World Round – Up November 11th

On this remembrance weekend, they were plenty of upsets in the English Premier League. Out of the top nine sides, only three won, as Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal failed to record wins. Liverpool demolished Fulham, whilst Sunderland won against City again at the Stadium of Light. Spurs fell to a Tim Krul inspired Newcastle, and Chelsea needed a late, debatable penalty to gain a draw against West Brom.

Top of the table Arsenal faced Champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, in something of a six pointer for the Manchester club. If United lost this game, they would be 11 points behind The Gunners, whilst a win would throw them right back into the title race. So the match was set up perfectly. It was a Robin Van Persie goal that was to be the difference for the home side, as a goal from his head/shoulder nestled in the corner of the net. Arsenal came close on a few occasions, Bacary Sagna’s crossing was of immense quality, but Manchester United held on to claw Arsenal back to five points and to put David Moyes men back in the title picture.

Bayern Munich have gone four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga following their 3-0 victory over Augsburg. Leverkusen won 5-3 in an all action game against Hamburg, to close the gap on second placed Dortmund, who contrived to lose against at Wolfsburg. The really question is can anyone stop Bayern from running away with it for a second successive season?

AS Monaco’s start to the season has stuttered over the past couple of weeks, as they have begun to lose ground on leaders PSG. Five points now separate the principality club and Parisian leaders.

Roma drew their second game in a row after conceding a 94th equaliser, to allow Juventus to close the gap to just one point, following their 2-0 win over title rivals Napoli. Has the wheels begun to fall off the Roma bandwagon? Questions are sure to be asked.

Barcelona extended their lead in the La Liga this weekend, with a 4-1 victory over Betis. A Ronaldo hat-trick kept Real Madrid, six points behind the league leaders, whilst sandwiched in between the two, Atletico Madrid, drew with Villarreal, meaning they are three points behind Barcelona, yet three points in front of their City rivals.

Newell’s Old Boys have failed to win in four games now, though they will not be too disheartened at the past weekend’s result. Playing second in the league San Lorenzo, a draw meant Newell’s stayed top by two points. Boca Juniors are now within two points of the league leaders also.

Brazilian Serie A leaders Cruzeiro grip’s on the league title gets stronger each week. Another win and another three points, means they keep a 13 point gap between themselves and Atletico PR.

Meanwhile in the Asian Champions League, Guangzhou Evergrande became the first ever Chinese side to win the tournament. They won the trophy on away goals against FC Seoul of South Korea. It also meant that Marcelo Lippi is the first manager to win both the European and Asian tournaments.

AFC Champions - Guangzhou Evergrande

AFC Champions – Guangzhou Evergrande

World Round up – November 4th

World Round Up –  this week we shall start in Turkey where Fenerbache needed to come from a goal down to defeat Bursaspor to stay top of the league.

England – Arsenal beat, Liverpool, to go five points clear at the top. Jose Mourinho claims he needs to make ” 11 changes” following their defeat to Newcastle United. Manchester United scored three in the first 22 minutes at Craven Cottage to beat Fulham, whilst Asmir Begovic scored the quickest goal of the current season, in 13 seconds, and yes, he is a goalkeeper. Oh and Manchester put 7-0 past a Norwich City.

Italy – Roma dropped their first points of the season, drawing 1-1 at Torino. It gave both Juventus and Napoli the chance to close the gap. which they duly did.

Spain – Atletico kept pace with the Catalan giants, by winning 2-0 against Athletic Club. Real Madrid also won, beating Real Vallecano. Meanwhile Real Sociedad will enter the game with Manchester United full of confidence following a 5-0 victory over Osasuna.

Germany – Bayern Munich broke the league record for going unbeaten, it has been 36 games since they last tasted Bundesliga defeat. BVB demolished  VFB Stuttgart 6-1, a Leverkusen slipped to defeat at the hands of bottom club Braunschweig.

France – Monaco drop to third position following a loss to Lille, who have now jumped to second. PSG remain top, two points clear.

