Blackpool 2-1 West Brom: nine-man West Brom almost snatch unlikely draw

November 2, 2010
Blackpool 2-1 West Brom: nine-man West Brom almost snatch unlikely draw

Two men sent off in the first half hour put West Brom on the back foot, but Blackpool couldn’t kill off the game. Read more »

Milan 1-2 Juventus: Allegri’s side dominate early on, but weakness in wide areas costs them again

November 1, 2010
Milan 1-2 Juventus: Allegri’s side dominate early on, but weakness in wide areas costs them again

Milan had more chances, but Juventus were more clinical and took three points away from the San Siro. Read more »

Barcelona 5-0 Sevilla: Sevilla unable to cope with high pressing, movement, or Daniel Alves

November 1, 2010
Barcelona 5-0 Sevilla: Sevilla unable to cope with high pressing, movement, or Daniel Alves

The showcase game of this La Liga round was effectively over before half-time. Read more »

Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham: Redknapp’s fears about set-pieces turn out to prove crucial

October 31, 2010
Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham: Redknapp’s fears about set-pieces turn out to prove crucial

Spurs played good football in the first half, but a sloppy goal put them on the back foot, and they never recovered. Read more »

Leverkusen 0-1: Mainz: Mainz go clear at the top thanks to Tuchel’s substitutions

October 27, 2010
Leverkusen 0-1: Mainz: Mainz go clear at the top thanks to Tuchel’s substitutions

Another impressive tactical decision from Thomas Tuchel, and another victory for Mainz. Read more »

Fenerbahce 0-0 Galatasaray: not enough support for the lone strikers

October 27, 2010
Fenerbahce 0-0 Galatasaray: not enough support for the lone strikers

Galatasaray ended their incredible ten-year losing streak at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium with a goalless draw. Read more »

Napoli 1-2 Milan: Oddo off the bench to provide overlaps for both Milan goals

October 26, 2010
Napoli 1-2 Milan: Oddo off the bench to provide overlaps for both Milan goals

A wet and windy night in Naples produced an entertaining game, and a victory for Milan over ten man Napoli. Read more »

Villarreal 2-0 Atletico: Villarreal impress with technical quality and ruthless finishing

October 26, 2010
Villarreal 2-0 Atletico: Villarreal impress with technical quality and ruthless finishing

A 2-0 win that was both aesthetically impressive and quietly professional, as Villarreal move back up to second place. Read more »

Inter 1-1 Sampdoria: Inter’s attackers struggle to break down Sampdoria’s two banks of four

October 25, 2010
Inter 1-1 Sampdoria: Inter’s attackers struggle to break down Sampdoria’s two banks of four

Inter dominated, Sampdoria took the lead, then Rafael Benitez’s side rallied late on to claim a point. Read more »

Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal: red card holds back City, but Arsenal impress in important win

October 24, 2010
Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal: red card holds back City, but Arsenal impress in important win

An early red card was the game’s key moment, but Arsenal played well on their way to an ultimately comfortable victory. Read more »

Celtic 1-3 Rangers: second half turnaround

October 24, 2010
Celtic 1-3 Rangers: second half turnaround

A typically fiery Old Firm derby saw Celtic lose their 100% record, and Rangers maintain theirs. Read more »

Tottenham 1-1 Everton: a good tactical battle

October 23, 2010
Tottenham 1-1 Everton: a good tactical battle

An exciting first half followed by a quieter second, and a result that reflects the balance of play. Read more »

Napoli 0-0 Liverpool: the home side not brave enough when going forward

October 22, 2010
Napoli 0-0 Liverpool: the home side not brave enough when going forward

A fairly uneventful 0-0 at the Stadio San Paolo. Read more »

Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan: little invention from attackers and a good result for neither

October 22, 2010
Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan: little invention from attackers and a good result for neither

A disappointing match in which both sides’ shooting ability deserted them. Read more »

Champions League chalkboards, matchday three

October 21, 2010
Champions League chalkboards, matchday three

A new feature on ZM for Champions League weeks. Read more »

