ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE (WEEK 9)
Life’s a BEACH!!! That must have been the first reaction of the travelling Liverpool supporters as a beach ball helped Sunderland’s Bent to score the vital goal in the opening 5 minutes to see off the Kops in Saturday’s Premier League match. The beach ball (in red in pic), was cleared off the ground before that incident, but somehow a Liverpool fan punched it back in front of his team’s own net, and Bent fired a shot into that beach ball (bearing Liverpool’s badge on it), and while both Reina and Johnson were distracted by that, Sunderland took the 3 points. But this goal should not have stood according to rules, but the ref gave it and Liverpool were unable to make a comback, 1-0 the game ended in Sunderland’s favor.
Elsewhere, Chelsea suffered a second defeat as they faced an Aston Villa side which was determined to grab their 3 points as well, although Chelsea scored first through Drogba, but Villa came back with goals from Dunne and Collins and then managed to see off pressure from the Blues to hold a vital win as well.
Chelsea’s defeat gave United a chance to climb to the 1st spot, and they did it although not with enough conviction in the end after dominating most of the game, and scoring through an own goal by Knight and then a goal by Valencia, and Bolton replied through Taylor, 2-1 United managed the win, and the first spot in the process.
Arsenal were for their part celebrating 13 years of Wenger’s presence at the club, and they did well to see off Birmingham 3-1, with goals from Van Persie, Diaby and Arshavin, while the only goal at the other end was scored by Bowyer.
All the results as follows:
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (WEEK 3)
The Champions League 3rd week games had some surprises yet again.
Liverpool were once again on the receiving end when they faced Lyon at Anfield. Gerrard hobbled off in the first half, and although Liverpool managed to score through Benayoun before half time, they could not hold on and Lyon took advantage to pin back the Reds, and eventually scored thru Gonalons and Delgado to inflict more pain to Liverpool fans and players combined.
Arsenal for their part could not hold on to the goal they had scored at AZ, and eventually paid the price as the game ended 1-1, but Arsenal should have won by a larger margin instead of sharing the spoils with AZ.
Man Utd were away to CSKA Moscow in Russia, and although the Red Devils dominated the midfield play, they were not really threatening with only Berbatov upfront, and it took a Valencia goal in the dying minutes to help United win 3 out of 3 played, and strengthen the lead in their group.
Chelsea were at home to Athletico Madrid, and won convincingly 4-0, with Kalou netting a double, Lampard scoring one, while Perea scored an own goal.
The 2 surprises came from games both played in Spain. Barcelona were shocked by a Rubin Kazan team (Rubin who u must be saying), Ryazantsev and Karadeniz scoring for the Russians, while Ibrahimovic had equalized earlier before the KO goa, 1-2 in Rubin’s favor.
The other surprise came at the Bernabeu stadium, where the Galacticos of Real Madrid were beaten by an AC Milan team still looking for an inspiration themselves in their own league, Serie A. Pato scored the winner in a dramatic match, which ended 2-3.
All the results and tables as follows: