February 14th, 2011

Weekend Results: Astonishment & Arse Kicking

Despite hours of rehearsal, Nani still hadn’t grasped the basic moves required for his role in Manchester United’s interpretation of Titanic. Luckily, Wayne Rooney was practically channelling Kate Winslet and saved the day. Image: Getty Images/Zimbio.

Occasionally in football, a goal possessed of such technical skill, grace and sheer audacity comes along that makes fans of all football clubs pause. That forces grunts of grudging admiration from even the most hardened cynics and alters the course of a player’s season and possibly that of his club.

Admittedly it helps if the player is Wayne Rooney, if he’s coming off the back of a mayhem scandal inspired slump in form and chooses to score it in a game that effectively ends the title chances of his club’s bitter rivals, but doesn’t that just add to the drama?

Regardless of your team affiliations, impatience at football financial wranglings and infidelity fatigue, take a moment this morning to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacle of Rooney’s overhead kick winner against City on Saturday. It might not be the goal of the season, it might not be the best goal ever scored at Old Trafford but it’s damn good, yo.

EPL

Taking the excitement of last weekend into consideration, plus Rooney’s goal in the early kick off on Saturday, we could do with a bit of peace. And thankfully, the other fixtures in the EPL complied with our requirements, offering limited commotion and shocks, allowing us to focus most of our attention on the other leagues and white wine spritzers. Theoretically.

With their Champions League fixture against Barcelona looming large on the horizon, Arsenal made easy work of a struggling Wolves side; Robin van Persie (left) scored two which prompted Wolves manager Mick McCarthy to claim he had a ‘big mark on his arse where he’d had it kicked’.

Normally we’d be first to ask for a look if such a declaration had been made on or near a football pitch, but in this circumstance we’ll decline with thanks.

Raul Meireles scored his fourth goal in five games to continue Liverpool’s resurgence under Kenny Dalglish. Unfortunately, Wigan failed to keep to their remit of losing away from home; Steve Gohouri snatched the equaliser to leave Liverpool stranded in sixth place.

Also finishing in a draw were the games featuring Blackpool vs. Aston Villa (1-1), and Blackburn vs. Newcastle United (0-0) but it was the game at the Hawthorns that drew attention. West Bromwich Albion were 3-0 up at half time, but after an inspirational Scott Parker pep talk during the break, West Ham staged a Newcastle-esque comeback and the game finished 3-3. Great news for new West Brom coach Roy Hodgson, who watched from the stands.

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio.

La Liga

It’s been a record breaking season for Barca so far, but this weekend Real Madrid got in on the act, too. For Iker Casillas (at left) that record was the ’earliest sending off in a Spanish league match for a Real player‘. Still, they all count, and his team held it together with third choice keeper Antonio Adan to beat Espanyol 1-0.

This result was all the more important for Los Blancos considering that league leaders Barcelona drew against sixteenth place Sporting Gijon, leaving them a relatively narrow five points clear of Madrid. David Villa’s late goal saved Barca’s blushes, but for neutrals, the Spanish title race just got that little bit more exciting.

Elsewhere, third place Valencia saw off Atletico Madrid 2-1 but Villarreal lost ground with their defeat to Deportivo La Coruna keeping them in fourth. And, despite a 2-2 draw against Getafe, Malaga find themselves find themselves propping up the table, while Hercules snatched another win, this time beating Real Zaragoza 2-1.

Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

Serie A

AC Milan appear to have located their winning ways once again: their 4-0 victory over Parma gave a stern warning to a Gareth Bale-less Spurs, who will be visiting the San Siro in the Champions League on Tuesday. Milan are top, but only by three points as Kickette’s own gothic goal fiend Edinson Cavani scored another two to give Napoli a vital 2-0 win against Roma.

Lazio also beat Brescia 2-0 and remain in third, while Udinese’s 3-0 win over Cesena (two goals from Di Natale, one from Inler) made certain of fifth place. Inter Milan remain fourth after a 1-0 defeat to Juventus (Gigi Buffon, left), who rise to sixth.

Image: Reuters/Daylife.

