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Flamengo’s winless streak is now at four matches. Boo Mengao lost to Bahia 2-1. The guys have three ties and one loss in their last four matches.

Boo Mengao is parked in 12th place 31 points. We are still in danger of getting the heave hoe. Palmerias is in the last voce vai zone spot 17th 25 big ones.

O Dia- Rio – Sem Cáceres, um dos pilares do time e com Wallace se machucando no começo da partida, o Flamengo teve uma atuação confusa na defesa e não resistiu à força do Bahia dentro de casa. Na Arena Fonte Nova, neste domingo, foi derrotado por 2 a 1 e completou quatros jogos sem vitórias (três empates e um revés). Nem a melhora e a pressão no segundo tempo foram suficientes para alcançar a igualdade no placar. 

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O resultado negativo fez o Rubro-Negro cair uma posição e ficar no 11º lugar, com 31 pontos. Na próxima rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro, a equipe encara o Santos, no Maracanã, no sábado, às 16h20. O Tricolor Baiano, por sua vez, chegou aos 29 pontos com o triunfo e está 14º. O próximo adversário do time é o Fluminense, no Mané Garrincha.

O Flamengo entrou no jogo sonolento e foi castigado. Saiu atrás no placar por conta de uma falha defensiva. Dois jogadores da zaga rubro-negra não conseguiram impedir o chute de Emanuel Biancucchi, após boa triangulação entre Railan e Henrique. 1 a 0 para o Tricolor da Boa Terra e festa na Arena Fonte Nova.

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Apesar de estar em desvantagem, o Fla continuava acuado. Postado melhor nas quatros linhas, o Bahia dominava as ações. Sem muita inspiração com a bola nos pés, o clube da Gávea assustou somente na bola parada. Luiz Antonio cobrou escanteio, Everton escorou, Elton tentou a cabeçada, mas Marcelo Lomba fez a antecipação e afastou o perigo. No final do primeiro tempo, os cariocas ainda tiveram uma falta perigosa, mas não aproveitaram.

Na segunda etapa, Vanderlei Luxemburgo promoveu a entrada de Gabriel no lugar de Elton para tentar melhorar o desempenho ofensivo da equipe. O técnico não contava, no entanto, com a lambança de João Paulo. O lateral-esquerdo fez pênalti bobo aos dois minutos. Emanuel cobrou bem para fazer o segundo dele no jogo e ampliar o placar: 2 a 0.

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Mesmo mal na partida, o Flamengo diminuiu o prejuízo. João Paulo avançou pela ponta esquerda e levantou a bola na área. Eduardo da Silva só deslocou o goleiro e correu para o abraço: 2 a 1. Um minutos depois, o croata quase empatou o jogo em nova cabeçada. O Bahia, contudo, não demorou a responder. Paulo Victor fez um verdadeiro milagre defendendo arremate à queima roupa de Henrique.

O gol animou o Rubro-Negro que passou a se lançar mais o ataque. O Tricolor Baiano, com Willian Barbio no lugar de Maxi Biancucchi, tentava sair em velocidade para o contragolpe.

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Na bola parada, Samir subiu no terceiro andar, testou com força e tirou tinta da trave. O duelo se tornou ataque contra defesa. O Fla pressionava e tentava o gol a todo custo. No único contra-ataque elaborado pelos donos da casa, Barbio cruzou para Henrique. O atacante, dentro da grande área, furou a bola e perdeu ótima chance. No final, o Bahia resistiu ao abafa dos cariocas e comemorou a conquista dos três pontos na Fonte Nova. 

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-28/flamengo-sai-atras-busca-a-reacao-mas-perde-para-o-bahia-na-fonte-nova.html

 

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The lower divisions in English futebol are not followed by many except the hard core fans or the folks who live in these cities. This is a mistake. Many times the lower divisions are more exciting than the EPL. Yes many of the names are unknown except to hard core fans. Clubs like Leeds, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool and Wolverhampton have a long history in English futebol.

Leeds United lost to Brentford 2-0 in the English Championship. The Whites are in thirteenth place with thirteen points. The Bees are 12th place with 14 points.

Top dog in the English championship is the birdinhos Norwich City 20 points. The Canaries were given the heave-hoe last season from the EPL.

The Daily Mail- Brentford maintained their solid start to the Sky Bet Championship season with a deserved 2-0 win over Leeds to deny Darko Milanic a winning start as Whites boss.

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Spanish midfielder Jota gave the Bees the lead on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a flowing five-man move with a crashing drive into the roof of the net.

And Alan McCormack sealed the points in the 76th minute with a rasping low drive that deflected off the foot of Giuseppi Bellusci and past despairing keeper Marco Silvestri

The United stopper had kept his side in it with a string of superb saves as the Bees swarmed forward with purpose on the break.

United’s only real effort of merit came with five minutes remaining when Lewis Cook’s 25-yard grass-cutter licked just past the upright.

The Londoners looked purposeful from the start, Alex Pritchard forcing a smart low save from Silvestri at the foot of the post.

The keeper denied the hosts the opener on 22 minutes when he dived late to tip Alan Judge’s dipping, swerving free-kick over the wall into the path of Moses Odubajo only to block him at point blank range.

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Brentford squandered a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock midway through the half when Andre Gray was felled in the box by Jason Pearce who escaped with a yellow card.

Centre back James Tarkoswki raised eyebrows when he stepped up to take the spot kick and duly skied it over the bar.

Former Leeds midfielder Jonathan Douglas almost headed his side in front minutes later but was again thwarted by the keeper.

The breakthrough came on the stroke of half time when Brentford’s slick passing carved open the visitors’ defence and found Jota who sidestepped Stephen Warnock to fire into the roof of the net.

Judge blazed over as Brentford started the second half as they ended the first, but at the other end Bees keeper David Button had to be alert to tip Pearce’s downward header to safety.

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Mirco Antenucci fired wide with long-range efforts as Leeds staged a rally, but Brentford drew their sting and hit back with the pace of Odubajo a constant outletThe winger, a close season signing from Leyton Orient, fed Gray on the hour mark but his drive was saved by the legs of the wrong-footed Silvestri.

And the keeper was there again five minutes later when Odubajo slipped the shackles of Pearce to send a diving header goalward, going full length to palm it wide.

Both sides were struggling in the humidity but it was Brentford who made their possession count on 76 minutes.

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Odubajo broke from half way and fed McCormack who raced clear of a leggy Leeds rearguard, bided his time and smashed a drive home from 12 yards.

That took the fight out of Milanic’s side and Brentford surged forward in search of more as they won almost every 50-50 battle in the middle of the park.

Leeds looked broken in a game that could easily have ended in a 6-2 scoreline such was the level of defending.

And Leeds owner Massimo Cellino caused consternation when he was spotted watching his side’s away clash with Brentford with the home fans.

He was soon escorted to the away end and watched the rest of the match with the Leeds fans.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2772000/Brentford-2-0-Leeds-Darko-Milanic-gets-losing-start-Alan-McCormack-seals-comfortable-Bees-win.html#ixzz3EcJ3uDvX
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My Gunners have two ties in our last three matches. A late goal by Alex Oxlade Chamberlain earned us the one all draw.

Does this mean the bottom is falling out or does this mean the season is slowly slipping away fast? We now have blown two straight two straight matches.

Sure Spurs has not won at our house Emirates in many a moon. For crying out loud we give up a goal to Tottenham in the 56th minute. Nacer Chadli broke free to poke home the bacon for the one nil lead.

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The bad news is that two of our better attacking options Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey were taken off the pitch due to injury. This is not a good sign.

Look folks we are in a world of hurt. The offense sucks. The “D” is mediocre at best. We are a team without a direction.

Welbeck is worthless. Van Gaal said this cat can’t finish. Welbeck can’t.

Our offense is a popgun attack.

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The midfield is good.

The back line makes too many mistakes.

Our major fatal flaw is that we can’t score.

The stat line shows we had sixty nine percent of the possession. What good is having the rock when can’t hit a board side of a barn with a machine gun.

This bull crap has to change if we want to get outta fourth place. Guess what? Folks! Fourth place is not a trophy.

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David Hytner The Guardian nailed it. Nacer Chadli could barely contain the delight after his low finish had set up the smash-and-grab raid for Tottenham Hotspur, and he cupped his hand to his ear as he wheeled away in front of the Arsenal supporters. How about that then? What have you got now?

Arsenal did have an answer and it came in the form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s clinically converted equaliser. This was a high-octane occasion in which Arsenal made the bulk of the running and the draw was the least that they deserved.

But, at full-time, there was the sense of regret for the hosts. Some of their players slumped on to their haunches and it was pretty clear that they were trotting through the chances that they had created and spurned in both halves. Hugo Lloris, the outstanding Tottenham goalkeeper, thwarted them on a number of occasions.

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Tottenham’s bubble might have been pricked by Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it was not deflated. This venue has held precious few happy memories for them and this felt like a tonic for the visitors and their manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

It is a defining spell for both clubs. Arsenal have Galatasaray and Chelsea coming up; Tottenham have Besiktas and Southampton, high-flying, Champions League-chasing Southampton, a fixture that has added resonance for Pochettino. But that was for later. Nothing mattered apart from this, and it was spiky at the outset, which was no surprise.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/27/arsenal-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report

The Daily Mail’s opening salvo- They roared their team on in expectation of the win. The Emirates is rarely a placed for fiery passions but the home fans make an exception here for north London derbies.

