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Man City's Cup Shocker and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

Man City's Cup Shocker and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    Wigan will hold onto their FA Cup trophy for a little longer as they pulled off a shocking victory over Manchester City—the second consecutive time they have managed such a feat at the tail end of the competition.

    Elsewhere this weekend, there was jubilation at the Emirates as Mesut Ozil found his feet once again, Chelsea opened up a lead at the top of the Premier League, Barcelona suffered a loss to a relegation candidate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic "Zlataned" yet another team and Bayern Munich scored an inordinate amount of goals again.

    Read on for some of the best goals and performances of the weekend...  

Samuel Eto'o Held the Blue Flag High over Spurs

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    With Liverpool out of action and Arsenal and Manchester City occupied with the FA Cup, Chelsea took their chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a rousing 4-0 victory over Tottenham.

    Spurs last managed a win at the Bridge in February 1990, but that is little excuse for their second-half capitulation, in which Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba all found the net. 

    Eto'o put in a magnificent display, but there were also noteworthy performances from Eden Hazard and a resilient Nemanja Matic. 

    Jose Mourinho was typically frank in his post-match interview, as quoted by The Guardian: "After the first, complete control. Easy: easy to pass, easy to control, easy for our supporters to enjoy, easy for me to be calm."

    Spurs are now four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have three games in hand.   

Mesut Ozil Got His Groove Back

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    Arsenal have booked a trip to Wembley after overcoming Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday. They will now face Wigan in the semi and either Hull or Sheffield United in the final, in what will surely be their best chance of obtaining silverware this season.

    The 4-1 victory was closer than the scoreline suggests, but the game was most notable for a standout performance from Mesut Ozil.

    After suffering criticism in recent weeks—and even jeers from home fans while playing for the German national team this week—Ozil appeared to fully regain his confidence in a rousing first-half performance.

    The German opened the scoring in the seventh minute and set up the Gunners' fourth goal in the 85th minute. 

    After the game, The Guardian quoted Arsene Wenger saying "He looked physically regenerated."

    Wenger also insisted that his side were in the right frame of mind to overcome the 2-0 deficit in their Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich on Tuesday (as per The BBC). As you will see later in this round-up, a positive frame of mind might not be enough... 

Manchester City Lost to Wigan...Again

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    They say that lightning doesn't strike twice, but Wigan fans might disagree. 

    After losing to the Latics in the FA Cup Final last season, Manchester City were felled by the Championship side on Sunday at Eastlands. 

    The turning point of the match was yet another error from Martin Demichelis, who clumsily brought down Marc-Antoine Fortune to concede a penalty. Two minutes into the second half, Wigan had doubled their lead through James Perch, and a Samir Nasri consolation was not enough to get the Citizens back into the game. 

    The only silver lining for home fans was that the young Latics side are managed by City club legend Uwe Rosler, who received an ovation from both sets of fans at the start of the game.

    Perhaps City had one eye on this week's clash with Barcelona, where Demichelis' selection will once again fall into the spotlight. 

     

Steven Caulker Saved the Day for Cardiff

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    One of the most tantalising Premier League fixtures of the weekend was Fulham's visit to Cardiff: Both teams were coming off of losses last week, both have changed managers since they last met and both desperately needed to pull out of the relegation zone. 

    Cardiff turned the game into a vital six-pointer with a spirited 3-1 win. The star of the show was centre-back Steven Caulker, whose goal near the half-way mark ended a 400-minute scoring drought for the Bluebirds.  

    According to WhoScored.com, Caulker also contributed 12 effective clearances and two interceptions. With this performance, he may have taken a step toward a place on England's plane to Brazil.  

Barcelona's Grasp on La Liga Loosened

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    What goes up must come down.

    Barcelona have been a dominant force for many years, but the Catalan crown appears to be slipping as they metaphorically hand over the title of "world's greatest team" to Bayern Munich.

    The Blaugrana suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to relegation candidates Valladolid on Saturday, with the likes of Leo Messi and Neymar unable to convert their chances.

    After victories for both Madrid sides, Barca now find themselves four points off the pace in the La Liga title race with 11 games remaining.

    "We lacked what makes us Barca: good elaboration in our build-up, finding spaces, breaking through on the wings and having depth," said manager Tato Martino to the BBC 

     

Bayern Munich Are Still Unstoppable

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    Bayern Munich's terrifyingly unstoppable machine claimed another victim this weekend in the form of outside Champions League contenders VfL Wolfsburg.

    Die Roten came out 6-1 winners at the Volkswagen Arena, earning a record 16th consecutive Bundesliga win.

    Five of the goals came in the last half an hour, including braces for the in-form Mario Mandzukic and a superb Thomas Muller.

    Bayern have now scored 19 goals in their last four league games. Best of luck with that Champions League fightback, Arsenal.  

     

Sebastian Kehl Scored a Bundesliga Beauty

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    Borussia Dortmund may be 20 points behind their Bavarian rivals, but they notched up a win on the road in Freiburg on Sunday courtesy of a beautiful curling goal from Sebastian Kehl. 

    It was the only goal of the game and Kehl's only goal of the campaign, but it was easily one of the most impressive strikes of the weekend. 

     

Bastia Were Thoroughly Zlataned by PSG

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    Paris Saint-Germain extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to eight points thanks to a 3-0 win at Bastia.

    As usual, the star of the show was The Mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who opened the scoring with a powerful header in the sixth minute. This was PSG's 100th goal of the season and Ibra's 38th goal in as many games.

    After scoring, the Swedish striker then showed his class by setting up Ezequiel Lavezzi's first goal with an acrobatic flick-on. The move was so Zlatan that it should probably bear his name, like the Cruyff turn or the Panenka.  

     

     

     

Hisato Sato Scored Another Bobby Dazzler in Japan

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    Let's finish today with a J-League golazo from Saturday.

    Sanfrecce Hiroshima's 31-year-old striker Hisato Sato helped his side defeat Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 with a stunning volley from outside the box. Not only did he tee himself up for the strike, but he was facing away from goal when he did so. 

    As you can see from this clip from last October, Sato has form for scoring ridiculously good goals. 

     

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