Monday, November 04, 2013

Roma Don't Win, Arsenal Defeat Liverpool, Newcastle Defeat Chelsea, Fiorentina Defeat Milan, City Hit Seven, Portland Defeat Seattle

And a Very Happy Monday to You!

We'll begin in Rome where Torino managed a 1-1 draw with Roma, ending the home side's run of consecutive wins at 10. Had they won, they would have tied a European record set by Tottenham. Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina piled on the misery for Milan by emerging from the San Siro with a 2-0 win. Milan now sit in 11th place in the table -- their worst start to a season since 1981

Back in England, Arsenal overcame a rather flaccid Liverpool side thanks to goals from Cazorla and Ramsey (Dominic Fifield was in the house), Chelsea lost to Newcastle at St. James' Park (Louise Taylor was in the house), Everton and Spurs failed to score (Richard Jolly was in the house), and Manchester City tallied seven against Norwich City (Ian Whittell was in the house).

Don't fret friends, we've got your Talking Points. All ten of them. Relax. Jeez. Not enough? Here's the rest of the good stuff:

The South Wales Derby: Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City

In Spain, Bale had another strong outing as Real Madrid won at neighbors Rayo Vallecano. Elsewhere, the other Madrid team in the top flight, Atletico, got goals once again from David Villa and Diego Costa to win and keep the pressure on Barcelona.

Stateside, LA Galaxy knocked off Real Salt Lake thanks to a rocket from Sean Franklin, and New York and Houston (that's Red Bull & Dynamo) drew 2-2. In the Pacific Northwest, Portland got a huge win at Seattle 2-1 to take the series lead back to Oregon. It was Portland's first-ever MLS Playoff match. 

That's solid for a Monday Breakdown. We'll be back tomorrow with loads of analysis from the scribes and likely a Podcast as well.



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