Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Champions League: Manutd - Arsenal goals

John O'Shea was the most unlikeliest hero for Manchester United as the defending champions saw off Arsenal at Old Trafford by a solitary goal. It would have much higher had it not been for Almunia, whose great saves keeps Arsenal still in the tie. It was a sublime first half show from the reds who kept going at Arsenal's goal. Tevez and Ronaldo were denied by Almunia and in the second half also it continued. Ronaldo had a scorching shot hit the crossbar after Almunia was beaten fair and square. Overall Untied will a touch disappointed with the margin they have got but here is a chance to make history. Come on Red Devils....

Manchester United 1 - 0 Arsenal
1-0 - O'Shea - Watch


Saturday, April 25, 2009

EPL: Manutd - Tottenham Hotspurs goals

Manchester United made a stunning comeback after being 0-2 down in the first half and ripped Spurs apart in the second half with a footballing show that would send terrors across the opposing teams. Rooney lead the onslaught after Ronaldo scored from a spot kick. Ronaldo got a brace and Berbatov nicked one for the Champions. It was breathtaking stuff from the Champions and Spurs had no answer to this. This show would certainly silence many people who have been questioning the form of United. Rock on Red Devils!!!!!!!!!

Manchester United 5 - 2 Spurs
0-1 - Bent - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
0-2 - Modric - Watch - Download (mediafire)
1-2 - Ronaldo - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)
2-2 - Rooney - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)
3-2 - Ronaldo - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)
4-2 - Rooney - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)
5 -2 - Berbatov - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)

Highlights - Watch - Download (Rapidshare)


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EPL: Manutd - Portsmouth goals

Manchester United went 3 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a victory against Portsmouth at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney gave United an early lead. And Michael Carrick came of the bench and got the winner late in the second half. United returned to their near best with some cracking openings but their finishing was poor otherwise United would won by a better margin. With this victory, the Champions go three points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand. This match was the 600th appearance for Paul Scholes and 799th for Ryan Giggs.

Manchester United 2 - 0 Portsmouth

1-0 - Rooney - Watch - Download (mediafire)
2-0 - Carrick - Watch - Download (mediafire)
Match Highlights(both goals) - Watch


King Scholes still holds court

The revelation from Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, that he has never once in his 22-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford received an inquiry for Paul Scholes was, perhaps, predictable.

"Funnily enough we have never had one inquiry and you know why?" said Ferguson, as Scholes prepares to make his 600th appearance for the club against Portsmouth on Wednesday. "They all know he wouldn't want to leave here."

The quiet man of M16, Scholes has always let his football do the talking, while other, arguably more illustrious opponents, past and present, have been always willing to sing his praises.

"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes," club ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton said earlier this season.

World Cup winner and France legend Zinedine Zidane preferred to point to Scholes as "undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation", Edgar Davids argued "everyone of us should emulate him" and Thierry Henry was accurate in his assessment that "he knows how to do everything".

Scholes would no doubt cringe at such admiration, but that should not mask over his contribution since his debut in 1994.

The 34-year-old may no longer make his impeccably-timed runs into opposition penalty areas, but his ability to recycle the ball with such composure remains a joy to watch.

Little wonder then that England manager Fabio Capello made one last unsuccessful attempt this time last year to persuade Scholes to perform a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football.

Steve McClaren also made countless efforts to remind Scholes he was not a left-winger, as he was under Sven Goran Eriksson, and return him to the international stage, but with no reward.

Regardless, it's a safe football bet that England's loss was, and is still is, United's gain.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

FA Cup Semifinals: Arsenal - Chelsea goals

Dider Drogba once again made the difference for Chelsea and this time it was against Arsenal in the semifinals of the FA cup. Arsenal took an early lead through Walcott and after that it was Chelsea's show all the way. Malouda equalised in the first half and Drogba scored the winner in the second.

Arsenal 1 - 2 Chelsea
1-0 - Walcott - Watch1 - Watch2 - Download (Mediafire)
1-1 - Malouda - Watch - Watch2 - Download (Mediafire)
1-2 - Drogba - Watch1 - Watch2 - Download (Mediafire)


Friday, April 17, 2009

ICC World Cup 2011: Matches moved out of Pakistan

Pakistan has been stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the "uncertain security situation" in the country, a statement released by the International Cricket Council said after its meeting in Dubai. Security in Pakistan was one of the issues that were thought would be discussed in the meeting and this decision comes as no surprise to many, given the recent developments in the country. This decision means Pakistan would lose its share of 16 matches in the ICC World Cup 2011, which will now be shared between co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This is a huge blow for the game in Pakistan and also for the cricket loving people of Pakistan, who were hoping to the mega event staged in their country. But the security issue remains a huge concern after the recent attack on Srilankan cricket team. All that we can hope is peace returns to the country and cricket again is played on Pakistani soil.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Champions League: Porto - Manutd goals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning goal from 40 yards to lead the defending champions Manchester United into the semifinals of the Champions League, setting up an all English clash against Arsenal. United also made history by becoming the first English club to beat Porto at the Estadio Do Drago. Anderson made his first appearance against his former club. United played much better football than they did over the past few weeks and kept the home team under check.

