Tuesday’s Champions League Recap

The UEFA Champions League is back. It was met with a good mixture of celebrations and  pure disappoint.

 

GROUP A

 

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Club Brugge v Borussia Dortmund 

0-1 

In a game that lacked clear-cut chances, Christian Pulišić came on late for Dortmund and gave himself the perfect 20th birthday present, an 85th minute winning goal.

Dortmund dominated possession for the majority of the game and ended their 8-match run without a victory in the Champions League.

Brugge had a few chances early on and managed to escape almost unscathed from numerous defensive wobbles.

 

Up Next:

Belgian First Division

Gent v  Brugge – Sunday September 23rd (8:30am)

Bundesliga

Hoffenheim v Dortmund – Saturday September 22nd (9:30am) 

Champions League

Dortmund v Monaco –  Wednesday October 3rd (3pm) 

Atlético v Brugge – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm) 

 

 

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AS Monaco v Atlético Madrid

1-2

Atlético came from behind to win 2-1. The La Liga team have only won one game in their domestic season so far. It looked like bad luck was following them when they went 1-0 down within 18 minutes after a defensive blunder allowed Monaco forward Samuel Grandsir to score from close range. Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak then had to make a flying, stretching save to keep his side from going 2-0 down.

Monaco dominated the first half but just couldn’t capitalize on their lead. Just before half time they started to get complacent allowing a comeback from the spaniards. Diego Costa converted on Antoine Griezmann’s excellent pass in the 31st minute to level things. Jose Gimenez followed up with a header from Koke‘s corner to give the visitors the lead in stoppage time of the first half.

Whilst Atlético dominated possession in the second half neither team could find the back of the net, leading to a 2-1 victory and a much needed confidence boost for the La Liga club.

 

Up Next:

Ligue 1 

Monaco v Nîmes – Friday September 21st (2:45pm)

La Liga

Getafe v Atlético – Saturday September 22nd (12:30pm)

Champions League

Dortmund v Monaco – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

Atlético v Brugge – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm) 

 

 

GROUP B

 

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FC Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven 

4-0

A 10-man Barcelona dominated the game and showed the world why they’re one of the best teams around.

Lionel Messi was back to usual ways, scoring his 48th career hat-trick that all but secured his team a home victory. Dembélé added himself to the scoresheet in the 74th minute and the home team walked away with the 4-0 victory over the dutch side.

Eindhoven have not won any of their last nine games in the competition, drawing four and losing 5.

 

Up Next:

La Liga

Barcelona v Girona – Sunday September 23rd (2:45pm)

Eredivisie 

PSV v Ajax – Sunday September 23rd (10:45am)

Champions League

Spurs v Barcelona – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

PSV v Inter Milan – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

 

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Inter Milan v Tottenham Hotspur

2-1 

Inter Milan came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 at home. They left it late though with Mauro Icardi scoring from 20 yards out in the 85th minute. Then Uruguayan midfielder Vecino scored a stoppage time goal to win the game for the Italian side.

A Spurs team who seemed to lack something in the first half went ahead after Christian Eriksen’s 53rd minute strike took a deflection on it’s way through. World Cup Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane, will be disappointed with himself after he failed to score in an all but empty net, running the ball out of play. We did however, see some of his best work in central positions today, he linked well with his teammates.

Tottenham’s downfall defensively came on set pieces, this was their third consecutive 2-1 defeat, having lost to both Watford and Liverpool in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Inter Milan fans were happy to see forward Mauro Icardi score again, marking his third European goal in as many appearances. Before this recent run the young Argentinian scored just one in his previous 11 games.

 

Up Next:

Serie A 

Sampdoria v Inter Milan – Saturday September 22nd (2:30pm)

Premier League

Brighton v Spurs – Saturday September 22nd (12:30pm)

Champions League

PSV v Inter Milan – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

Spurs v Barcelona – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

 

 

GROUP C

 

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Red Star Belgrade v Napoli 

0-0

On an emotional night for debutants Red Star they managed to hold the seasoned Napoli to a goalless draw.  Their Australian defender, Milos Degenek was overwhelmed by the atmosphere, telling reporters after the game “I almost broke down to tears when I heard the roar from the terraces. It was a dream come true.”

The visitors dominated the first half, hitting the woodwork twice and missing a string of chances, with Red Star’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan making some stunning saves to keep his side in the game.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti was rightfully frustrated with his team at full time, but he refused to criticize his players in post-match interviews. He did give his praise to the Serbian side’s goalkeeper.

 

Up Next:

Serbian SuperLiga

Partizan v Red Star – Sunday September 23rd (1pm)

Serie A

Torino v Napoli – Sunday September 23rd (6:30am)

Champions League

PSG V Red Star – Wednesday October 3rd (12:55pm)

Napoli v Liverpool – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm) 

 

 

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Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain

3-2

Last year’s runner up Liverpool were 2-1 up at half time and for most of the second half, but, there was late drama in Merseyside. PSG’s Mbappé scored an 83rd minute equalizer making it look like the game would end in a tie, Firmino, however, had other plans for the home team, scoring the winner deep in to stoppage time.

Liverpool did a good job to subdue both Mbappé and Neymar for the majority of the game making it hard for the French club to get too close to the goal. They are still unbeaten in all competitions this season, running on a 5-consectutive victory streak in the Premier League.

PSG’s coach Thomas Tuchel showed his frustration at his side’s lack of ambition from the sidelines, getting angrier when Neymar made no attempt to win the ball back after losing it in a lack-lusture performance, the last time was what led Liverpool’s winning goal.

The French club have a lot to reflect and work on before their Ligue 1 game away to Rennes on Sunday. They should have a good chance against debutants Red Star Belgrade if they step up their game.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Liverpool v Southampton – Saturday September 22nd (10am)

Ligue 1

Rennes v PSG – Sunday September 23rd (9am)

Champions League

Napoli v Liverpool – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm) 

PSG V Red Star – Wednesday October 3rd (12:55pm)

 

 

GROUP D

 

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FC Schalke 04 v FC Porto 

1-1

Schalke’s goalkeeper Fährmann has clearly been doing his homework, he saved Alex Telles‘ first half penalty, had that gone in, the game could have been a lot different. The 25 year old is surely kicking himself after that.

Both goals came in the second half with the German side taking the lead in the 64th minute after Embolo‘s left footed shot found the back of the net. They didn’t hold the lead for long, Porto’s Otávio converted a 75th minute penalty to level the playing field.

Whilst neither side really impressed, it was the Portuguese team who held their own with 61% of the possession, which is impressive for most teams away from home.

 

Up Next: 

Bundesliga 

Schalke v Bayern Munich – Saturday September 22nd (12:30pm)

Primeira Liga

Setúbal v Porto – Saturday September 22nd (4pm) 

Champions League

Lokomotiv Moscow v Schalke – Wednesday October 3rd (12:55pm)

Porto v Galatasaray – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

 

 

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Galatasaray v Lokomotiv Moscow 

3-0

Turkish side Galatasaray finished the game with 10-men and were rarely threatened by the Russian Premier League side.

Mendes Rodrigues opened the scoring after just nine minutes hitting home an Emre Akbaba corner from outside the box and in to the bottom lefthand corner.

Süper Lig’s Lokomotiv Moscow managed to get to half time and all the way to the 67th minute without conceding another goal. Luck just wasn’t on their side, Galatasaray’s Eren Derdiyok gave his side a 2-0 lead after scoring from the free kick conceded by Manuel Fernandes.

Badou Ndiaye saw a second yellow in the 87th minute meaning his side had to finish the game a man down. That didn’t seem to bother the Turkish side though as they secured the victory when Selcuk Inan scored a 94th minute penalty.

 

Up Next: 

Süper Lig

Arkhisar v Galatasaray – Sunday September 23rd (12pm)

Russian Premier League

Zenit v Lokomotiv – Sunday September 23rd (9:30am)

Champions League

Porto v Galatasaray – Wednesday October 3rd (3pm)

Lokomotiv Moscow v Schalke – Wednesday October 3rd (12:55pm)

 

 

All times Eastern U.S. 

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