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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ronaldo, Man City and Fenerbahce’s Bus

In this week’s football review section we congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo, cannot understand Manchester City and worry about happenings in Turkey. To help with understanding you can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
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This week’s football review (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ronaldo, Man City and Fenerbahce’s Bus


Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the ‘good section’ after scoring five goals against a hapless Granada side at the weekend. This was the first time he had managed this feat though it was the 24th time the Portuguese star had managed to score a hat-trick; giving him 36 goals for the season. Remarkable.


Man City are struggling to find their championship-winning form in recent weeks and their defeat at London club Crystal Palace on Monday left the defending champions in fourth place, nine points behind leaders Chelsea who have a game in hand. City have won only four of their last 11 games and though they should make the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League, there are question marks over manager Manuel Pellegrini’s future.


The Fenerbahce football team were returning from a 5-1 away victory at Rizespor when their bus was shot at by gunmen resulting in a facial injury for the driver. The Turkish Super Lig has been suspended for a week by the Turkish Football Federation as an investigation takes place. Very ugly indeed.


hapless: Really very bad indeed

this feat: achievement

championship-winning form: Last season’s title winners are not playing so well

a game in hand: When a team has played a game fewer than everyone else and therefore has an extra ‘chance’ to score some points

question marks: Doubts

has been suspended: Has been put on hold; there will be no games this weekend in Turkey

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