Women’s Champions League Roundup: Hegerberg Equals Record, City Held & Arsenal Net Five

​Is there any stopping the footballing freight train that is Lyon?

Whether it is in European competition or on home soil, the French giants continue to stamp their authority on every football match they play, with Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg clashes no different.


Also in action were English sides Arsenal and Manchester City, who enjoyed contrasting fortunes from their encounters. The Gunners thumped five past Slavia Praha, while the Citizens drew their home clash with Atletico Madrid 1-1 to leave their tie firmly in the balance.

There were also substantial wins for German duo Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, while Glasgow City secured a superb 2-0 victory away at Brondby.

All eyes are on Lyon, however, as the six-time Champions League holders aim to secure their fifth consecutive title. It now appears as if qualifying for the quarter-finals are a forgone conclusion, as Ada Hegerberg’s double ensured there were no slip ups against Fortuna Hjorring.

The Norwegian got the ball rolling with a 17th minute penalty, before two goals from Eugenie Le Sommer had the game wrapped up before half-time. Hegerberg still had time to bag a second nine minutes into the second half, in turn becoming the joint-highest goalscorer in the women’s Champions League, equaling Anja Mittag’s tally of 51.


For Arsenal, they appear to have one foot in the quarter-finals, after Vivianne Miedema scored four times against a helpless Slavia Praha. She completed her hat-trick inside just 39 minutes to give the Gunners a 3-0 half-time lead in the Czech Republic, before her fourth and Kim Little’s penalty made it five.

The Czechs did pull two goals back to give themselves the slimmest of hopes ahead of the return leg, but few would back against the Gunners sealing their passage to the last eight.

For City, it wasn’t quite so smooth, as they hosted Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Starting well, the Citizens took an early lead through Janine Beckie at the Academy Stadium and held onto their advantage until the final ten minutes of the match.


With just nine minutes left to play, though, Charlyn Corral grabbed a crucial away goal for the visitors, as a lapse of concentration at the back presented her with the chance to net the leveller.

In Denmark, Glasgow City will head back to Scotland with their heads held high after taking a two-goal advantage from their clash against Brondby. Samantha Kerr poked in after less than a minute to hand the visitors a dream start, which was added to in the second half after Brondby ‘keeper Katrine Abel put through her own net to spark jubilant scenes among the SWPL 1 champions.

It was the simplest of nights for German duo Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, who will be able to rest players for their second leg ties after handsome wins in their respective matches.


Die Roten put five past Kazakhstani side BIIK Kazygurt to win 5-0 and all-but assure safe passage to the next round, with Lina Magull scoring twice for the away side. Not to be outdone, Wolfsburg brushed Twente aside at home, scoring six goals without reply in a thumping win.

With Barcelona taking on Minsk tomorrow, the only side left to play on Wednesday was Paris Saint-Germain. Making the journey to Iceland to take on Breidablik, the outcome was assured after just 29 minutes – PSG running out 4-0 winners in the end.


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Chris Wilder Admits Sheffield United ‘Fancy Their Chances’ of Causing Arsenal Shock

​Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists his side can upset the odds and record a famous victory over Arsenal on Monday night. 

Wilder is hoping the intimidating atmosphere created by the home fans at Bramall Lane can have a similar effect as it had in their closely fought clash with league leaders Liverpool just a few weeks ago.

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The Blades were narrowly beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s men after Dean Henderson’s howler gifted the Reds all three points back in September. However, the Blades gave Liverpool a torrid afternoon and speaking to ​Sky Sports, Wilder admitted is hoping for more of the same against Unai Emery’s high flying Arsenal side.

“We’re competitive and we fancy our chances. We’re bullish as you can obviously imagine because that’s the approach that we take and how we were [in a 1-0 loss] against Liverpool.

“The crowd have been absolutely amazing at home, because they know how important it is for them to be on the front foot and make it hostile, noisy.” 

The 52-year-old is hoping to harness the vociferous atmosphere created by the home support, where a victory would propel the Blades into the top half of the Premier League.

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Wilder added: “The last manager who came here [Klopp] commented on it as well, which was a real pat on the back for the way our ground is set up and the atmosphere that’s inside it. We’ll need it Monday night and I’m sure that will happen. 

“A night game at Bramall Lane under the lights, it’s something we’re really looking forward to and getting after the opposition, but understanding the quality they’ve got.”

​Arsenal at least go into Monday’s clash in good form. Emery’s side are unbeaten in their last eight competitive fixtures and are looking for a win to keep the pace with the Premier League’s top two. However, they will be under no illusions that they are in for a very tough evening up in Sheffield

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90min’s Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2007

Welcome back to 90min’s Premier League Hall of Fame, where hallowed legends go to cement their legacy with the cut of a digital ribbon, the toast of fictitious champagne and the slur of unwanted words in a mandatory speech.

