Match of the Week

Sports - December 15, 2007

*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.*

**The Match:** Liverpool at Manchester United. In terms of on-field quality, this match is pretty clearly the best of the weekend. This week's honorable mention takes us to Argentina, where Boca Juniors and River Plate square off in 'El Superclasico' on Sunday (1 p.m., FSE) at La Bombanera. What I would give to go to a Boca-River match...

**TV:** 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Fox Soccer Plus

**Quick Preview:** It's always a big deal whenever two of England's so-called "Big Four" square off. This weekend's match between Man U and Liverpool at Old Trafford is no exception. United need the win to stay ahead of second place Chelsea, who only trail by two points and have a game in hand on Sir Alex's first place side. Liverpool, though they are fighting for fourth instead of first, is equally desperate for a result. They sit one point behind fourth place Tottenham -- who has a game in hand on the Reds -- for the Premier League's final Champions League spot.

**Prediction:** Man U 2 - Liverpool 0. My skills as a prognosticator have been getting better lately, so I almost feel good about getting this one right. Or at least I did. Then I jinxed myself with that first sentence. What a mess...

**The Result:** Manchester United 2 - Liverpool 1. Jinx averted. Fernando Torres put Liverpool ahead after just 5 minutes at Old Trafford, but his opening strike wouldn't be enough for Liverpool, who fall a whole four points behind Tottenham for the final Champions League spot. Wayne Rooney canceled out Torres's early strike in the 12th minute, when he found the back of a net off of a rebound from his own penalty kick. Ji-Sung Park netted the winner for the league leaders in the 60th, diving to head the ball into the back of the net.

Check out the full highlights in the video below.


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  • YES! When Sam picks Liverpool to lose, I know this weekend's starting out right. I'll never walk alone, but I will walk to the Champions League next season after we finish in fourth. Thank you for jinxing united.


    Now we get to hand RBNY their first loss in their new stadium.

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