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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)

Champions League – Tuesday’s Winners & Wednesday’s Line-up

9 Dec
Ryan Babel scored the opening goal for Liverpool as they went on to win 3-1 and finish top of Group D. (VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)

Ryan Babel scored the opening goal for Liverpool as they went on to win 3-1 and finish top of Group D. (VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)

In Tuesday’s action, Liverpool clinched group D with a 3-1 win over PSV (that’s six goals in two games…they can score after all!).  Atletico Madrid will take the second spot in that group.  Roma takes Group A after a 2-0 win over Bordeaux and Chelsea is second after defeating CFR Cluj, 2-1.  With a 1-0 win over Anorthosis and Inter’s 2-1 loss to Bremen, Panthinaikos clinched the top spot in group B and Inter takes second.  In group C, Shaktar upset Barcelona, 3-2, but it didn’t matter as Barca still goes through in top spot.  Sporting finished in second with a 1-0 win over Basel. 

Again, there is not too  much drama on Wednesday except to figure out who will take the top spot in each group and who will take second.

Wednesday’s Games

Manchester United* vs. Aalborg -1:30 p.m. EST/ESPN2

Celtic vs. Villarreal*

Steaua vs. Fiorentina

Lyon* vs. Bayern*

Porto* vs. Arsenal*

Dynamo Kiev vs. Fenerbache

Juventus* vs. Bate -3:45 p.m. EST/ESPN Deportes

Real Madrid* vs. Zenit St. Petersburg – 1:30 p.m. EST/ESPN Deportes