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Barcelona keep cruising in big day of Champions League results
The rich are getting richer in Barcelona. Coming off their drubbing of Real Madrid on Saturday, Barca continued their crazy red hot form with a 6-1 smacking of Roma in the Champions League. Luis Suarez scored twice - he's got 10 goals in his last 6 matches, now - and Messi also got on the scoreboard for two of his own in his return to action after nearly two months injured. With Suarez, Messi and Neymar in the form they have been in over the past full year now, it's so difficult to imagine anyone beating Barcelona, much less in a two-leg format that comes in the Champions League knockout stages. They truly are the best team in the world and with the return of Messi it's just scary to think about what sort of potential they have. Let's not forget that they played Roma, a really solid squad today. This was not a team that laid down and played dead while Barca ran rampant; they had legitimate opposition, but it didn't matter. They rolled right along. Elsewhere in the Champions League on Tuesday, Chelsea crushed Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 to establish some form of their own after a win against Norwich over the weekend. It was a great result for the Londoners and eases the pressure on Jose Mourinho, at least for now. Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb to keep their dreams of qualifying for the knockout rounds alive on the strength of two goals from Alexis Sanchez. Their win combined with Bayern's 4-0 win over Olympiakos means Arsenal will entire the final Group Stage match day with a chance of qualifying. These are all significant results given that this was Match Day 5 of 6 and now we have some real races and tight qualification challenges heading into the final day of the group stages. More great matches to come tomorrow with the highlights being Juventus vs. Man City and PSG playing host to Malmo, playing in Paris for the first time since the horrible attacks hit the city a week and a half ago. Keep an eye out for more great European continental football tomorrow! @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli
Cuplikan Gol & Pertandingan Chelsea vs Southampton 2-2 (16 Januari 2013)
Sumber: twitter.com/ademakayasa / goal.com Chelsea membuang peluang meski sempat unggul 2-0 di babak pertama. Bermain menghadapi tim promosi Southampton, juara Liga Champions musim lalu itu berhasil diburu oleh lawannya hingga laga berakhir. Babak Pertama Tuan rumah Chelsea mampu unggul 2-0 di babak pertama melalui sumbangan Demba Ba dan juga Hazard. Adapun, The Blues baru bisa mengancam pada menit ke-14. Bermula dari pergerakan Cesar Azpilicueta di sisi kanan, upaya dari fullback asal Spanyol itu tak juga menemui sasaran. Setelah berbagai upaya, gol yang dinanti Chelsea akhirnya tiba di menit ke-25 melalui striker anyar mereka Demba Ba. Memanfaatkan umpan manis Azpilicueta yang tampil mobile di babak pertama, sontekan Ba mampu membuat publik Stamford Bridge bersorak, 1-0. Southampton bukannya tanpa peluang. Jelang delapan menit bubaran babak pertama, mereka baru bisa mengancam melalui Steven Davis. Diawali dari sebuah tendangan keras, usaha dari Davis masih bisa digagalkan Petr Cech--yang kemudian hanya berujung sepak pojok. Saat akan memasuki turun minum, Hazard hadir untuk memperbesar keunggulan tuan rumah. Menggunakan kaki kiri, gelandang asal Belgia itu sukses mencetak gol keenamnya di ajang Liga Primer, Babak Kedua Permainan menjadi lebih terbuka di babak kedua, terutama setelah Southampton memperkecil kedudukan. Di menit ke-55, manajer Nikel Adkins mencoba perubahan strategi dengan menurunkan Rickie Lambert. Tak percuma, satu menit setelahnya, Lambert membayar lunas kepercayaan sang manajer dengan sebuah heading memanfaatkan umpan silang Nathaniel Clyne, 2-1. Menyadari pentingnya laga ini, serta kepanikan yang melanda lini belakang Chelsea, Southampton coba memaksimalkan peluang yang mereka dapat. Pada menit ke-75, gol kedua The Saints hadir. Bermula dari Luke Shaw di sisi kiri, pergerakannya yang tak terbendung diakhiri dengan crossing matang ke depan gawang. Di sana, Jason Puncheon hadir menyambut bola dan langsung menembaknya menggunakan teknik voli, 2-2! Cech sama sekali tak bergeming. Merasa jengkel keunggulannya dikejar, manajer Chelsea Rafael Benitez menurunkan anak emasnya, Fernando Torres, dengan mengganti Frank Lampard yang kehabisan tenaga. Meski demikian, juara Liga Champions musim lalu itu tak jua mampu mencetak gol tambahan. Dengan hasil akhir 2-2, Chelsea masih terpaku di posisi tiga dan terpaut jarak dua poin dari Tottenham. Susunan Pemain: Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (Torres 80’); Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba. Cadangan Tak Terpakai: Turnbulll, Ferraira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Marin. Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw; S. Davis (Chaplow 67’), Schneiderlin, Cork; Puncheon, Guly (Ramirez 74’), Rodriguez (Lambert 55’). Cadangan Tak Terpakai: K. Davis, Ramírez, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Seaborne.
