April 16th, 2012

Weekend Results: Crossing The Line

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This is moments away from becoming pornographic. Anyone got any further footage? We’ll pay. Image: AFP PHOTO/PATRIK STOLLARZ.

We’ve got no time for pleasantries, just straight up action for today, Kickettes.

Same as when we’re on a date.

The FA Cup – Semi Finals

Not a good time to pick up a hamstring injury, David. But on the plus side, we’re sure Eva will look after you. Image: AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS.

Is Andy Carroll’s poor form actually a cunning ruse? Does the striker deliberately fluff chances to lull the opposition into a false sense of security? Is anything impossible in this batshit game of ours?

Everton might feel that way this morning after Pony Boy popped up in the penalty area and headed in the winner for Liverpool on 87 minutes.  His side will face Chelsea in the Cup Final, but although the final score was a pretty comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of Spurs, there was still plenty of controversy.

Just get the damn goal line technology, would you? If only so everyone can stop waffling on about it.

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EPL


Image: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis.

Which brings us neatly to Ashley Young’s ‘penalty appeal‘. It would be wrong of us to cover the controversy of one issue without giving due attention to the other, so we’re going to retreat to our default position of referencing but largely ignoring both. Regardless of how he got there, Ash hit the deck (again) and was awarded a penalty. Manchester United went on to win the game 4-0, restoring a five point lead at the top of the table and leaving Villa perilously close to the relegation zone. Unsurprisingly, they’re not happy.

Manchester City, on the other hand, are looking a little perkier this morning. A few months on the golf course has obviously cheered Carlos Tevez up no end and he scored a hat-trick in City’s 6-1 tonking of Norwich. Now speculation is rife that the Argentinian will be the player to rekindle City’s title aspirations. Would Fergie explode?

Probably.

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La Liga

Fair means or foul? We’re opting for the former. It isn’t as though world will be surprised to learn we’re dirty leches, is it? Image: AP Photo/Alberto Saiz.

A win for Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday will take the champions to within a point of Real Madrid, after the top two beat Levante 2-1 and Sporting Gijon 3-1 respectively. Please note that the proximity of That Game™ might lead to Kickette staffers pretending Spanish football doesn’t exist this week.

Gijon’s defeat only compounded their relegation woes – they are now nineteenth in the table – and it didn’t help that fellow strugglers Real Zaragoza beat Granada 1-0. They’re still in all kinds of trouble, but at this stage of the season anything is possible, right?

Espanyol probably feel like that. They beat third placed Valencia 4-0 and join the crowd of teams on 45 points in La Liga. Villarreal have to refer back to last season for those heady heights though, their run of poor form has seen them drop to sixteenth place and a 1-1 draw vs. Racing Santander on Sunday was scant comfort.

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Serie A

Image: AP Photo/Federico Bernini, LaPresse.

The sad death of Piermario Morosini in Livorno’s game vs. Pescara saw all Serie A and Serie B fixtures suspended this weekend. Many fans gathered at the stadium to leave tributes to the player.

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Bundesliga

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Cologne 3-0 and are mere moments away from securing a Champions League spot. Does this warrant a rerun of Dino Drpic and Nives Celsius centre circle shenanigans? Apparently, it does.

Cologne remain in deep do-do, but are still gasping for air. Unlike Kaiserslautern, who, at nine points adrift at the bottom after a 2-0 home defeat to Nuremburg, are down but for the shouting. Nuremburg are now more or less safe from automatic relegation, but it could yet go either way for Hertha Berlin who drew 3-3 at Bayer Leverkusen.

After defeat against their title rivals Dortmund midweek, Bayern dropped points again at home to Mainz. The gap is now nine, after Dortmund beat Schalke 2-1.

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Ligue 1

Well, hello there Anthony (c). Image: REUTERS/Robert Pratta.

Anyone remember Anthony Le Tallec? His dodgy hair and ‘French gem’ status ensured that his indifferent form remained in the memories of Liverpool fans for longer than was probably fair, but it’s possible his contribution could be decisive in the Ligue 1 title race this season. Le Tallec, who has manned up significantly since the last time we saw him, scored an 86th minute equaliser for Auxerre in their game vs. PSG this weekend.

PSG are currently engaged in a ‘to the wire’ contest with Montpellier for the title, and a win would’ve seen them draw level on points with their rivals. Their 1-1 draw, coupled with Montpellier’s shock defeat to Lorient leaves us in an ‘as you were’ scenario. Thankfully. We can’t cope with anything more complicated right now.

