Football this week

Saad Shafqat Dec 12 2015
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The past week has been busy for football fans, with all major leagues having nail-biting tournaments underway.

Here is a review of all the matches you might have missed this week.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Stoke record emphatic victory

Marko Arnautovic’s brace grabbed all three points for Stoke against Manchester City. The Austria international pounced on two superb passes from Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri which led to the goals. The home side had full control of the game from the kick-off capping of an impressive performance against the Citizens. Full time at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City.

Southampton, Aston Villa fight out for a draw

It was a frustrating afternoon for Ronald Koeman’s side as Southampton drew at Saint Mary’s against bottom of the league Aston Villa. Joleon Lescott opened the scoring for the away side scoring just before half-time. Southampton controlled the game with 64% possession and their constant pressure led to Oriel Romeu’s equalizer in the 73rd minute. Final score Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Mahrez’s triad takes Leicester top

Riyad Mahrez’s hattrick takes Leicester City top of the Barclays Premier League table as they beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Jamie Vardy wasn’t able to score but he did provide an assist for his attacking partner. Mahrez and Vardy have now scored a total of 24 goals in the league this season. The Algerian scored his goals in the 5th, 22nd and 67th minute to cap of his first hatrick in the league. Final score Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City

Watford wins at home

Watford won 2-0 at Vicarage Road against Norwich City. Trio Deeney opened the scoring in the 30th minute courtesy of a penalty. The Watford skipper then provided an assist for his attacking partner Odion Ighalo who finished Deeney’s cross in the 91st minute of the game.

Arsenal secure victory at home

Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey score as Arsenal cap off a deserving victory at the Emirates Stadium. Campbell opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of the game courtesy of Mesut Ozil. Olivier Giroud’s own goal gave Sunderland some hope of coming in the game but that was cancelled out by the French striker as he scored in the right net this time to give the Gunners the lead in the 63rd minute. Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey made the win obvious for the home side with his goal in the 90th minute. Final score Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland.

Manchester United, West Ham draw at Old Trafford

Manchester United was left frustrated as Louis Van Gaal’s side was forced to draw again and this time at the expense of West Ham United. Manchester United started off the better side as Marrouane Fellaini looked to threaten the away side’s defence. Jesse Lingaard also looked to threaten the full backs with his pace and trickery. Anthony Martial looked good as his performance was commended by the Old Trafford faithful. West Ham came close twice as they were denied by the goal posts. Full time at Old Trafford Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United.

West Brom, Tottenham settle for equal points

Tottenham Hotspurs and West Bromwich Albion settled for a draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday. England youngster Delle Alli opened the scoring in the 15th minute but that was cancelled out by West Brom’s James Mclean in the 39th minute.  1-1 the final score.

Chelsea suffer another loss

Problems pile up for Jose Mourinho and his side as Chelsea suffer another loss this time it was at the expense of relegation side AFC Bournemouth. Glenn Murray’s 82nd minute header broke the deadlock and it was enough for the home side to register a victory against the defending champions.

LA LIGA

Real and Atletico register wins

Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were all on the scoresheet as Real Madrid register a 4-1 victory at Santiago Bernabeau. Getafe’s Alexis Delgado grabbed a concillation goal in the 70th minute.

Diego Godin and Antoinne Greizmann scored in the 20th and 76th minute respectively to register a well fought victory against Granada.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Schalke, Mainz, Augsburg, Hertha, Dortmund and Monchengladbach register victories

Johannes Gies, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Franco Di Santo were on the scoresheet for Schalke 04 as they register an important 3-1 victory against Hannover 96.

Mainz 05’s Jairo Samperio’s brace and Christian Clemens 76th minute strike proved too much for Hamburg as the away side register an emphatic victory at the Hamburg Arena.

Raul Bobadilla’s sole strike in the 64th minute was enough for FC Augsburg to register an important victory against FC Koln.

Hertha Berlin defeated Bayer Leverkusen at home to secure another important victory. Vladimir Darida 7th minute strike was leveled by Leverkusen’s Chicharito in the 29th minute. Brooks scored right on the hour mark for the home side which proved to be enough for the home side to cross the finishing line.

Borussia Dortmund registers an important victory against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. Marco Reus 32nd minute gave the lead to the away side.  Ricardo Rodriguez equalized in the 90th minute but Dortmund replied back promptly as Shinji Kagawa’s goal secured the victory. Bayern Munich suffered their first loss of the season as Borrusia Monchengladbach defeat the Bavarians 3-1 at Borrusia Park. Wendt, Stindl and Xhaka scored for the home side, whilst Frank Ribery scored the sole goal for Bayern.

Saad Shafqat

Saad Shafqat:

Saad is a Dentistry student with a passion for football. When he isn't busy studying, you can find him at the gym or at the football field. He has written for various blogs and websites and plans to continue to do so.