Last week’s stories
CONCACAF Champions League was better for US sides, LA Galaxy winning with a 90th minute Juninho goal, Seattle getting a late equaliser and Colorado Rapids winning away. Dallas lost and will face Toronto in final game to see who progresses from that group. Joe Cole now has a goal for Lille in what has been an excellent start.
NEYMARWATCH: Ridiculous tekkers
The Chiqui Boys – a new football chat show from Paraguay, here is a teaser.
This week’s stories
Dwayne De Rosario of DC United hit a 9-minute hat trick the fastest ever in the MLS, as they stunned Real Salt Lake 4-1. The Canadian midfielder, winner of four MLS titles and one Champions League, also got the assist for the fourth goal earning him MLS player of the week.
Jeonbuk and Dong hit six
The AFC Champions League Quarter Final second leg’s took place this week and on Tuesday Jeonbuk Motors thumped Cerezo Osaka 6-1 to qualify 9-5 on aggregate. Veteran striker Lee Dong-Gook struck four times in Korea to take his tally for the tie to six having scored twice in the away game. He now has nine for the tournament and is the competition top scorer. In the Semi Finals Jeonbuk will line up against Saudi side Al Itthiad who beat Seoul FC. The only other Korean representative is Suwon Bluewings who tackle Qatar’s Al Sadd both teams defeating Iranian adversaries in the last 8 to progress.
Universidad de Chile break record
Nine victories in their opening nine games earned Universidad de Chile a new Chilean league record for the best start to a season, the run came to an end on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against Santiago Wanderers. One of the key men in the record run is winger Eduardo Vargas, the 21-year-old has scored six times in his last six games and is set to play for the national side with Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez injured.
Luque lost on the road
Paraguayan side Luque were not expected to beat Libertad away from home on Wednesday, but then again they are not expected to beat anybody away from home these days. It is now 24 games since Sportivo Luqueño have tasted victory away from the Feliciano Caceres, that was to Tacuary on 11 September 2010. The full run looks like this Pld 23 W 0 D 9 L 15 GF 12 GA 36. Home sweet home hey.
St.Anns are no better
So you thought Luque were on a bad run, over in Trinidad & Tobago St.Ann’s Rangers drew 3-3 in Tunapuna on Tuesday. That is now 11 games without a victory (home & away) including nine losses, in fact their record in the last 16 games includes 1 win, two draws, 13 defeats. Fortunately they have no game until October 18th to try to get things right.
African Nations moves South
South Africa was confirmed as the 2013 African Nations hosts with original choice Libya asking to swap due to the ongoing war. South Africa were due to host in 2017 but they’ll take the tournament while Libya will take the championships in 6 years time. It isn’t the first time South Africa have acted as a Plan B, they took cricket’s IPL for a year when India was rocked by terrorist attacks. Just to confuse matters the next African Nations is 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, but the idea is to move it to odd years to avoid clashes with the World Cup.
Pastore’s crossbar challenge
A French version of an old favourite, you’re allowed to place the ball on the edge of the centre-circle (controversial) – Javier Pastore and a couple of pals make it look easy (thanks as ever to 101 Great Goals for the clip).
Super Swedes Helsingborg
10 points ahead with three games to go means that Helsingborg are Allsvenskan champions, the seventh different winner in as many years, with the best attacking and defensive record of the teams it is easy to see why. Their topscorer to date is Rasmus Jonsson, since signed by Wolfsburg, with just 9 strikes as the goal scoring duties have been shared round the team. The league’s top marksman is Mattias Ranégie at Malmö with 21 goals, 18 of them scored at previous club Häcken.
Goal of the Week
I try to stay away from the big leagues here but, Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s counter attack was poetry in motion.
Stat of the Week
o.70 – Messi’s goal per game ratio in La Liga, Mario Kempes (who he has overtaken in the Argentine in La Liga scoring charts) averaged 0.57
Top Ten of the Week
I’m actually updating an old one here, with the unusual sight of four Englishmen contributing five goals in the Champions League I thought we should see who are the top scoring Englishmen of all-time in the Champions League.
10. Teddy Sheringham (Man Utd) – 8 goals
9. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – 9
8. Michael Owen (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Man Utd) – 11
7. Peter Crouch (Liverpool, Tottenham) – 13
6. David Beckham (Man Utd, Real Madrid) – 15
5. Andy Cole (Man Utd) -18
4. Steve Gerrard (Liverpool) – 19
3. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 20
2. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) – 24
1. Paul Scholes (Man Utd) – 25
Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became the 62nd, 63rd and 64th English goalscorers respectively, there have now been a total of 289 English goals in the Champions League. Three other English players have scored against Basel (Michael Owen, Gary Neville and Danny Murphy), Frank Lampard is only the second Chelsea player to score against Valencia, the first was Joe Cole. Oxlade-Chamberlain was the 12th Englishman to score against Greek opposition in the tournament, Tony Adams and Martin Keown the other Gunners to do so.
By Ralph Hannah