An eventful weekend in football brought along several surprises as Liverpool finally lost their first Premier League game of the season with Watford thrashing them 3-0 at home. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea drew 2-2 to Bournemouth, giving the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur a chance to close in the top-four deficit, but a certain Wolverhampton Wanderers pounced upon to make the English league even more interesting.
The giants of La Liga – Real Madrid and Barcelona – squared off on Sunday and a 2-0 win for the Galacticos mean they now acquire the top spot in the league. Plenty of analytical points to talk about from an action-packed weekend, but we give you some bizarre incidents that happened over the course.
David De Gea’s ANOTHER error:
Chelsea dropping points at Bournemouth was sure a booster for Manchester United in their pursuit of a top-four finish, but a howler from once termed as a ‘world-class’ goalkeeper, David De Gea hammered a dent in their chasing.
Let's take a minute and laugh at DE GEA— FIRMINO F9 (@EmekwiNaukoth) March 1, 2020
Receiving a casual pass from his centre-back while the Everton strikers stayed in their line, the Spanish international took all the time in the world to decide who he should go with. In between his mind hunting, Dominic Calvert-Lewin decided to close the stopper, and the decision reaped fruit as his intervention ended into United’s net.
7 - David De Gea has made seven errors leading directly to an opposition goal in the Premier League since the start of last season, the joint-most alongside Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno. Shocker. pic.twitter.com/WNoCTxhxds— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2020
Leipzig’s cheeky response:
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has been quite vocal about his love for Liverpool, who are well on course to lifting their first-ever Premier League title. The Reds, however, were dealt with a blow after relegation-threatened Watford stunned them with a 3-0 win. Responding to the result, Leipzig decided to poke fun by replying the Reds on Twitter with a cheeky GIF of Werner.
Have a look:
Vinicius Jr. did a Ronaldo:
In the clash of the Spanish titans, a certain Vinicius Jr. hogged the limelight with a breathtaking performance. The youngster, who scored his side’s opener in the 71st minute, celebrated his effort in an equally brilliant fashion. With Ronaldo present in the attendance, the Brazilian decided to rush towards the corner post before performing Ronaldo's 'Sii' celebration.
Vinicius does the Ronaldo celebration while CR7 is applauding in the stands 👏 pic.twitter.com/MZrEkmwpG6— stefan yu (@yutc0202) March 2, 2020
Lionel Messi’s shocking El Clasico record:
Lionel Messi has arguably made the biggest impact in Clasico derbies, but his record since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus has been shocking, to the least. The Barcelona captain has now failed to score or assist in 11 of the last 15 games in all competitions, and five of those games have come after Ronaldo moved to Italy.
His last contribution against Real Madrid, in fact, came in May 2018 in a 2-2 draw; a game where Ronaldo scored as well.
John Stones is worth £50m:
Pep Guardiola delivered his eighth trophy for Manchester City in four years when his side defeated Aston Villa in EFL Cup final on Sunday. The highlight, however, remained how a certain John Stones gifted Villa an equalizer right before the half-time.
In an attempt to clear an aerial ball, the English defender fell over quite funnily which allowed Anwar El Ghazi to deliver a perfect ball for Mbwana Samatta, who brought his team right into the game.
John Stones being John Stones. pic.twitter.com/MzZMZo0cas— Josh Green (@Josh_pvfc) March 1, 2020
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Paul Ellis