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There is almost no sport to watch at the moment. Anyone who loves football, cricket, tennis, hockey, and more, have nothing to watch for at least another 3 months. Though there is some sport still going on, and if you love watching the NRL, or A-League football, you are in luck.

The Warriors have decided to stay in Australia to play the season out, although they said that if circumstances change they may have to come back to NZ. A-League football is also going ahead, but the Phoenix have had their next game postponed as they have to isolate themselves for 14 days, the new rule when entering NZ. Their next game is on the 4th of April against Adelaide United, being played in Wellington.

Coronavirus has also had a big effect on money in sports, and many football clubs have lost millions of dollars, and some even, like Manchester United, have lost close to a billion.

For all sport-lovers, it is going to be a boring next few months.

The UCL and Europa League was back on this week, the UCL in the Round of 16 second legs, and the Europa League in the first leg stage. I’ll only talk about the best matches in these tournaments since overall there were 10 matches. I’d also like to know, if you do support a club, who do you support?

In the Europa League, Man United destroyed Austrian club Lask 5-0, some stunning goals from Odion Ighalo and Andreas Pereira the highlights. Another big game was a close game between Wolves and Olympiacos, a 1-1 draw even though Olympiacos had to survive most of the game with 10 men after a red card sent off one of their defenders.

In the Champions League, the big game was between Atletico and Liverpool, a massive upset with Atletico scoring 3 goals in extra-time to win the tie and knock out the Champions from last year.

I’m sure most Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, United, and City fans are very happy with their rival club losing. Even if Liverpool are dominating the Premier League.

This week included some great matches including comebacks, upsets, and more.

The first match was on Saturday between Leicester and Norwich, Norwich beating the top 4 side 1-0 in a close game.

Another few exciting games was Chelsea vs Bournemouth, which ended 2-2 with Marcos Alonso scoring late to get a point for his team.

The big upset was finally, Liverpool losing in the Premier League! Watford played brilliantly and beat the leaders 3-0 to end Liverpool’s unbeaten streak.

The last game of the week was a great game, with Wolves beating Tottenham 3-2 in a great game to go up to 6th in the table, equal with Man United in 5th.

Next week are the second legs of the Champions League, and we can see who progresses into the quarter-finals.

Finally, after the 2 month break, the Champions League is back.

On Wednesday the first matches in the Round of 16 took place. First was Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, and it was the one of the few matches Liverpool have lost the entire season. Madrid made a quick start with a goal in the 5 minute, and held on for the rest of the game to win 1-0.

The second match on Wednesday was Dortmund beating PSG 2-1, once again new signing 21 year-old Erling Haaland scoring a double to win the game for Dortmund. On Thursday, another game was Atalanta vs Valencia, Atalanta stunning Valencia 4-1, even though they were behind on the shots count.

The last game on Thursday was Tottenham losing to RB Leipzig 1-0, the star Timo Werner putting away a penalty for his team Leipzig to score the only goal of the game. Next Wednesday and Thursday are another 4 matches, including Real Madrid vs Man City, and also Chelsea vs Bayern.

The A-League season started months ago, so this update is to cover all games. The Phoenix, under their new coach Ufuk Talay, have played brilliantly over the course of the season. Even with many of their best players leaving last year including Sarpreet SIngh and Roy Krishna.

They are 4th in the table, with 7 wins, 3 draws, and 6 losses giving them 24 points. In their 3 last games, they lost to Brisbane Roar 1-0, beat the Newcastle Jets 2-1, and lost to third placed side Perth Glory 4-2.

The Phoenix are also 1 of only 2 teams to take a point or more away for Sydney FC, the leading club. They are the only New Zealand club in the A-League, and I’m sure you will enjoy their matches if you watch them.

Another round of Champions League football has arrived the past few days, but since there were more than 16 games, I will tell you about the best three. In third place, I think the 2-2 draw between Real Madrid and PSG was a great game, with PSG scoring two late goals to level and denying Real the win.

In second place, I liked the 4-2 win for Tottenham over Olympiacos, being Jose Mourinho’s second game in charge and a great win for Tottenham to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

And the best game of all, I loved Bayern’s 6-0 thrashing of Crvena Zvezda, Robert Lewandowski setting a record with his 4 goals in 14 minutes to help Bayern top their group. Did you watch any of these matches? If you did, what did you think about them?

Most kids have heard of the two youtube megastars, KSI, from England, and Logan Paul, from the USA. So you can imagine that a boxing match between them would gain attention from all across the world.

More than 10 million people watched the famous rematch between the two stars, and it didn’t disappoint. Logan was sent to the ground in the third round, but Ksi was dropped to the floor by an uppercut that shocked the crowd.

KSI won the fight after 6 three minute rounds, but only because of 2 illegal punches by Paul in the aftermath of the uppercut. If you watched the fight, who do you think deserved to win? The two stars share 40 million youtube subscribers between them, and you can only expect that to rise.

It was a very exciting weekend of Premier League action, so I will talk about the best games of the week, that had the most goals, most controversy, and most late drama.

In 3rd pace, I think that the match between Everton and Brighton was outstanding, which ended 3-2. Brighton got lucky with a 94th minute Lucas Digne own goal, and they were also down 2-1 with 10 minutes to go.

In 2nd Man City showed their class with a 3-0 win over Burnley, although they were down to 10 men for a few minutes after Fernandinho was red-carded.

My favourite match was the record-equalling 9-0 win that started the weekend. Leicester City annihilated Southampton by 9 goals, after Southampton player Ryan Bertrand was red-carded in the 12th minute.

So overall a fantastic weekend of football, and I hope next week is the same!

Spark Sport has gotten bigger and bigger the past few months. Sky has been the main broadcaster of sports in NZ the past 20 years, but recently new company Spark Sport has bought the rights off Sky for many events, such as the Rugby World Cup, Blackcaps matches, WTA Tennis, NBA, Premier League Football, Hockey, Formula Racing and a few others.

Premier League Football was a big addition to Spark Sport, and the main reason that people have switched to Spark instead of Sky. Just last week Spark secured the rights for the Blackcaps matches in New Zealand, though Sky made a big move by securing the rights to all domestic rugby, such as Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup.

Although Spark is securing the rights to the most favoured sports in NZ, thousands of people were left disappointed after an All Blacks World Cup game had a stream failure and it had to be changed to TVNZ. So, do you think Spark Sport will become the main sport broadcaster in NZ? Or will Sky prove that 20 years of experience can keep them at the top?

The second gameweek of this season’s Champions League started on Wednesday, and the top sides around Europe were competing. The first match was Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk beating Serie A team Atalanta 2-1, with a 95th minute goal to earn 3 points.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is tackled by Tom Trybull of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Next was Real Madrid sharing the points against Club Brugge in a 2-2 draw, and Manchester City easing past Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb with a 2-0 win. There were a lot of other matches, but out of them all my two favourites were Bayern Munich’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham with Serge Gnabry scoring 4 times, and Liverpool edging Red Bull 4-3 at home.

Barcelona came away with a win, beating Inter Milan 2-1 after a late goal by Luis Suarez got them all three points. This season looks to be very interesting, as many big teams are struggling in their respective leagues, but who will win the biggest league of them all?