24 September, 2012 - 12:21

European weekend 22-23 September 2012

European weekend  22-23 September 2012

Another set of domestic leagues’ matches took place in European countries this weekend.

In Spain Barcelona got a hard-fought win over Granada at their home Camp Nou on Saturday night. The opponents ran riot for the whole first half and their goalkeeper Tono was on the high horse keeping a clean sheet up to the dying minutes of the match, when finally Barca’s Xavi opened the scoring with a masterfully-executed valley just 3 minutes from time. Caught off balance, Borja Gomez netted an own goal in stoppage time. This hard-obtained victory secured the Catalans 11-point gap over Real Madrid in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s La Liga away encounter with Rayo Vallecano has to wait until Monday as Estadio de Vallecas stadium was unable to take on Madrid guests. Reportedly, the cables on some of the lights were brutally vandalized and the stadium’s stuff couldn’t repair them in time.
On Sunday, Real Mallorca passed flying colours in a splendid 2-0 victory over visiting Valencia continuing its fine season start. Victor Casadesus and Javier Arizmendi scored two goals thus aiding their side to reach 11 points and get a toehold on the second position in La Liga table.

In Italian Serie A, Juventus showed a top-flight stylish 2-0 win over Chievo on Saturday. Quagliarella’s skillful brace in the 64th and 68th minutes put Juve at the top of the table with 12 points.
However, another Italian giant Milan can’t boast of an achievement alike. On Sunday, AC Milan which suffers a rough patch this season, was put to 1-2 rout by Udinese. Their third league defeat caused even more aspersions on the Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Internazionale’s clash with Siena went down the drain as Inter suffered a shameful 0-2 thrash on home soil on Sunday. The Nerazzurri are currently ranked the 6th in the League table.

In German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich pulled off a high-key 2-0 victory over Schalke 04 netting a spectacular brace in three minutes. The win keeps Bayern at the top of the League table with 12 points.
But it can’t but be mentioned that Eintracht Frankfurt, which hasn’t featured for Bundesliga’s top since 1999, enjoyed a meteoric rise this season. With the beating Nuremberg 2-1 on Friday, Eintracht reached 12 points in total and stands in the high-flight of the table alongside with Bayern Munich.
In the meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund suffered their first defeat after 31 games unbeaten. On Saturday they lost to Hamburg 2-3 sustaining a comedown to the 4th place in the table.

Olympique Marseille made a barn burner in the French League as it became the first club to win its six league games in more than half a century after a successful 1-0 victory over Evian Thonon Gaillard on Sunday. Marseille is currently the highest in Ligue 1 with 18 points.
The Swedish cult hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in spotlight of the away encounter with Bastia as he scored a brace for PSG after Jeremy Menez’es fine opener in the 6th minute of the game. Another goal from Blaise Matuidi ended the showdown in a 4-0 win for Paris Saint-Germain and their subsequent promotion to the 3d place in Ligue 1.

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Author: Kate Kozz

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24 September 2012, 15:28

I have the information it was Pique and Puyol who damaged the power cord at Rayo Vallecano stadium who were bored by staying out of the game and decided to extend an 11-point lead ahead of Madrid :) Ha-ha!

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