Rangers 2 – 2 Celtic

February 7, 2011


“Rangers and Celtic will replay their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie after a pulsating encounter at Ibrox ended with both sides down to 10 men after sharing four goals. It was the first time in 47 years that the home side had hosted Celtic in a Scottish Cup tie but seldom in the intervening time could this famous fixture have produced such an afternoon of drama.” ESPN

Celtic dominate Rangers Cup clash but replay beckons
“Celtic twice came back from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with Rangers in their Fifth Round Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox, with both sides ending the game with 10 men. Walter Smith’s side took the lead three minutes into the game with a 20 yard strike from Jamie Ness, and a minute later Steven Davis hit the bar. However soon after Kris Commons equalised for Celtic. But Rangers were back in front just before half time when Steven Naismith was brought down in the box by Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, who was sent off by referee Calum Murray. Steven Whittaker despatched the resultant penalty to send the locals into ecstasy.” Scotzine

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Will amazing miss prove costly for Ecuador?

February 7, 2011

“It was a miracle of Marlon de Jesus – and I am still trying to work out how he managed to miss the target. Last Thursday, in the South American Under-20 Championships, Ecuador’s burly striker Edson Montano burst through the right of the Uruguay defence, got to the byline and rolled the ball square to the equally burly De Jesus, who, positioned no more than three metres from the goal, contrived to shoot over the bar. It is a trick he would probably be unable to repeat if he tried.” BBC – Tim Vickery


Eto’o brace helps Inter edge thriller

February 7, 2011

“Inter Milan threw their hat into the ring for the Scudetto with a dramatic 5-3 win over 10-man Roma. Wesley Sneijder started the scoring in the third minute, but Fabio Simplicio responded for the Giallorossi in the 13th minute. Samuel Eto’o put the home side back in front 10 minutes before the break and the game seemed to be done and dusted for Inter when Nicolas Burdisso was sent off for giving away a penalty, which Eto’o converted in the 63rd minute.” ESPN

Inter Milan 5-3 AS Roma – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats
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Laurent Koscielny is reaping the benefits of risk

February 7, 2011

“Even in an eventful summer in France, there was perhaps one transfer which caused the most surprise; that of Laurent Koscielny. Kosicelny made his move from the relative modesty of FC Lorient to the vibrancy and tradition of Arsenal for a fee of £8.5m rising to £10m in 2010; a fee which seems perfectly normally in today’s climate if only Koscielny hadn’t spent just the one season in the country’s top-flight. Cue plenty of back-slapping, man-hugs and lame-cool guy handshakes from those who brokered the move on Lorient’s side.” Arsenal Column


Football Weekly podcast: A nightmare debut for Fernando Torres

February 7, 2011

“It’s an all-star line-up for your brand new edition of Football Weekly, with AC Jimbo joined by Sean Ingle, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Gregg Roughley in a packed pod. We start by dissecting Fernando Torres’s miserble debut for Chelsea as the Blues went down to resurgent Liverpool. Is the Spaniard the new Chris Sutton? Wiser people than us seem to think so.” Guardian – James Richardson