach's career is winding down. This was her second to last game with the national team and will hang up her boots for good after Wednesday night's friendly against these same Chinese.

The Champions League Round of 16 draw was held early this morning, far too early for me to get up for, so stay tuned for an analysis of all eight ties later today.

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