November 8th, 2010

Weekend Results: A Confession

Serie A, Ladies & Gents. Where manlove was born. (Reuters/Daylife)

Soooo, we have a small confession-ette to make. The EPL followers among you may have noticed that during Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday, the sprinkler system inexplicably ‘switched itself on’ (left). This resulted in some players and the referee getting wet. We would like to state that it was indeed, as some of you may have suspected, a Kickette soldier girl who twiddled with the necessary plumbing. (Getty/Daylife)

It’s true.** And we would like to reassure you that while it appeared to be a bit of a let down (limited shirt clinging), this was merely a dress rehearsal in our eternal quest for damp footballers. All we’ll say for now is that it’s El Classico in a few weeks and we’ve got our wrench.

As you were.


And so to the business at hand. The tie of the weekend was the heavyweight clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea. Given the recent form of each club, the result of this should have been in the bag but Fernando Torres chose this moment to remember what he’s doing on that big patch of grass and scored two unanswered and stonking goals to give Liverpool a priceless three points. Welcome back, Nando (left). You have been missed. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Manchester United gave their fans another scare, leaving it until the 93rd minute to score the winner against Wolves in a 2-1 win. Owen Hargreaves made his return to the United side, putting in a solid six minutes before limping off with a hamstring strain. See you in six months, Owen!

After their recent wobble, Manchester City put two past West Bromwich Albion to secure fourth place. Mario Balotelli scored both goals in the 2-0 victory and then got himself sent off, ensuring that Eastlands will be mired in rumour and intrigue for at least the next week. Hurrah.

Lastly, Newcastle United pulled off a shock win against Arsenal, Andy Carroll scoring the only goal in the Magpies 1-0 win at the Emirates. Was Arsene Wenger distracted? Hmm, maybe. But Carroll apparently wasn’t. Think this is all we’re going to say on these matters? You’re not here often enough. Stay tuned.


A 4-0 away win against Hannover saw Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, one point above Mainz, who lost 1-0 at SC Freiburg. Eintract Frankfurt’s 3-1 win against Wolfsburg means they have taken sixteen out of a possible eighteen points, they sit in third.

Bayern Munich could only manage a 3-3 draw against bottom side Borussia Monchengladbach; Schweini, Philip Lahm and Mario Gomez all scoring. They remain ninth, while Schalke finally won a game; 3-0 against St Pauli saw two goals from Raul (left) and one from nummy tummy Huntelaar. Schalke are now out of the relegation spots in fifteenth. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Serie A

Still reeling from their visit to the ‘Gareth Bale Show’ in the Champions League last week, Inter Milan suffered another blow when they could only draw 1-1 against seventeenth placed Brescia. They remain three points off leaders Lazio who were beaten 2-0 by an excitable and very friendly Roma (top). AC Milan are nicely sandwiched in between after their slightly too close for comfort 3-2 victory over Bari.

Another goal for record breaker Alessandro Del Piero in Juve’s 3-1 win over Cesena, they are joint fourth with Napoli, who beat Parma 2-0.

La Liga

Fernando Torres isn’t the only cute Spanish striker to have found his feet lately. David Villa (and Leo Messi, obviously) scored in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Getafe. Barca were briefly top of the table, but Real Madrid’s comfortable 2-0 derby win over Atletico Madrid saw them regain top spot a couple of hours later. More bad news for Barca as Gerard Pique was sent off (two yellow cards) for handling the ball in the area.  An offence we kind of like here at Kickette.

Fortunately for Cristiano Ronaldo, fears that he would be kicked to death as a result of his new boots remained unfounded, but he failed to score, prompting comment in the Kickette office that the wild animal he was supposedly trying to unleash was more wombat (left) than lion. You think? (Getty Images/Daylife)

Real remain top by one point from Barca, while Villareal kept up the pace with a 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Ligue 1

You may have noted our coverage of Arles in the French league of late. You may have asked yourself why we would be covering a team who apparently couldn’t win if the opposition team failed to turn up for the fixture. But this weekend we were vindicated. The Kickette effect has once again taken hold as, brace yourselves… they only ruddy won! 3-2 against Caen saw Arles, well, still rooted to the bottom of the table with a rubbish five points, but hey. It’s a start.

