Monday, September 13, 2010

Plenty of goals in Serie A as Barca lose to newly-promoted Hercules

Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, September 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Darren Staples  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)
Kenwyne Jones celebrating his goal against Aston Villa
This weekend was wonderful for me. A return to domestic football which has begun to really excite me with plenty of surprise results. And there was another thing which made my weekend, there were plenty of goals scored. I'm not just talking Serie A, where there were 35 goals scored in the last slate of games, but there were exciting matches everywhere. In the EPL, Serie A, and La Liga, there were only two scoreless games, for me, that's awesome.

In England, we continue to see a Chelsea team which truly dominates. While they conceded their first goal in the Premier League this weekend, they had little trouble defeating West Ham 3-1 at Boleyn Ground. Essien scored a brace with Malouda scoring the other goal for Chelsea, and a late goal from Scott Parker brought one back for West Ham, but his pretty chip wasn't enough to stop Chelsea.

On the other hand, Manchester United were unable to win at Goodison Park. They were 3-1 up against Everton when the Toffees pulled two back in stoppage time for an epic 3-3 draw. The United defence looked shaky letting in two goals in the final minutes of the match, while I expect them to win the title, maybe they're just not secure enough at the back.

Arsenal had no trouble winning 4-1 against Bolton at the Emirates Stadium, while Manchester City should've done better only drawing 1-1 against Blackburn, with Vieira scoring their goal for them. West Brom and Tottenham also drew 1-1 along with Sunderland and Wigan. Blackpool got their second win this season beating Newcastle 2-0 at St. James' Park, a great result for the newly-promoted side which find themselves in fourth right now, only five points away from table leaders Chelsea. Liverpool could've done better, only drawing 0-0 against Birmingham, while Fulham defeated Wolves 2-1, and Stoke City defeated Aston Villa by the same scoreline.

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho is pictured before their Spanish first division match against Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Mourinho working his magic at the Bernabeu
In Spain, Jose Mourinho finally found the winning formation. Real Madrid won 1-0 against Osasuna with Ricardo Carvahlo scoring the only goal. Mesut Ozil was combining well with Ronaldo, and Higuain like always was pretty wasteful in front of goal.

However Real Madrid's main rivals for the title, Barcelona found a way to mess things up at home against newly-promoted side Hercules. Guardiola's men lost 2-0 in front of their fans, who were probably expecting the blaugrana to spank Hercules with five or six goals. This wasn't the case as the Paraguayan Nelson Valdez scored twice, with Trezeguet nearly scoring a third. It's advantage Mourinho (by one point), all the Portuguese coach has to do now is win the rest of his games.

In La Liga you also had an eight goal thriller between Real Zaragoza and Malaga! Malaga were five goals up by halftime, but after that the home fans of Zaragoza watched their side pull three back, hoping for probably one of the most epic comebacks in history. Atletico Madrid now stand at the top of the table after having defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1. Forlan and Tiago scored to make it 2-0, but Llorente pulled one back in the 89th, yet the equalizer didn't arrive.

Juventus' Simone Pepe (L) celebrates after scoring against Sampdoria during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Turin September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Pepe celebrating his goal (assisted by Krasic) against Sampdoria
In Italy, Juventus and Sampdoria played out a 3-3 draw, and the new signing Krasic was instrumental for the bianconeri, providing two assists. AC Milan lost to Cesena 2-0 as Ibrahimovic and Robinho couldn't do much in their debut against the newly-promoted side. Another title contender lost, Roma suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Cagliari who found it easy to win after Nicolas Burdisso was sent off. Inter Milan were able to win 2-1 against Udinese, with Lucio scoring, and Samuel Eto'o tucking in the rebound of his penalty which was saved. Bari drew 2-2 against Napoli at the San Paolo stadium, where they played some fantastic football. A radically attacking possession game which was extremely risky, but produced plenty of chances which the Bari players were unable to put away.

That's basically all that happened this weekend, what are your thoughts on this weekend's action? Share your thoughts below by commenting!

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