Thursday, 31 October 2013

Games of the week - 26-27th Oct

This week the games of the week for this week are:

  1. Manchester United vs Stoke City (Premier League)
  2. Dundee United vs St Mirren (Scottish Premiership)
  3. Barcelona vs Real Madrid (La Liga)
  4. Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga)
  5. Chelsea vs Manchester City (Premier League)

Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City

Old Trafford, Attendance 75,274

In the fourth minute, Erik Peters run on the left wing for the visitors resulted in him going past 3 players - Nani, Cleverly and Smalling - and crossing the ball into Crouch who's shot was originally saved but he was able to get a toe poke onto the rebound and stun Old Trafford as Stoke took the lead. Two minutes from half time Nani's cross into the box had found Wayne Rooney who's shot was magnificantly saved by Begovic but the rebound came to the flying dutchman Robin Van Persie who volleyed it into the net from twelve yards. A minute later, Stoke were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Arnautovic took the free kick and the ball swung over the wall beating De Gea and hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing into the net. Thirteen minutes from full time a Robin Van Persie corner found Wayne Rooney who was not marked properly by Stephen Ireland and Rooney headed it into the net to equalize. Manchester Utd were pushing for a winner and were rewarded in the 80th minute as Evra's cross found Hernandez and he headed it home for the home support at Old Trafford to a state of relief.  
MoTM: Wayne Rooney

Dundee United 4-0 St Mirren  

Tannadice Park, Attendance 6331

The home side started strongly straight from the kick-off as Dundee United took the saints defence apart and Nadir Ciftci came close in the first minute. Dundee United were holding onto the ball quite a lot with several one-twos unlocking the visitors' defence. A long ball from John Rankin, on 27 minutes, was not controlled by MacGregor which gave Nadir Cifitci a easy goal to give United the lead. Seven minutes later and the goalscorer was fouled in the box by Sean Kelly, the ex-Portsmouth player took the penalty and scored to double the Tangerines lead. Just before the break Ryan Gauld came close to scoring with a run from out side the box almost catching a dodgy piece of defending. On the hour mark, it was Gauld again this time with a shot from 35 yards going into the top corner to make it 3-0 the home side. St Mirren's only chance came from Steven Thompson who mis-controlled his one on one for Andrew Robertson to clear. United had the last laugh 7 minutes from time as subsitute Ryan Dow set up fellow sub Chris Erskine for a fantastic shot from outside to beat debutante Marrion Kello to make it 4.

MoTM: Ryan Gauld (speaking of)

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Camp Nou, Attendance 98671

Neymar opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a shot going in at the far post beating Lopez in goal. Welshman Gareth Bale was not as his best and so he was replaced by Benzema after one hour.The match was fairly even with both teams coming close. Barca doubled their lead 12 minutes from time as Alexi Sanchez on the break chipped Lopez to male it 2-0. Real scored a consolation in stoppage time with Jese beating Valdes and pelting it into the top corner.
MoTM: Neymar

Bayern Munich 3-2 Hertha BSC

Allianz Arena, Attendance 71000

The visitors opened the scoring after four minutes when a Hertha corner was whipped onto the head of Adrian Ramos who gave the top team in Berlin the lead. Twenty-nine minutes Ribery's free-kick was headed in by Mandzukic. Fifty-one minutes in the match took another twist with a goal from yet another Bayern free-kick; this time Schweinstiger crossed in for Mario Mandzukic to score his second. It looked like Bayern had sealed the game three minutes later with a cross from Ribery finding Gotze who put the ball into the back of the net to give Bayern a two goal lead. The match was not over as Hertha were able to get one back four minutes later with a run by Schulz cutback to Ben-Hatira who scored to get Hertha back into the game. Hetha were unable to get that crucial equaliser as they left Munich only knowing they have to defend better from set-pieces.

MoTM: Frank Ribery

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Stamford Bridge, Attendance 41495

Chelsea opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge after a great run by Torres along the wing ended up 
in him cutting back for Schurrle who scored to after 32 minutes of play. Three minutes into the second half a pass from Nasri led Aguaro clean through to score an equalise for City. It looked like it was going for a draw until in the 90th minute where Torres was given a through ball and it went past everyone to give Chelsea a massive boost in their title bid.
MoTM: Fernando Torres

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