February 20th, 2012

Weekend Results: More Of The Same

Despite everyone’s best efforts, the source of Bayern Munich’s current dodgy form has not yet been located. For the time being, the search continues. Image: REUTERS/Alex Domanski.

More facetious remarks accompanying amusing pictures of cute players hugging, fiddling with their bits and pointing their erogenous zones at cameras is right this way.

This is Kickette’s Weekend Results post, people. You know you love it.

FA Cup


That’s the sound of our appreciation growing for ya, Kasper. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images, AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK.

The news that Andy Carroll scored a goal and provided a cracking assist to Luis Suarez in the game at Anfield yesterday would, more often than not, be our lead riff for the English part of the Weekend Results, simply because the pony-tailed one has had such a poor run of form lately. But Andy will have to wait his turn for our fluttering eyelashes to alight upon him, as we’re busy feeling awful sorry for Brighton this morning.  In case you haven’t heard, the Championship outfit travelled to Anfield yesterday for an FA Cup tie, scored four goals and still managed to leave on the receiving end of a 6-1 whipping.

We doubt the fact that three own goals in an FA Cup tie is a record will be of much comfort to them.

AVB listens to fans chanting for MouIn other nightmarish-for-the-pretty news, misfiring Fernando Torres was subbed at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw vs. Birmingham, and Andre Villas Boas (l) spent most of the game listening to boos interspersed with pleas for the return of the Mou. Daniel Sturridge’s goal on the hour may well prove to be the decisive factor in AVB retaining his job this morning, but we’re not optimistic that sights like this, and this, will be posted on this site under the Chelsea banner for that much longer. Sigh.

Elsewhere, Spurs were held to a 0-0 draw at Stevenage, Arsene Wenger’s mood plummeted from low to subterranean with his side’s 2-0 defeat to Sunderland, Everton beat Blackpool 2-0 and Bolton beat Millwall by the same scoreline, the sculpted loveliness that is Ryo Miyaichi contributing one of the goals.

He actually looked pretty pleased, too. For him.

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La Liga

Despite being ten points clear at the top, Real Madrid are showing no sign of easing off – Racing Santander were the unfortunates on the receiving end of a 4-0 battering this weekend – and Barca’s away form has been a concern of late. On paper it really looks like it’s done and dusted.

High scores were something of a feature in this week’s round of La Liga fixtures, with Granada beating Real Sociedad 4-1, Athletic Bilbao beating Malaga 3-0 in three minutes and Mallorca smashing Villarreal 4-0. Even these scorelines were overshadowed by the madness seen at the Ciutat de Valencia, though. Levante continued their gentle slide back down the table after a superb start to the season, conceding five at home to promoted Rayo Vallecano. And it could have been a lot worse; Levante found themselves 4-1 on seventy minutes, but managed to haul back two goals (although conceding another on 85′) before the final whistle blew.

We know there’s a bunch of you out there who’ve got a soft spot for Levante. You reckon they can get back in it?

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Serie A

Image: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images.

AC Milan’s 3-1 away win at Cesena was enough for the Rossoneri to leapfrog Juventus and settle back into pole position at the top of Serie A. Juve are one point off the pace after a 3-1 victory over Catania, but probably aren’t too worried, seeing as how their closest competition, Udinese, flubbed their lines vs. mid-table Cagliari with a 0-0 draw and are now seven points behind.

Meanwhile, Inter appear to be in freefall after losing 3-0 to sixteenth placed Bologna. We are rather more concerned with the possibility of a large ego over-inflating itself though, as reports state that cries for a certain ex-manager’s return reverberated around the San Siro too. Y’know, we love ourselves a bit of the Mou, but is he really the answer to every European club’s problems?

AVB and Claudio Ranieri will probably be the only two guys on the planet not hurling themselves willingly into this particular debate.

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Bundesliga

It was a thrilling weekend in the Bundesliga, with scorelines resulting in every team remaining exactly where they were last week. Bayern Munich could have sneaked into second if they’d beaten bottom placed Freiburg, but the home side hung on grimly for a 0-0 draw, leaving Jupp’s boys in third. The Borussia’s of Dortmund and Monchengladbach are first and second, having managed to beat Hertha Berin 1-0 and Kaiserslautern 2-1 respectively.

Other notable scorelines included Schalke’s 4-0 win over Wolfsburg and Leverkusen’s 4-1 battering of whipping boys Augsberg.

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Ligue 1

PSG’s Guillaume Hoarau shows us a bit of his action. Form an orderly queue, team. Image: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.

Despite a clash between top boys PSG and Montpellier, the top of Ligue 1 remains the same this week, too. The game finished 2-2 thanks to Guillaume Hoarau’s late equaliser for the leaders, and Montpellier will be cussing themselves for letting three valuable points slip through their fingers.

