August 24, 2006
EPL, CL and Other Midweek Action
The second round of Premier League fixtures began on Tuesday with Watford scoring their first point of the season against a poor West Ham side and Spurs overcame newly promoted Sheffield United 2-0 at White Hart Lane. The rest of the fixtures not involving sides in the Qualifying Rounds of the Champions League and UEFA Cup (Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle) took place on Wednesday.
Aston Villa overcame an early Kevin Doyle goal to see off ten-man Reading 2-1 for their first win of the campaign. Manchester City and Portsmouth battled to a stalemate in a match marred by Ben Thatcher’s assault of Pedro Mendes. Benni McCarthy scored his first goal in English football early in the second half, but Tim Cahill made sure that Everton would get a share of the points at Blackburn.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was on the scoresheet for Manchester United as they cruised to a 3-0 win at Charlton to move to the top of the table. Fulham and Bolton each had a penalty a piece in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. And the most surprising result of the day, Boro got two goals in the final ten minutes from Emmanuel Pogatetz and Mark Viduka to take down Chelsea 2-1.
In the Champions League, there was one shock result as FC Kobenhavn won 2-0 in Amsterdam to beat Ajax 3-2 on aggregate. Chievo and Osasuna could not overcome Levski Sofia and Hamburg SV and will drop down into the UEFA Cup. The draw for the group stage takes place later today.
And finally, the Unofficial World Club Championship changed hands last night as Libertad beat former holders Cerro Porteno in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana matchup. They travel to Nacional this Saturday to defend their crown.