This Roundup is quite late, but as I noted in another post, it has been a busy week and this has been delayed. For those of you who may not know, this is an endeavor on my part to better know European Soccer teams and leagues. I have selected a team from each of the main four leagues to support and follow and each week I do a roundup. So far I have found it quite rewarding because I have followed several leagues and learned a great deal about other teams. On the other hand, it sucks up my time quite quickly. Anyway, on to last week's goings-on.
Roma won 4-0 in its opening match in group play in the Champions League over Shakhtar Donesk. Roma also opened Serie A play with a 2-0 victory over Livorno.
The Berlin side struggled to a 2-2 draw against Danish side OB Odense. Hertha did squeak out a 1-0 victory over Darmstadt 98 in the German Cup match.
It was not a pretty week for the Reds. First, in the Merseyside Derby Everton thumped Liverpool 3-0 for the teams worst loss in the derby in over 40 years. Then, the team played a lifeless 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven in its first match of Champions League group play. Even more amazing was the Steven Gerrard didn’t start and played only 20 minutes, although he was being rested for the upcoming tie with Chelsea. That said, if Liverpool can beat Chelsea all will be well. All was not bad this week because Liverpool did receive a go-ahead for a new stadium.
Valencia won its second straight to open the La Liga season 1-0 over Atletico Madrid. Liverpool castoff Fernando Morientes scored a hat-trick in Valencia’s 4-2 victory over Olympiakos Piraeus in Champions League group play.