They, how­ev­er, had a com­plete advan­tage and won back before the break. Not with­out a bit of luck in the form of cut­ting off the defend­er, but rather it’s worth talk­ing about Diaz’s skill. A spe­cial­ist in acro­bat­ic goals, the Swede grace­ful­ly threw the ball over the goal­keep­er. And the next suc­cess was the mer­it of Mac Allis­ter. The Argen­tine was unable to upset his for­mer team­mates on his own, clip­ping the ball close to the post with his head, but lat­er gave the smartest pass to Salah.

What could we do with­out the Egypt­ian, for whom Brighton is his favorite oppo­nent?! In match­es with him, Mo scored 9 goals and gave 6 assists. There could have been a tenth goal, but Ver­bruggen pulled the ball from the bot­tom cor­ner and kept the intrigue going until the final whis­tle. As a result, the hosts had to endure sev­er­al unpleas­ant moments when the guests shot cen­time­ters from the goal or their shots were stopped by Kelle­her. The main thing is that Liv­er­pool climbed to first place and could almost calm­ly watch the bat­tle between Man City and Arse­nal, which brought an ide­al result.

Arse­nal did not allow City to score: a goal­less draw, which Liv­er­pool is very hap­py about

Spain: return of Eder Militao

Spain. La Liga. 30th round

March 31, 17:15. Mon­tilivi (Girona)




For Girona on Sun­day, every­thing went well at first. After Dovbik’s shot, the ball hit the defend­er’s hand, VAR inter­vened in the game, and the Cata­lans took the lead. How­ev­er, they lost their advan­tage out of the blue when the most expe­ri­enced David Lopez made a mis­take in an ele­men­tary sit­u­a­tion and Willian Jose threw the ball over the goalkeeper’s col­lar. As it turned out, this was not the first impor­tant episode involv­ing these play­ers. Already with the score 2:1, Lopez awk­ward­ly waved the ball past For­nals at the moment of a flank pass, and Willian Jose found him­self eye to eye with the goal­keep­er. And yet the out­come hap­pened in favor of Girona. Already in stop­page time, the vet­er­an Stu­ani, effec­tive­ly play­ing the role of jok­er, avoid­ed off­side and gave the fans anoth­er hol­i­day. Third place is not in dan­ger, and the Uruguayan leads the top 5 leagues in the num­ber of goals after com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute (6).

Zakharyan has anoth­er goal for Real Sociedad! The best peri­od of his Span­ish career?

Spain. La Liga. 30th round

March 31, 22:00. San­ti­a­go Bern­abeu (Madrid)




Per­haps the main event of Sun­day’s match at the San­ti­a­go Bern­abeu was the appear­ance of Eder Mil­i­tao in Real Madrid’s line­up. The Brazil­ian defend­er has not played since August 12, hav­ing received a seri­ous injury in the game against Ath­let­ic. Well, the Basques, it seemed, were already think­ing about the upcom­ing cup final in a week. This was hint­ed at by the ease with which Rodri­go car­ried the ball into the penal­ty area and curled the ball into the cor­ner. After that, Real equaled Las Pal­mas in the num­ber of long-range goals (8 each).

This can be seen as a pleas­ant bonus to a con­fi­dent vic­to­ry, doubts about which could have evap­o­rat­ed imme­di­ate­ly after the break, but Brahim Diaz’s shot hit the post. She left the Basques a chance for sal­va­tion, but when this arose, Lunin was ready for the blow of Iña­ki Williams. But Rodri­go again received a stand­ing ova­tion from the stands, mock­ing­ly eas­i­ly deal­ing with Vivian, who had been called up to the Span­ish nation­al team, and rolling the ball into the near cor­ner. In the absence of the sus­pend­ed Vini­cius Junior, the Brazil­ian recalled that, in fact, the left wing of the attack is his home posi­tion. When Rodri­go was replaced, they received a well-deserved ova­tion, but they applaud­ed even more when Mil­i­tao returned to the field after 232 days. The main thing is that now the forced­ly replaced Valverde avoids seri­ous injury.

Germany: a curiosity of the tour

Ger­many. Bun­desli­ga 1. 27th round

March 31, 18:30. MHPAre­na (Stuttgart)




“Stuttgart” grabbed third place with its teeth and is rush­ing into the Cham­pi­ons League. He approached the next round with a series of eight unbeat­en match­es, so Hei­den­heim, which had not won since the begin­ning of Feb­ru­ary, was not seen as a prob­lem for Sebas­t­ian Hoeneß’s team. The Swabi­an attacks are admirable, com­bin­ing cre­ativ­i­ty with actions honed to the point of auto­matic­i­ty. This is exact­ly what the first goal of Sun­day’s match looked like: Guiras­si scored from one and a half meters, pre­ced­ed by two back­heel pass­es.

