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Peek of the Week: Mar 22nd - 28th


Seven days of the best football action from around the world, packed into one web page! Here is our Peek of the Week...


This year’s World Cup will see goals galore. The elite class i.e. Messi, Rooney, Torres, Ronaldo, Higuain, Eto’o, Lampard, Drogba and Robben are firing all cylinders with less than three months to go to the World Cup which should definitely make it an exciting contest to watch.
Premier League, La Liga and Serie A matches were played mid-week as Chelsea won their game in hand against Portsmouth and the top two in Spain are still only separated by goal difference. Bayern Munich faced Schalke 04 in the German Cup semi-final which went into extra-time. A fantastic goal from Arjen Robben clinched a place in the finals for the Bavarians. Also in England Tottenham won their FA Cup quarter-final replay versus Fulham to advance further. And finally, during the weekend Chelsea demolished Aston Villa 7-1 and United did the same to Bolton, winning 4-0 at the Reebok stadium. But Arsenal was held at St. Andrews against Birmingham which meant that they dropped two crucial points. In Italy, Roma won the ‘six-pointer’ against Inter Milan at home to cut Inter’s lead to one point in the Serie A.

Moment of the Week: Fernando Torres’ goal against Sunderland was a special strike and so was Eto’o

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scissor-kick against Livorno but Arjen Robben’s wonder goal takes away the cake with his extra-time winner against Schalke 04 in the German Cup semi-final.

Player of the week: Fernando Torres returned to top form and following his goal at Old Trafford he scored a brace against Sunderland in the Premier League which included a spectacular solo effort for the first one and great composure for the second. Torres still remains the most lethal striker in the Premier League. Although Lampard scored five in the week, the threat the Liverpool man poses to the opposition makes him the player of the week.

Top story of the Week:
Under fire West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola was in the news throughout the week with the Hammers lurking around the relegation zone. West Ham failed to pick up any points at home against two sides (Wolves and Stoke) that are relatively level with them on paper. Zola’s team has been much liked for their brand of football but they are leaking goals at this crucial stage of the season. His position at the East London club has come under much scrutiny and he might just get the axe if West Ham fails to survive in the Premier League.

Quote of the Week:
"He got tackled at the knee, kicked just under the knee. We tried to take him off but he said he was all right.
"Am I suggesting there were a lot of bad tackles? Leave me alone with that, for f***'s sake.
"You are always looking for controversy; you do not need me to tell you what happened on the pitch. I can give you my opinion about our game but you always create this controversy."- In Arsene we trust, to come up with something good. Arsene uses the f-word to give his take on Fabregas’ injury.

Match of the Week: Chelsea followed up their 5-0 drubbing of Portsmouth with an even better goals margin win over seventh place Aston Villa. The Blues put seven past Villa’s goalkeeper Brad Friedel with Lampard doing maximum damage with four goals and Florent Malouda who’s having a majestic season scoring two. Salomon Kalou scored the other goal. All in all Carlo Ancelotti’s side have plundered 12 goals in two matches boosting their goal difference which could prove vital in the title run.
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TOP PEEK OF THE WEEK
Arjen Robben’s goal vs. Schalke 04
Peek-o-meter: 8/10

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Arjen Robben’s effort in the German Cup semi-final against a team (Schalke 04) that is challenging Bayern for the Bundesliga title was made even more special because of the grand occasion. The scores were tied nil-nil till ninety minutes, which forced the game into extra-time. Schalke was absorbing much of the pressure coming from Bayern’s right flank consisting of Robben and Lahm. In the latter half of extra-time, Robben dashed from the half-way line closely attended by two Schalke 04 defenders. Almost hugging the sideline, he beat both men with his acceleration before finding himself near the goal-line. He cut inside on his favoured left foot, taking two more touches before placing his shot past Schalke 04 keeper Manuel Neuer.



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