March 19th, 2012
Weekend Results: A Few Things To Brighten Your Day
We thought you might need cheering up this morning, and the boys across the European Leagues obviously felt so too.
Don’t keep them waiting, Kickettes!
The FA Cup
Aww, he’s really pleased about that, isn’t he? Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images.
Chelsea extended their winning run under Roberto Di Matteo to four in all competitions this weekend with a 5-2 win over Leicester City, two of the goals coming from drought stricken striker Fernando Torres. Nandina, who hadn’t found the net for 25 hours and 40 minutes, scored two in the match and afterwards stated that all he had needed was the confidence of his manager. Di Matteo has tipped the blonde bombshell to go on a spree, which is going to leave them both looking a bit daft if he fails to do so. And AVB laughing like a drain, presumably.
Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Stewart Downing scored only his second for Liverpool in a 2-1 win over Stoke City, while city rivals Everton have a replay to fit in after failing to beat Sunderland at Goodison.
And with that, our thoughts plummeted gutter-wards. Scott Heavey/Getty Images.
Wolves’ season went from awful to “we can’t bear to look anymore” on Sunday as Manchester United put five goals past them and sent them to the bottom of the table on goal difference. United have moved four points clear of Manchester City, whose game in hand vs. Chelsea has been moved to Wednesday.
Newcastle remain sixth after a 1-0 win over Norwich, while surprise package Swansea put three past Fulham. Wigan, who have been contesting bottom spot with Wolves for most of the season, drew 1-1 with West Brom and have hit the heady heights of nineteenth.
Ruud played for thirty minutes for Malaga at the Bernabeu and got a standing ovation from the Madrid faithful. Image:AP Photo/Andres Kudacki.
A stoppage time goal from Santi Carloza saw an end to Real Madrid’s eleven match winning run – their game vs. Malaga finished 1-1 after they failed to convert a number of opportunities. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 to come within eight points of their rivals, while Roberto Soldado’s hat-trick vs. Athletic Bilbao kept Valencia in third.
The battle for survival continued at the bottom, with Granada picking up a valuable three points vs. fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon, beating them 2-1. Granada are fifteenth while Sporting slip to nineteenth.
Edinson Cavani: Cometh the hour, cometh the abs. Image: Dino Panato/Getty Images.
Claudio Ranieri was forced to deny that Diego Forlan refused to come off the bench when asked this weekend, during Inter’s 0-0 draw vs. Atalanta. Forlan was called upon to replace Joel Obi, but Luc Castaignos ended up coming on, with Ranieri claiming that the Uruguayan felt unable to carry out the role his manager had in mind for him.
Put it this way, Kickettes. One of them is going to end up on the golf course soon enough. Care to wager who it’ll be?
AC Milan’ four point lead at the top remains intact after they beat Parma 2-0. Closest rivals Juventus did their goal difference no harm at all with a 5-0 away win over Fiorentina, while Napoli put their Champions League woes behind them, coming back from 2-0 down vs. Udinese to pick up a much needed point. Edinson Cavani, once again, was the hero of the hour, scoring both and bringing his total for the season to eighteen.
He only got one goal and Arjen got three, but we’re pretty sure you lot are not going to moan about our choice of image here. Image: AP Photo/Michael Sohn.
It would take something pretty enormous to eclipse the twenty goals in three games that Bayern have notched up, but we think we found it in Thomas Muller’s shorts. Tommy scored the first of Bayern’s six unanswered goals vs. Hertha Berlin, with Gomez and Kroos taking one each and Arjen Robben helping himself to a nifty little hat-trick. Hertha are now lying in a crumpled little heap at nineteenth in the table.
Borussia Dortmund retained their position at the top despite their rival’s greed – they beat Bremen 1-0 – but they will be well aware that should it come down to it, they will no longer be able to rely on goal difference to take the title. Bayern have +47 while Dortmund have just +37. What a difference ten days makes!
Eden Hazard. Young, cute and if the rumours are to be believed, heading towards the EPL. Image: Reuters.
While we’re sure he was at the game to watch his number one summer target’s performance on the pitch, Roberto Mancini must have appreciated the sight of Eden Hazard’s superb thighs during Lille’s 4-0 tonking of Valenciennes. The rumoured target of several big name EPL clubs scored one and claimed three assists in the game which helped Lille retain third spot, while Toulouse gained ground behind them with a 1-0 win over Rennes.
Seen anything there you like, people?