Asian Champions League Winners, four-goal heroes in Spain, Real Madrid dumped out of the Copa del Rey and violence in Bolivian football all feature on this week’s the good, the bad and the ugly.
It was good for Japanese side Gamba Osaka as they became the second team from Japan to win the Asian Champions League in a row. They beat Australian side Adelaide 2-0 away to complete a 5-0 aggregate win. Brazilian forward Lucas scored twice in Australia but the real star of the show was Japanese international Yasuhito Endo, a class act.
Good for two top strikers in La Liga last weekend as Higuain from Real Madrid and Eto’o both scored four goals in their sides victories over Malaga and Valladolid respectively. There were slightly differences in that Eto’o scored his four in the first half in a 6-0 thrashing while Higuain’s goals came against a battling Malaga side in a 4-3 thriller.
Manchester United did not have a very good week. They were beaten by Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League to leave them 8 points behind the leaders and then learned that their English international Owen Hargreaves will be out for the rest of the season with knee trouble.
Pretty bad for Real Madrid too as they were dumped out of the Spanish Cup – Copa del Rey – by lowly third tier side Real Union on the away goals rule and this was despite Raul scoring his 300th goal for the club. Real Manager Bernd Schuster professed to not having a clue why his team were so poor. Problems ahead for Madrid it seems.
Problems too for Chelsea star Didier Drogba who on celebrating a goal in last night’s Carling Cup match against Burnley threw back a coin that one of the away fans had thrown onto the pitch. Though he apologised the Ivorian striker may face a suspension. Pretty ugly.
Bolivian champions Aurora had to apologise after a huge brawl broke out involving their players and the police last weekend against local rivals Wilstermann. Aurora’s goalkeeper used one of the corner flags as a weapon and tear gas had to be used to break up the stand off between the players and police. Ugly indeed! You can see the video here!