LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day
1.Tough time for Atletico Madrid.
That stout defense has been shaky. That efficient offense has been faulty. That habitual poise has gone. Atletico Madrid has not been its old self lately, and that means it will likely have to wait at least another year before it can try again to win its first Champions League title.
Atletico’s hopes of another title run in the European competition have all but disappeared after back-to-back draws against Qarabag, leaving it needing to win its final two Group C matches and hope for setbacks by Chelsea and Roma.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 31, 2017
2. Fan collision at UCL bar brawl.
Ukrainian police have detained more than 50 people after a bar brawl broke out between fans of Dutch soccer team Feyenoord and Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk in the eastern city of Kharkiv late on Tuesday, the police said.
There were 40 Dutch citizens among those detained, news agency Interfax Ukraine reported.
More footage from Kharkiv from last tuesday, where Metalist and Feyenoord Rotterdam fans had a few incidents together. pic.twitter.com/l2Du0a86CV
— Casual Ultra (@thecasualultra) November 2, 2017
3. Barcelona in trouble.
The true strength of Barcelona’s squad will be put to the test in the next month after the club said on Tuesday midfielders Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto were ruled out for up to four and five weeks, respectively. They both out for hamstring injury.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 1, 2017
4. Rip Yakubu.
Former Ghana and Ajax defensive midfielder Abubakari Yakubu has died at the age of 35, the Ghanaian Football Association said on Wednesday.
The Ghana FA announced the news on Twitter but did not give the reason for his death. Multiple media reports said that Yakubu died in a hospital in the southern Ghanaian city of Tema on Tuesday.
— GBC Ghana (@thegbcghana) November 2, 2017
5.Tottenham Hotspurs on fire.
Tottenham stunned Champions League holder Real Madrid with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout phase for only the second time and increase the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane. Delle Ali scored twice for the side.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2017
6. Liverpool back on service.
Liverpool overcame its latest penalty failure at Anfield to wear down Maribor in a 3-0 win that moved the English team within sight of the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 1, 2017
7. 4-2 win for the city.
Manchester City’s all-conquering season reached new peaks as Sergio Aguero became the club’s all-time top scorer with a decisive goal in a thrilling 4-2 victory at Napoli that secured their place in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
FT | 🔵 2-4 ⚫️ #sscnvcity
Sergio breaks the record ✅
Qualification to the knock-out stages ✅
What a performance! pic.twitter.com/K1vQDd4RL8
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 1, 2017
8. On the verge of knocked off.
Borussia Dortmund managed only a frustrating 1-1 draw at home against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday to see their hopes of a knockout spot all but evaporate with two matches left in Group H. The result did neither team a favour with both on two points from four matches, five behind second-placed Real Madrid, who lost to group leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
51′ GOAL!!!!! (Pote)
Dortmund 1 – 1 Apoel
— Miesha Tate (@IAMmp94) November 1, 2017
9. Record for Aguero.
Sergio Aguero, fresh from becoming the top scorer in the 137-year history of Manchester City, said he would be giving away his historic match shirt as a special memento for his son Benjamin. The Argentine struck his historic 178th goal for City, which took him past Eric Brook’s landmark, in the 69th minute to help to settle a magnificent contest between the English and Italian league leaders.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 1, 2017
10. Buriram to host the Asia Cup Qualifiers.
North Korea and Malaysia will play their Asian Cup qualifying matches in Buriram, northeastern Thailand, the Asian Football Confederation has announced, after earlier attempts to stage the matches fell victim to political tensions.
2019 ASIAN CUP QUALIFIERS MATCH FIXTURES
10 Nov 2017
NORTH KOREA vs MALAYSIA
13 Nov 2017
MALAYSIA vs NORTH KOREA
I-Mobile Stadium Buriram pic.twitter.com/vTkSQB8zRM
— FA Malaysia (@FAM_Malaysia) October 31, 2017