Sometimes the game just isn't flowing your way, and you run out of ideas on how to change it.
It was a lesson a forlorn FC Barcelona side experienced at the ruthless hands of Bayern Munich in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg, and Gus Johnson gained much the same lesson in the broadcast booth over those same 90 minutes.
AMSTERDAM – Brad Guzan and Aston Villa posted their biggest victory in more than five years on Monday, moving to the brink of clinching Premier League survival with a 6-1 rout of visiting Sunderland.
In part thanks to a second-half hat trick by Christian Benteke, the US netminder required only one save to log his fourth victory in the last seven games.
AMSTERDAM – Tim Howard and Everton stayed in with a shot at Champions League ball by blanking guests Fulham 1-0 on Saturday.
The US netminder did not require so much as a single save to post his third straight shutout victory at Goodison Park. The result tentatively pulled the sixth-place Toffees to within three points of the EPL's last Champions League berth.
AMSTERDAM – The weekend menu offers several key clashes in the race for Europe involving Americans, with Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht aiming to regain the Belgian penthouse in an away derby. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Tim Howard – Everton vs. Fulham (Saturday, 10 am on Fox Soccer Plus)
American Exports: Brad Guzan helpless as Robin van Persie hat trick wins EPL title for Manchester United
There was little Brad Guzan could do to stop Robin van Persie and Manchester United’s march to a 20th league title on Monday.
Behind a first-half hat trick from the star Dutch striker, Guzan and his Aston Villa side found themselves on the painful end of a victory lap as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men celebrated a 3-0 win at Old Trafford that clinched the English Premier League title, Ferguson’s 13th as United manager.
STUTTGART, Germany – The chase for Champions League berths takes focus on the weekend card involving American exports, including Tottenham ace Clint Dempsey's crack at breaking a personal win drought against Manchester City. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City (Sunday, 8:30 a.m.)
STUTTGART, Germany – Alejandro Bedoya's offensive surge continued on Thursday, with the Helsingborg playmaker notching a goal and an assist in a 4-1 cruise through Norrköping.
Just after the break, the US international bagged the away side's third of the evening by firing home off the post from beyond the area. Then, at the hour mark, Bedoya sent Mattias Lindström in alone for the final HIF strike.
AMSTERDAM – Tim Howard posted his first shutout at Arsenal on Tuesday, ably backstopping Everton to a 0-0 draw.
The US star needed only two saves, the best coming near halftime to deny Santi Cazorla from point-blank range. Despite extending their EPL unbeaten streak to six games, the Toffees did miss a chance to pull level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham for the fourth and final Champions League berth.