Champions League Wrap

15 04 2009

Bayern Munich 1-1 Barcelona
BAY: Ribéry (47′)
BAR: Keita (73′)
BAR adv. on 1-5 agg.

Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool
CHE: Drogba (51′), Alex (57′), Lampard (76′, 89′)
LIV: Fábio Aurélio, Xabi Alonso (28′ pen), Lucas (81′), Kuyt (83′)
CHE adv. on 7-5 agg.

Arsenal 3-0 Villarreal
ARS: Walcott (19′), Adebayor (60′), Van Persie (69′ pen)
ARS adv. on 4-1 agg.

FC Porto 0-1 Manchester United
MAN: Cristiano Ronaldo (6′)
MAN adv on 2-3 agg.





Confirmed Lineups – UCL Quarterfinal 2nd Leg – April 15

15 04 2009

Futebol Clube do Porto
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Goalkeeper: Helton
Defenders: RB – Cristian Săpunaru, CBs – Ronaldo & Bruno Alves, LB – Aly Cissokho
Midfielders: RM – Lucho Gonzalez, CM – Fernando, LM – Raul Meireles
Forwards: RF – Lisandro, CF – Hulk, LF – Cristián Rodríguez

Manchester United Football Club
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Goalkeeper: Van Der Sar
Defenders: LB – Patrice Evra, CBs – Vidić & Ferdinand, RB – John O’Shea
Midfielders: LM – Ryan Giggs, CM – Michael Carrick, RM – Anderson
Forwards: LF – Wayne Rooney, ST – Dimitar Berbatov, RF – Cristiano Ronaldo

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Arsenal Football Club
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Goalkeeper: Łukasz Fabiański
Defenders: RB – Emmanuel Eboué, CBs – Touré & Silvestre, LB – Kieran Gibbs
Midfielders: RW – Theo Walcott, CMs – Fàbregas & Song, LW – Samir Nasri
Forwards: RS – Emmanuel Adebayor & LS – Robin van Persie

Villarreal Club de Fútbol
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Goalkeeper: Diego López
Defenders: LB – Joan Capdevila, CBs – Godín & Rodríguez, RB – Ángel López
Midfielders: LW – Mati Fernández, CMs – Bruno & Eguren, RW – Cani
Forwards: CF – Pires &  ST – Giuseppe Rossi





Things Get Worse For Villarreal With Senna Loss

12 04 2009


Last week it was Santi Cazorla that was being lamented prior to Villarreal’s away leg match against Arsenal. News got worse for Manuel Pellegrini when Spanish international Marcos Senna would be ruled out of the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in London.

Senna left the pitch limping late Saturday night after he suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s 2-0 loss to Málaga. Senna’s injury left Villarreal with ten men as they had no substitutions left. A timetable as to his absence has not been determined; but he will surely miss the midweek clash against the Gunners at the Emirates.

Senna scored the Spanish side’s lone goal of the match midweek in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal.





La Liga Week 30 Wrap

12 04 2009

Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league.  Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title.  The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, yet they were not as sharp when it came time to define the game.  Andrés Iniesta scored in the first minute in front of an open goal after Thierry Henry crossed the ball in the six-yard box.  Morris would double the lead for the Blaugranas when he would deflect an Iniesta pass into the back of the Recre net.  Lio Messi missed a penalty kick in the match.  Víctor Valdes also established a new scoreless streak which is nearing th 500-minuite mark.

Real Madrid in the meantime kept pace with a 2-0 win against Valladolid at the Bernabéu.  Although Madrid did not show much on the pitch, Raúl opened the scoring for the Merengue and Guti would set up the Arjen Robben for the clincher.   Once again, the champs were efficient and continued their unbeaten streak in the domestically.  Madrid have not lost a match in La Liga since November when they lost to Barca at the Nou Camp.

Málaga showed why they are the surprise team of the tournament as they have reached Europa League spots and are just three points out of the Champions League next season.  Duda and Eliseu buried a hapless Villarreal side  2-0 at El Madrigal who seemed more focused on their midweek Champions League clash in London against Arsenal.

Barcelona 2-0 Recreativo

BAR:  Andrés Iniesta (1′), Morris (68’og)

Villarreal 0-2 Málaga

MAL:  Duda (37′), Eliseu (86′)

Mallorca 2-0 Almería

MLL: Cléber Santana (60′), Gonzalo Castro (90′)

Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid

MAD; Raúl (44′), Arjen Robben (82′)

Sporting 2-3 Valencia

SPO:  David Barral (35′) , Mate Bilic (71′)

VAL: David Silva (18′), David Villa (55′ pen), Mata (88′)

Numancia 0-0 Espanyol

Racing 2-3 Betis

RAC: Peter Luccin (5′), Nikola Zigic (32′)

BET: Edu (19′), Achille Emana (29′, 53′)

Osasuna 2-1 Athletic

OSA: Masoud Shojael (21′), Sergio (82′)

ATB: Pablo Orbaiz (24′)

Sevilla 0-1 Getafe

GET:  Gavilán (82′)

Deportivo 1-2 Atlético

DEP: Bodipo (87′)

ATM: Agüero (44′), Simão (70′)

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Poll: Which Team Can Overcome Their ¨Deficit¨

10 04 2009




Champions League- Away Leg

8 04 2009

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Arsenal Take Home Cake (And Away Goal)

Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal

VIL: Senna (10′)
ARS: Adebayor (66′)
If there was a match to watch because of the beauty of the goal it was this one.  Marcos Senna opened the scoring for the Yellow Submarine with a hellfire of a shot from about 25-30 meters out, beating out Manuel Almunia early on, but it would be their first half that would be a clinic in moving the ball around.  Arsenal came back in the second half simply had the home side defending everything within their own 18.  The English side absolutely dominated the game in the second half and that form would be established after Togolese international Emanuel Adebayor scored one of the top ten goals of the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »