Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big Day for Blowouts

Some wild scores from England and Spain today. Manchester City got 4 goals from Edin Dzeko to blow out Tottenham Hotspur and American Goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The Spurs, who last year reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League, have now been outscored 8-1 in the first two Premier League matches this year. Dzeko now has 6 goals through 3 matches this season after scoring just 2 goals in 15 matches a year ago.
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Not to be outdone, Manchester United defeated rivals Arsenal 8-2 behind a hat trick from Wayne Rooney and a brace from Ashley Young. Arsenal had a chance to tie the game at 1 in the first half when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Robin van Persie's attempt was saved by 20 year old keeper David De Gea. United immediately marched down the field the otherway and made it 2-0 on Young's first goal and Arsenal just never recovered. It was the first time since 1999 that Manchester United had scored 8 goals in a match, it was the largest margin of victory for Manchester United over Arsenal, and it marked the first time in over 100 years - you'd have to go all the way back to 1896 - to find a game that Arsenal conceded 8 goals.
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Meanwhile over in Spain, Real Madrid opened up the 2011-2012 season was a 6-0 thrashing of Real Zaragoza. Last year's 13th place finishers in Spain's Top Division were completely outmatched by Cristiano Ronaldo and company getting outshot 39-8. Ronaldo finished with a hat trick as Real Madrid exacted revenge for a 3-2 loss at the hands of Zaragoza in April.
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