Wednes­day’s main events in Euro­pean foot­ball.

England: Havertz progresses

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 31st round

03 Apr, 21:30. Emi­rates Sta­di­um (Lon­don)



Luton Town

Mikel Arte­ta found a place in the squad not only for Nel­son and Smith-Rowe, who played lit­tle, but also for Partey, who had been under­go­ing treat­ment for a long time and last start­ed back in August last year. It is clear that the Ghana­ian is far from opti­mal con­di­tion, but with oppo­nents such as Luton, he will just regain his sense of the game. Well, the oth­er rota­tion play­ers jus­ti­fied their appear­ance on the field in the sec­ond scor­ing attack, when Trossard react­ed to Smith-Rowe’s run, and Hash­io­ka, in the fight against Nel­son, who was try­ing to close the cross, hit his own goal.

Miranchuk’s worst match this year. Was replaced at half-time, and Ata­lan­ta lost

As for the first goal, Ode­gaard sim­ply had to hit the cor­ner after Havertz’s pass. They laughed a lot at the Ger­man and his imple­men­ta­tion, but he did not give up and has already scored 12 scor­ing points (8+4), which is Kai’s best result since mov­ing to Eng­land. An advan­tage at half-time for the Gun­ners is almost a guar­an­tee of suc­cess — they have not lost in such sit­u­a­tions in the Pre­mier League for 39 match­es. The “Hat­ters” are not capa­ble of great feats out­side their sta­di­um. “Arse­nal” is the leader of the cham­pi­onship at least until the end of the match against “Liv­er­pool” play­ing on Thurs­day.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 31st round

03 Apr, 22:15. Eti­had Sta­di­um (Man­ches­ter)

Man­ches­ter city


Aston Vil­la

Man­ches­ter City had a more dif­fi­cult time, but it was dif­fi­cult to expect an easy ride in the con­fronta­tion with Aston Vil­la, which is in the top 4, which also beat the “cit­i­zens” in the first round. True, it all start­ed famous­ly for the hosts — with a pass from Doku to Rodri, who found him­self in the posi­tion of cen­ter for­ward. The Spaniard scored his eighth goal of the sea­son, set­ting a per­son­al scor­ing record.

But the Birm­ing­ham peo­ple were able to respond with the efforts of their youth. After a wall with Rogers, Durant scored from a tight angle. Per­haps the injured Eder­son would have helped out in this sit­u­a­tion. But the same can be said about Foden’s free kick in stop­page time in the first half. Although it only seems that the ball passed close to Olsen, who came to the res­cue more than once. The blow was real­ly cool, and it’s not a fact that even Emil­iano Mar­tinez could have dealt with it when he was in the mood for it.

And in prin­ci­ple, who can stop Foden?! With a hat-trick, Phil became the fifth play­er in the top 5 leagues to score at least 20 goals and pro­vide more than 10 assists. In com­pa­ny with him are three more Eng­lish­men — Kane, Belling­ham and Watkins. The lat­est Unai Emery was no less missed than the sus­pend­ed McGinn. It is dif­fi­cult to ful­ly replace them, while Pep Guardi­o­la, with Foden like him, can eas­i­ly leave Haa­land on the bench. City’s title race con­tin­ues.

Pho­to by Reuters

Germany: new record for Leverkusen

Ger­many. Cup. 1/2 finals

03 Apr, 21:45. BayAre­na (Lev­erkusen)



For­tu­na D

On Tues­day, the cup fairy tale of the mid­dle peas­ant of the third divi­sion, Saar­brück­en, end­ed. This team con­sis­tent­ly knocked out Bay­ern, Ein­tra­cht and Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach from the tour­na­ment, but failed to cope with Kaiser­slautern, which was at risk of rel­e­ga­tion from the sec­ond Bun­desli­ga. A day lat­er, Bay­er became the sec­ond final­ist, as expect­ed.

The defeat of For­tu­na began with Frim­pong’s 12th goal of the sea­son. The Dutch­man has already scored more than the pre­vi­ous two years com­bined, but he is still not con­sid­ered a star. It is sig­nif­i­cant that in the nation­al team he is not only in the shad­ow of Dum­fries, but also com­petes with Tese for the place of first sub­sti­tute with vary­ing suc­cess. There­fore, the recent news from one of the insid­ers close to Real looked inter­est­ing. Accord­ing to him, Madrid are watch­ing Frim­pong, but they have big doubts, since despite his out­stand­ing attack­ing qual­i­ties, the lat­er­al has ques­tion­able defen­sive skills.

This, how­ev­er, is a debat­able issue. And also a rea­son to talk about Xabi Alonso’s sys­tem, in which the Dutch­man is real­ly good. Who no one doubts is Wirtz. The bright­est play­er of the “Aspirin” staged anoth­er ben­e­fit per­for­mance, assist­ing Adly and scor­ing two goals. Boni­face’s replace­ment also deserves spe­cial men­tion. The Niger­ian sniper was injured at the train­ing camp before the African Cup and appeared on the field for the first time since Decem­ber. His con­tri­bu­tion to Bay­er’s suc­cess in the first part of the sea­son was enor­mous. Thanks also to Boni­face, Lev­erkusen repeat­ed the club record, win­ning their 35th vic­to­ry of the sea­son. In just 40 match­es, where­as 22 years ago they reached this mark in 60 games.

Pho­to by AFP

France: Mbappe vs Mandanda

France. Cup. 1/2 finals

03 Apr, 22:10. Parc des Princes (Paris)




PSG reached the final of the French Cup, where they played with Lyon, and the game with Rennes turned into a duel between Mbappe and the expe­ri­enced Man­dan­da. To start, the 39-year-old goal­keep­er hit the cross­bar. Then he com­plete­ly saved a penal­ty kick by Kylian. And how insult­ing he was when the Parisian cap­tain was helped to score by an annoy­ing ric­o­chet for the goal­keep­er! Which, as it turned out, was enough for PSG to reach a record twen­ti­eth final, beat­ing their eter­nal rivals from Mar­seille in this indi­ca­tor.

Sta­tis­tics of the day
5th a foot­ball play­er who XXI cen­tu­ry, scored at least 25 goals with long-range shots in the Dutch league, became Utrecht mid­field­er Toorn­stra.
14 Man City beat Aston Vil­la at their sta­di­um once in a row.
63 match­es and 423 days Man­ches­ter City mid­field­er Rodri is on an unbeat­en streak in games for the club.