Sunday Match Roundup

Today there have been some excelent matches, including the final matches of the 2012/2013 Premier League. So here are the scores.

English Premier League
Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Manchester United 5-5 West Bromwich Albion- Wow. I’ve seen 3-3, 4-4, even 5-4, but never 5-5. Amazing send off for Sir Alex Ferguson
Liverpool 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City 2-3 Norwich City- Norwich earn a great win over City
Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal- Arsenal hold on to fourth place to qualify for the Champions League for… What? The sixteenth year in a row? Yeah. That sounds right.
Southampton 1-1 Stoke City
Swansea City 0-3 Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland- Another wonder goal from Gareth Bale gives Tottenham a well-earned, but vain win
West Ham United 4-2 Reading
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Arsenal beat Newcastle, Chelsea beat Everton, Ferguson ends career with 10-goal thriller; EPL final weekend review

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton

The 2012/2013 English Premier League has come to a close, with the final day of football proving as dramatic as it was exciting.  Although Arsenal held on to take fourth place and a spot in the Champions League, The Gunners had a nervy finish in their match against Fulham after Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0.  Chelsea held on to third place in their 2-1 win over Everton, while Queens Park Rangers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Elsewhere, Norwich beat Manchester City, Southampton drew 1-1 with Stoke City, Fulham beat Swansea 3-0, West Ham United took the three points against Reading, Wigan’s matcg against Aston Villa ended level, and Sir Alex Ferguson singed off at Manchester United with a thrilling 5-5 draw at West Brom.

West Brom looked like they were doomed from the start at The Hawthorns, and The Baggies were down by the third minute cortesy of Shinji Kagawa’s header.  Jonas Olsson directed the ball into his own net, before Alexander Buttner’s low shot gave United a 3-0 lead.  James Morrison pulled one back for West Brom five minutes before the half, and Romelu Lukaku’s low effort from the edge of the box made it 2-3.  Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez made the score 5-2 in United’s favor, but two late goals by Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu from low crosses made it 5-4, before Lukaku earned his hat-trick by shuffling the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s volley from point-blank range gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle, and while Theo Walcott cold have relieved the late nerves in the last minute, his chip from six-yards hit the post.  Anyhow, Arsenal still took fourth place.

Tottenham missed multiple chances in their 1-0 win over ten-man Sunderland, and it took a eighty-ninth minute stunning thirty-five yard curler from Gareth Bale too give Tottenham the win.  Spurs should have taken the lead much earlier though, but they didn’t, even though Scott Parker had his shot blocked on the line and Aaron Lennon hit the post in a goalmouth scramble in the sixty-first minute. Continue reading

Saturday Match Roundup

David Beckham cries as he applauds the audience in the last match of his career: a 3- win over Brest.

David Beckham cries as he applauds the audience in the last match of his career: a 3-1 win over Brest.

Today there have been some exciting matches, so here are the scores.

Spanish La Liga
Getafe 0-1 Valencia
Granada 3-0 Osasuna
Sevilla FC 1-2 Real Sociedad- Sociedad come back from behind to earn a crucial win to take them even closer to their first ever appearance in the Uefa Champions League
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MOTD- Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Brest

David Beckham ended his professional career with a vintage performance against Brest, in a match that was played more like a testimonial than a league match. Beckham didn’t have to wait long to have a good start to the final match of his career, and Paris Saint-Germain went up within four minutes of kick-off. Clement Chantome played it to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s brilliant first-touch cut took him past his marker, before the Swede slammed a low shot to past Brest goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux into the far corner of the net from a tight angle on the right side of the box. Brest were stunned after going behind so early, and it took a brilliant burst off his line for Thebaux to intercept Beckham’s classic long ball over the top for Ibrahimovic. Although Brest Kamel Chafni forced PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Siriguto tip his fierce volley from thirty-yards away, PSG unsurprisingly doubled their lead in the thirty-first minute when Beckham’s corner found Blaise Matuidi, who had died his hair the PSG colors in celebration of the French side winning the league title, at the front post. The Frenchman mishit his first-time half-volley, but it still managed to bounce off the ground and squeeze it’s way into the top corner of the net.

