Monday, 9 January 2012

FA Cup: United prevail in Manchester derby, Chelsea beat Portsmouth 4-0 and Ballon D'Or LIVE:


Yesterday's FA Cup 3rd Round:

Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3

What. A. Match.
An Explosive match from the Eithad Stadium as rivals City and United went head-to-head.
Striker Wayne Rooney made it 1-0 to the away side after 10 minute after heading Valencia's cross past the goalkeeper. Defender Vincent Kompany got a straight read card in the 12th minute after a two-footed tackle on Nani (which he actually got the ball)
Danny Welbeck's clean volley made it 2-0 in the 30th minute and Rooney scored his 2nd in the 40th minute after he scored his penalty rebound.
Kolarov made it 3-1 after curling a 30 yard free-kick past Lindergaad in the 47th minute. Sergio Aguero gave City hope in the 65th minute after taking advantage of Paul Scholes' mistake.
United held the ball and despite City's efforts.... United progress through to the 4th Round.


Chelsea 4 Portsmouth 0
Juan Mata scored along with Frank Lampard and a Ramires double (all in the 2nd half)
They will now face either MK Dons or QPR.


Done Deals (latest) in the EPL:

Arsenal:
Thierry Henry from New York Red Bulls (2 month loan)

Everton:
Landon Donovan from LA Galaxy (season loan)

Manchester United:
Paul Scholes from retirement (season loan)



Ballon D'Or Awards:




World Coach of the Year:

Nominees:

Sir Alex Ferguson
Pepe Guardiola
Jose Mourinho

Winner:
Pepe Guardiola

Pep Guardiola: Won 13 trophies with Barcelona so far in his 4 years at the club. 


World Goal of the Year:

Nominees:
Lionel Messi vs Arsenal
Neymar vs Flamengo
Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City

Winner:
Neymar

Probably the best 19-year-old player in the world.

Lucky goal with a bit of skill before chipping the goalkeeper..... All the nominations have something in common: Fluke goals which they will never score again.

World Player of the Year:

Nominees:
Cristiano Ronaldo
Xavi
Lionel Messi

Winner:
Lionel Messi


Messi: THE best player in the world.

Lionel Messi has been crowned the best player on the planet for the third year in a row after beating off competition from Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
 
The Argentina superstar helped Barcelona to La Liga, Champions League, Club World Cup, Uefa and Euro Super Cup glory bagging 53 goals in the calendar year in the process.