DJURGAARDEN WIN THE ALLSVENSKAN
There is a new champion in Sweden, as for the first in time in 15 years Djurgaarden secured the title after a 2-2 draw versus Norrkoping on Saturday, earning them the point required to finish first ahead of Malmo. It wasn't plain sailing, though, as they went two goals down in the first half. With the pressure on, Jesper Karlstrom got them back into contention with a goal five minutes into the second period, while Mohamed Buya Turay netted the title-clinching strike 20 minutes later. Queue the celebrations.
SM-guld SM-guld SM-guuuuld pic.twitter.com/8xy0YnfWA2— Djurgården Fotboll (@DIF_Fotboll) November 2, 2019
RACISM IN ITALY JUST WON'T GO AWAY
Another week, another story about fan racism in Serie A. On this occasion, the victim was Mario Balotelli, who got so upset at chants from the Verona supporters that he picked up the ball and volleyed it into the stand. After attempting to walk off the pitch, he was convinced to stay by both sets of players, including his team-mates. Not only did he not leave, but he scored a stunner for Brescia with five minutes remaining. Verona head coach Ivan Juric denied hearing any racist chanting from the home supporters after the match.
Mario Balotelli responded to the racist chants by kicking the ball into the stands.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 3, 2019
His teammates and match officials convinced the striker to remain on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/vvzuY7oBHZ
OF ALL THE DERBIES, IN ALL THE TOWNS, IN ALL THE WORLD...
The Casablanca derby between Raja and Wydad is one of the most fiercely contested in the world, and on Saturday both sets of fans put on a masterpiece of a Tifo display. The match in the last 16 of the Arab Club Championship finished 1-1, with the second leg taking place next week, but the stars of the show were the fans, not the players. Thanks to a 'walking' dragon and some pyrotechnics, the entire stadium became a sea of green and red.
The final series of Game of Thrones done right in the Casablanca derby pic.twitter.com/W4xZN8gBlh— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 4, 2019
VAR HATE GOES NEXT LEVEL
The most polarising topic in football over the past year or so has been the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee, or VAR. Some people love it, some people hate it. Apparently, nobody hates it more than Monaco full-back Ruben Aguilar, who took his foot to the monitor at the side of the pitch after being sent off for a professional foul on Denis Bouanga. The best part is, VAR wasn't even used to send him off!
AS Monaco right-back Ruben Aguilar filmed kicking the VAR monitor after being sent off in last night’s match vs St Étienne. pic.twitter.com/84u2Z37z4t— Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 4, 2019
HE GOT LEGS, HE KNOWS HOW TO USE THEM
The Spanish Primera Division match between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on Saturday was a tightly contested affair, eventually finishing 1-1 after goals from Franco Vazquez and Alvaro Morata. However, Diego Simeone's men should have had a penalty late on after Jules Kounde clearly handled the ball on the line, before snatching it between his legs as Morata desperately tried to bundle the ball home. decision? A free-kick to Sevilla. Yeah, us neither.
Here's Sevilla defender Jules Kounde sitting on the ball on the line to stop Alvaro Morata - steaming in on the right - from scoring.— Paul Macdonald (@PaulMacdFC) November 4, 2019
What was the outcome?
Obviously a Sevilla foul, and not, y'know, a penalty pic.twitter.com/6P6sbAwiCA