After a hectic weekend full of all sorts (our not so subtle way of suggesting you check out the last two articles) there’s still plenty of football for us to cast an eye over tonight. Manchester City were forced to look for another saviour when Jesus went off injured. Sergio Aguero came on to perform a veritable miracle of his own by not geting injured. In the end it was Raheem Sterling and Bouremouth’s own Tyrone Mings (via Sergio Aguero) that scored the goals to allow City to close the gap on Chelsea to just the eight points. Antonio Conte may as well throw in the towel now.
Not that much elsewhere in Europe for us to turn to tonight ahead of a big week of continental competition. Midtable bore draws in both Portugal and Italy as neither Maritimo, AC Milan, Rio Ave or Lazio could manage a win and only got two goals between them all (we’ll let you decide who was playing who). One result did raise an eyebrow from the always lauded Polish first divsison. Pogon Szczecin sounds more like the noise you make down the phone to your boss when you’re trying to convince them of a sick day but they’re a club who have had one hell of a journey this last decade and a half. Runners up in the top flight in 2001, financial problems plunged them into turmoil. A year later they were gone and their fans had formed a new club based on their old reserve side, way down in the fourth division. They’ve been in the top flight now for a good few years without pulling up any trees (why would they? they’re a football team not lumberjacks after all) but tonight a last gasp penalty from Ádám Gyurcsó allowed them to defeat Piast Gliwice (another good one to use if you fancy a day off work) and put them in the mix for a potential European place next year. Still a long way to go before they’re fodder for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but you never know.
And it is to Spain we go for tonight’s award. Eibar are something of an anomaly to these shores in that they’re actually a likeable team. The lowest of the Basque hierarchy in La Liga, their size does not stop them from taking on all comers. Even if it doesn’t always go to plan. Tonight however it went exactly to plan as they blew up relegation threatened Granada. Blew up. Grenade. Grenada? No? Oh well. Pedro Leon set up the goals that killed the game either side of half time and scored the fourth to cap off a great all round display. Though they may not win much else, here’s an award for all of Eibar to cherish.