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Bayern and Lyon round out Champions League semis

8 Apr

Despite going down 3-0 in the first half, Bayern Munich was able to score two crucial away goals to advance to the Champions League semifinals.  United scored twice in the first seven minutes and it looked like it was going to be an ugly one for Bayern, especially given that Wayne Rooney started and his presence seemed to galvanize the team and the crowd.  It got even worse when Nani scored his second late in the first half.  But Bayern’s Ivica Olic came up big again and gave the away side some hope, sliding the ball past Edwin Van der Sar in the 43rd minute.  The complexion of the game changed when United defender Rafael was sent off in the 50th minute after picking up his second yellow card.  Arjen Robben’s terrific volley in the 74th minute proved to be the deciding goal that would send Bayern through.  Bayern advanced due to their away goals advantage in a 4-4 aggregate.  Bayern’s win means that there will be no English clubs in the semifinals for the first time in seven years. Yay parity!

Bordeaux claimed a 1-0 win in the second leg over Lyon, but could not notch a second goal, which would have send them through.  Instead, it’s Lyon in the semifinals after winning 3-2 on aggregate.  Bordeaux had several excellent chances to get the second goal, but Lyon goalie Hugo Lloris came up big late in the game.

Inter will host Barcelona in the first leg of their semifinal on April 20, while Bayern will play host to Lyon on April 21.  The Lyon/Bayern second leg is on April 27 and the Barca/Inter game will be on April 28.  The final is scheduled for May 22.

Last two Champions League semi spots up for grabs

7 Apr

Bordeaux will host Lyon and Manchester United will host Bayern Munich as the teams fight to join Barcelona and Inter in the Champions League semifinals.  Lyon holds a 3-1 edge after winning the first leg, but they will be without two-goal performer Lisandro, who is suspended.  Lyon will also be missing forward Sidney Govou.  It’s unclear whether Bordeaux will be missing their starting keeper Cedric Carasso, who picked up a groin injury.  Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the today’s clash with Bayern. United struggled at the weekend in a loss to Chelsea without Rooney leading the charge.  It will be interesting to see if anyone can step up and fill his shoes.   UPDATE: Apparently, Rooney is healthy enough to play as he has started for United.  Yeah, out for three weeks, good one.  The German side holds a slim 2-1 lead, thanks to a late goal from Ivica Olic in the first leg.  Bayern welcomes back Bastian Schweinsteiger, who missed the first leg due to suspension and Arjen Robben, who is fit after returning from injury.

TV Schedule
Manchester United vs. Bayern – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Bordeaux vs. Lyon – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Bayern stuns United, Lyon wins

30 Mar

Bayern Munich’s Ivica Olic scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute to give the hosts a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.  To further deflate United, striker Wayne Rooney had to be helped off the pitch after suffering a supposed ankle injury during stoppage time.   Rooney opened the scoring in the first minute of play, but Bayern equalized in the second half on a Franck Ribery strike.  The result sets up an excellent second leg as a single United goal would send them through.  There’s no word yet on whether Rooney’s injury is bad enough to keep him out of action for a while, but with a crucial clash with Chelsea this weekend, United will be hoping for the best.

Lisandro scored a double to lead Lyon to a 3-1 home win over Bordeaux.  It was Bordeaux’s first loss in eight Champions League games.   Lyon will be without Lisandro in the second leg due to yellow card accumulation.  Bordeaux still has a chance at the semis, thanks to a crucial away goal from Marouane Chamakh.  It all shapes up to be a stellar second leg.

Champions League quarterfinals start today

30 Mar

The first two quarterfinals of Champions League play kick off this afternoon. Lyon hosts Bordeaux in an all-French affair and Bayern Munich plays host to Manchester United. With Lyon and Bordeaux meeting in the quarters, a French team is assured of a spot in the semifinals. Bordeaux is on a seven-match Champions League win streak, two shy of the all-time record. This streak includes three straight away shutouts. Meanwhile, Lyon is unbeaten in their last six CL contests. And obviously, as these teams meet in Ligue 1 as well, they are extremely familiar with each other. It should be a tight contest.

