Saturday, 10 November 2012

Football Recap over the last 6 days:



Hello and welcome to my LATEST blog post, with a recap of last Sunday's EPL results along with the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matches.

I apologise for not posting for the past week, I have busy and have had a tight schedule with schoolwork etc.

Anyways, let me start off this blog post with last Sunday's double header;

Here was last Sunday's EPL results: 

QPR 1 Reading 1

This match was played at Loftus Road, as QPR hosted Reading in a mid-table clash.

Defender Kasper Gorkss scored in the 16th minute to break the deadlock for the away side with a powerful piledriver into the top corner of the net.


From a defender: Kasper Gorkss' piledriver hits the back of the net before Julio Cesar can see it.
That was special: Gorkss celebrates his great goal against QPR.


QPR striker Djibril Ciise equalised in the 66th minute with a tap-in at the far post after a cross from full-back Jose Bosingwa was whipped into the box, and Morrison's diving header was missed and fell to him.


Jubilant: QPR striker Djibril Cisse celebrates his equaliser in the 66th minute.


The match ended 1-1, with both sides taking one point. 

FACT: QPR still have not won a match this season.


Liverpool 1 Newcastle United 1

This match was played at Anfield, as Liverpool hosted a tough Newcastle side.

Newcastle started off the match slowly and were on the back foot despite holding strong in the defence.

In the 43rd minute, midfielder Yohan Cabaye gave the visitors a 1-0 lead against the run of play after a great run by winger Hatem Ben Arfa finding him outside the box. 


1-0: French midfielder Yohan Cabaye broke the deadlock for Newcastle just before half-time.
Team-mates Cisse and Ben Arfa celebrate Cabaye's second goal of the season.

In the second half, Liverpool were desperate for an equaliser and played higher up the pitch with Suarez and Sterling both causing Newcastle trouble down the wings.

Their hard work finally paid off in the 67th minute when Luis Suarez used a touch of magic and genius to take two touches past the Newcastle defence before taking the ball around Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and a simple tap-in the net to equalise.


Touch of magic and class: Luis Suarez goes past Krul before tapping the ball cooly into the net.
Important equaliser: Suarez wheels away to celebrate making it 1-1 at Anfield.

Both teams pressed for a late winner, with Newcastle defender and captain Fabricio Coloccini getting sent off in the 84th minute, after a clumsy and dangerous hack at Suarez near the touchline.


Clumsy: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini is sent off for a dangerous tackle on Suarez.

The match ended 1-1, with Liverpool the happier of the two sides having gone 1 goal down against a strong Newcastle squad.
Neither team could find a winner though.

West Brom 2 Southampton 0

This match was played at The Hawthorns, as West Brom hosted Southampton on Monday night.

Striker Peter Odemwingie scored a double (36th and 60th minute) for the home side to guarantee all three points.



UEFA Champions League Group Stage:

Tuesday:

FC Schalke 04 2 Arsenal 2

The Gunners were desperate to get revenge after losing 2-0 at The Emirates a fortnight ago thanks to Huntelaar and Afellay. 

They started the match off well in Germany, with winger Theo Walcott breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute after some poor defending was taken advantage of by the English forward.

Taking advantage: Theo Walcott breaks the deadlock in the 18th minute.
On-form: Walcott celebrates his 8th goal this season, after claims he wants to play as a striker.

Olivier Giroud made it 2-0, 8 minutes later to give The Gunners a comfortable cushion going into half-time.

Confidence booster: Giroud celebrates his 3rd goal for Arsenal since moving in the summer.

They were playing well, and had possession of the ball while passing well and quickly between players.

It could have been a rout, UNTIL striker Klaas Jan-Huntelaar pulled one back in the last minute of normal time in the first half. 

Taken to pieces: Huntelaar weaves a bit of  magic past two defenders before having a shot past Mannone to score. 


Hope: Wanted striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates his goal of the season to make it 2-1.

In the second half, Schalke were pressing for an equaliser, while Arsenal's passing was poor and their composure on the ball had dramatically changed from the first half.

Winger Jefferson Farfan completed the Schalke comeback in the 67th minute after running down the wing before tracking the ball back and hitting the ball across Mannone's goal into the far corner of the net.

Inevitable: Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan make it 2-2 with a low, hard strike past Mannone.

The match ended 2-2, despite Arsenal's late efforts to win all three points.

Manchester City 2 Ajax 2

Another EPL side that were looking for revenge in the Champions League were Manchester City, after being outplayed in Holland two weeks ago 3-1.

They did not help themselves in the first 20 minutes, with poor defending allowing striker Siem De Jong to score twice in the space of 7 minutes.

Heads I score: Ajax striker Siem De Jong takes advantage of poor defending to score at The Ethiad.

Riot: De Jong celebrates his second goal in 2 matches against Manchester City.



Tomorrow:

Recap of today's 7 EPL Matches which include Arsenal vs Fulham and Aston Villa vs Manchester United.