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Champions League catch-up

1 Oct

Sorry ladies, I was feeling a little under the weather so blogging activity was reduced. Here are the rest of the Champions League results for this week. I will post Europa League results tomorrow.

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Champions League (Wednesday)

Rubin Kazan 1 (Christian Noboa penalty) – Barcelona 1 (Villa penalty). Barcelona and Rubin were pretty evenly matched for this one. Dani Alves tackled Vitali Kaleshin 30 minutes into the match, and Noboa scored the resulting penalty goal. Thirty minutes later, the tables were turned when David Villa made his penalty shot after Lasha Salukvadze brought down Andrés Iniesta. Very symmetrical. Lionel Messi is back from injury, having replaced Mascherano on the pitch just after Barça’s goal. Barcelona slips to second place in Group D, behind Copenhagen.

Valencia 0 – Man. United 1 (Hernández). Although Valencia have been having a great season and Manchester United have been struggling, the English side managed to pull through with a solid defence and a late goal from Chicharito. Valencia’s own Hernández (Pablo) had the best chance for the home side a few minutes later, but didn’t manage to get the equalizer. Sorry, valencianistas. Better luck tomorrow when Los Che face Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

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Tuesday results – Champions League

29 Sep
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Check out Mourinho's long jacket. And Benzema's package. Photo: AP Photo via Daylife.

Auxerre 0 – Real Madrid 1 (Di Maria)

Los blancos were having striker trouble again. Although they dominated the first half, shots by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lass Diarra and Benzema all missed the target. Higuaín didn’t do much of anything. Auxerre began to step up in the second half, but the couple of shots they made were weak. Cristiano saw a couple of his efforts on target, but they were stopped by home goalkeeper Olivier Sorin. Finally, Ángel Di Maria came on for Lass Diarra, and saved the day for Real Madrid shortly after, ten minutes before the final whistle.

Monday results: Málaga vs. Villarreal

28 Sep

"Hey ref, are you seeing this?" Photo: Getty Images via Daylife

Málaga 2 (Eliseu, Rondón) – Villarreal 3 (Cazorla 2, Rossi). A very lively match, at least for the first half hour. Eliseu scored for the home side right off the bat. But Villarreal took the lead twenty minutes later with back-to-back goals from Santi Cazorla and Giuseppe Rossi. José Rondón scored the equalizer for Málaga a few minutes later, only to see the Yellow Submarine regain the lead with another goal from Cazorla. And still the excitement of the first half wasn’t over yet. Shortly before half-time, Eliseu was tripped by Carlos Marchena. He got up, walked angrily up toward Marchena, and leaned in as if to say something, his nose touching the veteran’s cheek. In an epic performance, Marchena suddenly grabbed his face and fell to the ground. Eliseu was shown a red card, Marchena a yellow. This injustice seemed to affect Málaga’s morale, with their performance suffering in the second half.

Thankfully, the Competition Committee reduced Eliseu’s red card to a yellow today after reviewing the footage. He will be able to play in Málaga’s next match against Almería.

Sunday results

27 Sep

Forlán is not too happy with Reyes. Photo: AS.com

Atlético Madrid 1 (Diego Costa) – Zaragoza 0. Another overzealous ref (Muñiz Fernández) officiated this one, who handed out eleven cards in all, mostly to Atlético. Even young keeper De Gea was shown one, presumably for time-wasting (I seem to have missed that). Atlético secured their three points with Diego Costa’s goal, but they weren’t at their best. In addition to the seven yellow cards they received, José Antonio Reyes was given a straight red for a challenge against Matteo Contini.

Hércules 2 (Trezeguet 2) – Sevilla 0. Another big upset for newly-promoted Hércules. I like these guys. Frenchman David Trezeguet scored two lovely goals, and Sevilla never recovered. Sevilla have not been living up to expectations this season, and manager Antonio Álvarez was fired after yesterday’s loss. Hopefully former Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano will do a better job.

Mallorca 2 (Cavenaghi 2) – Real Sociedad 0. Mallorca’s Fernando Cavenaghi scored two goals, one in each half of the match. And apart from a few weak chances from Real Sociedad, that was about it.

