English Premier League, Match Day 6

Match Day 6 was one of the most exciting match days yet in the Premier League! There were two derby matches! If you missed the action here is a brief recap. Liverpool played Everton in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Stevie G put Liverpool ahead in the 65th minute off a beautiful free kick. Then just when Liverpool thought they had the win, the Everton captain, Phil Jagielka, stepped up to a loose ball just outside the box and rocketed it in to the top corner to salvage a vital point for the Toffees (Everton). Chelsea cruised to an easy 3-0 win against Aston Villa, continuing their unbeaten record. Leicester lost to Crystal Palace, 2-0, away from home. Manchester City looked like they were going to crush Hull City when they when 2-0 up in the 11th minute, but Hull were back in the game when Eliaquim Mangala scored an own goal to make the game 2-1. Then he gave up a penalty which Abel Hernández converted to tie the match at 2-2. The Citizens were undaunted though and they scored two more goals (the goal scorers were Edin Dzeko and Frank Lampard) and the match ended, 4-2. A struggling Manchester United side faced Big Sam’s Hammers. The Reds were off to a good start with Wayne Rooney scoring in the 5th minute and Robin van Persie netting in the 22nd minute, but from then on everything went down hill. First, Diafra Sakho pulled West Ham back into the game with a goal in the 37th minute. Then Rooney recklessly kicked someone and was sent off. The whole stadium gasped when Kevin Nolan scored for West Ham, but then breathed a sigh of relief when they saw that it was offsides. The game ended, 2-1. Although Southampton had nine shots on goal and QPR only had two the Saints only won, 2-1. Sunderland were held to a 0-0 draw by Swansea and are still looking for their first win of the season. Tottenham scored first in the North London Derby at the Emirates with a great piece counter attacking play (Nacer Chadli was the goalscorer). Then, due to poor marking in the box, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain blasted the ball in to the net from point blank range to salvage a point for Arsenal. West Brom crushed Burnley who just fell apart, 4-0. Stoke City barely won against a struggling Newcastle side, 1-0. The table is finally starting to take shape and I can’t wait for next weekend as the matches start to become more and more important.

English Premier League, Match Day 5

Here is a brief recap on this past weekend’s Premier League action. Stoke went up on QPR, 2-1 in the 51st minute, but was denied the three points by Niko Kranjcar cracker of a goal (off a free kick) in the 88th minute. After their exciting win against Liverpool last weekend Aston Villa was looking for another surprise against Arsenal. Arsenal had other things in mind though and crushed them 3-0 with all three of their goals coming in a four minute time span. Sunderland played to a 0-0 draw against Burnley and both teams are still winless. Hull City looked like they would win against Newcastle after going 2-0 up in the 68th minute, but Newcastle rallied one last time and were able to tie! Southampton won against Swansea, who were a man down due to a red card, 1-0. Liverpool were trying to get a win after their disappointing loss to Aston Villa last week. They must of not tried very hard because West Ham slaughtered them, 3-1. Everyone thought the game was in the bag for Manchester United when they were winning 3-1 against Leicester City, but somehow they ended up losing, 5-3. Their season has not been off to a good start. Tottenham lost again against West Brom, 1-0. Crystal palace shocked the Toffes (Everton), winning away from home, 3-2.The biggest game this past weekend was Manchester City vs. Chelsea. Both teams’ defenses played brilliantly and the match ended a 1-1 draw. The goalscorer for Chelsea was Andre Schurrler, and the goalscorer for Manchester City was former Blues icon, Frank Lampard, which made this game an instant classic. This was a great weekend of Premier League action. I am looking forward to next weekend’s games as the table starts to take shape.

UEFA Champions League Group-Stage, Week 1, Part 2

Here is a recap of the rest of week one in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League. AS Roma dominated CSKA Moscow and it showed on the scoreline, they won, 5-1.  Manchester City held Bayern Munich to 0-0 for eighty-nine minutes, but in the 90th minute the former Man City player, Jerome Boateng scored a spectacular volley to win the game for Bayern. Ajax were able to snatch a point from PSG. After going 1-0 down in the 14th minute they equalized in the 74th minute off a free kick. Athletic Bilbao played to a 0-0 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Bilbao. Although Barcelona dominated their match against Apoel, they were only able to put one goal in the back of the net. Over at Stamford Bridge Chelsea let an early 1-0 lead slip and they ended up tying Schalke 04, 1-1. BATE Borisov were pulverized away from home by FC Porto who won 6-0! Nani put Sporting Lisbon in the lead against NK Maribor in the 80th minute and it looked like they would win. Sadly (for Sporting), NK Maribor pounced on a defensive mistake and scored in the 90th minute to salvage a point. Week one has come to an end and we’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see what happens next!

