Bayern Munich smoked Borussia Dortmund 4-1 on Saturday at the Allianz Arena. Dortmund started off with some good possession, but Bayern scored two goals within the first 10 minutes, and never looked back from there. Bundesliga.com has a tactical breakdown of how the game went.
Diego Costa has made Chelsea fans nervous over the weekend, by expressing that he doesn’t necessarily enjoy living in London, fueling speculation that he may leave the club. Costa has admitted that he tried to force a move back to Atletico Madrid last year. Maybe he likes playing for Chelsea, but his cryptic comments about the city of London may foreshadow a move elsewhere.
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Russia in a friendly on Sunday in Houston 5-1. Crystal Dunn scored a brace, Boston Breakers rookie Rose Lavelle scored her first USWNT goal, and Houston Dash rookie Jane Campbell got her first ever cap for the U.S. The game was never much in doubt, as Russia aren’t a particularly strong opponent, but sparkling performances in particular from youngsters Mallory Pugh and Lavelle are something to be excited about going forward.
Barcelona had a terrible weekend, losing 2-0 to Malaga, and failing to go top of La Liga after Real Madrid were held by Atletico Madrid 1-1. Things could get even worse, as Neymar was red carded in the match, and was seen sarcastically applauding the fourth official as he leaves the field. The act of sarcastically applauding a referee violates article 117 of the Spanish Football Disciplinary Code, and comes with an additional one-match ban. This means Neymar will miss El Clasico on April 23rd.
Tuesday’s much-hyped Champions League match-up between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco features two of European football’s brightest new stars, Christian Pulisic and Kylian Mbappe. Michael Cox of ESPN FC argues these two could come to define attacking play in the years to come.
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