Elsewhere, Brest remain top by one point despite their 3-1 loss at home to Lille. Rennes failed to capitalise on the stumble though, drawing 1-1 to Lyon. Paris SG made up some ground with a 2-1 victory over Marseille and are in third.

Phew. We’ve exhausted ourselves. Please take over.

**No it wasn’t. But wouldn’t you have been disapoointed if we hadn’t claimed this?

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109 Responses to “Weekend Results: A Confession”

  1. Zahara says:

    fernando torres, torres, torres

    how i missed that song!! woohoo baby!

    barca win- check …woohoo!
    real madrid win-check….woohoo but barca need to get back on the top of the table!
    liverpool……….WOOOOHOOOO :) :)

  2. At last i see some use for pique's ball-handling…
    Yummy Piqué :)
    And Sergio was also good. I'm satisfied. Still, don't get how Piqué gets sent off and Xabi gets to walk free… It should have been left to a thigh-off or something to see who should have gotten the red card… with my number on the back

  3. SoMysterious says:

    Marco as usual looking beautiful

  4. Nando y Geri 4ever says:

    his hairstyle really is awesome, how its sticking up all over the place!!!!! and yeah, the more hair he has, the more goals he's scoring!

  5. xbabyshakesx says:

    Liverpool I'm not a stalker of yours but beating Chelsea was just amazing! and TORRES you are even better! So glad to see you scoring again! I was soo excited, but couldn't stand up and yell cuz i had guests over at my parents! but you made Saturday one of the greatest ever!!!!

    … and WAH WHOOOO! Go Real Madrid!

  6. nicolleg says:

    Nando's back. Enough said.

  7. Pam says:

    So excited that Roma beat Lazio and that Borrielo scored. yay!

  8. zztop says:

    Sevilla won their game so I am pleased, even though hottie Perotti has become quite the ball hog which wouldn't be so bad if he actually scored whilst hogging. It's always disappointing when the swoony ones behave poorly.

  9. Zhenya says:

    Darn!!! I felt really great about yesterdays Roma game until now! I recorded the game because I was too lazy to get up at 9:00, so I didn't notice any shirtless hotties! My recording cut off right at the end! I only saw Mirko with his wick away undershirt w/ the dedication to his son, earlier on. Oh and that Lazio guy, Dias. LOL!

    • DeeRoma says:

      Well, what happened was I watched it on FSC, then after they stopped their coverage, I went over to RAI. There I am greeted with a shirtless DDR getting a piggyback ride from a shirtless Greco. NGL, I wanted to be Greco after seeing that.

      • Zhenya says:

        OMG! I would have been squealing like a piggy! You must have felt like you hit the lottery! That has to make it to youtube surely! Those boys know how to celebrate! And how great of a sub was Greco?!

    • Marie says:

      I woke up at 5am to watch the match. I wasnt gonna miss my Borriello score a goal!

  10. cherryboomboom says:

    1st : i think you guys mistyped , its La lig"a"
    2nd: Nando's 2nd was hot !!!! Damn i was so happy to see the reds finally happy !
    3rd : Psg , we will see what happens next time at the velodrome …

  11. @AgnesWonka says:

    I felt soooooooooooo relieved when the goal was scored against the Wolves! Owen, you were shit by a dinosaur, weren't you? he can't have worst luck!!
    Arsenal-Newcastle game reminded me to the film "Goal"!
    RM good as always!!!!

  12. Lunare says:

    Wow, what a weekend!
    First my Roma even without Totti beat the leaders. BTW why I have just started noticing how HOT Marco Boriello is?!
    Then Liverpool did that! Even now I can't control my excitement. In your face everyone who didn't believe in Liverpool and Nando!
    Yeah, and also Barca's victory with Villa's goal and City's victory made me so happy that even Atletico's lose to RM or Inters colourless draw didn't manage to wipe the smile off my face (well, maybe Inter's draw a lil biy).
    Looking forward to City-United, Milan derby and El Classico.

