Match Report and Extended Highlights: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

30 11 2010
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Barcelona put on a masterclass of attacking football in their 5-0 drubbing of fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Journalists around the world ran out of superlatives for Pep Guardiola’s men, with some going as far as suggesting that his side is the best ever. It is hard to dispute this claim and it is made even more impressive as eight players in the side rose through the club’s academy ranks.

Andres Iniesta’s brilliant pass unlocked the Real Madrid defence which left Xavi free to give the Catalan club the lead in the 11th minute.

Pedro doubled the lead in the 18th minute, tapping in David Villa’s cross. The provider went on to become the next goalscorer in the 55th minute. The ex-Valencia striker was put through on goal by Lionel Messi’s (left) exquisite through ball and the pair combined again just three minutes later for Villa’s second and Barcelona’s fourth.

Substitute Jeffren completed the scoring in the 91st minute after converting fellow substitute Bojan’s cross past a helpless Iker Casillas.

A delighted Jeffren said after the match, “This was a match I will never forget. I had no idea that I was going to score a goal. I think everything went very well.

“This team has entered history tonight.”

His sentiments were echoed by Sergio Busquets. “It is a day for our history, and the end result is because of the high level that we have played at,” the Spaniard told AS. “It was a very complete match for all my team-mates.

“It is impossible to highlight one player, as all 11 were great. We have formed a style of football that is compact, and this makes it harder for teams to beat us.

“It is also a dream to have so many team players on our side.”

In the final minutes of Jose Mourinho’s worst ever defeat, Sergio Ramos was sent off for scything down Lionel Messi before pushing fellow Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol to the ground. The referee was left with no option and had to dismiss him.

After the game, Xavi said of the incident, “Sergio did not apologise, but this is normal. The feelings of anger and helplessness are understandable. [Our] Superiority should bother them.”

Even the Madrid-based newspaper Marca declared that Barcelona is the ‘best team of the century’.

Mark Jepson

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Final Scores: European Football Round-Up

30 11 2010

Results from the 26th -29th November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Aston Villa 2 – 4 Arsenal
Bolton 2 – 2 Blackpool
Everton 1 – 4 West Brom
Fulham 1 – 1 Birmingham
Man Utd 7 – 1 Blackburn
Newcastle 1 – 1 Chelsea
Stoke 1 – 1 Man City
Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool
West Ham 3 – 1 Wigan
Wolverhampton 3 – 2 Sunderland

SPL

Celtic 2 – 2 Inverness CT
Hamilton 0 – 0 St Mirren
Hibernian 0 – 0 St Johnstone
Kilmarnock 2 – 0 Aberdeen

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao 1 – 0 Osasuna
Atletico Madrid 2 – 3 Espanyol
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid
Hercules 3 – 1 Levante
Mallorca 2 – 0 Malaga
Racing Santander 1 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna
Real Zaragoza 0 – 3 Villarreal
Sevilla 1 – 3 Getafe
Sporting Gijon 1 – 3 Real Sociedad
Valencia 2 – 1 Almeria

Serie A

Bari 1 – 1 Cesena
Brescia 0 – 0 Genoa
Cagliari 3 – 2 Lecce
Inter Milan 5 – 2 Parma
Juventus 1 – 1 Fiorentina
Lazio 1 – 1 Catania
Palermo 3 – 1 Roma
Sampdoria 1 – 1 AC Milan
Udinese 3 – 1 Napoli

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich 4 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Dortmund 4 – 1 Borussia M’gladbach
Cologne 1 – 1 Wolfsburg
FC Kaiserslautern 5 – 0 Schalke 04
Hamburg 4 – 2 VfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96 3 – 0 SC Freiburg
Mainz 3 – 0 Nurnberg
TSG Hoffenheim 2 – 2 Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen 3 – 0 St Pauli

Ligue 1

AS Nancy 1 – 1 St Etienne
Auxerre 1 – 2 Toulouse
Bordeaux 1 – 1 Lille
Caen 0 – 3 Sochaux
Lorient 2 – 0 Rennes
Lyon 2 – 2 PSG
Marseille 4 – 0 Montpellier
Monaco 1 – 1 Nice
Valenciennes 3 – 0 Arles

Eredivisie

AZ 2 – 2 Heerenveen
De Graafschap 1 – 1 Vitesse
Feyenoord 2 – 1 ADO Den Haag
Heracles 2 – 1 FC Utrecht
NAC 4-2 PSV
NEC 2 – 4 FC Twente
Roda JC 1 – 0 FC Groningen
VVV 0 – 2 Ajax
Willem II 1 – 1 Excelsior





