September 17, 2010
and some super skills from the one and only Dinho vs Auxerre.
September 16, 2010
After his shocking injury that Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia suffered during the Champions League match against Rangers, the winger has had an operation to repair the damage caused today, with the surgeons calling the operation a success.
The midfielder has had to have his ankle corrected and a metal plate placed into his ankle in order to stabilise the injury which has now been fully diagnosed.
The fall that the player took caused a fracture to his ankle as well as damaging ligaments in the process, rendering the player as injured for the remaining weeks of the season but officials on the Manchester United website have said that the injury will rule the player out of action for ‘a good portion of the season’.
The fact that the club are unable to comment on the length of time that the player will be injured for would lead us to think that they are finding it hard to establish the true extent of the injury until the player is back in rehab.
Valencia’s international team doctor has called for Manchester United to supply the player with a shrink as he believes that the player will struggle to come to terms with the injury on his own, something that the club has so far failed to comment on.
Man Utd Expect Luis Valencia To Return ‘By The End Of February’ (pies)
September 16, 2010
Liverpool and Steaua Bucharest both met at The Red’s fortress Anfield tonight where both sides intended of salvaging some points for there Europa League campaign. Liverpool were without big guns Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard and were looking upon Joe Cole to provide some inspiration for the team, who is currently banned from the Premier League.
Within the first minute, Joe Cole provided that inspiration. A silly slip up from the Bucharest defender Abrudan led Joe Cole straight into the box to make a classy finish in off the post to put Liverpool ahead early on. Although they were up, they were certainly not comfortable.
Liverpool were struggling to put passes together and Steaua looked to get back into the game. They then got the equaliser with Cristian Tanase as he skipped the ball past an out coming Pepe Reina. The rest of the half was then mostly dominated by Steaua as they created a few chances which would have had Liverpool fans worried.
The second half began and a different Liverpool side came out. The team looked more energetic and played some finer football, keep the ball well. They needed to peg themselves in front and found the opening when Kyrgiakos was brought down in the box from a corner. This gave Liverpool a penalty which David N’Gog confidently slotted away to put the home team in front again.
After that, Liverpool were in comfortable possession and created another two goals. The next was scored by the Brazilian Lucas who came off the bench for Ryan Babel who did not have a particularly amazing performance he would have liked to. Lucas scored the goal from long rang, sizzling the ball towards the corner and past the Bucharest goalkeeper. Late on Daniel Pacheco had a chance to shine as he came on for Maxi Rodriguez, although with only 6 minutes remaining, he played barely any part at all.
The last goal came from David N’Gog once again would has scored 5 in the competition already, and looks like he is fulfilling his potential at Liverpool. He found the ball in the area and made a neat finish into the left of the corner.
What was first a worrying time for Liverpool, turned out to be a great result for them – and they will be very happy to walk away with 3 points!
September 16, 2010
City started their European venture with a win over Red Bull Salzburg tonight, completing a 2-0 victory tonight.
The night saw former Everton striker Jo notch a goal onto his tally while the other outlet came from David Silva who scored his first goal for the club since his £24m transfer into the club.
Silva was the first to strike, putting the ball into the net with a neat side foot after Jo laid the ball across the area for the Spanish World Cup winner. Following getting an assist for the team, Jo then chipped in a well rounded performance which saw the striker net the second goal of the game and his first since September 2008.
Salzburg were no push over’s though, showing that they had the attacking edge to back up the fact that they had won all of their group games to get into the tournament, leaving goalkeeper Joe Hart busy at times.
Whenever Manchester City had the ball, they looked dangerous, rarely wasting their possession as they went forward and converting two of their created chances.
Roberto Mancini will be pleased with the promising start to the competition and will be looking to add silverware to the list of aims for the season, something that has been more than 35 years since it has happened.