Daily Weekend. Man United are humiliated in FA Cup, Real are El Clasico winners again

Football news 22 apr 2024, 06:48
Lars Foster Dailysports's expert Lars Foster
Daily Weekend. Man United are humiliated in FA Cup, Real are El Clasico winners again Daily Weekend. Man United are humiliated in FA Cup, Real are El Clasico winners again

Last weekend we saw a lot of top matches in equally top leagues. With such a kaleidoscope of matches, you might not have had time to catch up, so Dailysports will tell you about all the highlights from the world of football last weekend that you might have missed.

How do they do it? Neverlusen continue their unbeaten streak from here on out

Bayer entered last Sunday's match against Borussia Dortmund as German champions for the first time, and it seems like you could already exhale, but there is one "but". "Pharmacists" on Thursday with a 1-1 draw with West Ham set the longest unbeaten streak in the top European leagues in the 21st century, so the wards of Xabi Alonso intended to extend it.

However, the Bumblebees had their own plans and Niklas Fullkrug's goal on 81 minutes jeopardised Bayer's streak. But, again, as in the match in London, the Pharmacists equalised at the end of the game and not only snatched a draw from Dortmund, but also extended their unbeaten streak to 45 games.

Bayern picked up the pace, but did so too late

Do you remember what you were doing on 6 April 2013? And Bayern fans are very familiar with that date, because that was the last time the players of the "recordmeister" took the field as non-German champions. To repeat this history had to wait 4032 days, or exactly 11 years and two weeks.

On 20 April 2024, Bayern's opponent in a not so historically pleasant match was Union, which is struggling for survival. His team Thomas Tuchel moved with a score of 5:1, gaining a third consecutive victory in all tournaments.

Frankly speaking, it will no longer help in the fight for the "silver salad bowl", and the only trophy that Bayern can win this season remains the Champions League...

Real remain a difficult opponent for Barcelona

On Sunday, we also saw the main signposted match in Spanish football, the El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. In the context of both teams' elimination from the Champions League in the week, the meeting flashed new colours, but the players managed to please the fans with a spectacular game.

Of course, all the discussions are now focused on Lamine Yamal's goal, which was disallowed, as the referee ruled that the ball did not cross the goal line. There is no less talk about the game of Andriy Lunin, whose mistake led to Barcelona's first goal, although the penalty from which Vinícius Júnior equalised also raises many questions.

Nevertheless, we will state Real's 3-2 victory, which was secured by Jude Bellingham's goal in added time. It is noteworthy that Barcelona cannot beat Real Madrid in official meetings for the fourth match in a row.

The last time the Blaugrana won El Clásico was more than a year ago - on 19 March 2023 with a score of 2-1. That's the last match against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou so far, so maybe that's the reason?

Manchester United were one step away from an ignominious FA Cup exit

We also saw the FA Cup semi-final matches at the weekend, but we will focus more on the second meeting between Coventry, who represent the Championship, and Manchester United. "Red Devils" already by 58 minutes secured a three-goal advantage, and even Harri Maguire made an effort.

But, the Mancunians quickly relaxed, for which, as it seemed, the modest opponent punished them. By 79 minutes the score was already 2:3, and thanks to a penalty on 90+5 minutes Coventry equalised the numbers on the scoreboard and took the game into overtime.

The Championship side could have won the game, but after VAR intervention, Coventry's 120th minute goal was cancelled out. The fate of the ticket to the final was determined by a penalty shootout, where Manchester United players were more accurate. It is the Manchester derby that we will see on 25 May at Wembley in the fight for the oldest trophy in the world.

So old, in fact, that the last time the two teams met in two consecutive FA Cup finals was as far back as the 1883/1884-1884/1885 seasons.

Arsenal set an unprecedented Premier League achievement

The Cup is not the only one, as at the weekend the matches of the 34th round of the English Premier League took place and in one of them Arsenal London conquered an incredible achievement. "Canaries" visited Wolverhampton, who scored two unanswered goals.

This is what the Arsenal series is all about, or to be precise, 22 consecutive away goals without an answer from their opponents. The previous record stood for a little over 15 years, and it was set by Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea, who scored 20 unanswered goals in a row.

The last time the Gunners conceded in an away match was on 30 January in the Premier League round 22 match against Nottingham, although they beat the Foresters 2-1.

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