In answer to last week’s question, no he didn’t. We are talking Kaka of course and his proposed transfer from AC Milan to Manchester City. He decided to stay in Milan and the story died a death in record time.
As if to underline his commitment to the Milan giants he scored twice this weekend in a 4-1 win at Bologna. Meanwhile City spent some of the money that has been burning a hole in their pockets signing Hamburg’s Nigel De Jong for an undisclosed amount.
One thing for sure is that any team contacted by City regarding the possibility of buying one of their players will know that whatever money they were prepared to spend on Kaka is still there…
It was FA Cup weekend. The only shock came when holders Portsmouth were unceremoniously dumped out by Swansea City. Swansea will now be at home to another worried Premiership side Fulham who safely got past a potential banana skin winning 4-2 at non league Kidderminster Harriers. In fact the home side came back twice only to leak two very late Fulham goals in the space of a minute by their expensive forward line of Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora.
Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists Cardiff City held Arsenal to a 0-0 in Wales. Liverpool and Everton finished 1-1 in a tense game at Anfield. Chelsea huffed and puffed their way past Ipswich Town 3-1, West Ham won 2-0 at Hartlepool, and in the all Premiership clash at Old Trafford Manchester United beat Spurs 2-1, with two goals in two minutes from Scholes and ex Spurs star Berbatov.
Doncaster Rovers held high flying Aston Villa to an impressive 0-0 draw.
The 5th round draw will see United visit the winners of the Derby County, Nottingham Forest replay. Meanwhile Chelsea travel to Watford.
As Manchester City look for other ways to spend their money Kaka scored twice for AC Milan, including a penalty, in a convincing 4-1 away win at Bologna. The game also saw David Beckham pick up another yellow card, but also score his first for the club. The other Milan goal came from Seedorf.
Table topping Inter, who have recently hit a rocky patch, losing last week 3-1 at Atalanta, regained some ground by beating Sampdoria 1-0 at the San Siro. Inter’s goal came in injury time at the end of the first half and was scored by Adriano.
Lazio were soundly thrashed 1-4 at home by a resurgent Cagliari. Lazio in fact took an early lead through a Rocchi goal after only three minutes, but found themselves 1-2 down following a brace from Jeda before ten minutes had been played. When Cagliari added a third after 20 minutes it proved too much for the home side and a 4th before half time sealed the game.
In the relegation fight at the bottom Lecce and Torino shared six goals in a thriller. Meanwhile Reggina lost 0-1 to fellow strugglers Chievo in a game that could prove very costly indeed.
Napoli lost 0-3 at home to AS Roma, and Juventus kept in touch with Inter by beating Fiorentina at home 1-0 with a goal from Marchisio.
Inter stay top on 46, Juventus 2nd on 43, Milan 3rd on 40, and Genoa move into 4th on 36.
At the bottom it is all starting to look very interesting.
Reggina are stuck on 13 after that defeat, Chievo the side who beat them now have a three point gap on 16, level with Torino who are two behind Lecce.
During the week Reggina go to Torino, whilst Lecce travel to Chievo. All vital games.
Aberdeen have made quite an impact on the top of the table over the last fortnight. Last week they beat Celtic 4-2 and on Saturday they drew 0-0 at home to Rangers. Those two results mean that Rangers have gained two points on their rivals at the top, despite Celtic beating Hibernian at Celtic Park 3-1.
Celtic got off to a flier and were two up after only 9 minutes through goals from McDonald and McManus. Hibs hit back on 17 minutes through Jones but Celtic made it safe at 3-1 through Scott McDonald’s second. Hearts beat bottom side Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-2.
Celtic stay top on 54, Rangers are now on 50, Dundee United regained 3rd place beating St. Mirren 3-2 and are on 38.
At the bottom Inverness have 17, two points behind Falkirk who drew 1-1 at Motherwell.
Standard Liege secured top spot by winning 1-0 at Westerlo. Elsewhere Club Brugge surprisingly lost 3-1 at Zulte-Waregem, whilst Racing Genk moved up into 4th spot by beating relegation threatened RAEC Mons 2-0.
Cercle Brugge whose good form saw them win at Anderlecht last week managed to lose 0-1 at home to KV Kortrijk. Germinal Beerschot Antwerp did their lowly position the power of good by winning at FC Dender, who are second bottom.
KSV Roeselare, who have spent the entire season rooted to the foot of the table, ran out 3-1 home winners over Charleroi. It could prove vital and keeps them in touch with Dender who are just two points ahead on 15. Certainly Roeselare have been active in the January sales and have made several signings in a bid to escape the drop. Mechelen and Mouscron fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Standard Liege are now top on 40, Anderlecht are 2nd with a game in hand on 38, Club Brugge are 3rd on 34, Genk move to 4th on 33, and Cercle Brugge are now 5th on 31.
In the Salonica derby Aris drew 0-0 with PAOK, who stay in 2nd spot 12 points behind leaders Olympiakos who won 2-1 at home to OFI Crete.
In the surprise of the day improving FC Groningen beat 2nd placed Ajax 1-0 with a 39th minute goal from Holla. Ajax also had Vertonghen sent off after 87 minutes for a second yellow.
Elsewhere top of the table AZ Alkmaar pulled further ahead when they beat struggling De Graafschap 2-0. Twente Enschede cut the gap on Ajax by beating Heracles away 2-1. Meanwhile Feyenoord had to wait for an injury time equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Willem II. PSV Eindhoven and NAC shared four goals in a thrilling encounter.
AZ are top on 47, Ajax 2nd on 41, a point ahead of Twente in 3rd. At the bottom Volendam have 11, Roda JC have 15, and De Graafschap are one better on 16.
Top of the table Porto won 2-0 at Braga. Meanwhile Lisbon clubs Benfica and Sporting were held to draws. Benfica drew 0-0 at Belenenses in a game with ten yellow cards and a sending off for Benfica’s Miquelvitor. Sporting drew 1-1 at Nacional.
Porto stay top on 31 a point ahead of Benfica. Sporting are on level points but are 3rd on a slightly worst goal difference, and Leixoes are 4th on 27.
At the bottom Rio Ave are stuck on 10, Vitoria Setubal and Trofense who lost 1-3 at home to Pacos Ferreira are both on 12.
Real Madrid captain Raul moved to within one goal from equalising legendary foward Alfredo di Stefano’s record of 307 goals for the club. Raul’s 306th came in the 39th minute in the 1-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna when he deflected Lassana Diarra’s cross into the net with the side of his head. They all count and he should soon make history soon as Real Madrid’s most productive player ever.
Barcelona kept up their amazing goalscoring exploits by beating Numancia 4-1 in the Nou Camp. Lionel Messi scored twice with the others coming from Henry and Eto’o. They now have an incredible goal difference of plus 49. Getafe beat Sporting Gijon 5-1, whilst Sevilla lost at home to Racing Satander 0-2.
Barca are top twelve points clear of Real who are on 41 points. Sevilla hang on to 3rd with 38, four points ahead of Valencia.
It was cup time here in France this weekend. Ligue 1 side Toulouse ruthlessly disposed of amateur side Schirrhein away 8-0. Lille won at nearby CFA side Dunkerque 3-0. PSG won 3-0 at GFCO Ajaccio, Monaco beat neighbours Nice 1-0, whilst lowly Grande Synthe from the north coast fell to Ligue 1 Grenoble at home 3-1.
Next week sees German football return, and we will be at the Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen match and will, of course, bring back a match report.
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