Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekly round-up: 23 - 25 March 2012


Vishal Savalani continues his weekly round-up following a week's absence. He was missed, wasn't he?

France:

Montpellier are top of the league on goal difference. With both teams being eliminated from the French cup in midweek, their only hope of winning a title this season is the league. While Montpellier beat St-Etienne with a goal from prolific striker Giroud in the dying minutes, PSG were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Bordeaux for a 1-1 draw with Hoarau scoring for PSG.
Lille beat Evian 3-0 to consolidate third place. Hazard scored and provided an assist. He joins Ribery, Miccoli, Ibrahimovich and Adebayor on the list of players that have scored and assisted more than 10 goals in their respective leagues.

Toulouse beat Auxerre and are 3 points behind Lille; while Lyon beat Sochaux at home to win their 4th game in a row (Lille, St-Etienne, PSG in cup, Sochaux). Gomis keeps scoring in order to impress Blanc. Remi Garde’s team are 4 points behind Lille. Meanwhile, 
Marseille who had lost their last 7 games ended up with a point against relegation strugglers Nice. Third place or even a Europa League spot for them seems impossible.

Spain:

Not so long ago, Real Madrid were flying and were 10 points ahead of Barca. How things have changed! A week later, and the gap is only down to 6 points. Unexpected points dropped at home to Malaga and away at Villareal have brought back Barca in the title race. The Catalans won away at Mallorca while Real won 5-1 at home to Sociedad. Benzema provided an assist and scored two goals. Ronaldo scored his 100th and 101st la liga goals in 91 games only.

Valencia and Levante lost respectively to Getafe and Osasuna. Soldado scoring his 16th goal of the season wasn’t enough for the Valencians as Malaga are now level on points with them. Ruud Van Nisterlrooy came off the bench to score. Levante are 3 points behind in 5th place. Bilbao scored a great goal but ended up drawing 1-1 at home and have now taken 1 point out of their last 4 games. Their fans seem happy though with the way they’ve been playing this season.

Italy:

Juve are still unbeaten this season in the league. The bianconeris beat their rivals Inter 2-0 with Del Piero scoring one. Milan came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 with two goals from Ibracadabra. Thiago Silva got injured and is expected to be out for a month. The Rossoneris lead by 4 points. Lazio are in third place after their win. A good operation for the Romans as Udinese were held 1-1 at Palermo. Cavani scored yet again, but Napoli lost 2 points as Catania came from two goals down to get a point. Both Napoli and Udinese are 3 points behind Lazio.

Germany:

Dortmund won 6-1 at Koln while Bayern Munich beat Hannover 2-1 with Gomes scoring yet again. The title race between these two teams will probably go down to the wire. Huntelaar led Schalke to another win scoring his 40th goal of the season in 38 games. They overtook Gladbach who are now in 4th place after suffering their second defeat in their last 4 games. It is the first time since gameweek 12 that Gladbach aren’t in the top 3. In midweek, Bayern knocked them out of the German cup on penalties and will face Dortmind in the final.

England:

Manchester City were held at Stoke thanks to a brilliant goal by Crouch. They’re top of the league only on goal difference but United could go top by 3 points if they beat Fulham at home on Monday. Arsenal keep climbing and are now third after their 3-0 home win against Villa. Surprisingly, RVP did not score! With Walcott and Gibbs scoring, it’s the first time since 1997 that Arsenal have at least 2 English scorers in a league game. Mikel Arteta scored a Ronaldo-type free kick. Spurs, who drew 0-0 at Chelsea, are now behind the Gunners and trailing by 3 points. Chelsea are in 5th. Ben Arfa scored a wonderful goal and the Magpies are now level on points with Chelsea. 

The league situation is bad for Liverpool. They have now lost 4 of their last 5 league games. QPR came from 2-0 down in midweek to win 3-2 and Wigan won at Anfield 2-1. Luckily for them, they will be in Europe as they've already won the Carling Cup. 
Bolton beat Blackburn in the bottom of the table clash.

5 comments:

  1. It's the first time since 1997 that Arsenal had two English scorers in the 'league'. For example: Chamberlain and Gibbs scored vs Shrewsbury Town in this seasons league cup. Might want to ammend that.

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  2. Should have been more precise, it's in the league.

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