Bundesliga

A second successive draw for Borussia Dortmund saw their lead cut to ten points, a margin unlikely to trouble them. Bayer Leverkusen did their best to cut the deficit, a solid 3-0 victory over Eintract Frankfurt coming despite Michael Ballack’s inability to play due to a knee injury.

Bayern Munich were also among the goals; they put four past Hoffenheim to take third, although at this stage of the season a thirteen point deficit is (barring a spectacular Dortmund collapse) probably too much ground to make up.

Hannover drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen to take fourth, while two goals from Lukas Podolski (left) helped Koln beat fifth placed Mainz 4-2.

Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

Ligue 1

And so to France, where Lille maintained their title challenge with a 2-0 win over Toulouse, the goals scored by Gervinho and Tulio De Melo. Current runners up Rennes also won 2-0 over Nice, while two goals from Gignac gave Marseille three points over Sochaux. Which must have been a relief.

Lyon beat St Etienne 4-1 in front of Jose Mourinho, but the hot news comes from Arles, where France’s most patronised team (by us) actually collected their ninth point of the season in a 0-0 home draw with Montpellier.

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Sickened by San Iker’s dismissal? Excited by Wazza’s wonder goal? Tell us about your footballing weekend, Kickettes!

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50 Responses to “Weekend Results: Astonishment & Arse Kicking”

  1. IrishBlue says:

    Mick Mc Carthy's quotes never fail to make me smile :) I guess Rooney was feeling the need to just let Dimi know that no amount of mayonnaise massages will make Fergie love him more. Great goal, I wish my boys would produce something like that…Oh and David Luiz, I wanna play with your hair!

  2. i says:

    WAZZA IS THE SWAN QUEEN!!!!!!!!

  3. rubyqueen says:

    i loved the rooney goal and i loved his celebration even more.:) oh god it was a mixture of titanic and jesus on the cross.

  4. kaitlin says:

    rooney's goal was so good, the american sports show "Sports Nation" gave it three cheers, the most amount of cheers one can get on that show. (:

  5. TheAmethyst007 says:

    1) I wasn't completely pleased with the 1-1 draw for Liverpool, but I'm still so proud of my Reds. Raul Meireles was pure perfection, and Luis Suarez was so hungry for a goal. Don't worry my dear, I know you'll be getting a lot of those this season.
    2) As much as I hate to, I have to give credit where it's due. So yes, Rooney' s goal was incredible, and RVP played so beautifully this week-end.
    3) Oh Real Madrid, how I love you so. My Iker, you did not deserve that red card. Only five point gap now!
    4) Please, please let Liverpool get into the top 4. It would be so,so, so, so awesome. If that's not possible, I hope that Chelsea at least stays out of the top 4. (Sorry Chelsea fans, but I'm still angry)

  6. @AgnesWonka says:

    Wayne Rooney showed he is freaking master class!!!!
    HATERS GONNA HATE!

  7. laligaforladies says:

    OK, enormous Iker and Real Madrid fan here, but I'm not making any judgments on that red card. I was totally shocked when it happed (my jaw hung open four about five minutes), but I'm no ref and the couple of angles they show really don't give you a good picture of what happened. It isn't a matter of how hard Iker hit Callejón (which admittedly wasn't very hard, it's a question of whether he was going for the ball or the player. Lahoz is a good referee, and he called the play as he saw it. I admire Iker for not arguing the card even though he disagreed with it, and I'm very happy that Madrid won anyway.

    • Crackers says:

      Part of my own disbelief was the fact that Iker was getting it- one doesn't expect it, you know? Maybe if it was Sergio….but Iker!!!

      I mean, I can see the logic of why the card was given- if Becks could get red carded for flicking a boot in the direction of Diego Simeone in the '98 World Cup when he didn't even make contact with the man, it's possible for Iker to get one here when he didn't hit him very hard at all but actually made contact. But you're right, he took it without arguing and Madrid won, so all is well at least for now (still don't like the prospect of him being ruled out of the next match though).

