Friday, 23 November 2012

Tuesday's UEFA Champions League Round-Up:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post. In this post, I give a round-up of all of the Champions League involving EPL teams especially.

Let me start of with Tuesday's action in the Champions League:

Juventus 3 Chelsea 0

The scoreline itself tells the whole story in Italy. Juventus dominated the defending European champions from start to finish. If it was not for Petr Cech's terrific reflexes, Chelsea would have lost by 6 or 7 goals at least.

The match started off badly for Chelsea, and they were ripped open by crosses and precise passing.
Midfielder Fabio Quagliarella broke the deadlock in the 38th minute, before Vidal doubled the lead in the second half. 

Deadlock broken: Quagliarella celebrates scoring the first goal for Juventus after 38 minutes.
Doubled the lead: Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal celebrates making it 2-0 against Chelsea.

Di Matteo's tactics were clearly not working, and substitute and forward Sebastien Giovinco toe-poked the ball through Cech's legs to rub salt into Chelsea's wounds in the 90th minute after Cech came out of goal.

Salt into the wounds: Giovinco takes advantage of a Cech mistake to make it 3-0 in the last minute.
Through to the Last 16? Giovinco celebrates his goal which puts Juve into 2nd place with 1 match to go.

Chelsea are now 3rd in their group:

The only way they can qualify for the Last 16:
They MUST beat Nordsjaelland and hope that Juventus lose to Shakthar.      

Controversial: Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked from the managerial place at Chelsea after a poor run of form.
Stark contrast: Juventus celebrate their 3-0 win over the defending champions at home in Italy.
 
Galatasaray 1 Manchester United 0

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson fielded his second string in Turkey after already confirming his place in the Last 16. 

He paid the price when striker Yilmaz scored in the 53rd minute and the home side won all 3 points at home.

That's what you get: Yilmaz celebrates his goal against the already qualified Manchester United in Turkey.

Other results on Tuesday:

Group E:

Nordsjaelland 2 Shakthar Donetsk 5

Group F:

BATE Borisov 0 Lille 2

Valencia 1 Bayern Munich 1  

Group G:

Spartak Moscow 0 Barcelona 3

A double from striker Lionel Messi with a goal from full-back Daniel Alves sends Barca through to the Last 16 with one match to go.

They were in complete control in the afternoon match in Russia, and were always one step above their opponents and comfortable with the ball.

Benfica 2 Celtic 1

Group H:

Cluj 3 Braga 1  

All the teams through to the Last 16 so far from groups E-H:

Shakthar Donetsk
Bayern Munich
Valencia
Barcelona
Manchester United  

Out of the Champions League:

Braga
Spartak Moscow
Lille
Nordsjaelland