This was a surprisingly noteworthy weekend of football. Lots of news to cover: Cavani vs. Falcao, surprises in the the Uruguayan league, Poyet’s sudden nomination to become a Premier League manager. Sit back, and enjoy LCB’s Top 5 Highlights of the week.
#5. Luis Suarez’s ban is over. Will he start on Wednesday?
Liverpool vs. Manchester United. The ‘Super Derby’ of England will have another edition this Wednesday for the “Capital One Cup” (the lesser of the two domestic cups). But, this game has more significance than that. It could signify the return of Luis Suarez after serving his 10 game ban. Brendan Rodgers has stated today that he will make his final decision later this afternoon on whether Luis will travel with the team to Manchester for what could be a truly memorable encounter. To restate the rules of the competition: there are no re-plays like with the FA Cup. The game will go to extra time and then shootouts if the sides remain level. The winner of this tie will advance to the Round of 16.
#4. Miguel Britos scores big for Napoli vs. AC Milan
Britos made it big with Montevideo Wanderers and impressed with Bologna in the Serie A before signing for Napoli. He’s now the undisputed starting centre back in the club that currently leads the Serie A with a perfect record. On Sunday, he scored the opener for Napoli in their convincing defeated of AC Milan in the San Siro by a score of 2-0. The big cen tre back’s evolution has been another pleasant surprise for fans of Uruguayan football. About 3 weeks ago, Britos himself stated that playing for Uruguay is his dream as a professional, and hopes that his rising form will at least warrant a call up from El Maestro in the near future.
#3. Danubio is back!
After years in the wilderness, Danubio seems ready to challenge for the Uruguayan league title. The last time they did anything of note was in the 2007 Apertura final when Cavani dramatically scored to defeat Peñarol (Captained by Paolo Montero) in a packed Centenario. Now, Danubio leads the Uruguayan Apert
ura after defeating Peñarol 2-1 after a late comeback win. Nacional defeated River Plate in the other big game of the season. Special mention: el Nacho Gonzalez scored the winner for los Bolsos.
#2. Gustavo Poyet close to being signed as Sunderland manager!
I had originally written a piece on Aguirregaray’s fantastic goal vs. Gimnasia de la Plata in their derby. But, as of a few minutes ago, Gus Poyet has been revealed to be one of the two front runners to manage Sunderland of the English Premier League. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a deal could be done by tonight. According to Fox Sports en Español’s Christian Martin (who works in England), Poyet is Sunderland’s #1 choice. This has not been confirmed yet.
#1. Cavani vs. Falcao: Clash of the titans
The hugely anticipated game between Monaco and Paris SG lived up to the hype. The game ended 1-1, which kept Monaco in 1st place. Cavani had a solid game and would have won the game in the last minute had it not been for a dramatic save by the goalie and three defenders lunging in front of his shot.