Hello fellow punters. From this week forward Bettingmetrics will aim to produce brief reviews of the most interesting events that have taken place during the weekend. This weekend was full of action and excitement where we saw great clashes. On Saturday, we learned the first finalist in the English FA Cup, where Chelsea won against Tottenham 4-2 at Wembley. Furthermore, we witnessed Borussia Dortmund reclaiming the third spot in the German Bundesliga after key win in Borussia’s derby. Thrilling nine-goals encountered between Fiorentina and Inter Milan and shared points in Lisbon, where Sporting and Benfica did not find a way to beat each other.
Sunday fixtures were quite interesting too. We watched victories for Celtic and PSV against their greatest rivals, respectively Rangers and Ajax, a return of the intrigue for the Spanish La Liga crown after Barcelona’s triumph at Santiago Bernabeu stadium and Monaco‘s win against Olympique Lyon which means the Monaco side will retain the first place in the league at least for another week. We also learned the name of the other English FA Cup finalist, in the game where Arsenal won against Manchester City after extra-time.
The talking points
Chelsea goes straight to the FA Cup finals after goals from Willian, Eden Hazard and stunning Matic’s screamer, proving the two Tottenham’s goals (Harry Kane, Dele Ali) insufficient. Spurs managed to even the score twice, at 1-1 and 2-2, but collapsed after Chelsea took the lead of the game for third time. Matic finished the job alone after a wonderful goal from about 30 meters away after eighty minutes since the match started. The Blues will play their local rival Arsenal in the final, after North London team achieved an inspiring twist against Man City. Gunners found themselves on the losing side after Sergio Aguero’s 62-minute goal, however they did show the right spirit and equalized ten minutes later, sending the game in extra-time. Alexis Sanchez scored after shuffling into the opponent’s penalty area in 101 minute and that proved to be enough for Wenger’s boys, which will play their third FA Cup final in four years.
Lisbon’s best known teams split the points in entertaining derby at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Sporting started the game with scored penalty in their favor, after a massive mistake from the visitors’ goalkeeper in the fourth minute. Since then both teams had many opportunities to score, but the equalizer came in 66th minute, when Benfica’s defender Lindelof scored a perfect-placed free kick. As no one can find the target in remaining minutes, the game finished at level 1-1. Benfica found a huge relief a day later, as their tittle rivals Porto surprisingly failed to beat Feirense at home, meaning Lisbon side retain a three-point lead, four games from the season’s ending.
In the Italian Seria A game, Fiorentina managed to beat Inter Milan in thrilling encounter, finished with a score of 5-4. The home team took the led after 23 minutes on the field. It was not long until the Nerazzurri replied with two goals and were in winning position. In the second half, Fiorentina registered the incredible 4 goals in 17 minutes, which set the result at 5-2, 10 minutes from the game’s end. Mauro Icardi scored his hat-trick with two late goals, but that was not enough for his team to take anything from the epic clash. The final result, combined with AC Milan loss at home to Empoli, mean that the Milano’s grands and Fiorentina will have a fight for the sixth position, which is the last one for European qualification.
Quick forward to the German Bundesliga and the clash between the two Borrusia sides, the last Saturday game we recommended you to watch. And what a game!!! It was another free-scoring, unpredictable game. Dortmund took an early advantage through Marco Reus’s 10-minute goal, but Monchengladbach overturned the events with a goal and own-goal of Dortmund. Aubameyang scored in 59th-minute to make the game even again. It took him only two minutes to write his name in goalscorers’ list, after he had just replaced Marco Reus. At the moment when everyone though that this will be everything for the derby, Dortmund’s midfielder Raphael Guerrero stole the victory for his side with his 87-minute goal. Monchengladbach is having a tough task ahead of them, as they look to finish at least seventh, a position which will give the team an opportunity to play in Europa League next season. Dortmund will not have much to play for in Bundesliga, they are third, fourteen points behind the leader Bayern Munich, but also ten points ahead of fifth-place team, Hertha Berlin. Still, they will prefer to end the season as second or third, just to avoid a preliminary Champions League round which comes with a fourth-place finish.
Celtic approached a domestic treble, after they won Scottish Cup semi-final derby against their bitter rivals Rangers 2-0. The Bhoys controlled the match pace after Callum McGregor’s eleventh minute goal. Rangers tried to be competitive in the beginning of the second half, but were left stunned by Celtic’s second goal, a 51-minute penalty. The Celts dominated the whole clash, also hitting the post several times. We are impatiently anticipating the Scottish Cup final which will be a replay of this year’s Scottish League Cup final, a game against Aberdeen which Celtic won comfortably 3-0. They also are already league champions, and everything they have to play for in the league is to retain their unbeaten status. Last remaining target for the Gers will be to finish in Europa League position.
In the Eredivisie’s derby, PSV managed to move their biggest rivals away from the title with a 1-0 win at Philips Stadium. They achieved the result because of first-half Locadia screamer from free-kick. The result looks modest, but in fact both of the teams missed many opportunities to score in a very attacking game. With only two remaining games from the season’s end, Feyenoord lead the table with 79 points, four more than Ajax. PSV follows with three points less than Ajax, and every of these three teams must keep the maximum focus in the final two fixtures. Ajax also bid for European success this season, after they are in Europa League semi-final against Olympique Lyon.
Monaco keeps their first place in the French Ligue 1 after a 1-2 win over Olympique Lyon. Monaco achieved the result thanks two the first-half goals scored by Radamel Falcao and teenage talent Kylian Mbappe. Surprisingly Kylian Mbappe already has 13 goals from open play, more than any other Monaco player, at the tender age of 18 years. Lyon returned one goal after the break, but that is all from them in this clash. The Monegasques sits first, at even points with PSG, but also with a game in hand. They also have a huge game ahead of them against Juventus in Champions League semi-finals. Meanwhile, Lyon continues their battle for the fourth place, which will earn them a place in next year’s Europa League group stage. Like Monaco, The Kids also are in European semi-final, a Europa League one, against Ajax Amsterdam.
Finally, we approach maybe the biggest game on the list and one of the biggest in the entire world. The mighty El Clasico. The Spanish gladiators’ battle. Their arena was 80000-seater Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Neither of the teams disappointed us. Attacking game, which saw five goals as Barcelona managed to win in the home of their enemy. Real Madrid opened the score thanks to Casemiro in the twenty-seventh minute after Sergio Ramos hit the post, but Lionel Messi canceled their lead in the 33 minute with a brilliant solo-run through Madrid's defense and the first half was leveled. The second half saw many opportunities for both of the teams, but it was as late as the 73 minute when Ivan Rakitic gave the Blaugrana a lead with a perfect strike from outside the box. Only four minutes later Real Madrid’s captain, Sergio Ramos, saw the red card after one reckless tackle in Messi’s legs. The hosts leveled the score with 10 men when James Rodriguez replaced Karim Benzema and scored just three minutes later from a Marcelo’s low cross, 85 minutes since the game started. In the last possible moment of the game, Sergi Roberto made a stunning 50 meters run, starting around his team's penalty area. What followed it was brilliant change of passes, ended with a goal-scoring position for Lionel Messi slightly in the penalty box. The Argentine misses very rarely from such positions, and Madrid felt that. Barcelona took the lead again in the ninety-second minute. Game, set and match. Barcelona congratulated them with an extremely important win, which elevated them to the first place in the Spanish La Liga. Most likely the battle for the crown will go to the very last fixture of the season, so both of the teams must keep their heads down and work hard. Real Madrid is also having a city derby against Atletico in Champions League semi-final encounter, and the Catalans have to play in Copa del Rey’s final against Deportivo Alaves.
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