Footy Focus - October 1

England

This week the Premier League gave us two massive derby games. Games between local rivals with fans that pretty much hate each other. Liverpool vs Everton and Arsenal vs Spurs.

Neither game was actually that exciting, to be honest. Both Liverpool and Everton have struggled to defend this season, and so the plan was to focus on that and it meant that Mario Balotelli had to drop deep and shoot from outside the box to get involved. It did not help. At hte other end, Romelu Lukaku ended up hanging around the right wing doing not a whole lot. But Steven Gerrard broke the deadlock in the second half with a great free kick. Stevie G had a great game, and it looked like he had the winner... until Phil Jagielka did THIS in stoppage time. Incredible.

That game finished 1-1, and so did the Arsenal-Spurs game. Chadli gave Spurs the lead but Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised. The biggest problem for Arsenal was all the injuries they picked up. Meanwhile both Chelsea and Man City kept up their runs of form with wins. Chelsea beat Aston Villa 3-0 while City blew a 2-0 lead to Hull, only to end up winning 4-2. Frank Lampard scored again!

Man United held on to beat West Ham 2-1, with goals from Rooney and Van Persie, but Rooney got sent off in the second half and only the offside flag kept Kevin Nolan from stealing a draw for The Hammers. Winston Reid had a pretty good game too. 

In teh other games: Stoke piled more pressure on Alan Pardew with a 1-0 win as Peter Crouch scored the early/only goal; West Brom beat Burnley 4-0; Crystal Palace brought Leicester City back down to earth with a 2-0 win; Sunderland and Swansea played out a boring 0-0; And Southampton beat QPR thanks to a wonderful goal from Graziano Pelle, one-upping a brilliant effort from Charlie Austin just minutes earlier.

Spain

Ronaldo. He just keeps scoring goals. He got another one on the weekend, making it 6 games in a row that he's scored in. They beat Villareal 2-0, with Luka Modric scoring the other one. Add that to Ronaldo's hat-trick midweek against Elche and Real Madrid are looking good once more after a shaky start.

They're still a while off the top team, which is Barcelona. They won twice this week and still have not conceded a goal in the League yet! Obviously Lionel Messi was great, though Neymar also added his first ever hat-trick for the club as they beat Granada 6-0.

Atletico Madrid had their most convincing win of the season on the weekend, 4-0 against Sevilla, and they are just 2 points off of Barca at the top. Valencia are level with Atletico, and Sevilla and Celta Vigo are up there too.

Germany

It has taken this long but the lads at Bayern Munich have finally made the first place spot their own in the Bundesliga. This after a 4-0 against Paderborn and a 2-0 over Cologne. Remember that guy Mario Gotze? Scored the winner in the World Cup Final? Well, he got 3 goals in those 2 games. Yeah, he is a pretty handy player...

Borussia M. Gladbach are next placed on the table after a couple of tight wins. Bayer Leverkusen are up there too, although Borussia Dortmund are way back after only winning 2 of their first 6 games this campaign.

Italy

Inter Milan may have thought that last season was bad but this one has started even worse. They just lost 4-1 at home to the bottom placed team Yuto Nagatomo was sent off in that game, which also saw Nemanja Vidic maintain his terrible start. He gave away a penalty, while the Inter coach formally apologised to the fans after this shocker.

It was business as usual for the two top teams however. Juventus won again thanks to the goal-scoring machine that is Carlos Tevez, while Roma are in second after getting maximum points as well. Udinese are the surprise package in third place.

France

PSG had a 1-1 draw and a 2-0 win this past week, which is decent but not enough to catch teh high-flying Marseille, who won 5-0 most recently and top the French League. Bordeaux and Lille are keeping pace too, pushing PSG down to fourth. But it is a long season.