Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Man City fails hard on Pep's return to Barcelona

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets Razgrad
(Sanchez 12', Walcott 42', Oxlade-Chamberlain 46', Ozil 56', 83', 87')

Paris-Saint Germain 3-0 FC Basel
(Di Maria 40', Moura 62', Cavani PK 90+3')

Arsenal and PSG are clearly in control here. The Gunners took the top spot on goal difference thanks to their thumping of Ludogorets. The two giants of Group A will meet in the penultimate match day of the Champions League. By then, both should have advanced and the only thing at stake will be the top spot in the group.

Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Benfica
(Salvio PK 9', Cervi 55')

Napoli 2-3 Besiktas
(Mertens 30', Gabbiadini PK 69')-(Adriano 12', Aboubakar 38', 86')

Despite this setback, Napoli are still in the lead of Group B. They will certainly be disappointed in how this one turned out. A home loss to anyone in this group would be considered unfortunate. Thankfully, they are still in the lead at the half way point with Besiktas a point behind them.

Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City
(Messi 17', 61', 69', Neymar 89')

Celtic 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Stindl 57', Hahn 77')

Things didn't go so well for Pep Guardiola on his return to Camp Nou. His keeper was shown straight red for a blatant hand ball well outside the penalty area after it was already 3-0 with a Messi hat trick. Although Barca would lose a man to a pair of yellows towards the end of the match, by then it was more than over. No matter though, City are still in second place, one point in front of Monchengladbach.

Bayern Munich 4-1 PSV Eindhoven
(Muller 13', Kimmich 21', Lewandowski 59', Robben 84')-(Narsingh 41')

Rostov 0-1 Atletico Madrid
(Carrasco 62')

Atletico barely escaped Russia with a goal to keep their perfect Champions League going. Bayern Munich are in a comfortable second thanks to an easy win at home against their Dutch opponents. The group title will probably be decided when Bayern and Atletico go at it on the final match day of the group stage.

CONCACAF Champions League
Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Central FC
(Porter 49', Selbol 55', Hallisey PK 90+1')-(Gordon 43')

Portland Timbers 1-1 Saprissa
(McInerney 57')-(Blackburn 24')

Olimpia 4-4 Pachuca
(Quioto 32', Johnson 45+2', Costly 81', Mejia PK 90')-(Guzman 13', Jara PK 36', Urretaviscaya 59', Gutierrez 68')

The Timbers become the second MLS team of the year to not make the knockout stages. They needed a win at home against Saprissa to move on. Instead, the draw saw the Costa Rican side though. SKC and Central were both playing for pride as they had both been eliminated coming in. Pachuca loses their pefect record thanks to a wild draw with Olimpia.


NASL
Jacksonville Armada 3-2 Miami FC
(Eloundou 1', Dixon 69', Scaglia 74')-(Martinez 27', Farfan 65')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-3 Indy Eleven
(Cole 53', 68')-(Lacroix 15', Reynoso 31', Paterson 85')


Headlines
We've learned the nature of Mauro Diaz's injury. Turns out he had an Achilles problem that required surgery. The FC Dallas winger will miss the entirety of the playoffs thanks to the procedure.He is the team leader with ten assists on the campaign, so he will be missed.

Today's Matches
Europa League
Celta Vigo v. Ajax Amsterdam- 1pm
Standard Liege v. Panathinaikos- 1pm
Konyaspor v. Braga- 1pm
Shakhtar Donetsk v. KAA Gent- 1pm
FC Salzburg v. Nice- 1pm
Krasnodar v. Schalke 04- 1pm- ESPN3, FS2
FK Qarabag v. PAOK Salonika- 1pm
Liberec v. Fiorentina- 1pm- ESPN3
Hapoel Be'er v. Sparta Prague- 1pm
Inter Milan v. Southampton- 1pm- ESPN3, FS1
Osmanlispor v. Villarreal- 1pm
Steaua Bucaresti v. FC Zurich- 1pm
Feyenoord Rotterdam v. FC Zorya Luhansk- 3:05pm
Manchester United v. Fenerbahce- 3:05pm- FS1
Olympiakos v. FC Astana- 3:05pm
Young Boys v. Apoel Nicosia- 3:05pm
Mainz v. Anderlecht- 3:05pm
St. Etienne v. FK Qabala- 3:05pm
AZ Alkmaar v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv- 3:05pm
Dundalk v. Zenit St. Petersburg- 3:05pm
AS Roma v. Austria Vienna- 3:05pm- ESPN3, FS2
Viktoria Plzen v. FK Astra Giurgiu- 3:05pm
Racing Genk v. Athletic Bilbao- 3:05pm- ESPN3
Rapid Vienna v. Sassuolo- 3:05pm- ESPN3

CONCACAF Champions League
Suchitepequez v. FC Dallas- 8pm
Pumas UNAM v. W Connection FC- 10pm 

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