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Ryan Howden is a Freelance Journalist

Ryan Play’s the World Cup: Part Three – 2002 FIFA World Cup

By Ryan Howden

2002 FIFA World Cup – Gamecube (2002)

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So yeah after I however we did in France 98 (I’m assuming I partied to hard after and amazing run and have forgot the result, because I won’t break character dammit) its time to move on to Korea-Japan 2002 and more importantly the reign of Emile Heskey.

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Ryan Play’s the World Cup: Part Two – Road to World Cup 98 and World Cup 98

By Ryan Howden

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 – Playstation (1997)

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So straight off I thought this game was awesome, it opens with a very 90’s cut montage that your eyes can’t quite focus on and Blurs Song 2 blaring to get you pumped.

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Ryan Play’s the World Cup: Part One – Italia 90 & USA 94

By Ryan Howden

So I love the World Cup, possibly more than any other sporting event. It doesn’t come without its hardship though especially as an England fan, but also being a gamer I remember the World Cup games being very average, with them recently just seeming to be a limited version of the previous years FIFA.

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Premier League: Weekly Round Up 28/10

Story by Ryan Howden

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United

Manchester United moved within one point of the top spot after beating 9-man Chelsea. A David Luiz own goal and a good finish from Robin Van Persie gave United an early two-goal lead but Chelsea fought back through Juan Mata’s superb free-kick and Ramires’ towering header each side of the break.

Ten the game went mad with Chelsea having two men sent off in the space of five minutes, Ivanovic for tripping Ashley Young, before in a controversial decision Fernando Torres received a second yellow for allegedly diving. Hernandez finished the game with a shot from the six-yard box in what later was confirmed to be an offside position.

As the players left the pitch referee Mark Clattenburg was greeted with a ring of jeers from the home fans.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

The Merseyside derby is always an exciting occasion and this one did not fail to disappoint as Luis Suarez dominated the game. The Uruguayan saw his shot deflect off Leighton Baines for Liverpools opener before putting his own name on the scoresheet with a header on 20 minutes.

Everton though fought back brilliantly through Leon Osman and Steven Naismith to draw level. Suarez though looked to have won the game for Liverpool late on but he was (later shown to be incorrectly) flagged offside.

Reading 3-3 Fulham

Hal Robson-Kanu’s late equaliser gave Reading a much needed point as they hosted Fulham. Reading opened the scoring with Mikele Leighterwoods thunderous shot, but in the second-half Fulham came back strongly with goals from Bryan Luiz and Chris Baird pulling them ahead.

Garath McCleary drew Reading level on 85 minutes but Dimitar Berbatov’s low shot late on looked to have clinched the points for Fulham, before Robson-Kanu’s point-blank effort instantly drew the hosts level.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich

Paul Lambert was denied victory against his former club as Norwich visited Villa Park. Christian Benteke gave Aston Villa a first-half lead after his cool finish went past John Ruddy, but at the start of the second-half the home-side found themselves down to 10-men after Joe Bennett picked up a second yellow card.

Norwich dominated the second-half and the breakthrough came on 79 minutes when Michael Turner headed in.

Wigan 2-1 West Ham

Wigan gained their first home victory of the season against a poor West Ham team. Ivan Ramis opened the scoring for Wigan early on with a classy volley before James McArthur added another before the break.

Wigan stayed in control of the match, with West Ham showing little threat in front of goal before James Tomkins late consolation.

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The Rest of the Weekends Action

A late goal from Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle victory over West Brom, Demba Ba had earlier opened the scoring with a volley before on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku had equalised for Albion. Two first-half goals from Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey saw Tottenham move into fourth place as they visited Southampton, Jay Rodriguez pulled one back fro the hosts.

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Mikel Arteta scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal hosted QPR. Carlos Tevez scored the winner as Manchester City faced Swansea in a tough encounter that saw both Michel Vorm and Micah Richards carried off. Elsewhere Sunderland and Stoke played out a 0-0 draw.