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.
gnabry obviously wanting to take the ball home after the best game of his career and this man Javi Martinez hoofs it into the stands, I'm cryinggg pic.twitter.com/3xbfUyL41G— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) October 1, 2019
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.
Shakhtar Donetsk U19’s scored this cheeky penalty in the UEFA Youth League. Messi and Suarez would be proud of this. pic.twitter.com/BdpAtR5QIx— Tekkers (@TekkersMedia) October 1, 2019
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.
Lamine Diaby-Fadiga will be released from his contract with Nice and allowed to join Ligue 2 strugglers Paris FC, according to L'Equipe.— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 1, 2019
Kasper Dolberg and Nice are set to withdraw their complaint to police after he privately admitted stealing the Dane's watch.