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Peek of the Week: 12


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Moment of the Week: Jermaine Beckford’s injury-time goal salvaged a point for Everton at Goodison Park after it looked like the Toffees were ordained for their first defeat in seven league games. Substitute Ivan Klasnic gave Bolton the lead eleven minutes from time with a well executed finish from close range off an inch-perfect Matthew Taylor cross to give Bolton their first goal at Goodison Park in almost five years. Things got worse for the home side as Marouane Fellaini was sent off for kicking Paul Robinson after the Trotters’ defender had indisputably fouled him. With Everton down to 10 men and time running out, Bolton were made to pay for not clearing the ball as Leighton Baines’ diligence and some piece of magic from Beckford gave David Moyes’ side a much needed equalizer to pick up a point from the game – making it our moment of the week.

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Player of the Week: Marouane Chamakh’s brace at the Molineux gave Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 win over the Wolves on Wednesday making him our player of the week. Less than a minute into the game Chamakh headed home from an Alexandre Song cross to give the Gunners the lead. The North London side almost doubled their lead in the 6th minute but Arshavin’s shot was blocked by the Hahnemann. It appeared that the home side could have a long night but things improved for Ian Holloway’s side in the second half. However, the Frenchman rounded up a prefect night with a neat finish on the counter inside stoppage-time to give Arsenal an impressive victory over the Wolves and making him the top goal scorer for Arsenal in all competitions. Wolverhampton is now the only team in the Premier League without a clean sheet from twelve games so far.

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Story of the Week: The biggest story of the week comes from the San Siro where AC Milan beat Palermo 3-1 to take the Serie A lead from Lazio. Despite the impressive result the Rossoneri paid a heavy price as it lost both its strikers – first Alexandre Pato who limped off the field with what looked like a thigh injury and later his replacement Filippo Inzaghi joined the Brazilian on the doctor’s table few minutes later as he twisted his knee in a 50-50 challenge. The duo may now miss Sunday’s crucial Milan derby against Inter leaving coach Massimiliano Allegri to count the cost of the injuries.

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Match of the Week: The Galacticos continued to keep pace with Barcelona in a 5-1 demolition of Murcia that saw coach Jose Mourinho being dismissed to the stands. Granero opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute with Higuan scoring just minutes before the half time to give the home team a 2-0 lead before the break. Ronaldo put the game beyond the visitors contention with a 75th minute goal but Pedro pulled one back from the penalty spot to make it 3-1. However Madrid continued to press and was rewarded when Di Maria was fouled inside the penalty area. Benzema who stepped up for the penalty rounded off a cool finish with Xabi Alonso still finding time to score another goal before the end of 90 minutes. All in all it was a fine display by the Spanish giants who under the ‘Special One’ have underlined their ambitions to win the Copa Del Rey this year.

TOP PEEK OF THE WEEK
FC Barcelona 5 – 1 AD Ceuta
Peek-o-meter: 10/10

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A young Barcelona side breezed past Ceuta to progress to the next round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola decided to give the B team stars – Marc Bartra, Thiago Alcantara and Nolito a chance and the decision paid off as Nolito scored as early as the 2nd minute to give the Catalan side the lead. The 24-year-old nearly doubled the lead four minutes later giving an indication why Guardiola is keen to keep him at the club. However, Gabriel Milito scored the second goal of the night for Barcelona off a Nolito corner. The second-tier side then had a chance of their own but Gilson’s shot cannoned off the crossbar. At the other end Vitor Moreno was given his marching orders from bringing down Bojan Krkic in the area and the Spaniard made a mess of the penalty. Guzman managed to break through the Barca defense to score the only goal for Ceuta and the score at the half-way mark was 2-1. After the interim the Catalan side stepped up its game and Pedro made it 3-1 with a fine finish five minutes into the half. Messi was brought on to the field in place of Pedro and the Argentine set up Bojan for his first goal of the game. Messi then added to his season tally with the home side’s fifth goal in the 67th minute. The youngsters did well for Guardiola’s outfit and must have gained tremendous experience by playing alongside the first-team regulars.



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