    • Lunare says:

      I got so excited about all the wonderful things that happened during the weekend that forgot what I was going to say. I felt so bad when Hargreaves left the field indured. I really feel for the guy, even though I don't like MU I really don't want anyone harm. I hope Owen will get well soon.
      One more thing, and I promise I'll shut up. I hate to admit it but Ozil is a very, very, very good player. He really scares me…

  13. Anonym says:

    Oh gosh our Nando is back. Wait… he was never gone :')

  14. Emme says:

    Wow!!!! I don't really follow Liverpool, but their match was fantastic & I was so so happy for them!! And for Fern! I am hoping this good run of theirs keeps going!
    Arsenal: what is going on?
    El derbi Madrileno: very happy for los Blancos! I thought that this match could have been renamed the fauxhawk derby – Kun & David de Gea v Cristiano. All three of them were working it. I don't what to think about what is happening this season at Real Madrid- I am happy for the position they are in & the results, but I am hoping that all of this is for real! I am just nervous, since they haven't played Villareal, Valencia, or Barca yet. I guess we'll find out in El Clasico. Xavi & Iniesta kind of terrify me. I am very excited for El Clasico, but very scared!
    Sami & Mesut were so darling after Mesut scored – a great bromance moment between them. I heart them more and more everyday!

  15. FloraJane says:

    Manchester United must be the luckiest team on the planet to have been as mediocre as they have been for much of the season and to still be second in the table. Chelsea weren't at the top of their game and luck was definitely not on their side. Torres' goals were brilliant and Howard Webb (who secretly wears a United jersey under his ref kit) was his usual brilliant self as well. And Joe Cole is dead to me. A total crap weekend. Except for the Bolton match. That was good.

  16. Deanna says:

    Fernando Torres.
    Does anything else need to be said?

  17. DeeRoma says:

    If you passed, what does that mean about Marco?

  18. Mrs.Krkic says:

    They are so adorable. Did you see Messi's smile, it was the cutest thing ever!

  19. Nando Nando says:

    Fernando's 2nd goal was so beautfiul…………..I am so happy he's regaining his top form again………..we love you Fernando andn hope you continue to make such great goals!!!

    Also like Barca's win against Getafe, but Gerard, since have you done handballing?

  20. Mrs.Krkic says:

    I’m pretty happy with this weekend with Nando scoring a brace and Barca winning. I’m slightly pissed at Pep though because Baby Bo really needs to play more. He should have at least come on as a sub, but even that didn’t happen. I’m glad Maravilla has his “scoring boots” back on again, but I wish the Messiah scored his hat-trick (he deserves it after this season so far), you could see that he was slightly pissed at that. PK was being slightly stupid to try to get a yellow the first time (he should have just played like he usually does and get a yellow that way) so he screwed himself into getting a Red Card. (and he seemed happy). Pissed at Athleti almost letting Real win. Feel bad for David de Gea though he conseded two goals on his birthday… Anyway I seem to be venting now so I will stop and pass my comment along to Kickette Nation…

  21. Leya_S says:

    Can we talk about how I was literally SCREAMING when Fern scored not once but TWICE!!! Liverpool gets their comeback by beating Chelsea?!?!?!?!?!?! This thoroughly made up for the fact that the Gunners lost that morning (damn you Andy Carroll!!).

    A little sad that Atleti didn't win the Madrid Derby, but props to Barca for their win.

    Over in Serie A, my condolences to Walter Samuel who looked like he was in some serious pain after he bent his knee in the complete wrong direction…yikes.

  22. eeraaa says:

    Yay Manchester United! Although a more convincing win would have been nice, I'm going to take the three points and shut up. As for Gerard, he should be able to handle whatever he wants and not be sent off. He should be given red card immunity. He wants to take his shirt off to celebrate? Go ahead. He wants to play half naked? Be our guest. Referees should consider how much eye candy is removed with his absence and let him run wild. Its only fair considering how much he's bled on the pitch this past year.

  23. Caitlin says:

    I wish people would stop giving my post the 'thumbs down' – after all we've suffered through recently, surely us Liverpool supporters are entitled to a bit of happiness?

