Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Leicester continue perfect Champions League record

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham

CSKA Moscow 1-1 AS Monaco
(Traore 34')-(Silva 87')

The tight race in Group D continues as everyone picks up a point here. At the half way point of the group stage, Monaco and Tottenham are currently through with Leverkusn only a point back of second and Moscow only one more behind.

Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw
(Bale 16', Marcelo 19', Asensio 37', Vazquez 68', Morata 84')-(Radovic PK 22')

Sporting CP 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Cesar 67')-(Aubameyang 9', Weigl 43')

Real Madrid's win was pretty predictable and the result probably won't be much different next matchday when the two sides play in an empty stadium in Warsaw. The Dortmund win actually has them ahead of the group right now on goal difference over the defending champs.

Club Brugge 1-2 FC Porto
(Vossen 12')-(Layun 68', Silva PK 90+2')

Leicester City 1-0 FC Copenhagen
(Mahrez 40')

Leicester City may be struggling in the Premier League, but they sure do enjoy playing in Europe. They are pefect in the Champions League so far and are in excellent position to make it to the round of 16. Copenhagen and Porto are tied for that second spot while Brugge have failed to find anything so far.

Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Sevilla
(Nasri 37')

Olympique Lyonnais 0-1 Juventus
(Cuadrado 76')

Juventus and Sevilla are in the drivers seat here as they both have seven points. It would take a lot for Lyon to climb back in and Dinamo Zagreb are more or less out of it with zero points.

CONCACAF Champions League
Árabe Unido 2-0 Don Bosco
(Gonzalez 11', 90+2')

Antigua  1-3 Alianza FC
(Russell PK 86')-(Guerrero 42', 51', 61')

UANL 3-0 Herediano
(Ayala 27', Quinones 35', Delort 66')

None of these matches had any bearing in the final standings. Arabe Unido and Tigres were already through to the knockout rounds and Antigua and Alianza were both already eliminated.


Headlines
Italian club Bologna and Montreal Impact are looking to forge a relationship that would allow for free movement of players between the two. Both are owned by Joey Saputo, who hopes to bring his to properties closer together. Ignacio Piatti and Marco Donadel are former Serie A players currently on the Impact's roster. This would be similar to the deal between Manchester City and New York City that held back Frank Lampard's MLS debut to the end of last summer.

Speaking of Montreal Impact, they have reportedly resolved the issue of Didier Drogba refusing to play last weekend. The 28-year-old Ivorian will accept any role with the team after a conversation with team owner Joey Saputo and head coach Mauro Biello. Drogba's ten goals in 22 appearances would likely come in handy during the Impact's playoff run.

Another former FIFA executive who voted on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been issued a suspension. Former president of the Football Association of Thailand Worawi Makudi has been banned for five years for various forgeries and falsifications within the FAT. That makes 10 of 22 voters from those 2018 and 2022 bids who have been implicated on charges of corruption. 

Leicester City may be perfect on the pitch, but they could be in trouble for the acts of visiting fans. FC Copenhagen supporters were lighting flares before yesterday's Champions League match, which would be Leicester's responsibility to prevent as the host club. As a result, they could face sanctions from UEFA.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal v. Ludogorets Razgrad- 2:45pm- FS2
Paris-Saint Germain v. FC Basel- 2:45pm- ESPN2
Dynamo Kiev v. Benfica- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Napoli v. Besiktas- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Barcelona v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- FS1
Celtic v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Bayern Munich v. PSV Eindhoven- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Rostov v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm- ESPN3

CONCACAF Champions League
Sporting Kansas City v. Central FC- 8pm
Portland Timbers v. Saprissa- 10pm
Olimpia v. Pachuca- 10pm

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. Miami FC- 7pm- CBS Sports Network
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Indy Eleven- 7:30pm- ONE World Sports

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