Battle of the equals

It’s not a starry affair today at Craven Cottage. No fancy names but it is still a high octane game. It’s a battle of the equals. Tottenham vs Fulham and I am putting my bet on Fulham. They have the home advantage and the crowd is right behind them. But no one can afford taking Tottenham lightly. On their day, they have the capability of bringing down anyone.

Bad news for Fulham just before the start of the game. Their star player Patrick Roberts has pulled a hamstring while practising and is doubtful for the game today. This would require Fulham to rethink their strategy now. The teams are coming out and as expected, Patrick is not taking the field. Big blow to Fulham even before the match started.

Tottenham took control of the ball and it’s a watchful start from them. They are going with short passes right now. This looks to be a game plan from them. Coach Mauricio is passing on the instructions. Isn’t he looking excited today? Fulham is surely missing Patrick. The team is looking haywire for now. The passes are not going right, the players are just not there to collect the ball. The home crowd is looking disappointed with the effort so far but there is still a lot of time left in the game. Hope they can bounce back. First half is now over. Fulham has not scored a goal but more importantly, they have not let Tottenham score one either.

It’s not been an exciting first half and crowd certainly hoped for a better game. Second half has started and Fulham despite all their efforts are still far from impressive. Tottenham has got a wonderful chance to pull this one off. 60 mins to the game and Fulham has committed a crime here. It’s a Penalty. An unnecessary tackle by Tim Hoogland here. Harry Kane is going to take the shot and it’s a Goaaaal. Right in the corner of the net and goalkeeper had no chance whatsoever. Tottenham has taken a decisive lead here. Last 10 mins left, Fulham is picking up but it’s too little. The game is over and Fulham knows how important Patrick was for this game. Never mind, I am looking forward to my next game now and will get in touch with you guys once I am back from there.

My first Live Football Match Experience

Hi again!! Just entered into the stadium to watch watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool stadium for the very first time. Its always a pleasure for any football geek like me to watch these 2 giants playing!!

The atmosphere here is electric and thrilling. Till date, I used to watch these 2 giants matches in the cozy comfort of my living room but I must admit it is nowhere close to what I am feeling now. I am getting goose bumps. The constant chant, the Mexican wave, you got to come here to feel it.

It’s Chelsea vs. Liverpool today and guess which team I am rooting for. It’s Liverpoooooool. I am just mesmerized with the atmosphere here. I thank god that my friends decided watch this match from home and that gave me the idea of coming here. The atmosphere here just inspired me to write this blog.

And here comes the teams from the dugouts. The chant is going louder and louder. Chelsea and Liverpool have played 3 times before in the champion’s league and Liverpool is leading by 2 games to 1. This is an important game for both the sides. The winner here will get an entry to the knockout stage.

The wait is over and the game is about to start now. Chelsea gets a shot at the ball first and here is the whistle. Chelsea is looking really aggressive today. The passing is precise and the long balls are just perfectly placed. Its 30 mins into the first half. Both the teams made 4-5 attempts at the goal but have not tasted the success yet. Its 45 mins to the game and the game is still goalless. There were some serious attempts by Chelsea attacker Fabregas but excellent work by Simon Mignolet so far.

Chelsea gained a lot of momentum but Liverpool has defended well. Second half started and Liverpool is looking a different team now. They are stealing the momentum from Chelsea and have a look at the passing. 75 mins into the game and what is this happening?? Excellent pass to Gerard and he is running towards the goal. Chelsea defenders are just not able to stop him. Gerard to Ronald and now only 1 defender to beat which Ronald managed. Passed the ball back to Gerard and it’s a Goaaaaaaaaaal. The stadium has erupted here and Liverpool fans are just going crazy. Chelsea made several attempts but Liverpool is able to hold on and here comes the final whistle. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0.

The match is over but I am still not able to get over the mood. Wow!!! I can’t wait to get back here for the next match. I will surely come back from the field and continue this blog. Till then just hold on!!!!

Clash of the Titans!!

I know you guys waited for me to write again and I am back again with my experience on the second match. My first experience was mind blowing and I could not wait to come back here and share my experience. I am an avid Liverpool fan but before that I am a soccer fan!! How could I miss out writing about the mother of all the soccer games? You guessed it right!!! Its Arsenal vs Manchester United today. I entered the famous Manchester United stadium and it’s all painted in Red. Its Rooney vs Sanchez. That’s what this game has been turned into right now.

Can’t wait for the game to begin and finally the wait is over. Whistle blown and Manchester United has the ball in their foot. Look at them. They are out with a mission in front of the home crowd. Rooney is charged up and leading the pack. 10 mins into the game and Manchester united has already attacked 4 times. None of them are successful but has left Arsenal defense shattered. Arsenal has to rethink here. Arsène Wenger is looking worried on the sidelines. He is constantly talking to his players and updating them with the next move. 30 mins into the game and Arsenal is now changing the formation from 3-4-3, they are now going with 4-3-3. Being offensive is sometimes the best answer. With the new formation, Arsenal is going great guns now and the offence has been paid off. It’s a free kick from the touchline and a wonderful header by Sanchez. Its a goal!! Arsenal after being in the back foot earlier has gone into the break by leading 1-0.

In between all the hustle and bustle in the ground, the teams are out again for the second half. Manchester united is behind by a goal and they need to lift their game to remain in competition. They are looking to turn the table around now. 3 attempts to goal in last 10 mins and Arsenal going to 3-3-4 formation now. Manchester United keeps on attacking but still unable to score a goal. We are into the last minute now and Manchester trying one last attempt at the goal. Wonderful dribble by Rooney and he took a kick and it hits the top bar of the goal post. What a pity!! Rooney can’t believe it, Manchester fans can’t believe it. And the final whistle is blown. Manchester united players are leaving the ground with their heads down. They know they lost an important one today but they still have the opportunity to fight back.

The last league!!

It’s been 2 months that the Champion league has started and today we have reached to the last league match of this season. Aston Villa vs Newcastle United. A lot of things are to be decided based on the result of this match. Fulham must also be watching this one closely. A win for Aston Villa would mean that Fulham are out of the competition. Aston Villa on the other hand will not leave any stone unturned to win this one.

Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Carlos Gil, they all would be raring to go. Newcastle players on the other hand are looking very relaxed. They know they are already out of the tournament and they have nothing to lose. But they will surely pose a big threat to Aston villa.

Both the teams are on the ground and there are no reports of any injuries. Aston villa fans are looking a bit tensed and why not? The match has started and Aston Villa is trying to take the initial lead here. They are aggressive and are looking very determined. Newcastle united players need to regroup here. We are in the 20th minute of the first half and Newcastle is already looking disarrayed. I am sure the coach is not liking it. Aston villa has changed the gears now. Excellent ball from Fabian has given a great chance to Christian and here we go!! First goal of the game and 12th for Christian this season. Newcastle needs to respond back soon or else they will be out of the game even before they realize. End of first half, villa is ahead in every department. They had 58% possession of the ball. Newcastle needs to bounce back in the second half to make a match out of this one.

Second half started and Aston villa came up with 3-4-3 formation. Excellent flick by Benteke but well defended by the goalkeeper Hugo. Second half also belonged to Aston villa and  they win the game by 1-0. Fans were hopeful of a better show by Newcastle but they now need to wait for next season. Hopefully Newcastle will learn from their mistakes and come back strong.