National Teamers Abroad: Tough Game for Villa, Win for Roma

Aston Villa had a tough afternoon at Stamford Bridge, but the news was better for Michael Bradley and Roma.

We blame ourselves.  After naming the Aston Villa - Chelsea match a 'must see,' we ended up with a lopsided loss for Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and the Villans.  8-0 to Chelsea with the home side taking the lead three minutes in and up 3-0 by halftime.  It could've been worse, with Guzan stopping eight shots and Chelsea missing a late penalty.  Lichaj subbed out in the 56th minute. 

"You always learn when you win, lose or draw," Villa manager Paul Lambert said. "That will be a wake-up call for us, that. Things have been going really fine for us. It was only Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea now who have turned us over. We will bounce back!"

Also in the Premier League, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City finished scoreless against Spurs.  Tim Howard and Everton came from behind and beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park.  With West Ham leading from the 14th minute, Steven Pienaar setup Victor Anichebe's 64th minute equalizer. Pienaar scored the winner in the 73rd minute.  A league down, Zak Whitbread's Leicester City were shutout 1-0 by Cardiff. 

We did better with one of our other picks for weekend games worth your time, with Michael Bradley and Roma's beating Milan 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.  Nicolas Burdisso opened the scoring for Roma in the 13th minute with Pablo Osvaldo scoring in the 24th.  Erik Lamela added a third goal in the 30th minute and scored again in the 61st.  Milan staged a late comeback, converting a penalty in the 87th and scoring again a minute later. 

"We were excellent in the first half and I'm pleased for the players and the fans," Roma manager Zdenek Zeman said. "Maybe in the second we concentrated too much on defending the result and we came under more pressure – Milan are always Milan and they can cause you problems at any time. Was this Roma's best performance under my stewardship? As I said, we played a good game today.

On Friday, Jozy Altidore's AZ were shutout 3-0 by Twente.  Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht beat Genk 4-2 after giving up a two-goal lead at the Cristal Arena.  In Spain's second division, Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander drew 1-1 with Guadalajara after taking a 6th minute lead when Mamadou Kone scored.

Did Not Play: Brad Friedel (Spurs 0 - Stoke 0), Maurice Edu (Stoke 0 - Spurs 0), Tim Ream (Bolton 4 - Peterborough United 5), Robbie Findley (Nottingham Forest 0 - Watford 2), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga 3 - Real Madrid 2)

Injured: Clint Dempsey (Spurs 0 - Stoke 0), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City 2 - Burnley 2), Stuart Holden (Bolton 4 - Peterborough United 5)

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