And those Arsenal fans knew the victory should be theirs. Arsenal had largely dominated against their neighbours. They had by far the best of the attacking play. They had a sprinkling of delightful offensive options in Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, a trio that would grace almost any team in the world.

Only Younes Kaboul and Hugo Lloris, giants in the Tottenham defence, stood between them and three points. Surely those points would come? Surely such an array of talent should be enough to overpower teams such as Spurs? “

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And yet it was not to be. Arsenal’s infamous brittleness had cost them again. Games they should win, they draw; games in which they ought to be competitive, they end up being comprehensively beaten. It is almost pointless to single out the individuals — yesterday it was Mathieu Flamini, losing the ball in front of his own penalty area — as almost all the team are serial offenders.

Spurs will be grateful for their draw. But until Arsene Wenger can address the vulnerabilities he has in shielding his defence — and he shows no sign of wishing to do so — there will be many more Groundhog Days like this.

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There was much speculation as to whether Ozil would return to his favoured central role — or be shunted out to the left. As it was, he started out wide, but swapped the position regularly with Jack Wilshere, the two of them undertaking the wide left duties as though it were an undesirable job-share.

And this derby felt a very Anglo-Saxon affair early on. Certainly the tackling was of a certain vintage. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere received yellow cards, all too keen to make their impression — literally — on Tottenham, before Erik Lamela added his own Latin mark, cautioned for a late challenge on Kieran Gibbs.

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And the football was of variable quality in that first half. What there was, was mainly created by Arsenal. Danny Welbeck was the first to inject some class into the game with a lovely flick past Jan Vertonghen and, leaving the Belgian in his wake, he was only denied by the assiduous covering run of Kaboul.

Welbeck shot unconvincingly at Lloris on 22 minutes but it wasn’t until 28 minutes that Arsenal conjured another clear chance. Aaron Ramsey raced down the right and released Welbeck, who touched the ball back to Wilshere, who in turn struck the ball ferociously from the edge of the box with Lloris well positioned to save.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2772055/Arsenal-1-1-Tottenham-Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain-rescues-Gunners-Nacer-Chadli-strike-Mikel-Arteta-Aaron-Ramsey-limp-off.html#ixzz3EXrcPQRi

The Daily Mail’s money sentence is this “Arsenal’s infamous brittleness had cost them again. Games they should win, they draw; games in which they ought to be competitive, they end up being comprehensively beaten.”

This sums up our woes perfectly.

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Flamengo and Sao Paulo tied two all. Tricolor trailed 2-1 late into the match. Boo Mengao gave up a late goal 89th minute to wind up in the draw. Luis Fabiano nailed the equalizer and thus break Flamenguista nation’s hearts.

The guys are in tenth place with 31 points. Sao Paulo is in third place 43 points. This Rubro-negro’s third straight tie since the 1-0 win over Coritiba September 16th. We are still not outta woods yet from getting the heave hoe. Palmerias is seventeenth place 25 points. Fogao will played Thursday night.

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O Dai wrote-O Flamengo chegou a sentir o gostinho da vitória, mas vacilou e cedeu o empate. Pelo terceiro jogo consecutivo, o Rubro-Negro ficou em vantagem no placar, mas pela terceira vez seguida não segurou o resultado. Nesta quarta-feira, virou sobre o São Paulo, mas levou o empate três minutos depois: 2 a 2, no Morumbi. Pela circunstância, o resultado tem sabor amargo para o clube carioca.

Assim como nos jogos contra o Palmeiras e Fluminense, o Flamengo vê a vitória escapar e desperdiça nova chance de se distanciar da “confusão”. Não faltou emoção. E também teve polêmica no duelo com o São Paulo. O clube paulista teve dois pênaltis a favor. O primeiro em lance polêmico. O segundo devido a um erro da arbitragem.

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Ao mesmo tempo em que mostrou força para virar sobre o São Paulo, o Flamengo mostrou a deficiência de não segurar o resultado. Agora, tem 31 pontos e se mantém estacionado no meio da tabela – está na 10ª colocação. O Tricolor, com 43 pontos, é ultrapassado pelo Internacional e cai para a terceira colocação.

Na próxima rodada, neste domingo, às 16h, o Flamengo encara o Bahia na Arena Fonte Nova. O São Paulo entra em campo no sábado, às 21h, e recebe o Fluminense no Maracanã.

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Com maior posse de bola, chegou aos 70% na primeira etapa, o São Paulo encurralou o Flamengo. O Rubro-Negro, recuado, limitava-se a defender. O Tricolor, com paciência, buscou o momento exato para furar a retranca rival. Após troca de passes, Alexandre Pato foi lançado na área. A arbitragem viu um toque de Márcio Araújo no atacante. O juiz André Luiz demorou a marcar: lance duvidoso e polêmico. Rogério Ceni, que voltou ao time, bateu no canto e abriu o placar: 1 a 0.

O Flamengo passou a sair mais para o jogo e apostava nas jogadas pela esquerda. João Paulo cruzou com força. Alecsandro raspou de cabeça, mas não conseguiu concluir. O São Paulo ameaçou novamente após troca de passes. Paulo Victor abafou e evitou conclusão de Alan Kardec. A resposta rubro-negra foi fatal. Gabriel, titular no lugar do lesionado Eduardo da Silva, foi lançado pela esquerda, invadiu a área e chutou de esquerda. Rogério Ceni deu rebote e viu Everton mandar para o fundo da rede: 1 a 1. No fim do primeiro tempo, Ceni se enrolou mais uma vez, mas Márcio Araújo não aproveitou.

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A arbitragem “apareceu” logo no primeiro minuto da etapa final. Samir, titular na vaga de Chicão, perdeu o tempo de bola, que resvalou no braço do zagueiro. O lance aconteceu fora da área. O juiz deu pênalti. Rogério Ceni, desta vez, parou em Paulo Victor. Na reposição, Everton avançou pela esquerda e chutou, mas a bola foi para fora. Ceni ainda voltava para a meta.

O técnico Vanderlei Luxemburgo foi obrigado a fazer a primeira mudança. Samir sentiu a coxa direita e deu lugar a Chicão. O São Paulo assustou. Paulo Victor espalmou para frente. Pato pegou de primeira, mas viu Cáceres se jogar para salvar. Foi o último lance do atacante. Muricy Ramalho colocou Luis Fabiano. O Fla conseguia pressionar, mas errava o último passe, principalmente o cruzamento. O Rubro-Negro ficou em vantagem numérica. Michel Bastos deu carrinho em Everton e acertou o tornozelo direito do atleta. Recebeu o cartão vermelho.

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Luxa partiu para o ataque. O técnico colocou Arthur no lugar de Cáceres. O Fla dominava e chegou à virada. Após escanteio cobrado por Canteros, Alecsandro ganhou pelo alto e desviou para o fundo da rede: 2 a 1. Mas o castigo não demorou. A zaga cochilou e permitiu Luis Fabiano dominar a bola e bater no canto de Paulo Victor, empatando o jogo, aos 44 minutos da etapa final.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-25/polemicas-virada-e-vacilo-flamengo-cede-empate-para-o-sao-paulo.html

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Wolverhampton picked up a hard fought 1-0 win over Bolton in the English Championship last Saturday. The win Wolves are in third place 17 points. Nottingham Forrest is the top dog with 18 points. The birdinhos Norwich City are in second place with 17 points. The Canaries are a plus ten while Wolverhampton is a plus five.

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Sport UK wrote “Dicko strike downs Bolton Nouha Dicko’s third goal of the season helped Wolves extend their 100 per cent home record in the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win over struggling Bolton at Molineux. Dicko pounced three minutes before half-time as Kenny Jackett’s side took their unbeaten run to six games – thanks also in no small measure to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who saved Owen Garvan’s 58th-minute penalty. It was a hard-earned success which could have come by a greater margin had Wolves been more clinical in front of goal in the first half. For Bolton it ensured that their hopes of an upturn in fortunes were short-lived. They had won their first game of the season on Tuesday – beating Rotherham United 3-2 – but that proved to be a false dawn as they crashed to their fifth league defeat of the season with some disgruntled fans calling for the head of manager Dougie Freedman. Bolton almost made a dream start inside 30 seconds through Jay Spearing when his long-range drive was deflected wide for a corner. But after surviving that scare, Wolves went on to carry the greater attacking threat in the opening exchanges. Bakary Sako was a menace on both wings and his persistence forced a corner from which Danny Batth was inches away from giving Wolves the lead in the 17th minute.”

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James Henry’s corner was met by Batth and his powerful header was expertly tipped over the bar by Andy Lonergan. While that was an excellent chance, Bolton were presented with an ever better one just two minutes later but former Wolves striker Craig Davies fluffed his chance on his return to Molineux. Davies only had Ikeme to beat from 14 yards when he was picked out by his strike partner Joe Mason, but the ex-Wales international meekly side-footed the ball into the arms of a grateful Ikeme.”

