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Old 03-29-2020, 07:32 AM   #1
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Finishing the 19/20 Season | FM20/FIFA20

I wanted to use the time spent self-isolating without sport to replicate what might have happened had football (and the world) not gone into lockdown. Therefore, using the amazing work by AML on Sortitoutsi with his latest DB updates that use the real results/fixtures, as well as some Excel magic for the lower leagues and FIFA20 simulation for the cups, I'm going to finish off the 19/20 season as if Coronavirus had never happened. Let's see how it goes.

These are the leagues I'll be covering: English Premier League, English Championship, English League One, English League Two, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Portuguese Primeira Liga and Dutch Eredivisie.

I will also be covering all major national cups that are yet to be completed and both the Champions League and Europa League.

Here are a reminder of the tables as they stand.

Premier League


League One

League Two

La Liga

Serie A

Ligue 1


Primeira Liga



Coppa Italia SF 2nd Leg: Juventus vs AC Milan
Coppa Italia SF 2nd Leg: Napoli vs Inter Milan

England update: 11-18 March

Champions League & Europa League: 17-19 March

FA Cup Quarter Finals: 21-22 March

England update: 21-31 March

Europe update: March

Leasing.com Trophy Final: Portsmouth vs Salford City

Champions League QF 1st Leg
Champions League QF 2nd Leg
Europa League QF 1st Leg
Europa League QF 2nd Leg

Copa del Rey Final: Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao

FA Cup Semi Finals: Leicester City vs Manchester City, Manchester United vs Arsenal

KNVB Beker Final: Utrecht vs Feyenoord

DFB Pokal Semi Finals: Bayern Munich vs Frankfurt, Saarbrucken vs Bayer Leverkusen

Coupe de France Final: PSG vs Saint Etienne

Champions League SF 1st Leg
Europa League SF 1st Leg

April Premier League Update
April Championship Update
April League One Update
April League Two Update

April La Liga Update
April Serie A Update
April Ligue 1 Update
April Bundesliga Update
April Primeira Liga Update
April Eredivisie Update

Champions League SF 2nd Leg
Europa League SF 2nd Leg

May League One Update

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Old 03-29-2020, 08:34 AM   #2
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Juventus hold off Milan in seven-goal thriller

Juventus and AC Milan produced one of the all-time great matches in Turin but it was the 13-time winners Juventus who prevailed thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two Italian giants shared seven goals as momentum shifted back and forth throughout the 90 minutes in a game that saw both teams take the lead before Juventus grabbed hold of the tie late on in front of a packed home crowd at the Allianz Stadium.

The night had started well for the hosts, Ronaldo forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma into an early save before beating the Milan keeper at his near post on 10 minutes to put Juventus ahead in the tie.

It wasn't long before Milan got up to speed and after a well worked move Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left cursing his luck as his fierce shot from the edge of the area struck the inside of the post and stayed out.

Ante Rebic and Samu Castillejo squandered chances to level and were made to pay by Sami Khedira - the German international swivelling on the edge of the area and firing his right footed shot past Donnarumma, who was once again furious to have been beaten at his near post.

Things were looking bleak for Milan but a mistake by Blaise Matuidi on the edge of his own penalty area gifted them a chance to get back into the game. Castillejo reacted quickly, sending Ibrahimovic through on goal and the veteran striker duly obliged with a powerful finish to pull one back five minutes from the half time break.

It got even better for the visitors seconds before the half time whistle as the same duo linked up again on the counter attack - Castillejo lifting an inviting ball into the box for Ibrahimovic to head Milan level.

15 minutes passed at the beginning of the second half without incident before a scintillating passing move from Milan led to their third. Ismael Bennacer and Ibrahimovic completed a wonderful one-two on the edge of the Juventus box and with Wojciech Szczesny rushing out to meet Bennacer, the Algerian midfielder calmly slid the ball to Castillejo who couldn't miss with an open goal in front of him.

Juventus now needed two with Milan's three away goals but responded to going behind well, bringing on Aaron Ramsey to add fresh legs to their attack.

It didn't take long before they were level, Khedira playing a defence splitting pass to put Gonzalo Higuain, who had been quiet up until then, through on goal. He slotted the ball past Donnarumma who was powerless to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.

With ten minutes to go Juventus had their winner. Juan Cuadrado found space on the right before unleashing an inch perfect cross right into the path of the on-rushing Ronaldo who slotted away the first time volley with ease.

Paulo Dybala almost added a fifth but dragged his golden chance wide of the post in the final few minutes, although it proved irrelevant as Juventus held out for a famous Coppa Italia victory.

