Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It Happened in Europe: Bayern roll, another bad night for England

Another busy day in Champions League action sees England struggle once again. Bayern Munich made a strong case for being the best there is in the world again as Robert Lewandowski continues to do nothing but score.

Group E
BATE 3-2 Roma
The home side got the jump on the favored Italians in this one. Igor Stasevich and Filip Mladenovic both scored for Bate by the 12th minute. He would score a second in the 30th to make it 3-0 to BATE at halftime. Roma tried to come back in the second half, but goals from Gervinho in the 66th and Vasileios Torosidis in the 82nd were not enough.

Barcelona 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen got off to the shocking first lead at Nou Camp. Kyriakos Papadopoulous headed home the opening goal in the 22nd minute. That lead would last through halftime and until Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez scored twice in three minutes beginning in the 80th to give Barcelona the points.

This group got very interesting today. With Roma getting upset, that opens the door for Leverkusen to take the reins and run away with the second spot. Barcelona, who were thwarted by Roma, should be fine after a comeback against that Leverkusen side.

Group F
Bayern Munich 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb
This was pretty much the ass whopping you would expect Bayern Muncuh to hand down on Dynamo Zagreb at home. Douglas Costa snuck a shot inside the near post in the 13th minute to put Bayern ahead. Then it was the red hot Robert Lewandowski making it 2-0 in the 21st. Then Mario Goetze in the 25th. The Lewandowski again in the 28th. The hat trick arrived in the 55th. Lewandowski is simply unreal right now.

Arsenal 1-2 Olympiacos
Arsenal continues England's Champions League nightmare with a home lose to a team from Greece. There was a crazy stretch in the first half where three goals wee scored. First it was Olympiacos's Felipe PArdo banging home a deflected corner in the 33rd. Then Theo Walcott levelled for the Gunners in the 35th. Finally, in the most bizarre goal of the day, Kostas Fortounis hooked a corner towards David Ospina in the Arsenal goal, who caught it, but allowed his momentum to carry him into the goal. Alexis Sanchez leveled the score in the 65th, but it took all of a minute for Alfred Finnbogason to get the winner for Olympiacos.

Is Arsenal's Champions League campaign virtually over? They have zero pounds from two very, very woman's matches, have two games left against freakin Bayern Munich, and overall look unfit for continental competition. Unless Arsenal surprise us, it looks like a dogfight between Dinamo Zagreb ave Olympiacos for the second place slot.

Group G
Maccabi tel-Aviv 0-1 Dynamo Kiev
Andriy Yarmolenko gave Kiev an early start with a goal in the fourth minute. Moraes doubled the lead five minutes into the second half and that was all Kiev needed to get three points in Israel.

FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea
More bad news for the Premier League as Chelsea also falls. Porto went ahead via Andre in the 39th minute. Chelsea would counter through Willian in the final minute before the halftime whistle. The second half swung right back in Porto's direction. Maicon continued the trend of one named players scoring in the 52nd minute and Porto was able to hold on for the win against your defending English champions.

Chelsea's loss is far less damaging that Arsenal's. They are only a point back of Porto and Kiev for the top spot in the group. They should be fine in the end with those two fighting for the second spot in the roof off 16.

Group H
Lyon 0-1 Valencia
Sofiane Feghouli scored in the 42nd minute to give Valencia the halftime lead.  That would be out for the scoring and Valencia gets a crucial away win in this wide open group.

Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Gent
Artem Dzyuba gave the home Russians a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 35th minute. Thomas Maton scored for Gent to tie it up in the 56th before Oleg Shatov became Zenit's hero in the 67th.

Zenit holds the inside track to the advancement as they are the only side with a pair of wins. Should be a fun battle for that other spot between Lyon and Valencia with Gent possibly sneaking in there.

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