Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

Assalamualaikum and greetings,

Here I would like to wish all HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! And not to forget Happy 22nd Anniversary to my parent. Thank you!

Y. Danie

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Manchester United 5-0 Portsmouth

Wayne Rooney collected the Barclays Player of the Month award before kick-off then helped steer Manchester United back to the top of the table with a resounding 5-0 victory over struggling Portsmouth.

The England striker broke Pompey's resistance with his 23rd goal of the season, equalling a career-best total.

The only surprise, given United's possession, was it took them until the 40th minute to make the breakthrough.

However that goal gave Sir Alex Ferguson's side the impetus they needed and Portsmouth collapsed.

United added a second on the stroke of half time with Nani's effort taking two deflections.

Michael Carrick had similar luck in the second half and Dimitar Berbatov was also on target before Marc Wilson put the ball into his own net.

It was poignant day at Old Trafford as the club commemorated the 52nd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people, eight of them players, died.

Old Trafford manager Ferguson will no doubt feel the result did the occassion justice.

United began on the front foot and Jonny Evans headed narrowly wide after a cross from the edge of the area by Gary Neville.

Portsmouth, however, launched a swift counter attack and Edwin van der Sar did well to parry a powerful shot from Anthony Vanden Borre.

Rooney tried to work an opening in the 22nd minute but his effort came off the back of Tal Ben Haim and was taken by David James.

Then Nani released Rooney after skipping down the wing in the 33rd minute and he turned quickly only to fire a shot over the bar.

close range
Portsmouth, however, almost opened the scoring a minute later with a spirited response.

Nadir Belhadji got into a good position only to see his effort cleared off the line by Evans and he then failed to make good use of the rebound.

Play switched back down the other end and Berbatov was wasteful in front of the posts.

He somehow managed to turn his effort wide in the 35th minute when it seemed easier to score after Antonio Valencia and Neville cut Portsmouth open.

United did not have to wait long before going ahead and inevitably it was Rooney who scored.

He got on the end of a cross from Darren Fletcher in the 40th minute to send a header beyond James.

United added a second on the stroke of half time, Nani's close range effort taking a deflection first off Anthony Vanden Borre and then James.

The home side restarted in the same vein and Nani sent a shot high over the bar in the 49th minute after a cut-back from Berbatov.

United almost added a third in the 54th minute but James turned Valencia's effort around the post after the winger had played a neat one-two with Berbatov.

goals tally
Four minutes later James was again cursing his luck as Carrick's drive took a wicked deflection off Michael Hughes and left the goalkeeper stranded.

United maintained the momentum and made it 4-0 on the hour with Berbatov regaining possession and sending a low shot into the corner after Portsmouth failed to close him down.

Rooney then picked out Darren Fletcher at the back post but Richard Hughes read the situation well and headed to safety.

Even though United were poised to go back to the top of the table the home supporters were anxious for their side to improve their goals tally.

They got their wish in 69th minute when Wilson turned Patrice Evra's cross into his own net to make it 5-0 to the champions.

Substitute Mame Biram Diouf should have added a sixth goal but skied a shot over the bar in the 80th minute.
United, however, had to be content with a five-star show which was good enough to overtake Chelsea at the top of the table.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The old 374C

Lately I really miss my old housemates. Miss the old 374C. Where are you guys now? Bade! Khalis! Matt! Wan! Syazly! Hakim! You guys should come down Melaka to make 374C as noisy as possible! Miss you guys! Miss the old 374C! Text or call me when you guys want to come and make sure come together!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United


Manchester United swept aside title rivals Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium to move within a point of leaders Chelsea.

United opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Nani's chip across goal was palmed into his own net by Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, before in-form England striker Wayne Rooney swept home a second following a quick counter attack.

A third on the break from Park Ji-sung at the start of the second half effectively ended the contest, although defender Thomas Vermaelen netted a consolation for the outmuscled Gunners.

Arsenal, who had started the match five points behind Chelsea ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge next weekend, began well as Andrey Arshavin got away down the left, before cutting inside and trying to curl the ball past Edwin van der Sar from a tight angle, but his shot drifted wide.

United, though, were quick to regain possession and then cut down any space for the home side.
Nani and Darren Fletcher combined as they almost played in Rooney, but William Gallas made an important blocking tackle in the six-yard box.

Alex Song - back from the African Nations Cup - then had to hack the ball clear at the far post as United again got clear down the right far too easily.

When Arshavin - who was ineligible for last season's Champions League semi-final tie between the sides - burst away again, he lacked any support in the middle.

The Russian, though, remained Arsenal's most potent attacking threat.

In the 13th minute he skipped away down the left, cut back inside Wes Brown and curled another effort goalwards, which this time was only just wide of the far post.

timely tackle
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas suddenly burst into life with a surging run down the middle, before slipping in Arshavin, but the Russian lost his footing at the key moment and United cleared.

United - who have played a match more than Chelsea - slowly started to gain the upper hand and Gallas needed to make another timely tackle in the penalty area as Paul Scholes shaped to shot.

Nani drilled the ball wide as Arsenal were again exposed in the right channel, before playing a key part in the goal which gave United the lead.

The winger skipped easily in between two defenders then chipping the ball back across goal. Almunia pushed it inside his far post, with Park Ji-Sung ready to tap the ball into the net.

Fabregas' shot following a corner was blocked - and four minutes later United were 2-0 ahead.

Again Nani was the provider, dashing clear after picking the ball up from Rooney before squaring it for the England striker to sweep home his 22nd goal of the season, low into the corner.

simple encounter
The Gunners faced an uphill battle to get back into the match, with Arshavin firing wide from just inside the box - as manager Arsene Wenger was left to scratch his head and looked to the heavens for inspiration.

It could have been worse on 41 minutes, but Nani blazed his shot wide after more good work from Rooney down the left.

There was a hold-up at the start of the second half as Rooney received treatment following a knock on the knee in a challenge with Bacary Sagna.

The England forward, though, was soon back in the action, and tested Almunia with a fierce angled drive after cutting in from the left.

It was game over on 52 minutes, when United scored a third following another simple counter.
This time is was Park who broke clear, sprinting onto Fletcher's chip into the Arsenal half and then slotting past Almunia from just inside the box.

The Gunners were also well beaten here 3-0 by Chelsea at the end of November, before a run of seven wins from nine hauled them back into title contention.

Fabregas, continued to drive his young team on, firing over and then just too close to van der Sar, then Song volleyed wide.

Theo Walcott came on as substitute - and Arsenal pulled a goal back with 11 minutes to go when Vermaelen's volley took a deflection off Jonny Evans to wrong-foot van der Sar.

However, there was to be no grand finale as Wenger's youngsters were again found wanting when it mattered most.