English Premier League, Match Day 18, Boxing Day

Boxing Day, one of the biggest match days in the EPL. All 10 matches are played on that one day. This time of year is when teams’ depth is tested, causing the table to change dramatically. Anything can happen. If you missed the action, here is a brief recap. Manchester United fell for the fourth straight time (in the EPL), 2-1 against Stoke. Bournemouth drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace. Watford tied with Chelsea, 1-1. Aston Villa gathered a much needed point versus West Ham; the final score was 1-1. Liverpool handed Leicester a 1-0 loss, which is only the Foxes second this season. Manchester City destroyed Sunderland, 4-1. Ki Sung-Yeung’s solo goal gave Swansea a vital victory over West Brom. Harry Kane scored a brace as Tottenham dispatched Norwich, 3-0. Everton beat Newcastle 1-0 thanks to Tom Cleverley’s stoppage time goal. Southampton shocked Arsenal, steamrolling them 4-0. Well, that’s all for Boxing Day.

Click on the link below for the current Premier League table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

P.S. Happy Holidays!

English Premier League, Match Day 17

Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 17. Chelsea, under a new manager after firing Jose Mourinho due to the Blues’ terrible form,easily beat Sunderland, 3-1. Everton fought hard against high flying Leicester, but were unable to win; the final score was 3-2. Manchester United were upset 2-1 by Norwich. It seems, though, that Man U being upset isn’t very surprising anymore (maybe it’s time for a change of manager). Southampton fell 2-0 to Tottenham. Lee Chung-Yong’s late goal (a cracker) gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 victory over Stoke. Charlie Daniels converted a penalty in the 87th minute assuring they would collect all three points against West Brom; the match ended 2-1. Newcastle United and Aston Villa drew, 1-1. Watford shocked Liverpool, crushing them 3-0, one of which came from a mistake by Liverpool’s backup keeper, Adam Bogdan. Swansea tied 0-0 with West Ham. Arsenal were victorious, 2-1 over Manchester City in huge match between two of the title favorites. That’s all for match day 17’s EPL action. Make sure you check back for my Boxing Day post.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

English Premier League, Match Day 16

Here is a brief recap of the EPL  matches that took place on match day 16. Everton drew 1-1 with Norwich City. Yohan Cabaye’s solo goal gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory over Southampton. Kelechi Iheanacho’s snatched all three points for Manchester City against struggling Swansea when he netted in stoppage time; the final score was 2-1. Sunderland fell 1-0 to an in-form Watford side. West Ham and Stoke tied, 0-0. Bournemouth shocked Manchester United, beating them 2-1, with one of their goals coming directly from a corner. Aston Villa still are without a win in the Premier League since match day 1 after losing 2-0 to Arsenal. Divock Origi’s stoppage time goal salvaged a point for Liverpool against West Brom; the final score was 2-2. Newcastle came back from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham, 2-1. Leicester were 2-1 victors over Chelsea. That’s all for match day 16’s Premier League action.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

UEFA Champions League, Match Day 6, Part 2

Here is a brief recap of the match day 6 UEFA Champions League matches that took place on Wednesday. As I said in UEFA Champions League, Match Day 6, Part 1, for some teams the matches are meaningless, but for others they’ll decide if they will advance, play in the UEFA Europa League, or be knocked out of Europe entirely. BATE Borisov held Roma to a 0-0 draw. Bayer Leverkusen fought hard, but were unable to defeat Barcelona, tying 1-1. They will now feature in the Europa League Round of 32 along with the other teams who finished third in their group. Under fire Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho couldn’t afford another loss and they faced a good Porto side. The Blues (Chelsea) were up to the challenge though, the final score was 2-0. Robert Lewandowski netted a brace to give Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory against Dinamo Zagreb. Maccabi Tel-Aviv lost 1-0 Dynamo Kiev. Gent beat Zenit 2-1. Arsenal needed a win versus Olympiakos to advance to the round of 16. They took care of business, crushing the Greek champions, 3-0 with Olivier Giroud scoring all 3. Lyon were 2-0 victors over Valencia. Well, that’s all for the UEFA Champions League group stages. Make sure you check back around March 16 for my post on the round of 16.

Click on the link below for the standings:

http://www.espnfc.us/uefa-champions-league/2/table

UEFA Champions League, Match Day 6, Part 1

The final match day of the UEFA Champions League group stages has come. For some teams the matches are meaningless, but for others they’ll decide if they will advance, play in the UEFA Europa League, or be knocked out of Europe entirely. Here is a brief recap of the matches that took place on Tuesday. Lucas and Ibrahimovic both netted in PSG a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Galatasaray drew 1-1 with Astana. Raheem Sterling scored a brace as Manchester City came back from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2. Davy Propper’s 85th minute cracker gave PSV a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow. Atletico Madrid were 2-1 victors against Benfica. Ronaldo put 4 past a stunned Malmo keeper (breaking the record for most goals scored in the group stage and making him top goalscorer with 11) as Real Madrid pounded them 8-0. Juventus fell 1-0 to Sevilla. Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League, losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg. That’s all for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League action.

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