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Derby Woes and Top 4 Blows | Case of the Mondays

Who's got the worst Case Of The Mondays this morning? Here are the four contenders.

REAL MADRID

El Clásico really couldn’t have gone worse for Real Madrid.An equalizer for Barcelona just 5 minutes after Casemiro opened the scoring for Madrid. A red card for Sergio Ramos that allowed Barcelona to play the final 13 minutes a man up. A last-minute winner for Barcelona — which is usually Real Madrid’s trademark way to win — that marked a Messi brace, which he followed up with one of the best (for Barcelona fans, or worst for Real Madrid fans) celebrations of all time.

Very Thierry-Henry-in-front-of-Spurs-fans-esque. Plus, it meant that Barcelona leap-frogged Real Madrid to take the top spot, tied on points but ahead on goal difference. There are five weeks left of the La Liga season, and it will certainly be a fun title race to watch unfold. Either team could take it at this point, but Barcelona will enjoy this result while it lasts.

LIVERPOOL FC

Lately, Liverpool have been overcoming a lot of bogeymen — not losing to Bournemouth again, not losing to lower-table teams. But one still remains: Crystal Palace.Liverpool’s late 2-1 loss to them on Sunday was a fair play to Palace, who despite being not very good really just love to rain on teams’ parades; just a few weeks ago, they poured fuel all over the Wenger Out fire with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal. Famously, they also spoiled Liverpool’s almost-title-winning-season in 2014.This doesn’t mean Liverpool’s Top 4 race is over, of course — they’re still in third, and a lot of the teams close behind or around them still need to play each other, meaning that someone’s going to drop points. And, to fans, Crystal Palace was the most worrying game that Liverpool had left. But there are only four games left, and they can’t afford to slip up anywhere else.

LA GALAXY

It doesn’t look like this year will be the year that the LA Galaxy get their 6th MLS Cup.It took three games for them to get their first win of the season, a squeaky 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake (who, prior to that match, had not scored a goal yet) and now, they’ve lost three of their last four. They even sit behind Minnesota United, who notoriously had an unbelievably terrible start to the season — albeit the Galaxy do have a game in hand.But in particular, Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders should leave a lot of questions for fans. It was their third loss at home so far this year, and they were just outplayed every minute. An own goal helping to cause the embarrassing scoreline — tied for their worst in team history — certainly didn’t help, either. Luckily with the way MLS works first-year coach Curt Onalfo only needs to lift LA up enough to make the playoffs and take it from there, but in their current form, it doesn’t seem like they’ll even be able to do that.Maybe Steven Gerrard added more to the team than everybody thought…

TIGRES

A loss is never an ideal result, but Tigres’ 1-0 loss to Monterrey on Saturday was even less so in almost every way possible.First, it was a loss and a shutout in a derby. That’s gotta sting.Second, it puts them in a hot spot in the playoff race with only two more weeks of the regular season to go. Eight teams make the playoffs and they currently sit in 9th, one point out of the coveted 8th spot. It’s also not the result Tigres will want on their mind as they travel to Pachuca for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday; however, Pachuca also lost at the weekend, so both teams will be headed into the match with a similar momentum.

 
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