It happened again. Yet another last minute comeback, to further embellish a Champions League edition that could arguably end up being the most exciting ever. This time, it was Tottenham’s turn to pull out the most incredible of victories, stunning Ajax with a shocking 2-3 late win that projected them straight into their first Champions League Final in their history.
Mohammed Salah’s t-shirt was prophetical. “Never Give Up,” it read. Liverpool wrote another page of a history made of impossible comebacks as they trashed Barcelona to reach the Champions League Final once again. The scorecard at Anfield Road read 4-0 at full time, an outcome that completely overturned what happened at the Camp Nou one week ago.
Ajax don’t want to stop. The white-and-red won 1-0 in London over Tottenham, and can now legitimately aim at reaching the Champions League Final for the first time in 23 years. A lone goal by midfielder Donny van de Beek stunned the Tottenham Stadium and the Semifinal debuting Spurs to secure his side a strong advantage in view of next Wednesday’s second leg.
Lazio and Atalanta emerged as winners from the two Coppa Italia 2018-19 Semi Finals, and will battle for the league cup title on May 15 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. And while the Biancocelesti may have the advantage of playing the last act at home, the Bergamaschi have no intention to stop dreaming after having eliminated Juventus and Fiorentina.
When they met for their second Derby di Milano in the 1981-82 season, Inter and Milan were facing two opposite situations. With 10 games left, the Nerazzurri were only four points behind the leading duo Fiorentina-Juventus. Milan, on the other hand, lied in the penultimate spot of the league table, and were desperately struggling to avoid relegation.
Roma’s Javier Pastore conquered our hearts this week with a delicious heel kick shot – precision and execution to give Roma an early lead in the Stadio Olimpico’s goal fest. In our selection of the Top 5 Serie A goals, the Argentinian preceded a lobber by Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, and a volley by Mirco Antenucci that propelled SPAL to the top of the league!
It’s still summer football, but whoever decided the fixtures of these initial Serie A rounds knows how to capture people’s attention. The second campionato matchday sees Juventus facing a Lazio side shaken by some alleged tension between President Claudio Lotito and coach Simone Inzaghi, while Milan make their seasonal debut at Napoli.
The hype surrounding Serie A 2018-2019 has been unprecedented in the recent seasons of the Italian top flight, but not many fans will have the will to celebrate at a goal scored on a football pitch this weekend, as the whole of Italy is still shocked at the tragedy that struck the city of Genova, where last Monday a motorway bridge collapsed taking 41 lives.
Serie A 2018-19 will kick off on August 18, and conclude on May 26. The start will be a thrilling one, with the first round featuring Lazio-Napoli and an Emilian derby Bologna-SPAL. Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Italian debut in Verona, with Juventus visiting Chievo. Round 7 will be the most exciting one, with both Roma-Lazio and Juventus-Napoli.
With Cristiano Ronaldo’s landing in Serie A, will any team stand a chance against Juventus? How will Napoli adjust to the world class experience of their new coach Carlo Ancelotti? Is the current 20-team roster of the Italian top flight final, or must we expect a few surprises? These and more questions gather at the dawn of a new calcio season, kicking off on August 19.
The World Cup Third Place Playoff is probably the saddest game in the whole football season calendar. The match no team would like to be playing, having just lost the chance to be part of the real deal that happens the following day. Belgium earned the third spot by beating England 2-0 in Saint Petersburg with goals by Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard.
They really did it. Juventus brought to Serie A Cristiano Ronaldo, signing him on a 4-year deal. To secure the services of CR7, President Andrea Agnelli invested 112 million euro, and Ronaldo’s salary will be 30 million euro per season, which corresponds to the market value of some whole Serie A clubs. The Old Lady thus gave Italian football one of the clearest talent of all time.