Juventus will face the winner of Napoli vs Inter Milan in their 19th Coppa Italia final.

Juventus 4-3 AC Milan
Ronaldo (11, 80), Khedira (36), Higuain (73) - Zlatan (40, 45+3), Castillejo (63)
Juventus win 5-4 on aggregate
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:48 PM   #3
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Napoli hold their nerve to win shootout

Napoli's clinical spot kicks proved enough to see them through to the final as they saw off Inter Milan in a nervy Coppa Italia Semi Final second leg at the San Paolo Stadium.

They were unable to find the net in 120 minutes but all five of their penalty takers managed to score whilst Alexis Sanchez proved to be the villain for Inter despite winning on the night.

The evening had started so well for the visitors when in-form striker Romelu Lukaku lashed home a first time strike following a loose header from Napoli defender Kostas Manolas.

Napoli slowly but surely began to get into the game as Samir Handanovic proved up to a long range effort from Fabian Ruiz before blocking a near post flick on from Diego Demme with his legs.

The second half took a long time to get going but Napoli continued to create the most chances - Handonovic pushing wide Lorenzo Insigne's powerful effort and substitute Dries Mertens wasting a golden opportunity from a near post cross.

With scores level on aggregate at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game headed into extra time, providing Inter with a new lease of life. It was David Ospina's turn to keep his side in the game, first saving from Lautaro before keeping out goalscorer Lukaku.

Despite the game suddenly becoming end-to-end, neither side could find the winner and so the tie headed to a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for Inter, Sanchez's opening penalty was saved by Ospina and whilst they scored their next three it wasn't enough with Napoli's takers remaining calm to clinch a final match up with Juventus.

Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan
Lukaku (8)
1-1 on aggregate, Napoli win 5-3 on penalties
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Have you calculated how many games need to be played to complete all those? You might have more than me
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:55 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Tovarich
Have you calculated how many games need to be played to complete all those? You might have more than me
Haha, luckily the league games are all done through Football Manager as someone has put together a database that completes fixtures up until about 10 March or something.

So there's only Cup games, of which the majority are in the Champions League and Europa League. I'm already through the round of 16.

What takes a serious amount of time is that I'm having to upload all the match results into excel and update the league tables manually.
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11 March - 18 March
England Update

Premier League


11 March
Man City 3-1 Arsenal | Sterling (8), De Bruyne (45), Fernandinho (48) - Xhaka (65)

14 March
Watford 1-2 Leicester | Doucoure (36) - Barnes (8), Gray (73)
Norwich 1-1 Southampton | Drmic (88) - Hojbjerg (30)
Man City 5-0 Burnley | B Silva (38), De Bruyne (56, 70), Jesus (75), Aguero (80)
Brighton 1-3 Arsenal | Maupay (50) - Lacazette (39), Torreira (53), Aubameyang (59)
Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea | Luiz (11) - Mount (29), Mings sent off (56)
Bournemouth 4-0 Crystal Palace | Cook (9), Wilson (29), Fraser (35), Solanke (44)

15 March
West Ham 2-1 Wolves | Fornals (36), Yarmolenko (81) - Neto (50)
Spurs 2-0 Man United | Alderweireld (22), Kane (pen 38)

16 March
Everton 1-0 Liverpool | Coleman (61), Digne sent off (44), Delph sent off (64)


Everton produced the performance of the week as they stunned Champions-elect and fierce rivals Liverpool to only their second defeat of the season despite going down to nine men. Both Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph were sent off either side of Seamus Coleman's match winning goal. The win moved Everton into the top half of the table. Man City easily disposed of Arsenal thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho. Spurs beat Man United 2-0 at home to move them into the top six after Wolves and Sheffield United both suffered defeat. At the bottom, Aston Villa earned a valuable point at home to Chelsea whilst Norwich also picked up a point. Watford's defeat to Leicester saw them drop into the relegation zone.




13 March
Fulham 2-1 Brentford | Mitrovic (9), Kebano (69) - Watkins (6)

14 March
West Brom 3-1 Birmingham | Grosicki (44), Phillips (77), Kanu (81) - Jutkiewicz (90)
Sheff Wed 1-1 Forest | Fletcher (46) - Diakaby (47)
Reading 3-2 Stoke | Joao (10, 36, 68) - Campbell (46, pen 51)
QPR 1-2 Barnsley | Chair (6) - Woodrow (5), Brown (67)
Millwall 2-1 Derby | Cooper (26), Mahoney (89), Hutchinson sent off (71) - Huddlestone (42)
Middlesbrough 0-0 Swansea
Luton 1-0 Preston | Lee (53)
Hull 2-0 Charlton | Wilks (3), Da Silva Lopez (73)
Huddersfield 0-1 Wigan | Jacobs (6)
Blackburn 2-1 Bristol City | Gallagher (2), Brereton (62), Johnson sent off (21) - Diedhiou (54)

