AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley made a smashing return on Sunday, scoring a splendid goal as Roma dispatched Atalanta 2-0. After going up 1-0 early through Erik Lamela, Bradley doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute when he pounced on a blocked Mattia Destro effort and powered in the goal.
Bradley’s goal was his first with his new club and his performance was certainly his best as a member of Roma. He was aggressive and took several shots at goal. The victory pushed Roma up to 10th in the Serie A table.
Everton escapes with a draw
Everton barely got out of the DW Stadium with anything on Saturday but a late Leighton Baines penalty netted the squad a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Wigan. Arouna Koné scored early, nodding one past Tim Howard but Nikica Jelavic evened the game just a minute later for the Toffees. The visitors were surprised in the 23rd when Franco Di Santo beat Howard with an aggressive shot. In the closing minutes Maynor Figueroa mauled Kevin Mirallas in the box, allowing Baines the opportunity to save the day from the spot.
Dempsey effective as Friedel’s run ends for Tottenham
Brad Friedel’s unbelievable streak of 310 consecutive Premier League starts ended on Sunday as manager Andre Villas-Boas elected to start newly-signed Frenchman Hugo Lloris in goal against Aston Villa. Lloris had a relatively quiet day as Spurs handled Villa with ease, winning 2-0. Clint Dempsey was very sharp, assisting Aaron Lennon on the second goal of the game. He nearly added a third 15 minutes from time but his header went off target.
Earlier in the week, Spurs bagged a valuable Europa League draw against Panathinaikos. Michael Dawson scored early and Dempsey came close later but the hosts equalized late to even the score. Given Lloris started both contests, it’s unknown how much Friedel will be used going forward.
Hoffenheim contingent rocked by Bayern Munich
Frank Ribery’s double was easily enough to vanquish Hoffenheim on Saturday as Bayern Munich won 2-0 at home. Both Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams played the full 90 but neither was particularly effective. Williams was especially rowdy, committing seven fouls, receiving one yellow card for his aggression.
Altidore ousted in loss
Jozy Altidore had an awful week as AZ Alkmaar lost 3-0 on Sunday against FC Twente. After going down early Alkmaar saw two of its best players leave the pitch as Altidore and teammate Adam Maher were both sent off after 52 minutes, leaving the visitors with just nine players. Altidore was given two quick yellow cards for dissent after arguing a non-call from the referee. The floodgates opened thereafter as Twente scored two goals in quick succession.
Hannover has productive week
Steve Cherundolo played 81 minutes on Sunday as Hannover drew 1-1 against Borussia Dortmund. Hannover went down 1-0 early but battled back and finally got the equalizer through Mame Biram Diouf in the 86th minute.
Earlirer in the week, Hannover got a huge Europa League Group L victory over Levante. The 2-1 win was powered by Didier Ya Konan, who scored the winner in the 49th minute. Cherundolo played the full 90. Hannover now sits atop Group L with four points.
Jones out with ankle injury
Midfielder Jermaine Jones missed both games last week with an ankle injury. Without him, Schalke 04 drew 2-2 with Montpellier in Champions League action and blanked Wolfsburg 3-0 in Bundesliga play.
Boyd scores one late
Terrence Boyd scored an 87th minute equalizer on Sunday, helping Rapid Vienna grab a point against Wiener Neustadt. Boyd now has seven goals in all competitions. The striker did not dress in Rapid Vienna's 2-0 loss vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday.
Guzan beaten twice in loss
Brad Guzan had a tough Sunday as Spurs ran rampant over Aston Villa's defense en route to a 2-0 win. Spurs’ first goal came awkwardly as Jermain Defoe’s shot went off defender Steven Caulker and past Guzan. Later, Aaron Lennon easily beat Guzan to make it 2-0. Guzan did have a few nice moments, notably stopping a difficult Mousa Dembele shot late. Eric Lichaj remained dressed on the bench.
Edu debuts as Stoke grabs a valuable point
Despite Liverpool’s dominant possession numbers, Stoke City was able to grind out a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Geoff Cameron started once again and played well in defense as Stoke stunted several quality Liverpool attacks. Maurice Edu finally made his Premier League debut, coming on for the final 10 minutes of the contest.
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