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Filling the Void: Champions League football at its best

This match had it all.

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Filling the Void: Champions League football at its best

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Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch. 

Football, at its best, is exhilarating

I didn’t watch the sport growing up, but football (soccer) has been infused into my blood as an adult. Watching Spurs may be a labor of love at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The run they made in the Champions League in the 2018/2019 season is one I will never forget. They barely made it out of the group (an ever-growing cyclical tale). They faced a powerhouse from Germany (and this time, shut them down). Then they were to come up against fellow Premier League giant Manchester City.

The first leg of this tie went 1-0 to Spurs. Leg number two? One of the wildest and craziest matches I’ve ever watched. I left work (ah, the days of a steady job) to watch at a pub near my office. I was pretty much watching alone, even though the pub was full. If I remember correctly, a co-worker may have joined for a piece of the game, but I basically blacked out the game-day experience. I remember running to the bathroom after Sterling scored in injury time, and coming out to a VAR decision. Just…wild.

Watch the first 20 minutes of this match and tell me you don’t like soccer

Seriously, I dare you. It’s absolutely insane. Raheem Sterling scores within five minutes. Heung-min Son equalizes just three minutes later. Then he puts Spurs ahead three minutes after that. One minute later, Bernardo Silva equalizes for City. WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING!? Finally, 10 minutes go by before Sterling puts another one in the back of the net. This game was 3-2 after 21 minutes, and even after watching this a second time while knowing the score, my heart was PUMPING.

The MVPs of this game?

  1. Son
  2. Fernando Llorente’s waist
  3. Hugo Lloris’ hands
  4. VAR

The not-MVPs?

  1. Raheem Sterling. Ok, this isn’t actually fair. Sterling had a fantastic match. I just think he’s the biggest bitch in the Premier League and no player frustrates me more when watching them.
  2. Aymeric Laporte
  3. Leroy Sane. Mostly because he should have been on the pitch a lot earlier
  4. Moussa Sissoko’s groin

And, to think, I’d be going through this drama all over again in the semi-final

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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