Match of the Week

Sports News - February 11, 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.*

First major trophy of the season is on the line this weekend at Wembley as Manchester United takes on Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final. Honorable mention for match of the week goes to Man City-Chelsea (6:30 a.m., Saturday, ESPN2). Let's get it going.

**The match:** Manchester United against Aston Villa

**TV:** 9 a.m. on Setanta, Sunday morning

**Quick Preview:** Both teams come into this one undefeated in their past 5 matches. Villa and Man U played to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park on February 10th, with United's only tally coming courtesy of a James Collins own goal. Villa will have to slow down Wayne Rooney to have any shot at picking up some hardware this weekend, as he kinda been setting the world (and nets) on fire lately.

**My prediction:** 2-1 Villa. Can't really put my finger on why, but I have a feeling that Aston Villa is coming away from this one victorious.

**The Result:** 2-1 Manchester United. Full highlights and a quick recap after the jump. Manchester United takes home the first trophy of the season with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the League Cup final. Wayne Rooney scored the game winner with a fantastic header in the 74th minute. James Milner started the scoring in the 5th minute, after Nemanja Vidic pulled down Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box. Micheal Owen equalized just 7 minutes after and Man U never looked back.


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  • Can we get rid of the annoying little pictures and stories in between the post and the comments? Or make them relate to the actual story.

  • Well this game just got a little bigger. If Villa can get a win or draw then we'll have 3 teams within 3 points of each other. With Arsenal playing Burnley, Hull, West Ham, Birmingham and Wolves with their next 5 games. Thats close to the best 5 games possible.

  • Being a soothsayer is not one of your career choices. You did predict the correct score just not the correct winning team.

  • By the way joe this is the carling cup final not a league game so there are no ties.

  • In reply to fanaddict:

    Right. I forgot that it was a cup final. It was a good match though but Vidic should have gotten atleast a yellow for the PK and then would have been thrown out for the 2nd yellow later in the match. How he didnt get any card for the PK is mind boggling. He brought down a player that was going to beat him and be in on goal.

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