In the thirty-fifth minute Beckham was given a perfect opportunity to score a classic goal when Mario Licka conceded a foul in Beckham-free-kick range, but instead, Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the kick. The PSG No. 10 beautifully curled the free-kick from the left towards the top corner of the net, and while Thebaux should have saved, he flapped at the shot, allowing it to curl into the back of the net. Ibra should have had his hat-trick in the forty-second minute, but could only volley wide from the edge of the box after beating two Brest defenders. The Swede could not earn a first half-hat-trick though, and the first half ended 3-0.

Kevin Gameiro came close to giving PSG a fourth in the fifty-seventh minute, but his diving header from Beckham’s magnificent cross from the right whizzed wide of the post from the edge of the box. In the sixty-first minute Gameiro was put slipped through into a one-on-one position with Thebaux, and the forward’s low shot was expertly saved by the legs of the goalkeeper. Brest were given the pride of scoring a constellation goal in the eighty-first minute when the midfielder was slipped in on goal, before firing a low shot past substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. Beckham was subbed seconds later, and after emotionally applauding the crowd and hugging his teammates (and opponents) he walked of the pitch for most likely the last time. The final ten minutes of the match was played in a celebratory mood, and the match finished 3-1 after three minutes of added time.
Man of the Match: David Beckham (Zlatan Ibrahimovic really)

MOTD- Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Ronaldo walks away from his challenge that lead to him getting sent off

Ronaldo walks away from his challenge that lead to him getting sent off

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Gabi were all sent off as Atletico Madrid win their first Madrid Derby since 1999, in an ill-tempered and thrilling Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu. Young center-back Miranda gave Atletico their extra time winner after Diego Costa had equalized to pull the final into extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Madrid’s only goal of the game, although he and Jose Mourinho were both given their marching orders later in the match by referee Carlos Gomez. Amazingly, the match saw thirteen yellow cards, seven for Madrid and six for Atletico, and each side saw one of their players handed a second yellow deep into extra time.

The game in hand was a dramatic and thrilling encounter, and after a good spell from Madrid in the opening minutes of the game, Los Blancos found themselves in front after only fourteen minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo magnificently rose above his marker Diego Godin in the center of the Atletico box to latch onto Mesut Ozil’s corner, and slammed the corner past Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into the far corner of the net. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

The Madrid Derby Copa del Rey final is set to be a great match, with Atletico traveling to the Bernabeu to face Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side.  Both sides will love the silverware, which would be the victor’s first trophy of the season.  While managerial issues bombard the Real side before the match, with temperatures still running high and views split in the home dressing room, Atletico have no such issues to decrease their concentration of preparing for the match.  Diego Simone’s side will be facing Jose Mourinho as the Real manager for the last time, if Mourinho does what has been fixed for a long while and leave Madrid over the summer.

But put managerial issues aside, and the match is set to be a thrilling encounter.  Madrid have had the upper hand in this fixture for over a decade, and Los Galacticos have not lost to Atletico in La Liga since 1999.  Mourinho’s side have won in every one of their last thirteen league encounters with Atletico, scoring twenty-four goals in those matches.  But Atletico do have a good chance of winning, as Simone’s side have only lost twice in their last ten matches in all competitions, allowing only six goals and scoring fourteen since early March.  But whether Atletico can pull an upset or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

David Beckham retires from football

Daivd Beckham becomes the latest legend to announce his retirement from football

Daivd Beckham becomes the latest legend to announce his retirement from football

David Beckham has announced he will retire at the end of the season, bringing one of the most illustrious and incredible careers in the history of football to an end.  Beckham has spent over two decades at the top of the game, and while the English international was expected to sign a new one-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, he will join fellow member of the famous class of ’92 Paul Scholes and manager Sir Alex Ferguson as another Manchester United and football legend to retire at the end of the season.

The midfielder recently won the French Ligue 1 with current club PSG, making him the only Englishman ever to have won league championships in four different countries, having won the Premier League, La Liga, and MLS with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively.  Although some argue that Beckham’s fame has outstripped his actual playing ability, one cannot deny how talented the 38-year-old is, and has been over his career.

Beckham has won 19 major trophies, including one UEFA Champions League,  during an amazing career that spanned over 20 years.  Although stats will give you an idea on how Beckham and his right foot have made their mark upon the footballing world, one must look at the player’s work ethic and determination to realize what he has achieved during his career.  The 38-year old has the joint-second most assists ever in the European Championships, and was the first Englishman to score at three World Cups. Continue reading