The last seven days in the world of Sport have been a roller coaster ride, from dramatic comebacks to insane refereeing decisions, we have it all in our weekly sports update on El Estudiante. As this is my first article for the website I would like to give you guys an overview of what I will be writing about. Although this will be the sports section I will be mainly focusing on football, not because I believe football is a superior sport or anything (which it is by the way) but principally because it’s the only sport I can write about with confidence without being ridiculed by others. Having said that, I will be covering other sports as well i.e. F1, Rugby, Tennis and two sports from across the Atlantic (NBA/NFL, the less we talk about Baseball and ice hockey the better). Now we know what this is all about, let’s get stuck in shall we?
We will be kicking things off in England. It was a largely low-key weekend in the Premier league with a lot of the big teams in FA cup action. Four Premier League games took place this weekend. I will start with perhaps the most surprising performance of the weekend.
Bournemouth beating West Ham 3-2 to boost their Premier league survival hopes, with young Joshua King scoring a hattrick. The former Manchester United youngster had a fantastic afternoon and he tore the West ham defence a new one.
The win wasn’t a straightforward one though, with King missing a penalty and 48 seconds later West Ham taking the lead through Michail Antonio. The Cherries were handed another opportunity from the spot but again fluffed their lines as Benik Afobe’s shot was saved by Darren Randolph. However, the Cherries didn’t let their heads drop and through Joshua King levelled the tie with a volley and went ahead with a close-range finish just before half time. West ham came back when Andre Ayew levelled in the 83rd minute but King won it for Bournemouth in the 90th minute. A priceless and well-deserved victory for the Cherries as they now sit six points above the relegation zone. For West Ham, it was another bad performance in a very inconsistent season.
Everton beat West Brom 3-0 with what proved to be a routine victory. Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku were all on target. West Brom were very disappointing on the day.
West Brom looked like a team who have nothing to play for anymore. They need ten points from their remaining ten games to beat their Premier League points record of 49 points. They only managed two shots on target on manager Tony Pulis` 300th game as a manager.
The other two premier league games saw Hull Beat Swansea 2-1 with Oumar Niasse scoring a brace and Liverpool beat Burnley 2-1 after the Clarets had taken the lead through Ashley Barnes.
Fa Cup results
Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City
Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City
Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 Millwall
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 on Monday night in what proved to be another game that was ruined by an atrocious refereeing decision. Michael Oliver again proving he’s not fit to officiate the big games. He sent off Ander Herrera in the 35th minute with a second yellow card for fouling Hazard. The first foul was never a yellow card in a million years. If a player was booked every time another player decides to run into them then every match will finish as a five a side game. Disgraceful refereeing which ruined a potentially great match of football.
Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint Germain (agg 6-5)
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Benfica (agg 4-1)
WHAT A GAME between Barcelona and PSG. No one saw that one coming. Barcelona became the first club in the Champions League to overturn a 0-4 first leg deficit in a memorable night at the Camp Nou. Everyone had written them off, me included. But fair play to the Catalans because they kept believing and that believe paid off in the end. Barcelona had a 3-0 lead with 30 minutes to go and it looked like everything was going to plan then Edinson Cavani scored that away goal for PSG and the dream appeared to be over. However, three goals in seven minutes (two from Neymar, one from Sergi Roberto) and the dream was well and truly on. Some people will say the referee gave two very soft penalties and I agree. They were never penalties and shouldn’t have been given, but in these situations you need luck on your side as well as a perfectly drilled team with the same objective. Barcelona had that and they ultimately deserved to go through.
Before I leave I would like to talk about the upcoming F1 season. The last three seasons have been dominated by Mercedes and quite frankly unless you’re a Mercedes fan they’ve been a bore fest. This season looks to be more interesting judging from the preseason tests. It looks like the team at Ferrari have finally got their act together and have produced a car that looks like it could challenge the Merc and we know that Red Bull always tend to get stronger as the season progresses. However, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves as the Mercedes is still very strong and they start the season as favourites for the fourth year in a row. Let’s hope in two weeks’ time at the Australian Grand Prix we will have a competitive race. What I personally would like to see this season is a head to head championship battle between Hamilton and Vettel. Talk about fireworks eh.
Constructors championship- Mercedes
Drivers’ championship- Vettel
It’s a bold prediction but I really do believe Vettel can break the Mercedes stranglehold on the drivers’ championship. However, the Mercedes engine is too strong for Ferrari to challenge for the constructor’s championship just yet.