Top 10 Matches from World Football in August
Club football returned to much of Europe in August, while in other parts of the world the schedules were already well underway.
From Brazilian derbies to Pacific coast showdowns to European cup competitions, fans were treated to upsets, goal-fests and old-fashioned wallopings, and over the next few slides we’ll highlight just a few of the best results.
Following are the top 10 matches from the month of August.
10. Portland Timbers 2-4 Seattle Sounders
The Cascadia rivalry between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders makes for one of the best derbies in Major League Soccer, and on August 24 fans at Providence Park were treated to a six-goal thriller.
Unfortunately for the home supporters, it was only the away section that ended up celebrating.
Obafemi Martins scored twice for Seattle en route to a 4-2 win over Portland, which helped Sounders complete the month of August atop the Western Conference standings.
9. Sao Paulo 2-1 Santos
Sao Paulo went into September in second place in the 2014 Brazilian Serie A, and a pair of derbies helped propel them up the standings.
First it was a 2-1 win away to promoted Palmeiras, but their biggest win of the month came on August 21 at home to Santos.
Midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso continued his good run of form with the opening goal in the 24th minute, and under-fire striker Alexandre Pato fired the winner in the 88th.
8. AC Milan 3-1 Lazio
It was another chaotic summer at AC Milan, so no doubt the Rossoneri were glad to finally actually get down to the business of playing Serie A football.
They’ll have been especially heartened with the win over Lazio—incoming manager Filippo Inzaghi’s first in charge of the club.
It took just seven minutes for Keisuke Honda to open the scoring for Milan, who also benefited from a 56th-minute Sulley Muntari strike and 64th-minute penalty from Jeremy Menez.
7. Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund enjoyed an ideal start to their 2014-15 campaign when they beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Super Cup.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on either side of the break as the hosts toppled their high-profile rivals, whose squad just happened to include former Dortmund players Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, who came on as a substitute.
6. Real Sociedad 4-2 Real Madrid
It looked as though Real Madrid were cruising to their second La Liga win of the season when Gareth Bale scored the European champions’ second goal against Real Sociedad inside the opening 11 minutes.
Then it all went pear-shaped.
Spain defender Inigo Martinez pulled one back for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, and David Zurutuza ensured the two sides would head back down the tunnel on level terms.
Zurutuza’s second of the night proved the winner for Sociedad, who also got an insurance marker from Carlos Vela with a quarter-hour remaining.
5. Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid
The Spanish Super Cup rested on a knife’s edge after the first leg at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu—a 1-1 draw.
As it turned out, Mario Mandzukic’s second-minute goal in the return leg proved the winner for Atletico, who were given the opportunity to celebrate in front of their home fans following a Champions League final defeat and Primera Division victory, which was secured at Barcelona.
4. Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Napoli
The new San Mames stadium—one of the finest theatres in all of football—will host Champions League group stage matches this season.
Following a 1-1 draw away to Napoli, Athletic Bilbao went behind on aggregate when Marek Hamsik gave the Italians the 2-1 advantage just after the restart in the second leg in Basque country.
But Artiz Aduriz replied with two goals in two minutes, and Ibai Gomez put the tie to bed in the 74th minute.
3. Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen
The 2014-15 Bundesliga season is only two rounds old, but already Bayer Leverkusen sit alone atop the table with six points.
Their first victory of the campaign came away to Borussia Dortmund, when Karim Bellarabi opened the scoring inside nine seconds—the fastest goal in the history of Germany’s top flight.
As it turned out, Leverkusen found the back of the net with both their first attempt of the game and their last.
In the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, Stefan Kiessling ensured the guests would claim all three points when he pounced on a Dortmund mistake to double the scoreline.
2. MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United
All of the frustration of the last 12 months came to a head on August 26 when Manchester United hit a new low at MK Dons.
In the second round of the League Cup due to their lack of European football this season, United were thumped 4-0 by a rampant Dons side that received braces from both William Grigg and Benik Afobe.
The acquisition of Angel Di Maria had been announced earlier in the day, and before the transfer window closed on Monday the Red Devils would go on to sign both Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao as well.
But the magnitude of the defeat came as a painful and unexpected embarrassment to United, who are still without a win in the Premier League this term.
1. Everton 3-6 Chelsea
The best fare to be had in August was served at Goodison Park, where on August 30 Everton and Chelsea combined for an eye-popping nine goals.
Chelsea were quick off the mark with goals from Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic inside the first three minutes, but Kevin Mirallas pulled one back for Everton in the final minute of the opening period.
A Seamus Coleman own goal restored the Blues’ two-goal cushion in the 67th minute, but just two minutes after that the Toffees had closed the gap again thanks to the in-form Steven Naismith.
Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic was next to get his name on the scoresheet, but again the hosts replied through former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o.
Finally, the guests were able to put the match to bed—Ramires and Diego Costa rounding out the scoring in a 6-3 win.