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?!

EPL

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)

La Liga

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.

Bundesliga

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.

Ligue 1

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.

Serie A

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?

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  10. ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

    woohoo for barca!!
    messi is on fire too!
    RM, i want you to win every game except for the two el clasicos!
    that way, i like my teams in their correct positions in my mind:
    1. BARCA!!!
    2. real madrid

    but i dont like cristianos form recently. hes providing a horrible threat to my beautiful barca boys

  11. xbabyshakesx says:

    Oh Mr. Nando!
    how i've missed you!
    so happy that you are back!
    the goal left me speechless
    i knew my heart belongs to the right man
    ^_____^

  12. Winnie Mata says:

    oh fuck yes!

    HALA MADRID! <3

  13. C16 says:

    Hell yeah!!!! HALA MADRID!!!!

  14. YouNeverWalkAlone says:

    WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!!
    Hahaha, Real Madrid and Arsenal beat the hell out of the other teams, although I did feel bad for both Racing and Man City because a) Canales was originally from Racing so I felt bad for him and b) David Silva is the only reason I like Man City.

    At this rate, RM, we will definitely win el clasico! *ducks a blow from people like BarceLisa*
    Also, Liverpool made a good comeback (Remember, Nando, you'll never walk alone c(: ) and the only person that I like on Man U (other than Fergie) scored. Besos, Cicha!

    So to recap, all my teams won well this weekend so I'm majorly happy :)

    • fieryheart says:

      I'm really with you on these part
      1) 'David Silva is the only reason I like Man City. '
      2) 'Liverpool made a good comeback (Remember, Nando, you'll never walk alone c(: ) and the only person that I like on Man U (other than Fergie) scored. Besos, Cicha! '

      And I really enjoyed Real Madrid's thrashing over Racing, it was such an enjoyable match and CR7 is slowly gaining a place in my heart. (Xabi Alonso, don't worry, you're still in my heart and so does Ozil and Canales ) ;)

      • YouNeverWalkAlone says:

        lol so you basically said the same thing I did! Anyway, even tho I used to hate CR7, I agree, hes slowly getting a place in mine too…along with Xabi and Canales <3

    • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

      david silva is the only reason i like man city too!ans half a point for tevez

  15. @AgnesWonka says:

    I just can't believe Cesc's penalty kick! god, what's going on with you mate?

  16. Zinny says:

    I started bawling when Fernando scored…It had been a weird week for me but I was so happy to see Nando doing what he does best. I know this doesn't mean that L'vpool will go straight to 1st place or anything but I was really worried about him losing heart and giving up on his team (I'm not a Liverpool supporter but I can appreciate loyalty). Anyways, I hope this leads to good things for both the team and Fernando. I always believed in you Nino!

    Okay…as a Cule, I must say that Madrid is starting to make me a little anxious. Big props to Mourinho… but I of course still believe that Barca can and will take the lead. I just REALLY miss Xavi!

  17. Arrow says:

    Hooray for Nando!! Hopefully this means things are finally picking up for Liverpool.

  18. theodora says:

    so happy about liverpool and nandooooo….!!!!! ;)

  19. Kesha says:

    Ronaldo has 10 not 9. Unstoppable. Unique. Simply the best.

  20. MadridistaJenn says:

    To say that it was a great weekend for Real Madrid is an understatement. Cristiano is on fire and this is the best start to a season in a long time. And when Mourinho gives the team a 10, you know it was a great night.
    Hala Madrid!

    • @DebStimson says:

      They played beautifully and the teamwork is fantastic. oh, and seeing DiMaria as left back was priceless. lol He actually did quite well, imo.

      Although, did you see poor Iker after Racing scored, on his knees pounding the ground? :'( It took a deflection otherwise, he looked like he had it covered.

  21. littlegirl says:

    uff…one only point for my juventus…uff

    • DeeRoma says:

      I know…

    • Summer says:

      Un punto che potevano essere tre, e buttare via due punti con una squadra come il Bologna è stato proprio un dispiacere. Se non altro ieri c'è stato qualcun altro che due punti li ha buttati via, anche se avrei preferito che ne buttasse vi addirittura tre…l'Inter!!!

