Archive | April, 2009

Premier League Schedule for April 25-26

24 Apr

Saturday, April 25

Bolton vs. Aston Villa – 4:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Delayed)
Everton vs. Manchester City
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Hull vs. Liverpool
West Brom vs. Sunderland
West Ham vs. Chelsea – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)
Manchester United vs. Tottenham – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)

Sunday, April 26

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
Blackburn vs. Wigan – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)

Liverpool 4, Arsenal 4…Sigh

21 Apr

The second 4-4 draw in a row for Liverpool – what happened to their defense?  Andrei Arshavin scored Arsenal’s four goals on their only four shots on goal in the game.  That is not so good.  Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun both found the net twice for Liverpool with Benayoun scoring the tying goal in the dying seconds. (Benayoun has played quite well as of late – good thing too, they’ve needed him to step up.)  This was definitely a game that Liverpool should have won.

Liverpool now moves to the top of the table based on goal difference, but Manchester United has two games in hand and plays Portsmouth tomorrow.

Premier League & FA Cup Results – April 17 and 18

19 Apr

Tim Howard saves Rio Ferdinand's penalty in the FA Cup semifinal.

Tim Howard saves Rio Ferdinand's penalty in the FA Cup semifinal.

FA Cup

Everton ended Manchester United’s chance for a quintuple* with a 4-2 shootout victory in the FA Cup semifinal today.  Tim Howard was the hero for Everton, saving penalties from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.  Everton will face Chelsea in the final after the Blues defeated Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday, thanks to an 84th minute Didier Drogba goal.

Premier League

Middlesbrough 0
Fulham 0

Portsmouth 1 (Kanu 76)
Bolton 0

Stoke 1 (Lawrence 75)
Blackburn 0

Sunderland 1 (Cisse 45)
Hull City 0

Aston Villa 1 (Heskey 11)
West Ham 1 (Tristan 85)

Tottenham 1 (Bent 24)
Newcastle 0

Manchester City 4 (Robinho 8, Onuoha 21, Elano 56 – pen, Sturridge 90)
West Brom 2 (Brunt 37, 54)

*Everyone was referring to the Manchester United bid to win the Club World Cup, Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and the Carling Cup.  They’ve already won the Club World Cup and the Carling Cup.  HOWEVER, I refuse to recognize ManU as “world champions” because the best teams in the world did not participate in the Club World Cup.  Not that it really matters anymore since they lost in the FA Cup semis.  There is no more chance at the so-called “quintuple”.  The thought of Manchester United winning all that makes me want to barf.

Manchester United, Arsenal move on to Champions League semis

15 Apr

Manchester United only needed a goal in the 6th minute from Cristiano Ronaldo to hold off Porto, 1-0.  Manchester United advances 3-2 on aggregate.  Arsenal made it three English teams in the semis with a 3-0 victory over Villarreal.  The Gunners won 4-0 on aggregate.

Semifinals

Chelsea vs. Barcelona

Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Remember the 96

14 Apr

Remember Hillsborough.  Remember the fallen.

Chelsea, Barcelona advance to Champions League semis

14 Apr

Despite taking a 2-0 lead going into half thanks to goals from Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso, Liverpool was unable to come away with a shocking victory at Stamford Bridge.  Chelsea came back to score three times to take a 3-2 lead, but the Reds fought back with two goals in less than a minute.  Frank Lampard notched the equalizer in the 89th minute and Chelsea advances to the semifinals 7-5 on aggregate.  It was a well-fought game for Liverpool, who played without captain Steven Gerrard as he was still deemed not quite fit enough for game action with a groin injury.  

Bayern Munich put on a much better performance against Barcelona this week, but didn’t have the firepower to overcome a 4-0 deficit.  Bayern took a 1-0 lead on a Franck Ribery goal in the 47th, but Barca’s Seydou Keita scored the tying goal in the 73rd.  Barcelona advances to the semifinals 5-1 on aggregate.

Champions League Schedule – April 14 and 15

13 Apr

Tuesday, April 14

Chelsea vs. Liverpool – Chelsea won the first leg at Anfield, 3-1, so the Reds have some work to do if they want to advance.  Steven Gerrard is looking like he will be good to go for this one.  UPDATE: Gerrard will NOT play due to a lingering groin injury. Rafa Benitez hopes the team can use Istanbul as inspiration – 2:30 p.m. ET/ESPN2, ESPN360

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona – Bayern is going to need a minor miracle if they hope to advance since Barcelona won the first leg 4-0 – 2:30 p.m. ET/ESPN Deportes, ESPN360

Wednesday, April 15

Arsenal vs. Villarreal – Arsenal holds the advantage going into the second leg after scoring a crucial equalizer in game one – 2:30 p.m. ET/ESPN Deportes, ESPN360

Porto vs. Manchester United – The teams fought out a 2-2 draw in the first leg, but Porto has the advantage due to away goals. – 2:30 p.m. ET/ESPN2, ESPN360