August 20th, 2012

Weekend Results: The More Things Change…

After scoring, Dahveeed removed his shirt to reveal a tee with a picture of his fam and the slogan ‘Impossible Without You’. Some of the Kickette staff are still in a sugar coma. Image: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino.

Manlove. Tear-y bubba moments. Nudity. Poor decision making. Mou.

OMG, it’s back, Kickettes. All of it.

EPL

Images: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images.

Slaves to the sartorial will have noted that AVB’s first competitive game with Spurs saw him dump the suit and tie combo familiar from his Chelsea days for a more casual attire. The polo and trackie bottoms did nothing for his team’s performance though; Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United, despite Alan Pardew shoving a referee’s assistant and getting sent to the stands.

Liverpool and Arsenal fans would almost certainly prefer it if we glossed over their weekend – the former were beaten 3-0 by an impressive West Brom side, while Robin van Persie’s firepower was conspicuous by it’s absence at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud came closest for the Gunners but shot wide, giving Sunderland an unexpected point and Arsene Wenger a headache.

Swansea and Fulham spanked QPR and Norwich 5-0 respectively and Eden Hazard shone in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Wigan, but Manchester City’s hopes of an easy ride to retaining the title took a knock as Southampton played them close. The promoted side were 2-1 up with twenty minutes to go, and City required two late goals to pick up the three points. Last season’s goalscoring hero Sergio Aguero hobbled off in the first half after sustaining a knee injury. He later tweeted he was ok, and with Manchester United’s firepower effectively doubled this season, Blues fans can only pray he’s right.

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La Liga

Eighth? Where is that exactly? Image: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki.

If you were hoping that the departure of Pep Guardiola and a two month summer holiday would be sufficient to curtail Barcelona and Lionel Messi’s imperious form, you’ll be disappointed this morning. Barca beat Real Sociedad 5-1 last night, storming to the top of La Liga and leaving Jose Mourinho, whose Real Madrid side failed to beat Valencia, languishing in the unfamiliar environs of eighth. He didn’t look pleased.

Even Mou’s gurning was overshadowed by events at San Mames though. After taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room at half-time, Real Betis conceded three to Athletic Bilbao, but managed to drag themselves back from the brink of an embarrassing defeat with two late goals. It finished 5-3 to Betis, but more worrying for Athletic fans was their team’s performance without Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente, who are reportedly on the verge of a move and didn’t play.

Everything else was relatively sedate, with Levante holding Atletico Madrid to a draw, Malaga beating promoted Celta Vigo 1-0 and Sevilla picking up three points vs. Getafe.

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Ligue 1

Watch the hawt, ya pink clad loon! Image: REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot.

Paris St Germain are another big spending side currently in unfamiliar territory – two points from two games leaving them ninth. If that wasn’t bad enough, their 0-0 draw with Ajaccio saw manager Carlo Ancelotti and striker Ezekiel Lavezzi sent off for kicking a bottle and Benjamin Andre respectively.

Despite Granddi Ngoyi’s enthusiastic tackling (above), fashion forward Bafetimbi Gomis retained his good looks and scored two in Lyon’s 4-1 defeat of Troyes. Marseille beat Sochaux 2-0 to go second, while Bastia won the battle between two promoted sides, beating Reims 2-1. They’re in third with six points out of six, but should probably keep an eye out for symptoms of vertigo.

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53 Responses to “Weekend Results: The More Things Change…”

  1. Agnes Wonka says:

    I can't believe the amount of cuteness on David Villa's T-shirt!! ^___^ he looks…..different tho.

  2. mabel says:

    OMG Villa is driving me crazy here. I'm diggin that face expression <3

  3. DebS says:

    I can just say how much I love Santi?! Looks like he's going to do well at Arsenal.

    Everton played so well and deserved the win. Yay for Chelsea and City, even though my fav Silva didn't have a good game. :( Southampton played very well though. Hats off to them.

    My Madrid boys drew. Wasn't thrilled about that but 1) it's better than a loss, 2) it was against a good Valencia team and 3) it's the first game of a long season. All the head injuries were worrying, particularly Iker who did not look right at all at the end of the 1st half. Was surprised to see him not subbed out in the 2nd half. I'm glad none of the guys were seriously hurt and that Pepe's been released from the hospital. I must say that I LOVED Pipita's goal. It almost looked like it was volleying practice. Well done!

