Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Barcelona wrecked by Juve, lose Neymar for El Clasico

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals First Leg
Borussia Dortmund v. AS Monaco- Postponed

Borussia Dortmund's team bus was attacked on its way to the stadium. A series of small explosions knocked out the bus's windows as players ducked for cover. The only injury was to Marc Bartra, who broke his wrist and was taken in for surgery. Everyone else was no worse for wear. The match was postponed to today shortly before scheduled kickoff time.

The one positive that came out of this incident was the generosity of many Dortmund fans. Monaco fans who wished to remain in Dortmund for today's game were offered funds from the club, but many took advantage of Dortmund supporters opening up their homes for free overnight lodging. The Twitter hashtag #bedsforawayfans was filled with photos of Dortmund fans happily sharing dinner and drinks with their Monocan counterparts. It just goes to show that sports aren't just about winners and losers and fans of different teams can get along and perform wonderful gestures like this for each other. It really warms the heart.

Juventus 3-0 Barcelona
(Dybala 7', 22', Chiellini 55')

Barcelona find themselves in another Champions League hole after another disastrous first leg defeat. This time it was Paulo Dybala's first half brace giving Juventus a sizeable advantage heading into the second leg at Camp Nou. Barca's backs are against the wall again, but we cannot count them out. We learned that the exciting way during the round of 16 with the comeback against Paris-Saint Germain. Juve are a different beast though. They are more stout defensively and will certainly study that PSG match intensely before they begin their match preparation. It should still be a thrilling watch next Wednesday, whether Barcelona does the impossible again or not.

Liga MX
Chiapas 0-0 Leon

UANL 3-0 Guadalajara
(Gignac 6', 83', Duenas 74')

Veracruz 3-2 Puebla
(Reyna 42', 67', Villalva 45')-(Canelo 54', Gutierrez 66')

USL
OKC Energy 1-0 Sacramento Republic
(Gonzalez 30')

The term "golazo" doesn't do the lone goal in the game justice. Brian Harris opens the highlight with a flip throw that get headed into the air and falls kindly for a Migue Gonzalez bicycle kick that slams the ball home. This is surely the USL goal of the season, if not the best American soccer will see all year long. It will be a crime if it isn't at least a finalist for the Puskas Award for FIFA's goal of the season, too.

North American League Tables

Headlines
It was an overall crappy day for Barcelona. They learned that Neymar would, in fact, be suspended for three games before their humbling experience in Turin. Neymar was sent off for a second yellow card in Saturday night's loss to Malaga and sarcastically applauded the referee's decision on his way off the pitch. That last action warranted the additional two games to the normal one game second yellow card suspension. He will miss the upcoming El Clasico match against Real Madrid on April 23.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals First Leg
Borussia Dortmund v. AS Monaco- 12:45pm- FS2, ESPN Deportes
Atletico Madrid v. Leicester City- 2:45pm- FS2
Bayern Munich v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Tijuana- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Santos v. Monterrey 8:30pm
Club America v. Necaxa- 10pm- UniMas
Pachuca v. Morelia- 10:06pm- NBC Universo
Atlas v. Pumas UNAM- 10:30pm

USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Saint Louis FC- 7pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8pm- YouTube

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