Portugal – A familar look to the Liga Sagres table, as Porto are top, with Sporting Lisbon second and Benfica third.

Argentina – Newell’s Old Boys have not won in 3 games now, but are still two points clear at the top of the Clausura.

Falcao couldn't prevent Monaco from losing their first game of the season

Falcao couldn’t prevent Monaco from losing their first game of the season

Brazil – Cruzeiro’s lead currently stands at 13 points and it looks increasingly likely that they will be crowned champions this season.

Round Up – 28th October

 

Spain – El Clasico saw Barcelona defeat Real Madrid 2-1. Neymar opened the scoring both Alexis Sanchez scored a sublime chip to make it 2-0 with around 10 minutes remaining. Jese did pull one back, but it was too late.

Germany – Bayern remained top of the Bundesliga despite going behind at home against Hertha Berlin. Borussia Dortmund and Leverkusen both kept up the pace with the league leaders.

Italy – AS Roma won, again, to make it nine wins out of nine. Both Juventus and Napoli sit five points behind the league leaders.

France – PSG failed to beat St Etienne, which allowed AS Monaco to draw level on points at the top of Ligue 1.

England – Arsenal are still the team to beat in the Premier League, following another win. Chelsea, thanks to a major error by Joe Hart, beat Manchester City 2-1, whilst neighbours Manchester United, came back, twice, to win 3-2 over an impressive Stoke side. Suarez scored a hat-trick, with Sturridge getting the other as Liverpool beat West Brom 4-1.

Brazil – Cruzeiro returned to winning ways, after defeating Circiuma 5-3. They are 12 points clear in the Brazilian Serie A

Japan – Yokohama F Marinos remain top after a 1-0 win over bottom club Oita Trinita. Urawa Red’s stay two points behind, with Sanfreece Hiroshima a further point back.

El Clasico

Weekend Round-Up – 21st October 2013

England – Arsenal maintained their lead at the top of the table after a 4-1 victory over Norwich. Samuel Eto’o scored his first goal for Chelsea as they overcame Cardiff to sit second in the Premier League. Manchester United failed to see off Southampton at Old Trafford, with it finishing 1-1 thanks to a late goal from Adam Lallana.

Spain – Barcelona failed to beat Osasuna, as the game finished 0-0. Goals from Ronaldo and Di Maria, saw Real over the line against Malaga. Atletico Madrid, dropped points as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat, away at Espanyol.

Italy – Roma have opened a five point lead at the top of Serie A. They beat second placed Napoli, whilst Juventus lost 4-2 to Fiorentina. Roma have now won eight out of eight.

Germany – Bayern Munich came back from a goal down to beat Mainz 4-1. Dortmund recorded a 1-0 over Hannover. Leverkusen also won, meaning that the top three are now at least seven points clear of the chasing pack.

France – Goals from both Ibrahimovic and Cavani, meant PSG went top of the Ligue 1, at least until the Monaco game. However, Monaco threw away a two goal lead, to draw 2-2 with Sochaux.

Argentina – Top of the league Newell’s Old Boys lost to Rosario Central to halt their title challenge, they do however remain three points clear of San Lorenzo.

Brazil – Cruzeiro lose, but the rest of the top four fail to win, meaning not much has changed at the top of the table.

Japan – Yokohama remain top, whilst a Sanfreece loss means Urawa Red’s are now in second place.

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Roma have won eight in eight

                                             Roma have won eight in eight

14th October 2013 – Weekend Round Up

It was World Cup qualifiers this weekend with plenty of nations now in touching distant of Brazil 2014.

Below is a list of nations that have already qualified for the Brazil 2014

Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Holland, Argentina, Costa Rica, USA, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

Tomorrow marks the end of the European Qualifying section, though the eight best second placed teams with go into an additional qualifying fixture.

An Andros Townsend inspired England, beat Montenegro 4-1. All they have to do in their last match against Poland is match Ukraine’s result to qualify as group winners.

