November 1st, 2010
Weekend Results: Goal Faces & Farces
David Villa: Goal celebration or sex face? We’re going with the latter, natch. Getty Images/Daylife
Apologies for our absence on Friday, activities were suspended due to the Kickette staff’s attendance of a team building exercise. The weekend, undertaken with the idea of maximising our ability to provide you with exciting, informative posts, involved hiking, building shelters, crossing rivers and lots of mud, all things we were totally prepared to do in the name of our art.
Unfortunately one of our number refused to get off the bus as she found out there were no shops within a 50 mile radius. We were forced to de-camp to the local five star hotel for manicures and meditation.
Still. We tried. Allow us to make it up to you with the Weekend Results.
Pretenders to the throne Manchester City stuttered for the second weekend in a row, losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reports that manager Roberto Mancini has lost control of his expensive dressing room will make the next few weeks crucial in City’s campaign for Champions League football next season.
Normal service for the other clubs in contention for the top four, Chelsea coming from behind to beat Blackburn 1-2 and Arsenal leaving it late, an eighty-eighth minute Alex Song goal the difference as the Gunners beat West Ham 1-0.
2-0 was the final scoreline between Manchester United and Spurs but to imply it was that simple would be doing a disservice to referees and rule makers everywhere. We haven’t got the room or inclination to go into the details of this farce, simply view Nani’s goal here and then read this. Then lie down. (Getty Images/Zimbio)
Lastly from England, congrats to Newcastle captain and surrogate dad Kevin Nolan, who scored a hat trick for the Magpies in their 5-1 demolition of local rivals Sunderland. Parenthood is suiting him, no?
If Real Madrid’s five goal margin last week was a statement of intent, Barcelona certainly got the message. Their response? A 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla, including yet another two from Leo Messi and two from our leading boy Daveeed Villa. Only a point separates the two sides now, Real’s 3-1 victory over Hercules ensuring they keep the initiative for another week. Real Zaragoza currently prop the table up after a 1-1 draw at Valencia.
In the big game of the weekend, Juventus visited the San Siro and helped themselves to a vital three points at the expense of AC Milan, the game finishing 2-1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Milan’s only goal and his response to the loss can be seen on the left. (Getty Images/Daylife)
After an horrendous start to the season, Roma finally scraped their way into the top half of the table with a bad tempered 2-0 victory over Lecce. Lazio’s 1-0 win over Palermo saw them open up a four point lead at the top, despite second place Inter’s 1-0 win away at Genoa.
Twas status quo at at Arles over the weekend; they lost 2-0 at Lorient and sadly remain rooted to the bottom of the table with two points. The other end of the table looks slightly less familiar, however, promoted Brest’s 2-0 defeat of St Etienne taking them to the top. Elsewhere, Lyon beat Sochaux 2-1 to take ninth and Nice slipped to seventeenth after losing 2-0 at Auxerre.
Last up, Bayern Munich finally gave their fans something to cheer about, a 4-2 win over SC Freiburg lifting them to seventh place. They’ll need to do more than that to keep Schweini’s bratwurst safe in Germany, though. Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged to the top with an unexpected 2-0 away win over in-form Mainz, while Schalke were dragged into the relegation places, losing 1-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
Bit of a mixed bag this week, team! Your thoughts?