At 85 minutes, it was looking pretty glum for Bolton Wanderers fans at the Macron Stadium, with the club losing 2-1 to Nottingham Forest and seemingly on the verge of relegation to League One. Hope Akpan’s stunner at Deepdale had put Burton Albion on level terms against Preston, with the Brewers set to stay in the Championship.
Then, in the course of two minutes, it all changed. Bolton somehow found a way to score twice- first through David Wheater, and then through Aaron Wilbraham, who had copped a fair bit of flak from the fans but ended up scoring what will go down as one of the most important goals in the history of the club.
Bolton were safe- we’ll now have Preston, Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan in the SAME league next season, and brave Burton were relegated to the third tier.
Check all the action from that dramatic game below!
Brighton and Hove Albion assured themselves of a spot in the 2018/19 Premier League season after Pascal Gross’ second half goal gave them victory over Manchester United at the American Express Stadium.
Gross has been as integral to Brighton this season as Mo Salah has been to Liverpool’s and it was his header, awarded despite the best efforts of Marcos Rojo on the line, that separated the two teams at the final whistle. It was also Brighton’s first win in seven games at home and confirmed their top flight status for another season.
For United it was a disappointing performances with the likes of Rashford and Martial well below par despite starting this game. It didn’t feel like they were playing for the right to be in a Cup final side- there was one fantastic chance in the first half when all Rashford had to do was to square it to the unmarked Martial, but the youngster chose to go for glory himself and Albion were able to shut him down. David de Gea also made a fantastic save from a speculative Glen Murray effort.
Leeds ended a four game winless run across all competitions with this 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier today afternoon. Pablo Hernandez set up the first for Caleb Ekuban in the fourth minute and then doubled LUFC”s advantage early in the second half with a goal of his own.
Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for Bolton, but Leeds held on to win 2-1 in front of over 35,000 fans (35,377 to be precise) at Elland Road.
Also check out this funny moment after Hernandez’s goal. The Spaniard goes to celebrate, but doesn’t quite ace it! Some work needed on the celebrations Pablo? Continue reading
Young Giorgi Chakvetadze has been often been hailed as one of the rising stars of Georgian football and the teenager made his national team debut over the weekend against Lithuania (March 24, 2018). Chakvetadze started the game and also netted on debut- his 40th minute strike was the fourth for the Georgians in their 4-0 win in Tbilisi. He was replaced by Giorgi Aburjania after 69 minutes.
the 18 year old also made 34 passes with a 91% pass accuracy in this game. Chakvetadze currently plays for Gent in the Belgian top flight, Continue reading
England booked their place at this summer’s World Cup with minimal fuss. Finishing as leaders of qualifying Group F, an unbeaten record of eight wins and two draws left them top of the pool with Slovakia and Scotland joint-second, eight points off the pace.
Many positives can be taken from the campaign to date – scoring 18 goals and conceding just three – and there’s reason for fans to be confident after being dropped into Group G at the competition proper alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
On paper, Gareth Southgate and his boys should secure a place in the knock-out stages of this summer’s spectacle but will they live up to expectations? Bookmakers put forward their views on just how far the nation can go and there’s plenty of value around. Continue reading
Reigning European holders Portugal crashed to a 3-0 loss in Geneva in their final warmup game before coach Fernando Santos announces his 23 man squad to travel to Russia.
The Seleccao were very poor defensively in the first half and the Netherlands, who failed to qualify for the World Cup and were beaten in Amsterdam by England on Friday, took full advantage as they netted thrice before the interval.
Fernando Santos opted for a somewhat experimental lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo the only player in the XI that you could say was assured of a starting spot in Russia. Young Napoli left back Mario Rui was given his senior debut and became the fourth player from Portugal’s U20 World Cup squad (they finished as runners up) to play for the national team after Danilo, Cedric and Oliveira. Continue reading