Celtic continued their winning run in the Scottish Premiership with a 2-0 victory over arch rivals Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
Every Celtic v Rangers derby has its fair share of charged-up moments that make this encounter great and this instalment was no different.
Take Scott Brown’s half-time face off, for example. The Celtic captain was involved in a heated confrontation with Gers boss Pedro Caixinha, who accused him of getting a little too physical with one of his players.
In another moment, Brown lighted up the game on the pitch when he summoned his inner Andres Iniesta to display some midfield magic.
Eliminating two Rangers players with some delicious side-stepping business, the midfielder enthralled Hoops fans with an equally impressive through ball ahead.
Watch Scott Brown’s midfield magic on display below –
Chelsea new boy Alvaro Morata notched up a brilliant hat-rick at the Britannia Stadium to help his side win the game 4-0 on Saturday.
The hat-trick took the striker’s goal tally to 6 from his opening 6 games ever since his arrival at Chelsea from Real Madrid.
While any player would be over the moon with credentials like these, a very mature Morata kept his feet on the ground when asked about his goals during the post-match interview.
Instead of acknowledging his hat-trick, the 24-year-old went into self-critical mode instead and pointed out the two chances he missed in the dying moments of the match.
Needless to say, Chelsea fans absolutely loved the humbleness on display from their new signing. Check out the bit from his interview below –
Tottenham’s 3-2 victory over West Ham ended with an entertaining finish when the Hammers put up a valiant fight lasting right until the final whistle.
Spurs, who had a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time, faltered when their opponents intensified their efforts to try and change the outcome of the result in the second half.
Despite leaking two goals, Spurs resisted hard and the intensity got the better of the two teams when a fracas broke out between the two sets of players in stoppage time.
Fernando Llorente, who had to spend much of the game on the bench, came on for Harry Kane in the 89th minute and ignited a clash.
It was the Spurs striker’s collision with Andy Carroll that led to a late fiasco involving players from both clubs indulging in some violent pushing.
Check out the full incident below –
Leigh Griffiths was again at the center of all things good and bad during Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers.
While positioning himself for a corner kick, the Hoops striker was caught on camera picking his nose and then wiping it on the corner flag at Ibrox.
It could very well have been accidental, but it could well have been deliberate as well.
The diminutive striker then went on give the Rangers fans more grief after scoring a brilliant goal in the 65th minute.
Check out Leigh Griffiths being naughty below –
Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer did not end well as Southampton put their foot down and refused to sell the player. But, the Dutchman’s recent social media activity could very well indicate that there might still be hope left for the Reds.
The defender was invited for FIFA 2018’s UK launch where he was supposed to play a match with YouTuber Calfreezy.
Ahead of the game, Calfreezy had tweeted: “Looking forward to the #FIFA18UKLAUNCH to play the big man himself @VirgilvDijk #YNWA.”
Apart from the fact that Van Dijk liked the above-mentioned tweet which included the words YNWA (the Liverpool anthem), what would have worried Saints fans more was another tweet by Calfreezy that soon followed: “Thanks for the FIFA 18 game today and let’s have a rematch when you’re in Liverpool in January mate @VirgilvDijk.”
Media reports suggest that the Reds could try again to sign the 26-year old in the upcoming January transfer window.
Check out a screenshot of Virgil van Dijk’s activity below –
Every football club strives hard to make a mark in the online world and a comparative study of this race to digital dominance presents some interesting details.
Manchester United, the richest football club in the world, are the undisputed champion when it comes to English outfits with the largest presence on social media.
With almost 110 million followers on various platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, United’s online outreach is almost twice the size of Chelsea, their immediate rivals on this list.
While other big Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham boast of substantially large fan bases online, none of them come close to catching up with the Red Devils.
Via @AdamJosephSport, check out how United dominate the list of English clubs with the largest social media presence –
Chelsea’s summer acquisition from Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata was left rather red-faced after a back-heel pass from youngster Ethan Ampadu went past his legs just before their game against Nottingham Forrest last night.
Chelsea eventually went on to thrash Forest 5-1 with Ampadu playing majority of the second half.
Apart from embarrassing his senior team-mate, the 17-year old played a brilliant game after coming on from the bench to replace Cesc Fabregas.
Ampadu became Chelsea’s youngest debutant in over a decade (and their first ever player born in this century) to play for the club.
Surely an outstanding achievement made even better with this naughty move on Morata –
Manchester United continued their winning form with a resounding 4-1 victory over Burton Albion last night.
Juan Mata, who was one of the only two Red Devils to get a successive start since their Everton victory last week, was praised lavishly by Jose Mourinho after the game.
Before he was replaced by Luke Shaw at half time, the Spanish midfielder displayed all of his natural characteristics. Mata as usual was calm, composed, decisive and even polite during his time in the field.
Displaying the typical courteous attitude he is known for, Mata went on to apologise to Burton midfielder Hope Akpan for subjecting him to a devastating nutmeg in the 28th minute!
Watch Mata’s respectful gesture below –
Leeds United’s win over Burnley can be credited to overall camaraderie shown by the whole team, but it would only be fair to make special mentions for Mateusz Klich for his individual performance as well.
The Polish midfielder, who signed for the Peacocks this summer, is living up to expectations after putting up an impressive performance in the League Cup fixture.
Klich was superb throughout the match, controlling the game in the middle of the park and showed nerves of steel while taking his penalty.
The 27-year old calmly caressed the ball with his side-foot as Burnley’s keeper looked on helplessly. Watch Klich hit one of the smoothest penalties ever –
Neymar Jr’s ridiculous €222 million move to PSG last month proves the fact that no player is too expensive in football these days.
Such eye-popping money deals show that the biggest clubs in Europe can afford to go to any extent to land their targets, no matter how big their release clauses.
Keeping their players’ release clauses as inflated as possible will be on Barcelona’s agenda during every contract negotiation henceforth, but it looks like their arch rivals learnt this lesson a long time ago.
The buyout clause of Real Madrid’s entire first squad stands at a humongous €7.25 billion, while the same for their Catalan counterparts is just €3 billion.
While Leo Messi’s release clause can be triggered for a mere €250 million, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have theirs fixed at €1 billion each.
Check out the comparison (via @Sport_Witness) below –