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MLS

David Beckham. Never write off a man with skill sets like this. Image: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.

Daddy Cool scored in LA Galaxy’s second win of the season on Saturday – a 3-1 victory over Portland Timbers. The Timbers drop to the foot of the Western Conference, swapping places with the Galaxy who now have six points.

Kansas City’s insane start to the season continued: their 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake was their sixth  and they have yet to drop a single point. They are now eight clear of nearest rivals New York Red Bulls, who drew 2-2 with San Jose Earthquakes.

Everyone is doing better than Toronto FC though, whose 1-0 defeat to Chivas gave them five in a row. That’s right, Canadian Kickettes, their points tally for the season so far is a big fat zero. Our spies tell us that this isn’t the only sporting debacle to be witnessed in the area.

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70 Responses to “Weekend Results: Crossing The Line”

  1. Kay20 says:

    No comment on Becks' new do??????

  2. Jen says:

    Chelsea were disgraceful. Hope my Reds trounce them proper in the Final!!!

  3. lena says:

    Nothing would make me happier than seeing Chelsea beat Liverpool in the final tbh. I'm not a Chelsea fan, but I've really disliked Liverpool this season. Not only their football has been awful, but their way of handling the Suarez affair was terrible and the victim stance they take on everything they do is just funny at this point. But of course, those chants done by some Chelsea fans were completely out of line and disgusting.

    Also no, I wasn't really happy to see a woman beater score the winning goal but that's just how life goes I guess. It's also quite funny how he's set his standards so low, that when he scores in two consecutive matches he's considered a 35 mil striker. He's just so ubelievably bad.

    • guest says:

      <<Nothing would make me happier than seeing Chelsea beat Liverpool in the final tbh. I'm not a Chelsea fan, but I've really disliked Liverpool this season>>

      And nothing to do with Torres playing for Chelsea of course.

      <<It's also quite funny how he's set his standards so low, that when he scores in two consecutive matches he's considered a 35 mil striker. He's just so ubelievably bad. >>

      And yet he has scored more than Torres. Funny, huh?

  4. con2e says:

    Ashley Young get a grip! Your diving antics are laughable and disgusting. If you weren't from Ingurland you would be accused of being a diving tw*t, like Suarez is so unfairly characterized as. Thank goodness you play for Man United so you can get all those "deserved" penalties!

    • jean says:

      "like Suarez is so unfairly characterized as"? It's a joke right? He and Young are equally disgusting with their cheating and diving.

  5. IrishBlue says:

    Those Chelsea 'fans' should be ashamed of themselves. Absolutely disgusting behaviour. If people are so small minded they can't shut their mouths and show a bit of respect for one minute they shouldn't turn up at all. Disgrace.

    A win without any controversy would be nice for a change too.

    • April says:

      Right? If there are "goals" we could give back… although, I suppose football has a way of balancing things out, sometimes. Unfortunate for the team on the suffering end. At least it was a big win, though, unlike the Wigan match. Have to hand it to Wigan- they're showing the big boys how to play. They've been performing very well lately and surely don't deserve a relegation spot.

      • IrishBlue says:

        And I've just seen the Arsenal result, fantastic for Wigan! I do like Martinez, I think they have what it takes to stay up.

  6. chay says:

    Amidst all this Chelsea talk, I just have to say: YAY ANDY!! I love to love that man! :-D

  7. littlegreenpea says:

    EVA!! I was rooting for Bale's thighs, though.

  8. April says:

    Sporting KC had to be in the Eastern Conference, didn't they? I'm a Revs fan, but I can sympathize with the Toronoto fans. The season is young, though.

  9. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Bayern Munich just think now at UCL Pokal and the Bundesliga because they can not give you the BVB is already the winner!

  10. Jennifer says:

    seriously would it really have made a difference if he hadn't counted that goal? 4-1 vs 5-1? You're well beaten either way…

  11. April says:

    The goal in the Chelsea/ Spurs match was definitely not a goal. Less because of the ball crossing the line or not, and more because Terry had fouled several players. I'd have been more than fine with that not counting. However, Spurs were still in prime position to fight back (was only a second goal early in the second half). It was a sloppy "goal" at that, and Chelsea didn't really perform better because of it… instead Spurs seemed to give up when the game wasn't yet put to bed, and I felt quite bad for their fans. This is a team that has provided Chelsea with some even challenges this season, and they just sort of gave in. Even Parker acknowledged that post-match- they've dropped form recently and need to overcome that if they want to keep 4th. Of course, I prefer if they didn't, but those are the facts.