F.C. Porto 0 - 1 Manchester United
0-1 - Ronaldo - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
Match Highlights - Watch - Download (Mediafire)


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Champions League: Chelsea - Liverpool goals

Dider Drogba helped Chelsea fight back from two goals down and draw the game against Liverpool in what was a classic European game. Liverpool started the game with some real fire as they went ahead by two goals in the first half. But second half goal from Drogba ignited Chelsea's come back, hading them a 7-5 aggregate win and a safe passage into the last four. All in all, a true football fan can applaud both the teams for serving out a fantastic game of football.

Chelsea 4 - 4 Liverpool
0-1 - Aurelio - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
0-2 - Alonso(pen) - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
1-2 - Drogba - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
2-2 - Alex - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
3-2 - Lampard - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
3-3 - Lucas Leiva - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
3-4 - Kuyt - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
4-4 - Lampard - Watch - Download (Mediafire)

Highlights - Watch


Scholes excited by Porto test

Paul Scholes is convinced Manchester United can do what no other English team has done and beat FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Portuguese giants raised eyebrows when claiming a shock 2-2 draw against the holders at Old Trafford in the quarter-final first leg last week and remain bullish about their chances of a repeat of their team's famous victory against Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the first knockout round in 2003/04 under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.

United fans have every right to feel some trepidation about the return leg because the current world club champions have not won in three previous visits to Porto and have lost their last four knockout ties in the Champions League when they have played the second leg away from home.
However, veteran midfielder Scholes, who set United on their way to a narrow 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday, has revealed his football prediction: United will win.

"All we've got to do at Porto is win a football match," said Scholes. "With the players we've got I'm sure we can do it."

Key defender Rio Ferdinand, who missed last week's home draw because of a groin injury suffered on England duty, did board the plane to Portugal and will partner Nemanja Vidic if he is passed fit.

Young full-back Rafael da Silva also made the journey, along with countryman Anderson, who spent two seasons with Porto between 2005 and 2007.

Manchester United squad:
Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak; Neville, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Fabio, O'Shea, J. Evans; Ronaldo, Anderson, Scholes, Gibson, Carrick, Park, Nani, Giggs; Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov, Macheda.

PFA Players' Award : Nominees

Manchester United players dominate the nominees to be crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year, with five of the six contenders hailing from the current Premier League leaders. There are five Reds in the running - goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and attacking midfielders Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo. The only opposition player on the six-strong shortlist is Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. This comes as no surprise given the position of the clubs in the Barclays Premier League table. Ronaldo, who has had a quiet season by his standards, has still made it to the list and he is the leading scorer in the Premier League till now. The nomination of the back line of Manchester United is inevitable as they set the record for the most number of consecutive clean sheets. Gerrard has played a stellar role of Liverpool and their current position is largely due to the the performance of Steve G. Among young players, the domination of Manchester United continued with Rafael Da Silva and Jonny Evans nominated. Aston Villa duo of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor also find themselves on the list. Manchester City's Stephen Ireland also figures in the list along with Lennon. All in all, there haven't been any surprises in the nominations this year. My favourites to win the awards are Vidic and Evans.
PFA Players' Player of the Year contenders:
Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool
Ryan Giggs - Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
Edwin van der Sar - Manchester United
Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United
PFA Young Player of the Year contenders:
Gabriel Agbonlahor - Aston Villa
Jonny Evans - Manchester United
Stephen Ireland - Manchester City
Aaron Lennon - Tottenham Hotspur
Rafael Da Silva - Manchester United
Ashley Young - Aston Villa

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Champions League: Manutd - Porto goals

Carlos Tevez came of the bench and scored for Manchester United after Rooney had equalised in the first half but that was not enough for the defending champions as they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. Porto deserved the result as they were never afraid of United and started to attack from the word go. United had one of the worst first half display of the season with the defence looking bad all through the game.

Manchester United 2-2 Porto
0-1 - Rodrigez - Watch - Download (mediafire)
1-1 - Rooney - Watch - Download (mediafire)
2-1 - Tevez - Watch - (to be uploaded in download format)
2-2 - Gonzalez - Watch - (to be uploaded in download format).

Sunday, April 5, 2009

EPL: Manutd - Aston Villa goals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United came from behind and beat a spirited Aston Villa to move back to the top of the table. But it was young 17 year old Fredrico Macheda who stole the show with a stunning goal in injury time to win the game for United. This win moves the Champions back in front and they have a game in hand against Portsmouth.

Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa
1-0 - Ronaldo - Watch - Download (mediafire)
1-1 - Carew - Watch - Download (mediafire)
1-2 - Agbonlahor - Watch - Download (mediafire)
2-2 - Ronaldo - Watch - Download (mediafire)
3-2 - Macheda - Watch - Download (mediafire)


Saturday, April 4, 2009

La Liga: Malaga - Real Madrid goals

Seasons top scorer Gonzalo Higuain continued his great scoring run against Malaga as Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Barcelona in the title race. Real were under some pressure coming into the game as Barca had already won their game and the champions responded with some authority. Rafael Van Der Vaart made to the starting line up after quite a long time and he had a good match.

