Nothing in football is as beautiful as watching/playing the game under the floodlights. The intensity, enthusiasm and passion that fans and players showcase in a midweek fixture are second to none.
Either it is the Champions League, league fixtures or cup competitions, midweek fixtures always deliver. And last night was no different. With the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all in action, it was a perfect setup to stay awake and miss the office the next morning.
Here is your roundup of all the key moments from last night.1. One-Sided El Clasico
Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have been nothing but a shadow of the side that won three Champions League titles in a row. In an already disastrous season, this was Los Blancos' chance to register a win against their arch-rivals Barcelona and save their season. After being sounded out of the race of La Liga title and deemed not good enough to go all the way in Champions league, this was Madrid's chance to at least win one trophy this season, but Luis Suarez had different plans.
i love Real Madrid but this Suarez penalty thoughð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/Vjpz7DG8Vw— Napoleon Bonaparte (@VusiLesego) February 28, 2019
It was all going well for Real Madrid. They were ahead in the tie with an away goal and just needed to keep calm. But it was Suarez who turned into a 'Super Saiyan', scoring two of the three Barcelona goals and turning the scores of El Clasico's win to 95 each.February 27, 2019 2) Chelsea's Revival
After some torrid weeks, Chelsea vs Tottenham is not the exact match that any Chelsea fan would've wanted to get their team back on track. Losing 6-0 to Manchester City, 2-0 to Manchester United, 4-3 on penalties in the League Cup final plus the whole Kepa fiasco, this London Derby seemed like a walk in the park for Spurs.
He may be inconsistent, old, and frustrating at times
But you cannot deny this guy will put 120% effort and determination into every game he plays for this club. Not to mention still pop up with classy and important goals.
Class act pic.twitter.com/h37OGaMi3K
However, Spurs being Spurs, bottled it. With scores at 0-0, Pedro decided to get on his bike and slotted a beautifully lofted pass by Azpilicueta past Lloris. If that was not enough, Kieran Trippier stepped up and did the most Spurs thing ever. We still cannot wrap our heads around it.
Trippier's own goal with his World Cup goal commentary! ððpic.twitter.com/jyeVONn4Sd— Talha (@talhaj04) February 28, 2019 3) Gunning For North London Derby
In a routine 5-1 victory over Bournemouth, Arsenal's quality was on point. With Mesut Ozil finally getting his chance in the first team it was a fun ride for the Gunners. What stole the show was Ozil's chip over Bournemouth keeper, Artur Boruc. Play. Repeat. Play. Repeat.February 28, 2019 4) Liverpool Smelling The Title
After a stalemate at Old Trafford, Liverpool was back to its real self when they faced Watford. Beating the Hornets 5-0, it was Liverpool's defenders who enjoyed the evening the most. 2 assists each from Alexander Arnold and Robertson, a brace from Van Dijk plus a clean sheet, made for a perfect evening at Anfield. However, it was Sadio Mane's backheel which stole the thunder with his amazing back heel.
Get yourself defenders that do both ðªpic.twitter.com/UgvLA9SGez— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 27, 2019
The Senegalese striker has already matched his best return for Liverpool and is hitting the form at the right time.
Mane with a filthy backheel pic.twitter.com/JT0rp9I16x— Damian (@AIisson13) February 27, 2019 5) Lukaku's Reminder
Manchester United seldom have it easy at Palace and this was another South London slog, thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a late strike from winger turned right-back, Ashley Young. This game marked a comeback for Lukaku on the scoring sheet, as the 'Big Belgian' scored for the first time in nine appearances, reminding haters that he still has a career at United.