  8. It's nice to see Rooney score, but his celebration stance (I call it the wannabe Jesus) was rediculous!

  9. Deanna says:

    This weekend was GREAT!
    1. Gunners lookin' good! READY FOR BARCA!
    2. Real picking up points even with the red. Marcelo's reaction to his goal: I could watch that over and over again!
    3. And a Silva goal! Dzecko probably thought it was his, but its in the books as Silva's. Was I the only one that saw Silva point to his back like "I helped too!"

  10. Poppy says:

    Cause i´m a madridista i want to throw eggs on these ref, who gave Iker the totally unfair red card!!!!!
    But Barca lost points so i am happy with this weekend:) It will be a great match on wednesday with Arsenal- Barca!! I´M EXCITED!!!!!

  11. BarceLisa says:

    Apart from Barca's failure to win, this weekend was perfect for me. Juve beat Inter and United beat City. Plus we got the rare sight of Iker being shown a red card, I think he must have been reading Kickette's latest posts about Pastasauce. It would have been a great weekend regardless of Barca's result but I just cannot get past it.

    I love how news sites still refer to these "neutrals" who would like to see the La Liga title race become must closer. I have yet to meet one of these so-called neutrals, in Spain you either support Real or Barca (or have either as your second favorite team). People who claim neutrality are liars (much like my favorite football writer Phil Ball, a closet Madridista).

    I don't know, I guess Barca not winning will always wreak havoc with my emotions. Its not healthy for a football club to have that much influence on your psyche but hey, I wouldn't have it any other way.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Neither would I, Lisa. Neither would I. Football IS emotions, you know. Sometimes I find myself taking victorys for granted, but then it takes just one little mistake from the boys and I start to fear a collapse like the one Chelsea suffered. But no, no, no, that won't happen. It will not.

  12. @mezz98 says:

    I think I found my Bundesliga team in FC Koln. I fell in love with Podolski during the World Cup last year, and I've liked how Koln have played in the last 2 matches. So that's me, smitten.

  13. Devilish-x says:

    p.s. Anderson's reaction to Rooney's goal was simply priceless! :'D

  14. guest says:

    tottenham not even mentioned? :( going down early but the coming back with a header from dawson and a screamer from niko "most beautiful man in london" kranjcar. http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03Uq6Cy0QA7xK…

  15. Marie says:

    I absolutely enjoyed Barca's match this weekend, it was really entertaining and Sporting played well. For me after Real betis, they are the team that played best against us. (Hercules is third on my list)

    And Espanyol……i have nothing to say! NOTHING

  16. Devilish-x says:

    The result of the manchester derby was so awsome! & of course the goal from Wazza was amaaaazing!
    Nani had a great game and I think its important to say that our man Smalling did a great job in coming in for Rio.. Eeeek I'm still so hyped up even days after the win :-D
    p.s. I am SO excited about the return of champs leg, even if the set-up this year is a tad wierd which means united shall be playing next week. hmmm

  17. Crackers says:

    My reaction to San Iker's red card- WTFWTFWTFNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! (seriously, he's hardly ever been carded in what, ten years of his career).

    I'm still trying to decide whether this is equally absurd or more absurd than his yellow card from the Euro 2008 final, when he was trying to calm other people down and the ref did a two-in-one-go carding for him and Ballack. But Adán did a wonderful job of filling in for him- good on the boy, I think he'll be a fantastic first-team goalkeeper some day.

    And Raul Meireles, my man, he is wonderful. Getting King Kenny in looks like the best thing to happen to my reds in a while now, and I'm crossing my fingers for things getting better.

  18. Lily says:

    Best weekend for Madrid seriously I was so proud of them!

    First playing with 10 men and winning, and playing like that? Seriously absolute brilliance!

    Loved it!!!!!

  19. xoWinnie says:

    i have no complaints about this weekend :)

  20. beebe says:

    Rooneys goal made me really impressed, but now he has had his fifteen minutes of glory in my life, back to ignoring him and the rest of Man utd. Ynwa

  21. Leya_S says:

    I spent the weekend fasting so I only managed to watch the Gunners game. Robin Van Persie is UNREAL as of late. He's just amazing when he's in form, and I'm excited for him, although I am missing Marouane Chamakh who is quickly seeing his form disappear with lack of playing time, but how can I complain about that when the team as a whole is doing well. Worried for Wednesday, though, especially with Samir injured.
    Rooney's goal was one of those that even us non-ManU fans were like "dayyyymmmmmmnnnn, that was hot".

