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FC Barcelona finished pre-season with a 2-0 victory over Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest with the goals coming courtesy of a typically composed finish from Lionel Messi and a delightful (Messi-esque) chip from Ibrahim Afellay wear nike soccer cleats. The Blaugrana dominated proceedings at the National Arena in Bucharest, and on another night they could have scored so many more. The win ensured that Barcelona ended their pre-season unbeaten, but the big news comes in the shape of a long-awaited return to action for David Villa, who played 20 minutes in his comeback from a broken leg. The big news prior to kick-off involved David Villa wear adidas f50 adizero trx, who was ruled fit enough for a place on the bench, paving the way for his potential return from injury. There were also a few surprises in Tito's starting XI, as Dani Alves started at right-back despite missing training during the week with a slight knock, while Jordi Alba made his first start for the club. All in all, it was a very strong line-up, and save for Marc Bartra and potentially Cesc Fàbregas, it might just be the strongest XI at Tito's disposal, and it didn't take long for Barcelona's superiority to show. Just four minutes into the match and the Blaugrana broke the deadlock. Barcelona were looking comfortable in possession, using the ball well in the opening stages of the game, but it was their attitude off the ball that created the goal. A Dinamo defender was dallying in possession, so Alexis Sanchez moved in to nick the ball away and make the pass to Messi wear adidas soccer cleats. It may well have been Leo's first touch of the game, but it wasn't going to make a difference as La Pulga dropped a shoulder to shake off the challenge of Grigore and curled a left-footed shot into the far corner of the net. After going 90 minutes against Manchester United without scoring, the goal was a huge boost. Minutes later Sanchez was at it again, pressuring the Dinamo keeper into a poor clearance, and then moments later he turned creator once more, beating his man on the left to send in a low cross, but Messi couldn't keep his effort down. Messi also had another chance on the 16th minute after good work on the left-flank by Jordi Alba, but having controlled Alba wear nike mercurial vapor viii driven cross, Messi couldn't engineer enough space for a decent effort on goal. Heavily favouring the left-hand side of the field, Barca were creating chance after chance against a shaky Dinamo defense with Alexis Sanchez causing the most problems with his relentless pressing. Dinamo quite simply couldn't cope with Barcelona's creativity and the sheer number of bodies that they were committing to each attack, and Messi had yet another chance to extend Barca's lead. Playing a one-two with childhood teammate Cesc Fabregas wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite, Messi tried to catch the keeper off-guard at the near post, but he could only find the side-netting. Around the 35 minute mark, Pedro and Alexis swapped wings meaning that Pedro could try his luck down the left-hand side. Just like with Sanchez, Alba built up an instant rapport with his compatriot, freeing him with a delightful lobbed pass, but on that occasion, Pedro's control deserted him. However, when Alba played Pedro in again just minutes later, his control was better, but this time his finishing was a little off as he swerved his shot wide of the far post. Pedro turned creator for Barcelona's next chance, playing the ball into the six-yard box towards Dani Alves wear adidas adiPower predator, but under pressure from the Dinamo defense, the Brazilian couldn't divert the ball goal-wards. It was the final chance of an impressive first-half showing from the Catalans, but heading into the break, it was only 1-0 to Barcelona. As we have grown accustomed to in Barcelona's pre-season matches, Tito utilised the half-time break to make a number of changes as Martin Montoya, Javier Mascherano wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Andres Iniesta and Ibrahim Afellay all took the field with Dani Alves, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas and Alexis all making way. That meant that Sergi Roberto was at pivote, presumably with a view to judging whether or not Barca needs to sign a new midfielder in the coming weeks. Dinamo started the second half, forcing a corner and a good save out of Victor Valdes, although they were going to have to improve further if they were to salvage a result out of the game. The half-time subs had affected Barcelona's rhythm so it took them a good 15-20 minutes to get back into their stride, but when they did, the chances started to come in thick and fast once again. Iniesta had a chance to double the lead with a lob over the Dinamo keeper, although somewhat uncharacteristically his technique was lacking and he lifted the effort well over the bar. This was around the hour mark, and Tito took this as a signal to make yet more substitutions as Ilie, Cristian Tello and Andreu Fontas wear nike total 90 laser iv were brought (for Xavi, Pedro and Bartra) on with the latter making his return after seven months out with a knee injury. Tello made an instant impact, straying offside within seconds of arriving on the field. Barcelona nearly created another chance, and it won't surprise you to know that Messi and Iniesta were the players involved. The Argentine fed Iniesta, who was positioned on the edge of the Dinamo box, and shielding the ball from the challenge of a defender, Andres played it back to Messi with a superb back-heel. Leo was tackled before he could get his shot off, but it was a good move from the Blaugrana wear adidas adipure 11pro. Then, with a little over 15 minutes remaining, David Villa returned to the field. Sidelined since December with a broken leg, he replaced Sergi Roberto (who may or may not be injured) to a good ovation from the Romanian crowd. It was great to see El Guaje back, even if he couldn't seal his comeback with a goal. Rafinha replaced Lionel Messi with 76 minutes on the clock which coincidentally allowed Villa the space he needed to play a one-two and even if he ran out of space to control the return pass, it was promising play nonetheless. 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For a while Paolo Di Canio seemed in danger of finishing this match naked. The more frustrated the Italian grew at his team's dishevelled display, the more clothes he discarded wear nike soccer cleats. Midway through the first half he hurled his coat into the dugout, early in the second he jettisoned his suit jacket, so when Lee Cook scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Leyton Orient in the 59th minute, the pitchside photographers who track Di Canio wear adidas soccer cleats every strop began to look forward to a bumper payday. "I was very hot and not just because of the weather," said Di Canio, who resisted the urge to remove any further garments, although he did twice have to be spoken to by the referee for stomping onto the pitch to complain about time-wasting as the minutes ticked away wear adidas f50 adizero trx. "But I throw my jacket around [rather] than treat my players that way," reasoned the manager, which is not to say he refrained from tearing strips of his squad after what he described as Swindon's worst performance in his 15-month tenure at the club. Di Canio has emerged as one of the most interesting managerial prospects in England since surprisingly taking charge at the Country Ground wear nike mercurial vapor viii - and the intrigue is set to grow now that his team have lost three matches in a row for the first time in his reign. How he responds to this adversity will be fascinating, as will his players' reaction to his response. The manager has publicly lambasted several members of his squad already this season wear adidas adipure 11pro, but despite deteriorating performances, he has no intention of sparing their feelings now. "I don't change, they have to change," said Di Canio before pointing out that last season's surge to the League Two title began after he publicly denounced the players as "Chihuahuas" following a meek start to that campaign. He has, however, made one concession to the squad, reluctantly granting them [Sunday] off after three matches in six days. "After an empty performance they say they need a day off and I say wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii 'OK, if that is the magic potion to help us win at Carlisle next week, you can have it'. But that is also a sign of a weak mentality. I would also like a day off but I work 24 hours a day to get better. I analyse myself and they need to analyse themselves too. Maybe I overestimated them after our good start to the season." And what a good start it was. Swindon won four of their first five matches after last season's excellent promotion, the most recent victory, just two weeks ago, being a 4-3 triumph over Stoke City in the League Cup wear nike total 90 laser iv. But the manager turned as soon as results went bad, ridiculing the goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after last week's 4-1 defeat at Preston and blaming the defender Aden Flint for the mid-week elimination from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by local rivals Oxford United. Both those players say they have accepted the manager's comments, but Di Canio's challenging methods have led to fall-outs with several players, notably Leon Clarke, the striker who left within two weeks of joining last season, following a fight with the manager, and Paul Caddis wear nike tiempo legend iv elite, the erstwhile captain who was loaned out to Birmingham after a dispute with Di Canio in the summer. "The manager has a right to be upset with us after that one," said the midfielder Raffaele De Vita after the latest defeat. Orient arrived at Swindon without a point to their name this season, but it was the hosts who looked short of confidence as the visitors were sharper and more cohesive. Only shoddy finishing by Cook and Kevin Lisbie wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite prevented Orient from taking the lead in a first half in which Swindon did not have a shot on target despite their most creative player, Matt Ritchie, returning from injury after missing the last two defeats. Swindon improved slightly in the second period and Ritchie twice forced saves with snapshots. But Orient responded and seized the lead just before the hour mark when Dean Cox slashed a cross from Leon McSweeney into the path of Cook, who was unmarked as he fired into the net from six yards. Di Canio made three substitutions in an attempt to get back into the game and one of them, Adam Rooney wear adidas adiPower predator, should have equalised in the 66th minute. Collecting a flick-on from a throw-in, the striker held off the defender but steered a low shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
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Bayern was in imperious form as it continued its 100 percent Bundesliga record by trouncing Stuttgart 6-1 at the Allianz Arena wear cheap soccer cleats. Record Bundesliga signing Javi Martinez made his debut for Bayern Munich Sunday, but they hardly needed his help. The Bavarians scored six goals in less than 20 minutes of play on the way to their second win of the season. As expected, Bayern set the tempo early in the first half wear cheap adidas soccer cleats. They controlled a majority of possession, but their passing failed them in the final third. Instead, it was Stuttgart who took an early lead off an amazing Martin Harnik effort. Arthur Boka sent in a free kick from the left wing, and Harnik volleyed the ball across goal from the far post. Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer wear cheap nike soccer cleats was left helpless, and suddenly the visitors were leading 1-0. Unfortunately for Stuttgart, the goal awakened a previously subdued Bayern. Seven minutes later, Thomas Müller poked home the rebound off a Mario Mandzukic shot to equalize. Sixty seconds afterwards, midfielder Toni Kroos wear cheap puma soccer cleats fired a long-range ball into the top right corner of the net for a 2-1 lead. But Bayern were not finished. Shortly before halftime, Brazilian Luis Gustavo hit another long-range shot with his left foot. The ball curled too far to keeper Sven Ulreich's right, and the hosts had a 3-1 lead going into halftime. When play resumed, Bayern went on an amazing run, scoring three goals in just four minutes to make it 6-1, crushing any hopes of a Stuttgart comeback. Mandzukic, Muüller, and Bastian Schweinsteiger wear cheap mizuno soccer cleats all found the back of the net in what was an incredible lack of defensive cohesion from the visiting Swabians. Things somehow got worse for Stuttgart in the 74th minute when their Bosnian international striker, Vedad Ibisevic, was shown a straight red for lashing out at Bayern defender Jerome Boateng. After clashing with Boateng in a battle for the ball, Ibisevic wear adidas f50 adizero trx jumped up and appeared to hit the defender with his chest. The referee had seen enough, and Ibisevic was gone. The ejection seemed to calm down the game. The 77th-minute introduction of Martinez, signed from Athletic Bilbao for 40 million Euros ($50 million) on Wednesday, excited the crowd somewhat. His presence was hardly needed, though, as the game had long been decided by that point. Bayern now sit atop the Bundesliga table with six points and a plus-eight goal differential. Stuttgart, meanwhile, sit in last place with zero points after two games wear adidas adipure 11pro. It has been a tough start for the club, which has not won in Munich for two and a half years. Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti was the star of the afternoon in Wolfsburg, not finding the back of the net himself, but setting up every goal. Hanover started the first half with plenty of confidence, creating plenty of chances. Captain Steve Cherundolo wear nike mercurial vapor 9 came close to scoring when his shot from outside the box fell just wide of the post in the fifth minute. Soon after, defender Karim Haggui gave the visitors the lead when he headed home a Huszti corner. Hanover continued to control the game, and Wolfsburg were unlucky to capitalize on what was their best chance up to that point. Former Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii broke free with the ball and headed down the left into a one-on-one chance with keeper Ron-Robert Zieler in the 23rd minute. The Croatian took one touch too many, though, and a Hanover defender caught up to him, forcing his shot high and over the bar. Wolfsburg's short-lived spell of control proved to be an aberration when just three minutes later striker Artur Sobiech put the visitors 2-0 up. A giveaway from Brazilian midfielder Josue started a Hanover counter attack. Huszti sent in a ball from the left flank that Sobiech wear nike mercurial vapor 8 finished confidently, giving the Hungarian his second assist of the afternoon. The visitors kept the pressure on in the second half. Just seven minutes after play resumed, Danish midfielder Leon Andreasen connected with a Huszti free kick, heading home his team's third goal of the evening. Not five minutes later, Huszti wear adidas predator lz again played the role of provider, sending a cross into the center of the box. Sobiech was there to meet the ball, sending his shot into the top right corner of the net and completing his brace. 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Stoke City twice fought back from a goal down to claim a point against Wigan after a tremendous 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium wear mercurial vapor 8. Shaun Maloney's penalty gave Wigan an early lead but Stoke were handed a way back into the game after Maynor Figueroa blatantly handled in the area, and Jonathan Walters tucked away the penalty five minutes before half-time. Wigan was back in front just three minutes after the break though, with Franco Di Santo fine finish capping an excellent move from the Lancashire club. Stoke, however, would not give up and deservedly hit back for a second time through Peter Crouch, who headed home after being set up by Walters. Charlie Adam almost made the headlines after his free-kick was horribly deflected goalbound by Gary Caldwell, but a fine save from Ali-Al Habsi wear nike mercurial vapor 8 saved a point for The Latics. 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Wigan received a slight blow with Beausejour seeing his afternoon cut short after going down on the left and landing awkwardly, with Martinez forced to replace him with David Jones just before the half-hour mark. Stoke did then have the ball in the net a few minutes later but the whistle had already gone, with Jonathan Walters adjudged to have fouled Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi wear cheap nike soccer cleats as the ball rolled into the net, meeting with a sarcastic cheer from the home fans who were enjoying the afternoon. Just minutes later, Figueroa was again in the limelight for the wrong reasons, and the Honduras international will be disappointed with his part in Stoke equalizing goal. The ball came to Peter Crouch in the area, and the former Tottenham striker juggled the ball before looping it in the air. 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Frank Lampard knows that England's rally against Ukraine was good for the process of World Cup qualifying. Frank Lampard wear nike soccer cleats has called for patience as England attempt to integrate younger players into the senior setup over the course of their World Cup qualification campaign, but insists there were still positives to be picked up from Tuesday's draw with Ukraine at Wembley. The Chelsea midfielder's late penalty, his 26th international goal, salvaged a point for the home side after England initially struggled to contain slippery opponents. Roy Hodgson wear adidas soccer cleats had been handicapped by the absence of 12 senior players for the fixture, with the youngsters in the ranks who had excelled in defeating Moldova last week duly struggling to muster repeat performances against more imposing rivals, yet there was encouragement to be had from the hosts' late rally to secure a draw. "Of course it won't click straight away," said Lampard wear nike mercurial vapor viii, who will captain the side, form and fitness permitting, for next month's visit of San Marino in the absence of the suspended Steven Gerrard. "Sometimes it won't click at all. It's international football. Ukraine are no mugs. We have a mixture of young players and more experienced players, and we're trying to find the right blend wear adidas f50 adizero trx. We can get excited about a win in Moldova but you have to understand that it's a process of getting where we want to be. Ukraine was another night in the process. "They're a good team. They have some quality players, wingers who are good on the ball, so this group was never going to be easy. Poland and Montenegro aren't mugs, either, and can cause you problems wear adidas adipure 11pro. They've drawn already, so the group's well balanced. The point against Ukraine seems to me like a good point at the moment. San Marino we