We love watching league games and most of the time, we focus on the big guns. And some of the matches in the past season may, sadly, left unnoticed. Here are some of our picks to discover some undiscovered gems.
Premier League: Wolves 4-3 Leicester City (19 Jan 2019)
While other fixtures like “Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham” and “Everton 2-6 Tottenham” were also interesting, this one caught my eye and impressed me the most. It’s not the big guns, but rather, Wolves and Leicester.
We all know how good the Wolves are this season. At the time of writing, they’re 7th in the Premier League, which is, honestly, a respectful achievement considering their status as a mid-table team in this era.
Back to the game. The Wolves were 2-0 up before Leicester made it 2-2. Jota scored again before the Foxes levelled things up. This didn’t stop Jota from completing his hat-trick and sealing the points in a spectacular fashion.
Both teams never gave up when they took the lead (and for the other side, trailing by one or two goals). But at the end of this thriller, the Wolves got their reward, i.e. the well-deserved win. Are you not entertained?
Liga NOS: Feirense 4-4 Chaves (4 May 2019)
When it comes to the Portuguese league, many may think of Os Três Grandes, which means “the Big Three” in Portuguese. And yes, I’m talking about Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Porto. The familiar names to us.
Back to the game. Feirense, as the club at the bottom of the table, are heading for the LigaPro while Chaves can’t afford to lose games if they’re to remain in the league, since they’re just one point safe from the drop zone.
So what happened, basically? Goals kept flying before Luís Machado gave the hosts a slice of hope to win, only to be destroyed by substitute and former Feirense player Platiny. One point apiece, a priceless moment to remember.
Ligue 1: Monaco 2-3 Saint-Étienne (5 May 2019)
Monaco has been awful these days and are sitting 17 of the Ligue 1 table, three points from avoiding the drop. Saint-Étienne is the exact opposite of the situation – doing pretty well domestically with European ambitions.
Gelson Martins opened the scoring but Subašić’s injury turned things around. 3 goals by the Greens in 21 minutes sealed the points for the visitors before Carlos Vinícius’ consolation proved futile in creating a potential comeback.
For Saint-Étienne, the points proved to be vital as they’re still chasing for qualifications in European games. But for Monaco, the loss may prove costly, as they need points (and a miracle) to be steered to safety.
Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax 4-4 Heerenveen (20 Jan 2019)
Ajax are doing excellent these days, having won the Dutch Cup and hopefully, get both the Eredivisie title plus the ticket to Madrid next month. Yet, the team who beat Real Madrid and Juventus before struggled sometimes.
It was 3-1 to Ajax at half-time before Heerenveen did the turnaround. Lammers and van Bergen leveled things up. Huntelaar gave the hosts some hope before Pierie responded and silenced the crowd with the goal.
A win would have made Ajax’s journey to seal the title easier but against the mid-table side, they failed somehow, They still have two more games to play and still have a chance to lift the trophy, on goal differences perhaps?
La Liga: Huesca 3-3 Celta (4 April 2019)
Huesca and Celta used to be rivals in the relegation zone. And in the second-half of the season, they produced a stunning game to keep the race alive.
Naturally, we’ll think that Celta, with a better squad, would have won the tie easily. Huesca, though, took the lead once after trailing two goals down before Ryad Boudebouz had the final say and slotted the ball past home.
Huesca are relegated after losing to Valencia at home while Celta, having beaten a heavily rotated Barcelona squad, are pretty much still in need of points to prevent the drop to the Segunda.
German Bundesliga: Frankfurt 3-2 Hoffenheim (2 March 2019)
Frankfurt may be the black horse in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season. But undeniably, they have a good fighting spirit (at least at home), which is clearly shown in this game.
Joelinton and Belfodil’s strike cancelled Kostić’s opener before Nagelsmann’s man received a piece of bad news as Nuhu got sent off. Haller levelled the score before Paciência netted home for the winner.
Frankfurt are still much in the contention for the final place to be in the Champions League next season as they’re currently fourth. At the same time, though, they’ll need to be wary of Leverkusen and Gladbach’s form.
Wouldn’t be the feel-good weeks for Frankfurt supporters.
Italian Serie A: Lazio 1-2 Chievo (20 April 2019)
ChievoVerona may have been relegated from Serie A and had a terrible record during their short stay but the away win in Rome may be something for them to remember.
Having gained an advantage in numbers since Milinković-Savić got a red card, Vignato and Hetemaj struck twice in the second half of the game and the goalkeeping proved Caicedo’s consolation pointless.
Luis Alberto’s marching orders later in extra-time ended his side’s hope of a draw. Aside from Lazio, Chievo won only against Frosinone at home but to replicate the giant-killings, the latest date for them to do it would be 2020.
UEFA Champions League: Ajax 3-3 Bayern (13 Dec 2019)
Ajax in Europe this season fear no one and you can tell from this six-goal thriller. Three goals for both teams, two 90-minute goals, two red cards, two penalties scored and still no winner. How was it not an underrated game?
FIFA World Cup: Belgium 3-2 Japan (3 July 2018)
Belgium went 0-2 down thanks to Haraguchi and Inui’s goals plus Japan’s motivation to prevail after seeing South Korea winning against Germany. They eventually won against Samurai Blue, credit to Chadli’s extra-time winner.
UEFA Nations League: Netherlands 2-3 Germany (25 March 2019)
As a follower of the Dutch national team, it hurts for me to mention this game, but Germany played well and didn’t give up until the last minute. Still, Die Mannschaft still have a long way to go to regain glory in the future.