Match of the Week

Sports News - February 10, 2010

*No matter what time of year, no matter what continent one is on, on any given weekend one can catch an entertaining soccer game. The key is to know where to look. Well, look no further -- here's a weekly feature that will preview (and eventually recap) my favorite match of the weekend. Consider this your open thread for all of the weekend's matches.*

With the Premier League on break for FA Cup action and La Liga offering up little in the form of quality games this weekend, my attention turned to Italy, where first place Inter Milan travels south to take on fourth place Naples. Should be a good one...

**The Game:** Inter Milan at Napoli

**TV:** 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, FSC

**Quick Preview:** With Inter holding a comfy lead at the tippy top of the table (up 8 points on second place AC Milan), this match means more to Napoli -- who needs a win lower the 6-point lead Roma currently holds over them for the final automatic Champions League qualifying spot. Napoli will have their hands full dealing with Inter's forward tandem of Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o though. The two have combined for 22 goals this season.

**My Prediction:** 2-0 Inter.

As always, I'll be back with the result and a brief recap of the match sometime after it's conclusion. Here are [the full TV listings]( of this weekend's games. Enjoy.

**Result:** 0-0 draw. More (including results of the Barca-Atletico Madrid game) after the jump.


**Other news:** The Fire just announced that this Monday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps will be the first of a doubleheader that will also feature the Fire going up against the Arizona Sahauros -- a local professional squad. The Fire will take on the Whitecaps at 3 p.m. central time (UPDATE -- This match is NO LONGER open to the public) and the Sahauros at 5:30 p.m. central (this match will be open to the public).

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any highlights of the Inter-Napoli draw but -- according all accounts I have read -- Napoli outplayed first place Internazionale.

With the draw, Napoli remains in 4th place while Inter stays top of the table -- though Roma drew two points closer to the leaders with their 4-1 home win over Palermo.

And in what I probably should have picked as match of the week in the first place, Atletico Madrid upset Barcelona 2-1 Sunday. Diego Forlan and Simao scored for the winners, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back late on for the losers. Check out the full highlights below.

That's all for now. I'll be back Monday morning (first Fire game day of 2010) with more Fire coverage.


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  • At. Madrid/Barca Sun at 2:55 pm on ESPN 360. Thats sounds like a better match than Inter/Napoli.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Thought about that one. But Atletico is in 12th and I anticipate Barca rolling. I could be way off though. We'll see.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Just anted to give all of you people that don't care a FIFA update: I just updated my rosters, and now I have Collins John but am lacking Blanco, Rolfe, and Segares. Just thought I shared. My dad always says that these Italian games are terrible, and he's starting to rub off on me. This game doesn't sound as interesting as a good Barca match that Joe mentioned or a hard-fought-out English match. Is there something to that? Or are we both crazy?

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Looking back on that comment AFTER I've had my Dunkin Donuts breakfast sandwich, bacon, and orange juice, I'm going to have to work hard to come up with a more pointless comment. The things you can do before 8 AM...

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    If you can get up early enough tomorrow (7:30), the Bolton - Tottenham FA cup tie could be Stu Holden's first game for the Wanderers, as well as the beginning of full crisis mode for Harry Redknapp if he loses again.

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