November 29th, 2010

Weekend Results: Dropped Points & Pants (Nearly)

Defeat hurts in all sorts of unexpected places for Sergio Aguero. (AP Photo/Daylife)

With Scotland attempting to nick every European official with two legs to cover for their striking referees, three centimeters of snow bringing the United Kingdom to a standstill and El Clasico being bumped to tonight because of the Catalan elections it’s a wonder we have got any results to bring you this Monday morning.

Luckily we are extremely resilient here at Kickette. As our post World Cup summer posts demonstrated, even if there is no football activity at all we are more than capable of keeping this site up and running, applying our witty and incisive prose to almost any subject.

Or, to put it another way, we can write rubbish about anything. Check us the hell out.

EPL

Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle meant that a simple 1-0 victory would have been sufficient to take Manchester United to the top of the EPL this weekend. Obviously aware that goal difference can be crucial at the end of the season, Dimitar Berbatov (left) took it upon himself to rectify United’s deficit, putting five past a hapless Blackburn, with strikes from Park Ji Sung and Nani making the final score 7-1. That’s gotta hurt. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

Arsenal managed to put their poor run behind them with a 4-2 away victory against Aston Villa, sneakily taking second spot at the same time, but Manchester City had to be content with fourth after a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Stoke.

As for Liverpool, Martin Skrtl’s first half shot never looked sufficient to take three points from an alarmingly organised Spurs side in Sunday’s big game. Fernando Torres fluffed two nailed on chances either side of half time, but Skrtl’s own goal followed by Lennon’s stoppage time winner were decisive in Spurs 2-1 win. Liverpool missed Steven Gerrard, out with a hamstring injury, and things don’t look to be getting any brighter with Jamie Carragher sustaining a dislocated shoulder. At least they can look forward to an easy ride in the FA Cup

Serie A

AC Milan remain top of Serie A, despite a disappointing 1-1 draw at Sampdoria. The Rossoneri will invariably be thrilled to learn that a better weekend was had by their arch rivals Inter, a 5-2 victory over Parma taking Rafa Benitez’ side to fifth. Second place Lazio failed to capitalise on the leader’s stumble though, also drawing 1-1 against Catania. Surprising really, considering Lazio’s innovative new distraction techniques (left). (Getty Images/Daylife)

Other results of note include Palermo’s 3-1 win over Roma and Juventus’ 1-1 draw against Fiorentina. Juve are third, level on points with Napoli who lost 3-1 at Udinese, courtesy of a hat trick by the rather scrummy Antonio Di Natale.  

Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund continued to set the pace at the top of the Bundesliga, their 4-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach taking them seven points clear of Mainz, who beat Nuremburg 3-0 at home.

Bayern Munich are up to fifth after beating Eintract Frankfurt 4-1 but Schalke lost ground after losing 5-0 away to FC Kaiserslautern. Werder Bremen beat St Pauli 3-0 via a Hugo Almeida hat trick, but his celebrations were marred slightly when he got sent off in the eightieth minute. Bremen are now in eleventh spot. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Cologne, striker Edin Dzeko making a blatant attempt to curry favour with the Kickette Abs Department. Application duly noted, Edin.

Ligue 1

Marseille and Lille share the top spot this week with twenty five points a piece. Marseille were the more convincing of the two in the games though, beating Montpellier 4-0 (left). Lille only managed a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux. (Reuters/Daylife)

There’s no room for complacency though, as Paris St Germain and Montpellier are just behind the top sides on twenty four points. Paris SG could have found themselves in top spot if they had only beaten Lyon, but had to settle for third after a 2-2 draw.

And yes. Arles lost. They were beaten 3-0 by Valenciennes and remain bottom on six points. In case you were wondering.

La Liga

With Real Madrid and Barca not facing one another until tonight, the chasing sides had an opportunity to make up some ground this weekend. Villareal grabbed that opportunity with both hands, a 3-0 victory over Real Zaragoza taking them to twenty seven points. Espanyol beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in a bad tempered match, nine players receiving yellow cards. This was overshadowed by Sporting Gijon’s 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad; eleven yellows were dished out in that game.

Will El Clasico prove even more fruitful in cautions? We’re taking bets in the Kickette office.

Views people? Unleash your wrath or otherwise, please.

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20 Responses to “Weekend Results: Dropped Points & Pants (Nearly)”

  1. Anjali says:

    JEEZ looks like he's giving himself a treat!