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It was a rare moment of worry for Ikeme as Lonergan was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening period. Twice he had to deny Dicko from close range as well as doing well at his near post to hold on to a dangerous low cross from Sako. Lonergan looked to have done enough to get Bolton to half-time on level terms only for Dicko to finally break his resistance. Matt Doherty’s cross took a deflection on its way into the area and as Lonergan and Bolton defender Dorian Dervite left it to each other to deal with, Dicko nipped in to head home from six yards. It was no more than Wolves deserved only for Batth to then hand Bolton a route back into the game in the second half with a rash challenge on substitute Jermaine Beckford. Beckford had only been on the pitch two minutes when his presence in the area saw him fouled by Batth. Referee Andrew Madley had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but Garvan’s weak penalty was palmed out by Ikeme. To add insult to injury for Garvan, the on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder had his follow-up shot saved by Ikeme as well. Bolton then did mount a late rally but Ikeme was in commanding form – spreading himself at his near post to deny Liam Feeney in the 84th minute and then seconds later collecting a low drive from Beckford.”

Read more at http://www.sport.co.uk/football/wolverhampton-10-bolton-match-report/4989198/#oU8jeYuuIzf50RjV.99

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Does Bobby Gee have ESPN or what? Bobby Gee wrote that Sir Alex had a hell of time at Man U when took over in 1989. Guess what Mark Ogden The Telegraph writes about this. Here is a sample of the story Ogden wrote. This is Déjà vu all over again.

It is almost twenty five years to the day that Sir Alex’s mighty Red Devils had their asses handed to them by their hated rivals Man Shitty. It was a massacre. Five one was the final score Ogden wrote.

“Twenty-five years ago today, plain old Alex Ferguson woke from the biggest football-inflicted hangover of his career after witnessing his Manchester United team suffer a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City at Maine Road.

It was the low-point of a nightmare start to the 1989-90 season for United, which got worse before it got better, and Ferguson was forced to ride a storm before ultimately steering the club to great success.

But as Louis van Gaal goes from boom to bust in his opening weeks as Old Trafford manager, the similarities between Ferguson’s year of turmoil and now are striking.

For Manchester United, it appears as though it is 1989 all over again….”

Look Bobby gee has been writing for well over two months that Man U would struggle. Jeeze Man Louis Van Gaal said the same thing. This revelation is yesterday’s chopped liver.

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Ogden beaks down Man U’s troubles into six sections. Here is a sample of what Ogden wrote.

The False Down: “With a new team on the pitch, built around England’s midfield pairing of Bryan Robson and Neil Webb, Ferguson saw United open the 1989-90 season with a 4-1 rout of league champions Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Prior to the game, prospective new owner Michael Knighton had taken to the pitch to show off his ball skills in front of the Stretford End.

The euphoric mood around the club was boosted even further when Webb, a £1.5m buy from Nottingham Forest, marked his United debut with a stunning volley from twenty yards.

It proved a false start, however, with United going on to lose three of their next four league games, against the might of Crystal Palace, Derby, Everton and Norwich City.

The promise of an unbeaten summer tour of the USA, including wins against Real Madrid and Liverpool, hit a brick wall with an opening day defeat at home to Swansea, while the 4-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers was followed by a shock defeat at Leicester.”

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The Injuries; Van Gaal’s weekly injury bulletins have seen the Dutchman run through as many as ten casualties, including virtually every member of his defence and new signings such as Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

The injury list has resulted in United fielding a different defensive line-up in almost every game so far, but Ferguson endured similar problems back in 1989.

Ferguson lost Webb to an Achilles tendon injury suffered an England duty after he had made just four appearances for United.

The injury to Webb was then compounded by further injuries to Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce, with captain and vice-captain being forced to miss the 5-1 defeat at City in September.

Without Bruce in defence and Robson and Webb in midfield, United were overrun by their neighbours, with uncertainty and confusion affecting Ferguson’s team at the back.

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Twenty-five years on and injuries and confusion are proving just as debilitating for Van Gaal’s United. “

The Hammerings: Sunday’s 5-3 defeat at Leicester will go down as one of the most infamous results in United’s history due to the manner of the team’s collapse when seemingly in a commanding position.

Leading 3-1 after an hour, United allowed the floodgates to open and paid the price as Leicester scored four goals in a brutal final half hour at the King Power Stadium.

But while the defeat at Leicester was a painful one, it is unlikely to knock the 5-1 hammering against Manchester City off the top spot of United’s league table of humiliation.

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But Mel Machin’s young team ripped United apart, with Andy Hinchcliffe scoring the fifth goal in what has become known in Manchester as the ‘Demolition Derby.’

United fans still claim that Mark Hughes’s spectacular scissor-kick was the goal of the game.

In 25 years, they may be saying the same about Angel di Maria’s goal at Leicester.”

The Cup Humiliation: With English clubs still banned from European competition in 1989 as a result of the violence at Heysel Stadium prior to Liverpool’s European Cup final against Juventus four years earlier, United only had domestic silverware to focus on, just as they do now.

But a third round League Cup tie at home to Tottenham in October brought United’s hope of success in that competition to a crashing halt, with Terry Venables’ team cruising to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

At least Ferguson’s United were able to progress to the third round, however.

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This season, Van Gaal has been forced to suffer the ignominy of guiding United to a first round exit in the same competition following last month’s 4-0 defeat against MK Dons. “

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/11118747/Manchester-United-appear-to-be-going-through-their-1989-misery-all-over-again.html

Give Van Gaal time and he will turn this all around. His track record proves it.

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Arsenal crashed and burned outta the third round of the Capital Cup. The Saints defeated my Gunners 2-1 to advance to the fourth round. The match winner happened in the 40th minute. The Saints Nathaniel Clyne nailed for the 2-1 win over my Gunners.

The Guardian’s Amy Lawrence wrote- “Arsène Wenger called Southampton miracle workers and they enhanced their reputation not only with a result to celebrate but also with the sheer standard of the performance. Having recalibrated their team over the summer, they played with a slickness and cohesion that was mightily impressive.

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This was quite a statement of intent from Ronald Koeman, attacking the Capital One Cup with absolute commitment. It was a bone of contention last season that Mauricio Pochettino rested so many in the FA Cup and Southampton felt they more or less threw themselves out of a competition they could have fared well in.

The crest of the Southampton wave shows no sign of descent. Even going behind to Arsenal at the Emirates, as Alexis Sánchez opened the scoring with a beautifully crafted free-kick, did not interrupt their momentum for long. Their boldness allied to a committed sense of teamwork made it difficult to believe there are so many new cogs in their collective.

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“I’m proud of the team,” Koeman said. “We had a lot of changes in the team and the board did a lot to bring in good players to continue what the team did last season. We have showed our ambition but I realise football can change fast and we have to keep our feet on the ground.”

Koeman is saying, and more importantly doing, all the right things. Another string to Southampton’s bow was evident as Sadio Mané made an eventful debut. Linking up with the powerful Graziano Pellè and the polished Dusan Tadic, there is great variety in a new-look attack. Mané is so fast sometimes it looks as if his feet cannot catch up and he made a quick impact to help Southampton back into the game.

He showed trickery to bolt towards the penalty box. Tomas Rosicky’s challenge made contact, even if the Senegalese attacker was eager to tumble, and the referee, Keith Stroud, awarded a spot-kick. Tadic stroked his penalty down the middle of David Ospina’s goal.

Southampton are made of spirited stuff and took the lead when Nathaniel Clyne latched on to a clearance then took the breath away with a belting strike from distance. Arsenal could feel disappointed on two fronts – no one was anywhere near Clyne to attempt to close him down, and Ospina, making his debut, will not look back on the match with great affection. The ball swerved and left him bewildered.

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It was a challenging night for Arsenal’s back four, who had three players with little more than a handful of first-team appearances. It was also a tall order for Abou Diaby in a new anchoring role in midfield. It was hardly surprising he trotted slowly, struggling with the invigorating pace of the game, given that his relentless injuries made it a first start for 18 months.

But it was further forward that Arsenal had fewer excuses. While Sánchez worked tirelessly as usual, the support did not come so easily. Joel Campbell flitted in and out of the evening. Lukas Podolski, who had one shot repelled by the excellent Fraser Forster, toiled to little effect on the left. They, together with Rosicky, form the group who feel they ought to be getting more playing time but the opportunity to impress passed them by as Arsenal felt the force of Southampton’s endeavour and solidity.

The strength in the Saints’ midfield gave Koeman’s team great balance, allowing them to tuck back and help at the back, or spring forward to launch attacks. Koeman is looking forward to even more improvement as Saints get to know each other more. “It’s the beginning. This team can do much better,” he said. The chances were there to make the scoreline more emphatic. At the other end Forster saved brilliantly from Sánchez.

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“We have to be realistic,” said Wenger of the rotation needed in his squad before a big week that includes a Champions League tie with Galatasaray sandwiched between two spicy derbies against Tottenham and Chelsea.

Southampton could simply beam and march merrily on.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/23/arsenal-southampton-capital-one-cup-match-report

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Man U is hurting big time. The once mighty Red Devils are struggling big time. The guys blew a two goal lead in the final twenty one minutes against Leicester City to wind up on the short end of a 5-3 loss. This was Man U’s first loss t the Foxes house since 1985.

The British press is having a cow over how the Red Devils stink. Louis Van Gall warned everyone that the cupboard was bare. It would take some time for the Red Devils to get back to championship form. It will get worse before it gets better.

Here are some samples of what the press is writing. The Telegraph- Manchester United are off to their worst start in the history of the Premier League. That’s official. Never before since the top flight broke away have they taken so few points from their opening five matches, and not since the first Premier League season in 1992-93 have they been so low in the table.

