October 18th, 2010
Weekend Results: Tackling The Big Issues
Bendy congratulates Marouane Chamakh on a step in the right direction. (Getty Images/Zimbio)
The Emirates is the starting point for our results round up this week, where a controversy that has been brewing for weeks finally came to a head. It was only a matter of time before the issue that has been confounding media and players alike exploded on the pitch and while it wasn’t pretty, we all feel a sense of relief and hope that Saturday’s events were the last word on the matter.
Kickettes, the Buzzard Cut has been laid to rest. Marouane Chamakh has had a haircut. You may all breathe easy again.
Astonishingly, this wasn’t the only newsworthy event to occur in the Gunners 2-1 victory over Birmingham City. After weeks of Arsene Wenger’s complaints over losing players to dangerous tackles in the EPL, Jack Wilshire managed to get himself sent off during the game… for a really bad tackle. Oops.
Liverpool ended a quiet week with a 2-0 defeat to city rivals Everton, and appear to be making a comfortable nest for themselves in the relegation zone. The Reds had no answer to goals from Timmy Cahill (left) and Mikel Arteta, with Fernando Torres continuing his strategy of backfiring his way around the penalty area and looking a bit confused. (Getty Images/Zimbio)
In Sunday’s other game, Manchester City were fortunate to leave Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road with three points; DJ Campbell’s terrible miss probably being the difference in a 2-3 thriller. Not the ridiculous gulf in wage bills, then.
Fans of Arles must be positively hysterical this morning as they’re team picked up their first point if the season in a 0-0 draw with Brest. Unfortunately, they’re still propping up the table, but it’s a start, no?
Rennes remain top despite a 0-0 away draw at Lens while both Bordeaux and Lyon continued their tentative resurgence in form with 1-0 and 3-1 victories respectively. Clearly concerned that his side’s poor form has been affecting the coverage he receives on Kickette, Yoann Gourcuff scored again. Hurray!
Look’s like Jose Mourinho’s voodoo skillz (left) are starting to pay off. After weeks of criticism for a lack of goals, Los Blancos hit the top of the table after putting four past Malaga, two each for Cristiano Ronaldo and King of the shelf booty, Gonzalo Higuain. (Reuters/Daylife)
It was a bittersweet weekend for Barcelona; their 2-1 victory over Valencia was three points gained but also enabled Real to capitalise on Valencia’s failure to win.
Alessandro Del Piero (left) scored his 178th goal for Juventus in their 4-0 dismantling of Lecce, equalling the club goal scoring record held by Giampiero Boniperti. Juve are now fifth in the table, Lazio still at the top after a 2-0 victory away at Bari. AC and Inter Milan are equal on fourteen points beating Chievo 3-1 and Cagliari 1-0 respectively. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Goals from Marco Borriello and Matteo Brighi in Roma’s 2-1 win over Genoa saw Claudio Ranieri’s boys sneak up to thirteenth.
A Mario Gomez hat trick against Hanover gave Bayern Munich a vital three points and pushed the injury hit side to tenth in the table. He celebrated like this (left) and receives the Kickette stamp of approval.
A Bundesliga record of eight wins out of eight slipped through Mainz’ grasp as they lost 1-0 to Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund capitalised on this, their 2-1 win over Cologne taking them to the top of the table on goal difference. Schalke drew 2-2 with Stuttgart and are sixteenth.
Have at it, Kickettes!