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November 23, 2009

Five Star Defoe leads the way for Hot Spurs

In a season full of goals and excitement, surely nothing will match this weekend’s game between Spurs and Wigan at White Hart Lane?

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Spurs went into Sunday’s fixture knowing that, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Aston Villa all drawing the previous day and Arsenal losing at Sunderland, a victory would take them into the top four and level on points with their north London rivals. A solitary Peter Crouch goal ahead at half-time, no-one could have expected the second half deluge of goals that brought an incredible 9 – 1 result.

Jermaine Defoe, who has been in fabulous form all season, had one of those afternoons when everything he hit, went in. A hat trick in 7 minutes, then two more to follow, made him only the third player to score 5 goals in a Premier League match.

Aaron Lennon spectacularly returned from his injury lay off by generally causing havoc in the Wigan defence and scored one himself along with Kranjcar and an unfortunate Kirkland own goal. Even Wigan’s solitary reply should have been disallowed because of handball but Tottenham have not asked for the match to be replayed!

Naturally, every other game was inevitably overshadowed by this extravaganza but there were some important matches.

Chelsea, who haven’t conceded at Stamford Bridge since the opening day of the season, brushed aside Wolves by four goals, with two from the marvellous Essien, and Manchester United gained their customary victory over Everton. On any other weekend we would probably be talking about Darren Fletcher’s sumptuous volley but Defoe has put an end to that.

Arsenal always looked in for a hard game at Sunderland and so it proved with Darren Bent again showing Steve Bruce that he was right to put so much faith in him. Without Robin Van Persie, Arsenal once more looked pretty but punchless.

Neither Manchester City nor Liverpool would have been pleased with their two all draw. City were a goal ahead and conceded a sloppy equaliser and Liverpool, as well as suffering more injuries, continue to look fragile at the back.

Elsewhere, there was an exciting three all draw between Hull and West Ham; a one all draw between Burnley and Aston Villa, for whom Emile Heskey scored his first league goal of the season; a two nil win for Blackburn over neighbours Bolton (one sublime goal from Dunn, who had run the entire length of the pitch to apply a glorious one touch finish, was followed by a ridiculous own goal); and single goal wins for Birmingham over Fulham and Stoke over Portsmouth (Fuller yet again proving the immutable law of the ex).

At the top of the Premier League, then, it’s still Chelsea leading the way with 33 points from 13 games, Manchester United with 28, Arsenal and Spurs have 25, Villa 21, Manchester City 21 and Liverpool and Sunderland 20. Arsenal and City have played one fewer game. The relegation spots are occupied by Portsmouth (7 points), Wolves (10) and Bolton (11).

Real Madrid go into next week’s ‘El Classico’ in top position in La Liga, albeit after another unconvincing performance at home to Racing. Victory came thanks to an Higuaín strike but no-one in the stadium except the officials thought that Canales was offside when scoring the ‘equaliser’ for Racing.

Barcelona took the lead in Bilbao with a cool Dani Alves finish but Toquero equalised in the second half. Of just as much concern for Los Cules was the sight of Lionel Messi limping off injured.

Sevilla and Valencia kept up their stylish chase of the top two, both winning away from home. Sevilla defeated Tenerife 2 – 1, with goals by Perotti and Renato, whilst Valencia comfortably outscored Osasuna 3 – 1 thanks to Villa, Albelda and Marchena.

Deportivo left it very late against Atlético – Guardado’s penalty in the 95 minute sealing a victory over a Madrid team at least showing some spirit now. Colotto scored the Galicians’ first; Agüero replied for Atlético, for whom Cléber was sent off at the time of the penalty.

Other results saw Villarreal continue their recent good form with a 3 – 1 win against Valladolid, Getafe win by two goals at Espanyol, Mallorca beat Almería 3 – 1 and Málaga and Zaragoza and Xerez and Sporting all get one point each.

All this leaves the table with Real at the top with 28 points from 11, still unbeaten Barcelona second with 27, Seville with 25, Valencia 24 and Deportivo 22. Málaga are still rooted at the foot of the league with 6 points, Xerex and Atlético have 7, along with Racing who remain just outside the drop zone.

And now, the papers will start preparing everyone for the big game in Barcelona next weekend.

Posted by admin @ 11:49 am
Category: Premier League,Spanish League


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