There aren’t enough words in the Thesaurus for brilliant!
It’s been a brilliant, amazing, history-making 72 hours for English football!
First, Vincent Kompany delivered a huge boot to help kick Manchester City into the top of the table in the Premier League. The next day, Liverpool shocked the entire football world with an incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona in a Champions League semifinal to send the Reds to the finals in Madrid on June 1. The following day, Tottenham Hotspur did the amazing, setting up a Champions League final against Liverpool with an astonishing comeback, capped by a 96th-minute Lucas Moura winner against Ajax. It’s been a brilliant, amazing, history-making 72 hours for English football!
Moura’s goal — the third in his hat-trick — made it 3-2 on the night to Spurs and 3-3 on aggregate, with Spurs triumphing on away goals. It looked a distant possibility for Spurs at the interval, with the team 2-0 down on the night thanks to goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech. But that as before an extraordinary second half in Amsterdam which will go down in Champions League folklore.
Loved this comment: “How to blow a 3-0 lead” featuring Ajax and Barcelona – Directed by Tottenham and Liverpool!
CNN’s James Masters was masterful in summing it all up: “Cue silence but for a few thousand souls from north London, drunk on delirium and no doubt a beer or two who must have had to pinch themselves to make sure it was real. Tottenham, for so long derided as a club who fail at the final hurdle, for whom the definition of ‘Spursy’ was invented, had cast aside all doubters and triumphed when it had no right to do so.”
Can Tottenham beat Liverpool in the biggest game of the club’s history?
Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane hopes to be pitch ready by June 1
When Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur line up for the Champions League finals on June 1 in Madrid, the pitch will feature plenty of star power – including possibly Tottenham’s Harry Kane. The striker sprinted onto the pitch to celebrate with his teammates at the final whistle of their 3-2 win in the semis at Ajax Amsterdam, and could possibly return for what would be the biggest game in the club’s history. Kane, 25, has been sidelined since April 9 because of a serious ankle injury, has started straight line running and is eager to play in the final. He revealed that he is “positive” about his chances of featuring against Liverpool in the all-English final at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Kane says he would take nothing for granted, however, even if he was fit. “We beat Manchester City and Ajax so I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer [Maurico Pochettino],” he said. “We’ve just got to take all this in and then look forward to the final.”
On the other side of the pitch, Liverpool should have Andy Robertson back in their already talented lineup. Robertson could even be back for Sunday’s Premier League finale. Robertson was withdrawn at half-time during Liverpool’s epic semifinal victory over Barcelona having been kicked on the calf by Luis Suarez. The pain meant the Scottish captain was unable to continue and he has been waiting for the results of a scan over the last 24 hours.
With both sides at full strength, who is the favorite on June 1?
U.S. Women’s World Cup – What to look for in France
Marta, a six-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and arguably the most prominent historical name in women’s soccer, has lost little of her ability at the top level. At 33 years old, is France 2019 the Brazilian superstar’s final World Cup?
Anyone who thinks this will be Marta’s swansong may have to reassess. “As I can’t predict tomorrow, I can’t say if it will be my last World Cup,” Marta told FIFA.com last year. “I try to live each day and each moment. I need to work hard every day so I can be there very well. Only time will tell if it will be my last World Cup.” One thing is certain, Marta will be a headline attraction at France 2019. She has 15 goals in 17 World Cup outings making her the tournament’s highest-ever goal scorer – a record that is set to stand for some time.
Should she make it all the way to a sixth World Cup in 2023, Marta will equal a mark set by compatriot Formiga and Japan’s Homare Sawa. Marta currently plays for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
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