Monday, September 22, 2014

Real Madrid Net Eight, Lampard Goal = Man City & Chelsea Draw, Leicester Shock Man United, Juventus Edge Milan

It simply had to be, right?

Holy Insanity, Batman! What a weekend! You could not have written the script better for Super Frank Lampard as Chelsea's all-time leading goal scorer, on loan to Manchester City from New York City FC, comes on as a late sub and scores the tying goal to deny Chelsea a victory at the Etihad. Similarly, down 1-3 to Manchester United after 62 minutes, few would have predicted a Leicester City Comeback/Manchester United Meltdown that would result in a final score of 5-3 to the home side. Wow. Oh, and Real Madrid put eight past Deportivo de La Coruña, West Ham beat Liverpool, and Crystal Palace won at Everton. Let's get to the reports and analysis, beginning in England.

Peter Berlin: EPL Notes
West Ham 3 - 1 Liverpool: Dominic Fifield at Upton Park
Leicester City 5 - 3 Manchester United: Stuart James at King Power Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea: Phil McNulty at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea: Daniel Taylor at the Etihad Stadium

Let's move on to the Continent, shall we? In particular, Spain and Italy. Here are Five Things we learned in La Liga this weekend. Not enough? OK, La Liga and Serie A weekend roundups. More? Fine. Here's some additional Serie A where Juventus won at Milan and Roma cruised past Cagliari. More tomorrow with the Scribes!

There was action in the United States this weekend. What did we learn? We learned at the very least Five Things. Power Rankings? Yes, Jeff Carlisle can provide those.

Not terribly pleased with Pardew...

This is pretty great. A lot of German footy fans are not pleased that Red Bull's RB Leipzig was created simply to market the brand in 2009. Supporter input and influence are not encouraged, and the team operates more or less solely as a marketing wing of Red Bull. This weekend in Berlin, Leipzig were met with 15 minutes of silence from 20,000 Union Berlin fans.

The Guardian is taking a very close look at Jorge Mendes: From Diego Costa to Angel di María, the Portuguese super agent is responsible for the biggest deals in football but is also in apparent breach of Fifa regulations.

Like a rock...not.
Good grief! We'd better terminate things there.



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