UEFA Champions League Group-stage, Week 1, Part 1

The UEFA Champions League has finally begun and so far it’s been pretty exciting. If you missed it here’s a recap on the games. The Italian giants, Juventus dominated Malmo FF and won 2-0 with Carlos Tevez scoring both goals. AS Monaco and Bayern Leverkusen were pretty evenly matched teams and the score line showed just that with only one goal separating them. The goal came in the 61st minute when Joao Moutinho netted to give Monaco the win. Zenit beat Benfica 2-0, both of their goals came in the first thirty minutes. Arsenal disappointingly lost to Borussia Dortmund 2-0, giving up a goal right before and right after halftime. Galatasaray barely salvaged a point agains Anderlecht scoring in extra time to tie the game at one! Liverpool surprisingly had a tough time against Ludogorets Razgard. Mario Balotelli scored in the 82nd minute, but then Dani Abalo tied the game for Ludogorets. Luckily, Liverpool was awarded a penalty seconds later, which, the veteran, Steven Gerrard easily converted to win the game for Liverpool. I was shocked when I discovered that Olympiakos beat the reigning La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid, 3-2. Real Madrid definitely didn’t have a problem beating Basel, they crushed them 5-1 (Ronaldo scored to put him as the second all time champions league goal scorer)! We’re off to a great start to the Champions League and who knows what’ll happen next!

English Premier League, Match Day 4

Here is a brief recap on this week’s EPL action. Two title favorites went head to head in a thrilling match. It was Manchester City against Arsenal. Neither team could gain the upper hand and the match ended as a 2-2 draw. Swansea City were looking to continue there amazing start to the season when they faced Chelsea. They were off to a good start when John Terry put Swansea in the lead in the 11th minute due to an own goal and dominated the first half, but that was not going to continue in the second. Diego Costa netted a hat trick and Loic Remy topped it off with a debut goal (Jonjo Shelvey scored in the 86th minute, but it didn’t make much of a difference). Burnley and Crystal Palace both went home with a point after a goalless game at Selhurst Park. Southampton crushed Newcastle United, 4-0 putting them fourth in the league table. José Ulloa netted for Leicester City in the 64th minute which happened to be the only goal of the game. Leicester was awarded their first win of the season. Tottenham were on the verge of a 2-1 win against Sunderland when Harry Kane scored an own goal to give Sunderland a point! Everton easily won against West Brom scoring goals in the 2nd and 66th minutes. Aston Villa shocked everyone by beating last years EPL runner up, Liverpool, 1-0! WOW! Manchester United won their first game of the season this weekend against QPR with two of their new signings, Di Maria and Ander Herrera opening their accounts (scoring their first goal). Hull City and West Ham United both played very well and both went home with a deserved point (they tied 2-2).

International Break Recap

Here is a brief recap of this past week’s international break matches. Argentina played a replay of the World Cup Final when they faced Germany, but this time Argentina won, 4-2. England barely beat Norway, 1-0 with their only goal coming off a Wayne Rooney penalty in the 68th minute. Jurgen Klinsman’s  U.S.A. team beat the Czech Rebublic, 1-0 in their first game back from the World Cup. Belgium dominated against Australia and were able to pull off a 2-0 victory. Italy netted twice early on to get a win against the Netherlands. France won 1-0 against the former reigning World Cup champions, Spain. Once again Neymar scores Brazil’s only goal in their 1-0 victory over Columbia. Scotland almost tied the reigning World Cup champions, Germany, but they let in a goal in the 70th minute (and lost 2-1). Albania shocked Portugal by beating them in Euro qualifying, 1-0! Thank goodness that there is not another one of these breaks next week because not having Premier League was killing me!

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