Sun­day’s main events in Euro­pean foot­ball.

England: Klopp’s black week

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 33rd round

April 14, 16:00. Anfield (Liv­er­pool)



Crys­tal Palace

A draw with Man­ches­ter Unit­ed, which has been limp­ing all sea­son. Then — a humil­i­at­ing 0:3 loss to Ata­lan­ta in the first quar­ter-final of the Europa League… Liv­er­pool’s week of night­mares con­tin­ued in the game against Crys­tal Palace. No one stopped Eze, who opened the scor­ing, from shoot­ing at the goal of Alis­son, who had final­ly returned to duty, from a few meters away. Then Van Dijk, who slipped in the cen­ter of the field, allowed Mate­ta to go one-on-one, and the Reds were saved from the sec­ond goal by an incred­i­ble tack­le that cleared the ball from the tape by Robert­son.

Nat­u­ral­ly, the hosts rushed for­ward, but the ball seemed to have for­got­ten its way into the goal. The cross­bar stopped Endo’s shot, Lon­don keep­er Hen­der­son worked won­ders. One of his coolest saves came in the sec­ond half, when Nunez attacked from sev­er­al meters. The Uruguayan, sec­ond after Haa­land, ruined 25 clear scor­ing chances in this cham­pi­onship, and bad luck also trans­formed into an injury to one of the dis­cov­er­ies of the sea­son, Bradley. Mean­while, Klopp threw all his reserves into the attack. Sobos­zloi instead of mid­field­er Endo, Gakpo and Dio­go Jota, who has recov­ered from injury, go on the attack. Noth­ing helped, and anoth­er point-blank shot was stopped by for­mer Mersey­side defend­er Klein.

At the same time, it is wrong to reduce every­thing to bad luck. This belit­tled the mer­its of Crys­tal Palace, who not only fought back self­less­ly — by the break they had played a record 1.25 xG for the Anfield vis­i­tors (0.9 for the hosts). And in the sec­ond half, Liverpool’s chances were pre­served by a crazy save from Alis­son, who put his hand away when Mate­ta attacked from the goal area. Only it didn’t help the field play­ers, and Jones missed the tar­get, going one on one. Salah didn’t score at all from one and a half meters.

At a key moment in the sea­son, the Reds suf­fered their first home defeat in the Pre­mier League since Octo­ber 2022. Then the rel­e­gat­ed Leeds won at Anfield, and since then the hosts have not lost for 28 match­es (+22=6). At this rate, Jur­gen Klopp will end his farewell sea­son with­out a tro­phy.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 33rd round

April 14, 18:30. Emi­rates Sta­di­um (Lon­don)



Aston Vil­la

Hav­ing rejoiced at the mis­fire of one com­peti­tor, Man­ches­ter City had every rea­son to count on the help of Aston Vil­la. More­over, her moti­va­tion was in per­fect order — she need­ed to score points in the race for fourth place, since Tot­ten­ham still had a game in hand. As a result, Unai Emery did not spare his for­mer team and, by inter­rupt­ing their 11-match unbeat­en streak in 2024, may have dashed the red and white’s hopes for the title.

And com­plete­ly deserved­ly so. Arse­nal had lit­tle suc­cess, while the Birm­ing­ham team method­i­cal­ly approached the goal. They hit the post, then Tiele­mans’ twist­ed shot was stopped by the cross­bar, and final­ly, the ball that flew across the goal area after Digne’s pass was sent into Bai­ley’s emp­ty cor­ner. And then Mikel Arteta’s team was fin­ished off by the trans­fer of goal­keep­er Watkins, who repeat­ed Benteke’s record for goals in one Vil­la sea­son (19). The com­peti­tors, hav­ing an advan­tage, sim­ply give the title to Man­ches­ter City.

Italy: Inter one step away from the title

Italy. Serie A. 32nd round

April 14, 13:30. Diego Arman­do Maradona (Naples)




Des­per­ate­ly try­ing to get into the Euro­pean Cup, Napoli seemed to con­fi­dent­ly start their cam­paign for a sec­ond vic­to­ry in a row. Only with an abun­dance of chances in the first half, every­thing was lim­it­ed to a beau­ti­ful goal by Poli­tano, and the alarm bell sound­ed. For­tu­nate­ly for the hosts, Soule did not con­vert the penal­ty, but in the sec­ond half — after a cou­ple of sharp moments from the Neapoli­tans — one of the bright­est play­ers of Frosi­none cov­ered the hes­i­tant Meret and orga­nized a return goal for the guests.

