Soccer Insights – May Vol. 2

UEFA Champions League finalists defined, end of regular season in Mexico, Real Madrid slips in La Liga and the first New York derby takes place. Let’s take a look on what soccer left us this past week.

UEFA Champions League

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In a shocking turn of events, Juventus got into the Champions League final after a 1-1 score at Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Real Madrid in advantage, but a goal by former Merengue player Álvaro Morata put thing on level and restored Juventus global lead. Madrid was unnable to score again and the Italians secured their place at Berlin.

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Barcelona will be the other finalist after surpassing Bayern Munich with a 5-3 global score. The Culés just needed the first half at Munich to settle things thanks to a brace by Neymar. Bayern managed to win the game, but they were short of three goals to make it to Berlin.

Premier League
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Results

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Manchester City 6-0 QPR
 Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Arsenal 0-1 Swansea
Hull 0-1 Burnley
Leicester 2-0 Southampton
Everton 0-2 Sunderland
Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham
Newcastle 1-1 West Brom
Stoke 3-0 Tottenham

Table

1 Chelsea 84pts
2 Manchester City 73pts
3 Arsenal 70pts
4 Manchester United 68pts
5 Liverpool 62pts

Talking points

  • Steven Gerrard received a standing ovation by Chelsea fans, players and staff as he left Stamford Bridge for the last time as a Liverpool player.
  • Queens Park Rangers and Burnley got relegated with two games to go. QPR suffered a huge 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, with three goals and one assist by Sergio Agüero.
  • Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle and Hull are the clubs battling to avoid the last relegation spot.

La Liga
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Results 

Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
Levante 0-0 Atl Madrid
Celta de Vigo 1-1 Sevilla
Villarreal 1-0 Elche
Almería 1-2 Málaga
Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Getafe
Granada 2-0 Córdoba
Ath Bilbao 1-1 Deportivo de La Coruña
Eibar 0-2 Espanyol

Table

1 Barcelona 90pts
2 Real Madrid 86pts
3 Atlético Madrid 77pts
4 Valencia 73pts
5 Sevilla 70pts

Talking points

  • The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had announced that all professional soccer competitions would be suspended this weekend following a disagreement with the Spanish League (LFP) and the government regarding the television rights, but an agreement was reached this morning and all the games will be played as scheduled.
  • Real Madrid was shocked at home by Valencia, settling a draw that could have defined La Liga’s fate in favor of Barcelona.
  • Speaking of Barcelona, they won their game against Real Sociedad in comfortable fashion thanks to goals by Neymar and Pedro.

Bundesliga
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Results

Bayern Munich 0-1 FC Augsburg
B. Dortmund 2-0 Hertha BSC
FC Köln 2-0 Schalke 04
B. Mönchengladbach 3-0 B. Leverkusen
Paderborn 1-3 VFL Wolfsburg
Frankfurt 3-1 Hoffenheim
Hannover 96 1-1 Werder Bremen
Stuttgart 2-0 Mainz 05
Hamburger SV 1-1 Freiburg

Table

1 Bayern Munich 76pts
2 Wolfsburg 65pts
3 Mönchengladbach 63pts
4 Bayer Leverkusen 58pts
5 FC Augsburg 46pts

Talking points

  • Bayern Munich lost their third straight match and are full of doubts towards their game against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, being ultimately knocked-out by them.
  • Borussia Dortmund is just two points away of securing their place in next season’s Europa League.
  • There are at least seven clubs involved in the relegation battle. All of them are really close in the table and could be an exciting end of the season.