It had seemed like the club had turned the corner when they splashed out around £165m in the transfer window, beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0 and then took 2-0 and 3-1 leads at Leicester City.

But a combination of abysmal defending, refereeing misjudgment and superb play from the Foxes’ Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa meant United ended up losing 5-3 and are back to square one in Louis van Gaal’s rebuilding project.

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United fans thought they had seen it all last year with the turmoil of the David Moyes reign. His tenure broke numerous unwanted records and ended numerous proud streaks. But now the club is at it again.

Here are some of the unwanted stats Van Gaal will not want flagging up: 22 Years since United were so low in the table after five games as their 12th place now.

30 Years since United lost in any competition having led by two goals, a 3-2 league defeat away at Nottingham Forest in December 1984.

10 Successive wins for United against Leicester, before Sunday.

36 Years since United were last beaten 5-3, by West Bromwich Albion in December 1978.

4 The first time United have let in four or more goals to a promote side in the Premier League.

4 On only four previous occasions out of 853 games had United lost a game and conceded five or more goals in the process.

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12 United have conceded 12 goals in six games under Van Gaal. It took 11 games for Moyes’s team to concede 12.

40m The approximate amount in pounds more that United spent in the summer transfer window than any other Premier League club.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/11112861/Manchester-United-humiliation-Nine-stats-to-concern-Louis-van-Gaal.html

The Daily Mail is shouting from the roof tops that Man U must spend boo coo bucks to get back to the top. Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes the club need another £100million-plus splurge before they can again challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

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Last season’s seventh-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League led new manager Louis van Gaal to splash out more than £150million on Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and loan signing Radamel Falcao.

United failed to sign an out-and-out centre half, however, and have struggled at the back this season as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans battle for form and fitness and youngster Tyler Blackett seeks to establish himself.

And Neville believes that is the biggest issue still to be addressed.

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‘I know United have spent £150m,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe £100m – before they can even think about winning the title.

‘There are still key positions in the team that need filling. I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area. Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too.

‘There were no world-class centre backs out there (this summer). I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.’

However, he backed England defenders Jones and Smalling to eventually prove their worth to the club.

‘I am certain Chris Smalling will come good and I have full faith in Phil Jones as well,’ he said. ‘They’ve bought of a lot of foreign players, you don’t get rid of your English spine.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2766190/United-need-spend-100million-considered-title-contenders-says-Phil-Neville.html#ixzz3EA4Mljr1

So we will find out if Van Gaal and his system will work? Van Gaal’s track record proves that it does. It just takes time.

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What on God’s green earth is going on at Man U. The Red Devils blew a 3-1 led to Leicester City. The Foxes came storming back to score four goal now get this in the final twenty one minutes to beat Man U at Leicester City’s house for the first time since 1985 5-3.

This is unreal. the “D” at Man U sucks. This is totally unreal baby. Mark this down my friend Man U will get worse before it gets better but in the end Louis Van Gaal will resurrect the Red Devils to the top. You can make book on this.

Stuart James The Guardian wrote “Football, bloody hell. It was difficult to think of anything other than the famous Sir Alex Ferguson quote to sum up an extraordinary match that delivered a famous Leicester City victory and ended with Manchester United making history for all the wrong reasons. This was the first time in 853 Premier League matches United have surrendered a two-goal lead and lost. Just let that statistic soak in for a minute.

Once upon a time United were famed for their own acts of escapology but nothing is quite how it used to be. There was something surreal about seeing United, from a position of total control when Ander Herrera made it 3-1 just before the hour mark, totally lose their way. United conceded four times in 21 chaotic second-half minutes on a day when a former non-league striker ran their defence ragged.

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Jamie Vardy, who was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels four years ago, in the eighth tier of English football, had the game of his life. The Leicester forward set up the first, won two penalties and scored the fourth. He even had a hand in Leicester’s other goal, when Dean Hammond’s shot struck him and bounced kindly for Esteban Cambiasso, on his first Premier League start, to make it 3-3. The Argentinian celebrated the goal as if it meant as much to him as any he scored for Internazionale.

In the eyes of the United players, Leicester’s first penalty, which was converted by David Nugent, was the turning point and should never have come about. Wayne Rooney was still protesting after the final whistle, the England captain furious Mark Clattenburg had penalised Rafael da Silva for a foul on Vardy, when the Leicester forward had barged into the United full-back seconds earlier.

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Louis van Gaal refused to point the finger at Clattenburg and instead blamed his players. Even if the penalty was soft, the United manager felt Da Silva was inviting trouble when he challenged Vardy in the area. Van Gaal also made the point that, with United still 3-2 ahead, his players had no reason to hit the panic button and should have been able to dominate possession and see out the game. That they were unable to do so against a promoted club rubbed salt into the wound.

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It was, all in all, a chastening experience for United. By the time Leonardo Ulloa had made it 5-3 from the penalty spot, after Tyler Blackett was sent off for a professional foul on Vardy, the Leicester supporters were singing “we want six” and cheering every pass.

At that point Radamel Falcao and Ángel di María, who had executed a glorious chip to put United 2-0 ahead early on, were watching from the bench, after being withdrawn with the score at 3-3. As impressive as Falcao and Di María were at times as part of United’s galactico forward line, it still feels like a huge oversight that no one at Old Trafford thought to make strengthening central defence a priority when £150m was splurged in the summer.

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Enough of United’s shortcomings. Leicester deserve huge praise for having the fortitude to twice come back from two goals down. Nigel Pearson was bold enough to go man-for-man with United, with the Leicester manager opting for a midfield diamond in which the experienced Cambiasso sat at the base and showed some lovely touches. Further forward Vardy’s aggressive running caused United no end of problems, especially on the flanks, where neither Da Silva nor Marcos Rojo looked comfortable.

Not that anyone could have predicted what would happen when United raced into a two-goal lead inside 16 minutes. Falcao, making his first start for United, created the first, expertly rolling Ritchie de Laet before delivering a perfect cross for Robin van Persie to head home, via a deflection off Liam Moore, at the far post. Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Di María exchanged passes with Rooney before delightfully lifting the ball over the stranded Kasper Schmeichel. Think Karel Poborsky at Euro 96.

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Leicester looked like they would be blown away by United’s firepower but, to their credit, they got back in the game straight from the kick-off. With Rojo caught on his heels, Vardy nipped in front of the left-back and got to the byline – the ball looked perilously close to being out – before digging out a superb cross for Ulloa to emphatically head home. Jonny Evans was caught in no man’s land, marking space, and limped off soon afterwards.

Falcao hit the bar early in the second half before Herrera, showing a nice piece of improvisation, flicked Di Maria’s poorly hit shot past the wrong-footed Schmeichel. That should have been that but Nugent’s contentious penalty, followed by Cambiasso’s low left-footed shot, brought Leicester level within seven minutes.

Leicester’s fourth arrived after Juan Mata, on for Di María, had his pocket picked inside his own half. De Laet fed Vardy, who had ocean’s of space to run into before calmly beating David de Gea. Ulloa’s penalty – his fifth goal in as many games – put a remarkable match beyond doubt.

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“When you’re 3-1 down against Manchester United, to win the game – regardless of how people want to view where they’re at at the moment – I think it’s a decent result,” Pearson said. “It says a lot about [the character]. And I think we’ve got a bit more quality than people are maybe aware of.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/21/leicester-city-manchester-united-premier-league-match-report

This is Leicester City’s  second win in the EPL. The Foxes are in seventh place eight points. Man U is stuck in neutral or better yet reverse 12th place five points. The Red Devils have one win, two ties, and two losses for their worst start in their history in the EPL.

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Flamengo and hated rival Fluminense tied one all on Sunday night. Boo Mengao is safe for now with 30 points and in eleventh place so far. We are still in danger of the voce vai zone. Coritiba is parked in the final you’re outta here spot 17th place 23 points.

UOL-No momento de maior sufoco no Campeonato Brasileiro, quando agonizava na zona de rebaixamento, a diretoria do Flamengo estipulou uma premiação por metas. Ela foi dividida em blocos de quatros jogos, onde se deveria ao menos obter 50% destes pontos disputados. Nos dois primeiros quartetos, a equipe alcançou o objetivo. Porém, com o empate em 1 a 1 com o Fluminense neste domingo, pela primeira vez o aproveitamento ficou abaixo do estipulado.

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Mesmo tendo bons desempenhos diante do Palmeiras fora de casa e agora contra o Tricolor, onde foi superior, o técnico Vanderlei Luxemburgo não ficou sensibilizado a ponto de tentar abrir uma brecha no acordo.

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“O que está combinado não é caro. Não posso reivindicar o que eles não conquistaram. O que tem direito, tem direito, mas eles ficaram devendo uma pontuação. Neste segundo turno, é normal que se caia um pouquinho o percentual, não só o Flamengo”, avaliou.

O Rubro-Negro ficou a dois pontos da meta no atual bloco, que se iniciou com a derrota para o Goiás, seguiu com a vitória sobre o Corinthians e acumulou com os empates diante do Palmeiras e do Fluminense.

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Anteriormente, nas duas primeiras divisões, o Flamengo havia obtido nove pontos em cada, somando um aproveitamento de 75%.

Tal premiação, porém, atrasou e causou incômodo internamente, fazendo com que o técnico Vanderlei Luxemburgo reivindicasse junto a diretoria.

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/campeonatos/brasileiro/serie-a/ultimas-noticias/2014/09/22/fla-nao-bate-meta-para-premiacao-e-nem-bom-desempenho-sensibiliza-luxa.htm

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Aston Villa had most of the possession in the first half. It took only four minutes for my guys from Arsenal to score three goals to salt this puppy away 3-0 over Villa at Villa Park. Buda bing buda boom it was over just like that. Mesut Ozil  started off the run of goals in the 32nd minute. Danny Welbeck scored his first goal for my Gunners and his first EPL goal since March of this year in the 34th minute. An own goal by Aston Villa’s Aly Cissokho 36th minute sent Villa crashing and burning at their house.

Our unbeaten string is now at ten matches. This was a much needed win for the guys. Ozil played better in this match. Yes, Arsene Mesut Ozil has been playing like crap for a long while. Wake up dude and smell the coffee.

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The second half was a bore. Villa sleep walked through the second half. We had eighty percent of the second half possession. My Gunners needed only four minutes to win this sucker. Villa had most of the opportunities and possession in the first thirty minutes. Then just like that Mesut Ozil punched the rock home. We seized control on the match and now we are in fourth place for now with nine points.

Villa dropped to third place ten points. Southampton jumped into second place after the Saints 1-0 win over ten man Swansea City.  Both City and Spurs play later today and this could change at today’s end.

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Welbeck’s first goal for the guys showed some promise of what he can do but the jury is still out. Welbeck wastes too many scoring chances and we will see how this all plays out as the season progresses.

Paul Wilson The Guardian nailed it- “Aston Villa went into this game believing they could go top of the league with a victory. They came out of it chastened, their presumption mercilessly exposed, grateful only that they had not been asked to play against Borussia Dortmund.

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So comprehensively outplayed in midweek, a transformed Arsenal indulged in a little bullying of their own to put Villa’s best Premier League start for 16 years into perspective. The record books will show that three first-half goals in the space of just over three minutes put the game beyond the home side’s reach, and that would have been remarkable enough after an evenly matched first half-hour that produced little goalmouth incident.

In fact Arsenal’s ambush was even more stealthily surprising than that. Two goals in two minutes ended the contest with an hour still to play, stunning the home crowd into silence as much through the identity of the scorers as the precision of their finishing. Mesut Özil practically invites criticism, and has been getting it in spades since the Dortmund defeat, through not even appearing interested in his team’s fortunes or his personal contribution.

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Gunners fans have been imploring Arsène Wenger to drop him, and the manager must have been tempted, yet not only did he leave him in the team and give Alexis Sánchez a rest he played him in his favoured No10 position and was handsomely rewarded. First by Özil’s cool finish for his first Arsenal goal of the season, gliding on to Danny Welbeck’s through ball and calmly slotting past Brad Guzan, then by his next involvement in the game when he turned up on the left to create the second goal.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/20/aston-villa-arsenal-premier-league-match-report

Look we played great for four minutes.  I would like to see what will happen if we can string together a full ninety minutes of great futebol. We haven’t been able to do this for a long time. We blew the lead against City last week.  This has been our habit for well over six years. This has to change if we want to win a title and stop the string of four straight fourth place finishes.

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We beat a club that will not finish in the top five. Villa is mid table side at best. Until we beat the top guys we will be hanging on the outside looking in.

John Percy The Telegraph ” Mesut Özil delivered a swift response to his critics with a performance worth every penny of the £42 million fee as Arsenal recovered from their dismal experience in Germany.

Özil produced a goal and an assist after being restored to his preferred No 10 role in a remarkable three-minute burst that condemned Aston Villa to their first Premier League defeat of the season, in front of chairman Randy Lerner.

The record signing was criticised for another peripheral display in midweek, in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but scored the opener and then provided an exquisite cross to set up Danny Welbeck’s first goal for Arsenal.

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Aly Cissokho’s unfortunate own goal completed a comfortable afternoon for Arsene Wenger and a miserable return for Lerner, who was making his first appearance for a game at Villa Park since December 2012.

The last time Lerner was at Villa’s home it ended in a 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic and this game was over after 36 minutes. Lambert’s preparations had been disrupted by a virus which left him without three senior players, while others were also suffering, but it was the outbreak of goals that was their undoing.”

We’ll take the win. Now we have to beat the likes of Chelsea and Man City if we want to win the title.

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Flamengo gave up two late goals to Alviverde for a two all draw.  Boo Mengao fell apart in the second half and thus we had a chance to jump into the top ten instead the bums are buried in tenth place 29 points.  Only seven points separate Boo Mengao and the voce vai zone. Botafogo is in seventeenth place 22 points.

We are sill in danger of getting the heave-hoe if we are not careful.

O Dia-  O Flamengo fez um primeiro tempo praticamente impecável, mas pôs tudo a perder na etapa final. O Rubro-Negro foi para o intervalo vencendo por 2 a 0, mas cedeu o empate ao Palmeiras, nesta quarta-feira, no Pacaembu. Um 2 a 2 com sabor amargo. A recuperação do Fla no Brasileiro foi com um defesa sólida, mas o setor deixou a desejar.

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O resultado mantém o Flamengo sob o medo da “confusão”, termo usado por Vanderlei Luxemburgo em referência à zona da degola. O clube carioca perdeu a chance de abrir vantagem sobre os clubes que estão na zona do rebaixamento. O Fla continua com sete pontos de frente, na 10ª colocação, com 29 pontos. Na próxima rodada, o Rubro-Negro tem o clássico com o Fluminense, domingo, às 16h, no Maracanã.

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A reação do Palmeiras não impediu que o time entrasse na zona do rebaixamento. O clube sofre no ano do centenário. Agora está com 22 pontos, na 18ª colocação.

O Flamengo desde cedo mostrou que apostaria no contra-ataque e na velocidade. E não demorou a abrir o placar, aos 12 minutos. Em jogada pela esquerda, João Paulo cruzou para área, a zaga do Palmeiras se enrolou, Canteros roubou a bola e fuzilou: 1 a 0. Foi o primeiro gol do volante com a camisa do Fla. O Rubro-Negro dominava o duelo e saía no contragolpe.

O segundo gol saiu pela direita. Léo Moura lançou Eduardo da Silva. Ele dividiu com Deola, a bola resvalou na mão do atacante, que ficou com o rebote e cruzou para Alecsandro ampliar. O Palmeiras não conseguia criar e reclamou de um pênalti de João Paulo em Henrique. O lateral, em jogada pelo alto, subiu no corpo do atacante. O árbitro mandou o lance seguir.

“Para ser sincero, pegou de raspão. Mas intenção não foi, faz parte do futebol. Importante que essa vitória está sendo merecida. Estamos fazendo tudo o que o professor pediu e vamos continuar nisso”, disse Eduardo da Silva na saída para o intervalo.

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O Flamengo, porém, não fez nada do que repetiu no primeiro tempo. Palmeiras voltou com duas mudanças. Valdivia e Allione entraram. Dorival Júnior tirou Mouche e Henrique. Luxemburgo também fez uma alteração. Amaral na vaga de Cáceres. Em um lance fortuito e na falha do Fla, o Verdão diminuiu. Lúcio deu um bico da zaga, Léo Moura falhou e viu Diogo ficar com a bola. O atacante chutou e Paulo Victor, que se atrapalhou no lance, aceitou. Foi o primeiro gol do atacante. Ele não marcava havia um ano.

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O Flamengo se apavarou em campo e viu o Palmeiras dominar o duelo. Luxa mudou de novo. Luiz Antonio na vaga de Eduardo da Silva. O Verdão chegou ao empate. Em jogada pela esquerda, Valdivia achou Victor Luis. Ele invadiu a área e empatou. O técnico rubro-negro fez a terceira substituição: Elton no lugar de Márcio Araújo.

O jogo ganhou em emoção. Valdivia deixou o Palmeiras com um jogador a menos. Ele pisou em Amaral. O Fla reagiu. Canteros se virou na ponta e rolou para Elton. O atacante chutou sem força e viu Lúcio salvar em cima da linha. Depois, Alecsandro acertou a trave em chute de fora da área. Everton marcou no rebote, mas estava impedido. O lance foi corretamente anulado. o Rubro-Negro ensaiou uma pressão, mas amargou mesmo um empate.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-18/flamengo-abre-2-a-0-mas-tem-apagao-no-segundo-tempo-e-amarga-o-empate.html

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Chelsea couldn’t repeat what they did last year against German club Schalke. The Blues beat the German club twice last year by he score of three nil. This is a different story Schalke and Chelsea tie one all at the Blues house Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho is not a happy camper. The Germans celebrated like they won the Champions League. So far a tenuous start for Chelsea in Group G.

The German club is off to their worst start in the Bundesliga  in forty years.

Cesc Fabregas started Chelsea off on the right for with a strike in eleventh minute.

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It took Schalke well into the second half to get the equalizer.Klaas Jan Huntelaar nailed it in the  62nd minute to earn the German side the one all draw at Stamford Bridge.

Matt Law The Telegraph” Didier Drogba’s Champions League return for Chelsea ended in frustration as he failed to score a fairy-tale goal and Jose Mourinho’s team stuttered to an uninspiring draw.

Referee Ivan Bebek played a big role in both goals, as he ignored claims for fouls in the build-ups to the Chelsea opener from Cesc Fàbregas and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s second-half equaliser.

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Mourinho paid the price for trying to rest top goalscorer Diego Costa and could have been punished further as Schalke, driven on by one-time Arsenal target Julian Draxler, had chances to win the game.

Drogba was handed his first start since returning to Chelsea in the competition in which his last touch was to win the trophy.

It took the 36-year-old, who scored the winning penalty for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, nine minutes to make his first significant contribution against Schalke, as he found Ramires with a cross from the left but the Brazilian produced a weak shot.

Other than picking Drogba, Mourinho handed a first start to summer signing Filipe Luis at left-back and kept faith with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, rather than giving Petr Cech a game.

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Schalke would have been hoping for a lucky break on Wednesday night, but were on the wrong end of a terrible refereeing decision that saw the visitors fall behind after just 11 minutes.

Fàbregas produced a late challenge on Max Meyer that left the Schalke midfielder rolling in agony on the floor. But Bebek allowed play to continue, Eden Hazard picked up the loose ball and set up Fàbregas to score his first Chelsea goal.

Schalke were understandably furious and Huntelaar was booked for leading their protests. It should really have been Fàbregas who was yellow carded for his challenge on Meyer.

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Hazard was causing panic in the Schalke defence every time he got the ball. In fact, Drogba did a better job of tackling the Belgian than any of the Schalke players when the Ivorian got in his way during a jinking run into the penalty area.

Drogba had struggled to find the pace of the game and make the kind of impact Chelsea fans used to rely on, but he was presented with an opportunity just after the half-hour mark.

Luis drifted a high ball into the Schalke box that picked out Drogba around the penalty spot, but the forward’s powerful header was directed straight at goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann.

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Fàbregas should have doubled his and Chelsea’s tally before the break, but shot wastefully over the crossbar after being perfectly teed up by Branislav Ivanovic.

Mourinho turned away with his hand on his head as the ball flew into the stands and his dismay almost turned to anger, when Courtois was forced to make a wonderful diving save to keep out a Kevin-Prince Boateng shot.

Schalke went even closer with almost the last kick of the first half, as Draxler dribbled past Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill to the edge of the Chelsea six-yard box but placed his shot wide of the post.

Despite the fact that Drogba been struggling to find the old spark, Mourinho kept him on for the start of the second period and resisted the temptation to send on Costa or Loïc Rémy.

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Willian did his best to help write a fairy-tale story for Drogba by sending in a delicious low cross from the right, but, rather than tapping the ball into the net, the Chelsea veteran missed his attempted kick.

Chelsea were still allowing Schalke’s forward players too much room to create chances and take shots, and Boateng stung the hands of Courtois with a long-range effort.

There was a touch of the old Drogba in the way he took a superb pass from Fàbregas into his stride and created an angle from which to score, but his shot bounced agonisingly wide of the post and Chelsea were punished a couple of minutes later.

Schalke will claim justice was done for the goal they conceded, as Huntelaar appeared to foul Fàbregas in the middle of the pitch, but Bebek did not stop play.

Draxler picked the ball up and ran at the Chelsea defence, before feeding Huntelaar and the Dutchman produced a great finish to beat Courtois and equalise.

Mourinho quickly made a change, replacing the out-of-sorts Ramires with Oscar, but there was another scare for Chelsea as Draxler turned Matic and forced Courtois to make a save.

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Such was Mourinho’s concern that he sent on both Costa and Rémy in place of Drogba and Willian with just over 15 minutes remaining. The move almost paid immediate dividends as Rémy saw a shot headed off the line by Roman Neustädter.”

Hazard went close to winning for Chelsea on two occasions in the final stages, shooting over the bar and forcing Fährmann into a good save.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/11103160/Chelsea-1-Schalke-1-match-report.html

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Once again we can’t beat the top clubs no matter where they are from the EPL or main land in Europe. Borussia Dortmund took apart my guys 2-0 in Group D.  Goals by Ciro Immobile 45th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 48th minute sealed our fate of doom. It could have been worse except for Wojciech Szczesny  show stopping saves and the stupid finishing of the German side.

Talk about stupid finishing and bad touch Danny Welbeck is great example of this. Welbeck wasted a perfect one on one shot with the keeper Roman Weidenfeller . Can you say choke collar.   Now you know why Louis Van Gaal got rid of this clown.  Welbeck received a perfect pass from mate Aaron Ramsey. Ker plunk wide right. This sounds like Florida State’s field goal woes in the 1990’s. Wide right baby.

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Welbeck is a huge red flag warning. Van Gaal wanted to get rid this moron so bad he gave us a bargain basement deal 16 million pounds. This couldn’t hit a broad side of a barn with a machine gun.

Henry Winter The Telegraph nailed it. ” Too naïve, too slow. Arsenal were fortunate they let in only two goals to a sharper, smarter Dortmund side. It was difficult to know what was worse, Arsenal’s defending or the officials’ horrendous new kit.

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Arsenal could point to their injury list but Dortmund were missing the flying Marco Reus, who would have loved all the space offered up by the visitors. There is particularly a paucity of pace in central midfield. Mikel Arteta’s slowness of movement was exposed by Dortmund, Jack Wilshere is hardly the quickest, and Arsenal looked better only when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived.

It all made for dispiriting viewing for the 3,000 Arsenal supporters. Mesut Ozil can best be described as anonymous, Danny Welbeck’s radar still needs work, Arsenal’s full-backs were caught forward too frequently and really only their overworked keeper, Wojciech Szczesny, emerged with any credit.

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This was not the start Arsenal wanted in Group D, and they need to get back on track quickly, particularly by playing with more speed, organization and concentration. The absence of a true, high-class holding midfielder was again clear. This felt like men against boys at times such was the superiority of the Germans.

It had been a minor miracle that Arsenal trailed only by a single goal at the interval, albeit a breakaway goal of wonderful quality from Immobile. One shuddered to think what damage would have been inflicted on Arsenal’s defence had Robert Lewandowski still been here. Dortmund managed 15 efforts on goal in the first half, but only four of them on target. By contrast, Arsenal managed only a solitary strike.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/champions-league/11100675/Borussia-Dortmund-2-Arsenal-0-Champions-League-Arsene-Wengers-sorry-side-dominated-by-Germans.html

Too slow is right. Speed is not taught. It is a given. Team speed is a must if we want to compete with the best of Europe and the EPL. This is the prime cause as to why we are stuck in fourth place.

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Winter summed up the nigh this way-  “Arsenal were fortunate their hapless defending was not punished further. Collecting a quick, long throw from Roman Weidenfeller, Aubameyang ran 50 yards, and swept a shot against the bar. Welbeck sought to find their mark, controlling the ball well, but his finish was again poor.”

This bull crap has to change. The blame rests squarely on management for not bringing in players who can score, defend and who are fast. If this doesn’t change fourth place is nao serve para nada. Bupkis in Yiddish.

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Daniel Taylor The Guardian shared this insight into what is wrong with Arsenal. “It was a night of awkward truths for Arsenal and by the time it was all done it seemed like the irrefutable evidence of how far they have to go before they can be regarded as a team who are capable of making a serious impression on this tournament. It is some considerable distance judging by this defeat, when Arsène Wenger’s players were made to look so prosaic and should probably just be relieved that Borussia Dortmund could not turn their superiority into more goals.

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If Jürgen Klopp’s team had been in a more ruthless mood, it is no exaggeration to say that Arsenal might well have been ruminating on one of their heaviest defeats in this competition. Between them Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had enough chances to make it an even more harrowing ordeal. Yet Wenger will have suffered anyway, such was the disparity between the two sides. The gulf seemed to grow even wider once Ciro Immobile had scored just before the interval and it really told only half the story that Dortmund restricted themselves to only one more goal, courtesy of Aubameyang, in the second half.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/16/borussia-dortmund-arsenal-champions-league

We are in the shits. It is time for a change.

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Leeds was on the ropes until Alex Mowatt’s scored the equalizer in the 76th minute to earn the one all draw against Birmingham.  The Guardian “Neil Redfearn’s prospects of becoming the new full-time manager at Elland Road remain in the balance. Leeds were heading to a narrow defeat following a 37th-minute strike from Birmingham’s Wes Thomas but a late surge earned Leeds a valuable away point following teenager Alex Mowatt’s equaliser on 76 minutes.

Redfearn, who expects to still be in charge for Tuesday’s trip to Bournemouth, said of Massimo Cellino: “The owner knows I am capable and our respect is mutual. He will make his decision when he needs to make a decision. Hopefully, if I can keep nicking points it will put the club in a better position.”

The caretaker head coach was pleased with his side’s battling performance after the interval. “When I made the changes in the second half I thought we needed a little bit of power and pace,” he said. “We played some good football, although we lacked a little finish. The really pleasing thing was that we were brave enough to get on the ball for the 90 minutes.

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“There were a lot of pleasing performances and there is no doubt that the side is going to get better the longer they play together. It was a stirring second half. We never looked like scoring in the first half and our play which turned on fans in the Bolton game was missing. The tempo and pressure didn’t come until the second half.

“The changes helped in the second half and it gave us a different dimension and if we had taken the lead Birmingham could not have had any complaints. It is a long process but there are a lot of encouraging signs and to be honest there was only one side tried to play football.

