MONDAY 21 DECEMBER 2015
Barcelona FC have been crowned Club World Cup champions
after crushing Argentina’s River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama.
The hopeful underdogs pushed hard at Barcelona for most of
the first half, but a patient Catalan side broke the deadlock through their
messiah Lionel Messi.
The second half was pure dominance from the Spanish giants,
as Neymar rang rings around the River defence.
Luis Suarez cancelled out any chance of a River Plate comeback,
scoring a goal early in the second half.
The Uruguayan was deadly after scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final
against Guangzhou Evergrande. The in-form striker scored again in the 68th
minute, to clinch a brace and an impressive stat of 5 goals in two games.
Suarez was announced as the player of the tournament.
Despite the incredible passion from the Argentinian side,
there was only ever going to be one result in this match.
Barcelona have turned a poor start to the season into five
trophies from a potential six.
Arch-rivals Real Madrid might have something to say about
that before it’s all over.
BALE BANGS IN FOUR IN REALS 10 GOAL THRILLER
Gareth Bale has scored four goals in Real Madrid’s 10-2
thrashing of Rayo Vallecano this morning.
A goal in the first three minutes from Danilo looked like it
was going to be a walkover from the beginning. Vallecano were determined to get
a result after Madrid fell to the sword of Villareal 1-0.
Vallecano scored a double in the space of two minutes, Antonio
Amaya in the 10th and Sanchez Ruiz two minutes later.
The home side’s short fused fans were on the verge of
breaking point, which resulted in an incredible response from the players.
Vallecano had the lead and were looking likely to produce a
positive result from this game, then madness happened.
Tito was sent off with a straight red after taking out Toni
Kroos, following another red to Jose Raúl Baena. The brain fade from Vallecano left
their side with only nine players.
Madrid punished the depleted side, scoring through Ronaldo
and then an onslaught of goals from Bale and Karim Benzema.
This is only the third time that Madrid have managed to
score 10 goals in a game, in their 113 year history.
THE KLOPP HONEYMOON IS OVER
Liverpool were humiliated last night, after losing 3-0 to
Watford. Fill-in keeper Adam Bogdan made his Premier League debut for the Reds,
due to the injury of Simon Mignolet.
It couldn’t have been any worse for the Hungarian, after
coughing up the ball to Nathan Ake who struck home the first for Watford.
Odion Ighalo caused enourmous problems for the Liverpool back
four, scoring a double to earn himself man of the match.
The Nigerian striker is a hero this season, having scored 12
goals in 17 games.
Watford now sit comfortably in seventh place, just one game
from Champions League contention.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is surely going to bring in
some fresh faces during the January transfer window.
By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)
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