Saturday, April 03, 2010
Maxi’s Double Leads Catania’s Survival
We had plenty of goals from the Albiceleste from Saturday’s European fixtures including one from Carlos TEVEZ and Lionel MESSI. But I just felt the best performance of the night should be awarded to Maxi LOPEZ.
He took Catania another step forward to Serie A survival after scoring both goals in their 2-0 win over Palermo. This taking his tally to 6 goals in 11 appearances. His first came in the 14th minute after he caught Dorin GOIAN off guard when he made a pass back to his goalkeeper, striking a shot into the left corner past Salvatore SIRIGU. The second goal was again, a mistake by GOIAN as this time Jorge MARTINEZ intercepts and then make a good pass for LOPEZ to slot in from close range.
After years of uncertainty even since his arrival in Europe playing for Barcelona, it’s just good to see that Maxi has found a place his co0mfortable playing and back to his scoring mode again. A chance to crack into Diego’s team in South Africa? Who knows.
Speaking of Barcelona, they thumb Athletic Bilbao 4-1 with MESSI guided the ball from the edge of the area from PEDRO’s cross in the 67th minute. Real Zaragoza move a step closer towards La Liga survival with a 2-0 win over Malaga with the first goal coming from Leandro PONZIO superb 25 yard finish. Further down the stretch in the Segunda Division, Oscar TREJO scored and was sent off in Elche’s 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano.
Moving to England, Carlos TEVEZ was the star for Manchester City’s six star performance against Burnley. He scored one and assisted as City ran out 6-1 winners as they close in on a Champions League spot. However not to forget something also equally important for our friend Seba, as he beloved Queen’s Park Rangers settled for a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday with a goal from Alejandro FAURLIN half volley.
In the French Ligue 1, Lyon and Bordeaux who will resume they battle in the Champions League next week took to the field on Saturday. Bordeaux decided to give Fernando CAVENAGHI his start in five games and responded for them with a goal in their 1-2 defeat to Nancy. Lisandro LOPEZ on the other hand, netted the winner for Lyon in their 2-1 win over Stade Rennes.
Finally in the Belgian Jupiter League, Matias SUAREZ continues his fine form for Anderlecht in their 2-2 draw against arch rival Club Brugge.