  22. blake2108 says:

    If that weren't Wayne Rooney scoring, no one would give a toss about that goal really. Totally overhyped. As a United fan though, I'm pleased.

    Gareth Bale's volley v Stoke (on my birthday) was clearly goal of the season though, and will remain so until he scores something better.

    I am not at all biased.

  23. Summer says:

    Not a United's fan but I have to say that Rooney's goal was SPECTACULAR, really pure genius and if you don't agree with me, you don't understand nothing about football…
    Also I can't still say if this week has been good for me, because I just need to have a little patience and see Chelsea's game tonight.

  24. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    Not really a man united fan but wat an incredible goal from rooney! I wasn't happy with the draw between liverpool and wigan but glad my gunners beat the wolves :) OMMMMMMMG IM SOO NERVOUS/EXCITED FOR THE ARSENAL VS. BARCA GAME ON WEDNESDAAAAAY!!! AHHHHH!!!

  25. Rossanera says:

    FYI, Kickette, the video you've linked to of Rooney's goal has been flagged for copyright violations so we can't see it :(

  26. stephanie87 says:

    Iker's red was ridiculous. He barely tapped the Espanyol player. Oh well that is football and Real Madrid played a brilliant match being a man down for pretty much the entire game!

  27. Niina says:

    Amazing performance from Real yesterday. Adán was brilliant, as far apart as possible from a shaking nervous wreck, like you'd expect from someone making his Liga debut.

    With only 10 men, every one of Los Blancos seemed to work twice as hard, and Cristiano, Adebayor and Marcelo all had a great game. This was an important win, and I have my fingers crossed this will kick the chase for La Liga fully into gear. It ain't over etc.!

    • MadridistaJenn says:

      Your comment is perfect like Marcelo's goal.

    • senora ramos says:

      amen sister! what a phenomenal match that was. just….WOW! i was incredibly impressed with our captain marcelo, manu, and cron! they all had amazing matches. so proud of our boys. adan was great. so proud of him on his debut. that was one of the proudest matches i've had thus far this season for our boys. i tie it with last year's 2nd sevilla leg. just amazing!

    • C16 says:

      Preach it, gurl!

  28. gin_in_teacups says:

    Not best pleased that Liverpool drew with Wigan, but what can you do? I'm still feeling good about 6th place and think we have a chance of moving up even higher. Especially if Raul keeps it up – that man is a gorgeous glorious football god.

    And oh La Liga. Oh oh oh La Liga. You bring me joy. Although red card for Iker – WHA?

  29. Thea says:

    Barca – record run may be over, but the dream never dies.

    • BarceLisa says:

      all good things must come to an end. Plus unless Real beat us at the Bernabeu by 5 clear goals the gap is still basically six points. These so-called neutrals (closet Madridistas) will say anything to unnerve Barca.

  30. Tricia says:

    That was Goal of the Season from Rooney. And if you don't agree, you're just a sad sad BITTER. Manchester is RED.

  31. Eva says:

    I couldn't believe my eyes when Iker- IKER, of all players- got sent off! He hardly ever gets carded at all (well, goalkeepers don't generally get carded so often anyway, and this is maybe the third time in his entire career he's had a red card), but congratulations to Real for winning the game!

    And Raul Meireles….I could kiss him now, it's a pity Liverpool didn't win but he's been in crack form lately.

  32. Bri says:

    Highlight of the weekend was when Pep pretty much assaulted baby Bojan with glee after Dahveeeed scored. It was adorable. Bojan's face was priceless.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      I know! Pep looked absolutely crazy! Bojan didn't look scared though :) . Pep seems like a pretty intense guy.

  33. Sergz says:

    1. Glory Glory Man United! Rooney rarely scores nowadays but that goal made up for every missed opportunity. Atta boy!

    2. Iker's red card was totally uncalled for.