By Muhammed Melik Izol
Last week was a big one for all the soccer fans around the world and the soccer fans at Forest Hill. The world’s two most prestigious soccer competitions, UEFA Champions League, and the Europa League games were played. From surprising defeats to unseen field events, there was everything.
Can Barcelona FC do it again?
Two months ago, on February 14th 2017, in their away game versus Paris Saint Germaine, Barcelona lost 4-0, and surprised every soccer fan in the world. However, they made up for this humiliating loss by beating PSG 6-1 at home on March 8th 2017 and moving onto the UEFA Champions League semifinals, a comeback rarely seen on a soccer pitch. Last week in Italy, on April 11th 2017, Barcelona again had a surprising defeat with a score of 3-0 against Juventus and now have the fans wondering if they could pull of another amazing comeback in the second leg of the game, at home on April 19th 2017.
Current title holder of world’s best player, Cristiano Ronaldo had a stellar performance against Bayern Munich FC. Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid has won the player of the year award, the prestigious Fifa Ballon D’or (Golden Ball) four times, just one behind all-time record of Lionel Messi. The two European giants, Bayern and Madrid clashed against each other at Bayern Munich’s field, Allianz Arena. The game finished 2-1 in favor of Real Madrid, and Ronaldo scored both goals for his team. He now has 100 goals in all European competitions, more than anyone has scored in history of soccer.
A rare occurrence.
An event that’s never seen before happened in the Europa League game between Olympique Lyonnais versus Besiktas JK, on April 13th 2017. Before the start of the game, the fans of both teams clashed against each other in the stadium, which caused the Olympique Lyonnais fans to flee into the pitch. Thousands of fans in the field caused the game to be delayed 50 minutes. The game finished 2-1 in favor of Olympique Lyon, and the second leg of the game will be played on April 20th 2017.