  2. LuvinBale says:

    Even though I am a Spurs fanned wanted us to win – to come by a win via an own goal from Skrtl just wasn’t the way I wanted it. It was a great game though.
    Both sides really put their heart and souls into it.

    I think Gareth was fouled at least 4 times. Ridiculous!!!

    God I love this game!!!!!

  3. DeeRoma says:

    As I said yesterday, in regards to the Roma game, it was like watching a whole other team play. I didn't recognize my guys at all. I just hope they get over this small hurdle and continue their winning ways. Forza Roma!

  4. Leya_S says:

    If its not Arsenal breaking my heart, its Liverpool
    Ohhhhh, Martin Skrtle…no good deed goes unpunished, eh? You score a goal on one end, the right one….and then the other, the complete wrong one.

    Freaking Berbatov!! FIVE goals?!? I was embarrassed for Blackburn, not gonna lie.

    BARCELONA VAN A GANAR ESTA NOCHE!!!! Get excited!
    And on that note, Gerard Pique posted a video of himself showcasing new Nike under layers in a sub-freezing cold room on Facebook…I love him!

  5. Rovers were poor but that shouldn't take the gloss off what was an outstanding team performance by United and an individual performance by Berbatov. You can only play what's in front of you and that was about as emphatic a victory as you could wish for. Four words: TOP OF THE TABLE.

    Ipswich Town suffered a horrid defeat at East Anglian rivals Norwich. And then drew Chelsea in the FA Cup. So, basically, I wish Sunday was a do-over.

    But that's football! The lows make you appreciate the highs even more!

  6. Ana says:

    Still mulling over Liverpool… With them having to go up against Man U in the FA Cup, it seems like less melodramatic to say the Universe is out to get them… Thankfully, though, there is such a thing as balance, and I just hope we get the upswing of the proverbial pendulum sooner rather than later… *sigh*

    On a slightly less black-void-depressing thought, el Clasico!!! :) ) The excitement is unnerving! Will be taking a self-imposed vaca from the internet till (I hope) FoxSoccer.tv puts the game up tomorrow online…

    Take care, kickettes, and make sure you drool enough for the both of us! :)

  7. littlemissunited says:

    OMG

    Kun Aguero clasping his crotch is just what I needed to make this day even more perfect. Besides the fact that it is the Clasico AND Sir Ryan Giggs' birthday today :D

    God bless us everyone!

  8. blake2108 says:

    Oh, and I'm also looking forward to hopefully seeing Aaron Ramsey back on the pitch after 9 very long months out.

  9. blake2108 says:

    All I need to say – 7-1

    (oh and that I'm pleased Gareth got through his match unhurt, so should be fit for next week :D )

  10. Thea says:

    Too excited about tonight to make any comments pertaining to the weekends results!

    • Taskeen says:

      Aaah me too! can't wait, 9:30 can't come soon enough!
      I really hope its going to live up to expectations, Barca's gotta work their magic :)

      • Thea says:

        so true!!! The Nou Camp is gonna be electric tonight! It;s my first ever El classico that I've been too!

        • Taskeen says:

          eek! you're going tonight?? so so lucky!
          you're going to have an absolute blast!
          enjoy and take loads of pics of geri, xavi and the rest of our lovely Barca boys (Ok and The Ramos, I'm a Barca girl but i have a soft spot right there lol) :)

  11. Berbie's Barbie says:

    Just when I was about to write him off, The Berba comes up tops again.
    God bless that beauty.
    And well done, United boys :D

  12. lorena_yGp says:

    Now….let's see…Man.Utd. are
    1) Unbeaten
    2)Best goal difference
    3) Finally TOP OF TABLE!!!
    4) Our TOP form is still waiting to be shown!!!
    5) Our youngsters are amazing !!!
    Ahhh it's so great to be Red devil :-)
    And when it comes to EL CLASICO may i quote ,one and only,Barny- from "How I met your mother" :-)

    "It is going to be LEGEN…..wait for it……DARY!!!!" :-) ))

    • littlemissunited says:

      hear, hear!

      Haters to the left! Man United are winning the treble this season :D

      Nice to meet a fellow Red :)

    • Sergo says:

      I support Man United too, but I thought that Chelsea had the best goal difference. I really hope that i'm wrong now though. :D I can't believe that Man United are in the top even though they've played really poorly :O

      • Tanya says:

        Oh yeah 7-1 anyone can do that. Also my grandma scored 7 goals and didn’t miss two opportunities like The Berba -_-