    And I never said anything derogatory about any opposing teams – only all those 'know better' criticisers!

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      Awww. I know how you feel. I sort of wish we didn't have a thumbs down button, it just seems mean, and I like to think that on here we can disagree about which teams we support but that we're generally above being petty about it. I give the thumbs down button a thumbs down.

    • hereforthenando says:

      Sometimes I get thumbs down, and I'm not really sure why. The only time that I have ever used that button is when someone says something really horrible or offensive (the last time I clicked the thumbs down button, that person's post was eventually deleted). It certainly should not be a tool for putting people down who like different teams than you.

    • Emme says:

      I agree. The thumbs down seems to go against the spirit of the Kickette community. I like to think of this community to be a happy place where we can admire our favorite ballers/man-candy & talk football. The reason I look forward to reading this blog and reading everyone's comments is because they are all insightful and funny and classy. This is not the case for a lot of sites. Sure, we may get fired up about certain things (e.g. Finest Five), but there is never the awful bickering that you see some places. So thank you to everyone for making this a good & fun place :)

      • Hi Gals – unfortunately to get the thumbs up we have to have the thumbs down – that's how the comment system is made. We can, of course, remove it all together if it becomes something that our users hate. We'll check back in a few weeks and maybe have a Kickette army vote. x

        • hereforthenando says:

          I don't have a problem with the thumbs down button, I just don't like it when people use it against people simply for liking a team that they don't happen to like. I love the thumbs up option.

          • Ninjess says:

            What hereforthenando said. I'm a chronic thumbs up clicker.

            • Caitlin says:

              Sorry – didn't mean to cause a big debate.

              I am so glad I found this website a couple of months ago – love it!

              Initially I thought adding the 'Thumbs Up' and 'Thumbs Down' button was a really good idea, as a lot of other sites have it as well, but it just seems that a lot of people seem to be clicking the 'Thumbs Down' button for no good reason.

              But if getting rid of the 'Thumbs Down' button means also getting rid of the 'Thumbs Up' button it would be a real shame, because I love that one.

              Maybe I was just feeling a bit vulnerable last night, sorry!

              • lorena_yGp says:

                Girls you are all right ! But on the other hand- who ever is using thumbs down on Kickette-isn't worth yours nerves& time !!! :-) It is their shame…

  24. blake2108 says:

    I actually wanted to do sexual things to Fernando solely based on how he played, not just cos he's beautiful.

    As a United fan, for both Chelsea and Arsenal losing was terrific. And once we deal with Man City on Wednesday we'll be right up there again.

    Gareth had a bad game though :(

  25. littlegirl says:

    Sunday: i worked from 2pm to 10pm…Monday:i had to do boring things for all the day…i hadn't got time to watch the matches or read the results!!!!
    but now, i open this page and i find my Juventus victorious and a very sexy photo of Nando…what can I say???this world is becoming a little bit perfect?

    • Summer says:

      Go to… to find more Nando pictures…

      • littlegirl says:

        ma quanto mi vuoi bene?…la mia gallery personale è in espansione (sarà grave a 24 anni fare la cartella con le foto come quando ne avevo 14???)

        • Summer says:

          Un sacco di bene ti voglio :) in fondo tu se avessi avuto un indirizzo per me avresti fatto lo stesso no? Comunque non è grave fare la cartella delle foto, io per esempio ho circa settecento, o forse di più, foto selezionatissime di Fernando sul mio Mac, sul mio I-Phone e sul mio I-Pod Touch e non parliamo (Forse è un pò imbarazzante e magari anche un pò infantile) delle foto appese alle pareti della mia stanza!!! Comunque nel sito che ti ho indicato ci ho trovato un sacco di foto fighissime, tra gli altri alcuni shirt less di John Terry davvero da urlo!! La passione per Fernando è una cosa che non ha età ed è come una malattia, è contagiosa!!!

          • littlegirl says:

            se ne trovano un casino sulle pagine di facebook dedicate a Torres…io le prendo anche li perche per me sono piu comode da guardare!
            quando le avrò per la parete della camera…allora sarà la fine!XD

  26. Caitlin says:

    I would really like to say something to all the people who criticised Nando these past few months: IN YOUR FACE! Now you'll hopefully shut up! (Yes, I'm also looking at you, Jamie Redknapp)

    Well done Liverpool!