Deportivo 0 – Almería 2 (Uche 2). Yet another double, this time from Kala Uche, who scored a pair early on. Everyone else was atrocious. Almería moves all the way up to 13th, and Deportivo is now in the second-last spot.

Racing 0 – Getafe 1 (Víctor). I do love my Racing boys, but man do they suck. Birthday boy Markus Rosenberg was slightly better than his teammates, but his few chances were blocked by Jordi Codina. Rosenberg sent off just before the end of the match after collecting two yellow cards. Getafe were only slightly better, with Víctor scoring a lone goal in the first half.

Espanyol 1 (Álvaro) – Osasuna 0. Nineteen-year-old Álvaro Vázquez played his very first fixture as a starter yesterday. He got Lolo sent off after only twenty minutes, after the Osasuna midfielder committed two consecutive fouls against him. And five minutes later, he got the only goal of the match. Bien hecho, niño.

Saturday results

26 Sep

Ah, the man-love. Puyol consoles Javi Martínez after Athletic's defeat to Barcelona. Photo: Getty Images via Daylife

Levante 0 – Real Madrid 0. Oof. Giants Real Madrid failed to score against newly-promoted Levante, resulting in a disappointing draw reminiscent of the merengues‘ season opener against Mallorca. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín were back to their early-season slump, and Levante keeper Manuel Reina managed to block the attempts of Di María, Alonso, Benzema and Pedro León. Madrid’s defence at least lived up to expectations. Levante only had three attempts on goal – none of them on target.

Athletic Bilbao 1 (Gabilondo) – Barcelona 3 (Keita, Xavi, Busquets). It was an interesting and very wet match at San Mames in Bilbao. Athletic was down a man after only half an hour, as Fernando Amorebieta was sent off for a challenge on Iniesta (although it probably didn’t merit a straight red). Barcelona’s midfield was in top form, and Seydou Keita was the first to score, shortly after the break. Xavi was the next, with a shot from outside the box. David Villa was sent off for raising an arm against Carlos Gurpegi in the 87th minute, but the match wasn’t over yet. Igor Gabilondo scored Athletic’s only goal seconds into injury time, but Sergio Busquets responded two minutes later with another goal for Barça, ending the match 3-1.

Sporting 0 – Valencia 2 (Mehmet Topal, Soldado). This was an unusual match, in that it was essentially over after only ten minutes of play. Topal and Soldado scored one after the other at the beginning of the match. Valencia had three more shots miss the target in the next ten minutes, then nothing for the rest of the match.

Thursday results

23 Sep

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Sevilla 1 (Negredo penalty) – Racing 1 (Pinillos). Álvaro Negredo scored an early penalty for Sevilla, but the higher-ranked home team struggled to stay ahead. Racing defender Pablo Pinillos scored shortly after the break (have I mentioned that I love it when defenders score?) and Sevilla couldn’t regain their lead. A disappointing draw for Sevilla, but a valuable point for Racing.

Villarreal 1 (Nilmar) – Deportivo 0. Villarreal were by far the better team, but only came away with a single goal by Brazilian cutie Nilmar.

Getafe 0 – Málaga 2 (Rondón, Apoño). Big upset for Málaga, with Rondón and Apoño scoring successive goals in the second half. Both teams were a player short by the end of the match, with Rafa and Jesús Gámez.

Wednesday results

23 Sep

Please forgive the watermark. FC Barcelona seem to be the only ones astute enough to photograph Villa sans shirt.

Barcelona 1 (Villa) – Sporting 0. The blaugrana had an exhausting week and were a Messi short, and it showed. Despite the laboured play, David Villa managed a classic goal early in the second half against his first club.

Valencia 1 (Aduriz) – Atlético 1 (Simao). Other than an early goal from Simao, the match was essentially Valencia vs. David De Gea, who continued to prove his exceptional goalkeeping. The one shot he failed to block was from Aduriz in the 83rd minute, ending the game with a draw.

Almería o – Levante 1 (Sergio). Levante come away with their first win of the season, with a golazo from Sergio Gonzáles.

Zaragoza 0 – Hércules 0. Goalkeeper Juan Calatayud of Hércules proved to be the best player of the match, and Zaragoza keeper Leo Franco wasn’t far behind, as neither side managed a goal. Zaragoza slips to last place, having yet to secure a win.