Monday, November 03, 2014

City Edge United, Bayern Edge Dortmund, Napoli Defeat Roma, Monday Night Football, Rostov Racism

"Even the reddest Mancunian must have felt his loyalty tested, so idiotic were the actions that contributed to Smalling’s dismissal."
Hello, Monday! Another fabulous weekend of footie as City won the Manchester Derby thanks to Chris Smalling losing the plot and despite Michael Oliver not calling two obvious penalties. Up in Newcastle, the home side's resurgence continued, this time via a win over Liverpool. Over in Munich, Bayern despatched of Borussia Dortmund, and in Naples, Napoli knocked off Roma to allow Juventus to go back on top in Italy. Meanwhile, in Spain, Barcelona lost. At Home! Ouch. Let's move forward with the reports and fallout, beginning the Premier League.

Peter Berlin: EPL Thoughts
Newcastle 1 - 0 Liverpool: Louise Taylor at St. James' Park
Newcastle 1 - 0 Liverpool: Three Points
Arsenal 3 - 0 Burnley: David Hytner at the Emirates Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Barney Ronay at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Martin Samuel at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Richard Jolly at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Daniel Taylor at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Three Points
Manchester City 1 - 0 Manchester United: Five Talking Points
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Tottenham: Stuart James at Villa Park

One more thing on the Premier League before we move on. Phil McNulty's got this: Ten talking points after Louis van Gaal's first 10 games.

So...Rostov is a host city for Russia's World Cup in 2018. Here's what Rostov's gaffer had to say last week when he was asked about the potential for signing a defender from Cameroon: (The club has) “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things.”

We mentioned above that Barcelona were shocked at home. That's two La Liga defeats in two games since a certain player began his Barcelona career. Celta Vigo were the winners of this weekend's match, and Sid Lowe was at Camp Nou to file this report. More Spain? Here are Five Things We Learned this weekend in La Liga.

Let's go back to Germany for a minute and ask ourselves this question: Have Bayern Munich destroyed Borussia Dortmund's success?

Over to Italy! As reported earlier, Napoli downed Roma in the big match of the weekend. Here's a report. We'll have more tomorrow with Paolo.

This is good. Emirates will not longer be associated with SPECTRE FIFA. Hopefully Sony will follow suit.

Didn't get enough action over the last two days? Fear not - Monday Night Football is coming up! Struggling Sunderland have the long trip down to Selhurst Park to deal with. Here's a preview.

Marcotti's Musings? We've got 'em. Today Gab's gabbing...Dortmund, Manchester United take positives from defeat; Barca in no crisis.

And finally...just how bad has it gotten for Manchester United? Take a gander.



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