To read up on the rules and regulations of this procedure, go here, and you can also check out the classes of 2005 and 2006 in the links provided there.

But here and now, it’s all about ’07, baybee. 007. And we have a licence to thrill. I’m sorry, it’ll get better, I promise.


Peter Schmeichel

Man United v Chelsea Peter Schmeichel

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Manchester United 1992-99
Aston Villa 2001-02
Manchester City 2002-03

Peter Schmeichel. The Great Dane. The Danish with fruit swapped for trophies. Yeah, the one that hates Ireland. That one. Boy, what a keeper. 310 ​Premier League appearances. 128 clean sheets. Three assists. One goal. What a hero. 

And what a heroic speech. 

The keeper, adorned in a Joker-ish green suit and already a bit unsteady on his feet – you know how keepers are, but if that didn’t tell you, then the effortless vice-like grip of his Guinness would – sidles up to the stage with a smug grin on his face. He soaks up the cheers then bays them to be quiet. 

“You know…” he begins, and the crowd are ready for anything, any kind of Sir Alex Ferguson-adjacent anecdote. “I have seen Ireland play and they are so, so, so bad.”

With that, he pours his Guinness out onto the stage, drops the glass then, yes, drops the mic.


Nigel Winterburn

Nigel Winterburn

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Arsenal 1992-2000
West Ham 2000-03

Nigel Winterburn. A Winter Warmer, if ever I’ve known one. 352 appearances. 119 clean sheets. 19 assists. 5 goals. One epic night. 

The Englishman made sure of that. Enlisting the help of The Script and a will.i.am impersonator (the two have lost touch since 2012, apparently), who are belting out Hall of Fame on a loop, Winterburn chooses only to speak with words that exist in the song. 

Yes, he can beat the world. Yes, he can beat the war.


Jurgen Klinsmann

Jürgen Klinsmann

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Tottenham Hotspur 1994-05 & 1997-98

Jurgen Klinsmann. The two-season wonder. The Flipper. The Flipping Greatest. 56 appearances. 29 goals. 15 assists. One will.i.am performance. 

That’s right, after seeing Nigel fail to get the former Black Eyed Peas star, Jurgen pulls some star-spangled banner strings to get him on board. And that’s not all. He gets Fergie and whoever else is still going strong for BEP to come along too. 

But, despite everyone constantly asking where is the love? and claiming they have a feeling, Klinsmann still gets up to do a speech. Which is unfortunately inaudible. Because BEP had ‘reached an unforeseen level of rhythm in the jam’, as they told the assembled, and absolutely steamed, journalists afterwards.

They were, quite literally, having the time of their lives.


Matt Le Tissier

Matthew Le Tissier,Ryan Giggs

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Southampton 1992-02

Matt Le Tissier. Le Tiss. Le Taker of Piss. The Stone Cold Guernsey-born Southampton Stunner.

270 appearances. 100 goals. 64 assists. A number of questions about climate change. 

Yeah, no band present at Le Tissier’s induction, and no Greta Thunberg cameo, either. No, Le Tiss uses his chance to speak candidly at this prestigious ceremony to cast some spurious assertions about the environment, because it’s not quite as cut and dry as the bloody ‘media’ will have you believe, apparently. 

Anyway, he eventually brings the night back on track with a re-enactment of all 48 of his penalties, with VIP Mark Crossley brought in for the 48th and final one. Le Tiss went for the dink, and Crossley deferentially dived. Drinks were had.


Tim Flowers

Ian Wright and  Tim Flowers

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Southampton 1992-94
Blackburn 1994-99
Leicester 1999-02
Manchester City 2002-03

Tim Flowers. Top Save Tim. Fearless Flowers. 286 appearances. 80 clean sheets. 2 assists. No goals.

Before we get to the speech, it’s worth pointing out that this is iconic stuff from Tim here. And it’s the perfect encapsulation of his gifts. Gianluigi Buffon recently said that the greatest quality a goalkeeper can possess is fearlessness. And, as you can see, Flowers had it in spades. And bouquets. 

And so to the speech. Well, seeing everything that had gone before, and acknowledging that he wasn’t perhaps as zeitgeist-y as others, Tim knew he had to bring it. So bring it he did. 

Forgoing the hiring of a so-called band for rock and or roll, Flowers backed his own pipes, to great effect, the highlight of which was his chopped and screwed rendition of Prince’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’, in which he altered the chorus to: “If I gave you Flowers from Tim, Would you be a happy boy or a girl.”

From there, he transitioned right into Hoddle and Waddle’s iconic ‘ Diamond Lights’, which was sung word for word, because some things are better left untouched.


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The Leading Contenders to Win the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe

​Football is a team game. Every player wants to get their hands on a Champions League or World Cup trophy.

