February 17th, 2011
Champions League Results: Shocks & Sofa Booty
How does one expect to be featured on Kickette if he insists on remaining fully clothed!?
Ok, so the good news is that the tardy staffers referred to yesterday have remained awake for long enough to produce the Champions League Results post. The bad news? We had to use cattle prods to do it. The smell of scorched staffer now pervades every corner of the Kickette office and the resulting electrical surge has left us without power for the foreseeable future.
Luckily, we have smartphones and scones. Your service will not be affected.
AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
We shan’t delve too deeply into the events of Spurs visit to the San Siro for their game against AC Milan, simply because we covered all the comedy yesterday.
Image: Getty Images/Daylife.
Valencia 1-1 Schalke 04
There was another fixture on Tuesday night – although you could hardly be blamed for missing it amidst all of the man posturing in Italy. Valencia hosted Schalke 04 at the Mestalla, and the former Real Madrid staple, Raul, did not disappoint for the German side.
After Valencia had taken the lead via a Roberto Soldado volley, Mamen’s boy (left) struck to become the all time leading goalscorer (or equalled the record, depending on who you believe?!) in UEFA competition.
Whether former holder Pippo Inzaghi will have anything to say about this remains to be seen, but for now Schalke take a useful away goal back to the Veltins-Arena for the second leg.
Image: AP Photo/Daylife.
Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona
Arshavin seems to be sporting an enormous bottom of late. Anyone else notice? Image: Reuters/Daylife.
And so to Arsenal vs. Barcelona. It has to be said that things initially appeared to be travelling down a familiar path for the English side at the Emirates. After ruining a few early chances for the Gunners, David Villa released Leo Messi to finish what appeared to be a routine strike, but much to everyone’s surprise (including Leo’s) the ball crept wide.
He made up for this uncharacteristic error later in the first half, slicing the Arsenal defence wide open with a ball to Villa who kept his head and slotted home for 0-1.
It was Robin Van Persie who threatened most for Arsenal, his efforts finally paying off late in the game as a ball struck from a ridiculously acute angle slid home, much to the chagrin of Victor Valdes. Substitute Andrei Arshavin got onto the end of a Samir Nasri cross to score the winner.
Roma 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk
The last fixture of the midweek matches was between AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk. In a game that saw Roma take their tally of goals conceded in the last three games to ten, the spoils were awarded 2-3 to Shakhtar. All of the Ukranian club’s goals came within minutes of another – Jadson (29′), Douglas Costa (36′), Luiz Adrian (41′) - and quite early in the match. Roma tried to mount a sliver of of a comeback on the heels of Jérémy Menez’ goal in the sixty-first minute, but it was merely a consolation. It will be a tough away leg for Roma, will the pretty win out?
The next round of last sixteen fixtures take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, people. In the meantime, give us your views on the games, Arshavin’s booty (less shelf, more comfy sofa) and whether the repeated prodding of employees with farming equipment is justified in the workplace environment.