Monday, August 30, 2010

Serie A and La Liga start with Barcelona and AC Milan winning

Now the world's top football leagues have kicked off: The Premier League continues to be dominated by Chelsea, Barcelona pick up where they left off in La Liga, and AC Milan romp to first place in the Serie A. Soon enough the transfer window will close, and as last minute deals are beginning to be strung together, teams need to begin to returning to their last season's stride, or else.

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A very nice goal from Berbatov
In England, Chelsea continue their winning streak as they defeat Stoke City 2-0, not conceding anything as their goal difference remains an impressive +14. Manchester United also remain strong with a 3-0 victory with Rooney scoring a penalty and Nani and Berbatov scoring. Tottenham suffer a 1-0 loss to the hands of Wigan after having qualified for the Champions League against Young Boys, and Manchester City were defeated by Sunderland after they thrashed Liverpool 3-0 last week. Everton continue their bad run after losing to Aston Villa, and Liverpool managed a 1-0 win thanks to Torres against West Brom. Arsenal had some difficulty but defeated Blackburn 2-1 away at Ewood Park with Walcott scoring yet again as Arsene Wenger continues to play him as a central striker instead of a winger.

Barcelona players celebrate a goal against Racing Santander during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Sardinero Stadium in Santander August 29, 2010. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Barca players celebrating the first goal
In Spain, Barcelona defeated Racing Santander 3-0 with no trouble after letting Ibrahimovic leave and go to AC Milan. A glorious chip by Messi accompanied by Iniesta and a David Villa header helped Barcelona set the tone to the new La Liga season. Real Madrid on the other hand had trouble when they went to Mallorca, Jose Mourinho's side could only manage a 0-0 draw after Higuain and Ronaldo missed some important opportunities. The other half of Madrid continued their good form after winning the UEFA SuperCup against Inter Milan, and they defeated Sporting Gijon 4-0 with Forlan netting a double. Villareal lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad and Sevilla won 4-1 against Levante with Konko scoring a double.

Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds an AC Milan jersey during a presentation during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium in Milan August 29, 2010. AC Milan reached agreement with Barcelona on Saturday to bring former Inter Milan striker Ibrahimovic back to Italy in a move the club hope will ignite their title chances. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Zibra smiling ominously
In Italy, the Serie A was a low scoring affair, only 15 goals were scored in the ten matches played, and four of those came from AC Milan who defeated Lecce 4-0 with no trouble at all. Ibrahimovic was presented at the San Siro to the fans, and he watched his future teammates, Ronaldinho and Pato, orchestrate the destruction of the newly-promoted side. Inter Milan had trouble away against Bologna, and Sneijder's magical free kick taking was met by Emiliano Viviano who between the posts was particularly fantastic. Eto'o hit the crossbar but in the end Inter Milan could only get a point from Bologna. Fiorentina and Napoli drew 1-1, Napoli's goal didn't actually cross the line, Cavani headed the ball onto the crossbar having it bounce onto the goalline, but the ref gave it. In that match D'Agostino scored a wonder-volley to equalize the score, and then Vargas and Blasi were sent off. Juventus were defeated by Bari 1-0, Bari dominated and eventually Donati scored a wonderful goal which sealed Juve's loss.

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