Having evidenced Christian Eriksen’s magical performance against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, Tottenham would do well to sort out a new deal for their star man and quickly, seeing as the Dane has just over a year left on his current contract.
The 26-year-old was everywhere on the pitch, pulling the strings for a resilient Spurs side that never gave up after conceding early and were finally rewarded when Lucas Moura equalized late in the match to snatch a 1-1 draw and ensure progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In fact, the visitors could have got more goals had they made full use of Eriksen’s wonderful display of incisive passing.
The midfielder ran Barca defenders ragged with his tireless running and creativity with the ball, and even forced goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen into making a couple of fine saves.
Such was the effect of Eriksen’s colossal performance that Sergio Busquets- the hosts’ tenacious defensive midfielder- was spotted reacting with frustration after one of the former’s passes surged past him.
Check out a compilation of the Danish international’s numerous surging passes and also spot Busquets almost going mad at the end there:
Richarlison has been enjoying his time with Everton ever since his arrival at Goodison Park at the beginning of the season after a £40 million move from Watford.
So impressive has been the performances of the 21-year-old that it’s taken him less than half a season to become a talisman of sorts amongst the Toffees fans.
Re-united with former Hornets’ manager Marco Silva, the Brazilian has injected much needed speed in attack and has scored goals while playing both as a winger or as a central striker, finding the net 8 times in 14 matches so far.
However, in news that might annoy Everton fans a bit, their star man was spotted hanging out with some Liverpool players last night.
While it looks like a gathering of his mates from Brazil, Richarlison’s presence in a group full of players from his club’s heated Merseyside rivals is just a really odd sight.
Check out the picture which includes him, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Fabinho and Philippe Coutinho among others:
Ahead of their match against Celtic on Sunday, Hibernian have sent a classy message showing support to their former striker Leigh Griffiths, who is set to take an extended break from football due to ongoing personal issues that he’s been dealing with for a number of months.
The Hoops ace played for Hibs between 2011 and 2013 while on loan from English side Wolverhampton Wanderers, and helped the club to reach two Scottish Cup finals.
The 28-year-old had quite a good time at the Easter Road club personally too, with his exploits in front of goal earning him the first of his two SFWA Player of the Year awards.
The Scottish international then joined Celtic in 2014 and has since gone on to become a fan-favorite at the Glasgow club, who are firmly behind their player as he journeys down the road to recovery.
Check out the brilliant message by Hibs for their former player, showing how some things are bigger than football:
Spurs qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
The home team got off to a brilliant start as Ousmane Dembele went on a 60-yard run that resulted in an insane opener in the 7th minute.
Spurs responded brilliantly in the second half and Lucas Moura came off the bench to score a late equalizer and snatch a crucial point for Pochettino’s men.
Even though seeing their team get a point against one of the most formidable teams in the world and progress to the next stage of the Champions League would have surely delighted the travelling fans, they were also involved in a pretty unfortunate incident at the Camp Nou.
It seems that the stewards in charge of yesterday’s fixture had an clash with the Spurs fans and even proceeded to physically assault them.
One of the fans present during the night has posted a video of the incident on Twitter as proof of the ugly incident.
Check out the clip below –
Arsenal will be looking to extend their winning run when they face Qarabag FK in their final group stage match on Friday.
Unai Emery’s men have already booked their progression into the next stage of the competition and the Spaniard will be looking to give an opportunity to his fringe players at the Emirates.
Even with the Gunners doing so well both in England and Europe there hasn’t been any shortage of rumours linking the club to several top players around Europe.
Much of that speculation has been around Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who is rumoured to be angling for a move away from Catalonia.
With the Frenchman enjoying a close friendship with former Dortmund teammate Aubameyang, reports indicate that Arsenal could be interested in acquiring the services of the Barcelona man.
The rumours could very well intensify even more now after two of Arsenal’s stars liked the Dembele’s Instagram post following Barca’s 1-1 draw with Spurs yesterday.
Fans were quick to spot that both Alex Iwobi and Mattéo Guendouzi liked Dembele’s post showing his celebrations following his stunning goal at the Camp Nou and their actions will surely add more momentum to the speculation surrounding Arsenal’s move for the young talent.
