Friday, 8 February 2013

The last few days in football:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I talk about all of the goings on in the last few days from the world of football (surrounding the EPL, and players from it), after some interesting International friendlies were played on Wednesday. 

One of which was England vs Brazil at Wembley, to mark the FA's 150th anniversary. There was a lot of hype over this match, with many football fans all over the world speculating on the performances of Santos wonderkid Neymar, Chelsea midfielder Oscar, Former Barcelona legend Ronaldinho and England's very own Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, where the match would mark his 100th cap for his country. 

Landmark: Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole had "100th Cap" embroidered on his England shirt on Wednesday.
Opening up: Brazil manager Luis Filipe Scolari has admitted that he regrets not taking the England job.

The match started off badly for England, when Brazil were given a penalty in the 19th minute after Ronaldinho's cross bounced off midfielder Jack Wilshere's hand inside the box.

Ronaldinho stepped up to take the penalty, but Joe Hart denied him twice with two super saves to ensure the score was still 0-0 at Wembley. 

Access denied: Ronaldinho has a penalty against England saved in the 19th minute by Joe Hart.

England had many chances to open the scoring, and some lovely 1-2 play between Arsenal's young pair of Wilshere and Walcott saw the latter have a shot well parried away by QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, before the ball fell out to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney who powerfully lashed at the ball from 14 yards out to strike into an empty net and break the deadlock.

Picking up the pieces: Rooney shoots from 14 yards out into an open goal to give England a 1-0 lead.
There we go: Wayne Rooney jumps for joy as he celebrates his goal for England alongside Jack Wilshere.

Brazil had a great chance to equalise.. with Chelsea midfielder Oscar taking advantage of some poor England defending to split the box with a great cross into the box for Neymar to just tap into the net to equalise for the Brazillians.

This however was not the case, as Neymar's shot inside the box went over the bar and Brazil struggled to equalise for the rest of the first-half.   

Brazil and England both made substitutions at the start of the second half, and Brazil striker Fred made an instant impact with a powerful strike into the top corner of the net past Joe Hart in the 49th minute to equalise.

Instant impact: Brazil striker Fred scores a nicely placed strike into the top corner to equalise for the away side at Wembley.
The Weekend's EPL Fixtures:  

Saturday (3pm kick-off unless stated):

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United - LIVE at 12:45pm 

Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic
Norwich City vs Fulham
Stoke City vs Reading  
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Swansea City vs QPR

Southampton vs Manchester City - LIVE at 17:30pm 

Sunday:

Aston Villa vs West Ham - LIVE at 13:30pm

Manchester United vs Everton - LIVE at 16:00pm