European Weekend Football Highlights


Despite the winter break in the English Premier League, the football action across Europe this weekend delivered plenty of excitement, including last-minute wins, managerial changes, and unexpected results. Let’s dive into the key moments from Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga, and more.

Real Madrid’s Late Comeback and VAR Controversy

Real Madrid staged a thrilling comeback against Almería, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2. The match was marred by VAR controversy, with decisions involving a penalty, a disallowed goal, and a contentious Vinicius Jr. equalizer. Referee Francisco José Hernández Maeso faced scrutiny, but Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti defended the decisions. Dani Carvajal’s 99th-minute winner secured all three points, temporarily taking Madrid back to the top of LaLiga.

Barcelona’s Late Victory and Ferran Torres’ Hat-trick

Barcelona secured a 4-2 victory over Real Betis, thanks to Ferran Torres’ first hat-trick for the club. Torres’ performance showcased his predatory instincts in front of goal, contributing to Barcelona’s crucial win. The victory keeps Barcelona within seven points of league leaders Real Madrid, easing pressure on manager Xavi Hernández.

Werder Bremen Shocks Bayern Munich

In a surprising upset, Werder Bremen defeated Bayern Munich 1-0, marking their first win against the Bavarian giants in 15 years. Mitchell Weiser’s screamer secured the winning goal, leaving Bayern seven points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. The loss dealt a blow to Bayern’s title hopes, and manager Thomas Tuchel faces challenges in maintaining his team’s form.

Girona’s Magical Run Continues

Girona’s fairy-tale season persisted as they secured a 5-1 win over Sevilla, extending their unbeaten streak to 14 games. Artem Dovbyk scored a remarkable hat-trick in just six minutes, solidifying Girona’s lead at the top of LaLiga. The Catalan side’s never-give-up attitude has been a highlight of their campaign, positioning them as serious contenders in LaLiga.

Chelsea’s Dominance in WSL

In the Women’s Super League, Chelsea showcased their dominance with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United. Lauren James starred with a hat-trick, highlighting Chelsea’s attacking prowess. The win emphasized Chelsea’s ability to elevate their performance when needed, sending a message to their competitors in the WSL.

Weston McKennie Shines for Juventus

Weston McKennie played a crucial role in Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Lecce, contributing an assist. The win propelled Juventus to the top of Serie A, with Inter closely trailing. McKennie’s consistent performances continue to bolster Juventus’ title aspirations in a competitive Serie A season.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Critique of Football Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo voiced his skepticism regarding football awards, stating that the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Football Awards are “losing credibility.” Despite winning accolades at the Globe Soccer Awards, Ronaldo expressed doubt in the fairness of these prestigious awards. The comment adds a layer of intrigue to the ongoing rivalry between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who recently won The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

In conclusion, the weekend’s football action across Europe delivered a mix of thrilling moments, unexpected upsets, and standout individual performances. As the season progresses, fans can anticipate more drama and excitement in the world of football.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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