Sports / April 8, 2009

A mostly predictable week, with some major exceptions

This past week, there was another round of World Cup qualifying matches, where the impossible happened.

Argentina, which is shaping up to be the greatest team in South America, lost to second-to-last ranked Bolivia. Not only that, they lost 6-1! Argentina even brought their best players, Messi, Tevez, Maxi, and most of the rest of their starting 11. A team like that losing badly to a team like Bolivia doesn’t happen very often, and I’m sure it’s something Bolivia’s not about to forget.

Also ranking high on the memorable scale was Poland’s 10-0 annihilation of San Marino. San Marino is a country about the size of Galesburg, which has only ever won one game, which was against Liechtenstein.

Spain and England both managed this week to pull off 2-1 wins against Turkey and Ukraine, respectively, while Brazil managed to pull off a 3-0 win against Peru. Here in the states, young Jozy Altidore shined with a hat-trick against Trinidad and Tobago.

After this exciting round of international games, the players returned to their clubs for a weekend of regular league games, most of which (but not all of which) ended predictably.

In England, the big four (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United) all pulled off wins in their own fashion. The most exciting of which was probably Man U’s 3-2 win against Aston Villa that was finalized in the 90th minute by 17-year-old Italian striker Federico Macheda.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid both got 1-0 wins. Likewise in Italy, where Milan and Inter won their games, with Juventus following with a disappointing 3-3 tie with Chievo. In Germany, things heated up a little bit with German giants Bayern Munich losing hope with a 5-1 loss against now first place VfL Wolfsburg. With the German Bundesliga still looking like anybody’s game, a loss like that always lets down the fans.

Gordon Barratt

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