Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Leicester City are champions of England, Burnley secures promotion

Premier League
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
(Cahill 58', Hazard 83')-(Kane 35', Son 44')

Full match recap

Bundesliga
Werder Bremen 6-2 VfB Stuttgart
(Bartels 10', 80', Barba OG 33', Oztunali 42', Pizarro 64', Ujah 86')-(Didavi 26', Barba 53')

La Liga
Malaga 3-1 Levante
(Cop 30', 89', Castro 90+3')-(Morales 42')

Serie A
Genoa 2-3 AS Roma
(Tachtsidis 13', Pavoletti 65')-(Salah 6', Totti 77', El Shaarawy 87')

Napoli 2-1 Atalanta
(Higuain 10', 77')-(Albiol OG 85')

European League Tables
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Headlines
Leicester City were not the only small town celebrating yesterday. Thanks to their 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers, Burnley are back in the Premier League after a one season absence. They are also one win away from winning the Championship as part of their promotion efforts.

As for the rest of the promotion picture, Middlesbrough, Brighton, Hull City, and Sheffield Wednesday will all be at least in the promotion playoffs. Middlesbrough and Brighton could still secure automatic promotion on the season's final day next weekend. Boro are currently up on goal difference, so they control their own Premier League destiny.

The ending of that Chelsea-Tottenham clash was quite the debacle. Before any of that, Moussa Dembele poked Diego Costa in the eye and could receive a suspension for it. I'm sure the FA will take a look at several other instances from that violent match. Eric Dier could retroactively be given a second yellow for a violent tackle in stoppage time. Several players could receive discipline for the post match scrum in the tunnel. While fans were wrapped up in the euphoria of Leicester winning the title, these two squads were close to armageddon. It was kind of an ugly contrast.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not appeared for Real Madrid in a couple weeks thanks to a hamstring strain. The good news Real is that he is back in training and could be available for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. The tie currently stands scoreless as it heads to Madrid for the deciding leg.

FIFA has been ordered to accept the tiny, tiny, nation of Gibraltar as a full member. The small British overseas territory has been part of UEFA since 2013 and has been repeatedly barred by FIFA. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has forced the world governing body into accepting them full time, though. They will, somehow, be thrown into a UEFA qualifying group for World Cup Qualifying beginning this fall. The decision will become official next week at the FIFA congress in Mexico City, when Kosovo can also be voted into the organization.

Today's Match
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Bayern Munich v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1

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