Sundays are reserved for Sports and Sleeps. Well, if I say I play some Sports and then catch on the Sleeps, I’d be fibbing! Its the Sports on the telly that take up much of the viewing space and the Sleeping time table is fixed to fall before and after the telecast. F1 rules the roost on alternate Sundays (not always though!) but it is Soccer (the EPL especially) that occupies the rest of the weekend.
And this Sunday was no different…with F1 not on the calendar until the next Sunday, the Soccer was to get my full attention. And there was a biggie match too: Manchester United vs. Chelsea to enhance the viewing pleasure. Man U have had a horrible start to their season, winning one, drawing one and losing one of their first three EPL matches. And that loss came against one of the Big 4 – Liverpool last week. So it was a must-win match for them. Chelsea were boosted by the appeal win over John Terry’s suspension but they were dealt a moral blow before the start of the match with Deco ruled out with an injury he picked up in training. It was Man U who begun well and their urgency almost bore fruit when Rooney’s attempted lob off a Berbatov high pass from Cech’s clearance falling inches wide. There was no almost a second time as Cech spilled a save from Berbatov’s weak shot from Evra’s pass right onto the path of Park Ji Sung, who struck home the goal in the 20th minute. Chelsea stepped on the pace and created some chances but couldn’t convert them into goals. Their relentless pursuit bore fruit in the 80th minute, when substitute Salomon Kalou headed in from a free-kick. Thus the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea moving onto joint second in the table alongside Liverpool and one point below Arsenal. Man United languish in a lowly 15th place with just 5 points from four games!
The other match that I saw (albeit in bits n’ pieces) on Sunday was a goalfest…to put it mildly! Wealthy Manchester City turned up with a scintillating display of attacking football against Portsmouth and slotted in 6 goals past a hapless David James. And each of the 6 goals came from six different players – Jo, Richard Dunne, Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Chad Evans and Fernandez. In other matches, Tottenham continued their dismal start to the season with a draw against Wigan; Aston Villa came out 2-1 winners against West Bromwich Albion & Hull City and Everton played out a 2-2 draw. In one of Saturday’s matches, Arsenal played some very attractive football to beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1. I’m normally not a fan of ARSEnal but I’ve to admit they played well yesterday. Came close to Chelsea and Man United’s playing style, I should say
Well, that’s one more Sunday gone…next one will be an exciting one, what with the first-ever nighttime F1 race coming up in Singapore. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve to get back to the second of my Sunday pastime….sleeping! Yawn!!!