should win, and then Poland [four days later] will give us a tough game. But we have to learn. If there was a negative to take from the Ukraine game, it was that, if a team goes man to man in midfield and tightens up, maybe lets our defence have it, that's where we need to show more invention wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii. But it's hard to be too critical. We kept going and got the point we deserved at the very least." Two of those absent at Wembley on Tuesday, Ashley Cole and John Terry wear adidas predator lz, returned to training at Chelsea on Wednesday after ankle injuries and hope to be fit to feature for their club in Saturday's potentially combustible west London derby at Queens Park Rangers. Both would expect to play in next month's games against San Marino and Poland, in Warsaw, with Hodgson hopeful to have other significant performers restored by then wear nike total 90 laser iv. Yet the younger players will have benefited from the experience of life on a tougher stage, with Tuesday's toils an education for the likes of Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. "They'll have learned a lot more [than against Moldova]," Jermain Defoe wear nike tiempo legend iv elite said. "Ukraine were really organised and that's when you've got to think: your movement has to be good and you have to keep the ball better. Against teams like that, if you lose the ball they can hit you on the counter-attack and score. So it's important to be focused throughout the whole game. We're certainly not panicking after one draw. It's a good result, and there are a lot of games to come wear adidas adiPower predator. If you look at the way the team is playing, we don't look like we're going to be beaten. "There was great energy in that second half, we kept it going and made them look really tired. And they're a good side. They showed that at the Euros, when they were the best team we played against. They were sharp and had good movement, organised, and were just as good without the ball wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite. But we still deserved something, and we know we're capable of picking up plenty of points ourselves away from home."
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Of course nothing had changed. No one expected it to and as the blissful summer of sport faded from memory, in a small corner of west London on Saturday a group of Chelsea fans abused an injured player as he walked off while some QPR fans wear cheap soccer cleats. So much for the show that surrounds the game. Amid the pathological hatred, a football match took place, one that questioned the credentials of the all-new Chelsea and bolstered the credibility of Mark Hughes QPR team. For almost lost amid the hullabaloo about shaking hands before the game months after John Terry wear cheap adidas soccer cleats was accused of making a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand, QPR scored a small victory. Not strictly in football terms, for only a point was awarded for a hard-earned draw against Chelsea. But given that Swansea put five past this team last time out here, holding the European champions in a match of such intensity merits a minor celebration wear cheap nike soccer cleats. Of Ferdinand and Terry, it should be said both played well. Clearly neither was unaware of the furore from both sets of fans, with Ferdinand throwing his shirt to the home crowd in response to their long applause at the end, while Terry was pointedly acknowledging Chelsea supporters at the other end. But neither seemed unduly affected wear adidas f50 adizero trx. Ferdinand finished with strapping round his hamstring and Terry pulled up clutching his knee after 71 minutes. Neither would countenance coming off, not in this game. Hughes praised Ferdinand and his defensive partner, Ryan Nelsen, who was excellent given that he had returned from New Zealand on Tuesday wear adidas adipure 11pro. But the boss has clearly wearied of the whole handshake ritual. ‘For goodness sake, we've been talking about it for God knows how long,' said Hughes. ‘I think it's done and dusted now. It's something and nothing, in my view. The game was the important thing today. It was played in good spirit. QPR rode their luck. Chelsea had two good penalty shouts early on, when Nelsen wrestled with Terry, which Di Matteo wear nike mercurial vapor 8 described as ‘100 per cent' a penalty and when Shaun Wright-Phillips brought down Eden Hazard on 30 minutes. They could count themselves unfortunate on both occasions wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii. Hazard might have enjoyed another raft of flattering headlines had he not missed Chelsea's two best chances. He often looked the stand-out performer, a reverse pass here and a touch there lifting him above the melee. But after just four