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Goals Galore in UCL Match day 3

There were a total of 54 Goals scored over 2 nights in the Champions League this week as three teams found the net 5 times.

The first of which was Tottenham Hotspur as they defied the form book and won 5-0 against Red Star Belgrade. The result demonstrates that Spurs do have undoubted quality and what they are capable of. Red Star gave them far too much space to play and Spurs took full advantage. Harry Kane got them off to the perfect start after 9 minutes with a well-timed header at the near post. Kane and his strike partner Heung-Min Son both netted twice whilst Erik Lamela scored the other.

The other result in Group B saw Bayern Munich overcome Olympiakos by the odd goal in 5. Robert Lewandowski scored on 34 and 62 minutes whilst Corentin Tolisso got there 3rd after 75. The Greeks gave a good account of themselves and Youssef El-Arabi had put them ahead after 23 minutes, Guilherme gave them a chance on 79 minutes but Bayern held on. The results mean Spurs move up to second in the Group.

  1. Bay Munich – 9 Points
  2. Tottenham – 4 Points
  3. C Zvezda -3 Points
  4. Olympiakos – 1 Point

Manchester City also scored 5 on Tuesday night but this was after Atlanta took a surprise lead when Ruslan Malinovskiy scored from the penalty spot after 24 minutes. Raheem Sterling then took over with an 11-minute hat-trick to make it a comfortable win for City, Sergio Aguero got the other 2 goals. There was bad news for City as Phil Foden was harshly sent off for two yellow cards and an injury to makeshift center-back Rodri. Six minutes after being cautioned for tugging back Malinovskiy, the 19-year-old did likewise to Marten de Roon to receive a second booking. Rodri was substituted with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the first half.

The other result in the Group was a 2-2 draw between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb.

  1. 1 Man City – 9 Points
  2. 2 Din Zagreb – 4 Points (+2 Goal Difference)
  3. 3 Shak Donetsk – 4 Points (-2 Goal Difference)
  4. 4 Atalanta Atalanta – 0 Points

The third team to score 5 were Paris Saint Germain. It wasn’t until the second-half introduction of Kylian Mbappé however until they took command. They were leading somewhat fortunately at halftime thanks to Mauro Icardi’s opener but needed something extra. Mbappé undoubtedly provided it with a superb hat trick and assisted Icardi for his second.

Also in the same group, Real Madrid got their first win of the campaign thanks to a Toni Kross goal in the first half. Real were once again largely uninspiring however and look a long way behind where they should be.

  1. 1 PSG 9 Points
  2. 2 R Madrid 4 Points
  3. 3 Club Brugge 2 Points
  4. 4 Galatasaray 1 Point

Atletico Madrid were kept quiet for large periods by Bayer Leverkusen who were on a terrible run of conceding goals prior to the match. However, it took Madrid until the 79th Minute when substitute Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock to get Atletico over the line. It took the introduction of Morata and Thomas Lemar to make the difference as they took a gamble and went two upfront. Lemar did well in the build-up to create the winner for fellow substitute Morata.

Juventus were another big name who struggled for large periods and went behind at home to Lokomotiv Moscow through Aleksey Miranchuk. Paulo Dybala was their heroic rescuer as he scored twice in two minutes to turn the match on its head in the last 15 minutes.

  1. Juventus 7 Points (Goal Difference +4)
  2. A Madrid 7 Points (Goal Difference +3)
  3. Lokomotiv 3 Points
  4. Leverkusen 0 Points

Moving to Wednesday night which started with Chelsea getting a very good result and performance with a 1-0 win away at Ajax. They restricted the usually free-scoring Dutch champions to limited opportunities and were a threat on the counter arrack. They could’ve fallen behind however in the first half when Ajax had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside when the decision was minimal. Chelsea did deservedly take the lead through substitute Michy Batshuayi. The other result in this group saw Lille and Valencia daw one apiece.

  1. Chelsea 6 Points (Ahead on head to head)
  2. Ajax 6 Points
  3. Valencia 4 Points
  4. Lille 1 Point

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored two wonderful goals on his first return to Champions League action in 18 months as Liverpool beat Genk 4-1 on Wednesday. However the scoreline didn’t fully reflect the game, Liverpool were far too open, particularly in the first half as Genk had numerous openings which they failed to capitalise on. Ultimately Liverpool were clinical and Oxlade-Chamberlain had a great night he won’t forget in a hurry. He reminded us that he has a lot of talent – he is a great option if more creativity is required. Napoli avoided a scare as Red Star Belgrade twice pegged them back but eventually came out as 3-2 winners with two goals from Dries Mertens.

  1. Napoli 7 Points
  2. Liverpool 6 Points
  3. Salzburg 3 Points
  4. Genk 1 Point

To roundup the other results were

  • RB Leipzig 2 – 1 Zenit St. Petersburg
  • Benfica 2 – 1 Lyon
  • Inter Milan 2 – 0 Borussia Dortmund
  • Slavia Prague 1 – 2 Barcelona

Which leaves the remaining Groups looking like this

  1. Barcelona 7 Points
  2. Inter 4 Points
  3. B Dortmund 4 Points
  4. Slavia Prague 1 Point
  1. RB Leipzig 6 Points
  2. Zenit 4 Points
  3. Lyon 4 Points
  4. Benfica 3 Points

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Premier League teams go undefeated on Matchday 3 of Champions League

All four Premier League teams participating in Europe’s biggest club tournament were victorious during their Matchday 3 games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Manchester City were able to cruise by Atalanta with a 5-1 victory to claim their third win in Group C. After Ruslan Malinovskyi converted a penalty in the 28th minute to silence the crowd at Etihad Stadium, Sergio Agüero scored two goals in a four-minute span to help City have a one goal lead heading into halftime against the Serie A candidate. City were able to steamroll Atalanta after Raheem Sterling continued his excellent form for the reigning-Premier League Champions, scoring a hat-trick in a span of 11 minutes. However, young talent Phil Foden will miss their rematch at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on November 6 as he received a red card.

Tottenham, after only accumulating one point in their first two matches of the Champions League a year after making it in the tournament’s final, was able to handle Crvena zvezda at home with a 5-0 victory. Spurs, who were embarrassed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last time after suffering a brutal 7-2 loss at the feet of Bayern Munich, were able to bounce back thanks to braces from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and a goal from Erik Lamela. The reigning-Champions League Runners-up will host Olympiacos on November 26, where they hope to avenge a 2-2 draw during Matchday 1 at Karaiskakis Stadium.

Chelsea, who won the Europa League last season, were able to have their second straight shutout in all competitions as they defeated surprise semi-finalists from last year’s edition of the tournament – Ajax. The fans in Johan Cruijff ArenA were stunned after a late goal from Michy Batshuayi, thanks to an assist from fellow substitute Christian Pulisic. The stadium was rocking as they thought Quincy Promes scored in the 35th-minute before VAR overturned the goal. The Blues will face off against Ajax during Matchday 4 at Stamford Bridge on November 5, hoping to seal another three points and hold sole possession of first place in Group H.

Liverpool, the reigning champions of the event, defeated Genk 4-1 at Luminus Arena. The team got off to a hot start after a goal in the 2nd-minute by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who ended up with a two-goal performance. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah also scored in the game as they end the first set of matches in second behind Group E leader’s Napoli. Liverpool will face Genk in their next match of the Champions League on November 5 at Anfield.

The Premier League was fortunate to have two of its teams to be in the final of the Champions League last season, and Matchday 3 proved to be another step in the league’s success at the world’s biggest stage for the world’s most popular sport. But which Premier League team will go the furthest?

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Premier League teams attempt to rise on Matchday 2 of Champions League

As the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League commences later today, Tottenham and Manchester City begin their quests of making it to knockout rounds after having successful tournament results last year. Reigning Champions League winners Liverpool and former winners Chelsea are set to play on Wednesday – aiming to get back in the standings after devastating losses to Napoli and Valencia respectively.

Tottenham, fresh off a Champions League campaign in which they finished as the runner-up, started this edition of the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos. Scoring two early goals from Harry Kane’s penalty in the 26th minute, followed by a Lucas Moura goal in the 30th minute – goals from Daniel Podence in the 44th minute and Mathieu Valbuena in the 54th minute were enough to seal a draw at Karaiskakis Stadium. Tottenham will host German giants Bayern Munich at 8 p.m. GMT for its fifth-ever meeting against the club. Bayern are coming off a 3-0 victory over Crvena Zvezda after goals from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Müller took all three points at The Allianz Arena.

Manchester City had a huge victory 3-0 over Shakhtar Donetsk at The Metalist, with Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gündogan, and Gabriel Jesus providing the necessary goals. They will face off against Dinamo Zagreb at Etihad Stadium at 8 p.m. GMT. The Croatian side defeated Atalanta 4-0 on Matchday 1 after Mislav Orsic’s hat trick at Stadion Maksimir. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two clubs – who do you think will end up in top spot?

Liverpool, fresh off of their recent Champions League winning campaign, started their campaign off with a dud as they lost 2-0 to Napoli. Late goals from Dries Mertens in the 82th minute and Fernando Llorente in injury time, helped the Italian team embarass the holders. Now, Liverpool will have to get back on track as they host Red Bull Salzburg at 8 p.m. GMT. The Austrian side had a 6-2 victory against Genk on the first matchday, led by a hat trick from Norwegian teen sensation Erling Braut Haaland at Red Bull Arena. The matchup between tonight’s game will be the first-ever matchup between the two clubs.

