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Champions League group stage ends on completely crazy note

7 Dec

Well, who can say they saw today’s results coming?  Two results clearly stand out: 1) Manchester United getting knocked out of Champions League with a 2-1 loss to Basel.  Really?  2) Lyon somehow turning around a NINE goal difference to edge Ajax for second in group D.

Major props to Basel on the upset of United.  A late goal from Alexander Frei sealed second place for Basel and knocked United out in the group stage for the first time since 2005-06.  And that, Alex Ferguson, is why you don’t take the group stage for granted.

Meanwhile, in group D, Lyon scored six second half goals to seal an improbable 7-1 win over Zagreb.  Meanwhile, Ajax lost a 2-0 decision to Real Madrid, and with those results combined, it meant that Lyon, not Ajax, heads to the round of 16.  Holy crap, how mad does Ajax have to be?  For Zagreb to ship seven goals at home?  Absurb.  Props to Lyon for making something out of what seemed to be a near impossible situation, but it does seem a little bit sketchy since I think the futsal team I play on could have played better defense.

Only two English teams advanced to the round of 16.  Man City defeated Bayern 2-0, but a Napoli win with the same scoreline sent the Italian through to the next round.  Who would’ve thought that Chelsea and Arsenal would be the lone Premier League teams remaining?  Ridic.

While I’m on the subject, I don’t really understand why people would root for all the Premier League teams to do well.  Ok, sure, the league looks better, but really?  Who cares?  You’re telling me that as a United fan, you want Arsenal to succeed? I don’t think so.  I just can’t get behind the idea of rooting for a team that I would hate in every other circumstance.

Round of 16 teams: Bayern Munich (GER), Napoli (ITA), Inter (ITA), CSKA (RUS), Benfica (POR), Basel (SUI), Real (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Chelsea (ENG), Leverkusen (GER), Arsenal (ENG), Marseille (FRA), APOEL (CYP), Zenit (RUS), Barcelona (ESP) and Milan (ITA).

Really early, completely premature and totally unnecessary final prediction: Barcelona vs. Milan

Champions League continues today

3 Nov

Bayern Munich is six points clear in group E, but Basel, Cluj and Roma still have all to play for as all three squads sit at three points.  The Basel/Roma match is a big ‘un. In group F, Marseille sits in third and is fighting for its Champions League life, but a win over last-place Zilina would be very beneficial for the French side. Both English clubs have their hands full today as they battle the clubs in second place in their respective groups. Chelsea hosts Spartak while Arsenal plays Shakhtar on the road. Meanwhile, AC Milan looks to rebound after previously losing to Real Madrid, 2-0. Ajax is looking to leapfrog Milan into second with a win over point-less Auxerre.

And in shocking news, the AC Milan/Real Madrid game is the one being shown live on Fox Soccer because it’s such a “sexy matchup”. Anyways, it irritates me that Fox Soccer shelled out money for the rights to broadcast the games, but they will only show three or four of them, and even then it is the “sexy” games or the ones involving English sides. Even though it’s not feasible for FSC to show all the games live, they should all be broadcast at least once during the night. Instead of replaying the Milan/Madrid game or the Chelsea/Spartak game, throw a different match in there so soccer fans can actually see some other squads play. It’s frustrating to only get to see a select few matches every time Champions League rolls around, especially since those matches generally tend to involve the same squads.

Chelsea vs. Spartak Moskva – 3:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
AC Milan vs. Real Madrid – 3:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Basel vs. Roma
Partizan vs. Braga
Zilina vs. Marseille
Auxerre vs. Ajax
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Arsenal – 8 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
CFR Cluj vs. Bayern

Arsenal, Madrid roll in UCL action

20 Oct

Arsenal had no problems dispatching Shakhtar Donetsk as five different players netted goals in a 5-1 victory.  For the first time in a long time, there was not a single draw in the day’s action. Real Madrid put on a dominating performance to dispatch AC Milan, 2-0, while Chelsea defeated Spartak Moskva by the same scoreline.  Basel shocked Roma with a 3-1 win in Italy and Marseille clung to hope of advancing with a 1-0 win over Zilina.  Bayern Munich used two own goals by Cluj to escape with a 3-2 victory and Braga defeated Partizan, 2-0.  Ajax claimed a 1-0 win over Auxerre, thanks to a strike from Luis Suarez.

Spartak Moskva 0
Chelsea 2 (Zhirkov 23, Anelka 43)

Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 13, Ozil 14)
AC Milan 0

Roma 1 (Borriello 21)
Basel 3 (Frei 12, Inkoom 44, Cabral 90+3)

Marseille 1 (Diawara 48)
Zilina 0

Braga 2 (Lima 35, Matheus 90)
Partizan 0

Ajax 2 (De Zeeuw 7, Suarez 41)
Auxerre 1 (Birsa 56)

Bayern 3 (Cadu 32 – OG, Panin 37 – OG, Gomez 77)
CFR Cluj 2 (Cadu 26, Culio 86)

Arsenal 5 (Song 19, Nasri 42, Fabregas 60 – pen, Wilshere 66, Chamakh 69)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Eduardo 82)

Champions League results – Sept. 28

29 Sep

Last year’s finalist Bayern Munich escaped Basel with a 2-1 win, thanks to a 89th minute winner from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Meanwhile, Spartak Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk both cruised to 3-0 victories. English sides Chelsea and Arsenal both posted wins and Ajax and Milan played to a 1-1 draw. Real Madrid left it late, but emerged a 1-0 winner over Auxerre.  Roma defeated CFR Cluj, 2-1.

