04 Aug THE WEEKEND UPDATE …
Arsenal seal 14th FA Cup win…
Arsenal landed their 14th FA Cup on Saturday, in a dominate display by Mikel Arteta’s men who went an early goal down to Chelsea in the fifth minute with a strike from close range by Christian Pulisic.
This goal then seemed to galvanise the Gunners which lead them to dominate possession and strike back in the 29th minute from the penalty spot, Azpilicueta the culprit bringing Aubameyang down in the box when through on goal.
Aubameyang then kept a cool head to calmly slot the ball home to the keepers left sending Caballero the wrong way.
Chelsea huffed and puffed making few real threats on the Arsenal goal having little effect, arguably Chelsea’s best attempt to get in front was a strike just wide from Pulisic at the start of the second half but that effort saw the American replaced by Pedro after what looked to be a problem with his hamstring.
Arsenal took the lead after the break when on 67 minutes Aubameyang was again on the score sheet, the Chelsea backline left space for Aubameyang to receive the ball, and that allowed him to easily dink his effort over Caballero to make it 2-1.
Chelsea afternoon got worse as Kovacic was sent off for a second booking, which on the face of it looked a little harsh by referee Anthony Taylor and round off a pretty miserable day out at Wembley for Frank Lampard and Chelsea.
This win for Arsenal cemented their nineteenth successive season in European football, a record that has only been surpassed by Real Madrid.
Chelsea now has to pick themselves up and go again when they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League this Saturday when they look to overturn a 3-0 defeat from the first leg.
Hamilton avoids last lap scare to make it a magnificent seven…
Lewis Hamilton escaped the last lap scare to make it seven British Grand Prix wins, more than any driver to take to the track.
Hamilton suffered a puncture on the final lap when pressed by Max Verstappen but just managed to hold on to the chequered flag, capping an incredible day for the history books.
Team-mate Valterri Bottas also had a puncture two laps prior which put pay to any points on the day for the Finn, dropping back to 11th.
Speaking to the media after the race Hamilton said “Until the last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing.
“The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard and I was doing some management of that tyre and he looked like he wasn’t doing any.
“When my tyre went, everything seemed fine, so I was thinking maybe it was OK. And then just down the straight it deflated.
Hamilton also spoke after the race about how the Silverstone anti-racism ceremony was a good step in the right direction. Teams and drivers displayed a better show of unity and support to end racism.
After branding events in Hungary “Embarrassing”, it was much more organized and coordinated and far from the disjointed and rushed efforts at Mogyoród.
So, with a dramatic end to the race, this is sure to have a major impact on the season ahead, as now Lewis Hamilton pulls 30 points clear of team-mate Bottas.
Bookies empty their pockets for Bigfoot followers…
What an incredible week it was at Goodwood if you were following Bigfoot tips.
Over the five days of the glorious meeting, we banked 12 winners and 11 placed runners including two winning naps.
Take a look at the results!!!
TOMORROWS DREAM ,WON
BATTLEGROUND (NAP) ,WON
SPACE BLUES, WON
A STAR ABOVE, PLACE
BEN MACDUI, PLACE
MISS JINGLES, WON
AL SALT, PLACED
FANCY BLUE. WON
VALERIA MESSALINA ,PLACED
CLIFFS OF CAPRI, PLACED
PABLO ESCOBARR (NAP) WON
KING RAGNAR, PLACED
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