May 10, 2011
Around the first four of the big four XIII
In Italy Milan celebrated its championship this weekend, while in Spain and England Barcelona and Manchester United respectively won key games that brought them closer to the title.
By Andrew Hill
Barcelona received its archrival Espanyol on Sunday in the city’s derby. Winning was a must for the defending champions since No 2. Real Madrid had resoundingly defeated Sevilla on the road by 6-2 (Ronaldo scored four goals, and Kaka and Ramos added one each for the Whites, while Negredo got the discount twice for the hosts), which reduced to five points the difference between them on round 35.
Barcelona wins the derby.
And they didn’t fail to do so thanks to the goals scored by Iniesta and Pique for the 2-0 win over Espanyol with which they reclaimed their 8 point lead over the Whites. When there are just three more games to go Barcelona has 91 points and Real Madrid 83, which means that the defending champions are just one point away from their third Liga title in a row.
In the battle for the third place Valencia took another big step securing it for another week with their 3-0 victory at home against Real Sociedad. Soldado in two occasions and Jonas in one gave three more points to the Che team that now has 66 points.
And Villareal was unable to defeat Osasuna on the road and ended up tying to 0. That way the Yellow Submarine continues in fourth place but now with 61 points.
Milan ends with five-year drought.
Inter’s empire has come to an end, after winning the past five championships in a row the Seria A finally has a new champion this season: Milan.
Week 36 has seen Milan arise as the new champion after their draw on the road against Roma by 0-0. That way the Rossoneri reached 78 points, 6 more that Inter that is second with 72 when there are only two more games to go.
With a 3-1 victory at home against Florentina Inter did all they could to defend their title, but it wasn’t enough. Pazzini, Cambiasso and Coutinho scored the goals for the Nerazzurri and Gillardino got the discount for the away team.
Napoli suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road against Lecce and continues in third place with 68 points. Corvia and Chevanton scored the goal for the home team and Mascara the discount for the visitors.
And with a 2-1 win at home Udinese snatched fourth place from Lazio with two goals from Di Natale. Kozak got the discount but it wasn’t enough. This leaves Udinese with 62 points, two more than Lazio.
Manchester United caresses the title.
Chelsea visited Old Trafford on Sunday with the possibility of tying in first place with Manchester United if they defeated them at home on round 36. But the Red Devils knew that a win would create a six point gap among them that would leave them in a perfect position to clinch the Premier League.
Focused in getting the Blues of their way Man U got an early lead of 2-0 after just 23 minutes of game thanks to Chicharito’s and Vidic’s goals. In the second half Lampard scored the discount for the Blues that were unable to score again. With this victory the Red Devils reached 76 points and the Blues are still second with 70.
Arsenal was upset on the road by 3-1 against Stroke City, but is still in third place with 67 points despite this setback. The home team scored through Jones, Pennant and Walters, and Van Persie got the discount for the Gunners.
Manchester City also lost on the road, but against Everton by 2-1. The Toffees overcame a first half goal scored by Yaya Toure with two second half goals from Distin and Osman. Despite the defeat the Citizens continue in fourth place with 62 points and one pending game.
The new champion takes a day off
Winning the Bundesliga title last week has caused some relaxation in Borussia Dortmund players that this weekend have lost by 2-0 on the road against Werder Bremen during round 33 action. Silvestre and Pizarro scored the goals for the hosts that represented the fifth defeat of the season for the new champions.
In second place and with 65 points comes Bayern Leverkusen that was only able to draw at home versus Hamburg. Westermann gave the visitors the lead, until Kibling scored the equalizer and definite 1-1 for the hosts.
With a resounding 8-1 on the road victory against St. Pauli Bayern Munich made it clear that they will fight for that second place that Leverkusen holds until the end. Just three points separates them and there are still three games to go, which will make of this a passionate race for No. 2.
Bayern Munich reached 62 points thanks to the goals from Gomez in three occasions, Ribey and Robben with two each and one from Van Buyden, with made Eger’s discount useless.
Fourth is Hannover with 57 points, team that suffered a 2-1 defeat on their visit to Stuttgart. Hajnal and Okazaki scored the goals for the host, and Stindl scored the discount for the visitors.
About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill is more than just a passionate fan. Despite being in the early years of his career as a journalist, which began in 2006, he has proven that he can translate that passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.