Saturday, May 01, 2010
Carlos TEVEZ and Lionel MESSI
European football is heading into it’s crucial week as at this moment, including for both Carlos TEVEZ and Lionel MESSI. Both players responded, in view of their respective clubs objective during Saturday’s fixtures.
In the English Premiership, Manchester City ensured they are still just one point on Tottenham Hotspurs tail after a comeback win over Aston Villa. For one moment they looked to be in trouble as the Villain took a surprise lead. Then in the 41st minute, the referree pointed to the spot after Adam JOHNSON was foul in the penalty box by Stephen WARNOCK. It was third time lucky for the Citizen after being denied in previous claims.
TEVEZ stepped up to take the penalty and he smashed it right down in the middle beneath Brad FRIEDEL to level the score. Further goals from Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (just two minutes later) and Craig BELLAMY (just a minute from time) ensured the Citizen take three points, setting a winner takes all showdown against Spurs next Wednesday.
Next up is the Spanish La Liga, and for Barcelona it was all about putting their European disappointment behind them and keep focusing on their quest to defend the league title. And they responded with a classy 4-1 away win against Villareal, thus taking a four point lead at the top of the table.
Lionel MESSI, after being criticize for his part in Barca’s mid-week lost, hit back at the critics with two goals against the Yellow Submarine. He opened the score in the 19th minute after being by fed by XAVI with an angle shot that took a slight deflection. He completed Barca’s rout two minutes from time after slipping behind the defenders and chipped his shot against onrushing Diego LOPEZ.