March 23, 2008

English Premier League Weekend Report – 23rd March

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:09 pm by RJ

Well folks the weekend’s fixtures have just ended and what a Super Sunday it has turned out to be. Manchester United strengthened their grip on the English Premier League title with a resounding 3-0 win at home against a Liverpool team for whom the EPL title remains elusive. Chelsea meanwhile leapfrogged Arsenal into 2nd place with a 2-1 win over the Gunners to close the gap to 5 points on ManUtd thus dealing a major blow to the Arsenal’s hopes of securing the title.

Manchester United dominated proceedings from the beginning and could have gone ahead as early as the 9th minute of play when Wayne Rooney was put through with a defence pass from Anderson. However the England hitman’s poor form infront of goal continued as he fluffed his chance. From then on it was just one way traffic as rooney as well as ronaldo came close to giving Man Utd the lead. Liverpool briefly threatened when a Steven Gerrard long range effort took a deflection and just went over the bar. On 34 minutes though the Red Devils took the lead courtesy of the unlikeliest of goal scorers in Wes Brown who headed in a Wayne Rooney cross.
Things went bad to worse for Liverpool when Javier Mascherano was red carded for dissent. The second half began in the same pattern with Man Utd dominating possession and Liverpool soaking it all up aiming to hit on the counter attack. However the Liverpool attacks and in particular Fernando Torres were expertly shut out of the game by the Man Utd defence marshalled by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Chances were created with relative ease but wasteful finishing from Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo still gave Liverpool a glimmer of hope of snatching something from the game. On 79 minutes though the game was killed off when Cristiano Ronaldo rose highest to head home a corner from substitute Nani. By now the Anfield were deflated and just 2 minutes conceded a third through a superb strike from just on the edge of the penalty box by Nani. There was huge euphoria among the old trafford faithful and on this sort of form who can stop them?

The answer was provided by chelsea who staged a remarkable comeback from a goal down to defeat Arsenal. Didier Drogba was the hero scoring twice late in the game to cancel out Bacary Sagna’s opener from Fabregas corner kick. How the wheels have come off for Arsenal. Just a month ago they were 5 points clear at the top and odds on favorites. Now they sit 3rd ,6 points behind Man Utd.

Easter Sunday fixtures over the years has produced so many twists in the EPL and it has been no different this time. We have seen Liverpool slip out of the reckoning and Arsenal’s hopes take a major bashing. Chelsea’s boring yet effective game has yet again reaped dividends as they now are the biigest challengers to Manchester United. Though there are 7 games to go a 5 point lead for Man Utd is by no means a comfortable lead. Sir Alex and team have to still play Arsenal at home and travel to chelsea which for sure would go a long way to determining the destiny of the title. An intriguing end to the season thus beckons. Will Manchester United successfully retain their title or will either chelsea and Arsenal sneak in? Lets just wait and see as the events unfold over the next 7 weeks.

Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Newcastle finally got their first win under Kevin Keegan with a 2-0 win over Fulham who are deeply rooted in a relegation struggle. Michael Owen and Mark Viduka got the goals to ease their own relegation fears. Fulham now face an uphill struggle to survive as they have now fallen 4 points away from safety as Birmingham now sit in 17th place on 27 poins while Fulham are deeply rooted in 19th spot on 23 points.

Sunderland though have moved slightly clear of the relegation positions with 1-0 win over Aston Villa. They now sit on 30 points.

It now seems like Derby and Fulham are doomed with Bolton and Birmingham battling to avoid the drop.

Well folks another week has gone by in the EPL with lots of thrills and spills. As usual i will bringing you the latest scores and comments from next weeks’ matches so watch out for it

Ciao for now
Sporty Shank

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4 Comments »

  1. RJ said,

    Sport Shank – this is a super bulletin!! I did se the game with you but never noticed the minute-st details 🙂 You are the best!

  2. kurt said,

    #Shank

    Chelsea’s boring yet effective game(hahaha); u really hate them, dont u??

    Neways, Super Sunday was indeed a treat, earlier Kimi Raikkonen won the Malaysian Grand Prix, Chelsea won, 10-sided Liverpool team lost to 10 million+ ManU side.

    ManU deserved to win the match as everything was in their favor. But there was a time in the match when ManU was leading 1 – 0 & Liverpool with their 10 men were taking Manu’s case Right,Left & Center. With Lady Luck behind their back ManU survived without conceding any goals & went on to win the match.

    Didn’t see Chelsea ka match, was travelling & missed it, but heard tht it was a very high pressure, intense game.

    njoi,
    Kurt

  3. RJ said,

    @ kurt – wait for the brutal message from Shank!!! I am outta here…!! I’m loving this!

  4. the "WTF" roomie said,

    Man Utd’s win over Liverpool has nothing to do with luck. Even with 11 men, they were far more superior man for man. Yes Liverpool did attack but there was no penetration in their attacks. The Man Utd defence totally shut out the threat of Torres and Gerrad. This was a comprehensive Man Utd performance.

    Yeah i cant stand the sight of chelsea cos of the nature of their game. Hats off to them for sticking on in the title race but honestly any true football fan would watch chelsea if he has trouble sleeping. Watching them play is like taking antibiotics and cough syrup,guaranteed to sleep after some time.


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