After some surprising early Premier League results, like Chelsea losing at home on opening day to Burnley, Spurs drawing with Swansea and Burnley, and Liverpool drawing some games early this season, this weekend was basically business as usual for the big boys in the Premier League. Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 5-0, Chelsea beat Stoke City 4-0, Liverpool beat Leicester 3-2, Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2, and Manchester United beat Southampton 1-0. That last result wasn’t without controversy, as Man United manager Jose Mourinho was ejected from the game. There will definitely be more upsets and strange results throughout the Premier League, but this weekend there weren’t many surprises.
FC Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup last season, and made it to the semifinals of the last CONCACAF Champions League, losing a close matchup to Pachuca this past spring. The team has fallen off a cliff lately though, they are winless in 10 games, have taken just four points in those games, and have gone from 1st place in that span to 8th place and out of the playoffs as things currently sit. This is a stunning fun of form from a team that was really good not too long ago. There is a fierce battle between Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Real Salt lake, and San Jose Earthquakes for those last playoff spots in the Western Conference, and though Dallas could still make it, the way they are playing it’s not all that likely.
Mexico has been dealing with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake last week, and as a result all Liga MX games this weekend were postponed. League play is set to resume midweek, but Cruz Azul has been informed by officials of Mexico City that they will have to play there next home game somewhere else. Estadio Azul, like a lot of other stadiums in Mexico this week, has been used as a drop-off site for aid and supplies for the people. Hopefully the damage is repaired soon and people are able to go back to their normal lives.
Turkish football fans are known for being extremely passionate and intense, and this intensity sometimes spills onto the field. This passion is magnified in derby matches in Turkey, and the most high profile are the Istanbul derbies. The most famous one is between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, but the two clubs also share a rivalry with the other big Istanbul club, Besiktas. The latest version of Fenerbahce and Besiktas ended 2-1 to Fener, but the game was memorable for the five(!) red cards that were shown during the match. One wonders if the rematch between these two will be just as intense.
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