Paris Saint-Germain continued their blistering start in the Champions League, beating Bayern Munich 3-0 on Wednesday. Beyond just win PSG had some great play, Neymar running past many Bayern defenders on the top of the box before laying it off for an unmarked Dani Alves to score the first goal. And then the third goal when Kylian Mbappe just undressed David Alaba with some fancy footwork before shooting and then Neymar poked in the rebound. According to Mbappe this game is just the beginning. The scary thing is, he’s probably right.
Atlanta United had two reasons to celebrate on wednesday. After another dominant performance in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United officially clinched a playoff berth. Today was also the birthday of Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and the crowd serenaded Blank with Happy Birthday at the end of the match. Atlanta has most of their remaining games at home, and if they keep on this track they might end up second in the east behind Toronto FC.
Chelsea FC knocked off Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Atleti’s first Champions League game in their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano. They also became the first ever English team to win away to Atletico Madrid. Despite playing the better soccer in the first half, Chelsea found themselves down at the break, as David Luiz fouled Lucas Hernandez in the box and Antoine Griezmann knocked home the penalty. Chelsea came back in the second half, with ex-Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata heading home the equalizer, and Michy Batshuayi scoring the winner right at the death. As a distraught Diego Costa looked on at the final whistle, Chelsea showed they are very happy with their new Spanish striker and his Belgian counterpart.
It’s stunning that England’s Mark Sampson could’ve stayed on as England Women’s National Team coach for so long because no one read the full report that investigated Sampson’s conduct as coach of Bristol City’s women’s team back in 2013. Then again this isn’t nearly the first time a large sports organization has put their public image above the well being of their players. Besides the Bristol City stint Sampson was accused by England striker Eniola Aluko of racist behavior towards her and another unnamed player. Sampson was investigated and initially kept in the clear, meanwhile Aluko left the team and was awarded £80,000 in what was definitely not hush money. The signs with Sampson were there, but the FA refused to see them, both figuratively, and in case of the Bristol City report, literally. England failed their players in this debacle, one hopes other football governing bodies see this story and learn from their mistakes.
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