My weekend started with the end of Cape Verde’s fairy tale in the ongoing AFCON 2013 holding in South Africa but my ecstasy grew boundless as Chelsea sunk and the gunners poked stoke. below are my odd moments of the rugby versus football encounter at the emirates.
1. Monreal draws stroke blood
Newbie Nacho Monreal was thrown straight into the foray of the physical English Premier League. i wouldn’t want to debut against a rugby team parading in the football league. Monreal did his job well and even won that clash of the heads with Jonathan Walters. the latter had to be wrapped up in saddling cloth like a war victim. welcome Nacho, the Real one.
2. Begovic Saves
If there was one man that stood for stokes and reduced the scoreline for the rugby outfit, that main is Begovic. what a series of saves. chamberlain would feel undone by this stopper. Begovic felt so bad with the poldi goal.
3. Sagna versus Crouch.
I laughed hysterically watching sagna trying to win aerial balls with the tall stoke striker, crouch. peter crouch was the lone man upfront but had the abilities to cause riot in the defence of the gunners. Metersacker may have fared well but i saw one corner kick where the frenchman sagna was vying with the tallest man in the Premier League.
4. Podolski scores
it is great to see a sub score. it hints on good tactics and game reading. whatsoever, Podolski came off the bench to send a free kick into the back of Begovic’s net although helped by a defelection. 1 nil to the arsenal, 3 points in the kitty.
5. Gunners mob the ref
with the emirates erupted by the poldi-goal, a twink of dashed hope and wasted effort loomed when the linesman disallowed the gaol. you could see the desperation and agility of the arsenal players as they mobbed the linesman and chris foy. the linesman had ruled for an offside despite the ball deflecting off a stoke player. Signs of relief could be heard across the universe after the goal was allowed to stand.
6. The battle of the English 10: Wilshere vs Owen
After coming in a rare triple change by Pulis, Micheal Owen reacted so badly to a Mikel Arteta challenge that his countryman Jack wilshere had go chest-to-chest. the love of arsenal could be seen displayed by this hungry youth. who loves arsenal more than this lad? but he should be careful. though we all love that gut. don’t you?
so we continue our surge towards the top 4. we face Sunderland next before the FA cup encounter with Blackburn. we just need wins wins wins.
back to the African Continent, South Africa lost 3-1 on penalties to Mali in the quarter finals of the African Nation cups. the game ended 1-1 in regulation time but host, South Africa failed to convert their spot kicks. earlier Ghana had ended the fairy tale run of the half a million populated west African island country, Cape Verde with a 2-0 defeat. maybe Mourinho’s advice to the Cape Verdian Coach could not see off the black stars.
On Sunday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria ignited the glory days of 1994 to teach the Orange boys of Cote D’ivoire a Sunday school lesson. the Nigerians playing with unknown players save the Chelsea duo of Mikel and Moses won the elephants 2-1 to progress to the semi finals. Emmanuel Emmenike scored before Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote equalized after the resumption. but home based striker, Sunday Mba from Warri wolves killed the game with about 10 minutes left to play.
i love Nigeria and I am so happy for the Keshi boys. meanwhile Togo lost 1-0 to Burkina faso. Nigeria will play Mali while Ghana play Burkina faso.
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