Check out the screenshot below –
Liverpool’s inspirational defender Virgil van Dijk was in the thick of things during his side’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Napoli last night at Anfield.
The Dutch centre-back put in his usual imperious display, giving no chance to opposition strikers by cutting out dangerous aerial crosses as well as making several important interventions and tackles to help the Reds keep another clean sheet.
However, Van Dijk’s night was marred a bit when one of his tackles earned him a yellow card from the referee.
In an attempt to stop Dries Mertens from going clear, the 27-year-old slid in with a thumping challenge and clearly won the ball before his studs thudded in the Belgium forward’s ankle.
While the booking means he’ll be suspended for the first leg of the Merseyside club’s last 16 tie, fans would be quite pleased that their leading defender’s efforts on the night.
Van Dijk has quickly become a leader in the team after his arrival last year, and his passionate reaction at full-time perfectly captures his ability to inspire.
Check out the towering Dutchman reacting like an absolute beast in this clip below:
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has gone on to lavishly praise Tottenham after the fighting 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their last Champions League group stage encounter.
After Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring early at Nou Camp, things must have looked quite dreary for Spurs fans.
With Mauricio Pochettino’s men bungling numerous opportunities to equalize and with Inter Milan having leveled the score against PSV Eindhoven at the San Siro, it appeared likely the North London club was about to crash out of the competition until substitute Lucas Moura turned the game on its head with a goal in the dying minutes of the game.
In the end, Pochettino’s side finished on the same points as the Italians but went through because of their superior head-to-head record.
It was just reward for the resilience Spurs showed for hanging in there and not giving up despite the enormous task of achieving a positive result against the mighty Spanish giants.
And Tottenham’s feat is being applauded by world renowned football expert Balague, who’s taken to Twitter with a series of posts hailing the visitors’ performance, even calling it as one of the best.
Check out what the 50 year-old had to say:
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers travel to Vienna aiming for a victory which will send them to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
While Rapid Wien only need a draw to progress, the visitors require all three points against their Austrian opponents for safe passage to the next round alongside either Villarreal or Spartak Moskva, who are all set to take on each other on the same day.
With hopes of their team achieving the all important triumph, Ibrox supporters are expected to arrive in numbers at the Allianz stadium and in addition to the 2000 seats at away section, the hosts have been kind enough to set aside an area at the home end too for the travelling contingent to sit.
And amongst those lot making the journey from Glasgow will also be a 13-year-old kid whose reaction on being presented with tickets for his first European away game has gone viral on the internet.
The brilliant clip shows exactly how lucky Rangers FC are for having such passionate young fans to root for them. Check out the shell-shocked kid in the video below:
Liverpool advanced to the Champions League round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, who were knocked out of the competition despite only suffering their first loss of the competition.
While Mohamed Salah’s classy goal got them underway and Alisson’s stunning match-saving save in the dying minutes capped off another famous European night at Anfield, it was Roberto Firmino who won the ‘skill of the day’ for pulling off a cracking pass to Gini Wijnaldnum during the match.
The hardworking Brazilian striker produced an influential performance and even though he could not get on the scoresheet, Firmino showed just what he’s all about with the no-look pass behind him.
The 27-year-old is known for his no-look finishes and even pulled off a no-look nutmeg against Watford earlier in the season so his brilliant pass shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for Liverpool fans.
Check out Firmino’s magical skill:
While Tottenham supporters would have gone crazy with delight when Lucas Moura equalized for the North London club in the dying minutes of their 1-1 Champions League draw against Barcelona, his goal sounded the death knell for Inter Milan supporters swarmed far away in Italy’s San Siro stadium at the same time.
The Brazilian’s strike capped off a spirited fightback by Spurs after being 1-0 down for a large part of the match and ensured their passage to the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished second in the group with 8 points- the same amount as Inter, who had fought back similarly to earn a 1-1 tie against PSV Eindhoven after conceding early at their home ground.
Mauro Icardi had scored in the 73rd minute for the Italians and it looked like his effort would prove enough to send his side through, but all their hopes were snatched away when Moura came off the bench to score at Cam Nou.
The glum expression on Italian faces when the news of Tottenham’s equalizer was announced at the San Siro perfectly highlights how the night turned sour for them and their team. Check out the moment below: