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A Big Freeze In Europe And A Freeze Out In England: It’s Your European Football Round-Up

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Check back every Monday for BC Magazine's "Euroscore" Round-up of matches from the weekend!

England
The top five all scored a huge blank over a dull Premiership weekend. Fulham held Liverpool to a hard earned 0-0 draw at Anfield. Manchester United and Aston Villa drew a blank at Villa Park and Chelsea did the same at home to struggling Newcastle United.

Meanwhile Arsenal had a worst weekend losing 0-3 at Manchester City having left deposed captain William Gallas in London. Cesc Fabregas has been named the new captain of the misfiring Gunners. All in all though it was a pretty much a non eventful weekend.

Spain
An interesting game between Osasuna and Almeria saw six bookings and a sending off when Guilherme was shown a red card after only ten minutes. The score was 3-1 to Osasuna. Unconvincing Real Madrid scraped a 1-0 home win over Recreativo Huelva whilst Barcelona could only draw 1-1 at home to Getafe.

Italy
The big game of the weekend saw Internazionale beat Juventus 1-0 at the San Siro. Fiorentina beat Udinese 4-2 in an ill tempered match. Meanwhile AC Milan drew 2-2 at Torino with goals from Pato and a superbly taken free kick by Ronaldinho.

France
Lyon lost 1-0 at resurgent Paris St. Germain, Lyon's Juninho sent off for a bad challenge. The St. Etienne nightmare continues. Beaten at home by second place Nice they are now bottom with ten points. Marseille came back from 0-2 at home to Lille to draw with an injury time goal from Zenden.

A major cup shock took place in the French cup when Ligue 2 leaders Racing Club de Lens went out on penalties to local amateur side Arras. The game, switched to the Lens stadium, was played in a freezing blizzard. Arras only had to travel a couple of kilometres to the game and the 'journey' would prove to be well worth the effort.

It ended 0-0 after extra time. Lens missed their first two penalties taken by Sartre and Doumeng, both of which were heroically saved by the Arras keeper. Croatian international Vedran Runje in the Lens goal was unable to stop the non league side achieving a sensational victory in the shoot out by 4 to 2.

Mind you by then the Lens supporters in the crowd, including me, had lost the will to live, meekly going home to defrost.

Portugal
Surprise leaders Leixoes won away at Rio Ave to stay top in a game marred by 10 bookings and a red card for Rio’s Mateus (who saw rosé). All in all in the six games played there was an astonishing total of 43 yellow cards and 5 red. Christmas spirit? Forget it.

Germany
Bayer Leverkusen fans must be wondering why their team self destructs when they get within reach of the top spot. They managed to lose 1-2 at lowly Armenia Bielefeld, hardly championship form. Bayern Munich thrashed bottom side Energie Cottbus 4-1 despite an early Cottbus goal. Ribery and Toni are outdoing each other for Bayern's man of the moment.

Two newly promoted sides met in Cologne where the surprise side of the season TSG Hoffenheim went back to the top winning 3-1. Once again Vedad Ibisevic scored two goals taking his total for the season to 17. How long will it be before he is off somewhere more glamorous?

In the big northern derby Hamburg beat Werder Bremen 2-1 despite Diego's superb free kick equaliser for the visitors.

Belgium
My match for Saturday took place in near ice age conditions at bottom club KSV Roeselare who were playing FC Dender. The home side took a second minute lead following a neatly done, fast attack which saw Jimmy Mulisa score. Dender hit back with a header from Destorme on 13 minutes and then took the lead when a long range effort from Sylia hit the Roeselare keeper, by now frozen solid, who could only help it into the net.

By this time no one was laughing as blocks of ice rained down from on high. Roeselare broke to equalise with a well taken Betremieux goal in the last minute. It was a draw, far from a bore, and we all went home unable to change whatever expression we had on our faces just prior to the arrival of the second ice age.

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