Cardiff 2-2 Manchester United

SUNDAY evening’s Premier League encounter between Cardiff and Manchester United ended in a draw. Four goals altogether in the match and there could have been more. A 90th minute gasping equaliser, scored by the substitute lifted the atmosphere as Cardiff celebrated until after the final whistle was blown.

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Kim Bo-Kyung equalises for Cardiff City

Manchester United broke the deadlock after 15 minutes. A great but of improvisation from Rooney saw him open the scoring. But Rooney was lucky to be on the pitch after a frustrating challenge on Cardiff’s Jordan Mutch in the early minutes of the match.

Former United player Fraizer Campbell had come back to haunt his boyhood club with an equaliser after a brilliant reverse through pass by Mutch. He also came close to netting again after hitting the post with a cheeky lob. A pure replica of Cantona’s goal.

Before the half time whistle was blown, Rooney was also involved in United’s second goal. An unmarked Patrice Evra, who made his 350th appearance for the club tonight, managed to head in a Rooney corner kick. The visitors went into half time with a 2-1 lead.

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Patrice Evra celebrates United’s second goal with Smalling and Evans

The second half saw a fighting spirited Cardiff side attach their opponents and giving the home fans something to cheer about. Substitutes were made for both teams as Cardiff where looking for an equaliser whilst United tried to hold on to the lead.

South Korean Kim Bo-Kyung’s 90th minute header from the near post saw Cardiff equalise in the famous ‘Fergie Time’. The stadium was electric with all the fans, players and staff celebrating.

However, United had two great chances before the final whistle to give them a victory which was needed today after their rivals had managed to pull off results. Rooney went through one on one with Cardiff’s goalkeeper Marshall, but only to misplace the pass to Welbeck instead of shooting alone. Moyes was in shock as was everyone else.

Lastly, before the final kick of the game, Chris Smalling had a chance to salvage a victory for United. Unfortunately for United, the chance fell to the wrong player.

Elsewhere, Manchester City had humiliated North Londoners Tottenham in Sunday afternoon kick off. The home side were too strong for AVB’s boys as the Blues managed to score 6 against a beaten Tottenham side.

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Middlesbrough appoint Mourinho’s former assistant as boss

FORMER Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka becomes the new head coach of Middlesbrough FC on a contract which will run until 2016.

Karanka has no previous managerial experience, but has worked as an assistant to the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013. The arrival of the Spaniard means that he is Middlesbrough’s first ever non- British boss.

THE START OF A NEW ERA: Boro Head Coach Aitor Karanka

Boro’s new Head Coach Aitor Karanka

Former manager Tony Mowbray left The Riverside a month ago and since then Mark Venus had taken charge temporarily.

Middlesbrough are currently 16th in the Championship. They remain eight points adrift off the play off positions and five points above the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson stood against his decision on appointing Aitor Karanka as manager.

“There were 100 applications and it was about finding a first-class coach, regardless of nationality, and I believe we have. Football is a global business now and we must move with it, explained Steve Gibson.

 

A Great Premier League Weekend

Another week passes in the calendar and the Premier League still continues to produce the breath taking thrills and spills. The matches played today had included the lot from yellow and red cards to players scoring own goals. There were goals galore in majority of matches in the Premier League.

The dominant teams eased their way to victory. Manchester United recorded a 3-1 win against Fulham to increase the pressure on manager Martin Jol. The victory seemed certain within the first 22 minutes when Valencia, Van Persie and Rooney all scored to make it 3-0. Fulham equalised through Kacaniklic’s goal. Manchester United are now unbeaten in the last six games in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Arsenal continued their incredible league form with another win against arch rivals Liverpool. A loss in midweek against Chelsea saw Arsenal go out of the Capital One Cup, but the players quickly gave the fans something to cheer about. A brilliant performance followed with stunning strikes from Santi Cazorla and free scoring Aaron Ramsey helped the Gunners extend their lead.

Elsewhere, Manchester City played Norwich out the park and completed a 7-0 rout against their opponents. After the loss to Chelsea with a goal conceded near injury time, Man City came stumbling out the blocks. From start to end The Blues were phenomenal. Man City proved to be too strong an opponent for Norwich as they grabbed a 4-0 lead inside the first 36 minutes.

There were goals galore in matches around the Premier League and not for the first time the bigger teams continue to power past their opponents with some solid defending and ruthless attacking displays.