Final Scores: European Football Round-Up

22 11 2010

21st-22nd November 2010 results:

Premier League

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City 1-0 Chelsea
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Aston Villa
Blackpool 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers 5-1 Newcastle United
Fulham 1-4 Manchester City
Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United
Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic
Sunderland 20:00 K/O Everton
West Bromich Albion 0-3 Stoke City

SPL
Aberdeen 0-1 St Johnstone
Celtic 1-1 Dundee United
Hearts 2-0 Hamilton Academical
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-2 Hibernian
Kilmarnock 2-3 Rangers
St Mirren 1-1 Motherwell

La Liga

Almeria 0-8 Barcelona
Deportiva La Coruña 3-0 Malaga
Espanyol 3-0 Hercules
Getafe 20:00 K/O Real Zaragoza
Levante 3-1 Racing Santander
Osasuna 1-0 Sporting Gijon
Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 2-4 Atletico Madrid
Sevilla 1-2 Mallorca
Villarreal 1-1 Valencia

Serie A

AC Milan 1-0 Fiorentina
AS Roma 2-0 Udinese
Brescia 1-2 Cagliari
Catania 1-0 Bari
Cesena 1-2 Palermo
Chievo 2-1 Inter Milan
Genoa 0-2 Juventus
Lecce 2-3 Sampdoria
Parma 1-1 Lazio
Napoli 4-1 Bologna

Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-3 Mainz
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-4 TSG Hoffenheim
Hannover 96 3-2 Hamburg SV
Nurnberg 1-3 Kaiserslautern
SC Freiburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Schalke 4-0 Werder Bremen
St Pauli 1-1 Wolfsburg
Stuttgart 0-1 FC Koln

French Ligue 1

Arles 2-4 Bordeaux
Lille 2-1 AS Monaco
Nancy 2-0 Valenciennes
Nice 0-1 Montpellier
Paris St Germain 2-1 Caen
RC Lens 1-3 Lyon
Rennes 2-1 Brest
Saint-Etienne 1-1 Auxerre
Sochaux 2-0 Lorient
Toulouse 0-1 Marseille

Eredivisie

Ado Den Haag 3-0 NAC Breda
Ajax 0- PSV
De Graafschap 3-1 Roda JC
Excelsor 1-0 VVV
FC Twente 1-2 AZ Alkmaar
FC Utrecht 4-0 NEC
Groningen 2-0 Feyenoord
Heerenveen 5-0 Willem II
Vitesse 2-0 Hercales





Guti Bids Farewell To Madrid

25 07 2010

Legendary Real Madrid midfielder Guti is set to end his 24 year stay at the club by leaving on a free transfer, despite having one year left on his contract. The former Spain international has been at the club since he was nine years old.

During his 15 year professional career at Los Merengues, he won a staggering 15 trophies including five league titles and the Champions League three times. He played a total of 542 games and scored 77 goals.

His departure could pave the way for him to join former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster at Turkish outfit Besiktas. Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce tried to sign him earlier in the summer but could not persuade him to move to England.

In a press conference in Madrid, Guti said: “Thank you to everyone. I go knowing that Real Madrid will always be my home.

“I leave knowing that Real Madrid wants me and that is very important.”

On the subject of a transfer to Besiktas, he continued: “I have a good offer from them, an interesting one. Now we’ll see. It wasn’t an easy decision [to leave Real Madrid].”

Mark Jepson





Schalke move for Raúl

5 07 2010

Real Madrid legend and Spain’s highest goalscorer of all time Raúl is poised to complete a move to German outfit Schalke, according to reports in Spain.

The 33-year-old is no longer a regular starter for Los Merengues and Jose Mourinho is ready to allow the striker to leave on a free transfer. A two-year deal worth £3.3m per year has been agreed, although this will only be finalised once he has returned from his holiday according to the Spanish Press. Raúl rejected offers worth more money from clubs in Qatar and the USA to prolong his career at the highest level and Schalke are able to offer him Champions League football.

Despite these reports in Spain, Schalke manager Felix Magath maintains that the deal has not yet been finalised.

“We are interested in him and are negotiating with his agent,” Magath revealed to Bild.

“The player has not decided yet and wants time until the end of July to make up his mind. It would be a huge signing for Schalke and the whole Bundesliga.”

Mark Jepson








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