February 6th, 2012

Weekend Results: Tights, Tongues and Transparency Issues

The latest development in football kits? Invisibility properties. We can make use of that here. Image: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe.

Did you spend the last 48 hours in your homemade duvet cave, eating nachos and taking in as much sport as possible between well deserved naps? We did.

In fact, we *may* have kept our duvets on for the trip to work. If you saw us on the tube, we can only apologise.

EPL

Well, that’s an interesting shape, isn’t it? Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Fulham restored their three point point lead at the top of the EPL – a lead that Manchester United failed to cut after a storming comeback against Chelsea. The Blues were 3-0 up after fifty minutes, only for two Wayne Rooney penalties to put Sir Alex’s boys right back in it. Javier Hernandez completed the comeback in the 84th, but United were unable to get the magical fourth and gain parity at the top.

Also doing their bit to complicate things towards the top were Newcastle, who beat Aston Villa 2-1 to sneak into the fifth position. This was at the expense of Arsenal, who brought a resurgent Blackburn Rovers back to earth with a 7-1 shaped thump. RvP scored a hat-trick, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2), Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry also finding the net.

Arsene will be even more peeved if Liverpool beat Spurs tonight because then his side will drop to seventh.

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La Liga

Anyone understand sign language? We don’t, but are more than happy to attribute our own meaning to Sergio’s tongue n’finger message board. Image: REUTERS/Juan Medina.

Real Madrid just about maintained their seven point lead at the top of La Liga via a 1-0 win over Getafe, while closest rivals Barcelona kept pace with a 2-1 home win over Real Sociedad. The Ramos™ made the difference from a Mesut Ozil corner and this time chose to celebrate with a different (but still highly erogenous) part of his bod.

Draws were the order of the day in La Liga otherwise, with Athletic Bilbao held at home by Espanyol, Levante vs. Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon vs. Osasuna both finishing 1-1.

Meanwhile, Real Zaragoza consolidated their position at the bottom of the table by taking the lead against Rayo Vallecano, then losing the game 2-1. Oops.

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Serie A

No tongue for Baby Bojan. But then, he’s a polite boy. We’ll soon knock that out of him. Image: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images.

AS Roma vs. Inter provided the standout result in Serie A this weekend, with Luis Enrique’s boys dishing out a 4-0 drubbing to Inter. But in a stroke of luck that has eluded Inter for most of the season, everyone else in the top five flubbed their lines, meaning that despite the hefty defeat they remain fifth.

Top boys Juventus drew 0-0 with struggling Siena, AC Milan and Napoli shared the same scoreline while third place Udinese lost 3-2 at Fiorentina. Lazio also suffered a 3-2 defeat at Genoa, although they gave their opposition a scare with a second half fightback.

Cesena vs. Catania was postponed due to snow, adding to an increasing back log of games in hand, including the abandoned match vs. Roma.

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Bundesliga

Jakub Blaszczykowski uses his tongue for concentration. Which is interesting. Image: REUTERS/Alex Domanski.

Borussia Dortmund snatched the initiative from title rivals Bayern Munich with a 2-0 away win over Nuremburg on Friday night. Bayern could only manage a 1-1 draw against twelfth place Hamburg, which leaves them two points off the pace, while Schalke are level on 41 points, having drawn 1-1 with Mainz.

Borussia Monchengladbach remain in fourth after a 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg, but the wealth of draws in the league did some a favour: Augsburg and Freiburg earned a point each after 2-2 results against Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen respectively. Both are still in the bottom three, but it’s progress, isn’t it?

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Ligue 1

Well hello there, Jussiê Ferreira Vieira. Where have you and your flexible friend been all our lives? Image: PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images.

With both Caen vs. Auxerre and Sochaux vs. Lille postponed due to the weather, Marseille vs. Lyon was the only game to go ahead yesterday but both clubs missed the opportunity to make up some ground in the title race, drawing 2-2. A fuller fixture schedule was played on Saturday, with leaders Paris St German beating Evian Thonon Gaillard 3-1 and Montpellier remaining second after a 1-0 win over Brest.

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We realise that some of you may still be suffering the after effects of Super Bowl exposure, but please try to remain on topic in the comments.

We managed it.

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43 Responses to “Weekend Results: Tights, Tongues and Transparency Issues”

  1. zoraida says:

    sergio's ''L'' was for baby Leo torres.

  2. littlegreenpea says:

    My weekend: ate some bread at panera bread. Watched the super bowl just for the commercials. (Sorry had to mention it) Screamed at the tv for almost 2 hours while watching the united game. Grew frustrated at our crappy defense. Forgave david de gea. Read wicked. (It's awesome) Watched an Alcatraz/Psych/Jane by Design marathon. Drank some kind of orange juice/ginger ale/awesomeness mixture. Might have had some alcohol. My head still hurts and my spelling is horrible. But I have girl scout cookies! And they make everything better. :)

  3. hansh says:

    Oh my god, Baby Bojan's cheekbone and soft, fluffy hair. Dear lord that hair… and look at his eyebrows, all sexy curved up like that…

    Sorry, what were we talking about again? :D

  4. Kristina says:

    God, that Chelsea – Man U game!? And THE save! Extreme suspense! So happy for de Gea. That must have felt good.

