Fresh off an international break, the returning European contingent didn’t make much of an impact over the weekend.
Two weeks after scoring for Roma, Michael Bradley played a substitute role for his club, coming on for the final two minutes against Genoa. Roma grabbed a quality 4-2 win on the road and moved into the top five with the win.
Everton gets another draw
The Toffees had to settle for a draw at QPR Sunday as both squads struggled to find the net. Tim Howard was beaten very early by a David Hoilett effort that took a wacky deflection off Leighton Baines. Everton recovered in the second half and nabbed an own goal courtesy of Julio Cesar. Despite allowing the early strike, Howard was solid throughout the rest of the contest, stopping a slew of shots from Hoilett.
Friedel back between posts
Brad Friedel was back in the saddle on Saturday, starting in goal for Tottenham against Chelsea. The keeper was beaten early by a ferocious Gary Cahill volley but Spurs grabbed the lead early in the second half as Friedel stopped a Juan Mata effort. Unfortunately the floodgates opened thereafter as Juan Mata netted twice within three minutes, tallying in the 66th and 69th. Friedel made a great stop deny Mata a hat trick but Daniel Sturridge’s late insurance goal sealed the deal for Chelsea.
Clint Dempsey played for 74 minutes but was not very effective, launching just two off-target shots. The midfielder just could not get into a groove as Chelsea dominated the majority of the contest.
Hoffenheim involved in action packed draw
Fabian Johnson played the full 90 on Friday night but was quiet as Hoffenheim drew 3-3 with SpVgg Greuther Fürth. It was a wild contest as both teams traded the lead a few times but in the end Lasse Sobiech’s injury time goal gave SpVgg a point. Danny Williams did not play in the contest, as he was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Hannover drops one
Steve Cherundolo played the entire contest on Saturday but Hannover 96 lost 3-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite the loss, Hannover remains in the top six of the Bundesliga.
Jones makes cameo for Schalke
Jermaine Jones came on for the final 11 minutes as Schalke 04 defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1. The victory keeps the club in the top three of the Bundesliga.
Altidore serves suspension
Jozy Altidore served a one game suspension on Saturday due to a red card in his previous match. AZ Alkmaar lost 2-0 to NEC Nijmegen.
Boyd quiet in loss
Terrence Boyd played 45 minutes on Sunday as Rapid Vienna lost 2-0 against Austria Vienna. He received a yellow card during his stint.
Villa loses close one
Brad Guzan had a pretty solid game on Saturday, making four saves. His best efforts came early as he halted shots from Dimitar Berbatov and Sascha Riether. The keeper was beaten late by Chris Baird as Fulham squeaked by Villa 1-0.
Eric Lichaj came on for the final 28 minutes but was a key factor in allowing the losing goal as he lost the ball to Baird in the buildup to the forward’s goal.
Stoke gets rocked
Manchester United dominated Stoke on Saturday, prevailing 4-2 at home. Geoff Cameron started and played the entire contest but often looked overmatched by the superior club. Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
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