Meanwhile, Bayern will be missing two top players for the clash with United. Arjen Robben is likely out with a pulled muscle and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended. United has won seven straight games in all competitions and will bring a full-strength squad to Germany. It will be a tall task to shut out Wayne Rooney, who has scored 33 goals this year, including four in the Champions League.

If you can’t get to a TV, you can follow along on the Yahoo! match tracker or of course, pay for the games on UEFA.com.  I’m sure there are other ways to watch the game online too if you look hard enough.

TV Schedule
Lyon vs. Bordeaux – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Bayern vs. United – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

2010 Champions League & Europa League Quarterfinals Announced

19 Mar

The quarterfinal pairings for Champions League and Europa League were announced earlier today.  As far as the Champions League matchups go, I don’t think anyone really got an easy draw as all the quarterfinalists have been playing solid football as of late.  Obviously the popular pick for the final is a rematch of Manchester United and Barcelona, but my sleeper pick is Bordeaux as they have been stellar in Europe, winning seven straight.  Liverpool got a tough draw with Portugal’s Benfica in the Europa League, as they have won seven European titles between them, but if the Reds play like they have this week, they will be in good shape.

Champions League (First Leg: March 30/31; Second Leg: April 6/7)
Lyon vs. Bordeaux
Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United
Arsenal vs. Barcelona
Inter vs. CSKA Moskva

Europa League (First Leg: April 1, Second Leg: April 8th)
Liverpool vs. Benfica
Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
Fulham vs. Wolfsburg
Hamburg vs. Standard Liege

Barcelona, Bordeaux advance to Champions League quarterfinals

18 Mar

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular goals to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 win over Stuttgart in their second leg contest.  The defending champs advance to the quarterfinals after winning 5-1 on aggregate.  Messi is a beast.  On his first goal, there were FOUR defenders around him and he had about a foot of space to shoot and he was able to unleash a rocket into the upper left corner.  Absolutely incredible.  Barcelona played a very solid game and if Messi continues to score like he has, I feel bad for their quarterfinal opponent.

Bordeaux notched its seventh straight Champions League win on Wednesday, defeating Olympiacos, 2-1.  The French side advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 22 years.  The game wasn’t without drama though.  Olympiacos striker Matt Derbyshire got sent off in the 60th minute, but that didn’t stop the away side as they equalized minutes later.  The sides then were even at 10 men apiece after Alou Diarra was sent off for Bordeaux in the 68th minute.  The home team wouldn’t be denied however as Marouane Chamakh headed in the game-winner in the 88th minute.

The quarterfinalists are: Barcelona, Bordeaux, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Lyon, Inter and CSKA Moskva.  The quarterfinal draw will take place Friday, March 19 (that’s tomorrow for those of you that aren’t paying attention).

Inter knocks out Chelsea, CSKA advances

17 Mar

Inter’s Samuel Eto’o put the nail in the coffin for Chelsea, scoring a 78th minute goal to send the Italian side to the final eight on a 3-1 aggregrate. It is the first time that Inter has gotten past the round of 16 in three years. Of course, it’s a big win for Jose Mourinho in his first game at Stamford Bridge since leaving Chelsea. And just like last year, Chelsea fell completely apart at the end of the game as Didier Drogba got sent off three minutes from time for stamping on Thiago Motta. Props to Inter for going into the second leg with a lead and still playing an attacking style of football.

CSKA Moskva also advanced to the final eight, thanks to a 2-1 win over Sevilla in the second leg clash. CSKA got on the board first after Tomas Necid scored in the 38th minute. Sevilla answered back less than two minutes later with a Diego Perotti goal. The game looked set to head to extra time, but Sevilla keeper Andres Palop mishandled a free kick from Keisuke Honda, giving CSKA a 2-1 lead.

The final two spots in the quarterfinals will be determined today.  Defending champion Barcelona plays host to Stuttgart with a slim lead, thanks to an away goal in a 1-1 first leg draw.  Stuttgart, however, is looking for their first bid to the final eight.  Bordeaux hosts Olympiacos in the day’s other game.  Bordeaux claimed the first leg, 1-0, and is currently on a six-match win streak in the Champions League.  The French side is also attempting to get back the round of 16 for the first time.

TV Schedule
Barcelona vs. Stuttgart – 3:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Bordeaux vs. Olympiacos – 6 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)