15 March
Cardiff 0-1 Leeds | Roberts (67)

17 March
Barnsley 1-2 Millwall | Brown (7), Sollbauer sent off (12) - O'Brien (27), Williams (67)
Brentford 1-1 West Brom | Benrahma (2) - Pereira (32)
Bristol City 1-2 Sheff Wed | Diedhou (76) - Hutchinson (2), da Cruz (6)
Charlton 2-0 QPR | Hemed (37), Lockyer (64)
Derby 1-1 Reading | Sibley (81) - Ejaria (16)

18 March
Preston 2-0 Cardiff | Davies (6), Maguire (16), Rafferty sent off (86)
Birmingham 1-1 Hull | Crowley (28) - Balogh (14)
Leeds 0-2 Fulham | Mitrovic (44), Knockaert (69)
Forest 2-0 Huddersfield | Grabban (38), Bostock (53)
Swansea 1-0 Luton | Kalulu (87)
Wigan 1-0 Blackburn | Jacobs (55)
Stoke 0-1 Middlesbrough | Nmecha (26)


There's a change at the top as West Brom leapfrog Leeds with a win against Birmingham and a draw against Brentford, whilst Leeds beat Cardiff but lost to Fulham. It was all change in behind as 5th to 15th saw position changes. Millwall move into the play-off places whilst Bristol City and Cardiff tumbled down the table. Huddersfield dropped four places after defeats to Wigan and Nottingham Forest and now sit in the relegation zone.


League One


14 March
Tranmere 1-1 Lincoln | Potter (79) - Hesketh (44)
Rotherham 2-0 Southend | Smith (24), Lindsay (49)
Portsmouth 1-2 Accrington | Harrison (61) - Baker-Richardson (2, 40)
Oxford 0-3 MK Dons | Morris (10, 38), Gilbey (54)
Gillingham 0-1 Fleetwood | McKay (52)
Doncaster 2-1 AFC Wimbledon | Blair (48), Okenbirhie (76) - Lamy (37)
Coventry 1-2 Shrewsbury | Jones (49) - Edwards (58), Udoh (68)
Burton 1-2 Wycombe | Fraser (13) - Wheeler (72), Parker (90)
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Ipswich | Clarke-Harris (12, 19) - Edwards (45)
Bolton 0-1 Peterborough | Taylor (79)
Blackpool 3-0 Sunderland | Madine (1, 56), Ronan (64)

17 March
Portsmouth 1-3 Doncaster | McGeehan (74) - Blair (6), John (22), Lokilo (50)
Rochdale 1-1 Tranmere | Smith (58) - Vaughan (23)


It was a rough week for Portsmouth who dropped four places with defeats to Accrington Stanley and Doncaster Rovers at home. Coventry City lost just their fourth game of the season to Shrewsbury but Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United and Wycombe Wanderers all boosted their promotion hopes. Struggling Southend United and Bolton Wanderers both lost.


League Two


14 March
Stevenage 1-1 Newport | List (60) - Waters (35)
Port Vale 1-1 Crawley | Worrall (16) - Bloomfield (20)
Oldham 1-1 Swindon | Azankpo (4) - Palmer (60)
Morecambe 1-1 Plymouth | Gomes (60) - Hardie (pen 39)
Mansfield 1-0 Crewe | Maynard (28)
Macclesfield 1-2 Walsall | McCourt (43) - Kinsella (9), Adebayo (78)
Grimsby 2-1 Carlisle | Grandin (31), Hanson (88) - Guy (19)
Forest Green 1-0 Northampton | Adams (43)
Exeter 1-0 Salford | Law (2)
Colchester 1-2 S****horpe | Harriott (10) - van Veen (42), Brown (90)
Cambridge 2-1 Cheltenham | Smith (7, 22) - Clements (4)
Bradford 3-1 Leyton Orient | Devitt (3, 13), Novak (50) - Cisse (28)

