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Football You Missed: Javi Martinez ruins Serge Gnabry's big night and drone drama in Luxembourg
Football You Missed

Football You Missed: Martinez ruins Gnabry's big night and drone drama in Luxembourg

After the performance of his life, all the former Arsenal winger wanted was the match ball...

 
11:05am on Friday 4th October 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

MARTINEZ THE PARTY POOPER

Serge Gnabry was unplayable this week. The German put in a quite magnificent performance as Bayern Munich demolished Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League, with him scoring four goals and setting up another for Robert Lewandowski, which you can read about here.

Now, when a former Arsenal player embarrasses their arch-rivals, Spurs, it would be Nice to keep a momento of the evening, right? Gnabry's team-mate Martinez is not one for sentimentality it would seem, though, as while the young winger is searching for his hat-trick (+1) match ball, the Spaniard can be seen launching into the Bayern supporters behind the goal!

Poor Serge looked crestfallen.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY DRONE?

The Europa League fixture between Dudelange and FK Qarabag on Thursday ended with the visitors comfortably winning 4-1. However, this was after a significant 15-minute delay due to a drone being flown over the pitch - a drone donning the flag of disputed region Nagorno-Karabakh. The region has been claimed by both Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades, and Quarabag were previously from Agdam in Nagorno-Karabakh before moving to Baku in 1993. Last season, Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan refused to play in the Europa League final for Arsenal in Azerbaijan due to concerns for his safety.

HENRY, PIRES, THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT

Back when Arsenal were good, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires simply got bored of playing football in conventional fashion. That is when they attempted the infamous two-man penalty against Manchester City which, well, made them look ridiculous as it failed spectactularly. Step up, Shakhtar Donetsk youngsters. In a UEFA Youth League fixture against Atalanta, Mykhailo Mudryk stepped up to take the penalty, only to prod a pass to his left, where Georgy Sudakov was waiting to convert beyond the despairing keeper.

FIREWORKS IN THE SUPERCLASICO (not on the pitch)

It was a typically quiet affair as rivals Boca and River competed in the Superclasico this week. Just thousands of screaming Argentines complimented by thousands more fireworks and pyro which lit up the Estadio Monumental so much you could see it clear as day from a descending airplane. Unfortunately, the entertainment pre-match was not complimented by the action on the pitch, as the game finished a dull 0-0.

TIME CALLED ON DIABY-FADIGA'S LIGUE 1 CAREER

Last week, new signing Kasper Dolberg refused to take part in Nice a training session after his 70-thousand-euro watch was stolen in the changing room - a changing room which was only frequented by coaches and team-mates. Eventually, the perpetrator was found - 18-year-old Lamine Diaby-Fadiga. He confessed to stealing the watch to club management and is now set to have his contract terminated. On the face of it, he'll need to hold his hands up and admit he was wrong, or he'll be suspected of further crimes around the clock.

Memphis Depay
F (C), W (L) - Netherlands
MAN OF THE MATCH
9.5
Oct 10, 2019
0Offsides
0Saves
1Tackles
5Ball recovered
0Clearances
2Big chances
41Passes
30Passes completed

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