Hello and welcome to my LATEST blog post update, where I analyse the Everton vs Newcastle match plus Tuesday and Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matches and Thursday's UEFA Europa League matches.
Without further ado:
Monday's Evening EPL Match:
Everton vs Newcastle:
This match was played at Goodison Park as Everton hosted Newcastle in an interesting mid-table clash between two top 8 sides from last season.
Everton broke the deadlock in the 15th minute, after some great one-touch football was finished off nicely by left-back Leighton Baines.
|15th minute opener: Everton full-back Leighton Baines scores a powerful drive low past goalkeeper Harper.|
Newcastle tried to get back into the match with a goal-line clearance by Baines, but Everton stayed solid for the rest of the first half despite failing to score a few chances.
Manager Alan Pardew was obviously not happy with his team's performance and at half-time striker Demba Ba replaced Sylvain Marveaux.
Ba had an instant impact, and after a great through ball by midfielder Yohan Cabaye, he scored three minutes after coming on to equalise.
|Instant impact: Newcastle striker Demba Ba scores against Everton to make it 1-1 in the 48th minute.|
|Trademark celebration: Demba Ba celebrates his quick-fire goal in the second half after coming on as a sub.|
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard would be disappointed that he did not save the shot, as it was low and trickled past him.
Everton then scored to regain the lead thanks to midfielder Marouane Fellani - only for the goal to be disallowed by offside.
The replays showed that Fellani was actually NOT offside, amid lots of calls that goal-line technology should be introduced to the beautiful game.
This was before striker Victor Anichebe had a disallowed goal after a free-kick was whipped into the box and his header went over the line in the 78th minute.
In the 88th minute, Anichebe gave Everton the lead with a low, powerful shot away from goalkeeper Steve Harper into the net.
|Not enough: Everton striker Victor Anichebe scores low into the net to make it 2-1 against Newcastle.|
Before Demba Ba broke Everton hearts with a late goal in the 90th minute, kicking the ball past Tim Horward who jumped early as he was coming out for the ball.
|Late equaliser: Newcastle striker Demba Ba scores his second to make it 2-2 against Everton in the 90th minute.|
Everton will feel disappointed that they did not take all three points after having two disallowed goals.
Newcastle will feel grateful that they took their chances to score, or they would have lost. They will probably secretly be thanking the officials.
The best football competition in world football restarted this week with 8 matches on Tuesday, including Arsenal and Manchester City in action.
Montpellier 1 Arsenal 2
The major news coming into the match was that Arsenal's £12million striker Olivier Giroud would start the match against his old club in France.
Arsenal were keen to continue their good form from the EPL, with back-to-back wins against Southampton and Liverpool before this fixture.
Montpellier were at home, so the match was always going to be tricky for The Gunners, and the problems started in the 8th minute, when Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen shoulder barged Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda on the floor inside the penalty area.
The referee awarded the penalty (after some thinking time), and Belhanda dispatched the penalty with a cheeky chip past Arsenal reserve 'keeper Vito Mannone to give the hosts a 1-0 lead after 9 minutes.
|Cheeky chip: Younes Belhanda scores from the penalty spot as Cazorla and Vermaelen look on.|
Arsenal were not behind for long, and after some great 1 touch passing by Diaby, Cazorla and Giroud, striker Lukas Podolski was able to calmly slot the ball away from the goalkeeper's grasp to make it 1-1 in the 16th minute.
|Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scores on his CL debut for The Gunners against Montpellier in the 16th minute.|
|Crucial equaliser: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski celebrates his goal with the travelling Arsenal fans.|
The Gunners went ahead in the 18th minute after right-back Carl Jenkinson found Gervinho inside the box, before he tapped the ball into the net.
|Tap-in: Arsenal striker Gervinho gives The Gunners the lead against Montpellier in the 18th minute.|
|Don't forget me: Gervinho celebrates his 3rd goal in 2 matches and the winner for Arsenal.|
Giroud had a volley from inside the box before half-time, but the shot was off target.
Montpellier were pressing for the equaliser with shots from Cabella in either half. He skimmed the post with one effort before hitting the crossbar with a lovely chip over Mannone's head.
Younes Belhanda had a shot inside the 6 yard box, but his shot was caught well by Mannone.
The match ended 2-1 to Arsenal, and all though Montpellier will feel disappointed that they did not take their chances in-front of goal, Arsenal were clinical and deserved to win.
Olympiakos 1 FC Schalke 04 2
The other Group B match saw Greek club Oympiakos host German side Schalke.
Schalke beat Olympiakos by 2 goals to 1, with Howedes and Hunterlaar the goalscorers.
It could have been more if only Huntelaar had not hit the post with his penalty and they did not have a goal disallowed.
Group B table:
1st - Schalke 04, 3pts
2nd - Arsenal, 3pts
3rd - Montpellier, 0pts
4th - Olympiakos, 0pts
Matchday 2 -
Arsenal vs Olympiakos
Schalke vs Montpellier
Real Madrid 3 Manchester City 2
This match was played at The Bernabeu as the defending Spanish champions Real Madrid hosted the English champions Manchester City.
Real Madrid started the match off with a bang with midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo, full-back Marcelo, winger Angel Di Maria and striker Gonzalo Higuain giving the England no.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart trouble in the first half with shots.
Manchester City were dominated until defensive midfielder Yaya Toure collected the ball from the centre circle, and burst past the Real Madrid defenders with pace before giving a through ball straight to subsitute Edin Dzeko who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Casillas to break the deadlock in the 69th minute.
|Shock goal: Manchester City substiute Edin Dzeko scores in the 69th minute past Casillas.|
Real Madrid had an almost instant reply, with full-back Marcelo cutting inside the Man City defence before curling the ball into the top corner past Joe Hart with a placed shot in the 74th minute.
|74th minute equaliser: Real Madrid full-back Marcelo celebrates his curled effort against Manchester City.|
Manchester City had a free-kick from 26 yards out and Kolarov whipped a curling ball into the box.
The ball was intended for a City player inside the box, but the ball curled so much, that it caught Casillas off-guard and went into the bottom corner of the net.
|Did I mean that? Kolarov celebrates his curled free-kick with Dzeko and Zabaleta to give City the lead again.|
Kolarov had given City the lead with 5 minutes left to play, but would Real die? No.
Angel Di Maria found striker Karim Benzema with a through ball, before Benzema span past a defender before hitting the ball low away from Joe Hart in the 87th minute to equalise.
In the 90th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo took a shot from the left wing, before Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany ducked and blocked Joe Hart's view of the ball.
|Late winner: Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 90th minute goal against Manchester City.|
Ronaldo scored as a result and Real won late on at home.
City will feel very disappointed that they did not even get a point, despite going in the lead twice!
|Not happy: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart looks dejected after the match.|
|Oh no: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini looks disappointed after losing against Real.|
|Oh yes: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho celebrates Ronaldo's late winner against City in the 90th minute.|
Real will be thankful that they have Cristiano Ronaldo, and actually played well and pressurised City all of the match.
Borussia Dortmund 1 Ajax 0
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the match for the hosts.
Mario Gotze was fouled inside the box, but the resulting penalty which was taken by defender Mats Hummels was saved by the goalkeeper.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen missed a golden oppourintiy to score inside the box, as the goal was gaping open, his shot was wide.
Group D table:
1st - Real Madrid, 3pts
2nd- Dortmund, 3pts
3rd - Man City, 0pts
4th - Ajax, 0pts
Ajax vs Real Madrid
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea 2 Juventus 2
This match was played at Stamford Bridge, as defending UCL champions Chelsea hosted an Italian side who went unbeaten the WHOLE of last season.