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Zenit 1-0 Lokomotiv: superior wing play proves decisive

April 16, 2010
Zenit 1-0 Lokomotiv: superior wing play proves decisive

A game that was simultaneously open and cagey – the midfields were free to roam in the wide open spaces with both defences playing deep, and yet neither side wanted to take charge of the game.
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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

April 15, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

Tottenham record their first league win over Arsenal for a decade, and simultaneously rule Arsenal out of the title race. Arsene Wenger’s side have been written off on at least two previous occasions, but this, surely, is the end of the road.
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Benfica 2-0 Sporting: the side who actually tried to score eventually did

April 15, 2010
Benfica 2-0 Sporting: the side who actually tried to score eventually did

For a contest that is often amongst the most exciting derbies in Europe, Sporting and Benfica have produced two really dull games this season. Benfica won this one because they offered some form of attacking threat. Sporting didn’t.
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Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

April 14, 2010
Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

When two teams play each other twice in quick succession, the second game is often boring and predictable – so the fact that there were eleven changes between the sides from the weekend’s line-ups was a welcome surprise.
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Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: The home side dominate, but miss too many chances

April 13, 2010
Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: The home side dominate, but miss too many chances

An enjoyable game that Leverkusen should have won, and ultimately it was a terrific weekend for Bayern – with Schalke suffering a surprise defeat, Bayern are now two points ahead of Schalke and six ahead of Leverkusen, with four games to play.
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Posted in Germany | 15 Comments »