“Birmingham are a dangerous side and very direct. But overall we deserved something from the game. Mowatt’s goal displayed a great finish. I thought he really came into the game in the second half and showed great awareness.”

Birmingham were well in control of the game in the first half with new on-loan signing Brek Shea from Stoke City making an impressive first appearance.

The American international created the opening goal from Thomas, who earlier in the morning had taken his wife to hospital after she had gone into labour.

Birmingham’s manager, Lee Clark, admitted he was frustrated by the failure of his side to win and expressed his disappointment that his young player Demarai Gray had collected a yellow card and been denied a penalty late in the second half following an incident involving Giuseppe Bellusci.

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Even Redfearn later admitted that he thought it was a penalty but added that his side should have been leading 3-1 at the time. Clark said: “It has been unfortunate because we should have won all three home games.

“We certainly deserved to be one up at half-time. Leeds came more into the game as an attacking force in the second half. But the controversial incident near the end was frustrating – I know Phil Caddis would have scored as he’s ruthless from the spot. I’ve seen it again. It was a penalty. The defender didn’t touch the ball. The only way Gray could not connect with the player is if he was to jump 10 feet.”

Clark added: “Do we encourage young players to take on players or pass the ball.

I know the lad well. He gets from pillar to post by the senior players when he is running at them because he is unstoppable. He doesn’t go to ground easily. He is a tough little cookie. He was outstanding when he came on but it frustrates me he got a yellow card because it could take away his natural game of taking on people.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/13/birmingham-city-leeds-united-championship-match-report

 

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Flamengo stopped the bleeding. Mengao had a two match losing streak and we were in danger of the voce vai zone. Wallace scored the match winner in 64th minute. O Dia described the goal as irregular but it was good enough to push Rubro-Negro into tenth place 28 points.

O Dia-“No dia em que reencontrou Mano Menezes e Elias, o Flamengo contou justamente com um ex-Corinthians para vencer o rival, neste domingo, no Maracanã, por 1 a 0. O zagueiro Wallace foi o herói. Em jogada irregular, ele fez o gol da vitória. Eduardo da Silva, impedido, participou do lance do gol. O atacante perdeu pênalti no segundo tempo. O Rubro-Negro volta a ganhar após duas derrotas seguidas e se afasta da “confusão”.

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Com a vitória, o Flamengo pulou para 28 pontos e abriu, no momento, oito pontos para a zona de rebaixamento. A vantagem pode diminuir no complemento da rodada. O Corinthians tem 36 pontos. Na próxima rodada, nesta quarta-feira, o Flamengo encara o Palmeiras, às 22h, no Pacaembu. O Corinthians entra em campo na quinta-feira, às 19h30, e recebe a Chapecoense na Arena Corinthians.

O Flamengo entrou em campo com uma novidade: Chicão na vaga de Marcelo. Curiosamente, uma zaga, com Wallace, ex-Corinthians. O Rubro-Negro foi superior, mas novamente teve dificuldades ofensivas. Ainda perdeu um pênalti e alguns contra-ataques. Porém, voltou a vencer e terá mais tranquilidade.

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O Flamengo tinha mais posse de bola e tentava pressionar o Corinthians. A alternativa rubro-negra para ameaçar o Corithians foi as jogadas pela ponta esquerda. Na primeira, Alecsandro, impedido, serviu Márcio Araújo. O volante chutou com perigo, à esquerda de Cássio. Depois foi a vez de o Fla usar a velocidade de Everton, novamente pela esquerda. Em duas oportunidades, o meia apareceu e finalizou, mas sem direção e sem força. Depois, Eduardo da Silva, em cabeçada, obrigou Cássio a defender.

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O Corinthians buscava o contra-ataque, mas errava no último passe. O jeito foi arriscar de fora da área. Ex-Flamengo, Elias isolou a primeira tentativa. Depois, Paulo Victor defendeu sem problemas o chute do ex-companheiro. O Fla foi superior na etapa inicial, mas criou pouco e não caprichou nas finalizações.

O segundo tempo começou com panorama semelhante ao primeiro. O Flamengo tinha mais posse de bola, mas encontrava dificuldade para criar. O Rubro-Negro chegou a balançar a rede, mas o gol foi corretamente anulado. Everton, impedido, cabeceou. No rebote, Eduardo da Silva marcou, mas o lance estava invalidado. O Corithians finalmente teve uma oportunidade. Guerrero lançou Luciano, cara a cara com Paulo Victor, mas a finalização foi para fora.

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A resposta do Flamengo foi um chute de fora da área de Márcio Araújo. Cássio voou para espalmar para escanteio. Na sequência, Léo Moura cruzou, Eduardo da Silva, impedido, dominou, e Wallace fuzilou: 1 a 0. Everton teve a chance de ampliar. Ele passou por três e ficou cara a cara com Cássio, mas o goleiro corintiano tirou o ângulo. Everton cruzou, mas, na continuação da jogada, a zaga desviou o chute de Léo Moura.

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Depois, Elton, que entrou no lugar de Alecsandro, recebeu passe de Eduardo da Silva e obrigou Cássio a defender. A melhor chance para ampliar foi com Eduardo da Silva. O árbitro Sandro Meira Ricci viu pênalti em toque no braço de Fagner. O lateral estava com o braço colado ao corpo. Eduardo da Silva pegou a bola, mas Cássio defendeu. Poucos minutos após, Eduardo da Silva saiu livre, mas adiantou a bola e viu Cássio abafar.

O Corinthians tentou partir para o abafa, mas dava contra-ataques para o Flamengo. O time, porém, não ampliou. Pelo menos, conseguiu se segurar e voltou a vencer no Brasileiro.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-14/com-um-gol-irregular-flamengo-bate-o-corinthians-e-volta-a-vencer.html

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Man U finally got off the schnid with a huge 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Can you say-this was about time for Louis Van Gaal and the Red Devils. All three Red Devils newcomers and the old man of the lot the Rooney man led the way to rout QPR. Angel Di Maria  started off the hit parade in the 24th minute. Buda bing buda boom his curling free kick was squeezed inside the left post. Twelve minutes later Ander Herrera 36th minute parked it into the back of the net for the two nil lead.  Eight minutes later the Rooney man found the mark in the 44th minute for a three nil lead. Juan Mata completed the goal parade for Man U in the 58th minute for the final tally of 4-0.

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Van Gaal started newcomers Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao and this paid huge dividends. The Red Devils ceased control of the match from the outset. Two goal in the first thirty minutes showed that Van Gaal’s system is beginning to work. He did change to the 4-4-2. Man U was more clinical. This diamond approach result in three first half goals.

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The change in formation allowed Man U to have crisper passes and this put a ton of pressure on former Man U defender Rio Ferdinand.

With win Man U is in ninth place five points. Queens Park Rangers is parked in 16th place three points. The top three have not changed Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Swansea City. The bottom three are stuck in reverse. Newcastle is whale dung two points. Nineteenth place is West Brom two points and one step outta the voce vai zone seventeenth place Burnley two points.

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Daniel Taylor The Guardian nailed it- “It has taken longer than they would have liked but, finally, there is the sense that Manchester United have turned up. They have taken their time and the margin of victory has to be put into context when the opponents are so desperately anaemic but it is a start and even a man of Louis van Gaal’s cavernous self-belief will be relieved to have his first Premier League win.

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His team had played at times as though they had suddenly remembered what is expected of a United side once they pull on those red shirts. They were quick, incisive and demonstrated a speed of thought that was simply too much for a team with QPR’s limitations. Van Gaal described it as a “new start” and talked of his intention to return the league championship to Old Trafford. If that sounds farfetched for this season, this was at least a performance to encourage the belief that maybe the club are now back on an upward curve.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/14/manchester-united-qpr-premier-league-match-report

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Van Gaal did  shout to anyone that would listen that it would take time for Man U to get better. The Red Devils cupboard was bare. These fruits we are seeing was sown by dismantling the club.  Now Man U is sowing seeds of growth that will take some time. The harvest was shown with this win over QPR.

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Henry Winter The Telegraph shared this great insight in his opening three paragraphs about Man U and Queens Park Rangers. “This felt like Manchester United‘s season finally jump-starting, the Louis van Gaal era really being launched. This was more than a win for the Van Gaalacticos. This was a formidable statement of intent by United, a reminder of their newly-stocked resources, and reviving ambition.

In the 66th minute, and leading 4-0, United had a front pair of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, supported by Ángel Di María, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera. Quantity and quality.

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Far tougher challenges lie ahead; QPR were compliant guests at the Old Trafford party, inviting United through like absent-minded bouncers, but the message was clear: United had spent big and spent well. The man of the match was comfortably the £59.7m Di María, such an elegant, quick-moving destroyer of defences, scoring the first from a free-kick. Amongst the full house watching Di María was Kevin Pietersen, another expert in driving runs.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/11091908/Manchester-United-4-QPR-0-Radamel-Falcao-makes-debut-but-its-Angel-di-Maria-who-lights-up-Old-Trafford.html

A good win for Man U and now we will see how these seeds sown will be harvested.

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My guys from Arsenal fell behind one nil to Man Shitty when Sergio Aguero rocket found its mark in the 28th minute. It sure looked like a long assed day for Arsenal. Low and behold my Gunners came back to score two second half goals to take a 2-1 lead. only to give up the equalizer in the 83rd off a header by Martin Demichelis to earn the two all draw.

