Monday, February 7, 2011

English Excitement: A Stunning Weekend For Football

Pundits have called this week one for the ages in English football. At the beginning, we saw over £120 million spent on deadline day. Midweek, a few debutants showed up on the score sheet. And then, the weekend came...

We saw an insurmountable comeback, rivals square off, first lose to worst, some late winners, and a few hat tricks. All in all, there were 43 goals scored in 10 games. Best league in the world? You bet. This was an incredible weekend for football. Allow me to review some top highlights:

Arsenal lose a 4 goal lead...I mean Newcastle come back from 4 down

I am speechless. How in the world did Arsenal let this happen? I have not heard Arsene Wenger's post-match comments, but I'm sure he blamed the loss on something ridiculous: "The referee's kit color distracted my players." Please watch the video above and marvel at this incredible comeback, which was capped off by an unbelievable strike from 20 yards by Cheick Tioté.

Liverpool doubles up on the champions - Fernando who?
The highly anticipated match-up pitting the rivals against each other happened to be Fernando Torres' first game for Chelsea, after his sensational departure from Liverpool earlier in the week. The Reds didn't sweat it, though, dispatching of the Blues 1-0 through a well-taken Raul Meireles goal. Torres had a tepid game versus his cagey former club, resulting in an elbow to the face, a 65th minute withdrawal, and consequent "YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED WITH A REAL CLUB" chant. Liverpool jump to 6th in the table and are now 6 points behind Chelsea and Tottenham for the final champions league spot. I just got tingles.

United they fall
Incredibly, the last-placed Wolves gave Manchester United their first loss of the campaign. Nani put the leaders ahead after just two minutes, but the resilient Wanderers fought back and held on for the win. I honestly didn't think United could lose this year.

Electrifying late goals
Tioté's equalizing screamer in the 87th minute was not the only late stunner this weekend. Nico Kranjcar (above) drilled a 30 yarder in the 92nd minute against Bolton to secure all 3 points for Tottenham and versatile defender Robert Huth struck twice in the dying moments to give Stoke a crucial victory over Sunderland. 

Hat-trick heroes
Man City's Carlos Tevez recorded a first half hat-trick and Everton striker Louis Saha struck a hat-trick plus one in a great win over Blackpool.

I'll admit, more than once I had three streams running on my laptop. It was extremely hard to choose one game to watch. The EPL keeps us wanting more and more. The words "best league in the world" don't really have to be said anymore, since it's pretty much established that the Prem is just that. 


  1. chelsea's title hopes are officially over with the introduction of shevtorres. i don't think it's possible for any striker to consistently score goals while paired with drogba up front. in other news, manchester city can still win the league with a win in the manchester derby next weekend. it should be a good game, as long as the ref doesnt give 5 minutes of stoppage time and refuse to blow the final whistle until united score a goal.

  2. Shevtorres haha. You're right about his pairing with Drogba...we'll see what those two can do together...seems like this was a buy from the front office, rather than the manager.

    And dude, doesn't the ref ALWAYS seem to give United 5 minutes plus two decent chances? I'm pulling for the Citizens.