    I started to watch the Barca game but 1) it was a crappy stream and 2) once they were 3-1 up inside of the first 20 minutes, I knew had a feeling it was going to be a blow out. I was hoping for a better match up. :(

  4. darkchild says:

    Yay to Fellaini and Everton (loved the boos!)! The LFC game was kind of a shock. Also surprised by Arsenal's stutter into the season. Nice to see AVB again, too! Twitter streams were epic this weekend! On the pitches, saw some flashes of good things to come so I am still really excited for the season.

  5. con2e says:

    Soldado was onside by the way, for any Valencia fans on here or RM haters, count me as both!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      jeje! you do know soldado did score after referee whistled no? jejejeje oh boy! we could have used the 3 points more than one point, a penalty would been better…anyway one point is not bad too xD

  6. Caro says:

    LOL, Mancs got spanked by Everton.

    I… I can't… this type of thing always messes with brain. I'm totally confused over whether I should cackle that ManUnited is two positions above us (in 16th, lol…) or that fucking Everton is going to be smug about it till the end of time.

    Still… I think I hate ManUnited just a bit more so well done, Everton!

  7. avoidswork says:

    Welcome back Villa, coifed and soul-patched, and scoring! Everyone's favorite Daveeeeed (sorry Silva, but you're a wee bit younger than your former Valencia bro') is back with a goal. And as RM tied and Barca crushed, all is right in the La Liga universe.

    Love his shirt, love the ridiculous faces his ladies are making. Worth a yellow card.

  8. Chef Di says:

    Fabulous Kickettes!! Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks that is SOME sex face on Mr Villa! Come on ;-) no comment on that until now?!
    LOVE him, love this post, thank you!!

    • debsen says:

      That's totally what I thought when I saw it. I'd like to think he's touching himself (notice the hand placement) and thinking of me…oh whoops :) . Glad Kickette used it as a lead off picture!!!

      Love though that he scored a goal in his comeback and picked an awesome, goofy shirt of his wife and kids to celebrate it with!!!

  9. IrishBlue says:

    Oh how I have missed the Premier League! Chelsea have me feeling positive and excited about the season ahead!

    And we're looking damn hot too, Hazard, Mata, Torres, Oscar, Cech, Luiz….yes I love watching my boys for more than just their footballing talent ;-)

  10. LizzyHS90 says:

    Didn't Lashes get injured???

    • OhDear says:

      Yeah, out for 6 weeks to 3 months for tearing a ligament in his knee. Ouch!

      Poor guy, he was doing so well in pre-season and the first game, too. He's really had no luck for a while.

    • Carvivlie says:

      Yes,out at least 6 weeks and possibly 3 months. Huge blow for Yoann and the team

  11. Kristina says:

    Oh, and I hope Kun is alright. It really looked bad there for a moment.

  12. tammyv says:

    Say what you will about the lack of a lot of things about MLS compared to European leagues, we take concussions seriously. There would have been a double sub in the Iker-Pepe mess, neither needed to be on that pitch afterward. I hope both get the treatment they need and get healthy quickly.

    Welcome back David Villa, you were missed.

    AS for my beloved NUFC getting it down in typical late/dramatic fashion. I will take it gladly. Also that picture of Tim "Baby Sar" Krull and RvvV is perfect.

  13. RamseyPublicist says:

    No, Kickette! We don't need anyone who doesn't need us, too. We don't care about him! I wish he would get back to his old injury-prone self.

  14. gin_in_teacups says:

    Real Madrid, you are supposed to be my happy place! Although I'm less worried about the draw and more concerned with the number of head injuries: Pepe in the hospital, Iker looking concussed, and Sergio, bless him, bleeding from his precious head and then right back onto the field. Definition of BAMF. I don't know anybody else who makes bleeding from the head look so hot.

    That said (and while naturally I'm grumpy about Barcelona's lead) David Villa is so damn precious I can't even. This might be even cuter than that time he kissed a dolphin.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      jajaja! he never fail to snatch a chance to look hot, with water pouring on his head, shaking it off totally "sexy and I know it" moment, Pepe was on the pitch after couple of minute like a warrior cheering his teammate to finish the half on high note.

    • Amy says:

      so happy for david and puyi! not so happy about the head injuries… first sergio, then iker, then nearly xabi! painful to watch. well, hopefully they've gotten it out of their systems. and as a die hard madrid fan, i know i will get lambasted for this last comment, but…. i was hoping pepe would have to be sidelined for longer. no such luck!

