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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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