In case you’re wondering whether Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction here, where you can see him going through two of the Five Stages of Grief in about as many seconds, was justified by the play he had just witnessed, the answer is yeah, pretty much:
Like, Philipp Wollscheid at least should probably change his name after this. The elastico itself was disgusting, but that Riyad Mahrez flicked it through the poor defender’s legs, and that Wollscheid just stood their frozen, eyes cast downward looking like a child inspecting the damage after he’d just pissed himself…
In soccer, perhaps more than in any other major sport, the potential for greatness can be recognized from a very young age. Not every wunderkind goes on to become a superstar but most every superstar bore the expectations of future excellence from as far back as their early teen years.
You wouldn’t exactly describe it as a shock. It was Manchester City, after all. Winners of two of the last four Premier League titles; armed with the best goalscorers in the country; with one of its twistiest, most creative talents; newly infused with the precocious abilities of England’s most promising young prospect…
Two hailstorms in just over a week suspending play? Quick, someone check the math on those Mayan Doomsday calendars; maybe they were just a year off!
It took keeper Asmir Begović merely 15 seconds to score his first career goal when the cleared ball bounced over Southampton's Artur Boruc and in for an incredibly early 1-0 Stoke City lead. Begović's goal was the fifth ever by a keeper in EPL; the last instance was Tim Howard in 2012.
We have our first goal of the 2013/14 Premier League season. After some buildup, Liverpook's Daniel Sturridge received a pass from Iago Aspas at the top of the box and drove a ball with his left across goal, beating Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic and tucking just inside the right post. It was a good goal, but it was…
Why yes, Shea is from Texas, how did you guess?
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