EPL: Day 7, Part 2 & 3 – and the Women’s World Cup

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
September 28th, 2003 • 10:10 pm

Chelsea fail to convince against Aston Villa and are rather fortunate to bag all three points. Manchester United play against a non-existent defense at Leicester and Ruud van Nilsterooy predictably gets a hat trick.

More interestingly, Charlton manage to come back from 0-1 against Liverpool, to lead 2-1, only to have a Liverpool penalty scored by Michael Owen against them to make it 2-2. Then, with 10 minutes left, Lisbie completes a hat trick with a remarkable run all the way from his own half and a perfect finish. Highly entertaining stuff — and Gérard Houiller’s face at the end of the game was priceless, I am sorry to say.

Then Manchester City misses all kinds of clear-cut chances against Tottenham and only manage a 0-0 draw, which is always a bit of a surprise coming from a team coached by Kevin Keegan.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s World Cup, Canada manage to come back from 0-1 against Japan to win 3-1 and qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history. Before the start of the competition, everyone was hoping that they would achieve at least this, but based on the first two games, it looked worryingly as if they were going to miss out. They did manage to pull themselves together, however, and with a bit of luck on the third goal by 16-year-old striker Kara Lang, they are through.

It’s a bit sad to see that there are so few spectators in the stadium whenever the US team is not involved, but hopefully this will get better in the quarterfinals.

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