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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 5 goals, PSG and Pardew

On this week’s review section we look back at some of the first games of the Spanish and English seasons and wonder what is happening in Paris. You can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.

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Good

A good weekend in the Premier League for both Fulham and Swansea as they opened their 2012-13 campaigns with a pair of convincing 5-0 thrashings – against Norwich and QPR respectively. While in La Liga Barcelona and Betis also hit five in their wins against Real Sociedad and Bilbao.

Bad

It has not been a good start to the French season for big-spending Paris Saint Germain as they drew their second game in a row, this time a scoreless affair against lowly Ajaccio. That’s no wins from two games for the team from the French capital despite spending nearly 100 million Euros in the close season.

Ugly

After warning his players to behave more like the Olympic athletes, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew found himself in hot water with the English authorities after he pushed the assistant referee in his side’s win at home to Spurs. Pardew tried to laugh it off but he needs to practice what he preaches.

Vocabulary

thrashings: Heavy defeats

big-spending: PSG have the biggest budget in France thanks to support from Qatari owners

in a row: Consecutively; one after another

scoreless affair: A 0-0 draw; no goals

lowly: A team that is not very strong and will probably finish near the bottom

the close season: The break between the end of the season and the start of the new one

found himself in hot water: To be in trouble

to laugh it off: To make light of something; to make it appear not very serious

to practice what he preaches. : Needs to do what he says; be more consistent in his actions

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