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        That's horrible thing to be said, regardless of what color of team you are supporting it is not even about the fact thatt you are supporting RM make this bad, it is about the fact that you wish for a player who HURT HIS HEAD to be sidelined for longer, WTF! seriously, it is not leg or knee or a hand, it is his HEAD

        • Amy says:

          I'm sorry. I should have worded that better. I didn't mean to say I wish he were hurt – that would be horrible and I wouldn't wish an injury on anyone! I just meant that since I don't like him as part of my team, I would rather see someone else play his position.

          • Sarah, New York City says:

            You couldn't be any sort of true madridista and wish such things on Pepe. He certainly has his bad moments

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Thank you!!!! Some need to take a listen to RM himno, yeah sure you get the thumbs down there!

          • Kristina says:

            I was hoping that was what you meant. I feel that way too. And I really don't want him badly hurt either.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            I don't wish an injury over a player even if I hate him, so for me doesn't make it better regardless he is Pepe or Dani Alves!

            • Kristina says:

              That's what we are saying, at least I am. I don't wish injury upon anyone. But what I am saying is that there are other reasons for not wanting to see him on a pitch again. And if he were playing for Barca I would feel the same. Most of the bad things that happens during a game fades away with time. You forgive and forget. But I will never forget what he did to Casquero. That was scary. Then the stomping on Messi and the kicking Arbeloa. Seriously, is that someone you want on your team? Just because he got hit in the head don't mean you can't criticize him. Again I'm not happy at all that he got injured, but I won't miss him the day he retires.

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                I don't defend Pepe, but didn't Alves kick Cristano in the guts last clasico in camp nou? you like to have him in his team? you would like to have a player who just added a stupid diving reputation to your team as that stretcher incident in UCL?
                What Pepe did to Casquero is something that he is living/ will with until he retire, makes whatever he does 10000000 worse and after although as million time been said he got his puishment, apologized and actually was close to quitting football, his friend Marcelo said it.
                You can hate on him wishing he retire as long as you want but the orginial comment was wish he was sidelined more which related to head injury or any injury, which sound bad regardless IMO
                As long as he is part of my team I won't be pointing fingers over other teams who 100% have a Pepe in their ranks too but never had a " Casquero " incident attached to their name

                • Kristina says:

                  Sarah, football is a contact sport. Sometimes you get kicked. But when you kick someone in the back who is laying face down it goes far beyond. FAR beyond. It really should haunt him for the rest of his life. It's like the karate kicks that Cantona and Maradona gave during their time. I can't stand either one of them. It's just pure violence. And I'm not going into the comparisons with diving, it's not the same. It's shitty, but not the same.

                  I think it was pretty clear what Amy meant in the first comment. With all due respect, I think you overreacted. It's ok to criticize a member of your own team when needed.

                  • Amy says:

                    Thank you! I think it's wrong to say that I am not a true Madridista just because I don't support having a dirty player on my team. But that doesn't mean I was happy to see him hurt. I don't care how skilled he is, I simply want good, quality players and human beings on the team I support and don't think he is one. Oh well, to each her own.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      Noone supports having a player who brings bad image to the club, but as long as he is part of my team trying to defend my color I support him and no you can't have 23 angels in the squad this won't happen in any team, I am not sure if you know Juanito but I suggest you go see what he did in the past and now how much he celebrated by madridistas regardless, a true madridista is the one that support players who is injured not say I wished he was sidelined more because he is so dirty he won't be part of my team, your logic is wrong regardless of how you much you want justify it

                  • Sarah, Madrid says:

                    Oh god! who said I don't criticize my own players, I did it here million of time, I am just against wishing a player to be sidelined because of injury so he won't be part of my team.
                    Exactly my point you are proven it, Pepe stomped on Messi's hand, he was made into the boogy-man, Alves literally kicked Cris in the guts no one speaks about it because he didn't kick cosquero 5 years ago.
                    As I said I didn't defend Pepe, his cosquero incident definitely is haunting him until now, no one is denying that, he is living with it every time he tackles a PLAYER, as I said in my comment he was close to quitting. he seen someone about it too.
                    I didn't say diving is the same as violence but it is definitely not something that applauded in this sport, especailly when it is added to be an acting scene that make your club generally labelled as divers and cheaters. like we are labelled as violent

                    • con2e says:

                      Ha-ha, you Madristas are so defensive! Why can't you see what the rest of the futbol watching world sees? Pepe is a shithouse dirty player! It's not one "incident " I'ts many times, for god"s sake, he tried to hit out at his own teammate(Arbeloa} Your defensive of him laughable.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      jaja! did I defend him? read again Madrid hater!