Spartak Moscow 0-2 Chelsea: usual professional display from Ancelotti’s side

October 20, 2010
Spartak Moscow 0-2 Chelsea: usual professional display from Ancelotti’s side

Yuri Zhirkov’s stunning goal put Chelsea into a lead they never looked like giving up. Read more »

Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar: stalemate turns into a rout

October 20, 2010
Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar: stalemate turns into a rout

Arsenal started slowly but ended up thrashing a Shakhtar Donetsk side who offered no attacking threat until the final ten minutes. Read more »

Real Madrid 2-0 Milan: Early goals seal victory

October 20, 2010
Real Madrid 2-0 Milan: Early goals seal victory

An enjoyable contest between the two most successful sides in the history of the European Cup ended in a comfortable won for Real. Read more »

Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: Barca outmanoeuvred early on, but stage second half fightback

October 19, 2010
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: Barca outmanoeuvred early on, but stage second half fightback

Unai Emery’s tactics worked a treat, but pure quality shone through and Barcelona were rampant in the second half. Read more »

Sampdoria 2-1 Fiorentina: Mihajlovic’s woes continue as Fiorentina go bottom of the table

October 18, 2010
Sampdoria 2-1 Fiorentina: Mihajlovic’s woes continue as Fiorentina go bottom of the table

Fiorentina were ahead for the majority of the game, but two Sampdoria goals within 60 seconds sealed a remarkable turnaround. Read more »

Everton 2-0 Liverpool: scrappy Merseyside derby won by the side with more creativity

October 17, 2010
Everton 2-0 Liverpool: scrappy Merseyside derby won by the side with more creativity

New owners, but a familiar poor performance for Liverpool, as Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta’s goals won the match. Read more »

Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea: lack of finishing quality

October 17, 2010
Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea: lack of finishing quality

Chelsea dominated more as the game went on, but it was a game of missed chances. Read more »

The tall tale of Peter Crouch’s aerial abilities

October 15, 2010
The tall tale of Peter Crouch’s aerial abilities

Peter Crouch is a strange footballer in many ways. Read more »

Scotland 2-3 Spain: Scotland come back from two down, but plan B Llorente grabs winner

October 14, 2010
Scotland 2-3 Spain: Scotland come back from two down, but plan B Llorente grabs winner

Scotland scored two goals against the World Champions, but that still wasn’t enough to take any points from an exciting encounter. Read more »

England 0-0 Montenegro: England outnumbered in the centre and too predictable on the flanks

October 12, 2010
England 0-0 Montenegro: England outnumbered in the centre and too predictable on the flanks

Roughly a 50:50 split between a lack of English creativity and some good Montenegrin defending produced a goalless game at Wembley. Read more »

Ireland 2-3 Russia: Irish outpassed & outclassed

October 10, 2010
Ireland 2-3 Russia: Irish outpassed & outclassed

Ireland staged a comeback in the last twenty minutes, but were second best for the majority of this game. Read more »

Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy: Pirlo a class above, but poor finishing from both sides

October 9, 2010
Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy: Pirlo a class above, but poor finishing from both sides

Both sides had chances to win the game, but Northern Ireland emerge with a well-earned point. Read more »

Man City 2-1 Newcastle: tactical weaknesses exploited early on, before Johnson’s winner

October 5, 2010
Man City 2-1 Newcastle: tactical weaknesses exploited early on, before Johnson’s winner

A close game that Newcastle were slightly unfortunate to lose. Read more »

Inter 0-0 Juventus: defences come out in top in a disappointing Derby D’Italia

October 4, 2010
Inter 0-0 Juventus: defences come out in top in a disappointing Derby D’Italia

An entertaining first half, but a second period where both sides were happy to take a point. Read more »

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Arsenal suffer from Cole-Drogba combination yet again

October 3, 2010
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Arsenal suffer from Cole-Drogba combination yet again

You saw this one coming – Arsenal dominated possession, but Chelsea were more clinical. Read more »

Parma 0-1 Milan: Pirlo’s 40-yard strike wins it

October 3, 2010
Parma 0-1 Milan: Pirlo’s 40-yard strike wins it

Andrea Pirlo’s wonderul goal gave Milan all three points at the Tardini. Read more »