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Peek of the Week: 14


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Moment of the Week: Derby’s are always feisty affairs and having not won at the Emirates since 1993, the stakes were loaded against Tottenham. However this Spurs side as compared to its predecessors looked one quite capable of reversing the trend but all looked lost, as they went into half time two goals down. However after the break, Tottenham came out rejuvenated and in little time equalised through Bale and Van der Vatt. But rather than being content with a draw, Spurs upped the ante and were duly rewarded for their efforts when four minutes from time, Van der Vatt’s beautifully curled free kick was headed home by Kaboul to give Spurs and their fans a long deserved victory over the Gunners. It's a sweet moment for the Tottenham fans who waited 17 years for this victory.

Story of the Week: After being stunned by Sunderland at home last week, the Blues fans were expecting a backlash with Birmingham to bear the brunt of the humiliation. However the tables were turned in just the 17th minute of the game when some slack defending caused Bowyer to be left unmarked in the box who coolly slotted it past Cech. The goal shook Ancelotti’s men who began to surge forward and assert their authority but wave after wave of Chelsea attack was left render less due to some brilliant goalkeeping by Ben Foster and a backline which refused to cow down under pressure. Three defeats in four games has meant that the Blues are now tied on points with United and with Terry and Lampard still out indefinitely with injuries, the picture doesn’t look rosy for the Abramovich’s millionaires.

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Player of the Week: Normally we have just one player of week but this week we have two in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both were sensational scoring hat-tricks as their teams went demolishing their opponents. Messi opened Barcelona’s account in the 16th minute with a clinical finish past keeper and again showed great awareness in front of goal to lap up two goals ricocheting of the keeper Alves. Ronaldo too looked in great form going into the game against Athletic club and scored his first goal in the 30th minute before once again finding the net with an audacious free kick and signed off the night with a penalty as the home side humbled the visitors into submission. Messi and Ronaldo now head into the El Clasico, a game in which Messi had helds the cards on two previous occasions.

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Match of the Week: The stage was set for a battle of epic proportions with Samir Nasri refusing to even shake hands with ex-Arsenal captain William Gallas prior to the game. Arsenal drew first blood when a horrendous goal keeping error by Gomes saw Nasri open the scoring and they went on to double their lead in the 27th minute with Chamakh finishing off a magnificent counter attack. Going into the break, Tottenham looked done and dusted but just minutes following the interval, Bale pulled one back to give the visitors a ray of hope. A cynical error by Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas who handled the ball inside the box saw Spurs earning a penalty and when Van der Vatt slotted it past Almunia, Arsenal shoulders dropped and Spurs decided to go in for kill. Crouch was brought in for Pavlyuchenko and with just four minutes to go before normal time, Van der Vatt’s beautifully floated free kick was adeptly finished by Kaboul much to the rage of Arsenal coach Wenger. It was a great derby which matched its hype and after years of waiting, Tottenham fans have finally gained the bragging rights in weeks to come. Arsenal however need to pick themselves up as there next crucial fixture is against Aston Villa away.

Top peek of the Week
Almeria vs Barcelona 0-8
Peek-o-meter:9/10

It was totally a lop sided contest with Almeria having no answer to the mesmerizing skills and game play by the Catalans but it remains our top pick because of the sheer artistry and genius with which Barcelona played. Messi opened Barca’s scoring in the 16th minute whizzing past defenders and finishing with a left footer in a way only which he can and not long had past before Iniesta too got on the score sheet to make it 0-2 to the visitors. From there on it was only one way traffic with Messi completing his hat-trick and Pedro and Bojan too getting on the score sheet with Almeria’s Acasiete too scoring courtesy of an own goal. The 8-0 drubbing was such a humiliation to the Almerians that coach Manuel Lillo was sacked following the game and with this display, the Catalans have managed to send out a warning to Real Madrid ahead of the grand El Clasico which is scheduled on 29th November.


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