Haaland scorer, De Bruyne injured and Diop’s mishap are to be remembered in this European weekend.
The football weekend was marked by the imbroglio around the Super League. But matches were played, in which Haaland found the net, De Bruyne was injured and Diop scored twice.
Dirty Saturday for Manchester City. The future opponent first saw his dream of achieving a quadruple this season being annihilated by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Cup (0-1). From now on, the Citizens can “only” win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League. In C1, Manchester City will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals. And for this decisive match, Pep Guardiola could not count on Kevin de Bruyne. His playing master came out injured against Chelsea, visibly injured in the ligaments of the ankle. With less than ten days of the match against PSG, it is all Manchester City that is worried about De Bruyne.
It had been seven matches since he had not scored. An eternity for Erling Haaland. The 20-year-old Norwegian prodigy fixed this anomaly on Sunday April 18, during Borussia Dortmund’s big victory against Werder Bremen (4-1). With a brace, Haaland returned to the league’s second-highest scorer, André Silva, with 23 goals in 24 matches. The machine seems to have revived for the Dortmund striker. A godsend for Borussia, which is in great difficulty in the league. Five days from the end, the Ruhr club is five points behind third place, qualifying for the next Champions League.
You may have seen him on the lawn of the Parc des Princes, at the very end of the Champions League semi-final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Jamal Musiala, just 18, is making his way into Germany’s biggest club. Against Wolfsburg on Saturday, the midfielder scored the first double of his young career to offer Bayern a decisive victory in the title race (3-2). A feat for Musiala who became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score six goals in the German league and who has had two caps with the German team since early March. A meteoric increase which is good news for Bayern supporters, who learned on Saturday of coach Hansi Flick’s desire to leave the club at the end of the season.
In the race with West Ham to hang an improbable qualification for the next Champions League, Issa Diop lived an afternoon on Saturday that he will not soon forget on the lawn of Newcastle. Against the Magpies, the French first scored a gag goal, against his side. On a strike from his compatriot Allan Saint-Maximin, Diop made a nice double contact while trying to deflect the ball … before it crossed the goal line. With West Ham down 2-0, Diop then led his team’s revolt by scoring with a header for the reduction of the score, before the equalizer of Jesse Lingard. Unfortunately for Diop and his teammates, Newcastle ended up regaining the advantage and winning (3-2).