  27. Rossanera says:

    Woke up after the massive bender that came after the MPRE (that's right! I'm baaaaaaaaackkkkkk!) to see that a) Milan had won, b) Roma had won, and c) Fernando's back on fire and engineered the upset of the season. I would have been jumping for joy all over my apartment if I hadn't been so hungover. I guess God saw fit to give me some stuff after that violation of my person and dignity that was Saturday (the MPRE).

    • DeeRoma says:

      I still think you kicked butt at the MPRE.

      I am so happy those teams won as well, especially Roma.

    • littlegirl says:

      and Inter-Brescia 1-1 ??????
      (i can't translate the word "pareggio", can you help me???)

      • Summer says:

        Fantastico pareggio tra Inter e Brescia anche se da bresciana devo dire che tifavo Brescia e non solo perché era contro l'Inter…Comunque avendo visto la partita, avendo riguardato gli highlites, avendo sentito il parere di miei amici che sabato sera sono andati allo stadio devo dire che il Brescia meritava la vittoria, fantastico il goal di Caracciolo e il rigore del solito Eto'o strappato a forza visto che non era poi così netto. Comunque si vede che quest'anno c'è la mano di Benitez sull'Inter, un botto di infortuni e pareggi e una squadra che gioca sempre peggio, quanto a Milito di cui si parla tanto devo dire che secondo me è sempre stato un giocatore mediocre e ha avuto solo la fortuna l'anno scorso di trovarsi in una grande squadra, perché era allenata da un allenatore che nonostante è un arrogante (ma ci sarebbe di più da dire) e odioso in perfetto stile Inter, sapeva fare bene il suo mestiere. Comunque complimenti alla Juve, da juventina, perché nonostante i tanti infortuni che potevano penalizzarci siamo riusciti a vincere lo stesso…Spero proprio che il mio amico mi procuri i biglietti per andare a vedere questa settimana al Rigamonti, a Brescia, Brescia-Juve..Tiferò Juve, perché è più importante, però spero che il Brescia rimanga in A quest'anno.

      • Rossanera says:

        In english you would say "draw" or "tie." Draw is used most often in football parlance though.

  28. Mrs Puyol says:

    "An offense we kind of like here at Kickette"… I love you Kickette!

    Thank God for the spaniards at Liverpool! Pepe was awesome, and don't get me started on Torres! Finally, I'm so happy for him and Pool! (And they could not have chosen a better time)

    Barca won so all is well in the world! Except it bothers me how Özil makes me feel. When he scored yesterday he had the most endearing, cute smile on his face… Damn you! I don't want to like you! Stop that immidiately!

    Finally Arsenal was a dissappointment. But, come on boys! You can do it!

  29. Bruna says:

    I'm a Chelsea fan and yet I was very happy to see Liverpool winning yesterday. They deserved it, and it was really not a very good day for Chelsea.

    Despite some comments from Liverpool supporters implying that Chelsea has no history – as if that meant something – I highly respect our opponents prefer having a competitive league than having Chelsea at the top of the table all along the whole season.

    Well, that's it. Congratulations to Liverpool ♥

  30. LuvinBale says:

    Love that Torres thumped Chelsea. He is definitely back
    In form.
    Newcastle running over Arsenal like a run away truck. Loved it!!!
    Then there was Tottenham- oh dear lord. They looked like an MLS team playing an EPL team. Being from the states I feel ok saying that.
    The team looks tired, Bale can’t do everything and Kaboul and Sandro need to stop fouling everyone!!!
    We desperately need Defoe and Dawson back. We need our full team including VdV.
    Hutton had an amazing goal!! He is really coming into his own.

    I think I need to go back to praying to the football gods for some help.
    Please football gods bring back Defoe and Dawson and help us have a win at Sunderland on Tuesday. Amen.

    Come on you Spurs!!!!!!

