Who doesn’t appreciate a creative goal celebration? And one tied into such a festive holiday? Delicious.
Our beloved club scores? That’s great. But a real hootenanny of a celebration to top it off? Now that’s a cherry on the parfait, an XXL treasure of pure and memorable elation.
Which is why referees shouldn’t book a player for hugging it out with a fan or two. Just have a word with the celebrant, remind him that FIFA’s silly laws permit a man in the middle to caution for this horrible moment of thoughtless indiscretion, and then get on with it.
He did. Get a booking, that is. “Oh, the injustice!”
And yet, Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong weren’t cautioned for using props? (For the record, I’m glad they weren’t.)
This is my favorite MLS celebration so far this year, by a long shot. Never mind this business of justice administered unevenly by referee Silviu Petrescu. This little St. Patrick’s Day Irish jig is great stuff:
La Liga roundup: Celta spoil Hazard’s return in Real Madrid draw
Celta’s Santi Mina scored in 85th minute to give a depleted Celta Vigo a precious point at the Santiago Bernabeu, spoiling Eden Hazard‘s return to Real Madrid’s lineup after a notable absence.
Madrid’s eighth draw of the season moves champions Barcelona just one point behind Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Returning from ankle injury that kept his out of action for three months, Hazard returned to the pitch in fine style, leading all players on the field in chances created with three and earning a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to put Real Madrid ahead.
Hazard – and all of his flair – left the field in the 70th minute, granting Vinicius Junior the final 20 minutes of the match.
Ramos’ sixth goal of the season builded on Toni Kroos’ left-footed strike early in the latter half of the match. Real Madrid, more or less, were cruising against Celta, who had a goal to their name following Fyodor Smolov’s early opener.
Celta, who had arrived in Madrid in 18th place and had lost their last seven at the host’s home, were destined to do the unthinkable. Denis Suarez and Mina – both utilized as substitutes – paired up for the equalizer with five minutes to go, spoiling Hazard’s return.
LIBSON, Portugal — FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who tried to walk off the field after being the target of racist slurs from fans, faced apparent attempts Sunday by his own teammates and opposition players to prevent him from leaving.
Marega, who is black and from Mali, was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese football league.
But when Marega started to walk off the field, several players from both Porto and Guimarães appeared to argue with him. Porto coach Sérgio Conceição also went on the field and spoke with Marega.
It took Marega several minutes to leave the field when he was substituted.
Marega held his thumbs down at the crowd as he went into the tunnel to the changing rooms. The crowd responded with loud jeers.
The attitude of the other players has drawn criticism on social media.
“We are indignant with what has happened. Moussa was insulted from warmups (before kickoff),” Conceição said after the match.
“We are a family. One’s nationality, color, or height does not matter. We are human beings. We deserve respect and what happened was despicable.”
Marega received a yellow card following his goal in the 61st minute when he appeared to respond to the slurs by pointing at his skin and by picking up a seat that had been thrown on the pitch.
Timothy Weah returns to action with Lille after lengthy| absence
Why did Manchester United let Young walk away from Old Trafford during the winter transfer window? Surely, Young will answer that in detail when the time is right. At this moment, he’s too busy scoring goals – stellar ones, too – as we can see for ourselves above.
Young arrived at Inter in January on a reported $2-million deal for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend for another season.