Tuesday’s Results
Basel 1 (Frei 18)
Bayern 2 (Schweinsteiger 56-pen, 89)

Auxerre 0
Real Madrid 1 (Di Maria 81)

Spartak Moskva 3 (Ari 34, 61, Ibson 89)
Zilina 0

Partizan 1 (Cléo 33-pen)
Arsenal 3 (Arshavin 15, Chamakh 71, Squillaci 82)

Ajax 1 (El Hamdaoui 23)
AC Milan 1 (Ibrahimović 37)

Roma 2 (Mexes 69, Boriello 71)
CFR Cluj 1 (Rada 78)

Braga 0
Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (Luiz Adriano 56, 72, Douglas Costa 90+2-pen)

Chelsea 2 (Terry 7, Anelka 28-pen)
Marseille 0

Champions League continues today

28 Sep

Sorry I have not been the best blogger this month, but in all honesty, it hasn’t exactly been a super exciting start to the season, particularly as a Liverpool fan.  However, I vow to do better from here on out as my team doing poorly is really no excuse.

Anyways, the second set of group games in Champions League play get underway today.  Chelsea will be without suspended star Didier Drogba as well as injured players Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun.  With the missing players, as well as suffering their first loss of the year at the weekend, will Chelsea be able to step up against Marseille?  Arsenal faces no easy task in Serbia against Partizan either as issues with the squad’s goalkeeping continue and a whole host of players remains out injured.  AC Milan has lost only once on the road in its last seven Champions League games and has won the last three meetings with Ajax, although the teams have not met since 2003.  Meanwhile, Auxerre is playing its first Champions League home game in eight years and they have to host Real Madrid, a team coming in pissed off after a 0-0 draw with La Liga bottom-feeders Levante.

Tuesday’s games
Spartak Moskva vs. Zilinia
Basel vs. Bayern
Partizan vs. Arsenal – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Roma vs. CFR Cluj
Braga vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Auxerre vs. Real Madrid – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Ajax vs. AC Milan – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Chelsea vs. Marseille – 10 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Arsenal, Chelsea dominate in first group game

16 Sep

Well, Arsenal wasted no time in dismantling Braga. The Gunners got on the board in the ninth minute with a Cesc Fabregas penalty and never looked back in a 6-0 win. Fellow Premier League side Chelsea also encountered little resistance in a 4-1 win over Žilina. Bayern Munich, last year’s runner-up, earned a 2-0 win over Roma with late goals from Thomas Müller and Miroslav Klose. Six of the eight Wednesday games were shutouts.

Bayern 2 (Müller 79, Klose 83)
Roma 0

CFR Cluj 2 (Rada 9, Traore 12)
Basel 1 (Stocker 45+2)

Marseille 0
Spartak Moscow 1 (Azpilicueta 81 – og)

Žilina 1 (Oravec 55)
Chelsea 4 (Essien 13, Anelka 24, 28, Sturridge 48)

Real Madrid 2 (Anita 31 – og, Higuain 73)
Ajax 0

AC Milan 2 (Ibrahimović 66, 69)
Auxerre 0

Arsenal 6 (Fàbregas 9-pen, 53, Arshavin 30, Chamakh 34, Vela 69, 84)
Braga 0

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Srna 71)
Paritzan 0

2010-11 Champions League group stage is set

26 Aug

The 2010-11 Champions League draw is in the books.  Holders Internazionale were drawn in group A with Werder Bremen, Tottenham and FC Twente.  Group G is looking like a tough one as AC Milan and Real Madrid meet in the group stage for the second straight year.  Ajax is no cakewalk either. Meanwhile, Manchester United gets to take a trip down Fergie’s memory lane to Rangers in group C.  The competition gets under Sept. 14 and 15. (Quick aside, it was super depressing not to see Liverpool somewhere on this list.)

Group A
Inter
Werder Bremen
Tottenham
FC Twente

Picks to advance: Inter, Werder Bremen

Group B
Lyon
Benfica
Schalke
Hapoel Tel-Aviv

Picks to advance: Lyon, Benfica

Group C
Manchester United
Valencia
Rangers
Bursapor

Picks to advance: United, Rangers

Group D
Barcelona
Panathinaikos
FC Copenhagen
Rubin Kazan

Picks to advance: Barcelona, Rubin Kazan

Group E
Bayern Munich
Roma
Basel
CFR Cluj

Picks to advance: Bayern, Roma

Group F
Chelsea
Marseille
Spartak Moscow
Zilina

Picks to advance: Chelsea, Spartak

Group G
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Ajax
Auxerre

Picks to advance: Madrid, Ajax

Group H
Arsenal
Shakhtar Donetsk
Braga
Partizan

Picks to advance: Arsenal, Shakhtar