October 25th, 2010
Weekend Results: Totally On Message
Mario Gomez: Allowing Kickette staff to get their priorities right since 1985.
Now you see, it’s days like this we really come into our own. Considering the high scores, controversial sendings off and returns to form this weekend has brought forth, any ordinary football website would lead with a dull action photo of a tackle, a red card or one of Cristiano’s goal celebrations.
Not us, though. We’re going to lead this episode of the Weekend Results with a picture of a man whose team are currently eleventh in the Bundesliga and ground out a 0-0 draw with Hamburg. Yup, it’s Mario Gomez and his thighs. Does our temerity not rock?!
With all the ‘will they, won’t they, what the hell happened?’ activity of the last few weeks wasn’t it a relief to get back to normal service this weekend? Bearing in mind, of course, that normal service in the EPL this season means Chelsea winning and everyone else playing catch up. Goals from Malouda and Kalou gave the Blues their 2-0 victory over Wolves on Saturday taking them five points clear at the top of the table. All Manchester City had to do to prove they were worthy title challengers was beat Arsenal, collect three points and stay within touching distance of Ancelotti’s men.
They hadn’t reckoned on a resurgent Arsenal, however, and the early sending off of Dedryck Boyata which handed the initiative to the Gunners. Goals from Nasri, Song and a returning Nicklas Bendtner (left) sealed the 3-0 victory and second place in the table. Kudos to Joe Hart though, who limited his team’s embarrassment by saving a Cesc Fabregas penalty. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Liverpool and Fernando Torres breathed a huge sigh of relief with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers and a first goal since August respectively. The Reds remain in the bottom three but the overall performance should give fans some hope.
Having retained the services of Wayne Rooney for another five years, Manchester United celebrated by travelling to Stoke and picking up a 2-1 win via two superb goals from Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. Wayne Rooney, rather more sensibly, celebrated by going to Dubai.
Finally in the EPL, our irrational fear of base layers was suddenly, inexplicably brought into focus at the Sunderland game. (left). We passed out at this vision of the future, but can confirm the game finished 1-0 to Sunderland. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Jose Mourinho is a ruthless, ruthless man who will stop at nothing to ensure his team are firing. Removing tanning privileges from any player is a cruel and unusual punishment, but this is the only explanation we can find for Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden form in front of goal. He now has nine for the season, after putting four away in Real’s 6-1 demolition of Racing Santander.
Leo Messi (left) is also scoring for fun, another two for Barcelona in their 2-0 win over Real Zaragoza ensuring his side kept pace with Real at the top of the table. Barca are in third on goal difference, with Villarreal (who beat Atletico Madrid 2-0) separating the two. (AP Photo/Daylife)
Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente took his season tally up to six with two against Sevilla, although it wasn’t sufficient to take the three points, Sevilla winning 4-3. Meanwhile, Osasuna and Getafe both had 3-0 margins to celebrate, against Malaga and Gijon respectively.
After stuttering last weekend, Mainz returned to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich drew 0-0 away to Hamburg and continue to languish in eleventh spot. This was the game in which Mario Gomez gave us a glimpse of his thighs, in case you missed it. You should probably scroll up and have another look .
Werder Bremen are now four games undefeated, thanks to a 4-1 stomping of Borussia Monchengladbach. Schalke are yet to find their form though, a 0-0 draw vs. Eintracht Frankfurt sees them languishing in sixteenth place.
After last week’s draw against Brest saw them gain their first point of the season, Arles are on a streak now, a 1-1 draw against Lyon doubling their points tally. At the other end of the table, Rennes remain top despite their first loss of the season; a 1-0 defeat to Montpellier.
After their scare against Spurs in the Champions League this week, Inter Milan (left, Coutinho + rain= Mmm) only managed a 1-1 draw against Sampdoria which sees them in second place. However, a win for AC Milan tonight against Napoli would see the Rossoneri leapfrog their city rivals, pushing them into third. Lazio extended their lead to four points with a 2-1 win over Cagliari. (Reuters/Daylife)
That was the weekend that was, Kickettes. Your thoughts?