In a week filled with strong performances and crucial league victories, an 18-year-old English forward grabbed the spotlight. Here are SBI’s picks for The Weekend’s Best (as voted by SBI’s editorial staff):
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARCUS RASHFORD (MANCHESTER UNITED). After scoring a brace to help the Red Devils defeat Danish club Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League, the 18-year-old forward netted yet another double on Sunday. Rashford helped Man United earn a crucial three points in a 3-2 win against Arsenal in his English Premier League debut.
Honorable Mention – Stephan El Shaarawy, Willy Caballero
TEAM OF THE WEEK
LYON. Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 winning streak was snapped at 36 games by a strong performance from Lyon on Sunday. The win was important for Les Gones as they move into the last UEFA Champions League qualification spot on the French table. Maxwell Cornet and Sergi Darder bagged the two goals for Lyon.
Honorable Mention – Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Cruz Azul
MATCH OF THE WEEK
MANCHESTER CITY 1, LIVERPOOL 1 (3-1 in PKs). A well-worked opening goal. A late equalizer in front of more than 86,000 people. Many close extra-time chances. Tensions boiling over. A penalty-kick shootout. A goalkeeper proving to be the hero. The 2016 Capital One Cup final proved to be a spectacular event, and Man City walked off the field at Wembley Stadium the winner.
Honorable Mention – Lyon 2 – 1 Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United 3 – 2 Arsenal
GOAL OF THE WEEK
JOHANATAN OPOKU (VVV-VENLO). The 25-year-old Dutch midfielder scored an unbelievable goal for VVV-Venlo, juggling the ball over two defenders before chipping the goalkeeper from close range.
Honorable Mention – Stephan El Shaarawy, Connor Wickham
What did you think of this weekend’s action? Agree with SBI’s picks? If not, who did you see as this weekend’s best?
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