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