Monday, November 25, 2013

City Stomp Spurs, Everton & Liverpool Entertain, Bayern Dominate Dortmund, Multi Monday Night Football, MLS Playoffs

Whoa Nellie! The Merseyside Derby was great! For years this fixtures has been one of overt conservatism and often boring play. Not this time. The two Liverpool sides went at it hard and the result was a 3-3 draw (Phil McNulty was there), with Sturridge coming on late to notch the equalizer. Elsewhere in England, there was a shocker in Manchester as City ran riot on Spurs and emerged with a six-nil win (Richard Jolly was there). Damn. Their neighbors were not so lucky down in Wales and could only grab a 2-2 draw against Cardiff. Rooney should have seen red (see "Decisions" below), but likewise Gary Medel for the home side when he slapped Hairfarm across the face (Joe Lovejoy was there). Arsenal beat Southampton, Chelsea had little trouble at Upton Park against Big Sam's limp Hammers, and Sunderland fell to Stoke after Wes Brown was dubiously sent off (see "Decisions" below). Enter your EPL Funzone Here:

"I know I joined your club when I was eight-years-old and and then after I got really good I left to play for your enemies at Bayern Munich and then I scored against you at your stadium, but...I'm sorry. OK? Are we good?"
Das Bundesliga had a biggie this weekend but Bayern turned it into a mellow affair by easily defeating Dortmund at Dortmund. Mario Götze came back to haunt his former club with a goal and the Munich side now enjoy a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Raphael Honigstein filed this report.

Stateside, the Major League Soccer MLS Cup Final Super Match is set. It'll be Real Salt Lake (sorry, Portlandia) against Sporting Kansas City (sorry Dynamo). The big match goes down December 7 at 4pm EST and will be televised on ESPN. The venue? Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Wait. Jeff Carlisle has Three Thoughts about that RSL/Portland match.

Back in Europe, Juventus are top in Serie A (Roma can return to the summit today) after beating Livorno. Here's your weekend review. More domani with Paolo.

Real Madrid and Barcelona had little trouble in Spain, but Ronny picked up a thigh injury and could miss some time. Here's your weekend review. Más mañana con Phil y Sid.

Right. We mentioned Monday Night Football. There are actually a few matches of note tonight (this afternoon). In England, it's the West Midlands Derby as West Bromwich Albion host Aston Villa (3pm EST on NBCSN) with both clubs on 14 points in the table. In Italy, Roma host Cagliari (2:45pm EST on beIN Sport USA) with Roma attempting to reclaim the top spot in Serie A. In Spain, Málaga welcome Athletic Club Bilbao (4pm EST on beIN Sport en Español).

We'll conclude this Monday edition by returning to Bayern Munich. Pep says there is a mole in the organization. And he aims to find him/her. The suspense! The intrigue!



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