Thursday, May 11, 2017

Olympique Lyon vs Ajax Amsterdam
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 11 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Because the second leg will be played in Lyon, it was a reason for high hopes in Olympique Lyon ranks, however, they played so badly in the first game in Amsterdam that the second one is almost a formality. For sure, it is not impossible annul three-goal advantage especially as they scored away but Olympique Lyon still needs a victory of 3-0 or higher, which will not be an easy thing to do against Ajax Amsterdam team. Even if the opponent, Ajax, is a weaker it would be very hard to achieve something like that. The first leg showed that Ajax Amsterdam team is in great shape, and capable to win even in Lyon.
Followers will agree that cause for heavy defeat in the first leg was fact that the coach, Genesio, had left on the bench the team’s first scorer, Lacazette, who was not fully recovered, but it could be seen last weekend when Olympique Lyon faced Nantes in the French Ligue 1, that he is not in particularly good shape. Player, Cornet, scored two out of Lyon’s three goals, who is Lacazette’s replacement, and Valbuena came off the bench. There were many other changes, while now some other players are questionable because of injuries. However, all of them will probably be in the team as they secured a place in the UEFA Europa League next season through the French championship and this is the last important match of the season, unless a miracle happens and they reach the final.
Ajax Amsterdam team is on verge to reach the final of the UEFA Europa League and suddenly is in the race for the title in the Dutch championship, although they don’t decide alone about their fate. It can turn out in the end that 2016/2017 is a super successful season for the team if they win both titles, however, it will not be that easy to win either of them. Ajax Amsterdam had already dropped from the race to the title but last weekend they outclassed at home Go Ahead Eagles by 4-0 despite playing with reserve team, and leading Feyenoord team lost away to Excelsior, so Ajax Amsterdam backlog now is just one point.
However, just one round is left and Feyenoord team plays at home where it must lose or draw, while Ajax team must win Willem II in order to dethrone Feyenoord. It is not impossible but it is not probably either, just like it is not impossible to drop such huge advantage against Olympique Lyon. 1/4 final match against Schalke team 04 should be a warning as they nearly dropped advantage of 2-0 from the first leg. They know better now and have three goals more. On top of it, the team is complete compared to the first match as players Veltman and Viergever are back in the line-up

Probable lineups: 
Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Jallet, Mammana, Diakhaby, Morel – Tousard, Gonalons – Cornet, Tolisso, Valbuena – Lacazette (Fekir)
Ajax Amsterdam:  Onana – Veltman, Sanchez, Viergever, Riedewald – Schone, Klaassen, Ziyech – B. Traore, Dolberg, Younes

Olympique Lyon last 5 matches results:
20/04/17 Besiktas 2 – 1 P Lyon
23/04/17 Lyon 1 – 2 Monaco
28/04/17 Angers SCO 1 – 2 Lyon
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Lyon – Nantes
Ajax Amsterdam last 5 matches results:
16/04/17 Ajax 5 – 1 Heerenveen
20/04/17 Schalke E 3 – 2 Ajax
23/04/17 PSV 1 – 0 Ajax
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Ajax – Go Ahead Eagles

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain.

Atletico Madrid played very well against Real Madrid and they won the game 2-1. However, it was Real Madrid that qualified for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid 01-02 Atletico Madrid: 
12' Saul Niguez 1-0 // 16' Antoine Griezmann (pen.) 2-0 // 42' Isco 2-1

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monacovs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 9 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Torino

The first semi-final match between the AS Monaco FC and Juventus FC, that was played six days ago had ended with a win for Juventus 2-0, which means that Juventus has an easy job in its attempt to again eliminate Monaco from the UEFA Champions League. On top of it, Juventus FC plays much better at home this season than away and it has practically secured its 6th consecutive title of Italian champion given that 03 rounds before the end Juventus has even 07 points more than second-placed Roma, that will meet next weekend in Rome.
Right because of that advantage Juventus FC played more easily 02 last rounds and it should be surprising that it drew with the teams: Atalanta and Torino. On the other hand they were up to the task in Monaco, where they made huge advantage due to goals of Higuain prior to the second-leg. However, their coach Allegri, is still cautions as he is well aware that his players shouldn’t relax yet and consequently he plans to send the same team on the pitch like he did in the first-leg. Only in the midfield returnee, Khedir should get advantage over Marchisi, while regarding problems with absences out of action are only injured stopper Rugani and forward Pjaca.
Unlike Juventus FC, which did a great job six days ago, AS Monaco FC team practically has mission impossible in Turin given that it needs victory of three goals or at least to win by 2-0 and take the match into the extra time. To do something like that coach, Jardim, must play much better primarily in attack, and especially in the finish of it, while at the same time the defence shouldn’t make mistakes like it did in the first semi-final match with Juvenuts FC, when it conceded even two goals.
AS Monaco FC is on the best path to finally dethrone so far untouchable PSG team in the French Ligue 1, as two rounds before the end of season it has 03 points more than they and have played one match fewer than PSG, so they shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep the leading positing by the end of season. Before that Monaco will give its best in this semi-final match of the Champions League and we expect now their far more aggressive and offensive approach than six days ago as they have nothing to lose. Out of action for this game are: defenders Toure and Mendy, and midfielder Boschilia.