After that, Kvaratskhe­lia had to turn on full speed, and a series of his shots end­ed with Osimhen cor­rect­ing the flight of the ball like a hock­ey play­er, being right in front of the goal. Only this did not mean a turn­ing point, and Ched­di­ra scored again, fin­ish­ing the serve from the flank. It seems that suc­cess was more impor­tant to the guests fight­ing for sur­vival. They could even snatch vic­to­ry, but Meret, who was lying on the lawn, man­aged to kick the ball away. Napoli missed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to over­take Ata­lan­ta and move up to sixth place. The Berga­m­as­co play­ers play­ing on Mon­day have two few­er match­es.

Italy. Serie A. 32nd round

April 14, 16:00. Mapei Sta­di­um — Cit­ta del Tri­col­ore (Reg­gio Emil­ia)




Anoth­er con­fronta­tion between an out­sider and an obvi­ous favorite began con­trary to pre­dic­tions, and Sportiel­lo, who took his place in the goal, did not even move when Pina­mon­ti shot from the cen­ter of the penal­ty area. More­over, the black and green did not allow Milan to raise its head, and an impres­sive flank break­through end­ed with Lori­ente lit­er­al­ly bring­ing the ball into the net.

Milan haven’t con­ced­ed two goals in the first 10 min­utes in Serie A for more than sev­en years, only Ste­fano Pioli’s team, whose era may very soon end, did not get out of such sit­u­a­tions. Con­sigli’s save, Chuk­wueze’s goal dis­al­lowed due to off­side, and, final­ly, Rafael Leau’s cool take on the defend­ers reduced the gap in the score. Jovic respond­ed to Lori­en­te’s sec­ond suc­cess after the break with a fin­ish­ing move, only for Chuk­wueze to send the ball into the net, once again being off­side. But in the end, Okafor gave Pulisic, who missed a sure chance, a les­son in exe­cu­tion when tak­ing a cor­ner. And if Giroud had not hit high­er in the last min­utes, it would have turned out to be a com­plete­ly crazy sce­nario, but Sas­suo­lo, which remained in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, cer­tain­ly did not deserve such a con­clu­sion.

Italy. Serie A. 32nd round

April 25, 21:00. Dacia Are­na (Udine)




The match in Udine was stopped due to health prob­lems with Roma defend­er N’Dick. While the Wolves went on the attack, the Ivo­rian foot­ball play­er sat down on the lawn, hold­ing his chest. Then, accord­ing to some reports, he lost con­scious­ness, and doc­tors used a defib­ril­la­tor in the sub-tri­bune room. As a result, after a meet­ing of team rep­re­sen­ta­tives with ref­er­ees and offi­cials, a deci­sion was made to stop the game.

Obit Evan N’Di­ka.
Pho­to of FC Roma

As the Roman club lat­er report­ed, N’Dick was tak­en to hos­pi­tal for exam­i­na­tion, and at that moment the play­er was con­scious. A pho­to of a smil­ing defend­er in a hos­pi­tal room appeared on the club’s social net­works, and Fab­rizio Romano wrote about hav­ing suf­fered a heart attack, not­ing that the footballer’s health is now not in dan­ger. As for the match, it will be fin­ished on anoth­er day.