    The Barcelona youngsters continue to impress no? Tello, Thiago, Cuenca, Dos Santos. They're coming to get ya:)! They are much needed now when the players are dropping like flies. I can't take more injuries. That cut in Busquets knee was terrible. Poor Cesc looked like he was going to faint.

    And I really think Ramos should stick his tounge out more often! Hilarious! In a good way. I didn't see the game, unfortunately.

    And now, Liverpool – Tottenham.

  5. Danielle says:

    I don't think that is a very flattering photos of The Ramos™. He's still my #1 footie lad though.

  6. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Ramos tongue, Ramos Goal, Ramos celebration, Ramos hot!! yes, that's what I was saying while watching Madrid game since it was boring.
    In the other hand, the Espanyol vs Athletic and Villarreal vs Seville, just football at it's best. Barceloa fans, good job with Telo, I can see a very bright future for him.

    Torres assist to Mata goal was incredible.

    • April says:

      The Mata goal was great! Mata is funny because he sometimes misses the easiest shots, but he scores the most incredible ones! And I was so scared that Torres cross was going over, and with Mata as the last one, I was thinking "needs to be shorter and in the middle with that pile of blue jerseys"… but boy did they show me. The funny thing was, earlier in the game fans and commentators were blasting Torres for waiting on the right wing for a pass from Sturridge (didnt pass, went for an impossible shot instead)… and then he goes to the right again and pulls off that cross. Maybe it wasnt such a bad idea after all :)

      I just learned I can watch a few La Liga games online… hopefully I can begin to react to those as well (I feel bad, I only end up commenting about EPL and MLS).

    • DebS says:

      Sarah, I felt SO bad for our guys. It seemed so incredibly cold. Everyone had red ears, noses and hands. Lass seemed to be the only smart one who had gloves on. Then there's Arbeloa who had only his short sleeved jersey on.

      But was so happy for Sergio! I still wish he'd start doing those flips again though for his celebration. <3

  7. Dee says:

    ARSENAL. ARSENAL. ARSENAL. What a BEAUTIFUL game

  8. rslkdl says:

    So many tongues. Soooooo many tongues…

  9. Carolina says:

    de Gea's save was incredible!! Poor guy has been under so much scrutiny! I wanted to hug him after he made that save!!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I know right!! and it seems everyone feel to see the defensive errors in United back line that mostly cost his goals..

    • April says:

      Agreed! I don't get the impression people have about him being a bad keeper. He's a good shot stopper and while he may have areas to work on, it is silly to think he'd have a flawless transition to the EPL.

      He made two fabulous saves at the end there, with Mata's free kick and Cahill's late shot. And two of the goals Chelsea got were in part thanks to deflections off his teammates. And let's face it, the Mata goal was so awesome, I don't think he could catch flak for that going in. He's a fine young keeper.

  10. Carolina says:

    Torres to Mata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ioe says:

      Such a beautiful cross, was it not? Too bad Torres missed that sitter later on in the game though, too many touches and he just couldn't pull the trigger. Otherwise, I think we're starting to see the old Nando again.

      • April says:

        Agreed that he missed an incredible opp to take a shot, but I wouldn't call it a sitter… the goal wasnt really guaranteed. It was an obvious moment to shoot though. I yelled it him via my television… a lot. I wish we knew why he was hesitating so much to shoot, and then someone could explain to him to ignore it and just shoot anyway. You can't be afraid to miss as a striker. And if he shoots enough, he'll maybe miss a bunch but a couple will go in.

        He's playing decently well though… he'd definitely working on adjusting to Chelsea's style. Wish there was a bit more compromise the other way, too, though. It's not like the Blues learning how to pass a through ball would be a bad thing (in fact… Luiz had a gorgeous through pass yesterday… it went to Malouda though, and the pull back was botched).

    • IrishBlue says:

      Yeeeeahhh!!!!!!!!!!! Shows how low on confidence Nando really is when I seen his chance on goal…..I'm sure the whole world was screaming SHOOT at him.