  31. Léa says:

    I was so proud/happy for Nando. I was so worried for a while, and to see the joy that he had made me incredibly, incredibly glad.

    And of course, any weekend that RM beats Atleti is going to be a good weekend! Hala Madrid!

  32. Jo_ says:

    The Wolves game was horrible on my nerves but the weekend results ended up well in our favour. Second with a two-point deficit is not too shabby considering how badly we've played so far. Upset that Owen's hurt again but relieved that it wasn't the knee. Come back soon, Owen!

  33. blue_verry says:

    Messi scored and assisted the rest. Villa scored. Pedro scored. Barca won. 'Nando scored a brace. Liverpool knocked down Chelsea. Overall, I'd say it was a perfect weekend of football for me if it weren't for Pique being sent off. (Although I do wish that David Villa could've had better luck finding the back of the net with the chances that he had.) The icing on the cake would've been Atletico winning the derby and Barca gaining the top of the table, but I guess you can't ask for everything in one weekend, lol. Guess I'll have to wait for El Clásico.

    • Mrs.Krkic says:

      Very happy with the results. Wish Athleti won also. But it looks like (at least right now) El Clasico will decide this. Unless there is a suprise. I was waiting for Christmas to get my Barca jersey but I really want it before El Classico! :)

      • blue_verry says:

        Already got my Barca home jersey, but I really want the away one this year! I'm totally digging the turquoise and the design, but it seems to be on pre-order until the end of the season at Barca's USA shop, lol.

    • Lynz says:

      I totally agree. It was a brilliant weekend :]

  34. Niina says:

    First, I demand some sprinkler action in el clasico! I know I'll be wet too so it's only fair.

    Second, yay for Nando! Restored my faith in Liverpool!

  35. MadridistaJenn says:

    I couldn't be more proud to be a madridista because every player has played a role (big or small). The only way Real Madrid could improve their game would be to play shirtless….

    • @DebStimson says:

      The best thing about so many different players scoring and looking to score is that it will make them that much harder to defend. Poor Sergio. I SO wanted him to score. :{

      Barca's the same way, even though I think the stat they quoted during their game was that Messi had 40% of their goals. It's hard to stop the little genius, especially when he has such brilliant players on his team who can get him the ball. Guess that's what separates the top of the table teams from the others. Barca's the same way.

  36. Violets says:

    Between Liverpool and Bolton, AWESOME weekend of EPL football.

  37. heythereivannah says:


    May I just say that I absolutely adore goals scored by defenders? As stoked as I am for Nando getting back into the swing of things at Liverpool, I was completely beside myself when Ricardo Carvalho scored the opening goal in the Real Madrid/Atletico match. Love love love defender goals.

    Bolton had a dazzling victory over Tottenham on Saturday, I'm still waiting for a Stuart Holden goal so he can stanky leg his little heart out.

    MLS news: LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids are the final four. Additionally, David Beckham is fully partaking in No Shave November. And I'm loving it. :)

  38. McRed says:

    Did anybody else notice that Ozil's let his hair grow a bit longer and was smoothing it down behind his ears so it's almost identical to sergio ramos's style? i reckon there's a bit of a bro-crush going on there. adorable!

  39. Jules says:

    Poor Owen, the man just can't catch a break. And poor Bebe, all the supporters in the bar were calling him useless while the commentators kept saying his passes were "shocking." Mind you, I'm not saying he played well but can't we give the man some time to adapt? It's hard enough to move somewhere you don't speak the language but to add in the pressure he's gotten since the day he signed his contract, it's unimaginable to me.
    From the ESPN Deportes angle, it looked like Pique fell and got a 2nd yellow for it. Valdes looked like he thought the same thing.
    The photo of Casillas and deGea after the derbi was so sweet. In my mind, Iker took David out for a beer afterwards.

  40. hereforthenando says:

    I can't even begin to explain how happy Liverpool's win yesterday made me. I never–I repeat, NEVER–thought that Liverpool would win this one. With the way that they had been playing, I had been dreading this match for a while. But then, Liverpool came out and played AMAZING. In the first half, they were on fire. Then, in the second half, their defensive discipline, and a lot of help from Lucas Leiva, brought them the victory. I am elated. Overjoyed. Euphoric. As happy as a clam at high tide.

