February 27th, 2012
Weekend Results: Some Rare Sights Indeed
Kickettes? It’s going to be a fantastic week. We can just tell. Image: Clive Mason/Getty Images.
We reckon we’ve used up a year’s worth of good fortune this morning sourcing pictures of footballers with their shirts off.
We think you’ll agree that the trade off was totally worth it.
Image: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images, Chris Brunskill/Getty Images.
Arsenal gave their boss a bit of breathing space yesterday afternoon, with a 5-2 win over London rivals, Spurs. Harry’s boys were 2-0 up and cruising until right before half-time, when Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie struck. Tomas Rosicky’s goal on 51 minutes gave the Gunners the lead, then Theo Walcott – who we have to admit, we’d been shouting at continually for most of the first half – eventually played us for fools by scoring two to snatch a surprise three points.
Elsewhere, Newcastle stayed sixth after a dramatic 2-2 draw vs. Wolves, Darren Bent (left) requires a scan on his ankle and will miss the England/Netherlands game on Wednesday after Aston Villa’s goalless draw vs. Wigan and Ryan Giggs scored a stoppage time winner in his 900th game for Manchester United in their game against Norwich.
His debut was 21 years ago. Not that it matters to us young hens.
Presented without comment. Mainly because we have lost the ability to speak. Image: Denis Doyle/Getty Images.
The marquee scorelines were noticeably absent from the games featuring the top two but they still won – Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 via a Cristiano Ronaldo backheel, and a Leo Messi freekick was the winner in Barcelona’s match vs. Atletico Madrid.
Fortunately for those of us who appreciate quantity over quality, Malaga got five against a hapless Real Zaragoza, who are now six points adrift at the bottom of the table and probably depressed. Valencia lost more ground in the title race with a 2-1 home defeat to Sevilla, but Levante fans had something to cheer about as their boys picked up a useful three points away at Espanyol.
Anyway. Back to Mesut Ozil.
Alessandro Matri: When bad base layers happen to hot footballers. Image: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.
The referee’s eyesight was the talk of the clash between AC Milan and Juventus, where two disallowed goals and a red card meant the points were shared. Milan’s Sulley Muntari and Juve’s Alessandro Matri were the unlucky boys, although Matri obviously felt his base layers simply had to be shared – he scored the equaliser to Antonio Nocerino’s 14th minute goal on 83′ and thoroughly challenged our feelings for him. Juve are one point off AC Milan who remain in first place.
Roma’s alarming inconsistency in the league continued with a 4-1 defeat to Atalanta, while third placed Udinese beat Bologna 3-1 and Lecce picked up a vital three points vs. Cagliari. They look to be leaving Novara and Cesena behind: those two lost lost 3-1 t0 Catania and 1-0 to Chievo and are nineteenth and twentieth respectively.
Oh. You guys have made up then? Image: Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images.
Borussia Monchengladbach have blinked first in the title race, their 1-1 draw vs. Hamburg costing them a vital two points on a weekend when rivals Bayern Munich and Dortmund won. Bayern beat fourth place Schalke 2-0, while Dortmund extended their winning run to seven games with a 3-1 victory over Hannover.
Meanwhile, there were big wins for Mainz (4-0 vs. Kaiserslautern), Stuttgart (4-1 vs. Freiburg) and Augsberg, who convincingly beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Saturday. Now, we confess to gently mocking Augsberg at the start of the season for their spectacular number of defeats (ten, currently) but we’re glad to see they have hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a comparatively decent run of form lately.
We’ll let you know when we’ve worked out how we can take credit for it.
Unfortunately, this beautiful celebration of love between two burly men was premature. Nevermind. Image: REUTERS/Robert Pratta.
Marseille could be fifth this morning, but a shock 1-0 defeat to Brest yesterday left them in the far less cheery position of eighth. Another crazy scoreline between the league top boys ensured the damage was more limited than it could have been though – PSG’s Guillaume Hoarau’s 90th minute equaliser (he’s making a bit of a habit of this) meant his club’s match with Lyon finished 4-4. This was especially frustrating for Lyon who, for large parts of the game, had looked to be cruising.
Make the most of it, Kickettes. The rest of the week is unlikely to be so generous with it’s favours.