Ahead of the second international break of the season, football lovers were served a treat with Arsenal and Real Madrid the biggest losers.
North London side Arsenal were denied entry to Aston Villa’s Partey as a Jack Grealish led boy-group served premium entertainment at their home turf, the Emirates on Sunday.
Arsenal denied entry to Villa’s Partey
In what was a week 8 encounter in the famous English Premier League, the Gunners were anything but competition for Villa after they went to war with toy guns and were made to pay dearly for their folly by the Villains who tore them into shreds.
Most Premier League away wins at the Emirates Stadium:
𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗡 𝗩𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗔 (4)
Manchester City (4)
Manchester United (4)
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 8, 2020
Two goals from new fan favorite, Ollie Watkins and an earlier Bukayo Saka own goal handed Aston Villa another impressive and comprehensive victory in what has been clearly a bizarre but entertaining 2020/2021 season in the Premier League.
While Villa Partey-ed, things couldn’t have been worse for Mikel Arteta and his Gunners as they appear to have lost new signing, Thomas Partey to a suspected injury.
The Ghanaian who has impressed following his summer move from Atletico Madrid was substituted just before the second half kicked off and with the defensive midfielder off the pitch, Villa went on to have fun.
Well, with him on the pitch, Villa looked comfortable and as early as the first minute thought they had taken the lead when John McGrin put the ball past Leno in goal but it was overturned by the VAR after a very long delay as Ross Barkley was flagged to be offside.
Villa have looked quite good this season and with Sunday win at the Emirates, perhaps other impressive wins against Liverpool and Leicester were not flukes.
Premier League Leadership Change As Foxes win
From the start of week 8 on Friday to its conclusion on Sunday, the PL table saw three quick changes at the top of the table with Southampton, Tottenham, and Leicester City all took turns to take the first spot.
Southampton were the first to occupy the spot for at least 24 hours after their outstanding win over Newcastle United on Friday night.
That win at St Mary’s saw the Saints put out a legendary tweet calling for the League to “stop the count” as they went top of the league.
STOP THE COUNT pic.twitter.com/rS94knWEhO
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 6, 2020
However, it lasted just 48 “fun” hours for the Saints as Tottenham’s late win on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion inspired by Harry Kane’s historic 150th Premier League goal saw Spurs momentarily replace Southampton at the top on Sunday.
Leicester City took the spot off Spurs after securing a narrow win as well of their own against a stubborn Wolves side and will remain there longer than any of the other two sides as international break beckons.
Man City and Liverpool Stalemate
It was a tale of two halves in Manchester as Liverpool and Manchester City took a point apiece from an evenly-matched 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Mohamed Salah’s penalty out the Reds’ ahead after an assured start but Gabriel Jesus then equalised 31 minutes in with a delightful turn and finish. The visitors were then handed a golden opportunity to go ahead when VAR awardED City a spot-kick as half-time neared – Joe Gomez was penalised for handball – but Kevin De Bruyne choked and pulled it off target.
The second half was not nearly as exciting with both teams playing not to lose the game rather than to win.
Real Madrid humbled by Los Che in VAR show
It was not the result many football followers expected going into this game between the LaLiga giants and a struggling Valencia side but the VAR once again took the centre stage.
4-1 | STOP THE COUNT…
and AMUNT!#ValenciaRealMadrid ⚽
— Valencia CF 🦇🍊🌊 (@valenciacf_en) November 8, 2020
Valencia came into this game with a record of just one win in 7 matches with 4 defeats and had just 8 points from 8 LaLiga matches. But in the battle of “The Los”, the Che had it and in a bizarre manner.
There were four penalties, one own goal, and a Real Madrid defense that was comical in every sense of the word.
Real drew the first blood courtesy of Karim Benzema, but that goal on 23 minutes turned out to be nothing but mere consolation for Zinedine Zidane’s side as a comedy of defensive errors became a catalyst for a remarkable Valencia turnaround.
Carlos Soler netted a hat-trick of penalties and also missed another penalty in the most astonishing second half of football anyone would watch this season in LaLiga.
How many penalties has Carlos Soler scored against Real Madrid? pic.twitter.com/fHuqtEqaJ2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 8, 2020
Valencia got their first win in five matches thanks to the VAR, albeit you will say the decisions were fair and Los Che deserved their win. For Real Madrid, the questions they have to answer are quite numerous but they have a two-week break to provide good answers.
Bayern Munich edge over Borussia Dortmund and return to the top of the Bundesliga
Water is wet, Bayern Munich’s title defence is well underway. Munich defeated rivals Dortmund in the Klassiker over the weekend and retain their stranglehold over the German division.
Marco Reus put Dortmund ahead late in the first half but David Alaba levelled with a deflected shot after a clever free-kick routine in injury time. Robert Lewandowski headed in from Lucas Hernandez’s cross and set up Leroy Sane, who cut in to put them 3-1 up. Erling Haaland rounded Manuel Neuer to give Dortmund hope in ‘Der Klassiker’ but they could not find an equaliser.
Bayern didn’t leave unscathed with talisman Joshua Kimmich going down with an injury but with red hot Lewandowski still firing in goals, the European champions remain the team to beat.
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