Probable lineups:
AS Monaco FC: (4-4-2): Subasic; Dirar, Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson; Bakayoko, Fabinho, Lemar, B. Silva; Mbappe, Falcao
Juventus FC:  (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini; Khedira, Pjanic; Dybala, Mandzukic, Cuadrado; Higuain
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Nice vs PSG
Competition: French League 1
Date: April, 30th, 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France.

In this game, the luck was not by the side of PSG team, as they lose against their opponent, Nice team. Mario Balotelli scored the first goal against PSG, and the final score of the game was 3-1.

PSG 1--3 Nice: 
26' Mario Balotelli 1-0 /// 48' Ricardo Pereira 2-0 /// 64' Marquinhos 2-1 /// 90' Anastasios Donis 3-1
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Real Madrid vs Leganes -- Competition: Spanish Primera Division

Estadio Municipal de Butarque witnessed yesterday a big game between Real Madrid and Leganes. A game which ended with a win for Real Madrid. The score of the game was: 4-2.

Date: 5 April 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:30 GMT
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes
Real Madrid 4-2 Leganes:
15' James Rodriguez 0-1 // 18' Alvaro Morata 0-2 // 23' Alvaro Morata 0-3 // 32' Gabriel 1-3 // 34' Luciano Neves 2-3 // 48' Martin Mantovani (o.g.) 2-4
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

FC Barcelona vs FC Sevilla 05-04-2017 - La Liga

Barcelona vs Sevilla /// Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Date: 5 April 2017
Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
The defeat in La Coruna, which interrupted a series of 05 wins and spoiled the celebration for great victories in the UCL against PSG, which have helped them qualify for the 1/4 of that competition, FC Barcelona has again made two victories in the championship and they are following the leader. Both victories were quite expected, since they welcomed Valencia team, which is good, but this season they are not playing well and they did not succeed as in the previous season to make problems for the Catalonians. Things did not work smoothly for Barcelona team in the first half when the score became 2-2, but they were dominant in the second even though they had one player less and they celebrated with 4-2.
The game was not easy for them in Granada on Sunday, where they were also valid for the big favourites. At the beginning of the second part it was 1-1, but by the end they still scored another 03 goals and convincingly celebrated. It is noticeable that Barcelona lately received at least one goal in all the games and in the last ten matches they only managed to keep their network intact twice. They played without Lionel Messi in Granada, who got suspended due to yellow cards, and center-back Pique was also absent. Iniesta started on the bench and it was one combined setup, but it will now be a lot stronger with the 03 aforementioned players from the first minute on the field.
FC Sevilla team, on the other hand, fell into a crisis in an awkward moment, from which they never came out. They paid it already with the elimination from the Champions League competition, which is certainly a great disappointment, but they are also paying dearly in the championship, where they completely melted advantage they had in relation to Atletico Madrid. They fell to fourth place, which means that they no longer have direct placement in the Champions League competition. Two rounds, they lost in Madrid 3-1 against Atletico Madrid, but it is not the biggest problem. Before this match, as well as in the last round, they only played a draw against much weaker rivals and valuable points were lost.
To make matters worse, Sevilla played two draws at home and against teams that are fighting for survival. The first was 1-1 against Leganes and in the last round 0-0 against Sporting. They are failing to record any victories at home and they are already more than a month without a win. They have missed a lot of chances on Sunday against Sporting team, and it did not help that the recovered striker Jovetic played the last half hour. Center-back player, Rami, was absent and the left back Escudero too. Now Escudero and Jovetic could be among starters.

Probable lineups:
Barcelona: ter Stegen – S.Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić – Messi, L.Suarez, Neymar.
Sevilla: S.Rico – Montoya, Pareja, Lenglet, Escudero – Iborra, N'Zonzi – Nasri, Vazquez, Vitolo – Jovetic
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Real Madrid vs Deportivo Alaves
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Date: 2 April 2017
Kick-off Time: 14:15 GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madri, Spain. 

The game between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves in the Spanish Primera Division ended with a big win for Real Madrid. The game result was 3-0. 

Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo Alaves 

31' Karim Benzema 1-0 // 85' Isco 2-0 // 88' Nacho Fernandez 3-0

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