  12. Vicky says:

    As a Chelsea fan, I was appalled and embarrassed at the lack of respect from a minority of the fans. Gives the club a bad name and reputation

  13. Kristina says:

    Ok, so now Chelsea has got a "fucking disgrace" of their own. There is no way that ref saw the ball pass the line! Anyone else wanting to be Eva and get to feel David Luiz up like that? Seriously, it's a shame if he misses the game. I hate injuries!

    And the game we don't speak of is closing in on us. I wonder if I should volunteer to babysit my nephews during the game? That will prevent me from going berserk, chewing on the furniture.

  14. Sarah, Madrid says:

    and RIP Morosini, De Natale story of sponsoring his handicaped sister, brought tears to my eyes, what a heartwarming gesture

    • April says:

      Such a tragedy. From what I understand, he'd faced a lot of death in his family as well and played to pay tribute to his passed family members. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  15. Sarah, Madrid says:

    FCB-FCB-FCB, these 8 days………3 clasicos!!

    As for Cristano and Messi, what are these guys on 41 goals in Liga so far this season? sorry, for me right now Falcao is the Liga pichichi, as 41 is not normal number IMO :p, still with couple games left too.

    • Carolina says:

      I only have the April 22 Clasico on my calendar. When are the other two?

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        no the other 2 clasicos are RM vs bayern, it is called clasico as well, they are our fierce rivalry in Eruope :) , FCB stands for both bayern and barcelona xD

      • EvilBean says:

        They moved El Clasico to the April 21, because of the CL matches between Barcelona and Chelsea :-)

  16. Caitlin says:

    So, so happy we made it to the final! And so happy for Big Andy scoring the winner, he really deserved that after all the sh*t he's had to put up with!

    Here's hoping we can add another trophy to the Carling Cup! Would certainly go a long way to ease the pain of no CL football again next season.

  17. AnnMi says:

    i was at the match…and as a chelsea fan i was disgusted by the antics of a minor group of awful people…plenty of our own fans made our feelings known to those people too…not all fans should be put in that same category of people!

    • April says:

      Cheers to that. Thank you for letting those folks know that it won't be tolerated. It was disrespectful to the club and other fans, and most importantly the victims and loved ones lost.

    • IrishBlue says:

      Here here! It's very annoying that a small group of mindless idiots can end up giving all Chelsea fans a bad name while showing the utmost disrespect in a moment of remembrance.

  18. Anon says:

    I'm a Utd supporter and was disgusted with the Chelsea supporters yesterday. Ruining a minute's silence for the worst sporting disaster this country has ever seen by chanting 'murders' is more than classless, it's vile.Despicable. But then who is really surprised? It is Chelsea after all. When even their captain made jokes at the airport just after 9/11 what can you expect?

    Kudos to the Spurs supporters who made their feelings known afterwards. And even though I'm a Utd supporter and from Manchester I sure as hell hope Liverpool will thrash Chelsea in the final. Show that plastic club and its owner and players that money can't buy you class!

    • Anon says:

      Typo: 'murderers'

    • Anon says:

      Plus the minute's silence was also intended for Piermario Morosini.

      God, I hope Barca wipe the floor with Chelsea on Wednesday. Things could get very 'Messi' indeed.

      • Thea says:

        Kinda get the impression that the el classico comments 'might lead to Kickette staffers pretending Spanish football doesn’t exist this week' was there way of saying they don't want commenting too much on it!

      • AnnMi says:

        there was actually an applause…from the whole stadium…for Morosini…

      • Kristina says:

        I hope so too Anon. I really do!

    • Caitlin says:

      Thanks. Nice to have some support from a Utd fan. :-)

    • guest says:

      I think the real irony lies in the fact that 'supporters' who are quiet for most of the match (apart from the occasional 'Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea') are incapable of keeping their mouths shut for one minute.

    • April says:

      While I completely agree that the "supporters" that chanted during a moment's silence (and chanted horrible comments, no less) should be condemned and punished, I hardly find it fair that you should paint their entire fanbase with the same brush. I'm a bit offended you'd put me in that group without knowing worth a damn what I think.

