December 20th, 2010
Weekend Results: Enough Snow, Already!
Yup. Even a slightly kinky rubber mask fails to dampen our ardour. Poor Borri. (Reuters/Daylife)
This weekend, we learned that there’s only so much fun a group of high maintenance women can have in the snow. The UK arm of the Kickette organisation inform us that while they have enjoyed thinking about building a snowman, road testing cashmere snoods and browsing the interweb for useful new winter garments, they have now had enough and would like it to go away.
Oh for the sanctuary of Kickette Island. Where the sun is hot and naked twister is compulsory. Sigh.
Amid conspiracy theories that Chelsea arranged for the snow in order to postpone Sunday’s game against Manchester United until they’d remembered how to to play, only two EPL fixtures (barely) survived the big freeze. West Ham’s 1-1 draw with managerless Blackburn ensured bottom spot for Avram Grant’s men over the festive period, while competition for European places hotted up as Sunderland beat Bolton 1-0 and took sixth spot.
Manchester City play Everton this evening, assuming that Eastlands isn’t engulfed by a tsunami in the intervening period.
Things were a little brighter in Italy, where a bespectacled Marco Borriello broke through the pain barrier to score a vital goal against his parent club AC Milan at the San Siro. Roma won 1-0, taking them to fifth (left) while Milan saw their lead at the top cut to three points as Napoli and Lazio kept up the pressure, winning 1-0 against Lecce and 3-2 vs. Udinese respectively. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Away from Serie A, Inter Milan lifted the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, beating Congolese side TP Mazembe 3-0. This is their first trophy under Rafa Benitez and it might be worth hanging onto; the side are in seventh position in the league, a massive thirteen points behind rivals AC Milan.
For the fourth time this season, Barca put five past helpless opposition (left), this time away at Catalan rivals Espanyol. Neither Messi nor Ronaldo scored in the big games this weekend - the pair are now at level pegging on seventeen league goals apiece and recent form suggests neither show any sign of crumbling under the pressure. Real beat Sevilla by a relatively disappointing 1-0 margin, although it’s worth mentioning that Real managed to accrue ten yellow cards, two of which were collected by Ricardo Carvalho. Still, Barca are only two points clear of Madrid as the winter break commences, plenty of time for a Mourinho inspired resurgence, no? (Getty Images/Daylife)
Despite a 1-0 away defeat to Eintract Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund remain ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, while closest rivals Mainz beat St Pauli 4-2. Bayern Munich are up to fifth, their 5-3 away win over Stuttgart coming courtesy of a Mario Gomez hat trick and one each from Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery. Raul also scored three in Schalke’s 3-0 win over Cologne, seeing them tenth.
It’s a little too close for comfort at the top of Ligue 1, with Lille, Paris St Germain and Rennes all on thirty one points. With Lille’s game against Nancy called off due to snow, to two sides took the initiative, Paris SG drawing 2-2 with Monaco (left) while Rennes beat Valenciennes 1-0. (Reuters/Daylife) Bringing up the rear on thirty points are Lyon whose 1-1 draw with Marseille puts them fourth.
Wondering about Arles Avignon? No, thought not. But if any of you out there have developed the faintest of interest in Ligue 1′s hapless heroes, they lost again. 2-0 to St Etienne. Poor buggers.
Did you see any football? Or was your viewing enjoyment affected by adverse weather conditions /and or upsetting facial injuries? Do tell…