  22. Lunare says:

    FERNANDO TORRES SCORED!!! *dancing wildly on the table*
    Now back to the others. Mario Gomez isn't really my type, but his thighs….mmm, I might give them a second thought.
    Fernando scored and Liverpool won. I'm gonna have a goofy smile all week. But it really bothers me that Liverpool won only the matches where Nando scored. Great teams shouldn't depend on one player. Pity the Citizens didn't beat Arsenal. I don't want to cheer on Man City, I really don't, but I just can't help it when I see my sweet Silva running on the pitch.
    After Barca's win my evening was darkened by Real's tremendous win. We're still behind. See you on 26 November in Camp Nou, blancos! And why Villa doesn't score? Sad about Valencia's lose, glad about Sevilla's win though it's a pity the beat Athletic. Well. I guess it's a compensation for Fernandos' goal.
    Inter should have won that game, the had to win it. Why, oh, why did the Special One leave us? :( Hope at least Napoli will beat Milan tonight. Roma is my heartbreak of this season along with Liverpool. I just don't understand what's wrong with romanistas. And great artistic skills from Milos Crasic in Juve's match. In case, you haven't noticed, Milos, I was being sarcastic (C).
    Oh, I almost forgot about two little cute boys, Chicharito and Coutinho. For the little time I know them I love them too much, especially Coutinho. He's just a kid, a cute kid, a very cute kid two years younger than me. Never thought I'd live to the times when there will be ballers younger than me, lol. But I really love the guy. He's just getting better and better.
    Well. that's all, I thing. Now I'm going to have another look on Mario's thighs.

    • Lunare says:

      I didn't see Coutinho's pic. Awww, I want to hug and cuddle him. And I love his curly hair.

    • @DebStimson says:

      David Silva had a good game. Pity that they were playing a man down or he would have been able to move up more.

      • Lunare says:

        Yeah, hope David will be in the starting line-up more often. I just can't take seeing him on the bench.

    • DeeRoma says:

      Regarding Roma: I can't tell if it's a psychological block, a lack of offensive oomph or if some stupid Laziale with a voodoo doll or knowledge of curses has decided to eff with my team. The more this season goes, the more likely choice three is.

  23. Leya_S says:

    LIVERPOOL!!!! They're on their way back, I promise. Love you Nando!

    So even though I'm not a ManU fan, Chicharito is in the top 5 of my list of future husbands, so I was totally stoked that he scored both goals!!! Btw, apparently this was a week for invading pitches, bc along with the Pink Man at the Sunderland game, did anyone else see the random guy who jumped the barrier and managed to get in on the celebratory hug with the team after Chicharito scored his second goal?! Hysterical.

    Arsenal beat Man City! Woot! Although I feared for their safety a little bit, it was a rough game on both sides, with all the yellow cards (and the red) between the two teams! And yay for Nicky, scoring the 3rd goal!

    Happy for Barca, but missing Xavi!

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      Oh yeah, do you know who scored first for Liverpool? I just keep hearing about Nando's winning goal. Not that I'm complaining about it – I could happily keep hearing about it forever. But I also want to know what went down the rest of the match.

      Agreed about Chica. Ugh United. But yay Chicha! My heart is so torn.

    • @DebStimson says:

      'Although I feared for their safety a little bit, it was a rough game on both sides, with all the yellow cards (and the red) between the two teams!'

      And DeJong got quite fouled a couple times. One by Cesc :p Wonder if that was payback for Xabi? I can only hope. lol

    • @DebStimson says:

      I did see the guy that ran into the group hug. And dear old Chicharito just hugged him as if it was not big deal! lol

      There was also the guy that ran out during the RM/AC Milan match. The poor security guards couldn't catch him but eventually he slipped on the pitch. lol

  24. blake2108 says:

    No mention of PSV's 10-0 win?
    Ola Toivonen plays for them *drool*

  25. CarmenOcio says:

    Very pleased with the Arsenal results, Bendtners goal was the highlight for me. And I don't support Barcelona, but I think they're a FAB team, so well done to them aswell.

  26. LuvinBale says:

    I wouldnt say this weekend was bad but it wasnt good either. Spurs just looked tired- especially poor Bale. That boy needs a rest.
    We drew with Everton who gave a good run for our money. I will say Modric looked on fire and so did VdV. Hutton is looking better every game.

    If anyone watched the game this weekend there was a moment in the game where Bale was tackled (I think by Cahill?) and Bale just sat sat there with a most glorious view of his thighs. *drooooooooooooooools*
    DEAR LORD LOVE THIS GAME!!!!

