European Round up: Ghost Goals in Serie A and Barbarians in Dortmund


The Friday night game in the German top division saw Monchengladbach (3rd) host a bizarre Hamburg (12th) side who sit in the bottom half of the table, yet are unbeaten in an astonishing 7 away games.  Make that 8 as a 1-1 draw prevented Die Fohlan from going 2nd for 48 hours.

There was a huge game at the bottom as Augsburg (15th) leapfrogged Hertha (16th) by beating them 3-0 at home.  Hertha haven’t won a game since October and have now lost 7 in the last 8.  Augsburg’s win was also bad news for Kaiserslautern (17th) whose goal difference took a massive hit with a 4-0 loss at Mainz, and they now slip into 2nd bottom.

The big game on Sunday was Bayern Munich’s (2nd) home tie against Championship outsiders Schalke (4th).  Franck Ribery scored twice as the home side won 2-0 to all but end Schalke’s title hopes.  Munich also jump above Gladbach with the win.  All this of course is irrelevant if BVB continue to win, which they are, and impressively too.  To be fair, a 3-1 win at home to Hannover was nothing short of expected,  but they are now 4 pts clear and Bayern are fast running out of games…

1 BVB 52
2 Bayern 48
3 Gladbach 47
4 Schalke 44

*New feature alert.  Here is my Bundesliga goal of the week scored by Hannover’s Ya Konan (3rd video)

Ligue 1

Let’s try and sort out Ligue 1 starting with Saturday’s evening KO.  After a tough game against title rivals Montpellier last week, Ancelotti’s PSG (2nd) had another tricky one away to Lyon (5th) this week.  It ended up being an 8 goal bonanza with Mr Hoarau again popping up to score a brilliant late header, 4 mins into added time to make it 4-4.  However PSG’s one-point-gained was one place lost as Montpellier (1st) won 1-0 at home to Bordeaux (9th).

Elsewhere in the tight top 9, St Etienne (4th) hit the skids away to Auxerre (19th) with a scoreless draw, but Lille (3rd) were held 1-1 away to 10 man Rennes (6th) to keep the gap at 3pts for the 3rd Champions League spot.  Toulouse (7th) were big winners as they beat bottom placed Sochaux (20th) and Marseille suffered a Champions League hangover losing 1-0 at Brest (11th)

1 Montpellier 53
2 PSG 52
3 Lille 46
4 St Etienne 43

Serie A

Saturday saw the top two go at it in Milan as AC (1st) attempted to do what no one else has been able to do in the league this year; beat Juventus (2nd).  The only game I managed to watch this weekend ended 1-1 which was by far the worse result for Milan who bossed Juve all game.  It really should have been 2-0 to the home team too after Muntari’s effort was ruled not to have crossed the line.  Judge for yourself here.

On Sunday Udinese (3rd) had the chance to make up a bit of ground on the top two and duly did, beating Bologna (16th) 3-1 away.  Lazio (4th) and Napoli (5th) hung in there too by beating Fiorentina (15th) and Inter (7th) respectively 1-0.  As well as Inter’s ongoing and remarkable collapse, the biggest surprise was Atalanta’s (11th) 4-1 spanking of Luis Enrique’s Roma (6th).  At the bottom Siena were the big winners as their 4-1 win over Palermo (8th) lifted them out of the bottom 3.

1 AC Milan 51
2 Juventus 50
3 Udinese 45
4 Lazio 45

La Liga

If you want a quick and easy way to remember where everyone is in Spain, then tough, there isn’t one.  It’s a shit storm.  I mentioned last week that just two wins could get you from 15th to 4th.  Let’s see who got half way there.

Well, Rayo Vallecano (11th) and Atletico Madrid (9th) didn’t, but only because they were playing the top sides and running them both close.

Malaga (6th) got the weekend’s biggest result by beating bottom team Zaragoza (20th) 5-1 at home meaning they tip toe into the last of the European places.  It doesn’t matter what Valencia (3rd) do, they’re not moving, but they lost to Sevilla (10th) if you care. In the wacky race for the last remaining Champions League place, Levante (4th) came out on top this week with a fantastic 2-1 away win at rivals Espanyol (8th).  There are still 7 teams within 3 pts of that potentially lucrative 4th spot though.  Osasuna (7th) beat Grenada (16th) and free scoring Bilbao (5th) slipped down to 5th with a 2-2 draw with Villarreal (17th).

That pretty much concludes a humor free and unimaginative round up of this week’s European action.

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