Heung-Min Son went full (on-field) Maradona with a Goal of the Season contender on Saturday, one trumpeted far and wide as the classiest of throwback goals.
Son dribbled at least 80 yards in a truly solo goal, cutting through Burnley’s defense like the proverbial hot knife through butter.
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The Internet, understandably, went wild for the goal, as did Son’s teammates and manager.
Jose Mourinho interrupted Son’s post-match interview to demand the player win Man of the Match, later adding:
“I remember when I was at Barcelona with Mr Robson and Ronaldo Nazario scored a goal that is similar to Son’s. And this was an amazing goal. I know that he is going to reach the face of the keeper and the control he is unstoppable. The keeper is good, though, but he managed to put it in.”
Two-goal man Harry Kane countered:
“Sonny [Son Heung-min] stole the show today. An unbelievable goal, a great counter attack. All he wants to do is work hard and play for the team. He has great quality and works hard for the team.”
Mauricio Pochettino worked a marvel with the English language in describing how VAR affected the late stages of Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs looked to have doubled its home lead with 20 minutes to play when Serge Aurier belted a far post shot past the reach of Kasper Schmeichel, but a lengthy video review showed Heung-Min Son‘s shoulder was maybe possibly offside.
[ RECAP: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham ]
Clear and obvious? Mehhhhhhh.
Pochettino, oddly enough, chose not to debate the call but instead focused on the momentum he believes it provided to Leicester City en route to Ricardo Pereira‘s near-immediate answer and James Maddison‘s late winner.
“After 80 minutes, the game was going to be over. You gave massive belief to the team that was already dead. After we conceded the goal 1-1, we had some chances to score the second goal, but that’s what makes the Premier League the most beautiful league. You can never stop.”
He was optimistic on the overall performance following a disheartening 2-2 draw with Olympiacos at midweek, as Spurs threw away a 2-0 first half lead over the Greek hosts.
“Very disappointed because we lost the three points but in thinking the big picture I am very optimistic because the team showed great reaction after Olympiacos.”
Meanwhile, much of the rest of Twitter’s soccer world was a bit less forgiving of VAR. Even Leicester City legend Gary Lineker sent venom to the Video Assistant Referee.
ZURICH (AP) Former France midfielder Florent Malouda has learned via Twitter that he was fired by Swiss soccer club FC Zurich.
Malouda wrote “really I didn’t know that..??” after Zurich’s announcement was posted.
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The 38-year-old Frenchman, who helped Chelsea win the Champions League title in 2012 and played in the 2006 World Cup final loss to Italy, had coached Zurich’s forwards since February.
It’s not Malouda’s first setback in Switzerland. Last year, he lost a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against French Guiana forfeiting a 2017 Gold Cup game because he played while ineligible.
The French Guiana soccer federation had hoped Malouda, who was born in the South American territory, could switch allegiance from France because it is not a FIFA member.
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Manchester City are Premier League champions again thanks to a Manchester United loss — at Old Trafford — to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
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The City title was inevitable, but amongst the celebratory Tweets are a lot of “Wow” moments for United’s loss and City’s amazing run.
Here are some of our favorites:
Social media’s presence has become a unstoppable tycoon, and its move into the realm of sports broadcasting took another major leap on Friday.
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Variety is reporting that Twitter has landed a three-year deal with Major League Soccer, which among other things, will give the social media outlet at least 24 live matches per season to broadcast across its platform.
Twitter will stream its share of MLS matches in English from Univision network’s Spanish broadcast on television.
The first match to be streamed online will come on Saturday when expansion side Los Angeles FC travels to Real Salt Lake at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Additionally, Variety reports that MLS will provide Twitter with extensive match highlights on a weekly basis, which can be found on MLS’ accounts (@MLS and @FutbolMLS).