November 22nd, 2010
Weekend Results: Hammerings & Hangovers
Cesc Fabregas. Emirates Stadium. Saturday. Oof. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Having your backside handed to you on a plate is one thing. When the act is carried out by your bitterest rival, prevents you from sitting pretty atop the leaderboard and breaks a record of seventeen years standing, it’s another thing entirely.
But enough about the results of the Kickette Annual Pre-Thanksgiving/Champagne Drinking Contest. Please accompany us (and our hangovers) as we tour the highlights of the weekend results.
No shouting or merriment, please. We’re of a delicate disposition today.
In what must be one of the most memorable comebacks since Spurs went into the home dressing room with a half time 3-0 lead against Manchester United, Harry Redknapp’s side turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory against their North London rivals this weekend. Goals from Nasri and Chamakh in the first half had apparently sealed the victory for the Gunners, but the Wenger boys capitulated after the break, allowing Bale, Van Der Vaart and Kabul to turn the tie round.
This was doubly painful for Arsenal as Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Birmingham meant they would have taken the lead at the top of the table. Instead, Chelsea remain top on goal difference alone from Manchester United, who comfortably beat Wigan 2-0, via strikes from Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez (left). (Getty Images/Zimbio)
In a highly confusing and mad weekend, Bolton Wanderers briefly bagged themselves a Champions League (4th) spot with a 5-1 win over Newcastle, only to slip to fifth after Manchester City’s comprehensive 4-1 defeat of Fulham. If that wasn’t bewildering enough, Liverpool gave new meaning to the term ‘sporadic form’ by beating West Ham 3-0.
We’ve going to have to get a new office wall planner if this carries on.
Things look a little more certain at the lofty levels of La Liga, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona chalking up big wins to ensure no one else gets a sniff of the title. Barcelona (left) beat Almeria 8-0 (yup, that’s eight) while Real Madrid whacked an unfortunate Athletic Bilbao 5-1. Hat tricks from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their respective fixtures means that their personal goal scoring battle continues unabated. There’s only one point between the sides as we look toward the inevitable mayhem that will be El Classico on the 29th. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Villarreal’s 1-1 draw against Valencia took the Yellow Submarine to within a handy eight points of Real, but the big two weren’t the only sides to post goal laden wins. Deportivo La Coruna beat Malaga 3-0, while goals from Forlan, Aguero (2) and Simao gave Atletico Madrid a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad and sixth place. Real Zaragoza lost 2-1 at home to Sevilla and remain rooted to the bottom.
With seven away victories in the bag already, the latest being 2-1 against SC Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund are a useful seven points clear atop the Bundesliga. Mainz kept within shouting distance after a 3-2 win at Borussia Monchengladbach, while Hannover 96 took fourth with a 3-2 win over Hamburg.
Bayern Munich stumbled at Bayer Leverkusen, a 1-1 draw only sufficient to consolidate their mid table position. Schalke crept up to fifteenth position with a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen, Raul returning to form with a superb hat trick.
Another Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal, plus Lazio’s draw at Parma was sufficient to take AC Milan three points clear at the top of Serie A. Marco Borriello celebrated his entry into the latest Kickette Finest Five list with a goal in Roma’s 2-0 win over Udinese, but Inter suffered their second defeat in two games, a 2-1 loss to Chievo.
Meanwhile, Juventus continued their storming run of nine matches undefeated; a 2-0 away win over Genoa completing their rise from sixteenth position to fourth.
We know that you’ll have scrolled down here immediately to find out the latest on our unofficially adopted French side Arles Avignon. The optimistic among you might be hoping that the side got their second win of the season at home to Bordeaux. The realistic among you will not be surprised to discover that Arles retain their position at the bottom of Ligue 1 with a 4-2 defeat to Les Girondins. We still believe in you, Arles. It’s taking increasing quantities of prescription medication, but we do.
Elsewhere, Lille and Montpellier share the top spot with twenty four points each, Lille beating Monaco 2-1 and Montpellier defeating Nice 1-0. Paris St Germain and Rennes are close behind with twenty three points, beating Caen 2-1 and Brest by the same scoreline respectively.
Happy with the madness, Kickettes? Or would you prefer something a little more dignified and refined as we move inexorably toward Christmas?