Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Red Devils postpone City’s title win
Manchester United staged a dramatic comeback in their derby clash with champions elect Manchester City on Saturday, fighting back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Etihad and deny City the Premier League title. City bossed the first-half and led through goals from captain Vincent Kompany, who headed the opener after 25-minutes and Ilkay Gundogan, whose skilful improvisation doubled the lead 5-minutes later. The Citizens will have to wait to call themselves champions however, as Paul Pogba scored twice just minutes apart shortly into the second-half and Chris Smalling got on the end of Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick to complete the turnaround with 20-minutes left on the clock. Next up City will host Liverpool for the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday and United host bottom of the table West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday.
2 – Millwall extend unbeaten run
Millwall extended their impressive unbeaten run in the Championship to 15 matches with a 2-0 home win over play-off hopefuls Bristol City on Saturday. Jed Wallace gave the home side the lead after 10-minutes play, which Steve Morison doubled shortly after the break. Picking up full points sees the Lions leap-frog Bristol City into 7th place, only 1-point behind Middlesbrough in the first of the play-off positions. Bristol City have won just 3 of their 16 league matches in 2018.
3 – Blackpool smash Bradford 5-0
Blackpool went into their League One clash with Bradford on Saturday winless in their last four matches and with one eye on a not too distant relegation zone. However, they trounced visiting Bradford 5-0 to alleviate some of their drop-zone fears with Nathan Delfouneso completing a hat-trick, Viv Solomon-Otabor skilfully beating two men before finding the net and Sean Longstaff putting away a free-ball to complete the rout with 10-minutes remaining.
4 – Grimsby win at last
Grimsby Town picked up a much needed 3-points after beating Chesterfield 1-0 at the weekend, putting one space between them and the drop zone and sending Chesterfield to the bottom of the pack. More importantly it was their first victory in 21-league games, their last win was against fellow strugglers Forest Green on the 9th of December. The Mariners have a crucial match against Barnet this weekend, who sit 5-points below in the first relegation spot.
5 – Barcelona equal unbeaten La Liga record
A Hat-trick from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Leganes on Saturday and equalled the 38-game unbeaten record in La Liga held by Real Sociedad, who completed the feat across the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 seasons. Barcelona won their final 7-games in La Liga last season and have yet to be beaten in 31 games in the Spanish top-flight this term. They’ll host Valencia in the league at the weekend but first they’ll take a trip to Roma for the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.