MADRID, Spain – Soccer clubs resumed play this past weekend after the end of the international break. If you had looked at the box scores, you would have believed that there were not many attractions when this weekend’s action got started, but those full-time figures only tell half the story.
After the unfortunate passing of organization legend Sir Bobby Charlton, we witnessed Manchester United come from behind to defeat Sheffield United 2 to 1. Meanwhile, Manchester City earned a crucial 2 to 1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain its lead in the Premier League standings. Serhou Guirassy of Stuttgart is still breaking records, and Bayern Munich is on a 3 to 1 victory over Mainz winning streak that has them in contention to win the Bundesliga once again.
Kylian Mbappé scored once more in France, keeping PSG in the running for first place in Ligue 1. Spain’s LaLiga title race is now extremely open after Barcelona dropped points thanks to a 1 to 1 draw with Sevilla. In the Women’s Super League, Manchester City defeated Leicester City 1 to 0 to earn a crucial victory.
A teenage Institution product rescuing Barcelona (again), an encounter between the AC Milan and Juventus featuring four American starters, and other dramatic developments occurred on Sunday.
The 17-year-old looking forward to Marc Guiu made his debut for Barcelona on Sunday against Bilbao’s Athletic team thanks to that exact move. He beat goalkeeper Unai Simón to score the game-winning goal in under 30 seconds, giving Barça a 1 to 0 victory. Joo Félix had provided the assist.
Real Madrid and Girona, who are currently tied for first place, are now within one point of the Blaugrana. It does a good job of preparing for the Clásico the following weekend.
Barça had trouble defeating an impressive Athletic team led by their former coach Ernesto Valverde while starting players the aforementioned Robert Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Jules Koundé, and Raphinha watched from the sidelines with injuries. A second young player for Barça who has come out of nowhere this season, Fermin López, had a good chance to score but missed the crossbar. Simon had also made another good save from Fermn López.
At the venue known as the Olympic Stadium, Athletic, however, were well ahead of their match. Iaki Williams, when asked whose sir, Nico, was causing concerns on the left flank, was twice denied by Barcelona Goalie Marc-André ter Stegen, who was in inspired form.
In light of this, manager Xavi Hernandez decided to bring on Spain U-17 international Guiu with just over 10 minutes remaining after also inserting 16-year-old Lamine Yamal and fellow academy grads 20-year-old López, 20-year-old Alejandro Balde, and 19-year-old Gavi. Absolutely perfect circumstances prevailed. He quickly grabbed hold of Felix’s pass and scored a goal he will cherish forever. La Masia is a constant for Barça.
After 10 games, it makes the highest level of LaLiga look very appetizing. Atletico Madrid is next with 22 points and a game remaining, followed by Madrid and Girona (who earlier Sunday defeated Almeria 5 to 2). Barça is in third place with 24 points. Samuel Marsden.