But that’s not to say that there aren’t some individual awards up for grabs, and one of the most coveted individual prizes of all is the European Golden Shoe – a trophy presented to Europe’s master marksman who ends the season as the leading goal scorer across Europe.

Lionel Messi (of course) has held the trophy for the last three seasons, but after starting the season with injury, it has given the chance to several other players to stake their claim.

Let’s have a look at the players currently leading the rankings for the European Golden Shoe.


Erik Sorga

Goals: 27

Points: 27

Chances are, you haven’t heard of this man. Chances are, he’s not going to win it. Despite sitting at the top of the current Golden Shoe standings, Sorga’s season comes to an end in four games.

Sorga plays in the Estonia, and with a league title heading his way, he will be delighted with his year’s work. Scoring anywhere around 30 goals in a league campaign is some feat, regardless of what calibre the competition is.

However, due to the low factoring the country holds, his 27 goals have only resulted in 27 points. This means as long as someone in the big leagues surpasses 13 goals – which should be relatively simple – he won’t be taking home the European Golden Shoe this year.

Great effort though.


Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

Goals: 11

Points: 22

The Bayern hitman has started the season like a house on fire, and is the current favourite to go on and pick up the Golden Shoe award.

He may be 31, but the Pole is seemingly just getting better and better with age, and his performance in the Champions League against ​Spurs was nothing short of sensational.

If he continues this rich vein of form, Lewandowski could end the season as Europe’s finest goalscorer.


Ilia Shkurin & Muamer Tankovic

Muamer Tankovic

Goals: 14

Points: 21

Two more players who are having fantastic seasons, but have little chance of winning the Golden Shoe award due to their campaigns coming to an end soon.

A special shout out for Tankovic though. The Swede plays on the wing for Hammarby IF, so the fact that he finds himself towards the top of the standings illustrates just how incredible a season he’s had. 


Vitalii Kvashuk, Robin Soder & Mohamed Buya Turay

Robin Soder

Goals: 12

Points: 18

Who, you may ask? Who…is the right question. They’re not winning it either with their seasons  ending soon.

Yes, don’t worry, we will get to the likes of Sergio Aguero in a bit.


Torgeir Borven

Dutch Eredivisie - "FC Twente v Excelsior Rotterdam"

Goals: 17

Points:17

Who, you may ask? Who… eh you get the idea.

Last one, I promise.


Erling Haaland, Shon Weissman, Jordan Larsson, Pavel Nekhajchik, Carlos Strandberg, Nikola Djurdjic & Markus Rosenberg

Erling Haaland

Goals: 11

Points: 16.5

Among these seven names, we have two more genuine contenders to try and compete with Lewandowski. Erling Haaland and Shon Weissman both play in the Austrian Bundesliga, and have started the season as prolifically as the Bayern Munich man, with 11 goals in nine games.

Haaland has also been the talk of the town of late. The Leeds-born striker simply cannot stop scoring for Red Bull Salzburg, and has even taken the Champions League by storm. With four goals in two games in Europe’s elite competition, the 19-year-old is interesting a whole host of clubs, including Chelsea and ​Manchester United.

The pair will need to continue scoring at a phenomenal rate to cause a shock and win the Golden Shoe.


Sergio Aguero & Tammy Abraham

Sergio Aguero

Goals: 8

Points: 16

Tammy Abraham has impressed since becoming a regular starter for ​Chelsea, and is currently at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot standings alongside Sergio Aguero.

However, despite his stunning form, chances are it will ease off a bit as the season goes on, especially playing in a young team still trying to find its feet in the top flight. 

It’s a different story for ​Aguero though. The Manchester City striker – as long as he keeps fit – is bound to be right up there when the season ends, and has years of goalscoring experience under his belt. In a team with so much attacking fire power, he could easily score 25+ goals, making him one of the favourites to grab the crown.


The Ones You Just Can’t Rule Out

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Despite not making the list, ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is undoubtedly one of the men to watch. With six goals to his name already, the pacy striker will continue to find the back of the net on a regular basis, especially with Alexandre Lacazette set to return soon.

Harry Kane is also always someone to keep an eye on, but in a struggling Spurs side, he is finding it hard to get many chances to tuck away.

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has also picked up after a slow start to the season, and with Messi back in the side, you can guarantee that he is going to start finding the back of the net more regularly.

Finally, ​Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s hard to rule the legendary forward out of any goalscoring race, but can he consistently find the net at the age of 34 from a wider position? Only time will tell.


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90min’s Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2006

The 90min Premier League Hall of Fame is here it is now time for the Class of 2006 after the first set of inductees were revealed in the ​Class of 2005.

How does it work? The rules are simple and you can find them here from Sean Walsh, but the basic premise is that players can only become eligible a minimum of four years after retirement.

The latest batch of inductees includes Lee Dixon, Gary McAllister, David Ginola, Chris Waddle, Tony Adams and Mark Hughes, all legends in their own right.


