‘El Clásico’ is Real, Liverpool humiliates United and Gio Simeone’s poker

We present the best of Sunday’s classics and the summary of the day in the top leagues in Europe

Among the many definitions that the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) gives about the term ‘classic’ perhaps those that point to “Of cultured tradition” or “That does not depart from the traditional, the rules established by custom and the use “are those that are closest to what the ‘classic’ represents in football: a ‘big’ match, of tradition, history, which paralyzes the country during its dispute, and which is lived before, during and after.

This Sunday the lovers of this type of match in Europe experienced a wide range of them, some with greater tradition and great history, and others with a new stamp, such as the French case: Barcelona-Real Madrid, Manchester United-Liverpool, Marsella-París Saint Germain, Ajax Amsterdam-PSV Eindhoven y Olympiacos-PAOK.

In addition, the day had great names of its own, such as those of the Argentine Gio Simeone, author of a poker session with Helals Verona, the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), the Swiss David Alaba (Real Madrid) and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).


Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is back on its own terms. It is currently, perhaps, the most fit team on the Old Continent. He evidenced it this Sunday in his own meats a Manchester United del noruego Ole Gunnar Solskjær that conceded a resounding home defeat (0-5) leaving an entire Old Trafford speechless that already saw how the ‘reds’ reached the break with a forceful and favorable (0-4).

Weekdays, in Champions League, ‘The Red Devils’ had raised a 0-2 against Atalanta after the break. This time it was not only impossible, but it even increased a win that could have been greater (red to Paul Pogba, minute 60), but Liverpool took pity on their illustrious host. The so-called ‘Theater of Dreams’ was a place of nightmares for United fans, so much so that a good number of them left the stadium with half an hour to go.

There was also no color in the distance duel between the local Cristiano Ronaldo and Wrong. The Egyptian scored three goals, gave an assist and becomes the African player with the most goals scored in the Premier (107); the Portuguese lived drought, despair and helplessness. Things look bad for United, especially for their coach.

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Of course, the leader is still Chelsea, current European champion and who abused a Norwich to which he endorsed everything a 7-0. Three of those goals were the work of the young Mason Mount, a great player. One point away from the ‘blues’ is Liverpool and two are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who won with ease on their visit to Brighton (1-4). United are eight points behind the lead.


The ‘classic’ of Spanish football, one of the most watched matches on the five continents, with Barcelona and Real Madrid in contention. On this occasion, after the marches of Leo Messi (last summer) and Cristiano Ronaldo (July 2018), the so-called ‘New Generation’ was given way, represented by the Barça fans Ansu Fati (18 years old) and Gavi (17 ), and by the Brazilian Real Madrid players Vinicius (21) and Rodrygo Goes (20).

Of the four, the one that was best was Vinicius, author of a great first half in which he drove the Barcelona defense crazy and in which he only needed to score. But the one who shined the most of those who jumped onto the pitch was a 29-year-old Swiss veteran who played his first Spanish classic: David Alaba.

Defender David Alaba, at 29 years old already hardened in a thousand battles with Bayern Munich and who in summer arrived with the letter of freedom to Real Madrid, was the unexpected hero of a Barcelona-Real Madrid (1-2) who watched with great interest to the ‘new generation’. And is that the Vienna-born not only scored with a great left foot the goal (m.32) that opened the triumph of his team, but he commanded and ordered the containment of his team.

The ‘classic’ was not a great spectacle of football quality, but it had a more cerebral Real Madrid and knowing what to play at. The Barcelona He put his will, but he looked imposing. In the final minutes Lucas Vazquez (m.92) put the 0-2, and the Argentine Kun Aguero (m.97) made his debut as a Barcelona scorer.

Much better game was lived hours later in the Wanda Metropolitano between the Atlético de Madrid and a Real Sociedad that, with one more game, arrived as the leader and that also went to the top despite wasting a 0-2 (Sorloth and Isak), half an hour from the end.

But the ‘killer’ instinct of Luis Suárez emerged, who with a double (61 and 77, the latter from a penalty) avoided the home defeat of his team, which never gave up. Real Sociedad leads with a point of advantage over him Real Madrid and Sevilla, both with one game less. Atleti is three points away, and Barcelona to six.