    Fernando, you've done it again. I never stopped believing in you.

    And to all Liverpool-loving Kickettes: At the end of the storm there's a golden sky. YNWA.

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      Seriously, I had no hope going into this one. Well, maybe a bit because of no Poulsen and Dirk was back, but I don't think any of us expected such a result. The friend I was watching with was like "I thought you said they were gonna lose?"

      Walk on walk on with hope in your heart! :-)

      • Leya_S says:

        Ditto. Going, I was like "Damn, Liverpool is not going to get their 3rd consecutive win, not against Chelsea." In all fairness, Chelsea had conceded 2 goals TOTAL for the season, and their record was…well, to be frank, the complete opposite of Liverpool.

        But in the 12th minute when Fern scored I was like "YESSS!!!!" and I jumped up and raised my hands triumphantly over my head. And then his second goal was just GORGEOUS. I was like "Fernando, you're back!" and I almost wept a little. OMG and PEPE!!! Aside from his ass looking thoroughly fantastic in those shorts, he was on FIRE!

        AHH!! I can't stop being excited about it! Not only did they win, but Fern scored twice, AND they kept a clean sheet?!? Words cannot express….

        • Nando y Geri 4ever says:

          i was sure Chelsea would beat them, but when Nando scored, all broke loose!! His 2nd goal was so beautiful like you said…….i actually did start crying when he scored the 2nd one!

    • @Lyandra says:

      I agree with you 100%. I wasn't expecting much from the game at all, but they all played so brilliantly well. And while Nando was outsanding. Credit to Lucas as well. Just hope they can sustain this level of performance for the games to come.

      And I'm still ecstatic!

    • ThatWelshOne says:

      "As happy as a clam at high tide" Amazing! Sums it up perfectly!

    • Ninjess says:

      My brother is a Chelsea fan. I figured I'd have to endure an entire Sunday of gloating. To be the gloater and not the gloatee (they're definitely words. Look 'em up!) was beyond awesome. Suddenly, an entire Sunday of gloating seems like a good thing.

  41. BarceLisa says:

    Did anyone else see Joe and Carly Cole watching the match with Ruby in the back with a nanny? I almost died of cuteness overload! Thank you Liverpool for helping out your biggest rivals (this makes up for you not beating Chelsea last season). Thank goodness too, because United almost made me break my TV set against Wolves. What a great weekend for me with all my teams winning. It would have been perfect if Atletico got a result against Real but I was never holding my breath for that one.

    • blue_verry says:

      Have to admit, I held a breath for Atletico but let it out 20 minutes into the game. Sigh.

  42. McRed says:


    i could only have been happier if he'd celebrated his goals by stripping naked and running round the pitch singing You'll Never Walk Alone. Go Nando!

  43. gin_in_teacups says:

    Haha! I suspected Kickette had a hand in the sprinkler incident. I was on the phone with a friend while he was watching Match of the Day and describing the sprinkler mishap to me and I had to stop myself from giggling and talking about my love of wet footballers.

    Anyway – best footy weekend ever? Possibly. Definitely the best of the season for me. The Liverpool match was so incredible, I nearly had tears in my eyes at the end when they played YNWA. And then to follow it up by Real Madrid's win in the derby made it the perfect day. Plus, the goals scored in each game were so beautiful. I could watch those Nando goals over and over again, and Carvalho's and especially Ozil's were pure class. The beautiful game indeed!

  44. senora ramos says:

    well, the weekend was great (even with arsenal's loss. come on guys!!) 11 years of nightmares for atleti!! HALA MADRID!! ozil, that was a beauty!!! and thank god carvalho is going to be ok. well done on your goal as well. sergio…well, you looked pretty and played well besides that horrible missed header. it's crazy how much sami and sergio look alike on the pitch!!
    and torres is back. not a fan of liverpool, but happy for him!

    also, totally unrelated to futbol, but what helped make my weekend even greater?! LSU BEAT ALABAMA!!! GEAUX TIGERS!!!
    sorry, college football. couldn't hold in the excitment.