Malaga 0-1 Real Madrid

0-1 - Higuain - Watch

Goal in downloadable format to be posted later....

EPL:Newcastle - Chelsea goals

Alan Shearer was incharge of the magpies for the first time but that was not enough to inspire the home team to victory. After keeping the Blues without scoring for the first 45 minutes, they could not contain them as Lampard and Malouda scored to give Chelsea all 3 points.

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
0-1 - Lampard - Watch
0-2 - Malouda - Watch

Goals in downloadable format to be posted later....

ICC World T20: India announce 30 player probable list

2009 twenty20 world cup will be played from 5th of June to 21st June 2009. Opening game will be played between host England and the twenty20 world qualifier runners-up Ireland. And the defending champions India have announced a list of 30 probable players. And the notable omissions from the list are the two heroes of the world cup triumph. Joginder Sharma, who took the last wicket and Sreesanth, who took that catch to give India the cup are not in the list. Tamil Nadu captain R.Ashwin finds himself in the list along with Badrinath, Vijay and Balaji. Promising batsman Ajinkya Rahane has also been included. The selectors would pick the final set players from this bunch.

List of Probables:
Squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan singh, Praveen Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, S Badrinath, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Nayar, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, RP Singh, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Naman Ojha.

Friday, April 3, 2009

World Cup Qualifiers: Brasil - Peru goals

Brasil put behind them the disappointing results of late and turned in a really good show against Peru and won 3-0. Sevilla star Luis Fabiano was the architect of this victory with a brace. Kaka was returning to the national squad after his recent injury and earned a penalty kick, which was converted by Fabiano. Overall it was a satisfactory night for the Samba boys and their coach Dunga.

Brasil 3 - 0 Peru
1-0 - Fabiano (Pen) - Watch - Download
2-0 - Fabiano - Watch - Download
3-0 - Melo- Watch - Download

Highlights - Watch - Download

World Cup Qualifiers: Bolivia - Argentina goals

Argentina suffered their worst defeat in 60 years when they were hammered 6-1 in Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier. There had been a lot of talk about the altitude of the stadium, about 3000 odd meters above sea level but Argentina coach Diego Maradona accpeted his side was second best against a determined Bolivian side.

Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
1-0 - Moreno - Watch
1-1 - Gonzalez - Watch
2-1 - Botero - Watch
3-1 - Da rosa - Watch
4-1 - Botero - Watch
5-1 - Botero - Watch
6-1 - Torrico - Watch

Highlights - Watch - Download (Mediafire)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

World Cup Qualifiers: England - Ukraine goals

John Terry got the winner in the final few minutes for England and kept their 100 % record in the qualifying for the World cup. Peter Crouch, who started alongside Wayne Rooney continued his scoring form for England giving England the lead in the first half. Shevchenko, who came on as a substitute in the second half equalised.

England 2 - 1 Ukraine
1-0 - Crouch - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
1-1 - Shevchenko - Watch - Download (Mediafire)
2-1 - John Terry - Watch - Download (Mediafire)


Mourinho makes for special case

Old Trafford officials will next summer begin the unenviable task of finding a replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, if, as his son Darren has suggested, the game's longest-serving manager decides to bring the curtain down on his distinguished career.

They may not have to look that far if Jose Mourinho has his way.

The self-styled 'Special One' has in his own inimitable way put forward his case to fill Ferguson's almighty size 10s and launch the next phase of his successful, and sometimes turbulent, career.

There are arguments for and against and Manchester United players past and present have already waded into the debate.

Rio Ferdinand suggested the Portuguese coach has the "ego and personality" to throw a supporting arm around Old Trafford's superstars, whereas club ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton was less enthused by Mourinho's swagger.

Bryan Robson also suggested seasoned United supporters accustomed to attacking football at breakneck pace may not take to Mourinho's more pragmatic approach to winning games.

Few managers – not even Ferguson - polarize opinion quite like Mourinho. He guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles in a colourful three-year stay at Stamford Bridge before leaving under a cloud after a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich.

This season he has taken Internazionale to the brink of the Serie A title but has won few new friends in the process. His propensity to hog the spotlight has seen him become embroiled in an unsavoury fall-out with Juventus counterpart Claudio Ranieri, while Ricardo Quaresma, Mancini and Iván Córdoba have all found themselves on the receiving end of Mourinho's razor-like tongue.

An early exit from the Champions League, ironically against United, also led to Mourinho running for cover from Italian journalists.

Mourinho is more than a bag of wind, however, and his track record dictates that he is as much about substance as he is style.

The man with the film star looks may have to wait a little while longer, in any event, for the chance to deliver the perfect script if Ferguson is this season denied his wish to equal Liverpool's record of 18 domestic titles.