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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

2011-12 Champions League group stage set

25 Aug

After a tediously boring draw earlier today, the Champions League groups are ready to go for another year of action. Group A ended up as the toughest draw with Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City and Napoli. Of course, Barcelona and Manchester United have one team in each of their groups that could pose a challenge.  The first group games are set for Sept. 13-14 and the complete schedule can be found here.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lionel Messi won the first UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which was announced after the draw to the surprise of approximately no one.

Group A
Bayern Munich (GER)
Villarreal (ESP)
Manchester City (ENG)
Napoli (ITA)

Group B
Inter (ITA)
CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Lille (FRA)
Trabsponzor (TUR)

Group C
Manchester United (ENG)
Benfica (POR)
Basel (SUI)
Otelui Galati (ROU)

Group D
Real Madrid (ESP)
Lyon (FRA)
Ajax (NED)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group E
Chelsea (ENG)
Valencia (ESP)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Genk (BEL)

Group F
Arsenal (ENG)
Marseille (FRA)
Olympiacos (GRE)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G
Porto (POR)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
APOEL (CYP)

Group H
Barcelona (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA)
BATE (BLR)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Messi owns Arsenal, Inter advances

6 Apr

Arsenal pretty much shut down Lionel Messi last week. Today? Not so much. Messi scored FOUR goals to lead Barcelona to a 4-1 win (6-3 on aggregate) and a spot in the Champions League semifinals. (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4).  I know I’ve said it before, but damn, he is awesome.  (Best tweet about Messi: @ZombieJaqua Messi could score at a celibacy convention.)  Messi scored his first three goals in a 21-minute span in the first half and added the fourth late in the second half just for good measure.  It was his fourth hat trick of 2010.  I think we might have an early leader for player of the year. 

Now, it’s up to Inter to devise a plan to stop the Argentine powerhouse.  Inter claimed a 1-0 win over CSKA Moskva earlier today to book their spot in the semis (2-0 on aggregate), thanks to an early goal from Wesley Sneijder.

Champions League semifinal berths on the line

6 Apr

CSKA Moskva is currently hosting Inter Milan with a spot in the Champions League semis up in the air. Inter won the first leg, 1-0, in Italy. CSKA is looking for its first trip to the semifinals while Inter is aiming for the semis for the first time since 2003. As I write, Wesley Sneijder has scored on a free kick for Inter and given them a huge away goal. CSKA has it all to do now as they are now down 2-0 on aggregate.

Barcelona hosts Arsenal in today’s other quarterfinal. The defending champs blew a 2-0 lead late against Arsenal last week as the Gunners came back to earn a 2-2 draw. Barca holds the edge due to away goals. It will be quite the different matchup than last week as both squads will be missing key players. Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin due to injuries. It was also confirmed Monday that Alex Song will be unavailable after suffering a knee injury at the weekend. Meanwhile, Barca will be without injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and suspended defenders Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique.  The Spanish side did receive some good news though as Andres Iniesta has been included in the squad for today’s game.

TV Schedule
CSKA vs. Inter – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Barcelona vs. Arsenal – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Arsenal fights back for draw, Inter earns shutout

1 Apr

For the first 70 minutes, Barcelona looked like they would end up winning 10-0.  The defending champs had a comfortable 2-0 lead, thanks to a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  However, Arsenal fought back and a Theo Walcott goal put them back in the mix.  After Barca defender Carlos Puyol was sent off for a challenge on Cesc Fabregas in the box, Fabregas buried the penalty to tie the game at 2-2.  Barca still has the advantage going into the second leg due to away goals, but the holders will be missing both center backs (Puyol and Pique) due to suspension.  Arsenal meanwhile will be without Fabregas, who will be suspended (even though he probably wouldn’t have played due to injury), as well as William Gallas and Andrei Arshavin, who both picked up injuries.  Gallas looks set to miss the remainder of the season and Fabregas could also be out for the rest of the year (UPDATE: Fabregas out for six weeks with cracked fibula).

Inter Milan picked up a 1-0 shutout win over CSKA Moskva in the first leg in Italy.  There weren’t too many opportunities for either side in the game, but Diego Milito took advantage of a little bit of space to score for Inter in the 65th minute.  It’s not much of a lead for Inter as they head to Russia for the second leg next week.  CSKA will be without Evgeny Aldonin as well as their leading Champions League scorer Miloš Krasić due to suspension.

Arsenal hosts Barca, Moscow travels to Inter

31 Mar

If yesterday’s games are any indication, today’s Champions League quarterfinals should be good ones.  Arsenal plays host to Barcelona and former Gunner Thierry Henry, who is apparently dreading this match.  Meanwhile, Inter Milan hosts CSKA Moskva.  Arsenal has the uneviable task of trying to stop Lionel Messi.  Good luck with that one, you’re gonna need it.  Messi has been a stud for Barcelona, especially as of late.  It’s amazing to watch  what he can do.  Arsenal’s no pushover though.  They’ve been strong against non-English competition, going unbeaten in their last 34 home matches against clubs from the continent. 

Inter is aiming for their first semifinal since 2003.  They’ve played CSKA twice in the past and emerged victorious each time.  You can’t count on the past to get the job done this time though.  CSKA has won their last two Champions League away games and won’t go down easily.

TV Schedule
Arsenal vs. Barcelona – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Inter vs. CSKA Moskva – 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