FOOTBALL – Holding the advantage from the first leg (2-1 away win), FC Barcelona could afford to sit back and hit Manchester City on the break. City goalkeeper Joe Hart made a season record 10 saves. Continue reading
FOOTBALL – Arsenal needed three away goals in their Champions League away match against AS Monaco in order to advance to the quarterfinals. The wave shows a one sided match with Arsenal in charge. In the end, the Gunners came one goal short of progressing to the next round. Continue reading
FOOTBALL – Kevin De Bruyne added a goal and an assist to his season tally at VfL Wolfsburg in their 3-0 win v Freiburg on Sunday. His 16 assists are the most by any player in Europe’s top five leagues. Continue reading
FOOTBALL – Lionel Messi scored both goals for FC Barcelona as his side won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday. It was the 120 time Messi scored at least twice in a match, 8 times for Argentina and 112 times for Barcelona.
FOOTBALL – It started with the fastest red card in Champions League history and an early penalty goal for Bayern, who not only equalled their biggest CL victory, but also the biggest win by any team in a CL match in the knockout stages, their 7-0 win rout of FC Basel on 13 March 2012. Especially in the first half, but also for large portions of the second half, Bayern ripped through Shakhtar Donetsk like a tidal wave.
FOOTBALL – Schalke 04 defeated Real Madrid 4-3 in Bernabeu in the Champions League on Tuesday. Schalke came one goal shy of advancing to the quarterfinals. The wave shows a slow start by both teams, but after Schalke’s opener, the match took off with both teams attacking much. Continue reading
FOOTBALL – How important is experience for a team’s success? Do teams with more experienced players perform better in the league or do they benefit more from fresh, new players? While ‘experience’ is a difficult concept to actually capture in numbers, we came up with a simple way of trying to compare experience with success, taking the 2014/15 Premier League as an example. Continue reading