In what was another absorbing round of football, Colossal’s talents earned more minutes under their belts as all of our players appeared for their respective teams this past weekend.
The major talking point was Albert and his Real Salt Lake side, who have confirmed their place in the Major League Soccer play-offs with one more regular season game to spare. Meanwhile, Raheem’s return to Premier League action for Man City could only mean one thing – more goals!
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Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 583
Total Appearances: 9
Player of the Week: Albert Rusnak
• Real Salt Lake reach MLS play-offs, defeating Houston Dynamo 2-1 at home
• Albert has contributed with 10 goals and three assists so far this season
• Real Salt Lake are fifth in the Western conference with one more match to play
As the final whistle blew in Real Salt Lake’s 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo, a sigh of relief and excitement hurdled around the Rio Tinto stadium as Albert’s side reached the MLS play-offs.
Albert has been idolised by the club’s fans and teammates alike, with the Slovakia international’s attitude and experience being called upon throughout the regular season.
Heading into the final regular season match, a home fixture in the first round of the play-offs is still at stake as Salt Lake travel to the Vancouver Rapids on Sunday.
• Alex was rested in Liverpool’s 1-0 away victory to Sheffield United
• Alex came on deep into extra-time having started in midweek win against MK Dons
• Liverpool still remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League table
Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season continued in the slender 1-0 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Alex was brought on in the final minute in the early Saturday kick-off in order to ensure the three points were heading to the league leaders.
Despite this sporadic appearance, Alex has a good chance of starting in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League clash against Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday.
Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale
• Both Cody and Martell played entirety of the 4-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough
• At 3-1 down, Martell unfortunately hit the post from a Cody pass
• Fulham are currently ninth in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table
After being on the right side of an exciting 5-4 thriller against Reading last week, Fulham U23s couldn’t continue their winning mojo in a 4-2 home loss to Middlesbrough on Friday.
Martell and Cody both produced spirited displays in the defeat as they combined only to hit the woodwork, preventing the two from a respective goal and assist.
The duo’s efforts sadly came to no avail with Boro running away to a vital win, which sees Fulham drop back down to ninth in Premier League 2 Division 2.
• David completed full 90 minutes in Crawley Town’s 3-2 home loss to Walsall
• It was a tough day at the office for David, who picked up a booking in the defeat
• Crawley are now two points behind Sky Bet League Two play-off cut in 10th place
Crawley Town sadly spurned the chance of moving inside the play-off zone after Walsall edged their way to a 3-2 away victory on Saturday.
Trailing 3-1 at half-time, David and his teammates put everything on the line, but Gabriele Cioffi’s side could only produce an extra-time consolation goal.
After showing superb form in the last month, including reaching the last 16 of the Carabao Cup, this setback shouldn’t phase David and the Red Devils going forward.
• Kasey featured in six-goal thriller in 3-3 draw away to Preston North End
• The advanced midfielder was taken off in the 64 minute with Bristol City 3-2 up
• Robins are a point outside Sky Bet Championship play-offs after Preston’s equaliser
Like David, Kasey will also be ruing the opportunity to move Bristol City into the play-off spots as the Lee Johnson’s side were pulled back twice in the 3-3 leveler at Preston.
Kasey came off with the visitors in the ascendancy leading 3-2, but six minutes after his substitution, Preston equalised to earn a point at Deepdale.
Kasey will be in midweek action on Wednesday, traveling to the capital to face Brentford at Griffin Park as Bristol City aim to return to winning ways.
• Marvin played 74 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 4-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday
• The winger has started in Boro’s last three matches under Jonathan Woodgate
• Middlesbrough drop to 19th in Sky Bet Championship table after home defeat
The pressure couldn’t be any higher on Marvin and Middlesbrough, with Jonathan Woodgate’s team sliding to 19th place in the Championship.
It’s back to the drawing board for Boro after a shock 4-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, which saw Marvin play the majority of the match.
Middlesbrough have the chance to respond quickly to this latest setback, hosting Preston on Tuesday, another game that Marvin is likely to feature in.
• Raheem scores his sixth Premier League goal of the season in 3-1 victory at Everton
• Raheem came off with six minutes remaining as Man City cruised to routine win
• City remain second in the table, five points behind leaders Liverpool
After being rested in Manchester City 8-0 thrashing of Watford last week, Raheem was on hand this weekend to steer Pep Guardiola’s side to another win in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old’s strike that was adjudged to have crossed the line as City secured an important win against Everton at Goodison Park.
The result still sees City in second behind Liverpool but Raheem is certainly making his presence known in the bid to cut the five point deficit against his former club.
• FC Augsburg succumbed to 3-0 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday
• Reece received his first start of the current campaign, playing the full 90 minutes
• Augsburg are 13th in the Bundesliga, two points above the relegation zone
Reece completed 90 minutes for the first time this season despite Bayer Leverkusen beating his Augsburg side 3-0.
The energetic and technical efforts the Englishman produced in the loss unfortunately wasn’t enough to contain their impressive opponents.
Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Borussia Monchengladbach, there’s little breathing space for Reece and Augsburg in their quest to spring away from the Bundesliga’s bottom three.