Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend Roundup – Masche One Over Tevez, More Goals Elsewhere

Greetings my friends, I’m sorry that I was unable to post any article during the weekend as I was outstation on some personal matters. But that did not stop me from watching any football matches on television. So let’s recap on what the Albiceleste was up to during the last two days.

English Premier League

Not one of the best performances in my opinion but a worthy result for Javier MASCHERANO and Liverpool. I could not ask for better start when Carlos TEVEZ hammered in the opener courtesy of a pass from United’s new signing Dimitar BERBATOV.An own goal from Wes BROWN brought some glimmer of hope for the Mighty Reds before half time. Then in the 77th minute, MASCHERANO battled his way down the right and to the line, before Dirk KUYT took control of the ball and set up Ryan BABEL for the winner.

Later on, I did manage to catch the Manchester City/Chelsea game and was happy to see Pablo ZABALETA named in the starting line up. Of course, what a goal from ROBINHO!

Spanish Primera Liga

Another bad night for Barcelona, as they were held at home to 1-1 draw against Racing Santander at home. Lionel MESSI scored from the penalty spot in the 71st minute to put Barca in the lead but Racing equalized in the 77th minute through Jonathan.A bad night also Atletico Madrid after going down 1-2 to 10-men Valladolid. Kun AGUERO scored the consolation for goal for Atletico.Real Madrid notches their first win of the season against Numancia in what turned out to be an exciting game. Numancia surprise Barca in their first game put up a brave performance before going down 4-3. Gonzalo HIGUAIN scored Real’s third goal in the 33rd minute.Almeria was held to a 2-2 draw at home against Valencia with Pablo PIATTI opening the scoring for them.

Italian Serie A

Diego MILITO celebrated his return to Genoa by scoring a penalty in the last minute against AC Milan as the Rossaneri crashed to a 2-0 defeat. Another disappointing result for Milan, despite having Andrei SHEVCHENKO, RONALDHINO & KAKA in their starting line up.Lazio maintained their 100% win after defeating Sampdoria 2-0 with Mauro ZARATE opening the scoring for them in the 7th minute. That goal brings his tally to three goals in two matches.Jose Ignacio CASTILLO was on target for Lecce in their 2-0 win over Chievo VERONA.

Turkish Super League

Leonardo IGLESIAS scored for Ankaragucu in their 2-2 draw against Gaziantepspor.

Greek Super League

Levadiakos defeated Thrasivoulos 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Pareira LEONARDO. AEK Athens snatches 1-1 draw away to PAOK with a goal from Ismael BLANCO.

Russian Premier League

Hector BRACAMONTE scored from the penalty in FC Moscow 2-1 win over city rival Spartak Moscow.

NFL – Saints Go Down Against the Redskins

The Washington Redskins came from behind to defeat the New Orleans Saints 29-24. Martin GRAMATICA was again 100% on his kicking duties.

He first made a PAT after a touchdown from Pierre THOMAS and later on converted a 49 yard field goal to bring the score to 10-9 in favour of the Redskins at half time.
In the third quarter, he converted two more extra points after touchdowns from Robert MEACHEM and Reggie BUSH. However that wasn’t enough to stop the Redskins from inflicting the first defeat of the season for the Saints.


Akash said...

Yesterday Drean Bolivar of Argentina won the World Challenge Club Volleyball Cup by defeating Unisul of Brazil 3-0 in the final.The tournement was held in Argentina.Also yesterday Andres D'Alessandro scored his first official goal for Internacional fc in their 2-1 win.Fransisco Aguirre scored for Omonia Nicosia in their 2-0 win.Aristidis Pertot scored for TPS fc.Mauricio Garcia scored for Ira.Saloniki fc.

Akash said...

Hey John do you know that Pareira Leonardo who scored for Levadiakos fc is a Brazilian.

VJ Rabid said...

Hey John and Seba, you guys are hardcore! Covering not just the La Liga, Serie A and Premier League, but even Turkish and Russian Leagues. And even NFL! Anywhere there is an Argentine playing, Mundo Albiceleste is there.

Hey, I got a great topic for the Albicelestes. Who would win if the Redeem Team and Team Argentina 2004 played each other? I thought it would be a better discussion than Dream Team vs. Redeem Team.

Hope to get a lot of Albiceleste and hoops fans into the discussion!

Quite Dashing said...

Nice blog John, and to answer your question posted on the Lazio offside, I think Zarate could be a real superstar. He has some things to work on, but he's only 20, and already really impressive...

I think Delio Rossi is the right coach to work with him. He's turned Goran Pandev, another very talented offensive threat, into a much more complete player the last few years. I can see the same thing happening to Zarate.

John said...

Thanks Akash! Once again never fail to amaze all of us here.

Sorry about the Leonardo fella, I kind of overlooked on him as he had teammate from Argentina in the same club. Well anyway, we'll just leave him there for memory sake.

Hardcore! Thanks VJ Rabid, I love that word.

Now let's get back to your topic.

I have to say this with a very heavy heart that it has to be The Redeem Team. Unlike previous US Team that took part in FIBA competitions, this group brought together by Coach K took the game much more seriously and to the next level. They brought the same type of vibes and characters as they always do in the NBA. Furthermore, they have also bridge the gap between basketball and patriotism. Now the American public do feel the need to take International competition seriously as their reputation is always on the line.

However, they would have fight to their last breath for it. If there is one thing that separates the Argentina's class of 2004 is without of doubt, their HEART & PASSION for the team. That was the key to their success.

Having sad that, it will be interesting to see where does The Redeem Team go on from here. I would look forward to see them in 2010 in Turkey.

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