Italy. Serie A. 32nd round

April 14, 21:45. Giuseppe Meaz­za (Milan)




The day of sur­pris­es con­tin­ued in Milan, where Inter, as it seemed, would win a rou­tine vic­to­ry. Lau­taro Mar­tinez, who was sit­ting in the stands, is not on the field? Thu­ram, who already has 11 goals and 7 assists this sea­son, will score. Last time Samuel Eto’o was the most ver­sa­tile Serie A new­com­er in the Ner­az­zur­ri. How­ev­er, Cagliari did not break down. The first goal was answered by Shomurodov, who shot in touch after Luvum­bo’s dis­count. And the penal­ty award­ed for hit­ting the ball in the hand and con­vert­ed by Hakan Cal­hanoglu was Vio­la, who had come on as a sub­sti­tute four min­utes ear­li­er. But in the fifth minute of added time he almost took advan­tage of Lapadula’s cross, but sent the ball straight to Som­mer. How­ev­er, the Ner­az­zur­ri are unlike­ly to be very upset. This is for Milan to play in the Europa League, and Simone Inzaghi’s team will have a whole week to pre­pare for the der­by and take the Scud­et­to in the match with their prin­ci­pal rival.

Zakharyan was one of the best on the field. But his Real Sociedad missed out on vic­to­ry in the end

Germany: dream holiday

Ger­many. Bun­desli­ga 1. 29th round

April 14, 18:30. BayAre­na (Lev­erkusen)




Gold match­es are often not very spec­tac­u­lar. The respon­si­bil­i­ty is high, the nerves are on edge, and that’s how the first half turned out. It seemed that Bay­er were press­ing and had the ini­tia­tive, but they man­aged to score only from a penal­ty award­ed after VAR inter­ven­tion, and at the end of the first half, Werder almost equal­ized the score. But as soon as Xha­ka scored from long range, the real con­cert began. Bay­er scored for every taste, and the fans could hard­ly con­tain their emo­tions. The first time they ran onto the field was after the fourth goal.

And Wirtz was scor­ing a hat-trick when the sta­di­um was filled with smoke from numer­ous fires. For­mal­ly, there were a few sec­onds left before the final whis­tle, but the ref­er­ee did not stop the cel­e­bra­tion and sig­naled the end of the game. It was no longer pos­si­ble to con­tain the fans and return them to the stands. But this col­lec­tive mad­ness on the day of the ful­fill­ment of a secret dream turned out to be good. And Xabi Alon­so beamed with a smile when he was doused with beer, accord­ing to Ger­man tra­di­tion. Walk — just walk! But Bay­er is not going to cel­e­brate for long — the Europa League and the Ger­man Cup final are ahead.

France: Kuzyaev’s team lost to a competitor

France. League 1. 29th round

April 14, 14:00. Stade Oceane (Le Havre)

Le Havre



Le Havre suf­fered a defeat that could have far-reach­ing con­se­quences. It was dou­bly unpleas­ant because it took place in a match with direct rival Nantes, who scored in the third added minute and took the lead by three points. Now the team of Daler Kuzyaev, who played 90 min­utes and received a yel­low card, risks end­ing up in the knock­out zone. True, Lori­ent, who is now there, will meet with PSG in the match resched­uled for April 24. A more obvi­ous threat is Metz, cur­rent­ly in penul­ti­mate place, which on Fri­day, thanks to a brace from Geor­gian nation­al team strik­er Mikau­tadze, beat Lens and is now only two points behind the sav­ing sev­en­teenth place. Next Sun­day the two rivals in Le Havre will com­pete in the match of their lives.

Statistics of the day

2nd The foot­baller who won two con­sec­u­tive Ger­man cham­pi­onships with dif­fer­ent clubs was defend­er Stanisic, whom Bay­er rent­ed from Bay­ern. Last time August Starek man­aged to do this. He won titles with Nurem­berg (1968) and Bay­ern (1969).

2.26 On aver­age, Unai Emery’s teams score points at the Emi­rates. For coach­es who have played dou­ble-dig­it games in this are­na, this is the best record in his­to­ry. Arsene Wenger has an aver­age score of 2.22, while Mikel Arte­ta has an aver­age score of 2.11.

10 once since the begin­ning of the year allowed the oppo­nent to open the scor­ing for West Ham. This is the worst record in the Pre­mier League along with Luton.

13th Bay­er became the team that won the Ger­man cham­pi­onship.

16 Fener­bahçe scored points in match­es where they were infe­ri­or. This is the best fig­ure in Europe, two points high­er than Napoli.

29 rounds with­out defeat — a new Bun­desli­ga record. Bay­er have sur­passed the achieve­ment of Bay­ern under Pep Guardi­o­la (2013/14).