Sunday, September 26, 2010

Roma Dramatically Defeat Inter and Michael Owen Returns

In case you haven't noticed, there have been some boring games but awesome results this weekend. Roma vs. Inter Milan is one among many which was relatively boring, but the result has huge ramifications for just about every other team in the Serie A. Another example is Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Levante, which although wasn't extremely exciting, caused Los Blancos to fall behind their rivals, Barcelona.

Another thing which you've hopefully noticed is the poll on the right sidebar. Have your say on who will win the English Premier League, and although Chelsea is running away with it right now, they've just been stopped by Manchester City. This could cause Ancelotti's side to falter, and maybe give away the title, but that's up to you, the voter. So be sure to vote on the poll which is located at the top of the sidebar.

And the last thing I wanted to mention before we move on to the soccer results, is that my review of the Concave PT+ soccer cleats will be up sometime tomorrow. I've already done a preview which goes over the innovative features which the company offers, and if you want to find out more info about the company, Concave Sports, click here. And now, on to the soccer.

Vucinic scored his first goal of the season against Inter
Roma - Inter Milan

While some say Serie A is a boring league with Inter Milan constantly winning, I have to say that they're wrong. And I'd have to point at this result (along with others) which shows that the title race is not boring, and it might provide a new winner this season. The first half was a pretty equal showing by both teams, with the Stadio Olimpico full of charged supporters cheering the giallorossi on. The second half became a stop-start affair, full of stoppages due to fouls. But the magical moment arrived for all those fans who patiently cheered on their team for the full 90 minutes. It was substitute Mirko Vucinic who got on the end of Daniele De Rossi's cross with a diving header, scoring the only goal of the game. This last-gasp goal has not only raised Roma's spirits for their upcoming matches, but it has also lowered Inter's mentality as they prepare to face Werder Bremen in the Champions League, and after that, Juventus.

He has returned...
In Italy, Edinson Cavani scored two fantastic goals in Napoli's 4-1 win away against Cesena, the first was a quick dribble and a perfect finish, the second was spectacular with the Uruguayan hitting the ball first time, curling it into the far right hand corner. AC Milan also got a win, but with a slightly less extravagant scoreline. It was Ibrahimovic who scored the only goal as the rossoneri defeated Genoa 1-0, Zlatan's goal was a fantastic long ball which he volleyed/chipped over Eduardo. Juventus got a big win against Cagliari, the fast Serbian winger, Krasic, scored a hat trick helping the bianconeri win 4-2. And Juventus will be hoping to continue with their good form, especially since they'll have to face Roberto Mancini's Manchester City in the Europa League, and then Inter Milan on the weekend.

An unlikely return to say the least
In England, Michael Owen has returned! Well, not exactly, but he scored an important goal for Manchester United which evened up their match with Bolton, making the final score 2-2. Bolton played well and went in front with Knight, but then Nani equalized, with Bolton then grabbing a second scored by Petrov, it was then that Ferguson played his card and put in Owen, who scored for the Red Devils and salvaged a point. Chelsea also suffered, they lost 1-0 to Manchester City with Carlos Tevez scoring the brilliant goal which finally made Ancelotti's side lose. It was a perfect finish by Tevez, a low diagonal ball which Cech would never have reached, and now we could see Chelsea possibly slipping up again next week at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal.

The Gunners though lost 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium against West Bromwich! Not to doubt West Brom, but I expected at least a 3-0 win by Wenger's side, but the result was going the opposite way for West Brom. The newly-promoted side was 3-0 up by the 71st, with the game securely controlled. After that, Nasri found two goals, but they weren't enough to salvage a point against the mighty West Brom.

The perfect strike
Emile Heskey scored on Gerard Houllier's debut on the Aston Villa bench, the 88th minute winner by Heskey defeated Wolves at Molineux Stadium 2-1. Liverpool drew 2-2 at Anfield against Sunderland, and they were literally given a goal when a muck-up by Michael Turner who passed the ball back so that his keeper could take a free kick, but the ref took it a little differently. The ref (Stuart Attwell) thought that Turner had just taken the free kick, and then Torres leaped on the ball, got in front of Mignolet, and easily squared it to Kuyt for the finish. After that incident, Sunderland fought back with two goals by Darren Bent, making it 2-1, but the wonder-captain Steven Gerrard equalized for his side, making the final result 2-2.

Another unlikely return by a former great striker
In Spain, Jose Mourinho was unable to get Real Madrid to win against newly-promoted Levante, Los Blancos were held to a 0-0 draw, with Gonzalo Higuain missing chances aplenty. Barcelona on the other hand had little trouble winning without their talisman (who is injured) Lionel Messi, 3-1 was the final scoreline against Atheltic Bilbao. The win was fairly straightforward and it was the midfielders' turns to score with Keita, Xavi, and Busquets all scoring for Barcelona. Hercules continue with another surprise win, the newly-promoted side defeated Sevilla 2-0 with ex-Juventus forward David Trezeguet scoring both goals. And Valencia stay top of the table after their 2-0 win away against Sporting Gijon, it took just 10 minutes for Valencia to win the match, with Topal scoring in the 8th, and Soldado in the 10th. Now Valencia are top of the table, one point ahead of Barcelona, two points ahead of Real Madrid, and three ahead of Atletico Madrid.

What were your thoughts on this weekend's action? Share them below, and remember to vote in our poll!


  1. Don't forget Holland, where they had a spectacular playing round this weekend! The four table leading teams (Ajax, PSV, FC Groningen and FC Twente) played against each other - both matches ended in a draw!

  2. Yes, sadly I don't watch much dutch football. I actually wish I could write more about the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 as well, especially considering that they're such entertaining leagues.

    Thanks for the comment.



Related Posts with Thumbnails