Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day, everyone.
This finally seemed like the year that Manchester City would end their winless streak at Anfield, as they had not won there since 2003. Manchester City’s form and their unbeaten streak had been the talk of the Premier League this season. Instead it was Liverpool that ended a streak, Man City’s unbeaten streak in the Premier League this season. This game lived up to the hype, every goal a highlight reel effort, from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener, to the equalizer from Leroy Sane, to the fabulous goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane that broke the game open. Still, City scored late and almost grabbed what would have been an astonishing equalizer after have being down 4-1. Though they will be disappointed to have lost the unbeaten run, this loss is not a big deal for City, they are still well in front in the league. If they are at all like the ‘72 Miami Dolphins though, Arsenal’s Invincibles will be popping champagne to celebrate their unbeaten record remaining unchallenged.
A 1-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain over Nantes was overshadowed by a bizarre incident late in the game, after Nantes player Diego Carlos collided with referee Tony Chapron (it appeared to be accidental). Chapron then kicked Carlos, and tried to trip him. To add insult to injury, at the next stoppage of play Chapron showed Diego Carlos a red card. PSG held on to win the game 1-0. After reviewing the incident, the French Federation suspended Chapron until further notice, and he will face a disciplinary hearing.
Wales have named Welsh and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as their new manager, signing him to a four-year deal. Giggs collected 64 caps for Wales during his playing career, but unfortunately never played in a major tournament with Wales. Giggs has made it known he wanted to be a coach, taking the assorted classes and course needed to get his coaching license. Wales have enjoyed something of a golden generation, with their semifinal run in Euro 2016, and just missing on qualification for the 2018 World Cup. If Giggs can hit the ground running in his first job, Wales might be set for even more success in the near future.
Unfotunate news this weekend, as it seems Ousmane Dembele has picked up another injury. He got a hamstring injury, and this will reportedly keep him out for another 3-4 weeks. Barcelona confirmed that this was not the same injury to required surgery for Dembele earlier this season. Dembele has played just four games in La Liga to date since he made the move from Borussia Dortmund. Hopefully he is able to recover and get a consistent run of games.
Arguably America’s greatest ever soccer player is coming out of retirement again. Landon Donovan is coming back to the field, this time to Liga MX, where Donovan has never played before. Donovan will be joining Club Leon. Donovan in a twitter statement expressed his desire to wear the Leon jersey, and win trophies for the club. Donovan officialy retired the first time after the 2014 MLS season, not counting his month long sabbatical he took from playing for Team USA. Donovan then came back for a few months for the LA Galaxy in 2016, before retiring again after the Galaxy’s loss in the playoffs that year. It will certainly be interesting to see Donovan playing in Liga MX. Here’s hoping he performs well and brings his trademark flair and exciting play.
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