National Teamers Abroad: Tough games in the Premier League

Lots of goals scored in England's Premier League.It was tough going for Americans in England’s Premier League over the weekend, with two National Teamers Abroad clubs giving up five goals. Spurs were on the wrong side of a 5-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. With Tottenham taking the lead in the 10th minute, goal scorer Emmanuel Adebayor exited to a red card eight minutes later. Arsenal led 2-1 at the break, with Clint Dempsey subbing on for the second-half. Gareth Bale scored for Spurs in the 70th minute to make it 4-2, and Arsenal got their fifth goal of the game in stoppage time.

“I’m sad, I’m disappointed,” Adebayor told his club’s official site. I scored my first goal of the season and I was so happy, but then it was a 50-50 ball, I went for it and the referee decided to give me a red card. It was difficult to let the team down like that.”

Aston Villa also ended up on the wrong side of a glut of goals, shutout 5-0 by Manchester City. Brad Guzan started for Villa, who fell behind in the 43rd minute and game up four more goals in the second-half. Villa manager Paul Lambert pointed to a questionable penalty call in favor of City in the 54th as the point of no return for his club.

"How he call that at an important point in the game? He's got to be 100%. I am 100% sure it wasn't a penalty. It's wrong. It's the wrong decision. In big games, you've got to call these things right and that was definitely a wrong decision.”

Also in the Premier League, Tim Howard and Everton lost 2-1 to Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Everton led from a 10th minute Steven Naismith goal, but Reading equalized in the 51st and converted a 79th minute penalty for the win.

In the Championship, Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City lost 3-2 to Hull. City trailed by three first-half goals but staged a comeback. Ravel Morrison scored in the 38th and Marlon King cut Hull’s lead to one in the 46th. Zak Whitbread and Leicester shutout Ipswich 6-0 at the King Power Stadium. David Nugent opened the scoring in the 8th minute and doubled the lead ten minutes later. In League One, Frank Simek and Carlisle lost 4-1 to Leyton Orient.

Moving to the Bundesliga, where Jermaine Jones and Schalke were shutout 2-0 by Bayer Leverkusen. Jones subbed off in the 74th minute. Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich at Stadion Nurnberg. Trailing from the third minute, Markus Feulner equalized in the 46th. Chandler picked up a yellow card in the 52nd minute and Nurnberg went a man down with Timo Gebhart sent off in the 76th. Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams took their regular place on Hoffenheim’s starting eleven in a 3-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg. Hoffenheim trailed 3-0 before Eren Derdijok scored in the 88th minute. Williams subbed out at halftime.

Also in the European leagues, Terrence Boyd scored in the 37th minute with Rapid Vienna shutting out Mattersburg 3-0. Rapid already led by three goals when Mattersburg’s Manuel Seidl exited in the 41st minute with a red card. Boyd was cautioned in the 50th minute. Jozy Altidore and AZ got a 72nd minute equalizer from Adam Maher to draw 1-1 with Groningen at the Euroborg stadium. Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht shutout Kortrijk on a stoppage time goal from Dieumerci Mbokani. Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg beat Honefoss 4-1. Rosenborg led by three goals when Honefoss scored in the 74th minute.

Did Not Play: Brad Friedel (Spurs 2 – Arsenal 5), Eric Lichaj (Villa 0 – Manchester City 5), Tim Ream (Bolton 1 – Barnsley 1), Robbie Findley (Forest 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 0), Robbie Rogers (Stevenage 1 – Sheffield United 4), David Yelldell (Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Schalke 0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 1 – Freiburg 2), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga 0 – Osasuna 0), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland 2 – Aarhus 0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby 2 – Esbjerg 2), Chad Barrett (Valerenga 1 – Viking 2)

Injured: Stuart Holden (Bolton 1 – Barnsley 1), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander 0 – Villarreal 3)

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