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October 19, 2009

Liverpool beaten by Bent’s beach ball goal!

Not many followers of Premier League football will have been surprised that a Liverpool team missing both Torres and Gerrard lost by a goal to nil away at Sunderland. Not many would have been surprised to see that Darren Bent was the goalscorer with his eight goal of the season continuing his dream start for his new club.

However, I defy anyone to have been unsurprised by the fact that the ‘assist’ for the goal was credited to a bright red beach ball! Poor Pepe Reina must have thought he had Bent’s shot well and truly covered when it took a bizarre deflection into the other side of the net from the beach ball punched onto the pitch – ironically by a Liverpool fan behind the goal. It doesn’t get much stranger than that.

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In other games with more conventional goals, Manchester United regained the top position with a scrappy but important home win against Bolton. United’s first was a Zat Knight own goal following an Owen header and then Antonio Valencia scored his first league goal for the champions before Matty Taylor got one back for the visitors.
Chelsea continued to show a weakness at set pieces that must be causing great concern for the coaching staff and went down 2 – 1 at Aston Villa.

Both goals came from powerful headers from corners from central defenders Dunne and Collins; Dunne’s was his second goal in two games since his transfer from Manchester City. Chelsea, who took the lead through Drogba (again) came up against a Brad Friedal determined to hang on to the points afte misjudging Drogba’s early strike.
Spurs continued their good run as they notched up an away win at Portsmouth with strikes from King and Defoe outgunning Boateng’s effort for Pompey.

This cemented the north London team’s place in the top four, ahead of local rivals Arsenal, despite the Gunners keeping up their own good form. Mind you, they only scored three goals this week – all different scorers again – Van Persie, Diaby and Arshavin this week. Manchester City and Wigan played out an entertaining one all draw, so City keep their fifth position behind Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal.

Things aren’t improving very much for Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham, though, at the wrong end of the table. A visit to Stoke is never the easiest of prospects and the Hammers went down to two Beattie goals, with only Upson’s first half effort a consolation. One of the most interesting games of the day must have been that between local rivals Blackburn and Burnley, meeting in the top flight for the first time in a generation.

Despite scoring their first away goals in the Premier League, Burnley lost out by the odd goal in five. The weekend’s other fixture ended all square with Woves and Everton sharing two goals. All this means that the bottom three remain Portsmouth, West Ham and Hull, although the Tigers have their fixture on Monday evening.

Barcelona drops 2 points

In Spain, Barcelona dropped their first points of the season in a goalless draw away at Valencia. After looking the better side for the first half, Barca dropped away after the interval and will have been grateful to have finished up with a clean sheet.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will have been delighted to have silenced, for the time being at least, those who claim they are ‘Ronaldo dependent’ by winning their home game against Valladolid 4 – 2. Raul scored the first two Madrid goals and then Marcelo and Higuain – with a neat chip – completed the scoring.

Sevilla’s fine recent form was brought to an end when they lost by the only goal of the game at Deportivo, a Juan Rodriguez long shot going in off the woodwork. This victory takes Depor into fourth place in La Liga, level on points with Sevilla.

The weekend’s other main highlight was the first victory of the season, 3 – 2, for newly promoted Xerez, which had the added merit of taking them above both defeated opponents Villarreal and Malaga in the table after seven games. Other results included victories for Espanyol over Tenerife, Sporting over Athletic, Mallorca over Getafe and Osasuna continuing to emphasise Atletico Madrid’s woes with an emphatic three goal trouncing. The only other drawn game was between Zaragoza and Racing, at two apiece.

Posted by admin @ 10:58 am
Category: Premier League,Spanish League

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