In fact, the only movement in the table occurred between sixth and eighth place, where St Etienne moved up thanks to a 4-0 win at home vs. Rennes, while Toulouse lost a little ground despite beating Nancy 3-0.

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Any weekend observations that we missed? How were the matches for you, dear readers?

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61 Responses to “Weekend Results: More Of The Same”

  1. the Ra mos says:

    HELLO! Where is the picture of Yoann Gourcuff and his leather jacket sitting in the stands? that in itself is a Ligue ! update!

  2. April says:

    *not so quickly
    I have no idea what I was typing, haha.

  3. nayet21 says:

    I just smile when I see Raul, he's PERFECT for me. =)

    I'm glad that Real Madrid won!… And Benzema scored! I think he's a very talented player (and has a great body too) ;)

  4. Agnes Wonka says:

    I love thar RM is first and 10 points above froem the second. I hope they win LaLiga and CL!

  5. Mrs. Q.Borri says:

    Barcelona and Valencia game…

    No words can describe… My fav clubs head to head, i didn't knew who to cheer for.

    At the end Barca smash them! 5-1 oh my! :0

    Milan also won!! Muntari score after beeing out for so long!! Way to go, way to go! :)

  6. bri_saldana says:

    YAY! Liverpool advance…..and DIIII MARRRRIIIIAAA!!!!! This is yet another Argentine that TAKES MY BREATH AWAY! Damn that boy is good!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      It is so weird that a goal as his didn't get praises it deserved, it was perfect control, dribbling and finish….however all of this has been over shadow by the fact he is injured again (heart broken :/), such a tease to see him back for 20 miuntes and get injured again, he had been superb this season, it is shame is missing so much, animo Angel!!

  7. Alone- Brazil says:

    for Bayern Munich and their fans was a bad weekend!

  8. Maria, Monte Carlo says:

    YES Madrid <3
    Kaka is back, Benzema is back, Di Maria is back, Ozil is back
    Real Madrid is back to its successful days <3
    We're going to win La Liga and the CL this year..HALA MADRID! :)

  9. littlegreenpea says:

    I'm eating some s'mores goldfish right now…. they're really good.
    But anyway, that's all I have to say about this weekend's soccer events… I was too busy following the AWESOME basketball games that took place this weekend…. #linsanity!!!

  10. Pam says:

    Congrats Raul on his 400th goal. He's one classy player.

    Messi, what can one say about this little genius? Please continue to play with joy Leo so that footy fans can enjoy you. We are really luck in that respect.

    Feel sad for AVB being booed by his own fans. Hope Chelsea and AVB can right the ship soon.

  11. Kristina says:

    You know, I don't care about who wins the league. When Barca and Leo (Messi,Messi, Messi, Messi!!) plays like they did yesterday I'm just glad to be alive! And to be a contemporary of this team. Plus, if they play like this they will waltz away with the CL-trophy with a swagger. As Pep put it: "This team dignifies football". Amen brother!

    Ps. I'm starting to feel bad for AVB and Chelsea. I hate it when "fans" boo their team.

    • Kat22 says:

      <<Ps. I'm starting to feel bad for AVB and Chelsea. I hate it when "fans" boo their team. >>

      Totally agree with you. That's why I thought the Brighton supporters were amazing. Liverpool totally thrashed their team and they had given away three own goals, but yet they were still in the stands until the end, singing and cheering for their team.

      • Kristina says:

        Yes. I guess it has to do with expectations and so on, and perhaps Chelsea hasn't been up to their standards, but still. I could never boo my team. It's not how I picture being a supporter. Of course if an individual player did something nasty I would criticize, but not trash the team because they have a bad spell.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Mourinho was booed by his own fans 3 weeks ago, believe me if he started to get results, everyone will be cheering for him again….I personally don't like booing either, but players and coaches should live with praises and criticism too…

        I truly think AVB needs like a totally new players to fit his style, that's what he needs…I dont feel his players and his tactic go together, fact he is compared with Jose is not helping either really..

    • Maran says:

      lol, this might be old, but: Real madrid plays dirty but Barca is Messi. Spectacular! But not only Messi, Iniesta was heavenly and Tello, wow! I think you are right, the CL-trophy is pretty much theirs to win. And I agree, the way Barca plays makes my football-heart happy. I saw them once in Camp Nou and I'm going there again. If you got a chance you just got to. And I'm not even a die-hard fan.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Why do you have to criticize Madrid? You wonder why we are being offensive people!

        • Maran says:

          I thought it was a fun play with words. And I do think Madrid is a bit on the dirty side. But that is nothing new.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            I am actually tired of this discussion, I really don't care what you think about my club, but it is really annoying to be attacked out of nowhere play of words or not!!
            Tbh, I take my first comment back…

            • bri_saldana says:

              Sarah it's a Madrid complex….actually I think that even the first comment had a subtle shot at Madrid. Beginning w/"I don't care who's wining the league" …..it would be nice if Messi/Barca fans had profound words for their club w/out the "talking about Madrid/makes me wanna spit" connotations.

              • xoWinnie says:

                lol right? at least when i'm a bitter bitch i'm up-front about it. i never hid behind this whole "i don't care if" charade. i CARED damn it! and i said some rude sh1t, but i was always up front about it. never this PC "i don't care if we lose la liga anyways because *insert team boost or rival insult here*" such tired old BS lol, at this point it's just funny. la liga is ours to lose right now…you think people would have a little more faith in their own team, i always prayed for Barca to f*ck up near the end. but then again, we were never been 10 points behind so… ;)

                • Kristina says:

                  What!? I can't find solace in the fact that my team plays fantastic football, when we have only a theoretical chance of winning the league? Why can't you just take peoples words for what they are? I'm trying to have a positive outlook on the situation, and you have to tear me down. That's a bad attitude, and I didn't expect it from you. Stop being so goddam paranoid, all of you! You guys whave been supportive of your team these past years even if they have lost to Barca, and I have never gloated!

                  • xoWinnie says:

                    Kristina, i didn't mean to attack you, sorry if it came off that way, i was in a rowdy mood. however, i stand by what i said, though it doesn't exactly pertain to you in particular. lots of people here have the attitude i'm talking about. don't believe me? check the Copa del Rey post from last year. it's hard not to be a little skeptical after reading bullsh1t like that. anyways, i'm glad you can take the situation you're in a as far as the liga goes and make it into something positive. maybe i'm paranoid because i would not be reacting the same way ;)

                    • Kristina says:

                      No worries Winnie, I overreacted. I think we understand one another. We are only humans after all ;)

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                Remind me of last season, when cristano was winning pichichi and everyone was laughing that he is winning it, that look at RM accomplishment for the season Cristano breaking a record, oh well.. Long season still ahead, anything can happen…..but for now it is nice to know you are 10 steps ahead of someone

      • Meee says:

        I can't believe you don't call yourself a Barca Fan…

        • Maran says:

          I like Barca very much. I have never seen a team play that fantastic football, but it doesn't make me a fan as such. It takes more than that, I think. And I'm not exactly alone in the world to consider RM a bit rough. And Mou's mind games with the ref's is just shameful. That's why I think RM is somewhat dirty. i didn't say all the time, but since Mou arrived it's been more frequent.

          • hihihihihi says:

            have you seen the video where pep is harassing the linesmen vs osasuna…….

            please, barcelona isn't "perfect" actually, far from it

          • Kristina says:

            I totally agree with you on the Mou being shameful-comment. But then I always will, because he has always been and I guess he will always be. Nothing new under the sun. Harassing ref's in a garage, poking eyes, hiding in baskets, discrediting other coaches. He is dirtbag alright.

      • hihihihihi says:

        it's not like barca doesn't play dirty…but i won't go into to details

      • xoWinnie says:

        really Maran? all your little quirks are at Madrid's expense and yet you still like to walk around wearing the "neutral" badge…like really? cause you don't sound much different than the average bitter Barca fangirl to me. you should support your team with PRIDE.

        • con2e says:

          Ha-ha! You Madristas make me laugh! You're jumping all over Maran when you're the first to get a stick up your ass whenever anyone says the slightest little thing about your team. I truly don't give a sh*t about either one of your teams, but I do care about how Arbeloa & Alonso turned into sh*thouse dirty players when they started playing for Mourinho. They were not like that when they played for Liverpool, and that's the truth!

          • xoWinnie says:

            the only reason people get on Maran's back vs. other people is because she ridicules Madrid constantly and then turns around claiming being a "neutral". her Barca bias is constant and evident–she's not fooling anybody! anyways, you can say whatever you want, but then i can also say that i'm sure Cesc was a loud-mouthed, ref-crowding, sh1t-disturber when he was at Arsenal right? except NOT. so really, it goes both way, hun.

          • bri_saldana says:

            hey, hey, hey…I don't have a stick up my ass; 10pts maybe but definitely NOT a stick.

        • Maran says:

          I already told you guys that I like Barca. I did it weeks ago in an answer to you Winnie. I also told you my feelings towards RM. If you still want to call me neutral that's up to you. Maybe it's news to you but you can actually like many teams without being a supporter. I like Valencia too. The teams that I like the most is Sevilla and Man U. OK? But I don't like RM under Mou.

