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.
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.
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.
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.