October 17th, 2011
Weekend Results: Show & Tell
Important events in the EPL #1. Image Credit: Getty Images.
We thought we’d liven up the Weekend Results with a cleverly concealed theme today. Keep your eyes peeled as you browse, Kickettes, and see if anything pops out at you.
And #2. Imagine. It it actually part of our employment remit to scan photo agencies for images like this. Image Credit: AP Photo.
Steven Gerrard returned to the EPL in the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United on Saturday. His movement upfront during the game was astonishing considering the severity of his recent groin strain and we are thrilled to see him back to his best. His goal wasn’t bad either.
Manchester City demolished Aston Villa 4-1 and leap frogged United to take top spot, while Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Everton saw them finish the weekend in third. Newcastle are still unbeaten and currently hold the fourth Champions League spot after a 2-2 draw with Spurs while Arsenal are hanging in there after an RvP inspired 2-1 win over Sunderland.
One thing is for certain, Arsenal Kickettes. That boy needs to sign a new contract. Like, now.
Expansive views from the front and rear. That’s the way we like our real estate. Image Credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images.
We’re sensing an incoming Crispy strop. The rumblings are faint right now, but it’s only a matter of time for the tanned one starts to get fretty about the attention Gonzalo Higuain is attracting. Higgy has now scored two consecutive league hat-tricks, plus a spare one for his country against Chile in the middle. With arch rival Lionel Messi already up to ten league goals, Cristiano will not be bathing in the kind of adoration he is used to and there may be repercussions. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Racing Santander keeps them top, but Madrid’s 4-1 victory against Real Betis was only enough to take them third. Levante’s astonishing unbeaten run continued with a 3-0 win over Malaga and their prize was second place. Not bad for a team who finished fifteenth last season.
Did you know that if you get a red card in Serie A now, your short-tent gets confiscated? Adrian Mutu does. Image: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images Europe.
Is it more difficult to be hovering over the relegation spots when you just picked up the treble? Ask an Inter fan. Their side’s 2-1 defeat away to Catania was their fourth of the season, which will make AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Palermo even more annoying. Napoli lost 2-1 to Parma and Bologna beat Novara 2-0, but all the other Serie A weekend fixtures ended in 0-0 draws.
How dull. If it hadn’t been for Adrian Mutu’s dismissal for a wayward elbow, our beauty sleep would have remained unmolested. Sigh.
After this, pretty much anything is a let down. But we’re working a theme here, team. Image Credit: AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE.
Bayern Munich appear to have put their problems behind them and are rapidly becoming the team to beat in the Bundesliga. Problem is, they’re on fi-yah. Their 4-0 victory over Hertha Berlin put them five points clear, but it’s their +24 goal difference that tells the real story. They score goals. Lots of them.
Meanwhile, the Borussias of Dortmund and Monchegladbach are jostling for second place, Monchengladbach winning this week’s battle despite a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen. Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Friday, and are now level on points with them, along with Stuttgart who beat Hoffenheim by the same scoreline.
The presence of the fluffy, friendly mascot makes us feel rather guilty for perving on this pic of Yoann Gourcuff. But we figure we’ll get over it. Image Credit: REUTERS/Robert Pratta.
We’re not sure what’s going on at Montpellier, but they really want to win the league this season. They came from 2-0 down to beat Dijon 5-3, but even this extraordinary effort wasn’t enough to negate PSG’s claim for top spot – they beat Ajaccio 3-1, with a nice little hat-trick for Gameiro thrown in.
Lyon beat Nancy by the same scoreline and occupy third, while Lille also won 3-1 in their game against Auxerre. For their efforts, Nancy are still on course to break Arles-Avignon’s crap points tally of last season; they still have five and if it wasn’t for the poor form of the aforementioned Ajaccio and Bordeaux (who lost 3-0 to Nice), they’d have been left behind.
Well? Did you figure it out? It wasn’t hard, now was it?