European soccer news includes the struggles of Brentford and Man United

Oct 3, 2023

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LONDON, England – In addition to Tottenham’s contentious victory against Liverpool and Real Madrid’s crushing of Cinderella story Girona to claim LaLiga’s top spot, Saturday delivered enough conversation starters to end the world’s energy crisis. Both Manchester United and Manchester City also suffered defeats.

At RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich battled back to earn a crucial point, while on Friday night, a former Real Madrid player assisted Barcelona in defeating Sevilla.

Even though there were not quite as many games on Sunday, there were still some noteworthy outcomes, such as two exciting comeback victories for Atletico Madrid over Cadiz in LaLiga and the defeat of Manchester United against Aston Villa, among others, in the Women who have Super League. It was nevertheless an intriguing way to end the weekend, even with Brentford failing to defeat Nottingham Forest despite having an extra man, and a surprising Lyon defeat in Ligue 1.

The only Premier League match on Sunday featured Brentford and Nottingham Forest, and while there was plenty of excitement, there was not much substance as the two mid-table teams battled to a respectable 1 to 1 draw.

Only two efforts on goal were made during the first half that showed real promise for both teams, with Yoane Wissa posing a continuous threat to the visitors. When Wissa managed to get a foot on Matt Turner’s carefree throw out of his own six-yard box, he nearly lost his composure between the Forest posts.

When Christian Norgaard expertly nodded in a free kick that had been curled into the area after Moussa Niakhate had felled Wissa with a boot to the Achilles, the USMNT international had little to offer.

To their credit, Forest quickly responded as the outstanding Nicolás Dominguez slid a header of his own off the lower portion of the crossbar. Despite numerous opportunities for both teams in the final 10 minutes, the awards were split, as was to be expected.

Since 30 of their 38 points this season came from home games, Forest should not really feel too good about it. Their home form kept them in the top division. Two consecutive home draws against Brentford and Burnley are not the best result, especially with more difficult opponents coming up.

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