October 21st, 2010
Champions League Results: Hat Tricks & Home Boys
Gareth Bale & Javier Zanetti kindly assume the position for the Thigh Off. (Getty Images/Daylife)
A future candidate for the famed Kickette Sizzle Query, Gareth Bale is no stranger to confounding footballing opinion. Last night, Bale, who played in twenty four games for Spurs without being on the winning side, scored a hat trick to drag his team back from 4-0 down against title holders Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Bale is now the subject of fevered transfer speculation. However, our sources close to the player say he is completely focussed on the Kickette readers verdict on his er… performance. Don’t let him down, team.
Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal had an easier time of it, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 in a rout that took the Gunners to a recording breaking fourteen goals in three European ties. Cescy scored a penalty and sent a message home to his mama (left) while Eduardo returned to the Emirates to a rapturous reception; in fact the Arsenal fans appeared so pleased to see him they even forgave him for scoring. (AP Photo/Daylife)
Chelsea and Manchester United also registered wins, Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 against Spartak Moscow and United 1-0 vs. Bursaspor. Nani put in a storming performance, his goal easily comparable to anything scored by Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo, which must have been some comfort to United fans who, like rivals Liverpool have had something of a ‘difficult’ week.
Business as usual for Real Madrid and Barcelona, who registered 2-0 wins against AC Milan and FC Copenhagen respectively. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his good run of form with another goal for Real, then demonstrated exactly how good is form is by taking his shirt off (left). Messi scored both for Barca, whose fans must be relieved to see their talisman hit the ground running after his recent injury. (AP Photo/Daylife)
It wasn’t all good news for Spain though, Valencia travelling to Rangers and being held to a 1-1 draw in a tie they were expected to win. They paid the price too, dropping to third place in Group C, with Manchester United and Rangers above them.
Both Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich put poor league from behind them to win their ties, although Bayern were the grateful recipients of two (!) own goals from Cluj. The bizarre game finished 3-2, with Gomez scoring at the correct end for Bayern. Raul (left) scored twice in Schalke’s 3-1 victory over Hapoel Tel-Aviv. (AP Photo/Daylife)
Kickettes? In this week of off-the-field confusion and intrigue, give us your views on the games. Please?