    • DebS says:

      Watched the game on espn3. Not sure who the other commentator was but when asked if he thought Torres would regain his form, the idiot said "no"…just plain out "no" saying he expected him to go back to La Liga soon (as if they're only scrubs in La Liga pfft). The other guy then asked him if he thought Juan Mata would make it in the EPL and the guy said he may have a chance. Seriously?! Has he been watching any of the games? Of course, a short while later Torres made that beautiful cross and Mata that golazo. Guess they must have known the commentator was talking crap about them. :p

  11. IrishBlue says:

    Chelsea v Man Utd, what a match! Well the second half anyway. Bit mad I only caught the highlights cos of work but from what I seen, United must feel that they coulda won it and Chelsea must be sickened that they let a 3 goal lead at home slip. Mata's goal was simply spectacular though, a contender for goal of the season surely. I do think United will probably win the league this year, there's just something about their never-say-die attitude that puts them a cut above City.

    • mybabyri says:

      meh i think its javier thats saving united every time they are in trouble Now I know why AF lets him sit on the bench.

      • IrishBlue says:

        I may have a little soft spot for Javier……I think United need to start him more. For their own good, not mine. :D

        • mybabyri says:

          Thrust me EVERYBODY have a soft spot for Javier:) the only thing I like about United + Nani I know its weird but I kinda like how he plays for the team (sometimes even diving for them :P )

          The number one thing I cant stand is Rooney cant stand his erogance ,his wife,(his whockers)and the fact that he is soo frekin overrated, like he sould not get all the credit for united, they make him look good actually!!!! (dont know why am soo bothered but he just annoys me soo much eerr…)

          • con2e says:

            I for one do not have a soft spot for Javier, can't stand him or any of that Manchester United lot. Their arrogance is unmatched and I can't wait til City or even Spurs start them on their inevitable decline with their aging squad.

          • mata says:

            Couldn't agree more about Rooney, biggest tosser in the EPL, and a candidate for biggest hypocrite as well, had to laugh when he ranted about Suarez deserving a red for kicking (accidentally) Scott Parker, this coming from a guy who deliberately elbows and kicks other players and then has the audacity to appeal when he is given a ban.

        • littlegreenpea says:

          for EVERYONE'S well being, Chicharito nees to play more.

  12. Ioe says:

    Sometimes I forget how young guys like Sergio are, until they start making lovey-dovey L signs (I'm assuming for Lara?) at the camera.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      he said on his twitter that it is for 2 people that he love so much, so yes I am assuming Lara too, if so it is just soo adorable!

      • Laurean says:

        Actually the L was for Laurean :P lol I wish!! This past weekend all I have been seeing is him putting up his fingers and making an L (there was a pic with the boys after the game). I am going with the story that he knows my birthday is in 2 weeks and is sending good vibes my way :) However, I am happy to see him in love and doing these kinds of things. It makes us see the sweet, boyfriend side of our dear Stallion.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Well my friend is assuming is for her too, it is ok :p! I would like to think it stands for L in Casillas or Callejon but that's taking it way too far :P
          and oh that photo "who can make the most retarded hand gestures contest" :p.

        • DebS says:

          @Laurean lol brilliant!

  13. Miss XOXO says:

    Oh my Chelsea you deserve to win but the bald referee ruined everything….:-((

    • AC_USA says:

      I am a City fan and I am starting to get extremleeeyyyyy upset as to how much refs are trying to help out United and make our try to win the league harder. So many wrong calles against us, so many cards that are not deserved. And then I watched the Chelsea game and realised that its not just City that they are doing this too-its other teams as well. They will do anything to help United win. Chelsea so deserved to win and I really wish they did. There is a reason why some people are making jokes and saying that FA stands for Fergie's Association :) :)

      • Lady Red Devil says:

        Oh yeah, the refs are totally trying to help UNITED win…are you mad?! If City had things happen to them the same as what's happened during UNITED games, you would not be feeling this way. Cry me a river!

        • mybabyri says:

          what has happen to united?? i dont get your point didnt you get 2 penalties the last game too?……Let the teams play and win WITHOUT refeeres getting involved!!

          United do get a lot of good decisions from cartain referees and for some kind of reason those are always the refs when united have a big game or win controversially…..
          I think you see that aswell, and its good for you.I would not complain if its was my team.:P
          But you cant blame others for feeling like its kinda unfair.

      • mybabyri says:

        yayy a City fan:)

      • mata says:

        The refereeing was awful, and I love Ferguson's technique, whenever ManU are awarded a penalty or a game changing decision they don't deserve he immediately in his post-match interview slams the officials over some other decision he felt should have gone his way, as a way to deflect attention from the fact that the ManU win was not deserved – just watch him, he does it every single time, it's so predictable I could write his interviews for him. Feel gutted for Chelsea and AVB, but as soon as I saw Ferguson screaming in Phil Dowd's ear all first half I just knew what was going to happen – Dowd would talk to Webb and Webb would make sure Fergie was kept happy.

    • DebS says:

      Yeah…the refs certainly kept United in the game.

      But mad props to Fernando & PF Juan Mata! Brilliant cross & fantastic finish = golazo!