After an atrocious first 45′ and a one-goal deficit to a winless Sunderland at half, ManU came back with two from Adnan Januzaj (yah-new-zey), the latest in the Belgian assembly-line of young footballing talent. 18 years old. Kid has promise and showed today that he already has quality. De Gea also submitted an early candidate for save of the season. Just what the Red Devils’ doctor called for and what David Moyes desperately needed. Still, there are plenty of questions for United. Plenty.
Suarez scored off his back after some Trick Daddy slip-n-slide’n. Sturridge followed with a some nice footwork and a left boot just inside the far woodwork. The alliterative attackers continued to wreck havoc in the first half as Sterling drew a penalty pick, which Stevie G converted calmly for their third. That’s six goals in seven games for Sturridge.
After a competitive 30′ and a goal from Roman Lukaku (and another dodgy-Joe Hart moment), City took control and dominated the rest of the match with three goals and a handful of opportunities that deserved an even greater margin of victory. Sergio Aguero was surprisingly shaky in his finishing, but struck home their second with the class you expect from the Argentine. Vincent Kompany did leave in the first half due to injury and has only played a handful of minutes after overcoming an early season groin injury.
Yaya Toure must have taken to heart the traffic jam-inducing, spontaneous song singing of one of my personal favorites chants, in a small Irish college town during Fresher’s Week [their university move-in/orientation week] that reportedly went on for 30 minutes. Yaya was a in complete Marshawn Lynch mode, bringing his physical force and technical mastery that few can equal. Also, try not to kinda love this Toure Brothers song dedicated to Yaya and Kolo. And sorry, that will now promptly be stuck in your head.
Another week, another brace for Loic Remy. He struggled adapting to England last year with QPR, but looks to have found the form that made the Frenchman one of the top transfer targets for many major clubs a few summers back.
Darren Bent subbed in and showed nice feet and conversion when delivering a late-game, much needed win for Fulham. Manager Jol and co. have been under fire of late, so these three points meant a little more for the side.
Nil-nil blah as a result of each team missing their main striker, with Benteke out for the next month or so and Hull without top scorer Robbie Brady.
Elsewhere in Europe
A week after their disappointing loss to Atleti in the Madrid Derby, Ronaldo delivered a late, late winner and Madrid came back to save three points after trailing 2-1 as the match was headed to stoppage time.
Barca stays perfect through eight behind two goals from Alexis Sanchez and one each from Xavi and Neymar in the second half after trailing for the first time all season after a 10th minute header by Javi Guerra. Behold the beauty of this Samba-infused Tika Taka at its best with a beautiful 1-2 between Dani Alves and Neymar:
Dortmund dropped points for the first time this season as Mats Hummel’s first career red card and subsequent penalty in the 81′ and Raffael Araújo following suit to nail the coffin close. Also, there was one Mr. Bryant in attendance.
Munich now leads the Bundesliga, but not the final result they desired. A goal by Tony Kroos in the 29′ was quickly answered by Leverkusen and despite 78% possession and 27 shots (11 on goal), Bayern was unable to break through for the victory.
Roma stands top of the table after this decisive victory over the Nerazzurri with two goals from the ageless Francesco Totti.
Lucas Ocampos scored three minutes after coming on late as Monaco continues their unbeaten start to stay top of Ligue 1.
Golazo du Jour
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
Welcome to center stage, young man.
MUST Watch of the Week
Soccer AM’s Showboat from last weekend’s action and the midweek Champions League fixtures. Click the play button. Sublime work by Benzema and Di Maria to close the clip.