Israel scored a late goal to prevent a Portugal win (and everyone’s accumulators to go with it)

Holland demolished Hungary 8-1 in a very one sided affair. Robin Van Persie was amongst the goals, scoring a hat-trick in the process.

Germany duly dispatched of Eire, and guaranteed themselves a place in Brazil.

Turkey and Romania remained in joint second of their group. Going in to the last round of fixtures, Turkey host Holland, whilst Romania welcome Estonia.

Two goals for Romelu Lukaku was enough to see Belgium over the line, away to Croatia.

Spain laboured to a 2-1 win over Belarus. Swansea’s Michu made his Spanish debut.

Outside of qualifying Australia sacked their manager after a humiliating 6-0 defeat to France.

World Cup Quals

 

 

 

Weekend Round-Up – October 7th

England – North London rivals both drop points in the title race. Spurs get ‘Hammered’ by West Ham, whilst West Brom hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw. Manchester United recovered from being a goal down, to beat bottom side Sunderland 2-1. Adnan Januzaj scored both goals on his full debut in the Premier League.

Germany – The Bundesliga saw some upsets this past weekend. Firstly Borussia Dortmund fell at Borussia Moenchengladbach whilst Entracht Braunschweig finally won their first game in the league with am impressive 2-0 over Wolfsburg. Champions Bayern recorded a 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen.

Spain – Two very late goals for Real Madrid saw them turn a 2-1 defeat into a 3-2 victory. Morata and Ronaldo scored the late decisive goals. Barcelona easily dispatched of Valladolid 4-1. Whilst Atletico Madrid made it 8 out of 8 wins, to remain joint top with Barca.

Italy – Three first half goals, including two from Francesco Totti, saw Roma canter to a victory in the Giuseppe Meazza, against an Inter side, unreconziable to the one that won the Champions League just three years ago. Napoli and Juventus remained two point behind the league leaders.

France – Monaco and PSG both won their respective games 2-1 to maintain their lead at the top of Ligue 1. Valenciennes are currently bottom of the league,

Portugal – Porto are currently two points in front of Sporting Lisbon. Benfica are a further five points behind.

Argentina – Newell’s Old Boys remain top of the Clausura, with San Lorenzo in second and Boca Juniors in third

Brazil – Cruzeiro kept to winning way, beating Nautico 4-1. Gremio and Atletico Paranaense sit second and third respectively.

Japan – Sanfreece Hiroshima and Yokohama F Marinos sit joint top of J1. Omiya Ardija lost again, going down to third place Urawa Red Diamonds 4-1.

Omiya, who were top at the mid point break, have won just once in 13 League games and find themselves sitting 10th

Omiya, who were top at the mid point break, have won just once in 13 League games and find themselves sitting 10th

Weekend Round up – 30th September

Arsenal remain top of the English Premier League after victory over Swansea. Aaron Ramsey scored his eighth goal in nine games.

Borussia Dortmund demolished Freiburg 5-0, meaning they stay top on the German Bundesliga on goal difference.

Roma made it six in six in Serie A, with a 5-star performance against Bologna. Gervinho scored twice, as Roma won 5-0.

Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu to open a five point gap between the two clubs. Barcelona sit top, along with Atletico on 21 points.

Monaco and PSG are joint top of Ligue 1, which is no real surprise. Monaco drew 1-1 at Reims

Porto sit at-top the Liga Sagres in Portugal with 16 points from five games.

Newell’s Old Boys lead the way in Argentina, with 20 points from nine games, with San Lorenzo a further point behind in second.

Cruzeiro are 11 points clear in the Brazilian Serie A, a 2-1 away win at Internacional enough to see them grab three points.

As we were going to press rumours from Turkey surfaced in regards to the vacant managerial post at Galatasary. According to some media outlets, Roberto Mancini is in talks to take over from Faith Terim as Galatasaray manager, keep an eye on our Breaking NEWZ section for more information

Ramsey took his tally to 8 goals in 9 games

Ramsey took his tally to 8 goals in 9 games