AYOF: Week Two Recap
Week two saw a historic match at England's Wembley Stadium, a bunch of goals and a few disappointments for late season openers. Lets jump right in.
English Premiere League - Chelsea FC
There's nothing quite like a London derby in the second week of the season to help shake the cobwebs off. After a pretty disastrous first game, Chelsea were able to come back and snatch all three points from Tottenham at Wembley. In the first ever Premier League match to be played at the stadium, a rather makeshift Chelsea side managed to score three goals, even if one was an own goal by Michy Batshuayi, and start the Spurs' new home stadium for the season off with a losing record. Got to see new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko for the first time and the first start for young Danish footballer Andreas Christensen. Marcos Alonso was the hero, though, with two goals to take all three points away.
Spent this game watching with the Bayou City Blues supporter club in Houston. It's always a bit more fun when the game goes your way. #KTBFFH.
EFL Championship - Aston Villa FC
A hat trick from Conor Hourihane led the Villans to their first win of the new Championship season as they beat Norwich City 4-2 at home in Birmingham. After some disappointing games, the West Midland boys really needed a pick me up heading into their League Cup second round tie with Wigan Athletic tomorrow. Hope abides.
Spanish La Liga - Athletic Bilbao
All in all a pretty drab game, Bilbao opened the La Liga season with a 0-0 draw against Getafe. Perhaps they're saving their energy for their Europa League second leg match against Panathinaikos this week. A move into the group stages of the Europa would be a boon for the Basque club.
German Bundesliga - VFL Wolfsburg
Now that the Bundesliga has kicked off, Wolfsburg will be seeing plenty of action. Too bad their first action was a 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund at home. Definitely not the easiest game to open with, Dortmund looked in control the whole match and Wolfsburg have to hope to pick up points against middle and bottom table teams to stay in contention and out of the relegation zone again this season.
Dutch Eredivisie - SBV Vitesse
Vitesse kept their perfect opening to the season going this weekend with a 3-1 victory over Roda. Like Chelsea, Vitesse scored all the goals on the pitch with Roda's lone goal coming from Vitesse's Remko Pasveer in the 64th minute. Next up is a home tie against AZ Alkmaar on August 26.
United States MLS - Houston Dynamo
After their huge win against San Jose, the Dynamo went on the road to Vancouver and faced a tough Whitecaps side that prevailed 2-1. All eyes are now set on the Texas derby against FC Dallas this Wednesday. The Dynamo now sit third in the West, just three points behind Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders.
French Ligue 1 - Paris Saint-Germain
All I'm gonna show is this.
That's 6-2 against Toulouse. With Neymar, PSG is finally looking ridiculously dangerous. the Champions League should be fun this year.
Italian Serie A - ACF Fiorentina
It looks like the Tuscan club is in the selling mood, especially after a 3-0 opening day defeat against Inter Milan. Next week should see a bit more competitive match against Sampdoria, but Fiorentina really need to get their starting XI figured out soon or they're going to be up against the wall.
Primeira Liga Portugal - Sporting CP
After their 5-0 win over Vitória SC this weekend, that makes it three games in the league without a goal scored against Sporting. Not a bad way to put your stamp on the start of a new season. For the record, that's three wins, eight goals for and zero against. Pretty impressive stuff. Now onto Sporting's Champions League First playoff round, Game 2 against Steaua Bucuresti. The first game of the tie ended in a 0-0 draw so there should be some fireworks in this one.
Scottish Premiership - Hibernian FC
Well the high flying start has come back down to earth as Hibs endured a 3-1 defeat at home to Hamilton Academic. It seems the win against Rangers last week took all the wind they had left in their sails and Easter Road saw it's first league defeat of the season. Here's hoping for better luck against Dundee on August 27.