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It sure looked like we would win when Jack Wilshere fired the rock nothing but the bottom of the net in the 63rd minute for the one all tie. Eleven minutes later Alexis Sanchez “sublime volley” 74th minute for the 2-1 lead. The backline gave up the equalizer eleven minutes later and thus we were denied the “W”. Look folks we have a very serious problem  we don’t how to win. We get leads to the likes Shitty, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man U only find ways to snatch a draw or a loss out of the jaws of victory.

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In the dying embers of the match Man Shitty had three really good opportunities to steal the win. The woodwork came up big twice and an offside call to deny  Samir Nasri  a goal in the 90th minute plus four.

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If my Gunners are wanting to break into the upper ecalons of the EPL we must find ways to win matches like this if not then we will always be an also ran. Arsenal will be stuck settling for a fourth place finish like we have done for the past five seasons. We have seven wins and eighteen losses against the top four these last five seasons.  We still need another striker. We need to work on the back line. The “D” gave up the equalizer and this could bite us in the ass if we are not careful.

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This is not a total disaster. Loss would have been but a tie we can deal with. Yet the culture of losing must be changed. NOW!

Daniel Taylor The Guardian nailed it.  “By the end, Arsenal’s stadium had been engulfed in disappointment about the team’s lapses after those two goals from Jack Wilshere and, brilliantly, Alexis Sánchez had turned the game upside-down in the space of 11 second-half minutes. Yet they will also know it might have been worse on a day when both sides could reflect they might easily have won.

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Martin Demichelis’s header after 83 minutes spared Manchester City a second successive defeat but they still had time to hit the post twice during a wild and chaotic finale. Samir Nasri, facing his former club, was denied a stoppage-time winner because of an offside flag and City were also entitled to be aggrieved that the referee, Mark Clattenburg, did not award them a penalty in the final exchanges for Wilshere’s handball.

Arsenal limped towards the finish when, earlier in the game, they played as thought affronted by all those galling statistics about what happens when they come up against the teams they want to classify as bona fide rivals. Wenger and his players had been reminded all week about their sorry run of results against the leading opposition but there was absolutely no sense here of a side with an inferiority complex and they not only had to play with high skill but with considerable personality after all their early pressure was spoiled by a breakaway goal from Sergio Aguero.

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This, remember, is an Arsenal team that had taken only 26 points out of a possible 90 against the top teams over the last five years. For a good while, Arsenal found it difficult to get any momentum back. Vincent Kompany was a formidable opponent, as he always is in the big games, and David Silva’s nimble ability to create space in the gaps between midfield and attack frequently caused the home side issues. Yet, slowly but surely, Wenger’s team started to pin their opponents back again.

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Wilshere equalised in the 64th minute after running on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass, eluding Gael Clichy and clipping a lovely shot above Joe Hart in the City goal. Then there was the finest moment yet of Sánchez’s brief time at Arsenal, with a majestic volley to give Arsenal the lead. It was just a pity for Arsenal that everything started to unravel from that point and Wenger must have been startled by the carelessness of his team.

It resulted in Demichelis thudding a header past Wojciech Szczesny straight from a corner and enough moments for Manuel Pellegrini to feel his team could have added an even more dramatic twist. ” (The Guardian Daniel Taylor)

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The Daily Mail described the guys this way. “What are we to make of Arsenal? At times they appear a mere adornment in the Premier League, a beautiful decoration undoubtedly adding to overall aesthetic without ever reaching the top of the tree.”  This single sentence sums up what we have been for years, pretenders.  Changing this has to be the order of the day.

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We have some huge matchups later today. My guys from Arsenal battle Man Shitty at our house Emirates. My Gunners have only taken 26 points out of a possible 90 against the top clubs in the last five years. This is sucks big time. No wonder we are relegated to a fourth place finish year in and year out for the past five years or so. If this trend doesn’t change we could be in a world of hurt. One win and two draws sucks.  Danny Welbeck could be the key if we are to beat Shitty. The Daily Mail wrote on Welbeck’s ability, ” The striker looks revitalized by a change of surrounding and new challenge , ready to feed off the ammunition supplied to him by Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil.

In terms of craft and creativity, there are few midfielders in the top flight that can match the one Arsenal now boast-at least on paper.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2753241/Arsenal-collected-meagre-26-points-90-against-Premier-League-big-boys-five-years.html

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The problem is that matches are not played on paper but on the actual pitch. We suck. Look the guys have struggled against the likes of Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Everton and the likes and now we  are supposed to beat Man Shitty even when they have a bad day. What planet do you live on?  In the last thirty matches against the top four we have seven wins and eighteen “L”. This is worse than bad. Look at last season we had road losses to Shitty 6-3, Liverpool 5-1 and a  six zero bagel at the hands of Chelsea.

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In 2012-13 we didn’t beat Shitty, Man U or Chelsea. With results like this no wonder Gunner nation is upset and itching for a change. This recipe for disaster has been going on way too long.  If we are stop the culture of losing against the likes of Shitty, Chelsea and Liverpool it must start today against the Citizens at our house.

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The rest of today’s matches Swansea City-Chelsea, Crystal Palace-Burnley, Southampton-Newcastle, Stoke City-Leicester City, Sunderland-Tottenham, West Brom-Everton, and Liverpool-Aston Villa.

Top dog is Chelsea nine points, Second place has Swansea City nine points. Aston Villa is third seven points and Man Shitty is fourth six points. My Gunners are seventh five points.

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By today’s end we will see how the top five will shake out. Chelsea and number two the Swans duke it out. Third place Aston Villa  and fifth place the Reds have a hot date and my Gunners and Shitty will go at it so the shuffling of the deck could happen after the final results are in later today.

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The guys are getting ready for our huge clash against Man Shitty tomorrow. This is one of the matches that will define my guys from Arsenal season. Win it and we will have established ourselves as a contender. Lose and it is the same old shit. A fourth place finishers at best.

Against the EPL’s best we suck. We haven’t been able to beat the likes of Shitty,Liverpool and Chelsea. Against Spuds, Fulham’s, QPR’s we struggle to get a point let alone the win. This match with the Citizens will set the tone for the season.

This is our fourth match of the season. So far the results are a mixed bag a win and two draws. We opened the season with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. In this sucker we gave up an own goal. We clawed our way back to earn a hard fought 2-1 win over an Eagles club that is complete disarray. My guys squared off against Everton in the second match. The Toffees scored two goals to take a two nil lead.  We had to score two late goals in the final seven minutes to earn a draw against a club we should have beaten at our house. Against newcomer Leicester City we scored first but gave up the equalizer three minutes for a one all draw. The offense sucked. It was down right offensive. The addition of Danny Welbeck should help our pop gun attack.

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Against the Foxes a 15th place club a tie. Everton sits in 17th place a tie. The lone win came  against one step above whale dung Crystal Palace. The Eagles hung in there against us and almost got the win and the tie. Crystal Palace is 19th place with a point.  If this form holds true we should get our asses handed to us by Shitty.

The match against Man Shitty may rest in the hands of Man U addition Danny Welbeck. Theo Walcott fired a salvo at the Red Devils. The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson wrote “Theo Walcott has predicted that Danny Welbeck will develop into a better player at Arsenal than he was at Manchester United and has told his England team-mate to be “more selfish” as he seeks to establish himself as a central striker.”

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Welbeck reported for training today for the first time at Arsenal and Walcott has already delivered an immediate ringing endorsement.

“He’s going to be better for us than he was at Man United, definitely,” said Walcott. “He’ll get more opportunities and he’s got a point to prove. I know he’s worked hard and he’s still very young, and I think the boss will enjoy working with him. The fans definitely will – he’s very exciting and he’s very strong.

“One thing I would tell him to do is be a little more selfish because he’s unselfish at times, which isn’t a bad thing but I think he’ll get more goals if he’s more selfish. I’m sure he’ll do well for us.”

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This bravado is cool but we will see if this will bear and fruit. We will find out against a powerhouse call Shitty.  Against Switzerland Welbeck hit the daily double. The cat who set up these goals was former Man U mate the Rooney man. Lets hope Ozil and the rest can set the table for a Man U best.

Wilson added that a few of our missing pieces will be in action against Man Shitty. “Meanwhile, Mesut Özil, Mikel Arteta and David Ospina all returned to full training at Arsenal on Wednesday. Özil missed Germany’s two international games as a precaution following an ankle injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City while Ospina, the Colombia goalkeeper, is expected to come into the Arsenal squad for the first time since his summer move from Nice. Arteta, the Arsenal captain, has been out since injuring his ankle in the Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas last month but should start against City. “

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Wilson then wrote Santi Cazorla said on Wednesday that Arteta was “born” to be a captain. Arsenal are also awaiting further assessment on Aaron Ramsey, who injured his ankle in Wales’s 2-1 win against Andorra on Tuesday night. The Wales team were extremely happy with the state of the artificial 3G pitch in Andorra, with Gareth Bale describing it as the worst he has ever played on. Uefa will wait for the official report from the match before it decides whether Andorra’s Estadi Nacional should continue staging international matches. “

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/11087593/Theo-Walcott-backs-Danny-Welbeck-to-be-better-player-at-Arsenal-than-he-was-at-Manchester-United.html

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