Loss at the end of the match for Chelsea and Lukaku
Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku, for 45 minutes, lost 3-2 at West Ham on Matchday 15 of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The Blues remain stuck at 33 points and could see Manchester City grab first place if they win at Watford. On the bench for the third time in a row in the league since his return from injury, Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed more playing time than in the previous two meetings (9 and 22 minutes), since he entered mid- time. Les Bleues lead 1-2 when the Dibale Rouge came into play. Thiago Silva opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark (28th, 0-1), before West Ham re-established the tie at 5 minutes from the break by Manuel Lanzini, following a fault by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (40th, 1-1). Chelsea regained the advantage just before half-time with a superb volley from the inside of the right foot in the rectangle of Mason Mount on a long pass from Hakim Ziyech (44th, 1-2).
Returning from the locker room, the Hammers were soon to once again pick up the score through Jarrod Bowen, author of a left foot strike at the entrance to the rectangle (56th, 2-2). Having entered the game in stoppage time in the first half, Arthur Masuaku would offer the victory to West Ham a few minutes from the end of the game. On the left side, the Congolese tried his luck and his sending was deflected by Ruben Loftus-Cheek before going to lodge in the nets of Edouard Mendy (87th, 3-2).
Koen Casteels still absent in the ranks of Wolfsburg
Wolsfburg still had to do without the services of his goalkeeper and captain Koen Casteels during his trip to Mainz on Saturday at 3.30 p.m. in the Bundesliga. The Red Devil is recovering from a coronavirus infection that the club made known on October 22. The return date of the porter is currently unknown. The absence of Casteels benefits the reservist Pavao Pervan who will defend the cages of the Wolves for the third consecutive time after the defeats against Sevilla in the Champions League (2-0) and against Dortmund in the league (1-3).
Koen Casteels had tested positive for the coronavirus after the international truce with Belgium in mid-November. He was not the only one to have been infected, since Kevin De Bruyne and Thorgan Hazard had also tested positive.
First goal of the season for Alexis Saelemaekers and victory for AC Milan
Alexis Saelemaekers stood out on Saturday in AC Milan’s 2-0 victory over Salernitana for Matchday 16 of Serie A. The Red Devil scored his first goal of the season by doubling the bet for the Rossoneri in the 18th minute of play. This victory allows the Milanese, 38 points, to temporarily take two lengths ahead of Naples. On the bench last December 1 during the victory against Genoa of Zinho Vanheusden (0-3), Alexis Saelemaekers agreed with his coach to start him again against Salernitana.
Author of two assists in the league since the start of the season, the Red Devil has finally opened his goal counter by planting the second rose of his own after a little more than a quarter of an hour. Located on the right side of the large rectangle, the former Anderlecht player stared at his defender before sending the left ball out of reach of the goalkeeper (18th, 2-0). He put the Rossoneri on a roll after opening the scoring very early in the meeting with Franck Kessié (5th, 1-0).
Divock Origi delivers victory in the dying seconds for Liverpool
Liverpool took full advantage of Chelsea’s defeat by winning 0-1 on Wolverhampton’s lawn on Saturday for the 15th day of the championship. The only goal of the match was scored by Divock Origi in the last moments of the match (90 + 6). Thanks to this precious success, Liverpool temporarily takes the lead in the championship with 34 points, a step ahead of Chelsea. On the bench early in the match, Divock Origi came into play in the 68th minute. A choice that paid off for Jürgen Klopp, since the Red Devil offered victory to his people thanks to a service from Mohamed Salah allowing the former Genk to score his second goal of the season (90 + 6).
At the same time, Brighton and Leandro Trossard lost 1-0 on the Southampton lawn. The only goal of the game was scored by Albanian Armando Broja at the half hour mark.
Yorbe Vertessen and PSV easy winners of Utrecht
With Yorbe Vertessen just over 20 minutes, PSV Eindhoven easily won 4-1 on Saturday against Utrecht on Matchday 15 of Eredivisie. With 34 points, PSV are second, two lengths behind Ajax Amsterdam. Quickly led by a goal from Mike van der Hoorn (12th, 0-1), PSV did not leave Utrecht any chance. Cody Gakpo first equalized (27th, 1-1), before André Ramalho (35th, 2-1) gave his team the advantage.
In the second half, Ritsu Doan (51st, 3-1) and Philipp Mwene (70th, 4-1) gave the score its final pace. Yorbe Vertessen entered the game in the 67th minute, replacing the first scorer of the day for PSV.
Bayern win at Dortmund with two new goals from Lewandowski
A few days after the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Robert Lewandoski was once again talked about by scoring a brace on the lawn of Borussia Dortmund (9th and 77th,) during the match at the top of the 14th day of the Bundesliga which saw Bayern won 2-3. In the standings, with 34 points, Bayern is four units ahead of its opponent of the day. Announced from the side of Juventus, Axel Witsel was on the bench of this poster, unlike Thomas Meunier, holder. Thorgan Hazard was still absent due to coronavirus.
The meeting was launched on the hats of wheel since Julian Brandt gave the lead to BVB in the first minutes (5th, 1-0). A short-lived advantage, since Robert Lewandowski scored his 15th goal of the season just 4 minutes later and punctuated a completely crazy start to the game (9th, 1-1).
At the end of the first half, the Bavarians took the advantage thanks to their wisp Kingsley Coman via a deflected shot (44th, 1-2).
The other great Bundesliga scorer was illustrated in turn when he returned from the locker room. Erling Haaland went there for his 11th achievement of the season and brought the two teams tied (48th, 2-2). A parity that the second of the Ballon d’Or would capsize in favor of his team by transforming a penalty to offer the three points of victory to Bayern (77th, 2-3).
Dries Mertens striker again in Napoli defeat
Napoli and Dries Mertens lost 2-3 on Saturday night against Atalanta Bergamo as part of Matchday 16 of Serie A. A victory that allows Atalanta, 4th with 34 points, to come back two lengths of Naples, now third behind the two Milan clubs. Atalanta started this meeting up to the ground by taking control in the first minutes of play through the former player of Genk Ruslan Malinovsky (7th, 0-1).
Five minutes from the break, Naples came back to the score thanks to Piotr Zielinski (40th, 1-1) imitated upon returning from the locker room by Dries Mertens, author of his 5th goal of the season (47th, 2-1).
The number 14 of the Partenopei would give way in the 67th minute, just after the equalizer of the visitors via Merih Demiral (66th, 2-2).
A score that would evolve further five minutes later when Remo Freuler deceived for the third time in the evening David Ospina to offer a decisive lead to the former club of Timothy Castagne (71, 2-3).
Real Madrid, still without Hazard, win at Adnan Januzaj
With Thibaut Courtois, but once again without Eden Hazard, Real Madrid won 0-2 on the Real Sociedad lawn of Adnan Januzaj for the account of the 16th day of La Liga. It was from the bench that the captain of the Red Devils once again observed his team win in the championship thanks to one of his very fit competitors: Vinicius Junior. Well served by Luka Jovic mounted in the game in the 17th minute instead of Karim Benzema, injured, the Brazilian gave the lead to the White House (47th, 0-1). The same Jovic turned into a scorer ten minutes later to double the lead of Carlo Ancelotti’s men (57th, 0-2).
In the ranks of Real Sociedad, Adnan Januzaj was once again starting and gave up his place in the 68th minute, just after Madrid’s second goal.
Thanks to this new victory, Real Madrid, with 39 units, temporarily takes 8 steps ahead of its runner-up Seville.
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Belgians abroad: Dries Mertens again scorer in the defeat of Napoli, Real Madrid still without Hazard