December 13th, 2010
Weekend Results: Tight(s) At The Top
To close for comfort? Maybe for some… (Reuters/Getty)
There’s something for everyone in the Weekend Results as we move inexorably towards the carnage that is the festive break. The EPL, La Ligue and Ligue 1 are all tight as an unwanted base layer, while the Bundesliga and Serie A look to be over before you can say ‘We’ll take a bottle of Cristal and five straws, please’.
That statement just about covers our thoughts this Monday morning. Baller bodies and booze. That’s where we’re at, team! Let’s try and justify our existence to the wider world with actual football news, shall we?
With Christmas just around the corner, things are getting quite exciting at the top of the EPL. With Manchester United and Arsenal scheduled to play tonight, Chelsea once again had the opportunity to take the top spot (albeit temporarily), and once again scuffed it. At 1-1, Heurelho Gomes looked to have chucked away Spurs hopes of a draw against their London rivals by conceding a penalty, but Didier Drogba obligingly missed from the spot and the game finished honours even. Frank Lampard came on as a sub, but we thought you’d like to see this pic of him (left) in what could *almost* be tights. We did. (Getty/Daylife)
After the whacked out dismissal of Chris Hughton, Newcastle United demonstrated just how far the manager had taken them with a 3-1 win over Liverpool. Goals from Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Andy Carroll should have given fans some much deserved good cheer after their turbulent week, but Joey Barton saw fit to enhance his reputation as an asshat even further by aiming what appeared to be homophobic gestures and insults towards Fernando Torres. His conduct will be investigated by the FA. Not, as we might have hoped, by Gareth Thomas and his mates.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1, Blackpool beat Stoke 1-0, Stuart Holden scored a fluffy winner to match his fluffy hair (left) in Bolton’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn and Manchester City beat bottom of the table West Ham 3-1. (Getty Images/Daylife)
BTW, Stuart? If you’re reading, we’re considering FAIL Filing that bouffant. Care to get in touch and explain it?
Should we consider the possibility that Barcelona are nosing ahead in the title race? While we have no desire to set off World War 3 in the comments section, their 5-0 win over Real Sociedad last night looked pretty comprehensive and with Leo Messi collecting another brace, Guardiola’s boys don’t look like slowing down any time soon. We’re sure Real Madrid will have something to say about that though, their 3-1 away win at Zaragoza keeping them within touching distance of the top.
Which is more than can be said for anyone else. Eight points is the current gap between second and third, Villarreal’s 1-0 loss at Getafe not exactly helping matters. Two from Kun Aguero gave Atletico a handy 2-0 win over Deportivo, putting them sixth, while Hercules find themselves in twelfth after beating Malaga 4-1.
Now if this isn’t designed to cause utter confusion in the Kickette office, we don’t know what is. Last week, AC Milan beat Brescia with three goals scored by Kevin Prince-Boeteng, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left). This week, AC Milan beat Bologna 3-0, with goals scored by Prince-Boeteng, Robinho and Ibra. In that order. Could you not do this again lads, please? Compiling these results is hard enough when most of our concentration is focussed on obtaining hangover remedies. This is one challenge too many for us. (Reuters/Daylife)
AC Milan are now six points clear of second place Juventus, who beat Lazio 2-1. However, resting on laurels is not advisable as both Lazio and Napoli are with them on on thirty points, Napoli beating Genoa 1-0. Palermo and Roma are in fifth and sixth with twenty six points; wins over Parma and Bari respectively keeping them in the mix.
A 2-0 win over Werder Bremen gave Borussia Dortmund a potentially unassailable eleven point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, although second place Bayer Leverkusen did what they could with a 4-2 away win over Hamburg. Mainz’ recent run of good form is apparently over for the time being; they slipped to another defeat against Schalke, while Bayern Munich continued to play catch up after their poor start to the season with a 3-0 home win over St Pauli.
Cologne’s 1-0 win over Eintract Frankfurt was enhanced by some rather amusing supporter related shenanigans on the sidelines (left). Which, of course, we don’t condone. Unless you’re naked and owner of some decent abs, in which case, have at it! (Reuters/Daylife)
It’s also tight at the top in Ligue 1, with Lille just one point clear after a 1-0 win over Arles. Paris SG are snapping at their heels though, 2-1 at Valenciennes putting them a close second on thirty points. Lyon beat Toulouse 2-0 to go third while Rennes are fourth despite drawing 0-0 at Bordeaux.
Shockingly, Arles are bottom on seven points.
Do you like a comfortable margin when going into the holidays, peeps? Or are you an adventurous type who thrives on the excitement of a close run thing? Tell us.