                    • Kristina says:

                      Yes Sarah, in my book he is worse than Alves for the Casquero incident. And all the other things he's done. And your team is labelled divers too, remember? Pepe, Di Maria, Ronaldo. Divers AND thugs. And if someone is going to be called a cheat then its' Mou for harassing referees in parking lots.

                      So you see, we both have good guys and bad guys, but you have Pepe.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      in my book, we have Pepe, you have Alves! very simple, as I said every club have their package won't be running around forum disrespecting a whole team for one player.
                      No, not really, it is like a common law in football, barca are divers they are example or standard to that, if you can't see it then I can't help you

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      you have to mention Mou, JAJA! Remember the time when Pep harrassed a referee on sideline of Osasuna game< remember? like seriously get over it Kristina! Unbelievable

  15. Miss XOXO says:

    2-0 nuff said that result make me happy…..Let's go Chelsea FC;-))

  16. Sarah, Madrid says:

    This game is horrible not because we drew, I am fine, we didn't play our best game, Valencia's goal keeper as usual Diego Alves was great, HOWEVER the Pepe-iker incident left us in shock, Pepe was just discharge from the hospital, Ramos bleeding, Di Maria looks like picked an injury, iker didn't even know what was happening in the end of first half.

    What a bad way to start season with, I really didn't care much about the result as events happening.

    with that said, Welcome Back Daveed!

    • April says:

      That Diego Alves is a little wizard sometimes. But the match overall looked to have been violent based on the highlights. Hope all the players are okay. Same for Aguero…

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        hmmm yeah higlights showed the horrible moments but overall Valencia were a little bit physical in stopping us but nothing out of ordinary. These injury incidents just happen in the game unfortunately

    • Carvivlie says:

      At least you got to watch it. With Bein Sport buying up the rights to La Liga I have to watch a stream. And "watch" is the operative word because all it did was freeze every 5 seconds. Going to be a long season for me without seeing my team play but maybe once or twice when on espn for cup play.

      • KL7 says:

        I know what you mean, this completely sucks! I hope they join the cable networks soon.

      • darkchild says:

        It's going to be a long season, indeed. I watched the "stream" and missed key moments because of the pop up ads and frozen screens. I really wanted to see how Xabi Alonso walked away from the Pepe-Iker crash without a scratch! Poor Iker – I've had concussions and I know he's got horrible symptoms today even though he pushed through and probably demanded to stay in the game. The fact he stayed in play reminded me of NFL and NHL here in the states. Wishing the best for them.

    • Kristina says:

      The attitude towards head injuries seems a bit different in Spain from where I come from. I've noticed it before as well that the players are allowed back on the pitch even after looking a bit dizzy. Like Iker yesterday. It would never happen here, and to see it happen upsets me a bit because those injuries are really scary. Maybe I'm just being overly fuzzy.

      • April says:

        I think you are being reasonably cautious. Concussions have caused players to have to retire with lifelong symptoms to deal with thereafter. They've also been evidence of bigger problems underneath that can lead to major brain problems or even death, in some cases.

  17. hrcksmrck says:

    Dahveeeeed is back! *happydance*

  18. Carvivlie says:

    David's t-shirt is so sweet and awesome I almost teared up in my office.

  19. Jayy says:

    Ahhh my heart broke on Saturday after my LFC boys were thrashed! No worries, its the start of a new season and I'm sure we'll pick up. Hazard looked hot playing for Chelsea btw.

    • April says:

      Hazard is a great addition to the nice butt club at Chelsea. Torres and Ivanovic welcome Eden to the party. Oh, and he seems to be a pretty decent catch of a player, too!

      I was surprised for the LFC match results. While I don't support them, I'd like to see them fighting for the top 4 again. I've heard that fans are already calling for Rodgers to get the sack, but I hope he's able to turn it around a bit. Just not against Chelsea ;) I'd be quite alright if they wanted to give a thrashing to ManU or Arsenal, though!

      • IrishBlue says:

        Thumbs for the nice butt club!! New members always welcome :D

      • Caro says:

        Eh, knee-jerk internet comments are nothing new, but by and large, I don't think the Kop faithful are seriously dismissing Rodgers' attempts at rebuilding the team yet.

        They were actually controlling the game until the BEEEEPing ref sent off Agger (ruled as "professional", ie yellow card, fault after the game… well… thanks) and then they completely fell apart. I think it's kind of necessary though to have this type of test in rough waters early in the season, now they know better. I would not be worried about it at all if it weren't four our utter inability to convert chances. FML, we so desperately need an efficient striker.