Nov 10, 2007

Soccer Source Saturday Summary: Bayern, Barca Beaten, Battered

The sixth and seventh-ranked teams in Soccer Source's Top 25 both lost today, as #7 Bayern Munich finally fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and #6 Barcelona went down again on the road. The Bavarian side got clobbered at VfB Stuttgart, losing 3-1 in a game that was decided at halftime. Mario Gomez completed a brace at minute 42 to put the defending Bundesliga champs up 3-0. It was an impressive victory for Stuttgart, who have quietly charged up to eighth place in the Bundesliga. Bayern's lead is now a single point, after Werder Bremen shellacked Karlsruhe (it's pronounced Karls-rooh) 4-0. Hamburg and Schalke tied 1-1 in the other top game of the day.

Barca, ranked sixth in the top 25, also played a disappointing game at Getafe and went down 2-0. The Catalan side have not won a Liga game on the road since Sept. 29, and that was to sorry Levante, who are so terrible they're probably even worse than Derby County. It's early still, but Barca does not scare me right now.

There was one other surprise on the day: Olympiakos went down to Asteras Tripoli in the Greek Super League today. (And I thought Tripoli was in Libya?) This is the same Olympiakos whose only previous loss was at the Bernabeu Oct. 24. Will this affect Olympiakos' top 25 ranking (11th last week)? Yeah, I think so.

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