When Stiller, who assist­ed his sniper, dou­bled the score at the begin­ning of the sec­ond half, the out­come was no longer in doubt. The stronger the impres­sion of what Hei­den­heim staged. More­over, the own goal of Nübel, who played awk­ward­ly, was per­ceived as an acci­dent. Or a curios­i­ty of the sea­son. But in the end, Stuttgart received two goals from Klein­di­en­stl in two min­utes. In the sec­ond case — after a loss in one’s own posi­tion­al attack. So, instead of a rou­tine vic­to­ry, there was a hero­ic res­cue in the eighth minute of added time, when Undav in the cen­ter of the penal­ty area took a long pass from Mit­tel­stadt and, catch­ing the defend­ers on pause, sent the ball into the net.

Two points are lost, but the gap from fifth place is a com­fort­able sev­en points. True, in the next round the Swabi­ans will vis­it Dort­mund. And among the next four oppo­nents are Bay­ern and Bay­er. Against this back­ground, Sun­day’s loss of points is per­ceived with a fair amount of alarm.

France: Paris Jubilee

France. League 1. 27th round

March 31, 21:45. Velo­drome (Mar­seille)




For Mar­seille, which began to come to life after the sec­ond coach­ing res­ig­na­tion of the sea­son and the appoint­ment of Jean-Louis Gas­set, who failed at the African Cup, to the post of head coach, the result in the French cla­si­co was more impor­tant. We need to cling to the Euro­pean Cup zone, while for PSG, with its lead from sec­ond place, a pos­si­ble mis­fire did not look like a death sen­tence. This was remem­bered when Lucas Beral­do received a sec­ond yel­low card five min­utes before the break.

But the sec­ond half began, and there was no thought that the Parisians were play­ing in the minor­i­ty. They car­ried out one dan­ger­ous attack, then anoth­er, and final­ly Dem­bele and Vit­in­ha tore through the hosts’ defense in a quick attack. In turn, Vere­tou’s return goal was can­celed because the ball touched Luis Enrique, who was off­side in front of the goal­keep­er. But it would be fun­ny if the Brazil­ian name­sake and name­sake of the head coach of PSG were upset, who, see­ing changes in the game, changed Mbappe and Dem­bele. In the end, defend­er Skriniar came on instead of Zaire-Emery.

Per­haps some­one regard­ed this as a desire to pre­serve the result, only fresh for­wards appeared on the field, and rely­ing on them turned out to be the best defense. It was Asen­sio and Gonça­lo Ramos who end­ed the intrigue. So Donnarumma’s cool saves in the end were not fate­ful, but sim­ply kept the goal dry. So PSG’s 50th vic­to­ry over their sworn ene­mies turned out to be more sol­id.

France. League 1. 27th round

March 31, 14:00. Stade Yves Allain­mat (Lori­ent)




France. League 1. 27th round

March 31, 16:00. Allianz Riv­iera (Nice)




As for Mona­co’s com­peti­tors, Lori­ent, which upset the Mon­e­gasques in the last round, almost returned the favor to the team from the prin­ci­pal­i­ty. It was not pos­si­ble to hold out for a few min­utes, but what to do with the inspi­ra­tion that Del Castil­lo vis­it­ed after the birth of his daugh­ter? It was this mid­field­er who came on as a sub­sti­tute that brought vic­to­ry to Brest and returned his team to sec­ond place. It should be not­ed that the “pirates” are one of the most strong-willed teams in League 1, lead­ing in the num­ber of points (9) scored after the 85th minute.

How­ev­er, for Mona­co, the results of the pur­suers are more impor­tant, and here every­thing worked out almost per­fect­ly. Yes, Lille won on Fri­day, but they beat anoth­er con­tender for the league cham­pi­onship — Lens. On Sun­day, Nice stum­bled, whose suc­cess in Lens in the last round did not become the start­ing point in the process of over­com­ing the cri­sis. The Eaglets, who suf­fered in the first half of the sea­son, have one win and two draws since the begin­ning of Feb­ru­ary. And their fifth defeat in this peri­od was inflict­ed by Nantes, who man­aged to get out of the play-off zone.

Statistics of the day

3m Utrecht mid­field­er Toorn­stra became a foot­baller who played more than 100 match­es in the Dutch league for three dif­fer­ent teams.

4th - after Borus­sia Mönchenglad­bach, Man­ches­ter Unit­ed and Crys­tal Palace, the team that did not con­cede in both match­es of the sea­son against Pep Guardi­o­la’s club was Arse­nal.

12 PSG play­ers received red cards in match­es with Mar­seille start­ing from the 1992/93 sea­son. The Parisians were also severe­ly pun­ished only in meet­ings with Lyon.

25 Liv­er­pool defend­er Van Dijk won back-to-back aer­i­al duels this sea­son. The Dutch­man’s streak was inter­rupt­ed by Brighton’s Dunk.

38 goals from Stuttgart for­wards Guiras­si and Unda­va — a new club record, which was pre­vi­ous­ly held by Jur­gen Klins­mann and Karl All­gev­er, who lit up the 1985/86 sea­son.