Monday, February 1st, 2010
As is standard on a Monday, we bring you the individual match highlights of the leading lights currently playing in Europe.
Saturday night in Spain saw Leo Messi line-up for Barcelona as the Catalans travelled to mid-table Sporting Gijon. Guardiola’s charges ran out 1-nil winners thanks to Pedro’s strike in the first half, and the match proved to be somewhat of an off night for world footballer of the year, Leo Messi.
Messi’s performance has the customary sprinkling of mesmerising runs and incisive passes, but in the bigger picture his finishing was ordinary, and the pocket-sized Argentine failed to grab the match by the neck as he so often does.
Leo Messi’s highlights can be seen here.
Over in Italy on Sunday it was another disappointment for AC Milan as the Rossoneri made it three matches without a win as they drew 1-all at home to Livorno.
A little like Messi, Ronaldinho struggled to put in a particularly impressive performance, but the Brazilian legend did look very creative at times. At times Dinho combined well with his fellow attacking players, as well as going close with a free-kick, and the buck-toothed wonder was also unfortunate in the first half when he hit the post.
Ronaldinho’s individual performance can be seen here.
Finally, we head to Germany to flag up the brilliant shift by Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich this weekend. Playing at home against Mainz, the Dutchman was in inspirational form. As usual, Robben added a superior level of class to Bayernâ€™s attack, and his power, pace, balance, and control once again caused his opponents plenty of trouble. Even though many of his contributions did little for the score, Robbenâ€™s qualities create space for teammates and keep opposing defences from advancing. And for the second week running Robben capped his performance with an inch-perfect free kick.
Arjen Robben’s highlights can be seen here.
As a bonus, over in Brazil on Sunday night Adriano put in a magical performance for Flamengo as the burly striker bagged a hat-trick in the 5-3 demolition of Fluminese.
Highlights of Adriano’s performance can be seen here.