Throughout the season, we at 32 Flags will be giving you a complete recap of the action at the end of the weekend in our Weekend Soccer Roundup. Not only will we run down the biggest winners and losers, but the highlights and most talked about moments of the weekend.
1) Biggest Winner – Neymar
Neymar scored a hat trick against Granada this past weekend. It may surprise some, but Neymar is now the high scorer on Barcelona, passing Lionel Messi. Many people thought he would play second fiddle to Messi, but Neymar is showing that there are plenty of goals to go around at Barcelona.
2) Standout Performer – Phil Jagielka
In a game where one captain was set up to be the star of the game, the other captain stole the show and put the spotlight on himself. You’ll see the goal further down but Jagielka stepped up at the right time.
3) Biggest Loser – Wayne Rooney
Just an incredibly stupid red card for his kick on West Ham’s Stewart Downing. He apologized to his teammates afterward but the damage is done. He will miss the next three games, including a game against Chelsea, and the team will be without their captain.
4) Best Tweet
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) September 27, 2014
5) Biggest Surprise – Hull City equalizing Manchester City
Hull City and Manchester City were tied at halftime 2-2. Man City were preparing for the upcoming Champions League game so it wasn’t shocking that Hull would make a game of it. What was shocking was that it was 2-2 and Hull didn’t even have a shot on target. Their goals were scored due to an own goal by Eliaquim Mangala and a PK that was caused by Mangala. Man City won 4-2 but things would’ve been interesting if Hull could’ve won the game without taking a shot on target.
6) Best Moment – Steven Gerrard
While they could only get a draw, Steven Gerrard scored a stunning free kick goal for Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. With the goal, Gerrard silenced those critics who felt that he was finished. While his best days are certainly behind him, there is still some magic left in Captain Fantastic.
7) Best Goal – Phil Jagielka
The goal was just sublime and forced the draw in the Merseyside Derby.