[Discussion] EPL's most UNDERrated player?
So after we talked about the most overrated players yesterday, it only makes sense to do the opposite today! Who are the most underrated players in the EPL? Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City While teammate Jamie Vardy gets lots of the headlines for his goal scoring, Mahrez has been an absolute standout for Leicester this season. He's turned in great performance after great performance and has even added to his game with some goals. He definitely deserves more credit. Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace You knew I had to include a Palace player on the list! At his best, Bolasie is an absolute terror down the wing or through the middle. He has pace and strength like any player in the league and just needs to round out his goalscoring form to make his game complete. He nearly made a big money move to Spurs over the summer but Palace held onto him, and with his form this season they'll be happy they did. Jack Butland - Stoke City While Butland is beginning to accumulate some accolades for his play this season in net for Stoke, it's time we start considering him one of the league's best keepers. He's got a little while to go before he unseats Joe Hart as England's #1, but it looks like the future of English goalkeeping is in safe hands with Butland's talent. Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool Sure, everyone knows that Coutinho is a great player, but I don't think he gets nearly enough credit for what he does for Liverpool. His work rate is off the charts and he has come up with some truly ridiculous goals to go along with amazing assists over the past few seasons. For my money, he's as good as attacking midfielders come in the Premiership. Romelu Lukaku - Everton Lukaku is a player whose stock has gone from way up to way down and now he's flying high again. After being a highly touted Chelsea youth product, Mourinho sold him away to Everton. He struggled for the Toffees at first but has come up with the best form of his career this season. At just 22 years old, the Belgian has a huge future ahead of him. I'm going with Coutinho as my choice. The man simply cannot be stopped and does not get enough credit! Who do you think? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda
United escape with a win
Manchester United got the weekend of EPL football underway with a tight win over Watford on early Saturday morning. Despite being on the road, this was a match that United really needed to win, and they came out firing from the first minute. Manager Louis van Gaal went with an attacking formation as youngster Jesse Lingard got another start for the Red Devils against lowly Watford. Major signing Memphis Depay got the scoring started in the 11th minute and is hoping to answer some of the people who think he was a waste of money after a difficult start to live in Manchester but this was a big performance for the Dutch winger. Troy Deeney scored a late penalty for Watford to equalize - he tied it up in the 87th minute - before conceding an own goal in added time that gave United the win. It was a gusty performance from Watford, who seem to put in a decent showing each week but are struggling to come up with results. It's always difficult for new teams in the EPL and Watford are feeling the effects of the increased quality in a major way. It wasn't all good for United, though, as midfielder Ander Herrera limped off the pitch in the first half with an injury. Definitely one of the more underrated players in the league, Herrera was just recovering from a different injury and had made his way back into the first team for the first time in a few weeks today so he'll be upset to have another spell on the sidelines. All in all, a good win for United, as they move to first in the table over their rivals City. City have a game in hand but United can only be thrilled with their performance and especially the result. They'll be hoping City drop points today against Liverpool to maintain the top spot. Anyone see the match today? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli