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Sunday, March 02, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread March, 2014

Lots of great games this month and a lot of good mid-week action. Make or break time for Arsenal, Barcelona and Napoli.

March 5th: Ukraine vs USA
March 8th: Seattle vs Sporting KC as MLS gets started, Chelsea vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Everton in the Cup
March 9th: Man City vs Wigan in the Cup and in Italy Juventus begin have the first of their three battles in the span of two weeks and Napoli host Roma
March 10th: CONCACAF CL begins with Alajuense taking on Arabe Unido. Feel the excitement!
March 11th: Bayern v Arsenal and Atleti v Milan
March 12th: Barca v Man City and Rangers v Airdrie United
March 13th: Spurs v Benfica, Napoli v Porto and Juventus v Fiorentina in some good looking EL matchups.
March 15th: Seattle v Toronto in the battle of American stars, the battle of the Borussias in Germany, Bayern v Leverkusen
March 16th: Derby Day! Liverpool vs Man U and Spurs vs Arsenal
March 17th: Torino v Napoli
March 18th: Chelsea v Galatasaray and Crawley Town v Wolverhampton
March 19th: Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit and Man U vs Olympiacos
March 20th: Europa League return legs
March 21: Freiburng vs Werder Bremen
March 22: Chelsea v Arsenal, Monaco v Lille
March 23: Spurs v Southampton, Real Madrid v Barca, Napoli v Fiornetina
March 25: Manchester Derby, Roma v Torino
March 26: Liverpool v Sunderland, Sevilla v Real Madrid
March 27: Inter v Udinese
March 29: Arsenal v Man City
March 30: Liverpool v Spurs, Barcelona Derby, Athletic v Atletico, Napoli v Juventus

 

 

 

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   1201. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4696778)
Flop.
   1202. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4696817)
Not the guy on Real you would suspect to score a brace.
   1203. Howling John Shade Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4696818)
Wow. Well, now we get to see what Bayern look like in all out attack mode.
   1204. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4696821)
Wow. Crazy. Does this mean Pep is out at the end of the season?
   1205. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4696826)
Wow. Crazy. Does this mean Pep is out at the end of the season?

Because he didn't improve the results of his predecessor? I don't think that's a reasonable standard.
   1206. Howling John Shade Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4696827)
LVG for Bayern!
   1207. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4696829)
This isn't Madrid or Chelsea. Winning the league going away, plus being Pep, should be more than enough to keep him on.
   1208. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4696830)
Bayern is winning possession!
   1209. Howling John Shade Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4696834)

Because he didn't improve the results of his predecessor? I don't think that's a reasonable standard.
Well, it wasn't really possible to improve on the results of his predecessor. That said, he hasn't matched those results (if they go out here).

They would be nuts to let him go for losing to Real in the semifinals though, and Bayern have always seemed way calmer in their decision making than that.
   1210. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4696836)
Oh dear
   1211. Howling John Shade Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4696838)
RM on the break is a beautiful thing.
   1212. J. Sosa Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4696843)
If the question is "does get Pep get fired if Bayern get rolled" I would say more yes than no.

It's all well and good to tinker with your team, but taking perhaps the best fullback in the world and making him a midfielder and converting to a 2-8 formation on a team that employs Robben and Ribery and won a treble in dominant fashion are the sort of the things that do tend to get you fired.

Inter canned Benitez after the treble. Pep is more decorated, but it isn't like Benitez was a dope without some serious CL cred even though Serie A does chew up managers.
   1213. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4696844)
Xabi Alonso misses the final.
   1214. J. Sosa Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4696861)
Also, I know Ancelotti is respected, but probably not enough in my opinion. He crammed together a bunch of creative types into one team at Milan like Pep has done but also built a goal scoring machine at Chelsea around Drogba and found a way to accomodate Bale and Ronaldo in the same team at Madrid. If I were Man U (or even Bayern) I'd throw a ton of money his way.
   1215. JuanGone..except1game Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4696884)
Wow!! Just got out of a meeting and saw the score. This is a disaster for beautiful, dynamic football!!
   1216. Mefisto Posted: April 29, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4696907)
That Nike commercial was way more interesting than the first half.
   1217. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 29, 2014 at 04:07 PM (#4696910)
Does anyone complain about Madrid's counterattack for being less than gorgeous? They transition from 4-4-2 in defense to 4-3-3 in attack seamlessly and they don't hesitate to attack opportunities. This is very different from sitting ten men behind the ball.
   1218. Swedish Chef Posted: April 29, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4696921)
What, Pizarro is still at Bayern?
   1219. Mefisto Posted: April 29, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4696939)
No, I think Madrid's style is what a good counter-attack should be. Unlike Chelsea v. Atletico, which was just ugly.
   1220. frannyzoo Posted: April 29, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4697021)
The only current counter that I've seen any close to RM's in beauty is RSO's, when they're playing well (they are terribly inconsistent). Sociedad's deconstruction of Barca via the counter in February or so was a true thing of beauty.

Atletico's isn't as nice, but let's watch tomorrow. They can be something other than long balls to Costa...and I hope they are.
   1221. JuanGone..except1game Posted: April 29, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4697030)
This is very different from sitting ten men behind the ball.

It's also different when you have Bale & CR available, but I'm not going to reargue this. One question is if we've ever seen both coaches in a CL Final playing against former teams?

It's going to be tough as Athletico only has to draw with a goal to beat Chelsea, but I'm a bit encouraged that Terry, Eto'o and Hazard as likely eligible to play. I expect a more fluid game, but I doubt it will be beautiful. The key maybe the Luiz/Ramires partnership in CM that hasn't played that much together. Luiz has been immense in Europe and he is going to have to do a lot of the shielding against Koke & Garcia when Atleti is in attack.
   1222. The Voice of America Posted: April 29, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4697042)
Poor Chelsea, how can you expect them to compete against clubs like Atletico Madrid? So unfair.
   1223. frannyzoo Posted: April 29, 2014 at 08:51 PM (#4697101)
If Juan in #1221 isn't an advert for an all-Spanish Final, I don't know what is. Honestly, everyone is entitled to their fandom, but anyone encouraged that John Terry will play (for anyone) is...okay, I'll shut up now.

Forces of Russian/Portuguese/General Evil 0 - Forces of Spanish Insolvency 1 (and please no penalties)...
   1224. J. Sosa Posted: April 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4697180)
As someone who roots for a team with Suarez, I will cast no stones. But, now that I think of it, Terry not only used racist language he is also a partner stealer AND made fun of Americans on 9/11... Carry on!!! *

*Juan, I kid, I kid. Julio Lugo was on the Red Sox at one time, it happens.
   1225. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:49 AM (#4697285)
continuing my reviews of the ESPN soccer films:

ceasefire massacre. excellent. 30 minutes was not nearly enough time to dig into the subject, but the focus was very narrow without losing perspective of the surrounding events. for a 30 minute film, this is really as much as you can ask for.

garrincha. i don't know what purpose of this was. there wasn't enough film of him actually playing to get across the idea that he was a great player, and basically half the film ran him down as a alcoholic womanizer. i'm sure they were going for some conflicted portrait of a fallen legend, but i had never heard of the guy before and this film didn't give me any reason to care who he is now.


grades:
ceasefire massacre (ireland) A
the opposition (chile) B
hillsborough (UK) D
garrincha (brazil) D
maradona (argentina) F
   1226. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4697346)
Oh Great and Mighty Football Gods!

How about a classic today?

Barring that, can I at least get an opening goal from Athletico?

   1227. I am going to be Frank Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4697487)
I was thinking - would the UK be a contender for the World Cup if they had a mostly English team and add Bale, Ramsey and Seamus Coleman?

That was really impressive by Madrid. If Hazard is fully fit, I can see Chelsea advancing 1-0.
   1228. ursus arctos Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4697540)
Seamus Coleman isn't eligible for the UK (or GB). And given that he grew up in the GAA, any suggestion that he would turn out for such a team would not be taken kindly at home.

One question is if we've ever seen both coaches in a CL Final playing against former teams?


I'm pretty sure that the answer to this is no, but Ancelotti has already beaten a former club in a final with Milan's victory on penalties over Juventus in 2003.
   1229. nick swisher hygiene Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4697545)
interview with @SpecialOne:

""He told me congratulations for a great victory and a great performance. So, specially because I consider him a friend and someone I like, I prefer to forget the words after the match and keep today's word. He's an intelligent guy. He watched the match on video and now I think he understood what happened.""

let's play "You Be The Troll!"

Hhow much emphasis would you place on the word "now" in the last sentence?

I think the pro move is not to stress it at all, almost swallow it--but maybe a subtle, understated stress could be effective?
   1230. I am going to be Frank Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4697576)
Damn - I forgot Coleman was Irish. I thought he was Scottish. I know its not going to happen ever.
   1231. DA Baracus Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4697619)
Simply adding Bale would make them pretty dangerous, plus Ramsey? Yeah, that's a pretty damn good team. Favorites no, but contenders yes.
   1232. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4697653)
Bah, my hotel doesn't have whatever obscure channel this match was punted to in Sweden. I'm not going to bother to find a stream or walk to the sports bar across the street in order to watch the Jose Mourinho show.
   1233. ursus arctos Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4697674)
Bale and Ramsey would help considerably (assuming Ramsey was fit), though Ramsey would create more selection problems with the senior midfielders. I also think that GB lack a striker who could take best advantage of Bale, and that Hart is still a liability.

All that said, GB would probably be more likely to go out in the semis (rather than the traditional quarters).

It still could happen, by the way. FIFA threatens to revoke the Home Nations' status episodically.
   1234. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:34 PM (#4697691)
Atletico should have saved that goal for the 92nd minute for optimum Mourinho grimacing.
   1235. ursus arctos Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4697721)
The defending on the Atleti goal was Benny Hillesque.

Jose will not be best pleased.
   1236. Textbook Editor Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4697738)
Jose apparently will die inside that bus he parked.
   1237. Howling John Shade Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4697744)
Now we get to see what Chelsea in all out attack mode looks like.
   1238. JuanGone..except1game Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4697799)
Great match by Athletic who were clearly the better team. I knew that CM might be a problem and Ramires and Luiz had real problems. I'm sure Jose regrets the early Eto'o move but it probably wouldn't have mattered. Chelsea can't afford to lose Courtois who is just exceptional.
   1239. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4697804)
So, have there ever been 2 teams form the same city in the final?
   1240. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4697810)
So, have there ever been 2 teams form the same City in the final?


No before now, no.
   1241. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4697812)
I thought so, but wasn't 100% sure.
   1242. ursus arctos Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4697817)
Unless you count the 1931 Mitropa Cup.
   1243. J. Sosa Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4697818)
Simeone is the biz. Atletico found a weakness and kept at it. Happy to see them win, I hope they win the whole thing, but it will be bittersweet. The team is going to get ripped apart in the offseason.
   1244. PepTech Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:32 PM (#4697826)
I was just thinking they were fairly fortunate with Lisbon as the venue. It could just as easily been Moscow, or Istanbul. Or Camp Nou, I suppose :)
   1245. Mefisto Posted: April 30, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4697858)
It is kind of sad that 2 of the finest left wingers of the past 25 years have been Welsh rather than English. Sad for England, which could really have used them, and sad for the players who never got to experience a World Cup.
   1246. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 07:03 PM (#4697884)
The horrible weather and solid defence/counterattack of Sky Blue should combine to be a good gauge of how good Seattle really are.
   1247. Mefisto Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4697911)
The weather there is truly awful, but Loyden's mistake was cringeworthy.
   1248. frannyzoo Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4697918)
I stupidly forgot to DVR today's wonderfulness, but there's this John Terry profile from the BBC that simply ejaculates with schadenfreude.

I'm smoking a cigarette...how was it for you?

   1249. Mefisto Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4697921)
Rampone's ability to go stride for stride with Leroux is amazing.
   1250. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4697926)
Schmidt takes way too many shots from twenty-five yards out.

Leroux has looked really out of place in Seattle, though. It's like they have this silky passing game going and she just really wants to counterattack into space and never gets the opportunity. Both Goebel and Kawasumi have been miles better (not just in this game, but in this game also).
   1251. Mefisto Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4697928)
I came here to say exactly the same re Schmidt. As for Leroux, I think that's really her only game. She doesn't fit in well, but she does prevent most teams from playing a high line against Seattle.
   1252. Howling John Shade Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4698279)
   1253. J. Sosa Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4698343)
A little late, but one thing I forgot to mention about Rodgers' post Chelsea comments is that they were largely a paraphrase of comments Mourinho himself had made following the Sunderland Capital One loss. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, which is unfortunate. Mourinho himself talked about how parking the bus was easy to coach and that it does not allow players to express themselves.

Lots of sour grapes from Rodgers to be sure, but the bits about coaching the bus and players expressing themselves are pretty much exactly things Mourinho himself had said.
   1254. ursus arctos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4698483)
The Copa America has the potential to be a really interesting tournament. It is quite rare for US fans to get to see South American teams play competitive matches in person.

The Europa League final will feature Benfica and Sevilla, as Juventus fail at the last obstacle to hosting the final and Sevilla score a 94th minute goal after falling 3-0 behind, thereby eliminating Valencia on away goals.
   1255. frannyzoo Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4698490)
Too bad those Europa League games weren't on for DVR purposes...or were they? I was too busy to check. A huge disappointment for Juve, and one wonders whither Pogba and perhaps even Conte (although that's pretty doubtful isn't it?). I'll be provocative and cavalierly state Juve won't win the Scudetto next year. Change + aging Buffon/Pirlo = Roma.
   1256. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4698561)
Copa America being held in the US is very cool. They're going to draw some fantastic crowds. Am I right in thinking they'll have more than enough demand to justify not using any of the soccer-specific stadiums?

My Serie A viewing has unfortunately plummeted this year, and I've largely stayed in tune by reading Paolo Bandindi's weekend recaps. This weekend should be a good one, though -- Coppa Italia on Saturday between Napoli and Fiorentina, and the madonnina on Sunday, which is always a spectacle (even if both Milan sides are trash this year). It's unfortunate that Fiorentina are going to again fall short of the Champions League -- very unlucky with the perpetual injuries to Rossi and Gomez -- but I'm glad to see Rafa's done reasonably well.

Oh for a point this weekend, Everton. Please?
   1257. jmurph Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4698888)
I have to say, I'm really enjoying Tim Sherwood's Young Joe Kinnear routine in the media. Does he genuinely not understand that he's definitely getting replaced?
   1258. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4698926)
2012-2013 EPL wage breakdown! The business of sports is so interesting. You'll have to pardon me if I don't believe that Prem clubs lost nearly 300m pounds, though.

I'd really enjoy Roma winning the Scudetto. They're my favorite Serie A side, and not just because they once employed an American.
   1259. Swedish Chef Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4698929)
Does he genuinely not understand that he's definitely getting replaced?

He's also auditioning for his next job. Defeatism would look bad.
   1260. Swedish Chef Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4698931)
You'll have to pardon me if I don't believe that Prem clubs lost nearly 300m pounds, though.

Believe it, this is not America.
   1261. DA Baracus Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4698935)
I have to say, I'm really enjoying Tim Sherwood's Young Joe Kinnear routine in the media. Does he genuinely not understand that he's definitely getting replaced?


Sherwood is comic gold. I particularly enjoyed when he sat in the stands, which is a really great way to tell everyone that you're useless.
   1262. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4698950)
Jose was not happy with Eden Hazard's comments the other day and let the world know it.

Looking forward to waking up early and watching the Championship's final day. Three teams are fighting for the last playoff spot and four teams are battling to avoid being the last relegated side. Reading-Burnley is the TV game on BeIN Sports and Reading need a win to secure a playoff spot. Burnley are locked in second.
   1263. jmurph Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4698953)
Ooh thanks for that Jose, didn't realize that was tomorrow.
   1264. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4698980)
7:15 Eastern kickoff in the US. Gotta set the alarm.
   1265. J. Sosa Posted: May 02, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4699004)
re: Sherwood

Tiger blood baby, tiger blood!!! I've enjoyed it. I think it is more a case of embiggening himself for his next gig. He's more than just cromulent dammit, he's the all time winningest Spurs manager!!!

re: Scott/Roma

Don't let somebody on RAWK hear you say that! I once saw some poor American schlub get tarred and feathered on there for saying Roma was his Serie A club. You may know this already, but LFC fans of a certain generation refer to Roma as "ass stabbers" due to their fondness, for, get this, stabbing rival fans in the ass. One has to admit, it does have a certain poetry to it. There is evidently even a term for it "puncitate" although you'd have to actually get someone who knows what they are talking about with Serie A (like Ursus) to explain the history. My knowledge regarding the subject is limited. (Roma's history that is, not getting knifed in the ass. Which sounds unpleasant.)

re: Hazard

PSG bound I'm pretty sure. In fairness to Mourinho, Hazard should have kept his yap shut seeing as you know, he killed his team that match by failing to track repeatedly.

In further baseless transfer speculation, I think Lallana may be Liverpool bound this offseason. The sources carrying the rumor are mostly crap, but there was a Liverpool podder a few weeks ago that was dropping hints in that direction and it may be true. To be honest I'm kind of meh about it for the type of money I heard it is going to take. We'll see, he's probably a Rodgers binky and to be fair to him, Rodgers deserves a binky after the shenanigans the past two summers.

   1266. jmurph Posted: May 02, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4699008)
Tiger blood baby, tiger blood!!! I've enjoyed it. I think it is more a case of embiggening himself for his next gig. He's more than just cromulent dammit, he's the all time winningest Spurs manager!!!


I'm more than sure I'm not the first person to say this, probably not even the first in this thread, but if he's not designed in a lab to be perfectly suited for Newcastle, I don't know who is.
   1267. Baldrick Posted: May 02, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4699012)
Looking forward to waking up early and watching the Championship's final day. Three teams are fighting for the last playoff spot and four teams are battling to avoid being the last relegated side. Reading-Burnley is the TV game on BeIN Sports and Reading need a win to secure a playoff spot. Burnley are locked in second.

ReadingThinkFactory

Based on the evidence of the last 10 years, I sort of think this club's natural position is 5th in the Championship. Other than the two glorious years of runaway promotion and a top-half finish in the Premier League, we've pretty much stayed within three or four slots from the automatic promotion position. Meaning we either get relegated or are fighting for promotion pretty much every year. There are worse things I suppose.

This season has been a lot more of the same. It's probably the worst team we've had in quite a while, but only by a little bit. They've certainly got the quality to win this one and then make it through the playoffs. But I wouldn't bet on it.

The only question is whether I try to stay up until 4:15 to watch, or sleep for a few hours and then wake up...or just sleep through it and dream of promotions yet to come.
   1268. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 02, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4699038)
Believe it, this is not America.


I meant more that I don't trust the accounting that much. Though given what some of those individual teams did (e.g. QPR) I guess I CAN believe it.
   1269. Ron J2 Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4699080)
#1268 Right, there are external things (like creditors taking legal action for unpaid bills or even clubs being wound up) that are consistent with financial problems. Just doesn't happen in MLB.
   1270. ursus arctos Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4699103)
1265, ass stabbing does indeed have a long tradition in Rome (less so elsewhere in Italy in my experience), and isn't limited to football violence, but can be found in general bust ups. I've always thought that it was more of a point scoring thing than an actual attempt to maim, but that kind of distinction tends not to matter if you are the one who gets stabbed.

Liverpool fans encountered it for the first time at the 1984 European Cup Final (against Roma in Rome, won by LFC on penalties), which I was at (though I emerged unscarred). At the time, there was a considerable amount of envy among Italian yahoos of the kind of mayhem their British "models" engaged in. In recent years, opposing fans from teams like Inter and Juve have been victims, so it isn't a purely anti-foreigner thing either.

"Puncitate" sounds like mangled dialect to me. I haven't heard it before.
   1271. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 07:34 AM (#4699456)
Reading draw first blood! Quick breakout leads to a desperate tackle for an own goal and Reading have a 1-0 lead. If they make that stand up they are in the playoff.
   1272. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 07:37 AM (#4699457)
Reading fall asleep on a free kick and Burnley hit right back. 1-1 and the door is open for Brighton&Hove; Albion.
   1273. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 07:45 AM (#4699459)
Burnley score again!!!! Reading trail 2-1 but fortunately for them Nottingham Forest leading B&HA; 1-0 so as it stands Reading are in the playoff. Less than half an hour of soccer, too much drama already. The relegation battle needs to get some drama going here.
   1274. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 07:59 AM (#4699461)
Yeesh, good thing Lloris has got some pace, Dawson almost set up the opening goal for West Ham on a platter ...
   1275. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:02 AM (#4699462)
McCarthy just saved Readings bacon with a great save on a break to keep it 2-1.
   1276. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:04 AM (#4699463)
At the half not much has changed. Millwalls goal the only one in the relegation fight while both Reading and Brighton Hove and Albion trail keeping Reading in the playoff. Reading gave looked pretty bad since surrendering the equalizer.
   1277. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4699465)
Oh, Younes.

::facepalm::

Sigh.

[Edit] Well, that's an immediate punishment ...
   1278. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:29 AM (#4699473)
Brighton have scored and are currently in the playoff on goal differential!
   1279. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:30 AM (#4699474)
That is the worst wall I have ever seen.
   1280. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4699475)
What a pathetic display from the Spurs wall on that free kick.
   1281. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4699476)
OH. A beautiful goal on the volley from outside the box for Reading. McLeary had no time and took the one touch and blasted it to a perfect spot in the top corner! Reading 2 Burnley 2 and Teading are back in the playoff for now!
   1282. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4699477)
Blackpool have fallen behind but so have Birmingham. Birmingham are in real trouble.
   1283. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4699481)
Quarter of an hour to go, Reading still in the top six but drop out if they concede or if Brighton score.

At the bottom of the table Birmingham still need a goal and Doncaster to give one up to stay up.
   1284. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4699482)
Sliding goal line clearance by Burnley keep it level!
   1285. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4699483)
Bolton squash Birmingham hopes with a goal to go up 2-0. Only a miracle can save them now.
   1286. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4699485)
Not over yet at the bottom! Doncaster go behind as Birmingham get one back! A goal in the last 12 minutes by Birmingham keeps them up!

And I'm dominating the thread!
   1287. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4699486)
Lloris putting on a display ... for the better team he deserves to play for next season.
   1288. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 08:57 AM (#4699489)
Lloris putting on a display ... for the better team he deserves to play for next season.


He seems like a perfect fit for Barca.
   1289. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4699492)
He seems like a perfect fit for Barca.


If they hadn't already decided on ter Stegen ...
   1290. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:03 AM (#4699493)
Right, forgot about that.
   1291. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:04 AM (#4699495)
Every time Adrian is forced to touch the ball, I get angrier and angrier with Kaboul ...
   1292. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:05 AM (#4699496)
3 added minutes in Reading. If they concede or Brighton score it's Brighton, otherwise Reading are in the play.off!
   1293. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4699497)
Brighton have scored in stoppage time!
   1294. Swedish Chef Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4699498)
Brighton scores!
   1295. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4699499)
Crazy moment, Reading had a corner and Adkins was waving the keeper off then news came of the goal and he was frantically trying to get him up.
   1296. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4699500)
Birmingham City score! They are staying up! Doncaster need a goal!
   1297. Swedish Chef Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:09 AM (#4699501)
Birmingham does something right for once!
   1298. Swedish Chef Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:11 AM (#4699502)
And it's over, Doncaster goes down.
   1299. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:11 AM (#4699503)
Doncaster have lost. Birmingham just need to hold on!
   1300. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:12 AM (#4699505)
Derby-Brighton, QPR-Wigan.
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