17 March
Colchester 3-1 Crewe | Pell (30), Poku (57), Comley (88) - Ainley (38)
Crawley 3-1 Newport | Camara (20), Palmer (26), Grego-Cox (84) - Willmott (65)
Exeter 1-1 S****horpe | Martin (26) - Colclough (75)
Forest Green 2-2 Morecambe | Brown (9), Williams (59) - Leitch-Smith (5), Phillips (53)
Grimsby 1-1 Cambridge | Davis (55) - Roles (52)
Leyton Orient 0-1 Plymouth | Edwards (60)
Macclesfield 1-2 Cheltenham | McCourt (81) - Varney (3), Broom (28)
Northampton 1-1 Carlisle | Morton (76) - Loft (81)
Port Vale 2-0 Bradford | Bennett (22), Pope (25)
Salford 1-1 Mansfield | Hunter (79) - Maynard (3)
Stevenage 1-1 Swindon | Folami (5), Yates (21)
Walsall 1-0 Oldham | Pring (44), Borthwick-Jackson sent off (51)


Change at the top as Swindon Town jump past Crewe Alexandra after the former leaders lost both their games in the week. That also gave Plymouth Argyle the chance to join in the fight, moving into a share of first place thanks a win at Leyton Orient. There was little change in the play-off hunt but down the bottom of the table S****horpe United moved up three places with four points from two games away from home. Morecambe dropped Macclesfield into the relegation zone as Stevenage picked up two points but still remain ten points from safety.


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17-19 March
European Cups

Champions League

Barcelona sneak late winner as Juventus are dumped out

Barcelona avoided a potential exit in extra time thanks to a last gasp goal from fullback Jordi Alba to knock out Napoli 3-2 on aggregate at the Nou Camp.

Napoli had taken the lead through Arkadiusz Milik in the first half but Luis Suarez put Barcelona level before his last minute effort bounced back off the post and into the path of Alba who couldn't miss from only a couple of yards out.

Elsewhere, two-time winners Juventus were dumped out of the competition after being held to a goalless draw by Lyon in Turin. The French side took a 1-0 lead going into the second leg and were able to stay strong at the back despite being under heavy pressure for large periods of the game to book their place in the quarter finals for the first time since 2010.

There was another goalless draw in Manchester as City made use of their 2-1 lead from the first leg with Real Madrid and shut up shop at The Etihad.

The final team to complete the quarter final line up was Bayern Munich, who trounced Chelsea 4-0 on aggregate following a 1-0 victory at home.


Man City 0-0 Real Madrid | (Man City win 2-1 on aggregate)
Bayern Munich 1-0 Chelsea | Lewandowski (67) (Bayern Munich win 4-0 on aggregate)
Juventus 0-0 Lyon | (Lyon win 1-0 on aggregate)
Barcelona 2-1 Napoli | Suarez (50), Alba (90) - Milik (35) (Barcelona win 3-2 on aggregate)

Quarter Final Draw

Atalanta vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs Lyon
PSG vs Atletico
Leipzig vs Man City

Europa League

Wolves knocked out on away goals by dramatic late equaliser

It was heartbreak for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they conceded a dramatic late equaliser to Olympiakos, mirroring scenes at The Emirates in the previous round, to go out of the competition on away goals.

Olympiakos had taken the lead in the tie through Mathieu Valbuena on 15 minutes but goals from Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez in the second half looked like securing a quarter final place for the English club. However, Mady Camara would change all that with an equaliser just four minutes from time to crush Wolves' hopes of reaching the last eight of a European competition for the first time since 1972.

Manchester United secured their place as the only British side left with a boring 0-0 draw, whilst Inter Milan, Basel, Shakhtar and Bayer Leverkusen completed a safe passage through as favourites in their respective ties.

Five-time winners Sevilla dumped out Roma 1-0 away from home in a tense affair and Istanbul Basaksehir also produced a 1-0 away victory to knock out Danish champions FC Copenhagen.


FC Copenhagen 0-1 Istanbul Basaksehir | Tekdemir (90) (Istanbul Basaksehir win 2-0 on aggregate)
Wolves 2-2 Olympiakos | Moutinho (66), Jimenez (79) - Valbuena (15), Camara (86) (Olympiakos win 3-3 on away goals)
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Rangers | Diaby (90), Morelos (40) (Bayer Leverkusen win 4-1 on aggregate)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Wolfsburg | Stepanenko (82) (Shakthar Donetsk win 2-1 on aggregate)
Getafe 0-2 Inter Milan | Martinez (3), Barella (69) (Inter Milan win 2-0 on aggregate)
Roma 0-1 Sevilla | Ocampos (50) (Sevilla win 1-0 on aggregate)
Basel 2-0 Frankfurt | Zhegova (39), Cabral (81) (Basel win 5-0 on aggregate)
Manchester United 0-0 LASK | (Manchester United win 5-0 on aggregate)

Quarter Final Draw

Olympiakos vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Sevilla vs Shakhtar
Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen
Basel vs Man United
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Very interesting idea, PL winner is easy to predict but the rest should be pretty exciting.
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