November 15th, 2010
Weekend Results: Apologies & Upsets
AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This man is the gift that just keeps on giving, no? (Getty Images/Zimbio)
This morning, we would like to begin the Weekend Results post with a pledge. In future we shall try to avoid making statements on the good form or otherwise of a particular club. While it is vaguely amusing to see the application of our collective football knowledge shown up for what it is, we realise that continual damning of form clubs into the depths of embarrassment *may* alienate us from our readers. We offer our apologies to Chelsea fans in particular, a club whose form we recently described as imperious across all competitions.
Was it injuries? The departure of Ray Wilkins for undisclosed reasons? Or simply Sunderland playing a storming game of football? Having witnessed the game, and in particular, Nedum Onuoha’s (left) opening goal, we’re inclined towards the latter. Sunderland pulled off one of the shock results of the season so far, beating Chelsea 3-0 in their own backyard and simultaneously throwing a lifeline to most of the other top four contenders who failed to win. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Manchester City’s problems continued as a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City at Eastlands saw the team booed off by fans. Roberto Mancini’s position as manager is looking increasingly precarious, rumours that the club have approached Gus Hiddink for appointment in the summer not exactly helping matters.
After last week’s thrilling win over Chelsea, normal service was resumed for Liverpool, who were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City. In their well deserved victory, Stoke ran rings around Roy Hodgson’s bewildered-looking side, Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones providing the finishing touches. Last week Fernando Torres threw caution to the wind and in flashes looked like the striker we all know and love. This week he looked poor, but it was later revealed that he played with an ankle injury. It doesn’t look to be getting any better, Red Kickettes!
With Arsenal beating Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a tight game (left), Manchester United were the only other top four challengers to come out of the weekend with any semblance of dignity. 2-0 down after seventy six minutes, Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic snatched two late goals to avoid embarrassment against Aston Villa. (Getty Images/Zimbio)
With Cristiano’s Ronaldo’s Safari boots still failing to find the back of the net, Leo Messi was able to close the gap in their personal scoring battle to one. Messi scored two goals in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Villareal, taking his tally for the season to ten. Cristiano remains on eleven, but Real Madrid retained top spot in La Liga after a 1-0 win away to Sporting Gijon, courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Diego Forlan also scored two in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Osasuna, ending a run of two months without a goal. We can’t find any evidence that he stripped in the now traditional fashion, but we would be more than happy if any of you out there could confirm whether his abs got an airing.
A fifth minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty was the difference in the Milan derby this weekend; he decided to celebrate this by offering us a simultaneous viewing of his tummy and thighs (top). The Rossoneri are now top of Serie A by one point from Lazio, who beat Napoli 2-0. Inter are joint fifth with Juventus, who drew 1-1 with Roma.
Antonio Di Natale scored a hat trick in Udinese’s 4-0 win over sixteenth placed Lecce, while Javier Pastore also bagged three in Palermo’s 3-1 victory over Catania. Udinese are eighth, just below Palermo in seventh.
Remember Jeremy Pied, recently identified on this site and tagged ‘bona fide hottie?’ Well, happily he scored at the weekend in Lyon’s 1-0 defeat of Nice meaning we get to post a picture of him. Keep up the good work, Jeremy! (Getty Images/Daylife)
Brest retained the top spot in Ligue 1 despite a 1-1 draw against sixth place Marseille. Lille and Montpellier are snapping at their heels though, a 5-2 victory over Caen doing it for the former, a 1-0 win over Toulouse sufficient for the latter. Kickette favourites Arles drew 0-0 with Monaco and guess what? They’re bottom.
They’ll do well to catch Borussia Dortmund though, who are a hefty seven points clear at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Hamburg. Bayer Leverkusen kept the gap to the minimum possible with a 1-0 away win against St Pauli, while third placed Mainz slipped up against Hannover with a 1-0 home defeat.
Schalke are sixteenth after a controversial 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg, while Borussia Monchengladbach put four past bottom placed Cologne. On our travels through the Bundesliga, we happened to find this random old photo of Monchen goalkeeper Logan Bailley (left), which we thought was quite hot. Further research revealed this. We predict that more coverage of this man is a possibility. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Highlights? Lowlights? Anything in-between for you, Kickettes?