Liverpool crushed Arsenal 4-0 on Sunday to pile yet more misery on the Gunners. Liverpool were unstoppable in attack, the front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohammed Salah were simply wonderful, and for good measure, Daniel Sturridge came off the bench and added a goal. Liverpool were fully deserved to win 4-0. However, much of the story is about Arsenal. Arsenal were dreadful on the day, bad defending, no cohesion in midfield, and unable to generate much in the way of attack. Despite winning the FA Cup last year, much of Arsenal’s problems from a year ago still remain. It’s tough to see how things change while Arsene Wenger is still in charge.
Sam Kerr, forward for Sky Blue FC and current NWSL MVP favorite, scored the only goal in their 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers. In doing so, Kerr tied the single-season goal record of 16, the record previously attained by Kim Little, former Seattle Reign midfielder. The win move Sky Blue FC three points from the fourth and final playoff spot, currently held by the Chicago Red Stars. Kerr will have three more games to attempt to break the record. Elsewhere in NWSL, USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Christen Press scored late winners for the Orlando Pride and Chicago Red Stars, respectively, and in the NWSL version of the Cascadia rivalry, the Portland Thorns beat the Seattle Reign 2-1.
What a wild last couple minutes for Raheem Sterling. He scored a last minute winner for Manchester City in the 97th minute of stoppage time, and in his excitement Sterling ran to the Man City fans and jumped into the raucous crowd. Sterling was then awarded a second yellow card and red card for jumping into the crowd. Technically it is a yellow card worthy event if you jump into a crowd to celebrate, however its not always enforced. While the rule is understandable because of safety concerns, it’s disappointing to see players punished for an emotional celebration after such a big moment.
In a clash of traditional Serie A powers trying to reach the top of the table again, Inter Milan knocked off Roma 3-1, off goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino. Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco lamented the result, saying “It’s a pity about the result -- I know the media will only look at that -- but I have to examine the performance. I saw definite steps forward.” Di Francesco seemed to be lamenting the very nature of soccer, how sometimes a team can dominate the game but come out on the losing side because of a couple of bounces of the ball. Roma still have plenty of time to right the ship, and for Inter this is a nice early win after a disappointing season last year.
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