Euro weekend review: Reds and Spurs share Anfield spoils; Real held; Juve bag seven


It was quite an entertaining game at Anfield, as Spurs visited a ground where they had not in seven years. Spurs had gotten off to a flier at home to Manchester United in midweek, but while this one didn’t take 11 seconds, they fell behind after 180 minutes as Mohammed Salah bagged his 20th league goal to give Liverpool the lead.

The advantage lasted until nine minutes of normal time left, when Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius punched out Christian Eriksen’s cross to Victor Wanyama, whose howitzer found the top corner, much to the delirium of the Spurs bench. And they watched on as Spurs got a penalty moments later, Karius fouled Harry Kane, but the latter passed up the chance for his 100th Premier League goal, as his poor kick was kept out by Karius.

It looked like a miss they would pay for dearly, especially when Salah brilliantly manoeuvred his way into the Spurs box and scored again, in the first minute of stoppage time, much to manager Jurgen Klopp’s touchline bedlam, but Spurs would have the last word, as they were given another penalty. Virgil van Dijk deemed to have kicked Erik Lamela in the back in the 93rd minute. It was another chance for Kane to reach the century, this time he wasn’t passing it up; take two, two-two, as both sides had to make do with a point.

Another 2-2 scoreline with late drama was the events that transpired at the Ciudad de Valencia, as Levante hosted Real Madrid. For Los Blancos, it was a welcome return for their captain Sergio Ramos, and he got involved quickly enough, his header from a Real corner giving his side the lead inside nine minutes. But Ramos would be caught out by a through ball, midway through the first half, and although Jose Luis Morales’ shot was saved by Keylor Navas, there was to be no denying the rebound from Emmanuel Boateng, as Levante restored parity. Zinedine Zidane and his side seemed to have won it with nine minutes left through Isco, and when Roger Marti headed wide from point-blank range for Levante shortly after, it looked all over. But the hosts weren’t done yet, as Giampaolo Pazzini popped up on 89 minutes, his shot hit Navas on its way in, to salvage a point, and leave Los Blancos with more worries.

Elsewhere, Gerard Pique scored late on as Barcelona maintained their unbeaten run in the league, away at Catalan rivals Espanyol, Monaco came from two down to beat Lyon and go above them in Ligue 1.

Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick as Juventus hit seven (yes, really) past Sassuolo, Inter’s miserable run continued as they were held by Crotone, while Michy Batshuayi scored twice on his Dortmund debut, as Peter Stoger left with all three points against his former side Koln.

Sevilla were victims of a 5-1 hammering in Eibar, Alexis Sanchez bagged a home debut goal as Manchester United beat Huddersfield, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang began his Arsenal career with a goal in their rout of Everton, Marseille and Metz played out a nine-goal thriller in France, Burnley snatched a point at home to Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Bordeaux continued their revitalisation under Gus Poyet with a win at Strasbourg, and Celta lost at Alaves, despite Iago Aspas’ wonderful solo effort.


Premier League: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham; Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield; Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle; West Brom 2-3 Southampton; Brighton 3-1 West Ham; Burnley 1-1 Manchester City; Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke; Arsenal 5-1 Everton; Leicester 1-1 Swansea

La Liga: Levante 2-2 Real Madrid; Real Sociedad 5-0 Deportivo; Eibar 5-1 Sevilla; Real Betis 2-1 Villarreal; Alaves 2-1 Celta Vigo; Getafe 0-0 Leganes; Girona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao; Atletico Madrid 1-0 Valencia; Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona

Ligue 1: Strasbourg 0-2 Bordeaux; Marseille 6-3 Metz; Lille 0-3 PSG; Monaco 3-2 Lyon; Nice 0-1 Toulouse; Montpellier 2-1 Angers; Amiens 0-2 St. Etienne; Rennes 0-1 Guingamp; Caen 3-2 Nantes

Bundesliga: Koln 2-3 Dortmund; Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich; Schalke 1-2 Werder Bremen; Hertha BSC 1-1 Hoffenheim; Wolfsburg 1-1 Stuttgart; Freiburg 0-0 Leverkusen; Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig; Augsburg 3-0 Frankfurt; Hamburg 1-1 Hannover

Serie A: Juventus 7-0 Sassuolo; Benevento 0-2 Napoli; Atalanta 1-0 Chievo; Bologna 1-2 Fiorentina; Hellas Verona 0-1 Roma; Udinese 1-1 Milan; Cagliari 2-0 SPAL; Sampdoria 1-1 Torino; Inter 1-1 Crotone


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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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