Porto 3-1 Benfica: Benfica’s champagne on ice

May 4, 2010
Porto 3-1 Benfica: Benfica’s champagne on ice

A fiery, high-tempo battle: Porto record a surprise win to keep the title race going until the final day, leaving Benfica three points ahead of 2nd-placed Braga ahead of next weekend’s fixtures. Read more »

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: goals change games

May 2, 2010
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: goals change games

In the end, Chelsea were comfortable, and effectively won the title today against a poor, tired Liverpool side that didn’t get a shot on target until the 91st minute of the match – but Liverpool had started the stronger. Read more »

Lazio 0-2 Inter: both sets of supporters happy with the result

May 2, 2010
Lazio 0-2 Inter: both sets of supporters happy with the result

A game almost identical in context to the Liverpool v Chelsea game: the away side going for the title, the home supporters half-heartedly supporting their own team, knowing that a win would play into the hands of their biggest rivals. Lo and behold, the same scoreline. Read more »

Milan 1-0 Fiorentina: Prandelli’s formation frustrates again

May 2, 2010
Milan 1-0 Fiorentina: Prandelli’s formation frustrates again

A game which had a distinctly end-of-season feel to it – Milan’s victory assured Champions League football for next season, whilst Fiorentina’s defeat continued their miserable end to the season. Read more »

Fulham 2-1 Hamburg: technical quality shines through

April 30, 2010
Fulham 2-1 Hamburg: technical quality shines through

A game literally ten times more enjoyable than the first leg, and probably a deserved result. Fulham, unbelievably, are in a European final, whilst Hamburg’s first game under their new manager resulted in a more spirited performance, but one that was no more cohesive. Read more »

Barcelona 1-0 Inter: Mourinho’s side progress – deservedly

April 28, 2010
Barcelona 1-0 Inter: Mourinho’s side progress – deservedly

There are times when the hype about Jose Mourinho is frustrating and cliched, there are times when it is fully deserved. Tonight was the latter in one of the great defensive performances ┬áin recent footballing history. Read more »

Barcelona v Inter: tactical preview

April 28, 2010
Barcelona v Inter: tactical preview

Inter take a 3-1 first leg lead to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona, in a fixture that finished 2-0 to Barca in group stage back in November. A repeat scoreline would send Barcelona through on the away goals rule, but here’s a statistic to blow your mind: in the history of the UEFA Champions League, nineteen ties have been decided on the away goals rule, but only five where the triumphant team lost the first leg. Read more »

Lyon 0-3 Bayern: Lyon disjointed, Bayern take advantage

April 27, 2010
Lyon 0-3 Bayern: Lyon disjointed, Bayern take advantage

A resounding victory for Bayern, a disappointing end to France’s exciting adventures in European football this season, and an underwhelming display from Lyon in their first European semi-final. Read more »

Roma 1-2 Sampdoria: awful second half display may cost Roma the title

April 26, 2010
Roma 1-2 Sampdoria: awful second half display may cost Roma the title

A shock result if you didn’t see the game – and even more of a shock result if you did. Roma were magnificent in the first half, but somehow let their lead slip, as Giampaolo Pazzini converted two left-wing crosses to hand Roma their first defeat in 26 league games. Read more »

Palermo 3-1 Milan: the home side more comfortable in their formation

April 25, 2010
Palermo 3-1 Milan: the home side more comfortable in their formation

Milan’s Scudetto hopes are officially over, whilst Palermo move up into a Champions League position. The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game, as Palermo’s front three terrorized Milan’s makeshift back four. Read more »