Fallon Sherrock genius, Libertadores fun and Man Utd v Arsenal ruckus

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This week’s roundup also features Miedema magic, the 1991 Rugby World Cup and AB De Villiers’s music


1) The final of the Copa Libertadores was exactly the quiet night in at the library that we thought it would be. First in the fifth minute of extra-time, poor old Andreas Pereira – on loan to Flamengo from Manchester United – dropped a rick for the ages, fed by David Luiz and dallying on the ball, allowing Deyverson to rob him and score what turned out to be the winner for Palmeiras. To restore the cosmic balance of things, here’s a brilliant goal Pereira scored last month. Anyway, as the clock ran down, Deyverson felt a hand on his back…

2)Arsenal visit Manchester United on Thursday in a fixture that used to be the most important in English football. Here are the key moments from the game in September 2003, a gentle little 0-0 draw, and here are its key flashpoints: Patrick Vieira’s red card, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s missed penalty and Martin Keown’s subsequent joy. And here are highlights of the next Old Trafford game between the sides, in October 2004 – featuring some tasty little challenges – in which Arsenal hoped to make it 50 league games unbeaten and did not; here’s Sky’s Fanzone commentary of the game (how did that not end in violence?); here’s the full-time rejoicing; here’s Cesc Fábregas finally admitting he threw the pizza, here he is giving a more detailed account, here’s Gary Neville talking about Pizzagate and the general animosity between the teams, and finally Rio Ferdinand’s post-match interview.

3) Earlier this week, Vivianne Miedema was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. Here are the 52 goals she scored in her first 50 Arsenal games, here she is generally enjoying her life and having fun at her teammates’ expense; here she takes on Lisa Evans, her partner, in a what do you know kind of game; and here she is playing brilliantly in Arsenal’s recent caning of Manchester City.

4) On this day in 1991, Australia beat England 12-6 at Twickenham to win the second Rugby World Cup. Here’s Le Crunch Classic, England’s last-eight tie with France, here’s the teams playing their semis, here’s a compilation of David Campese ridiculousness, and here are highlights of the final.

5) Fallon Sherrock has been turning heads lately, and with good reason. Here’s her amazing comeback against Dimitri van den Bergh, here she is obliterating Mike De Dekker, here’s the ridiculous clutch 170 that sent her into the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts and here’s Peter Wright backing her claim to a Premier League spot.

6) Ipswich’s Bersant Celina scores one of the goals of the season against Crewe. There’s an alternative angle, too, of a goal that reminds of this Andy Cole classic, and perhaps this 1975 Mick Walsh classic for Blackpool v Sunderland.

Our favourites from below the line last week

1) PSG v Marseille from 1992, the most violent game in the history of the French top flight.

2) Magnus Carlsen pre-moving an entire game to beat Hikaru Nakamura.

3) The origins of chessboxing.

4) AB de Villiers’s music video, Maak Jou Drome Waar.

5) A compilation of amateur football funnies.

6) A three-car photo finish in the Mazda MX-5 Cup.

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