Re: Gold Championship 13 News, Transfers and Match Reports!
ARSENAL 2-0 Birmingham City
Messi Stars as Arsenal see off Birmingham City.
A brace from Arsenal’s new signing Lionel Messi was enough to see off the challenge from Danny Greeno’s Birmingham City on Wednesday night. Messi bagged his 3rd goal in 2 games at the Emirates Stadium, in what turned out to be a comfortable win for the Gunners.
Birmingham started brightly to the delight of the travelling fans, when Olivier Kapo clipped the bar with a speculative chip inside 2 minutes. The ‘Bluenoses’ were then made silent when an error at the back allowed the Argentine ace to slot home. Fans had began to doubt Harvey’s cuteness in the transfer market when he swapped Nasri and Adebayor for Messi, but ‘The Flea’ was starting to justify his price tag. Both teams lacked flair for the rest of the first 45 minutes, and the two teams went in at half time with both managers relatively hopeful for the second half.
Arsenal again started slowly in the second half, and Pablo Caballero almost made them pay, but for a good save from Manuel Almunia. The Spaniard had only conceded 6 goals in the 11 games he had played since Harvey took over and his form reflected the confidence Harvey had in him. The last 15 minutes were edgy for the Arsenal faithful, until Messi grabbed his second of the game in the 81st minute. The Argentina International, dubbed the new Maradona, skipped inside his marker and struck a 25 yard screamer into the top corner. The win prolonged Arsenal’s winning streak to 8 games, coming off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United. They look on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the SMFA Champions Cup, and after 12 games the North London Club lie in 2nd position. It’s the usual suspects that occupy the top 4 of the league, but Blackburn, Everton and Tottenham are chasing close behind. After the match, Harvey said “It’s far too early to talk about winning the league, but I’m very happy with how we’re progressing so far.” He continued “We have some difficult fixtures coming up, and we need to continue this form if we’re to challenge for honours this season”. Harvey admitted that Birmingham should have had a penalty when Hleb brought down Oubina in the 67th minute, but stated that these decisions even themselves out over the course of the season. This made a refreshing change from previous manager Arsene Wenger’s tedious “I didn’t see it”.
Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea
Elsewhere in Division 1, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s uncharacteristic solo effort was enough to see of Manchester City at Eastlands. The 84th minute winner was a kick in the teeth for Arsenal.
Sunderland 2-3 Fulham
At The Stadium of Light, Fulham came away with the three points, beating the Mackems 3-2. An 89th minute consolation goal from Willianis Souza wasn’t enough to snatch a draw for the home team.
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Wigan Athletic managed to come away with a draw at home to Tottenham, although Spurs enjoyed far more of the possession and created more chances. The draw leaves Tottenham in 7th.
Liverpool 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Andrea Barzagli’s overhead kick was enough to see off the threat of QPR at Anfield. Although the London Club put up a brave fight, the result never seemed to be in doubt for the Reds.
Newcastle United 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United eased to a 4-1 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday. The result lifts Newcastle out of the relegation zone and leaves the Yorkshire Club bottom of the league with 8 points from 12 games.
Aston Villa 2-1 Coventry City
There was a battle of the Midlands at Villa Park, where the Claret & Blue met the Sky Blues. A brace from Stylian Petrov gave the home side a 2-1 victory.
Middlesbrough 2-1 Crystal Palace
Unmanaged Crystal Palace took the lead at The Riverside Stadium in the 10th minute through ex-Hull defender Michael Turner. The score stayed the same going in to half time, but the words of Boro manager Lukus Podolski inspired his team to a 2-1 win.
Manchester United 1-0 Portsmouth
Better late than never for the Old Trafford fans, where highly rated Alvaro Negredo netted his third goal of the season with a real poacher’s goal in the 85th minute.
Everton 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
5th played 6th at Goodison Park, in what turned out to be a goalless draw. Although enjoying much more of the possession, The Toffees couldn’t capitalise and Blackburn returned to Lancashire pleased with a point.