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Updated: August 19, 2013

Spirited Barcelona vaunt massive triumph over shy Levante


The recently held Camp Nou duel created two stories: on one hand, Barcelona (Barça) soared with a seven-goal streak to give them the most glorious crown for the match; on another hand, Levante (Granotes) made a meek bow to their rivals after leaving the pitch heartbroken and empty-handed. Supporters who bet online for their respective favorites were absolutely astonished with how the battle turned out.


Within the opening 45 minutes, Barça commanded the match with a massive punching of the net. They defended their top-position title with six clean goals. This did not accentuate the obvious victory yet, as the final tally posted a 7-0 result. Granotes were not able to outdo the performances of Messi and his other esteemed teammates, proving that a powerhouse ensemble is pivotal to a team’s sure-win fixture.


Last-second free kick saves Nürnberg from Hertha’s thrashing


In a bid to make the most out of the last remaining seconds, Nürnberg (Der Club) astoundingly sent a near dead-end goal to draw with Hertha Berlin (Die Alte Dame) 2-2. Hiroshi Kiyotake, playing for home Der Club, excellently took a free kick outside of the Hertha penalty area and saved his side from potential pounding of the opponents.


Nürnberg’s Josip Drmic gave his team the lead 1-0 just before halftime, but Die Alte Dame’s Sami Allagui found an equalizer in the 60th minute. A penalty goal in the 79th minute gave Hertha the higher advantage 2-1, thanks to Raffael’s timely strike. With a drastic and unexpected turn of events, Nürnberg were able to avoid forfeiture shortly before the match’s conclusion. Kiyotake stepped up and struck the ball to hit the back of the net. Hence, the match ended in a draw.


Swansea fall prey to Manchester United’s killer claws


Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes should have been crazy ecstatic with how his side kicked off the Premier League with a bang. Manchester City were again in their most impressive guise after accumulating the best crumbs of the match between them and Michael Laudrup’s men 4-1. Swansea, despite having less pressure than their five-championship winning opponents, were soaked up to a mediocre finish.


Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck secured two goals apiece for their side after the half-hour. Persie fired the first goal in the 34th minute, which was shortly followed by Welbeck’s. In the 72nd minute, Persie made his second goal for his team while Swansea’s Wilfried Bony delivered his side’s first and only goal. Welbeck’s second goal came in toward the conclusion of the tourney.



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