Chelsea, the champions of last year’s edition of the Europa League beating London compatriot Arsenal, did not get off to a great start in the Champions League as new coach/former club legend Frank Lampard and The Blues suffered a 1-0 loss at the feet of Rodrigo at Stamford Bridge. Considered the favorites of the group before the start of the tournament, Chelsea will have to get back in gear as they head to Stade Pierre Mauroy to battle Lille OSC at 8 p.m. GMT. Lille suffered a 3-0 defeat in their last game against Ajax due to goals from Quincy Promes, Edson Álvarez, and Nicolás Tagliafico at Johan Crujiff ArenA. The two clubs will face off against each other for the first time.

With the Champions League still in the beginning stages, time will tell if England will have back-to-back winners in the tournament for the first time since Liverpool and Aston Villa won the 1981 and 1982 editions.

UEFA Champions League Final – The All English Road to Madrid

Some 11 years after Manchester United prevailed against Chelsea, Saturday marks the 2nd all English UEFA Champions League Final in history; as Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Tottenham manager Pochettino had his work cut out for him from the start, facing a challenging group of Barcelona, PSV and Inter Milan. Spurs and Inter tied for second place on points and goal difference, with Spurs only reaching the knockout rounds by tallying more goals in total.

They immediately made an impact in the round of 16, thrashing German giants Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley; furthermore consolidating their Champions League status by winning the away leg as well.

It appeared that Spurs’ UCL dreams could be quickly over, as they drew Treble winning Manchester City in the quarterfinals. Pochettino managed to lead his side to a 1-0 victory in their first Champions League game in the new stadium, and the away leg in Manchester was one to remember. Spurs scraped their way through to the Semi-Finals, following an enthralling game filled by VAR and controversy. They lost the second leg 4-3 but secured their place through the away goal rule.

The London team further shocked the football world when achieving their place in this years UCL final; a second-half hat trick from Lucas Moura including an injury-time winning goal was what it took to overcome Ajax. This will be The Lilywhites first European final since 1984, where they beat Anderlecht to raise the UEFA Cup.

Few teams in this year’s competition had a harder run than Liverpool. Following the backlash that Klopp’s men received in the 2017/18 UCL for their somewhat easy run of fixtures, the Reds’ have certainly earned their place this year in Madrid. Having survived arguably the toughest group stage in this years competition – consisting of Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli – Liverpool then surged on to defeat domestic-double winning Bayern-Munich and Porto.

The Reds semi-final victory is bound to go down in the history books after an astonishing night at Anfield. Facing Barcelona, Klopp had his work cut out for him; even more so after losing the first leg 3-0 in Spain, and star attackers Salah and Firmino injured.

Nearly everybody would have thought Barcelona were through to another UCL Final, their first since they last won the trophy in 2015. At Anfield, Origi opened the scoring early, following a rapid brace from newly substituted Wijnaldum. In the 79th minute, the stadium filled with ecstasy. Origi managed to get his second, and Liverpool had triumphed. The game was one that flooded fans with the nostalgia of that night in Istanbul in 2005.

Alongside the UCL, Liverpool’s fantastic run in the Premier League spurred themselves and Manchester City to the highest two team point total in Premier League history, being narrowly beaten by The Blues by a single point. Having not lost a game since 3rd of March, along with a series of injuries to the XI including Mohammed Sarah, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez as well as long term injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana.

Tottenham performed well in this year’s Premier League season, finishing 4th and securing their place for next years European competition. Very few people would have expected them to reach this stage, so will they go on to cause an upset? England’s star striker Harry Kane left the field injured during their victory over Manchester City in the UCL and has yet to make a return to action. There is a slight doubt of his fitness, but facing Liverpool, Pochettino needs all the firepower he can get. Sanchez, Winks and Vertonghen are also doubted for the clash against Liverpool.

Liverpool may have the psychological difference going into the game, following their success in the Premier League this season. The Reds’ beat Spurs both home and away 2-1 on each occasion. They are certainly favourites to win this years competition and will be seeking revenge following last years disastrous loss to Real Madrid. We predict Liverpool will prevail, and win the game 3-1.

Match Preview: Chelsea v FK Qarabag

Champions League action returns to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening as Premier League champions Chelsea welcome FK Qarabag from Azerbaijan.

Italian manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that Eden Hazard will be on the bench for the Blues as he makes a slow recovery after just returning from a broken ankle.

Gary Cahill could make his return to action tonight as he returns from a three domestic ban after being sent off against Burnley during the opening day defeat to Burnley.

Chelsea play seven games in 21 days this month and Conte said “You have to do some rotation otherwise the last two games you have no energy”.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said “We’re not scared of any of them”.

“Even though Chelsea is an icon in the Champions League and have a big chance to win the tournament this season , the team is ready and we’re going to play until the end ”

Danny Drinkwater Chelsea’s summer transfer deadline day signing who is yet to make his debut is also set to sit out of the clash becoming Chelsea’s only absentee with a calf injury.

Qarabag come into the game on fine form as they have won their opening three league games and to make the group stages came through three rounds of European qualifying to make history as the first side from Azerbaijan to make the group stages.

The Blues will be clear favourites for this clash as they have only lost once in their past thirteen Champions League group games.