It’s a funny old game. So they say. Football isn’t a force onto itself, though very often it can feel that way. While the game can often be fickle or even downright cruel sometimes, it’s up to the players themselves that write the headlines which allow us to point, mock and judge. Tonight was one of those nights. Get ready to exercise your pointing finger.
Robin Van Persie and fourth placed Fenerbache went to and knocked out top of the league Besiktas in the Turkish Cup. While this is nice, we’d have to question whether he could ever do it in the Premier League though. Sarcasm.
Speaking of people who are famous for winning things in Manchester, Gabriel Jesus has continued his hot streak in defying the odds not just in this game but also the idea that there’s no-one of any quality available in January. Most of all, his last minute winner might be just the thing that Manchester City need as the race for second place behind Chelsea hots up even more.
A short stop in Italy now, known for it’s boring defensive league. Barely one day after Napoli scored seven against Bologna, Lazio dropped six away at Pescara and still only managed to win by four. Marco Parolo with the winning four goals. More league goals in one game than in the entire of last season. Obvious yawn. More sarcasm.
Also in Serie A, Juan Cuadrado did this to Inter.
From an uninspiring, one team league then to Scotland. Moussa Dembele (no not that one) has already romped home with the “player that everyone is waiting until he signs for a team in the top six in England to judge fully” award. He came on with Celtic in a hole and then preceded to find many in the St. Johnstone defence to walk away with a twenty five minute hat trick. We’re not waiting til he moves to England to judge him, we already know he’s going to be amazing/alright/not bad/overhyped/awful/a great addition to the Southampton squad.
Of all the players to score all the varied numbers of goals, we’ve gone and picked someone who only scored once. See it’s all about context. Winning goal for your country in a continental cup final? That’s – with all due respect to Pescara and St. Johnstone – just a little bit more important. And then there’s the goal itself.
That’s special. I bet his club side could really have done with a player like that. Who does he play for again *Googles* Besiktas? It’s a funny old game…