  27. Summer says:

    To the sweetest man in the world.
    Dear Fernando…
    I'm so happy little boy, I'm so happy and I don't know if I'm able to express my feelings and find the right words to describe these moments. I has been so confused recently, I've wept so much for something that I don't think possible, I've finished my tears, I've mixed my memories in order to find again ours, I've dreamt what there wasn't, your goals, your heart, you…Every night I've prayed in order to find you again. In all this time it has been so difficult to find a sense to all this. But no one can measure a dream, no one has been able to measure our dream..And you at the end have come back. Thank you. I've never stopped to believe in you, in your possibility and no one of us in this site, no one of Liverpool's fans, because each of us know very well who you are, how much you are important…Thank you Ferni because, because of you I deeply believe again in Liverpool. Thank you because I've found happiness which I've lost. Thank you for a million of reasons. Thank you to exist.

  28. Missy Manchester says:

    Loved the Stoke v United game yesterday. Chicharito plays with such joy. And that backwards, contortionist header goal of his was amazing.

    I just want to hug Sir Alex Ferguson…esp. when I see him still get excited when one of his players scores a goal.

    He is a phenomenal coach…leader…man. What he did for the team this week was nothing short of sheer brilliance.

    CEOs and politicians could learn a lot about leadership from SAF.

  29. gin_in_teacups says:

    Not to make this all about me, but I have to say I'm now 100% convinced that I'm cursing my teams. I've missed the last 4 Real Madrid games and what has happened? 6-1, 4-1, 6-1, and a win against Milan in the CL. All the matches I've watched this season have been low scoring wins or draws. Every single Liverpool match I've watched has been a disaster. I've missed 2. Guess which. If you guessed the 2 we actually won, then you get a cookie.

    Well, I'm still pleased as pie that my teams did so well at the weekend. Praise to San Iker and Thank Jesus Navas that Liverpool finally won! Keep it up lads – let's get out of the bottom 3 and stay out permanently! Mmmm… and now I want pie…

    Oh and also – Sergio back on the squad list for Real's next match! Happy day! Lastly, I gotta say, I think it's going to be an exciting race in La Liga this season! Of course we know where my loyalties lie but I'm happy that Barca is kicking a** too – neck in neck competition is so much fun.

    • Lashes says:

      If that's true, would you please never watch Liverpool matches for all eternity?
      Can't stand them being bottom three

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        If I could prove a correlary between my not watching and Liverpool wining, I would absolutely give up watching their matches. It would be difficult and sad but I'd do it out of love! I'd way rather they win and I didn't get to experience it, than watch them continue losing.

        • @DebStimson says:

          you could always watch the game highlights. ;) Usually there's a video on YouTube after the match.

          No, seriously, hopefully that game was enough to give them confidence for the rest of the season.

          As for RM, they're playing brilliantly. Hopefully, you can catch one of their upcoming games. Most of the games, for all the different leagues, can be watched live on p2p. You can also set the time zone at the top right hand page so you can get the time they play in your area.

          Here's the link for La Liga. http://www.myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid…

          • gin_in_teacups says:

            I hope so too because I just got a ticket for the game against West Ham next month. Stevie gave a good interview about getting their confidence back and just trying to win the next few. I think if we win the next one we're well clear of the relegation zone so I'm hoping extra hard.

            Thanks for that link! I'll have to check it out. The reason I'm missing matches though is because my computer is broken, so when my new one comes (hopefully this week) I'll be right back into it!

    • Leya_S says:

      I feel ya. I didn't watch Liverpool this week, and they won, and all the ones I did watch went poorly.
      P.S. I'm really liking the consistent use of "Jesus Navas" as a viable exclamation on kickette posts these days!

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        I know it's silly but sometimes it really does feel like my watching or not affects the outcome! I guess that's life as a sports fan.

        Haha – me too! I'm just waiting for the day it comes out of my mouth in regular conversation.

  30. tammyv says:

    I am shocked you did not include Beck's double shirtless, bonus shortsless, soaking wet, playing daddy time last night to your list. Even me an avowed Becks hater was impressed…

    and Cruz is so cute, he is ediable

  31. DeeRoma says:

    Roma and Juve both had scoreless ties. I will take the point in each and look on the bright side: it wasn't a hideous loss.

  32. Jo_ says:

    Thank heavens for three points! United finally won away in the League and it feels so good. Cheech, you are a star.

