And that’s a wrap. Another weekend of football reaches its conclusion, and players will wake up in the morning, and cast their minds on the happenings of the past three days, some with smiles on their faces, others, not so much. So who had a weekend to smile about, and who had one to forget.
Good Weekend For…
Real Madrid: There was no overestimating the difficulty of the task that Los Blancos had this weekend, travel to Valencia’s Mestalla, a place where even Barcelona had to escape with just a point earlier this season. But by halftime they were two up, and despite the hosts pulling one back, throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at them, Zinedine Zidane’s side showed collective resolve to not only hold on, but even score two more and put the gloss on a massive victory.
Kelechi Iheanacho & Fousseini Diabate: It was a weekend to savour for Leicester’s front men, as they played major parts in the Foxes dismantling Peterborough in the FA Cup Fourth Round. For the former, two goals took his tally in this competition to nine goals in nine games, and the Nigerian’s goal-scoring rate in the cup is an average of a goal in less than every 55 minutes, nothing short of phenomenal. For the latter, Diabate had a Leicester debut to cherish, after signing from French side Gazelec Ajaccio, and he also bagged a brace, alongside an assist to aid his team’s passage to the next phase.
Edinson Cavani: The Uruguayan has finally surpassed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record at Paris Saint-Germain, as it was his 157th goal for the club that opened the scoring in PSG’s win over Montpellier.
Nils Petersen: The former Bayern Munich forward was on hand for Freiburg this weekend, his double enough to secure a point for Bundesliga mid-table team away to Dortmund.
Bayern Munich: Two nil down inside the first 27 minutes, surely Bayern Munich would lucky to even save a point at home to Hoffenheim. Yet they managed to come back, not with three or four, but five goals to their name. Their 16-point lead remains intact in the Bundesliga.
Bordeaux: Les Girondins began the Gus Poyet era in sprightly fashion, as they fire themselves to a 3-1 win over Lyon on Sunday night in Ligue 1.
Newport: The Welsh-based League Two side have earned themselves a trip to Wembley, after playing a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Rodney Parade, a game they were even unlucky to not win.
Bad week for…
Valencia: Talk of Los Che being involved in the title race back in November seems far-fetched now, as the inconsistency Marcelino’s side have displayed since December has seen them fall way behind Barcelona, and at the weekend they lost heavily at home to Real Madrid, even if the result wasn’t quite a fair reflection of the game. The aim is surely top four now.
Mario Hermoso: It was a weekend the Espanyol defender will want to scrub off his memory, as despite scoring for his side, it was his two own goals that were primarily responsible for his club’s 3-2 loss at Leganes.
Inter Milan: Another weekend of dropped points for the Nerazzurri, as they were stunned by a late equaliser at SPAL to continue their winless run in the league.
Liverpool: Suddenly the Reds haven’t won a game since beating Manchester City two weeks ago, and on Sunday they were bundled out of the FA Cup with a home defeat to West Brom. The typical inconsistency that has been with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
Alessandro Florenzi: The stand-in captain for Roma did quite lead by example, as his missed penalty was the highlight in Roma’s home defeat to Sampdoria.