Posted in Goals/Saves I Like, Hat Tricks etc., Ligue 1, Man of the Weekend

Man of the Weekend: Edinson Cavani

It’s been a while since I’ve done this. A few footballers had a fantastic weekend, including Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez, but this honor goes to Edinson Cavani. 

El Matador had a few stressful games with the pressure mounting on his back. He managed to score on PSG’s outing against Arsenal in their 2016/17 Champions League opener, but then he squandered a few chances. Over the weekend, El Matador wasted no time in finding his shooting boots and quieting some loud mouth critics. Sure, it was just Caen he put 4 away against, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that he found his target every time. Also, I am LOVING the understanding between Cavani and Thomas Meunier. He finally has a reliable partner.

Pic via Edi’s Twitter handle

THE GOALS

My favorite #9 was on fire and inspired. He scored his poker inside the first half.

Minute 12

Minute 23 (penalty)

Minute 38

Minute 46

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Posted in Hat Tricks etc., Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Cavani puts four away against Caen

Edison Cavani is the first player since 2000 to score 4 goals in the first half of a Ligue 1 match

Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura and Jean-Kevin Augustin found the back of the net in a six-goal thriller against Caen this evening in France. Cavani scored 4 goals in the first half. He opened the game in the 12th minute, slotted home a penalty in 23rd, bagged his hat-trick in the 38th and finished off his perfect first half in the 45th. He was rested for the second half. Moura added the fifth in the 67th minute and Augustin added the 6th in the 79th.

PSG was winless in three matches going into this game, but after their hungry display and wonderful result, the Parisians move into first place with 10 points ahead of Monaco. I’m just happy for El Matador.

Photos of the match via the club’s official website:

My boy AA! Nice to see him between the sticks.

Just call him Captain 😛

It’s still weird seeing this man at the sideline instead if Blanc

Posted in Arsenal, Champions League, Hat Tricks etc.

CL: Lethal Giroud strikes as Frenchman sends Arsenal to round of 16

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Arsenal had it to do away against Olympiakos last evening in the knockout stage of the Champions League and many were expecting Arsenal to exit given that half of their squad was out injured. I, on the other hand, put my faith in Olivier Giroud and he didn’t let me down as his hat-trick played a major key role in sending the English side to the round of 16.

It was a must win match for the Gunners and Giroud was up for the challenge. The Frenchman got the party started in the 29th minute when he kissed the end of Ramsey’s cross and power headed the ball home. That boy loves scoring with his head, I tell you! In the second half it seems as if Giroud would’ve left the game early after collapsing in a heap on the pitch, clutching his ankle which appeared to be twisted. He eventually got back to his feet and a minute later or so, he found the back of the net after getting on the end of a through-ball from Campbell. A penalty was awarded to Arsenal when Elabdellaoui appeared to have handled the ball. Giroud stepped up and calmly converted the penalty completing his hat-trick.

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Arsenal won 3-0 and Giroud was the Man of the Match. It was indeed his finest moment for Arsenal for this sweet hat-trick was his first for the English club and what a fine time to score it! He took it upon himself to deliver when his team and fans needed it the most. Call it redemption, call it whatever, I call it a victory and I am delighted for the Frenchman.

If fans would stop their hating, they’ll see that Giroud has now netted 10 goals in his last 12 matches. Keep doing you, Giruu! Also, special mention to Mr. Wenger, whose faith in my favorite French striker has never wavered.

FUN STAT!

Olivier Giroud is the highest scoring Frenchman in 2015 with 30 goals; 2 goals more than Antoine Griezmann.

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Posted in Hat Tricks etc.

Hat-trick hero: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!

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Aubameyang scored his second hat-trick in just four days after scoring all Dortmund’s goals in the 3-1 Europa League victory over Qabala on Thursday. He wasn’t satisfied with just one hat-trick. He was hungry for more and after netting a hat-trick in Dortmund’s 5-1 victory over Augsburg, the youngster revealed that he made a bet with his family that he will score three goals in this match.

Aubameyang clocked in his hat-trick in the 18th, 85th and 90th minute respectively, no penalties. Keep this up and people would be banging down his door in the January transfer window.

FUN FACT:

In 2013, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick on his debut for Dortmund against Augsburg.

Posted in Hat Tricks etc., La Liga, Miscellaneous

Hat-trick hero Gameiro!

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I call him Kevin G or Kevvy G and he has been one of my favorite French players for a long time in the Liga. Over the weekend, Gameiro came up BIG for Sevilla as they beat Getafe 5-0. Gameiro scored a hat-trick, clocking in at 35th, 45th and 60th (penalty) minute respectively.

I am super happy and proud of him. Keep doing your thing, Kevvy G!

*** Photo via Kevin G’s official Twitter account

Posted in Goals/Saves I Like, Hat Tricks etc., La Liga, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make history with Real Madrid.

Over the weekend, Real Madrid won 6-0 at Espanyol, but eyes were on Ronaldo as the Portuguese scored 5 big ones to help his team to this vital victory. Ronaldo is now the club’s top La Liga scorer with 231 goals overtaking Raul’s 228.

Ronaldo clocked in his manita at 7th, 17th (penalty), 20th, 61st and 81st minutes respectively. Espanyol made it ridiculously easy, but I do not take anything away from Cris’s goal scoring abilities.

It was a good day to break records!

Watch the manita here:

Posted in Goals/Saves I Like, Hat Tricks etc.

Naismith hat-trick keeps Chelsea at bay

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Steven Naismith was the hat-trick hero when Everton faced Chelsea at home on Saturday. Naismith inspired Everton to a 3-1 victory after coming on as a substitute for the injured Muhamed Besic.

Naismith clocked in his trick in the 17th, 22nd and 82nd minutes respectively. He scored a left foot, a right foot and a header combination. Man of the Weekend!

Watch the hat-trick here:

Posted in France Football (Other), Hat Tricks etc., Tournaments/Other Football

Edouard’s hat-trick gives France U17 title

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France are Euro U-17 Champions!

Odsonne Edouard inspired France to their second U-17 title last evening against Germany, scoring a fantastic hat-trick and taking his tally to eight goals in the competition, thus making him the top scorer.

His favorite goal of the eight he scored in the tournament?

“The first goal against Italy [a back-heeled finish] is my favourite among the eight I scored.”

Modest Edouard champions France team effort

Coach Jean-Claude Giuntini and the man of the moment, Odsonne Edouard.

France won the final 3-2.

Congrats Les Petits Bleus! I am super proud of you.