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All confrontation between the Inter Milan and Juventus Turin it practically paralyzes the country. It is the so-called ‘Derby of Italy’, or what is the same as the Italian ‘classic’, despite the fact that Silvio Berlusconi in his golden age as president of Milan uselessly claimed such honor for his team and, even, not to be left out of distinction Some would define, if successful, the duels between Milan and Juventinos as classics.

On this occasion, in Milan, a draw was signed thanks to the success from the penalty spot of Argentine Paulo Dybala, who two minutes from the end saved a Juventus Turin that had been ahead on the scoreboard from minute 17, when He went ahead through the Bosnian Edin Dzeko.

Another of the great notes of the day was to see how the hitherto unstoppable winning streak of the Napoli, which added by victories its eight games played, leading the standings alone. He was stopped at the Olympic by the Roma (0-0) from Portuguese Jose Mourinho, who appeared before his fans ’embarrassed’ by the resounding defeat suffered on Thursday in the Europa League in the visit to the modest Norwegian Bodo Glimt (6-1).

‘Mou’ He was the protagonist again: before the game, by punishing the ‘second lines’ that he had criticized after the overwhelming Norwegian defeat, sending players like the Spanish to the stands Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Villar, and summoning youth people; and during the crash, with protests to the referee that earned him the expulsion ten minutes from the end. He was also expelled, but already at the conclusion the coach of the Naples, Luciano Spalletti, former Romanist technician. Everything was closed with a goalless draw, with a Neapolitan team that looked more for the goal than its rival and sent two balls to the posts.

This allows Milan to match Napoli at the top, having won on their visit to Bologna (2-4) with a goal and an own goal from Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Inter is third, seven points behind the two leaders, Juventus is sixth, one point behind Roma, fourth.

The top scorer of the day was the Argentine Gio Simeone, who signed a whole lot of poker in Hellas Verona’s victory over Lazio (4-1). He is the first to be scored by the son of Diego Pablo Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach.

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Marseille-PSG It is not that it is a historical duel, because the Parisian team was born as such 41 years ago and it was not until 2011, with the arrival of the multimillion-dollar Qatari property, when it acquired dyes of a certain nobility at the blow of the checkbook. The Marseille club, on the other hand, is of great ancestry with its 122 years. But it is, without a doubt, a ‘high tension’ duel, especially in the stands, and between the two favorite theorists to win.

There was more attention to the stands, with the Marseille ultras pulling everything when a PSG player was about to take a corner, than football. And there were no legal goals, if two were canceled (one per part), despite the fact that the Parisian team of the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino He put all his ‘jewelery’ on the table: Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, Di María. A rough game in which the locals of Jorge Sampaoli they did not know how to take advantage of playing the last half hour with one more player, due to expulsion of Judge.

The PSG they continue to lead with a wide advantage, which is now seven points over Lens, with Marseille fourth to ten points and one game less.

The Bundesliga He did not have his ‘great duel of the year’ and lived a quiet day for the favorites: Bayern Múnich y Borussia Dortmund, who won their respective duel against Hoffenheim (4-0) and Arminia Bielefeld (1-3). With this, the leadership of the Munich team is maintained with a point of advantage over that of Erling Haaland absent due to injury.

The Netherlands did have their ‘classic’: Ajax Amsterdam, founded in 1900, and the PSV Eindhoven, which saw the light in 1913, gave life to a duel where the local leaders arrived with a single point of advantage over their visitor. The excitement lasted only a time. And, after going to rest with a tight 1-0, the capital’s team’s superiority in the second half was total, closing with a resounding 5-0. Now, between one and the other, there are four points.



PSV could not face the Ajax forward who broke the visitors’ nets 5 times.

In Greece, Olympiacos reigns, who beat PAOK (2-1) in the noble duel of Greek football, in a match that they controlled and had emotion in the last ten minutes, when the visitors were discounted. It is the leader by one point ahead of AEK and four points over Thessaloniki.