Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 6 days ago
It's been over two weeks since Bayern Munich had its Champions League run ended by giant killer Atletico Madrid. Time, however, hasn't healed the wound of that disappointment for Arturo Vidal.
The Chilean midfielder continues to shake his head about the 2-1 second-leg home defeat that sent Bayern crashing out of the Champions League semifinals.
"I still keep asking myself how we managed to lose to Atletico," Vidal said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Germany's Klaus Bellstedt. "We were the dominant team throughout the match. We gave it everything and we had a lot of chances, but we just had bad luck and the ball wouldn't go into the net, whereas they took advantage of their chances."
One missed chance keeps haunting Vidal – Thomas Muller's 34th-minute penalty kick that was kept out by Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Muller could've given Bayern a 2-1 aggregate lead over an Atletico Madrid side that was reeling at the time.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 11 days ago
The Premier League selected its top five goals of the 2015-16 season. You can watch all five in the video below.
For those who don't have the time to watch all three minutes and 21 seconds of the video, Jamie Vardy's sprinting volley in Leicester City's 2-0 home win over Liverpool was deemed No. 1 and Dele Alli's spinning strike in Tottenham's 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace was chosen No. 2.
It's somewhat understandable that Vardy's goal would be selected best of the season. As far as importance goes, at least in the big picture of the Premiership title race, Vardy's volley was significant in that it broke a tight deadlock with the Reds in a game that rewarded Leicester with three more points to stay atop the standings and reaffirm the Foxes' status as legitimate Premier League title contenders.
We're talking about goals like Dmitri Payet's bending free kick for West Ham against Crystal Palace.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 13 days ago
With Barcelona clinging to a one-point lead in the La Liga table over rival Real Madrid, Saturday was set up for a dramatic finish to the title race in Spain. But if we're being honest, the final matches of the season for Barca and Real were nothing but formalities to another domestic crown for the Catalans.
There was no way Granada was going to play spoiler against Barcelona, which needed a road victory or a Real draw or loss at Deportivo La Coruna in order to clinch. Luis Suarez made sure of it. The Uruguayan bagged a hat trick to secure Barcelona's 24th La Liga championship in a 3-0 victory, making Real's 2-0 win at Depor (and Cristiano Ronaldo's brace) moot.
His second goal of the day, coming shorty after Ronaldo scored his second, was a thing of beauty and made possible by a spectacular pullback by Dani Alves.
Another week, another Bundesliga goal for Christian Pulisic.
The 17-year-old American made his second straight start for Borussia Dortmund and again rewarded manager Thomas Tuchel for having such confidence in him by scoring in a 3-0 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday.
Pulisic remained on the bench for every minute of Dortmund's midweek German Cup semifinal win over Hertha Berlin that set up a May 21 final showdown against rival Bayern Munich. But he returned to his place in the starting lineup on the left side of midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation against Stuttgart.
Bundesliga opponents will learn to be aware of Pulisic's whereabouts at all times because of his threat to score. He found himself in the right place at the right time in the 45th minute when Stuttgart goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton could only block Henrikh Mkhitaryan's long-distance shot. Pulisic easily pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0 Dortmund.
There's nothing quite like the "next big thing" to grab the attention of Americans, who are continually enamored with prodigies and the promise of their potential. This fascination can grow to fanatical levels, especially in sports, where teenage prospects are prematurely anointed for greatness (see college football recruiting).
The United States men's national team has one such teenage hopeful in Christian Pulisic, a 17-year-old midfielder who has broken into the first team for one of Europe's top clubs in Borussia Dortmund. And now that he's scored his first Bundesliga goal, well, the hype around Pulisic will only grow.
On a Champions League matchday that saw an immovable Atletico Madrid defense hold firm against the unprecedented attacking force of Lionel Messi's Barcelona in Spain, Bayern Munich was busy trying to overcome a similar challenge in Portugal during its own quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday.
Bayern carried a 1-0 first-leg advantage to Benfica but found itself tied 1-1 after only 27 minutes when Mexico forward Raul Jimenez beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the ball and scored on a leaping header. Having struggled to muster just one goal at home against what manager Pep Guardiola called the best backline in Europe, the Bundesliga powerhouse appeared to be in another tactical battle to keep its Champions League title hopes alive.
And for you El Tri fans, here is Jimenez's header. Enjoy.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Kobe Bryant of soccer in that his greatness can be polarizing. You either love him for the way he can score seemingly at will, or you absolutely loathe him for his arrogance. In Ronaldo's case, it's the overwhelming vanity and excessive preening that people can't stand.
But then there are times, much like the retiring Los Angeles Lakers legend, where you just have to admire the talent, skill and ability of an all-time great. Tuesday was one of those moments of arresting appreciation.
If Pep Guardiola's men are going to send him off to Manchester City with the ultimate going away present, clearly the task won't be easy. Because a Champions League title is becoming increasingly challenging with every step now for Bayern Munich.
Needing an inspired comeback to get past Italian power Juventus in the round of 16, Bayern appeared to get a break with a favorable quarterfinal draw against Benfica. But the path to the semifinals got much more complicated on Tuesday despite a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Allianz Arena.
The Bundesliga leader now has to venture to Portugal in eight days to protect the slimmest of leads after wasting perfectly fine scoring opportunities throughout the first 90 minutes of its quarterfinal tie.
Early on, it looked like Bayern was in store for a walkover. Just two minutes into the game, the German side grabbed a 1-0 lead when Arturo Vidal got his head on the end of Juan Bernat's cross and beat goalkeeper Ederson.
Retired United States women's national team star Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Portland, Ore.
Wambach was stopped on Saturday night after she reportedly ran a red light in her Range Rover near downtown, the Associated Press reported from a statement by Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson.
Simpson said Wambach failed field sobriety tests before being arrested. She also failed a breath test at the police precinct, according to Simpson.
The Multnomah County Sherriff's Office said Wambach was booked at 2:02 a.m. local time Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor DUI, ESPN reported.
The AP reported that Wambach, according to jail booking records, was released Sunday on her own recognizance.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 2 mths ago
Luis Suarez is still the founder and president of The Strikers Who LIke to Bite Out of Frustration Club. But he's not alone anymore.
He appears to have a new member in Chelsea's Diego Costa.
Chelsea's season to forget got even more miserable on Saturday when former Blues prospect Romelu Lukaku scored not once but twice to send his old club crashing out of the FA Cup in Everton's 2-0 quarterfinal victory at Goodison Park. Shortly after Lukaku's second goal, Mount Costa blew up like he usually does and predictably got into a scrap with Gareth Barry.
But this time, public enemy No. 1 of the Premier League ratcheted his fury up a notch in the most bizarre fashion. After a Barry challenge sent him to the ground, Costa butted heads with the Everton midfielder and then apparently sank his teeth into Barry's neck.
No Chompions League for Diego Costa next season