    • Thea says:

      Can't believe it – Athlectico never do me any favours! The Madrid derbys are always such a let down compared to others, i.e Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester!

      • senora ramos says:

        lol! well, it really wasn't a surpirse. look at their form lately! but it always makes my day as i dispise them…even more than y'all!! el clasico will be a MONSTER at the end of the month. i'm looking forward to it!

        • BarceLisa says:

          normally I pray for Atletico to get a point or three off Real but after the Ujfalusi incident with Messi I was kind of glad to see your boys put Atletico in their place. 11 years and counting…

        • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

          A monster indeed! I'm not sure i'm looking forward to it though ;)

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        Atletico was, unfortunately, totally lackluster. We sure could have used their help. But congrats to RM. See you the 28th…

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      I was terrified for Carvalho. Heart in throat.

      Apparently one of the comms mistakenly referred to Sami as Ramos. They really do look similar out there, sometimes even I get confused if the stream I'm watching is poor quality. Every once in a while I just think "Sergio you are out of positi… oh okay then Sami."

    • DeeRoma says:

      LSU beat the Tide? Ok, that totally explains why my buddy Carla was so pissy on Facebook.

    • Ninjess says:

      Never apologize for supporting college football. I'm a Penn State girl – this weekend will go down in history for me. Coming from a 21-point deficit to give Joe Paterno his 400th win. The only thing that could make the weekend better was if the marching band played "All I Do Is Win" after the game. Or if Liverpool beat Chelsea.

      Wait. Both of those happened. I'm one happy girl! :)

  45. Missy Manchester says:

    On behalf of MUFC fans everywhere, I would like to thank the following for making my weekend a big bowl of awesome:

    1. Liverpool and F9 for their outstanding defeat of Chelsea. (United are now only 2 pts behind! Yay!)
    2. Newcastle and Andy for putting Arsenal back in their rightful place…third. ;)

    Treasure this post. You may never hear me heap praise on these teams again. LOL

    (Kickette Ladies: I know I've probably pushed some fierce club loyalty buttons with my comments but…please allow me this indulgence. After all the Rooney stress, the injuries, etc., I deserve to gloat…just a little bit?? Yes? )

  46. Surely the happiest fans this morning have to be Red Devils? Three big points picked up in a last gasp winner over Wolves. The stunned look on Mick McCarthy's face. Park finding his form again with two goals. Chelsea dropping three big points and looking shoddy doing it. Liverpool giving their hated rivals a boost towards Number Nineteen. Doesn't get much better than that. Well, maybe if City had lost, but Balotelli completely losing the plot was entertaining at least.

    And in the Championship, Ipswich Town are back in a play off spot with a nice win at Sheffield United.

    All in all, feeling fantastic this morning!

  47. Summer says:

    I would like to say an only thing…It could seem stupid, sweet, unbelievable, funny, idiot, simple or something else. This is for Fernando and for every person: "To all lost souls that had stopped to believe in the love's immensity". Time, distance, bad moments don't import at the end the sun and love will always come back. Go Liverpool!!!

  48. blitzenTO says:

    Mostly a good wekend for me! Barcelona won with style, Liverpool rocked the Kop and denied Chelsea, and Villareal continues their hot streak (Go Yellow Submarine!).

    Downside: Arsenal lost and Cesc had an unusually poor game, and Atletico Madrid rolled over for RM. Boo.

    I watched five (5!) matches just on Sunday. I really must be footie crazy!

  49. lorena_yGp says:

    Once again everything in my Fottie Land is….AWESOME !!! :-) (well except Hargreaves part )
    Manchester United won- checked!!! THANK GOD we needed this win desperately before Manchester derby!!! Can't wait!!!
    Liverpool won-CHECKED which for me isn't great news usually BUT they took 3 points out of Chelsea so THX Nando!!!
    Barca won-checked….aaand Pique got red card so he won't play against Villarreal :-( Me.Sad.Very…

  50. Thea says:

    Great for Barca, Damn you Athlectico – Hargreaves is so over!

  51. mimi says:

    El Nino is back!!!