minutes, played in by Ramires and eight yards out, he allowed debutant Julio Cesar wear nike mercurial vapor 9 to save from close range. And with three minutes remaining, a superb cross by the excellent Victor Moses, who impressed in a 31-minute cameo as substitute, was wasted by Hazard as the Belgian scooped the ball high in to the Loftus Road End wear adidas predator lz. In between, other than those penalty claims, there was a fine run from Fernando Torres in the 17th minute which produced another good Cesar save. The Brazilian saved again from Moses on 77 minutes, which pretty much justified the brutal ditching of Rob Green. That Torres chance, though, might be said to be his last meaningful contribution wear nike total 90 laser iv. He faded like his team in the second half and he looked less than enamoured to be substituted with nine minutes remaining. But had Ji-Sung Park taken his time when a superb Esteban Granero ball set him up with a free header on 55 minutes, and had Bobby Zamora been able to get his shot away quicker when he rounded Petr Cech wear nike tiempo legend iv elite on 76 minutes, Chelsea might have paid for the second-half slackness. Queens Park Rangers starting lineup: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park, Johnson, Zamora. Chelsea starting lineup: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite, Hazard, Bertrand, Torres.
A howler from Martin Skrtel handed Manchester City a point from their trip to Anfield as Liverpool drew with the champions in their first home Premier League game under Brendan Rodgers wear nike soccer cleats. It certainly worked if that was the case, because Liverpool looked so superior for so much of the contest you almost expected one of those charity-style oversized cheques to be passed directly onto the pitch from the directors' box at the end. The Italian was outmaneuvered by his Liverpool counter-part Brendan Rodgers wear adidas soccer cleats, and his side were completely overrun in midfield by opponents who were denied the most comfortable of victories only by two crass errors of their own. Defending with so many men so deep against a side with one striker - and whose mission statement is to keep the ball in midfield - looked perverse wear adidas f50 adizero trx. Liverpool will still be wondering this morning how they didn't get their Anfield Premier League campaign under Rodgers off to the most spectacular of starts. Where Mancini was cautious to the point of timidity, Rodgers was courageous - following his instinct to throw in 17-year-old Raheem Sterling wear adidas adipure 11pro for his full home debut instead of employing the safe option of Stewart Downing - and asking his side to have belief in their ability to out-pass the title-holders. It worked for 70 minutes, with Joe Allen's virtuoso performance in the middle orchestrating a compelling Liverpool display that offered rich promise going forward wear nike mercurial vapor viii. They created enough chances to have taken the game comfortably. As it was though, the impressive Fabio Borini put one effort wide after a fine early move, and twice Luis Suarez failed to finish, before City skipper Vincent Kompany so nearly turned a Steven Gerrard cross into his own net wear adidas predator lz. It meant City - who created just one meaningful moment in the first half when Tevez hit the far post - remained in the game even when Liverpool finally found the net on 33 minutes. It was a fine goal as Martin Skrtel wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii thundered onto a Gerrard corner to send the ball crashing into the roof of the net. With Liverpool seemingly in total control, City were reduced to firing long hopeful balls to a talented attack made impotent by being completely cut off from their supply lines. In a rare moment of individual skill though, Tevez wear nike total 90 laser iv wriggled free on the left and Pepe Reina flapped woefully at the cross, sowing confusion which saw the ball bounce off defender Martin Kelly to sit up beautifully for Yaya Toure to tap in. Only then did Mancini recognise his tactics were wrong, and they reverted to a flat back four and pressed higher up the pitch wear nike tiempo legend iv elite, forcing Liverpool to pass under a pressure previously missing. With David Silva introduced - 25 minutes too late - finally City found the threat champions are supposed to pose. Skrtel passed blind back to the keeper, for Tevez to dart in, put Reina on his backside and roll the ball into the net. City could have won it at the end when substitute Edin Dzeko wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite twice came close, but that would have added to the injustice Liverpool felt, not least when they were denied a clear penalty when leading 2-1 after Kolarov caught Glen Johnson wear adidas adiPower predator in the box.