      Should I put you in the same group of ManU supporters that opted to portray Liverpool as KKK members? No? Didn't think so. Please show the same respect to other fans and only condemn those that displayed the horrible behavior. Thank you.

      • Anon says:

        I wouldn't actually put you into the group 'Chelsea fans' – more like 'Torres fans'.

        • April says:

          Oh right… because I didn't support Chelsea when he made his move to that team. Mature- thinking a player is hot doesn't mean I don't follow the sport or a team. You should probably know that, seeing as you are on this website that is dedicated to such a stance.

          • Anon says:

            I have followed my (local) team for years. As well as having attended numerous games.

            Why am I immature for pointing out that you are more of a Torres than a Chelsea fan? What was your reason for supporting the team then?

            • April says:

              If you've followed my comments enough to know I like Torres, then you've probably seen me state my reasons I chose to support CFC early this season. Not that I need to justify it to anyone, but for sake of conversation it was a combination of acquired coaches (AVB) and players (Mata) and banking my hopes on a the playing style I thought they would begin. Sure- may not work out as I'd expected, but I'm loyal to the team I am backing and I still think they have potential to mold into the attacking team I thought they'd become this season. I was also looking for a pretty level-headed fanbase, and while there are still some demented folks out there that are bound to support the same team as me, I found a pretty balanced fanbase with Chelsea (after I'd watched the PL and evaluated teams and their fansites for a little while). Furthermore, I've grown attached to a number of the players.

              Fans become fans for different reasons. We're not all so fortunate to have a local team to support, and geography isn't the only thing that factors into fandom. I am sure you've some interest in teams abroad in other leagues, too, no? Or maybe you've watched a player you like go to another team and maybe you even were introduced to a team that way? It's a great sport like that.

              • Anon says:

                Be honest – would you still support Chelsea if Torres left?

                • April says:

                  Yes. Won't be surprised if he goes this summer, actually. I'd actually like him to stay in the PL, too, but the likelihood of that is low.

        • IrishBlue says:

          If you followed April's comments that closely you would also know that she knows football inside out and is a far cry from being just another Torres fangirl.

          • jean says:

            And to be honest, it wouldn't be bad either if she were just "another Torres fangirl". People trying to shame others for that is just ridiculous. That Anon person is always rude from what I've seen.

            • Kristina says:

              She's no such thing! And your argumentation is strange. If it's not a bad thing to be just "another Torres fangirl" then how is she rude for saying that someone is?

              • FloraJane says:

                The rudeness comes from the whole tone of the original message. Just another excuse for someone to hate on Chelsea. I'm not saying those idiots who ruined the minute of silence should be excused at all, but every club out there, large and small, has some of those 'fans' and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous. Trotting out that same old 'Chelski' and 'rent-boy' tripe is seriously tired. Even if Chelsea don't beat Barcelona, the fact remains they were the only English team that made it far enough to even have a go at it, so the original poster's comments just come off as sour grapes, which honestly gives me a certain satisfaction in the face of all that nastiness.

            • IrishBlue says:

              True, anyway there's some fangirl in all of us cos that's why we all found this website in the first place. :-)

              I stumbled on this place Googling Torres myself hehe.

            • mata says:

              You said it! “Kudos to the Spurs supporters who made their feelings known” but incapable of giving credit to all the Chelsea supporters who also condemned the conduct. Just the sort of fanatical support for a club that leads to all the problems in the first place – ever notice that the word “fanatic” comes from the same word as “fan”. Why can’t some people love their own clubs without slagging off everyone else’s? Yuck.

              And I’m not even a Chelsea supporter (don’t be fooled by the name) but this sort of thing leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

    • mata says:

      Hey, completely agree about those idiots, but a little unfair on Chelsea supporters, no? It wasn't everyone, just a few bad apples, and I'm sure most Chelsea supporters were appalled.

    • Doles says:

      I'm a CFC fan and I agree is was very disgraceful of those "small number of fans" who did not respect moment of silence. However I find it a bit unfair for you to label all of us as evils.

      • Caitlin says:

        It wasn't just a small number though. There's a video on youtube and you can clearly hear it's more than just a few.

        And apparently they already mentioned on their website a few days beforehand that they were going to make as much noise as possible during the silence.

        • Doles says:

          I heard most of CFC supporters tried to hush those who were making noise.
          What I meant my "small number of fans" was that those who made the noise doesn't represent the CFC support as a whole. Also Chelsea posted public apology regarding the incident the very same day.

