Monday, January 19, 2009

3 Points- MU'vin On Up

1. We've got a new leader in the Premiership. Manchester United got a last minute header from Dimitar Berbatov, giving them a 1-0 win at Bolton and vaulting them past idle Liverpool into the top spot.

In other Premiership action this weekend, Team Turmoil aka Chelsea got a shaky home win over Stoke 2-1. Chelsea fell behind 1-0 to the 19th place Potters, but got goals from Julio Belletti and Frank Lampard in the final two minutes to steal the 3 points.

Aston Villa kept themselves in the 4th spot, which is the final qualifying spot for the Champions League, with a 2-1 come from behind win at Sunderland. Villa was down to 10 men when English national team member Ashley Young got sent off at the 72 minute mark. But a bad challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor got Villa awarded a PK in the 80th minute, which Gareth Barry knocked home to give Villa the win.

Arsenal stayed just a point behind Villa with an impressive 3-1 road win over Hull City. Hull got off to a fast start this season, and they are in 9th place, but despite that are only 6 points clear of relegation.

2. Mexico's spring season, known as the "Clausura", opened this weekend, and Patrick's favorite team, Club America, opened with a 2-1 win at Santos Laguna. The defending champs, Toluca (pictured above), had to settle for a 3-3 draw at home against Atlante.

3. It was a bad weekend for the top 2 teams in Serie A. League leaders Inter totally crapped themselves, losing 3-1 at Real Housewives of Atlanta, no wait, thats Atalanta. Has Kim's record dropped yet? It's the middle of January, it was supposed to be out by now. Maybe Austin Houston or whatever that producer she is working with's name is is still mixing it. Second place Juventus blew its chance to make up serious ground though, as they could only muster a 1-1 tie at those fascist bastards Lazio.

Meanwhile, in La Liga, Barca continues to look like the best team in the world. They destroyed Deportivo Coruna this weekend, 5-0. Eto'o and Thierry Henry both had a pair of goals, and Lionel Messi had a goal. Real Madrid celebrated the firing of their shitty club president by beating up on last place Osasuna. Sevilla remains tied with Real for second place thanks to its 1-0 win over Numancia.

Blackburn 3, Newcastle 0
Sunderland 1, Villa 2
Bolton 0, Man U 1
West Brom 3, Boro 0
Chelsea 1, Stoke 1
Man City 1, Wigan 0
Hull 1, Arsenal 3
West Ham 3, Fulham 1
Spurs 1, Pompey 1

Barca 5, Deportivo 0
Sevilla 1, Numanica 0
Villarreal 2, Mallorca 0
Real Madrid 3, Osasuna 1
Getafe 0, Racing 1
Recreativo 2, Sporting Gijon 0
Valladolid 1, Real Betis 3
Malaga 4, Espanyol 0
Athletic Bilbao 3, Valencia 2
Almeria 1, Atletico 1

Siena 1, Reggina 0
AC Milan 1, Fiorentina 0
Atalanta 3, Inter 1
Lecce 0, Genoa 2
Cagliari 2, Udinese 0
Sampdoria 0, Palermo 2
Torino 0, Roma 1
Catania 1, Bologna 2
Lazio 1, Juventus 1
Chievo 2, Napoli 1

Chiapas 2, Atlas 1
Chivas 3, Cruz Azul 3
Monterrey 4, Puebla 0
Necaxa 1, Pumas 2
Morelia 0, San Luis 0
Toluca 3, Atlante 3
Santos 1, America 2
Pachuca 4, Tigres 1

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