August 29th, 2011
Weekend Results: Drama & Dance Moves
Where we see ourselves fitting into Mario Gomez’ life, as demonstrated by David Alaba. Image: Reuters/Daylife.
It’s Monday. Drinking time is still hours away. But at least we can reminisce on a pretty entertaining weekend of footy.
Images: Getty Images/Daylife, AP Photo/Daylife.
T’was a seriously scary moment for Chelsea on Saturday, after Didier Drogba was knocked out and stretchered off stemming from an aerial clash with Norwich keeper John Ruddy. His team and fans soldiered on in his honour, though, with Frank Lampard converting the resulting penalty and Drogba replacement sub, Juan Mat, scoring on debut to seal the deal. (Ed Note: Any Kickettes with Mr Drog injury updates, please update us when you can!)
The Blues went top until Liverpool beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 and the Reds held first place until Sunday lunchtime, when the enemy factions of Manchester banded together to demonstrate that no-one else need bother with a title bid – they have it all covered.
City made opponents Spurs look like amateurs on their own ground – no mean feat considering Spurs’ success in Europe last year. Edin Dzeko helped himself to a hat-trick plus one for good measure, while Sergio Aguero snagged his third of the season in the 5-1 tonking. Spurs, meanwhile, appeared to be suffering from the same transfer-related malaise they’re North London neighbours have been sporting recently; Luka Modric’s proposed transfer to Chelsea seemingly a huge distraction for all concerned.
As we know, Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson have not taken particularly kindly to their local rivals’ upturn in fortune, and articulated this succinctly with a shot (or eight) across City’s bows. 8-2 was the final score, but that is largely unimportant. What Manchester United players will take away from this game is confidence: Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick proved he is over his drought; Ashley Young’s brace confirmed he can play with the big boys; and David De Gea? Who knows how much good he did himself with that penalty save?
We can but wait and see, but figure it might be fun.
Xabi tummy! Xabi tummy! Everything must stop for Xabi tummy! Image: Reuters/Daylife, Getty Images/Daylife.
With fixtures kicking off a week late and Barca’s opening game pushed back to Monday, all eyes were on Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza this weekend, and like the big boys in the EPL, Los Blancos didn’t disappoint. They humiliated Real Zaragoza on their home turf with a 6-0 victory that read as an outright challenge to their Catalan rivals, who, as we all remember with good cheer and no arguing in the comments section, lifted the La Liga trophy last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored three, and with Marcelo, Kaka and Alonso also grabbing one each, it looks as though they will be firing on all cylinders. Hopefully, some people (possibly hinted at by the gentlemen on the left) will remember that the pitch is indeed where the action should take place.
While Sergio Aguero was knocking one in for his new team, his former club were feeling his absence. Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 with Osasuna, and although they played well, the absence of Aguero and Forlan (who has other, Italian shaped things on his mind) told in the final third of the pitch.
No such hassles for Valencia though, who have picked themselves up after last season’s player haemorrhage and beat Racing Santander 4-3. Roberto Soldado was the hero of the ninety minutes, cheerily scoring goals at will, but luckily they were mostly into his own net, so all was well.
Dennis Diekmeier’s (l) left elbow is a bit low and Mato Jajalo’s right leg could come up a bit, but otherwise this isn’t a bad entry to the Kickette Synchronised Baller-In-Motion contest. Image: AP Photo/Daylife.
Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over FC Kaiserslautern, but the real goal-fest in the Bundesliga this weekend occurred between Hamburg and Cologne. Seven goals were scored, but despite putting up a great fight, Hamburg failed to snag the three points after Christian Clemens and Kevin McKenna both scored late on.
SC Freiburg also scored three against Wolfsburg’s washboards while one was enough for both Hertha Berlin and Nuremburg. On Sunday, Schalke continued their winning run with a 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach while Hanover and Mainz shared the spoils of a 1-1 draw.
Jeremy Pied (left) offers his congratulations in the Kickette approved manner to Miralem Pjanic. Image: Getty Images/Daylife.
Montpellier remain at the top of the Ligue 1 table this morning, despite a 2-1 defeat by Lyon relieving them of their unbeaten record. Miralem Pjanic and Jeremy Pied scored for Lyon, while Henri Bedimo’s consolation goal gave Montpellier some solace, if no points.
Better news for Rennes, who, having lost 4-0 to Montpellier last week, were involved in a five goal thriller against Caen. M’baye Niang’s penalty miss for Caen turned out to be crucial to the 3-2 result, but Rennes managed to hang on for the three points and find themselves in fifth.
What was on your footy schedule this weekend? Did Carlos Bocanegra do some hot and sexy in the SPL that we should see?
Hope you had a good one too!