Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Manchester City and Manchester United left it late to avoid embarrassment at the hands of lower-league opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, leaving third-tier Sheffield United to deliver the biggest shock of the third round.
Fourth-tier Grenoble came from behind three times before producing the first “giant killing” of the French Cup with a 5-4 win on penalties over league leader Marseille on Sunday.
Valencia ended Real Madrid's 22-game winning streak by fighting back for a 2-1 victory on Sunday, but the blow was softened by Barcelona also stumbling to a 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Antoine Griezmann headed in two more goals to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-1 win over Levante, as the defending champions pulled to within one point of the Spanish league lead on Saturday.
Sixth-tier side Club Franciscain was brought to earth by Nantes in the French Cup while top-flight teams Lorient and Nice lost to lower opposition on Saturday.
Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea do not have a coach 13 days before facing Congo Brazzaville in the tournament opener.
West Brom thrashed fifth-tier Gateshead 7-0 in Tony Pulis' first game as manager in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, while seventh-tier Blyth surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against second-division Birmingham.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard announced Friday he was leaving the club at the end of the season and would be heading abroad, in what he said was the “toughest decision of my life.”
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Spanish Big Two Real Madrid and Barcelona would surely like a quiet start to 2015, after all the long-distance travel and partying of their superstars during the two-week Christmas break.
Chelsea opened 2015 by seeing its English Premier League lead wiped out by a frenzied 5-3 capitulation to Tottenham on Thursday as former midfielder Frank Lampard drew Manchester City level on points with a 3-2 victory over Sunderland.