Since moving to Turkey last summer, Robin van Persie hasn't quite hit the heights he reached in the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester United. However, the 32-year-old Dutchman has netted a decent 14 goals this season for Fenerbahce, including a goal on Sunday which was athing of utter, impudent beauty.
They may find themselves target of appalling abuse, anger and vitriol, and be the subject of unforgiving analysis. However, at the end of the day, refs just wanna have fun. And after Southampton's impressive 4-2 defeat of Manchester City on Sunday, the man in the middle Andre Marriner shared a nice little moment with hat-trick hero Sadio Mané.
Real Sociedad did enough to frustrate the visitors for 80 minutes, but Gareth Bale’s superb header sealed three points for Los Blancos, who notched up their 10th straight league win and kept their title hopes alive.
After a goal-less first half, the home side looked in control in the second half.
New York Red Bulls nailed a wonderfully elaborate free-kick routine during their Friday night MLS clash with FC Dallas, with Lloyd Sam, formerly of Leeds United, ultimately putting the ball in the back of the net.
The goal came last in the first half, with four Red Bulls' players crowding around the ball outside the Dallas box.
The match appeared to be heading for a stalemate; the teams heading towards next Thursday’s second leg at Anfield with the tie neatly balanced, until Adrian Lopez struck in the 90th min to leave the visitors frustrated.
The Reds produced a professional performance, but a momentary lapse of concentration had pulled the tie slightly in Villarreal’s favour.
Possibly one of the greatest, and certainly one of the most iconic, FA Cup Finals of all time took place on this very day back in 1953.
It was contested by Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. Blackpool won 4-3, with Stan Mortenson scoring a hat-trick, but curiously the game has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final' – that's Stanley Matthews, in case you were wondering.
After just one season back in the Bundesliga 2, Freiburg secured promotion back to the big time on Friday night, courtesy of a 2-1 win against Paderborn. After the game, the jubilant players produced a quite superb, if odd, conga-esque dance celebration.
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Who can blame the Freiburg squad for celebrating in style.
With his side now within the width of a gnat's tadger from tying up a remarkable Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri has attained God-like status among the people of Leicester.
In the following video, a string of fans are given the chance to send their personal thanks to Ranieri, whocomesperilously close to welling up as he's swiftly poleaxed by an outpouring of genuine love and gratitude from his adoring public.