Back in the Hunt!!

My last post on current affairs was exactly 44 days back. A lot has happened since then. So this is going to be a rather long post. I will break this into parts to make this easier for myself.

Soccer

The last time I wrote about football, Arsenal had beaten Aston Villa in the F.A cup 4th round. Since then, Arsenal has featured in 8 games across tournaments and the results went from very bad to very good.

First came the premier league away match against Bolton which we drew 0-0. Our league position then: 5th.

Then came the home tie against Blackburn rovers that we won 7-1. Everybody scored in this game, a brace why Chamberlain was good to watch. Our league position: 4th , points and goal difference equal to Chelsea but ahead on number of wins.

Next came the away game against Sunderland that we won 2-1 in injury time. We had to work hard for this victory.   Position: 4th, being ahead of Chelsea on number of wins.

4 days after the Sunderland match, we traveled to Milan for the Champions League pre-Quarterfinal. This match was a disaster. They played very well, we played like shit. Net result? 0-4 loss away from home. It was a humiliating defeat. I was expecting us to compete with them and put up a good show. I was sorely disappointed at the result. This match left us with no hope of progressing into the next round of Champions league as no team has ever turned around a 4 goal deficit in the premier league.

5th round F.A cup match against Sunderland was our chance to redeem some lost pride. But it wasn’t to be. We lost 0-2, thus ending our chances for silverware this season. I was terribly disappointed and disillusioned after this match.

We had a 8 day break after this game and the next game we played was against Tottenham. Chelsea had beaten some other team 3-0 earlier and we were in 5th position and 3 goals behind them in terms of Goal difference. Tottenham started the match well and had gone up 0-2 in 30 mins. Then we began our show. We went on rampage and by the end of the game, we had scored 5 against them. We were back up to 4th position and this was a fantastic derby result for us. More significantly, this was the starting of a massive turnaround.

We played Liverpool away the next game. We lost to Liverpool 2-0 at home early in the season and I was eager to see some payback, specially after the way we beat the spurs. The match itself was a drab affair in which Liverpool dominated the game but could not find openings. Koscielny scored and own goal but van Persie equalized before half time. The match continued goalless until the last minute when van Persie snatched a victory for us with a fantastic goal in stoppage time. They played better than us but we got away with the three points and that is what was most important. Our league position continued to be the same. Tottenham lost a league match  so the points difference between us and them had reduced to 4 points.

Our next game was the return leg of Champions league. We didn’t have much hope for victory after the way we had played in Milan. But still we had to try and regain some lost pride. We ended up doing more than that. We played fantastically in the first half of the game. We scored 3, and AC Milan had no clue what was happening on the pitch. After the break, they tightened up a bit and we lost steam so we couldn’t manage another goal. But still it was a fantastic match in which we humbled them and did ourselves proud.

The most recent fixture was home game against Newcastle that we scraped through 2-1 courtesy a stoppage time Vermaelen goal. Tottenham lost again this weak and so did Chelsea so we find ourselves comfortably in 4th position, 3 points ahead of Chelsea and 1 point behind Tottenham.

Hence we find ourselves in a okay position.. no silverware to talk about but in a shot for the 3rd position this season. We’ll see how we will end up!

Cricket

We didn’t reach the CB series final. We played well in a couple of games but lost a couple of games in silly fashion and hence found ourselves out of the tournament. SriLanka played well to win the second final though they lost the 3rd final and the trophy to Australia.

Next came the Asia cup that we are currently playing. We won the first match against SriLanka in convincing fashion with Kohli and Gambhir scoring good centuries. Then came the match against Bangladesh in which Sachin scored his 100th 100 and made history. We went on to lose the match and put our Final qualification in question. Pakisthan had already qualified. We then beat Pakisthan in our final match in which Kohli scored a brilliant 183 and we chased down a record 330 runs. Fantastic innings by Sachin and Rohit Sharma too got us through in the match. Our entry into the final now depends on SriLanka beating Bangladesh.

Tennis

Nadal began the Summer season in good fashion when he reached the Semi-Finals of the Monte Carlo masters tournament. Lost to Federer in straight sets but he was playing well and Federer, who went onto win the tournament beating Isner in the final, was in awesome form. Still a good result for Nadal, even though he dropped points as he had lost in  the final last year.

Federer has equaled Nadal’s record of 19 masters titles now. Miami masters starts tomorrow and Djokovic will be keen to defend this title. We’ll see how things turn out.

Formula1

The formula 1 season began this week in Australia and the news from Ferrari was not encouraging. The Ferrari cars are a second off the pace compared to the Redbulls and the Mclarens. Button won the race comfortably starting from second while Alonso managed fifth. Massa was absent from the top 10 as he continued his bad form extending to last season. He has not won a race in some time now and needs to get his act together if Ferrari hope for the title this season. Right now Mclaren are off to a flier, leading with 40 points, some 30 points ahead of Ferrari.

And that is as much on the sporting front. Personally also, there have been some recent developments worth noting down. Firstly, my bro got his visa stamped and has left for the U.S. In the same week, I got taken back into the project that I was previously working in, thus putting me back into my previous schedule. Then they found a girl for my bro.. the case looks promising.. might go all the way. We’ll have to see. More on that later.

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