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Over the past couple of days there has been 7 Premier League games, but I will talk about my top three.

First I think the 5-goal thriller between Crystal Palace and Chelsea was definitely one of the best games, with Chelsea coming out on top 3-2 even after Wilfried Zaha scored a stunner from outside the box.

Next was the close 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Leicester, Aubameyang scoring first with a goal in the 24th minute and then Jamie Vardy pulling one back late in the 84th minute. It was a draw neither side would have wanted as both teams are fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League.

The final game was between Manchester City and Newcastle, City thrashing their opponents and winning 5-0, with goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Federico Fernandez, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling.

With only a couple of weeks left until the end of the season, who will take the remaining Champions League spots after Liverpool secured the title?

La Liga is back to add to the many sports coming back from the lockdown, and there have been quite a few amazing games to report on. The first game to start under the new rules of no spectators was the game between Sevilla and Real Betis, which ended in a 2-0 win in favour of Sevilla.

Another big game that week was Barcelona’s big 4-0 win over Mallorca, with the star Lionel Messi scoring in injury time to prove how good he really is. The next game after that ended in a draw, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao unable to get more than 1 goal each.

Next was Real Madrid securing a 3-1 win over Eibar, the goals scored by Toni Kroos, Marcelo, and Sergio Ramos. One of the most recent games went down to the wire, with the final score 2-2 between Real Betis and Granada, goals coming in the 85th, 88th, and 91st minute.

NRL is officially back! The 3rd week of the season resumed last week and our own New Zealand Warriors got a winning start with a 18-0 victory over the Illawara Dragons.

The only draw of the week was between the Panthers and the Knights, the final score 14-14.

Another great match was the Parramata Eels thrashing the Brisbane Broncos 34-6. A match with a similar point difference was the Queensland Cowboys destroying the Gold Coast Titans 36-6 in their home stadium.

One of the big games of the week was the Sydney Derby which ended with the Roosters beating the Rabbitohs 28-12. The last game of the week was the Sea Eagles securing a 32-6 win over the Bulldogs.

Top of the table right now are the Parramatta Eels, but only three weeks in, the leader is sure to change.

With coronavirus cases lowering in the last few weeks, many countries have eased restrictions and luckily Germany are back into their football season. The second week had loads more matches with amazing goals, comebacks and more.

One of the best games was definitely Bayern Munich’s 5-2 thrashing of Frankfurt, Robert Lewandowski scoring yet again to assist his team to the win. Another great game was RB Leipzig destroying Mainz 5-0 with the star Timo Werner scoring a hat-trick, his three goals carrying his team to the victory.

The big match of the week was the matchup between the top 2, Dortmund and Bayern Munich. It ended in a 1-0 win for Munich but the game was very close with Dortmund denied a clear penalty. Premier League to return next month with the date undecided.

Two months with no football, except for the low-quality Belarusian Premier League, but now the Bundesliga is back.

A few days ago the season resumed, albeit with no fans and support. I’ll highlight the best 4 games of this week’s matches.

In 4th place, I think Bayern’s win against Union Berlin was a show of some of the league’s best players, with the leaders easing past their opponents with a 2-0 win. In 3rd I think Wolfsburg’s 2-0 win was a great match with a 91st minute goal from Daniel Ginczek sealing the win.

The 2nd best game of the week was Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen, with Kai Havertz scoring two goals to help his team to a win.

The best game of the week was Dortmund showing how good they are with a 4-0 win, Raphael Guerreiro scoring twice.

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.