          • xoWinnie says:

            i know you said you don't like Madrid under Mou and you prefer Barca, but honestly you talk about them the way i talk about Real. you also make fun of Real more than some of the self-professed Barca lovers here. are you sure you're not a supporter? like, POSITIVE?

          • bri_saldana says:

            ahh ha! I knew my ManU-dar was was picking up a signal for a reason….(smh) it explains a lot. (at least for me)

    • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

      CL is ours!!!!

      Messi is plain spectacular!!!

      No words can describe…! Period!

    • Kat22 says:

      Awww, maybe things will get better. I do think the club needs a major overhaul though.

      • Kat22 says:

        Sorry, major overhaul is probably a bit strong.

        I don't think sacking managers constantly is helping though. And I really believe that Chelsea should sell Torres, for his and their sake, and replace him with a new hungry striker, preferably without the added pressure of a big price tag.

        • IrishBlue says:

          I agree. Maybe it's time for them to just accept that it's not working, let him go and hopefully become successful again somewhere else.

        • mata says:

          Don't give up on Torres, few strikers could score goals with the poor service that he has been getting! Though I agree that a revolving door of managers is generally not good, AVB does not seem to be working out and must move on, IMO.

          • Kat22 says:

            I know the service has not been particularly great at Chelsea recently, but I feel he needs to move on because the British press will never get off his back here. It's all been a disaster, from start to finish. I liked Ancelotti, but I think playing Torres in his very first game, against his old club, and then taking him off at half time wasn't the best of ideas. Maybe he never quite recovered from that, who knows.

            Then of course there's plenty of people who say he's an experienced Premiere League striker and a European and World Cup winner, so he ought to be able to deal with the stress.
            His confidence seems totally shot though and I can't help wondering if a total change of scenery/country might do the trick.

            • Kat22 says:

              Forgot to add: I think AVB will start Drogba tomorrow night, which will probably be the last nail in the coffin.

              Although I have to be honest and say that I think Cavani and Napoli are going to thrash Chelsea, regardless.

            • mata says:

              But I'm afraid it will be a bit like falling off a horse, if you don't get back on you lose your nerve, and if Torres leaves Chelsea without restoring his reputation as a first class striker his confidence could be destroyed for good. I simply cannot accept that a man wakes up one morning being less of a player than he was the day before. Torres is the exact same player in terms of skill and ability as he always was, but something has gone wrong, and I don't understand why the people around him can't figure it out. Sigh. Call me the eternal optimist, maybe.

              I, too, liked Ancelotti but cringe when I think of that game, although I understand the pressure he must have been under to put on Torres straight away. But the problems with Torres pre-dates Chelsea.

              • Kat22 says:

                Hmm, I know his last season at Liverpool wasn't his greatest, but now he has hit an all time low. Is it 20 games without a goal now?

                While I agree in principle that it would be better for him to find his shooting boots at Chelsea instead of leaving a failure, I wonder if it's going to do him any good in the long term. Every game that goes by without him scoring surely must make him feel more miserable. And now with Drogba back, he'll probably find himself on the bench for the most part.

                Considering he went to Chelsea because he wanted to win trophies, he must feel awful about Liverpool being in the Carling Cup final. He probably wishes he'd never left.

  12. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Raul scored his 400 goals in his career, muy Grande Capitan!!!

    I can summarize this weekend by:Jose name being chanted in 3 countires insane!! Messi being magical insane!!!

    Liga games have been insane this week, too many goals!! Too many goals, too many shocking result!! Levante being out of top 4 spots just sad, but they saw it coming..

  13. Kat22 says:

    Liverpool v Brighton was a cracking game! I've seen a lot of stuff on the internet about how Liverpool were lucky because Brighton scored three own goals. What a load of rubbish! Even if you take away those goals, Liverpool still managed to score three, so credit where credit is due. I do feel a bit sorry for the Brighton players, but their fans were amazing – still singing and cheering their team on even when it was clear they had lost.

    Oh, and good on Andy Carrol for not losing his cool when that Brighton player (sorry, can't remember his name) kept antagonising him. Even the commentator said his behaviour was well out of order.

    • bri_saldana says:

      I know….the Brighton fans were classy. And I too felt sorry for how the game unfolded for them and I must give props to the ref too because there were plenty of times he could have honored a penalty or given a red card but he just let them play.
      And I'm soooo glad that Carol was stepping up his game….CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT WEEKEND!

      • Kat22 says:

        Agreed about the ref – it's annoying when they stop the flow of the game constantly.

        Here's hoping next Sunday is going to be another cracking game!