  33. Chicharito is rapidly becoming a fans' favourite with his great goals, silky skills, and adorable smile! Vidic and Berbatov also stood out for me with fantastic performances at the Britannia. Vida was immense! And somehow, in the wake of last week's events, that win at Stoke seemed to mean more to the players and the fans than a "regular" away trip to the Potters would otherwise signify. Loved it!

    As for my second team, Ipswich Town's loss to Nottingham Forest was disappointing. But Forest's youngster Lewis McGugan scored an amazing 35 yard free kick that even the Blues fans rightly applauded. What a cracker! I can't believe it's not making the highlight reels on Sky Sports News. It was worthy of any top flight player in the world.

    • @DebStimson says:

      wasn't that header from Hernandez brilliant?! I'm glad he seems to be adjusting to life in the EPL. Now if only the English commenators could figure out how to say his name correctly. lol

  34. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Happy with the weekend results! Barca may look a bit tired perhaps, and a bit confused at times without Xavi, but they can´t help but winning. And i love they way Iniesta is treated like a hero wherever he goes in Spain. It will be very interesting to see if they will chant his name at San Bernabeu…

    Way to go Arsenal! It´s the most entertaining team right now! I find it difficult not to love them. Nasri´s goal was awesome!

    And lastly Sevilla won! Good for them! I hope they keep it up.

    • Zinny says:

      Yeah that really warms my heart about Iniesta. I hope they do chant his name every where (even in the Bernabeau) because the guy is a hero. A great footballer while still being incredibley humble. Just an amazing man!

    • @DebStimson says:

      Yes, Barca hasn't been winning as convincingly as I would expect them too with all the talent they have. I think not having any height up front doesn't help them. But, they definitely play better with Xavi on the pitch. Iniesta does well…but he's not Xavi. Poor Villa the guy can't BUY a goal these days. There have been some great saves by the other teams goalkeepers but you can tell he's a bit frustrated. At least he's helping set up his teammates so maybe that will help his confidence a little.

      yes, yay for Arsenal! Poor Cesc on the PK but Hart had another great game. Although, I have to say that Real Madrid is the most entertaining for me right now. But the thing that I like most about Arsenal is their passing/ball control. Reminds me of Spain. :)

      and
      yes. Keep hoping for Navas to come back soon, though. Love to watch him play :)

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        Me too, hoping for Navas! And for Villa! If he would score on all those chances he gets, then Barca would be the most entertaining to watch. But i´m a cule so they are always the most important team for me, anyway ;) . It seems like La liga will be a bit more interresting this season, with more teams involved in the race.

  35. Stacey Marie says:

    Nando scored and Liverpool won! All is right with the world :)

    • Thea says:

      I was getting used to the ever Liverpool….and the confused looking torres

    • Red_Girl says:

      It isn't completely right until
      a] Roy Hodgson is replaced. Sorry – can't bear him and being so cheap and nasty about Rikjaard after his father just died was the final classless comment.
      b] Gerrando gets its dual act together and starts the irresistible huggy-kissy goal celebrations. ;-)

    • @DebStimson says:

      Was SO happy that Nando scored! I was praying for it the entire game! And what a great win for Liverpool!

      Hopefully, this is the turning point. They played SO much better…the passing, the ball control, etc. I think having Stevie play up behind Nando was a great move by Hodgson.

    • YouNeverWalkAlone says:

      You see Nando? YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!

      Keep up the good work, Liverpool! <3

      • Ninjess says:

        I teach a kid who is a fellow Liverpool fan (an uncommon thing in an American elementary school, let me tell you!) and he and I have been commiserating the season. It was the greatest thing to have him come in on Monday morning and hunt me down to give me a high five. Nando is his hero. I'm in love with Gerrard. And this kid might be my favorite kid in the class. :)

        • YouNeverWalkAlone says:

          ohhh loool that is so frickin' awesome!!! I wish l could find a fellow Liverpool fan in my American high school!!! (The extremely few soccer fans here are Barça/ Man U fans so no, they dont count.)
          Is he from UK? ;) He would be my favorite kid too.

  36. Thea says:

    Great result for Barca – can't believe Wayne Ronney naffed off on Holiday – seriously taking the P*ss!

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Vacation or escape? The guy just made the biggest mistake in his life. I would´ve wanted to take off too. Question is, what will he come back to? Perhaps he stays away….