The Beermat Best Player In The World (Today)

History is being made all the time in football.  Quite literally every ninety minutes goes down in the actual book of records.  Sometimes however, things happen which are more impressive than just a scoreline. We start today with news that’s every bit as big for what happened off the field as well as on it.  Luis Felipe Scolari and his mega rich Guangzhou Evergrande squad kicked off against reigning Hong Kong Premier League champions Eastern Sports Club.  The Chinese side – with their World Cup winning manager on the touchline – won 7-0.  But it is who was in the other dugout that gave this game more prestige than simply being another game in the Asian Champions League group stage.  Chan Yuen-ting is the manager who guided Eastern to their domestic title which allowed them a place in this tournament and in doing so she (that’s right) became the first woman to lead a mens professional at the continental level.  Forget the scoreline, leave your outdated horrible banterrific jokes at the door.  This is a hell of a barrier to break down and as such damn impressive.  Respect is due.

Swapping Champions Leagues now to one we’re more familiar with, Leicester stunned absolutely no-one by losing in Seville.  Sarcasm aside, Vardy’s goal and the fight shown by the foxes in the second half is enough to make the second leg very interesting indeed.  Sevilla haven’t been knocked out of any European competition since Hannover 96 dumped them out way back in August 2011.  Then again, Leicester do have recent history in doing something that nobody thinks they’re capable of…

Sevilla may have recent European history but they’ve got a way to catch up with the other side who won tonight with Juventus managing to not just sidestep the bear-trap that is Porto at home but pretty much turn it into scrap metal.  Given their recent Harlem Globetrotters style treatment of Serie A, the Turin giants should probably have done better in Europe over the last few years and barring a collapse of Arsenal like proportions, the Old Lady will have a shot at going one step further than they did in 2014-15.

Moving away from the Champions League but sticking with the Juventus theme.  Simone Zaza – he of being judged for a dodgy run up and a handful of games for West Ham fame – made the La Liga title race interesting again as Valencia beat Real Madrid 2-1.  His goal stunned the away fans (as well as probably some of his own lot too) before Orellana doubled their lead before the ten minute mark.  Ronaldo scored on the stroke of half time, so at least he’s happy with his evenings work. Madrid still have a point and a game over Barcelona so we’re not exactly waving Catalan flags just yet (but we might be in the very near future)…

Right we’ll be up front.  This is something of a cop out, even for us.  But one look at the goal and you’ll have no doubts about the validity of what we’re about to show you.  Below is a goal scored in the UEFA Youth League between Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.  Barca were already 3-1 up when this happened, so in truth it’s of not the most consequence.  It is such a thing of violent beauty however.  Given that the lads in question are teenagers we weren’t sure whether to cheer or call Childline.  The goalscorer himself is only seventeen.  Jordi Mboula.  Remember the name.  You won’t forget this goal in a hurry.

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