Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man U Knocks Man City Out of Carling Cup

- It may only be the 3rd most fantastic trophy you can win in English football, but the Carling Cup has given us a pretty cracking semifinal matchup between intracity Mancunian rivals Manchester United and Manchester City. City won the opening leg 2-1 with an entertaining storyline that it is was former United man Carlos Tevez that provided the winning margin. The second leg was equally entertaining.

United got out to a 2-0 lead in the match and 3-2 on the aggregate, but again it was Tevez coming up with a big moment when he put home a Craig Bellamy cross in the 76th minute to even up the aggregate at 2. Wayne Rooney is having a career season though, and scored maybe his biggest goal of they year with a header in injury time that won the series for United. City came close to reaching it's first Carling or FA Cup final since 1981. Close, but no cigar. United will face Aston Villa in the final.

- It's a continuous merry-go round for the top spot in the EPL, and after a couple of the horses on that merry go round were in action yesterday, Chelsea finds itself in first place, for now. The Blues impressively put the boot to Birmingham at Stamford Bridge, getting 2 goals from Frank Lampard in a convincing 3-0 win over a Birmingham club that entered the match on a 15 game unbeaten streak.

- Arsenal entered the day even with Chelsea, and one point back of Man U, but they now find themselves two points back of Chelsea and in 3rd place as they stalemated at Aston Villa, 0-0.

- The African Cup of Nations semifinals are today. Ghana has already advanced to the finals for the first time since 1992 with a 1-0 win over Nigeria. Both of these countries are in the World Cup this summer, and both could advance. Ghana will have to beat out Australia and Serbia to advance along with Germany (assuming Germany advances), and Nigeria could conceivably win their group that also includes a wobbly Argentina team, Greece, and South Korea. Algeria faces 2 time defending champs and 6 time Cup winners Egypt in the other semifinal match later today.

- Kurt Warner has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow, where the Cardinals quarterback, 2 time NFL MVP and former Super Bowl MVP is probably going to announce his retirement. The nice thing about Kurt Warner is, if he retires, I bet he stays retired, instead of performing a 5 month long aria that revolves around whether he is going to play for some other team or not.

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