Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Benitez to Newcastle, indeed

Yesterday's Scores
FA Cup- Quarterfinals
Reading 0-2 Crystal Palace
(Cabaye 86', Campbell 90+4')

Orlando City 1-1 Chicago Fire
(Larin 4')-(Accam 14')

Full Match Recap

La Liga
Malaga 1-0 Sporting Gijon
(Juanpi 25')

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Schalke 04
(Ibisevic 42', Stark 65')

Serie A
Juventus 1-0 Sassuolo
(Dybala 36')

It's been a while since Juventus conceded a goal. So long, in fact, that Gianluigi Buffon has surpassed the club record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. This victory brings Buffon to 926 straight shutout minutes, which breaks Dino Zoff's club record of 903. That's more than ten straight Serie A contests without having given up a goal and only four minutes shy of the Serie A record. Is there anything Juventus and their Italian legend goalkeeper cannot do in Italy?

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 2-2 Stade de Reims
(Love 5', 37')-(Charbonnier 11', Diego 79')

Liga MX
Santos 3-2 Pachuca
(Bravo 21', Calderon PK 24', Mendoza 35')-(Urretaviscaya 72', Gutierrez 75')

Veracruz 3-2 Atlas
(Cervantes 45+3', Esqueda 69', Penalba PK 89')-(Gonzalez 33'), Villalpando 59')

The Rafa Benitez to Newcastle rumors turned out to be quite true. The former Real Madrid boss has been brought on to fight off relegation. In fact, his job depends on it. He signed a three year deal with the club with a break clause in the event of relegation. I was wondering why such a high profile manager would sink to the levels of the mostly relegated. I guess that clause gives him a way out to avoid having to be a second tier manager.

Karim Benzema is mired in a sex tape and blackmail scandal involving himself and France International teammate Mattieu Valbuena. The incident did have him indefinitely suspended from the French National Team, but that suspension has been lifted thanks to the restraining order keeping him from getting near Valbuena being revoked. That doesn't guarantee France will pick him for Euro 2016, but it is a positive first step that could led to his eventual return.

Arsenal's 4-0 win in the FA Cup against Hull City came at quite the cost. Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista, and Aaron Ramsey all went down with injures during the win. Mertesacker and Gabriel will be fine, but Ramsey will miss around four weeks with a thigh injury. This adds to Arsenal's already beat up midfield and seriously hurts what little title credentials they had left.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Norwich City v. Manchester City- 7:45am- NBCSN
Stoke City v. Southampton- 10am- NBCSN
AFC Bournemouth v. Swansea City- 10am- USA

FA Cup
Everton v. Chelsea- 12:30pm- FS2

New England Revolution v. DC United- 3pm
Real Salt Lake v. Seattle Sounders- 4pm
Montreal Impact v. New York Red Bulls- 4pm
Colorado Rapids v. LA Galaxy- 7pm
Columbus Crew v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm
Sporting Kansas City v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 8:30pm
Houston Dynamo v. FC Dallas- 8:30pm

Hannover 96 v. FC Koln- 9:30am
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 9:30am- FS2
SV Darmstadt 98 v. FC Augsburg- 9:30am
Ingolstadt 04 v. VfB Stuttgart- 9:30am
TSG Hoffenheim v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
Bayern Munich v. Werder Bremen- 12:30pm

La Liga
Barcelona v. Getafe- 10am- beIN
Celta Vigo v. Real Sociedad- 12:15pm
Atletico Madrid v. Deportivo La Coruna- 2:30pm
Rayo Vallecano v. Eibar- 4:05pm

Serie A
Empoli v. Sampdoria- 12pm
Inter Milan v. Bologna- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Lorient v. Olympique Marseille- 11am
Toulouse v. Bordeaux- 2pm
GFC Ajaccio v. Caen- 2pm
Bastia v. Lille- 2pm
Montpellier v. Nice- 2pm
Guingamp v. St. Etienne- 2pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Puebla- 6pm- Univision Deportes
UANL v. Pumas UNAM- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Leon v. Queretaro- 9:06pm- NBC Universo
Morelia v. Monterrey- 9:30pm
Chiapas v. Tijuana- 10pm- Univision Deportes

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