With several interesting matches from around Europe today, I am sure you were glued to the TV or perhaps at a match. Every media outlet under the sun is reporting on the likes of Liverpool and the historic comeback versus Wigan or Real Madrid and its last second derby victory, but below you will find three matches that you might have missed.
3. Napoli 2-1 Juventus
21-year-old Slovak midfielder Marek Hamšík tied the match at 1-1 and 23-year-old Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezziput the club up for good. The win ups Napoli’s point total to 14 which is good enough for first in the league. Juventus sits at 11thin the table with 9 points.
2. Hanover 96 2-5 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Bundesliga neophytes 1899 Hoffenheim received goals from Vedad Ibišević (who played collegiate soccer at St. Louis University), Sejad Salihović, Demba Ba, and Chinedu Obasi. The wins moves 1899 Hoffenheiminto a tie for first place with Hamburg. Both clubs have 16 points. Can 1899 Hoffenheim keep this pace up? If the club remains near the top, look for some big signings in January.
1. SV Mattersburg 5-6 SK Sturm Graz
11 goals, 2 hat tricks, and a twenty minute period (54′ to 74′) where five goals were scored. If you love offense, this one was for you. The three-goal matches came from Mario Haas (Sturm Graz) and Carsten Jancker (SV Mattersburg).