11 things we loved at the weekend: Neymar, Rashford, Chelsea, Man City
Chelsea’s boyband, Neymar’s genius and a Manchester City fan and his banana were among the moments we loved this weekend.
The most expensive player in history made his home debut on Sunday evening as PSG recorded another thumping victory, this time beating Toulouse 7-2 at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar scored twice himself, but this corner routine and assist alone was enough to make our night.
— Roy (@MrRoyThomas) August 21, 2017
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It’s all a bit ‘the lad in the playground who once had trials at Sheffield Wednesday’, isn’t it?
And then he did thispic.twitter.com/Rp6kdtHhFQ
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 20, 2017
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Neymar, again II
PSG have finally got a rightful heir to Jay-Jay Okocha and Ronaldinho.
Neymar seems to be enjoying Ligue 1… pic.twitter.com/iiWo5Gdmhv
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) August 21, 2017
The latest in our collection of interesting but pretty much pointless stats from our friends at Opta – expect to see this as a weekly feature:
– Eric Bailly is just the third African player to score for Manchester United in the Premier League (also Quinton Fortune and Mame Biram Diouf).
– Michy Batshuayi was the first substitute to score an own goal for Chelsea in the Premier League since Michael Duberry against Leicester City in April 1999.
– Hal Robson-Kanu is only the fourth player to come on as a sub, score and be sent off in the same Premier League game, and the first since Ivan Klasnic for Bolton in October 2010.
– Frank De Boer is only the second Dutch manager to lose his first two Premier League games after Martin Jol (lost his opening three in the competition).
– Southampton’s 3-2 victory over West Ham was the first time the Saints have scored a 90th-minute winner at home in the Premier League since August 2004 (James Beattie v Blackburn).
Spare a thought for Nathaniel Chalobah. At first viewing his decision to dummy a free shot at goal only to gift the ball back to Bournemouth appeared absolutely ludicrous and was only compounded by his complaints to the referee.
But then on second viewing you get to see the cunning of Harry Arter, calling for the ball to be left as if he was a Watford team-mate. Lovely stuff.
We’ve all got a bit carried away when celebrating a goal…
This Stoke fan getting leg dropped on the stairs when they scored is fantastic pic.twitter.com/N2Ee3mAUVt
— Joseph Kony VII MBE (@JosephAKAShifty) August 19, 2017
Oh, and *this* picture
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) August 20, 2017
Actually, *this* gif as well
Manchester City fans really need to bring back the bananas en masse.
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) August 19, 2017
Manchester United have started the season looking a bit good, securing a second consecutive 4-0 victory by thumping Swansea City.
Rashford took a bit of criticism for missing a few chances, but this was very lovely.
Batsh*t Romanian penalties
We’re going to start watching Romanian football a lot more often.
Epic moment last night in Romania. 96th minute. Newly promoted Juventus have a chance to get a point vs Steaua. Then this happens.via: Dolce pic.twitter.com/4COjNPtVdP
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 20, 2017
Casemiro & Real Madrid
Real Madrid continue to seemingly play a different game to everybody else, winning 3-0 at Deportivo, with Casemiro finishing off a 44-pass move, the most recorded since at least 2005-06, according to Opta.
44 – Casemiro ha sido el autor del gol tras la mayor secuencia de pases en la Liga desde al menos la temporada 05/06. Billar. pic.twitter.com/0ocCrLGXKA
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 20, 2017
Here’s how it ended…