Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It Happened in Europe: Man City wins late, PSG and Real draw

Group A
Paris Saint Germain 0-0 Real Madrid
The main role this match will play is to determine which of these two giants wins the group and which other one gets thrown in the underdog pot for the Round  of 16 draw. Neither side would find a goal here l, so that decision will have to wait for the reverse fixture in the first week of November.

Malmo 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Markus Rosenberg gave the Swedish champions the lead just as the clock hit 17 minutes. That goal would hold up for the duration to give the Swedes they're first points 
of the campaign.

We all know that PSG and Real Madrid will move along so the real fight is the one for the Europa league spot. Malmo has the leg up on that one, I guess.

Group B
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United
Anthony Martial handled the ball in his own box in the 14th minute to set up a penalty for Moscow. Seydou Doumbia's initial effort was saved by David De Gea, but the rebound came right back to the shooter who tapped in for the easy opening goal. Martial made up for his error with the equalizer in the 65th, but that's aol United could muster as far as a comeback was concerned.

VFW Wolfsburg 1-0 PSV Eindhoven
After a scoreless first half, Bas Dost took less than a minute from the second half kickoff to give Wolfsburg the lead. Mac Kruse added the second in the 57th to secure the home team victory.

All for clubs were knotted at three points coming into this evening and Wolfsburg is the one side coming out ahead. Still plenty to decide here as that win is all that separates Wolfsburg from last place.

Group C
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Astana
It took barely more than 22 minutes, but Atletico did get their first goal of the game courtesy of Saul. Six minutes later, Jackson Martinez scored their second and the rout of the Kazakhstani visitors was on.  Oliver Torres 
scored in the 63rd and an own goal provided the fourth goal in the 89th to finish the job.

Galatasaray 2-1 Benfica
It took less than 75 seconds for Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan to get the first goal in Turkey. That lead would only hold until Selcuk Inan buried a penalty in the 19th to tie the match at a goal apiece. Lukas Podolski broke that tie in the 33rd minute to give Galatasaray the 2-1 victory.

Had Benfica been able to hold onto their lead they would have had a real strangle hold on a knockout round spot. Instead, Atletico now shares first with them and Galatasaray are right back in the hunt.

Group D
Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla
Just before the half hour mark, Yevhen Konoplyanka gave Sevilla the lead amid some awful Manchester City defending. City were able to equalize in the 36th minute after a Wilfried Bony shot took a fortunate deflection off Adil rami for the own goal. Kevin de Bruyne provided the thrilling winner second before the final whistle on second half stoppage time.

Juventus 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
No goals here will serve as a big point for Monchengladbach as the underdogs were in desperate need of anything in Italy. They will take the bland result and move on.

Juve still has the top spot despite only a single point thanks to Manchester City and de Bruyne's heroics. The Citizens are now very much alive in the hunt for the round of 16 add they are level with Sevilla with six points in second.

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