Sunday, January 31, 2010

Major League Wrap Up: Manchester United Crush Arsenal and Juve and Milan Troubles Continue

What can only be described as a fantastic week of football took place, with massive matches we have seen the resurgence of some teams, and the downfall of others.

Arsenal - Manchester United 

A match which will inspire Manchester United to charge for the title no doubt, a fantastic performance by the red devils buries Arsenal's title hopes. It started with a sublime performance by Nani, on the right wing, he beats two players to enter the Arsenal penalty box, outclasses another and chips Almunia with the most graceful of touches, the Arsenal goalkeeper can only get a hand to it as he re-directs it into the Arsenal goal. Soon after a fantastic finish by Rooney cements any of Arsenals hopes of resurgence, by halftime, the match was over. But it wasn't enough, a classic counter-attack led by Ji-Sung Park led to him slotting it into the Arsenal onion bag, giving United a score they truly deserve. In the 80th minute though, a deflected shot by Vermaelen creeps into the net, but the damage has been done, the dutchman not even celebrating, we see that Arsenal are just boys getting their hopes up.
Final score 1-3

But there was plenty more action to be found in the Premiership, a fantastic performance by Birmingham earned them a 1-1 draw with Tottenham, Birmingham equalized in the last minutes of the match thanks to Ridgewell. Chelsea struggled past Burnley after a 2-1 victory away at Turf Moor, a late goal by the controversial John Terry seals the three points for the blues. Liverpool return to form after a 2-0 victory over Bolton, and Manchester City overpower Portsmouth thanks to a goal by Adebayor and Kompany.

In Italy, both Juve and AC Milan slip, the bianconeri got a 1-1 draw with Lazio after their managerial change (Ferrara was sacked and Alberto Zaccheroni replaced him). And AC Milan were only able to draw 1-1 against Livorno, with all the balls passing through a disappointing Ronaldinho, AC Milan fans will be hoping Pato can return from injury soon. Roma continue their great run thanks to a win over Siena after a great goal by Riise and an even better one by the Fulham-bound Okaka, a sublime backheel nabs the three points for the giallorossi in the 88th minute.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real continue at a steady pace, Barcelona got a 1-0 victory over Sporting Gijon thanks to the unstoppable Pedro, and Real Madrid continue the chase after a 3-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, an early goal by Granero followed by Benzema put Los Blancos two up, but in the 86th minute Riki scored a penalty for Deportivo putting the result in doubt, but Benzema scores in the 90th minute to put the result in the bag. Sevilla power through Valencia, both teams on great form, Negredo's double brought Sevilla closer to Valencia.

What do you think of this week's football action? Comment below!

Egypt Conquer Third Consecutive African Cup of Nations

With all the hype of the Togo team attack, the African Cup of Nations in Angola was overshadowed by accusations and fear, but a fantastic final provided Egypt their third African Cup of Nations in a row, and their seventh of all time. 

After beating their ultimate rivals Algeria 4-0 in the semifinal, they went on to play a weakened Ghana side. After having lost their World Cup spot to Algeria in World Cup Qualifying, the Egyptian team put their heart and soul in the Africa's greatest tournament. It took 84 minutes of play before Egypt found the winner, but a beautiful fast paced one-two unleashed supersub Mohamed "Gedo" Nagui to slot in the winner. But Ghana made themselves be feared, after a free kick that barely cleared the crossbar by Asamoah Gyan, and Asamoah's long range effort stopped by Egypt goalie, Essam Al-Hadary, Egypt rolled their sleeves up and re-claimed their title as African Champions.


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