Sunday, September 19, 2010

AC Milan and Arsenal stutter with draws

While the Serie A looks to return to normality with Inter Milan near the top, Spain's La Liga is looking competitive, and in the EPL Chelsea is running away four points ahead of second-placed Arsenal. The Bundesliga looks very interesting with Bayern Munich ninth, seven points behind first placed Mainz 05, and the Ligue 1 looks very complicated with plenty of teams fighting for the title. Plenty of interesting results, so lets get started.

Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov (R) shoots to score past Liverpool's Pepe Reina during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, September 19, 2010.   REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)
Berbatov with six goals in the Premier League
Manchester United - Liverpool

This epic match finished 3-2 for Manchester United, it was Dimitar Berbatov who grabbed a hat trick for United while Gerrard could only score a brace. The scoring started with Berbatov heading in from a corner before halftime, putting United in front. After the half, Berbatov struck again with a beautiful bycicle kick which looped over Reina, hit the bottom of the crossbar, and bounced into the back of the net. A truly sublime hit which put Ferguson and his men into dreamland. 

While Manchester United enjoyed plenty of chances, against the run of play, Raul Mereiles played Torres in, and Evans plowed through the Spaniard, giving Liverpool a lifeline. Gerrard scored the penalty making the score 2-1, and soon after Liverpool earned a free kick right outside Manchester United's penalty area, and Gerrard scored again. So another lead lost by Manchester United, and with only 8 minutes to go Liverpool were looking more composed than ever.

But United fought back and found the winner, Berbatov again heading the ball past Reina to complete his hat-trick and give United three important points. Berbatov is the first player in 64 years to score a hat-trick for Manchester United against Liverpool, back when Stan Pearson did it. And so the match ended 3-2 for Manchester United who are now 3rd in the table, while Liverpool are 16th.

In Italy, AC Milan are beginning to stumble, a 1-1 draw against Catania was all they could manage at home. Capuano scored a stunning long range volley to open the scoring, and AC Milan only found the back of the net with the eternal Filippo Inzaghi, if you want more info on that match, click hereFiorentina lost 2-1 at home to Lazio, while they started the scoring with the 18 year-old Ljajic (one to watch out for) slotting in a penalty, Lazio fought back well to get three points away from home. 

Inzaghi equalized for AC Milan
Another one of Inter's main opponents for the title stumbled this weekend, Roma drew 2-2 against Bologna at home. While things looked rosy as the giallorossi went two goals up, Bologna fought till the end with Di Vaio scoring a late double to ruin Roma's party. But Juventus managed to win 4-0 against Udinese with the ex-Udinese players Quagliarella and Iaquinta scoring. Udinese find themselves bottom of the table with 0 points, and if they don't begin to win, then Guidolin will be without a job soon.

Inter Milan came back a goal down against Palermo to win 2-1 at the Renzo Barbera stadium. Both teams created plenty of chances and wasted a lot of them, but Eto'o scored a double to make sure that Inter draw near to the top of the table, right behind Cesena on goal difference. Cesena grabbed a 1-0 win against Lecce thanks to a sweet goal by Bogdani, who perfectly curled the ball onto the post and into the back of the net, to put the newly-promoted side at the top of the table.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger points to his watch to the linesman after Sunderland scored during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England September 18, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)
Wenger babbling on about too much stoppage time
In England, Chelsea just can't stop winning, another big win for them against Blackpool which finished at 4-0 with Malouda scoring twice. Tottenham completed a late comeback against Wolves to win 3-1, with Van der Vaart scoring his first goal for the Spurs from a penalty. Tevez shined as Manchester City defeated Wigan at the DW Stadium, the Argentine scored a sublime chip and then assisted Yaya Toure for the second goal in City's 2-0 win. Arsenal slightly messed up in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland, Fabregas scored early as he was closing down Anton Ferdinand, and the defender's clearance hit his shin and looped into Sunderland's goal. Then, around the 70th Arsenal were given a penalty, Rosicky stepped up to take it, and he blasted it just inches over the bar. After that chance, Arsenal were punished in the 5th minute of stoppage time, Darren Bent knocking in an epic equalizer for all the fans at the Stadium of Light.

In Spain, Barcelona recover from their 2-0 loss to Hercules last week and defeat Atletico Madrid at the Calderon 2-1. But there's some sad news for any Barca fans out there, Messi received some ligament damage to his ankle and could be out for up to two weeks. Real Madrid also won 2-1, defeating Real Sociedad. Di Maria started the scoring with a wonderful goal, looping over the keeper into the far corner, and then Sociedad equalized from a free kick. It was Ronaldo who won the game, his free kick deflecting off of the wall and into the back of the net, giving Jose Mourinho a tight win.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after sustaining an injury in the final minutes of their Spanish first division match against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Messi could miss some important games for Barcelona...
Sevilla, Villareal, and Valencia all won 2-1 defeating Malaga, Levante, and Hercules respectively, with Nilmar scoring both goals for Villareal, and Trezeguet scoring his first goal for Hercules from a penalty kick. 

Right now the La Liga table has Valencia two points ahead of Sevilla and Real Madrid, with Barcelona dragging behind in 6th place. Maybe this season we could see a different winner? What are your thoughts? 


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