Monday, March 10, 2008

Aldo & Garay Racing Their Way To Europe

Internazionale are going trough a rough patch since their defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League. They have not won any match and have since seen their supremacy at the top of Serie A now just cut to 6 points.

On Saturday, they have managed to find their confidence after securing 2-0 win over Reggina.

Hernan CRESPO was brought in to partner Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC while Javier ZANETTI, Nicolas BURDISSO & Esteban CAMBIASSO were all starters.

It was CAMBIASSO that gave Inter their much-needed breakthrough in the 14th minute when he was foul by Carlos VALDES in the penalty box. Zlatan stepped up to drill the ball down the middle and the festivities began.

Twenty minutes later, BURDISSO headed in for Inter’s second courtesy of a cross from Luis JIMENEZ.

Despite of Reggina’s spirited effort to make a comeback in the game, Inter stood well this time to ensure that victory was in their hands and increase the gap at the top back to 9 points.

However it was back to six again when the following day Roma defeated Napoli away 2-0.

Aldo DUSCHER alongside Ezequiel GARAY continues to inspire Racing Santander towards a place in Europe with 3-0 win over Real Betis. This is their third consecutive victory and the win allows them to jump into 5th place in the standings, level on points with Atletico Madrid.

DUSCHER, who scored last week’s winner against Valladolid, broke the deadlock in the 50th minute. He took the opportunity courtesy of Betis goalkeeper Ricardo PAREIRA, who parried a free kick from Racing’s Jorge LOPEZ.

LOPEZ was deadly from set pieces and was again instrumental in the 59th when he picked out GARAY at the near post, which he side footed for the second goal. Mohamed TCHITE completed Racing’s victorious night in the 88th minute.

Betis who had Mariano PAVONE leading their attack, wasn’t able to capitalized on the numerous chances they had. On their bench, they had Leandro SAMOZA who did not see any action.

In France it was the top at the table clash between defending champion Lyon and their challenger Bordeaux at the Stade de Gerland. Fernando CAVENAGHI converted a penalty in the 60th minute to bring score line to 3-2 in favour Lyon. However it was all over in the dying minutes when Abdul KEITA scored to seal the win for the defending champion.

Finally perhaps the saddest note of the week, Mariano GONZALEZ being sent off in FC Porto 1-0 win over Académica de Coimbra.

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