The actual playing of football was secondary to the setting of footballing records this weekend. Real Madrid tied Gareth Bale down to a new six year contract, which the player himself says he ‘fully expects’ to see out. Understandable, given that the deal is worth a reported $735,000 per week. The world’s gone mad, etc and so forth.
Over in England, Sunderland also rewrote the record books, completing the worst ever start to a Premier League campaign in the competition’s 23 year history – just two points from their opening 10 games. Needless to say, Yalla’s resident Sunderland supporter is currently focusing on the Iraqi national teams.
To the games then, where Sunderland briefly got back into their home tie against Arsenal, levelling to 1-1 from the penalty spot. Arsenal got angry, and rattled off 3 goals in a seven minute spell which will have left David Moyes scratching his head, and Arsene Wenger delighted to be tied on points at the top of the league. Yalla’s Gooner refused to revel in the win, instead choosing to spar with the Liverpool fan in the corner.
Liverpool’s impressive 4-2 away win at Crystal Palace puts them third on goal difference, on the same points as table topping Manchester City, who swept past West Brom 4-0. Fourth placed Chelsea seem to have found their mojo, registering a 2-0 victory at Southampton. Chelsea success must be getting to Jose Mourinho, who was sent to the stands during Manchester United’s disappointing 0-0 at home to newly promoted Burnley. At the bottom West Ham, Hull and Swansea all lost on the road, offering some succour for Sunderland.
Let’s start at the foot of the table in La Liga, where Granada are almost as bad as Sunderland. The team showed some spirit in keeping the score to just 1-0 at Barcelona, but they remain winless with just 3 points. Barcelona are in second place, two points behind Real Madrid, who were more convincing in a 4-1 win away to Alaves, Ronaldo registering his 40th hat trick for the Whites. Atletico Madrid kept in the chase with a 4-2 win against Malaga, leaping to third over Sevilla who could only manage a draw with Sporting Gijon, now in the bottom three.
In the Friday night game Real Sociedad took three points from their visit to Leganes. On Sunday office mascots Eibar beat Villarreal 2-1, Atletico Bilbao drew with Osasuna, Espanyol sneaked a 1-0 win at Real Betis and Las Palmas and Celta Vigo thrilled in a 3-3 draw. Deportivo and Valencia also drew, 1-1 in the Monday night game.