          I'm just frustrated with 'generalization' of CFC supporters.

          • Caitlin says:

            "I'm just frustrated with 'generalization' of CFC supporters."

            I get that. But you do have to admit that they don't help themselves. What about that time Lucas Leiva was injured (badly, might I add, he's still out) and stretchered off the pitch at Stamford Bridge – the Chelsea supporters booed him off. Is there any need for it?

            I know there's morons and bad apples at any club, it just sometimes seems like Chelsea have more than their fair share.

            • Doles says:

              if you want to start go through all the list of bad behaviors, I would like to point out that it is not just CFC but also other clubs have group of "BAD APPLES" of their own

              What did you think of that ManU fanzine Red Issue's cover regarding Muamba's collapse??
              In case you haven't seen it: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/26/red-is…

              I'm not trying to argue with you about this club is worse than ours, ours isn't as bad as that club.
              I just wanted to give you an example of horrible things that has been done by other club's supporters.
              I get your point and I am not trying to defend those morons.

              But I just can't agree that CFC has more share of morons than any other clubs.

              • Caitlin says:

                I'm not a Utd supporter, I'm a Liverpool supporter. And when Mikel Arteta was injured at Anfield a few weeks ago and stretchered off the pitch, the Liverpool supporters gave him a standing ovation. A former Everton player. Can you honestly see Chelsea doing that for a Spurs player? Give me a break for crying out loud!

                • Doles says:

                  Wow, you really do hate us no matter what.
                  I don't agree with your point but whatever. You are entitle to your own opinion so am I.
                  I'm not here to CONVERT you, for god's sake. And I just wanted to give you an exemple of things that other club's supports have done. NOT to pick on a certain club or your club.

              • guest says:

                <<But I just can't agree that CFC has more share of morons than any other clubs. >>

                Well, then let me ask you this: How come the minute's silence was observed at every other football ground and it was only the Chelsea supporters that made noise?

            • jean says:

              Liverpool fans racially booed Evra after the whole Suarez fiasco happened, that doesn't mean they're all scum does it?

              • guest says:

                "Racially booed"?? That phrase right there, "racially booed" is an accurate summary of this entire thread; so many here are trying to say something and it's not coming out quite right

        • April says:

          Where on the ChelseaFC.com site? Honestly? This is getting to be a poor stereotype of sorts- let's not pretend that LFC and ManU, and all the teams really, don't have a subset of fans that do appalling things that the rest of the club and supporters are ashamed of. I wish it didn't happen, but it's not like the club went and condoned this. Supporter websites that suggest it are foolish and such fans that partook should be admonished and probably have their brains checked. But it does all fans of the sport an injustice to say that the bad apples represent an entire fanbase. It's really taking the whole "sides" thing too far. I gather that you dislike Chelsea a lot, but casting the entire crowd in a light that many CFC fans here are stating they are in complete disagreement with is unfair.

          For the record: http://www.chelseafc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10268…

          • Caitlin says:

            I saw that statement last night already.

            As you may or may not know, Liverpool and Utd have a long-standing rivalry and tend to not get on, but even their forum (Red Cafe I think it's called) was full of disgust last night.

            • Anon says:

              No point in arguing.

              Barca are going to muller Chelsea on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. They'll drop out of the CL, lose out on the FA Cup and finish outside the top four, so all will be good.

              Time to lube up and prepare for a good humping by Barca Chelski rentboys! :-D

            • April says:

              I am fully aware of the ManU/Liverpool rivalry (top in the PL as far as I am concerned). And I wouldn't expect anything different. It was a poor display by those fans to do that, and it should offend any football fan, regardless of teams and rivalries. But of course the Chelsea sites that shunned the behavior and spoke out against it will go unnoticed. That's my point- this was something that was offensive to football and people on a whole- it was bigger than club affiliation goes and doesn't represent what your opposition fans think. Many believe that the tragedy at Hillsborough is entirely worthy of remembering and paying respect toward. And I'm also ashamed that the silence for Morosini was broken. It's all quite sad and those "fans" are sick people.

          • mata says:

            Spot on. It was just one year and one month ago today that there was that terrible debacle at the ManU/ Liverpool youth team game when the ManU fans were the ones chanting disgusting things about this tragedy and 3 ManU fans were arrested. You get idiots in every club. Pity, but there it is. And those of us who are upset about it shouldn't be turning on one another, we should be saving our hostility for the ones who deserve it.