Lee Dixon

Arsenal v Sunderland

​Premier League Club Years Played​
​Arsenal ​1992 – 2002

Famed as a member of the Arsenal ‘back five’, Lee Dixon was a mainstay of the Gunners’ side for the first nine seasons of the Premier League era, walking away on a high with two Premier League/FA Cup doubles by the time he hung up his boots in 2002.

Dixon had earlier won two First Division titles and was remarkably playing third tier football for Bury just three years before the first of those, and in the fourth for Chester a year before that.

He was always an intelligent player, something that has translated to his post-football career as a pundit, and was as an attacking full-back as much as a defensive one. A testament to his lasting quality was an England call-up at the age of 34 in 1999, nearly six years after his last.


Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister, Robbie Savage

​Premier League Clubs Years Played
Leeds United​ 1992 – 1996​
Coventry City​ 1996 – 2000​
Liverpool​ 2000 – 2002​

Few Liverpool fans expected anything from Gary McAllister when he wound up at Anfield as a free agent soon to be 36 years of age. But in two years on Merseyside, the Scot cemented his place as a cult legend, having already been a fine Premier League player for close to a decade.

It is McAllister’s role in Liverpool’s 2000/01 cup treble winning season that stand out, but he specifically played a key role in helping the Reds qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the days of the old European Cup in the 1980s.

Earlier, McAllister was a Leeds and Coventry player. His reputation was such that the latter paid a sizeable £3m for his services in 1996 when he was already 31. Coventry had typically been a struggling team, but McAllister led a side that finished as high as 11th in 1997/98.


David Ginola

Portrait of David Ginola

Premier League Clubs Years Played
Newcastle United​ 1995 – 1997​
Tottenham Hotspur​ 1997 – 2000​
Aston Villa​ 2000 – 2002​
Everton​ 2002​

David Ginola was one of the very first overseas stars to win PFA Players’ Player of the Year, doing so during the 1998/99 season and also scooping the FWA Footballer of the Year award – his Gallic flair put him ahead of any of Manchester United’s treble winners.

A star at Paris Saint-Germain back home, Ginola had made his name in England with Newcastle as part of a scintillating side assembled by Kevin Keegan, but it was at Tottenham that the French winger was at the peak of his powers in the Premier League.

Later spells at Aston Villa and Everton are far less memorable from a general footballing perspective, yet a shirt-less goal celebration during his Villa days, showing off a toned physique to answer his critics, remains an enduring image in the annals of Premier League history.


Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle,Jean-Claude Pagal

​Premier League Club Years Played​
​Sheffield Wednesday 1992 – 1996​

Chris Waddle is famous for his pre-Premier League spells at Newcastle and Tottenham, his starring role for England in the late 1980s and the 1990 World Cup, his mullet and his successful stint overseas with Marseille, but he is also a Premier League legend.

By the time the post-1992 era arrived, the majestic Waddle was approaching the final years of his career, but he still had time for an Indian summer with Sheffield Wednesday.

Having returned from France aged 31, the attacking midfielder showed he was still among the most gifted players in England and finished the inaugural 1992/93 Premier League campaign as the esteemed FWA Footballer of the Year. In January 1995, he was also Player of the Month.


Tony Adams

Tony Adams of Arsenal

Premier League Club​ Years Played
Arsenal​ 1992 – 2002​

Tony Adams was given the perfect send-off when he lifted the Premier League and FA Cup trophies in 2001/02, his second domestic double as Arsenal captain in a four-year period at the end of his lengthy career spent entirely with the Gunners.

Adams remarkably captained Arsenal to league titles in three different decades – the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s – having already enjoyed one triumph before the Premier League era began.

The former England skipper, revered as one of the country’s greatest defenders, famously battled with alcoholism. But the behind the scenes revolution that Arsene Wenger began in 1996 proved to be crucial for Adams, arguably extending his career by several years.


Mark Hughes

MAN UTD V ARSENAL

​Premier League Clubs Years Played
Manchester United​ 1992 – 1995​
Chelsea​ 1995 – 1998​
Southampton​ 1998 – 2000​
Everton​ 2000​
Blackburn Rovers​ 2001 – 2002​

Leading the line for Manchester United, Mark Hughes scored 27 Premier League goals in the first two seasons of the modern era, without which the club would likely not have won the back-to-back titles that kicked off an era of dominance that ultimately lasted for two decades.

These days, Hughes is perhaps more widely known to a younger audience as a manager with mixed success, yet there was a time when he was lauded as one of the most feared forwards in England, capable of the truly spectacular, while never ignoring raw brute strength.

Despite leaving Old Trafford at the age of 31, he played in the Premier League for another seven years at Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and Blackburn. His time at Chelsea in particular coincided with the club’s resurgence back towards the top of the English game.


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