Serie A
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Results 

AC Milan 2-1 Roma
Juventus 1-1 Cagliari
Lazio 1-2 Inter Milan
Parma 2-2 Napoli
Genoa 5-1 Torino
Chievo Verona 2-2 Hellas Verona
Cesena 2-3 Sassuolo
Palermo 2-3 Atalanta
Udinese 1-4 Sampdoria
Empoli 2-3 Fiorentina

Table

1 Juventus 80pts
2 Roma 64pts
3 Lazio 63pts
4 Napoli 60pts
5 Fiorentina 55pts

Talking points

  • Milan defeated Roma at San Siro in one of the big games of the weekend. The rosonneri are out of any chances to qualify to an European competition.
  • Napoli wasted their chance to get close to Roma and Lazio in the Champions League qualification battle by drawing 2-2 with Parma.
  • Juventus tied 1-1 with Cagliari ahead of their game against Real Madrid for the Champions League semifinals, where they got a 1-1 draw and got through thanks ti their 2-1 victory at Italy.

Ligue 1
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Results

PSG 6-0 Guingamp
Marseille 2-1 Monaco
Caen 3-0 Lyon
St Etienne 5-0 Nice
Lens 0-1 Montpellier
Bourdeaux 2-1 Nantes
Evian 2-3 Reims
Metz 0-4 Lorient
Rennes 0-1 Bastia
Toulouse 3-2 Lille

Table

1 PSG 77pts
2 Lyon 71pts
3 Monaco 65pts
4 Marseille 63pts
5 Saint-Etienne 63pts

Talking points

  • PSG practically secured their third straight title after defeating Nice 6-0 with a hat-trick by Edison Cavani and thanks to Lyon’s surprising defeat to Caen.
  • Marseille came from behind to win a game thay were losing to Monaco since minute one. This victory keeps their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
  • Saint-Etienne is also in the fight for an UCL place, tied in points with Marseille.

MLS
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Results

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New York City FC
FC Dallas 2-1 LA Galaxy
DC United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew 3-2 Seattle Sounders
Toronto FC 1-2 Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire 1-2 Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Montreal Impact 1-2 Portland Timbers
Orlando City SC 2-2 New England Revolution

*Mideweek game: DC United 2-1 Orlando City

Tables

Eastern Conference

1 DC United 21pts
2 NE Revolution 18pts
3 NY Red Bulls 16pts

Western Conference

1 Vancouver Whitecaps 20pts
2 FC Dallas 20pts
3 Seattle Sounders 16pts

Talking points

  • The first New York derby went for the Red Bulls, who defeated City 2-1 with a brace by Wright-Phillips.
  • Montreal Impact returned to MLS action, losing against Portland Timbers.
  • Orlando City keeps struggling with finding victory in their games, now drawing with New England Revolution.

Liga MX
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Results

Atlas 1-2 América
Chivas 2-3 Morelia
León 6-2 Tijuana
Veracruz 1-2 Pachuca
Monterrey 2-2 Pumas UNAM
Santos 2-2 Puebla
Cruz Azul 0-2 Leones Negros
Toluca 0-0 Tigres
Querétaro 1-0 Chiapas

Table

1 Tigres 29pts
2 América 29pts
3 Veracruz 28pts
4 Atlas 28pts
5 Chivas 26pts
6 Querétaro 26pts
7 Pachuca 25pts
8 Santos 25pts

Talking points

  • Despite defeating Cruz Azul, Leones Negros were relegated due to Puebla not losing against Santos.
  • Tijuana, Pumas and Tijuana were the biggest disappointments of this season by failing to qualify to the playoffs.
  • Eight teams qualified to the playoffs to fight for the title. The quarterfinals games are: Tigres vs Santos, América vs Pachuca, Verazcruz vs Querétaro.
  • The first leg of two of those games were played last night, with Pachuca defeating América 2-1 and Tigres and Santos settling a 1-1 draw.

What to look out for next week

  • Premier League – Manchester United vs Arsenal is the big game of the week, a decisive match for the third spot.
  • La Liga – Barcelona will play Atlético Madrid on Sunday and secure the title if they win.
  • Bundesliga – Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in a preview of the DFB Cup final.
  • Serie A – Inter Milan will play champions Juventus on Saturday.
  • MLS – Orlando City will face a huge test against LA Galaxy while they try to win their third game of the season.
  • Liga MX – Quarterfinals will continue their way and by the end of Sunday we’ll know who will be the semifinalists.
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