EPL Matchdays #2 & 3

Fulham 1 Middlesbrough 2
Bad news for US National Soccer team fans. Brian McBride severely injured himself while scoring a goal on 16 minutes. After a cross in from the right side, McBride stopped the ball with his left foot, and struck with his right foot into the bottom right of Middlesbrough’s goal. However, the action of planting the left foot caused McBride to dislocate his left kneecap, and possibly cause a fracture. After that, things went quickly downhill for the Cottagers. Fulham’s Hameur Bouazza dislocated a shoulder, Goalkeeper Tony Warner gave up a howler of a goal on an innocuous shot from new Tottenham transfer Mido. It was the second atrocious goal allowed by Warner in 2 games. Arsenal summer transfer Jeremie Aliadiere made a wonderful cross to Lee Cattermole for Middlesbrough to take a 2-1 lead. There was even more controversy at the end, as Fulham’s David Healy appeared to score, but the assistant referee failed to give the goal before Mark Schwarzer pushed the ball back across the line into play. TV replays and Barclays virtual replay show the ball fully across the line.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

Jose Mourinho’s charges should consider themselves lucky to leave Anfield with a point after a controvertial penalty kick was given on a play where Florent Malouda wasn’t even playing the ball inside the 18 yard box. Frank Lampard buried the PK, and evened the score. Both Steven Gerrard and Manager Rafa Benitez were furious with the decision. As an Aston Villa supporter, I can only say that the referee’s decisions have evened things out on the Liverpool side of the ledger, as I don’t believe that Gerrard’s free kick should have been given v. Villa on Matchday #1. Liverpool’s goal was the result of a lovely ball from Gerrard to Fernando Torres, who blew past defender Tal Ben Haim down the left wing, and slotted a right footed shot past Petr Cech and into the bottom right corner of Chelsea’s goal. It was also a very chippy game as referee Rob Styles handed out 9 yellow cards. For Liverpool, Kuyt, Pennant, Gerrard, and Carragher went into the book, as Essien, Ben-Haim, Ashley Cole, Lampard and John Terry were carded for Chelsea.

Manchester United 0 Manchester City 1
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad kept up it’s 100% start to the season, after Geovanni’s strike hit United defender Nemanja Vidic and swerved into the far left side of the goal, past a diving Edwin Van der Sar. United had several chances to score, but Micah Richards and GK Kasper Schmeichel, son of legendary United GK Peter, kept Man Utd off of the scoresheet. It’s now 9 points out of 9 accumulated by Man City, and the defending champions have only 2 out of 9 possible with draws home v. Reading and at Portsmouth. See what Ericksson had to say here.

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