January 10th, 2011
Weekend Results: Unleashing The Beasts Within
Will it be Real Madrid’s soft and gentle ‘inner cow’ or Barca’s vile, upsetting ‘leopard feet of doom’ approach that triumphs in La Liga this season? We can’t wait to find out! (Getty Images/Daylife)
With France and Germany still basking in the delights of their winter break, and the EPL paused in favour of the FA Cup, the Weekend Results have a bit of a different shape about them this week. In fact, it’s ruddy mayhem.
We suggest an espresso, two brownies and an emergency hipflask be obtained before you even think about entering the fray.
It’s ‘as you were’ at the top of La Liga, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona winning by their now customary ridic margins and Ronaldo and Messi hammering home their share of goals. Cris managed three in Real’s 4-2 win over Villarreal, with Kaka scoring his first since returning from injury. Villareal remain in third, but are now a hefty eleven points behind second place Real.
Leo Messi, still in recovery from accusations that those shoes might be his, only managed the one in Barca’s 4-0 away win over Deportivo. The other goals came from Villa, Iniesta (left) and Pedrito and see Pep’s side remain atop the table by two points. (Reuters/Daylife)
Valencia were able to take advantage of Villarreal’s loss to Real; Mata’s goal in their 1-0 victory over Levante closing the gap between the sides to two points. Meanwhile, Espanyol’s 4-0 victory over Real Zaragoza ensured that sixth place Atletico Madrid would be unable to leap frog them, even if they win tonight’s away fixture against Hercules.
Zaragoza remain rooted to the bottom of the table on thirteen points, Almeria’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Mallorca sees them also on thirteen but above Zaragoza on goal difference.
Er… is that wild thing? Yeah, uh, we think we love you. (AP Photo/Daylife)
Madness abounded at the San Siro, where league leaders AC Milan were lucky to come away with a draw against eighth place Udinese. Antonio Di Natale scored first for Udinese, Alexandre Pato equalising just before half time.
Astonishingly, Udinese took a 3-1 lead after the break via Sanchez and Di Natale’s second, before Mehdi Benatia scored an own goal, bringing the score to 3-2. Pato equalised on 82 minutes, Udinese took the lead again through Denis but a 4-4 draw was snatched by wild thing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who then grabbed the ball (above) and ate it, presumably figuring it was the only way to prevent Udinese from scoring again.
The Rossoneri are still top, but their lead has been cut to a much more reasonable four points by Napoli, who beat a wobbly Juventus 3-0, with all three goals coming from Edinson Cavani (left). (AP Photo/Daylife)
Lazio also failed to take advantage of AC Milan’s slip up, a 2-1 defeat to Lecce leaving them third on thirty four points. Luckily for them, Roma also lost to Sampdoria (2-1) and stayed fourth on thirty-two points.
Inter Milan continued their resurgence under hot new manager Leonardo (yes, we failed to point out his hotness in our last Serie A post, no, you did not let us get away with it), their 2-1 away win at Catania putting them in seventh on twenty nine points. Here’s a picture of him to celebrate (left). (Getty Images/Daylife)
The English FA Cup
Joe Hart haz the sadz. Any volunteers to cheer him up? (Getty Images/Zimbio)
The FA Cup third round is a much anticipated weekend of the English football season; the competition being arranged in such a way that the first two rounds are fought out between all league clubs apart from those in the EPL. They enter the tourney at this point, allowing for all kinds of embarrassment to be inflicted. We were not disappointed.
Championship side Leeds United forced a replay at their home ground after holding the mighty Arsenal to a 1-1 draw, Cesc Fabregas’ 90th minute penalty (left) preventing total humiliation for Arsene Wengers adorkable boys. Unable to do the same were EPL sides Blackpool, Sunderland, Newcastle and West Brom, all of whom crashed out to lower league opposition. (Reuters/Daylife)
The Newcastle fixture will be of particular interest to the powers that be in English football; after League Two side Stevenage Borough beat the Magpies 3-1, fans invaded the pitch, one of who decided to celebrate by punching a Stevenage player to the ground. Asshat.
Sunday saw Chelsea pop their appalling league form aside to beat (recently relieved of the managerial services of Roy Keane) Ipswich Town 7-0, while Manchester City face a home replay against Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City after a Joe Hart error led to a 2-2 draw. Steven Gerrard (left) was sent off in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, the newly acquired services of club legend Kenny Dalglish failing to inspire his team. (Reuters/Daylife)
Elsewhere, Spurs beat fellow Londoners Charlton Athletic 3-0, goals from debutant Andros Townsend and two from Jermain Defoe sealing the win.
How was your weekend, Kickettes? Share with the class…