28 goals in 9 matches. Because rain wanted to send home some of the fanatic fans of Borussia Monchengladbach so the clash from Tuesday was rescheduled for today. Let’s begin:
- Real Madrid – Sporting Lisbon 2-1. It is an old saying that good teams manage to win even when they don’t play at their level. Sporting showed a good and courageous football and the transfers of Bas Dost or Bryan Ruiz improved a well-organised squad led by the former Benfica coach, Jorge Jesus. The Portugues side stunned Bernabeu when Cesar scored in the 48th minute. The “remontada” was inspired by the amazing free-kick of Cristiano. Ronaldo equalized and inspired his team to attack and the effort was complete in the 95th minute when Morata put a header in the back of the net. 3 points but not a decent start from Real.
- Manchester City – Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0. If Aguero will play and score as he does for City, Argentina might be World Cup champions in 2018. Kun scored three goals, solved the match and Guardiola’s campaign is perfect. Three wins in the Champions League and four out of four in Premier League. Manchester City seems the only English team capable of competing against giants like Bayern, Barcelona or Real. They might even reach and win the final if they keep the rhythm and the speed of play throughout the season
- Legia Warsaw – Borussia Dortmund 0-6. Game, set and match. The unbelievable choreography of the Polish ultras was not enough for their favorites. In the 18th minute the score was 0-3. The set was completed by Aubameyang, the sixth different player to score tonight after Gotze, Papasthatopoulos, Bartra, Guerreiro and Castro. Quite impressive in terms of team-play and group cohesion. Dortmund promises to be one of the teams that might rivalize with the title contenders with a big potential for show, total football and offensive play. If only they play with Legia in Bundesliga instead of Leipzig.
- Tottenham – Monaco 1-2. 85.011 fans, a record for an English football club was registered at Wembley. Spurs failed to enjoy their fans even though there were some chances from Son and Kane which might have changed the course of the game. But the French team benefited, punished the naive defense of Pochettino and won with 2-1. Tottenham needs to remember how efficient and offensive they were a few months ago when they were fighting for Premier League supremacy. If not, Leverkusen or CSKA might knock them out without notice.
- Leverkusen – CSKA 2-2. Popcorn and nachos were on the menu for the first half. The two teams put on a show as the German side was 2-0 up in the 15th minute. The ones who cashed out the bets placed on the home victory were inspired because CSKA came back in just three minutes. Dzagoev and Eremenko equalized and the draw shows us that this group might be one of the most entertaining of this season. Don’t bet on favorites as you might lose your cash in a blink of an eye!
- Club Brugge – Leicester 0-3. The Wolves lost in the first round of the 2000-2001 UEFA Cup after a 2-4 loss against Red Star Belgrade. Muzzy Izzet was the last Leicester player to score in a European competition. Tonight it was a different story. A 3-0 win for the ultimate underdogs in football history, a hat-trick for Mahrez who converted a magnificent free-kick and 3 points in exchange. The Belgium side seemed to be far from the team that won the league last season and lost again against an English side as they were knocked out by Manchester United in the play-off stage of the last edition. The Champions of England might qualify for the last 16 and after that – who knows?
- Juventus – Sevilla 0-0 . A goalless draw after a dominant display from Juventus who failed to convert with Higuain hitting the bar. The two teams will fight to qualify from group H but Lyon might interfere and put on a great show.
- Lyon – Dinamo Zagreb 3-0. Last year, Arsenal lost 1-2 at Zagreb and those three points were very costly as the Gunners fought until the end to qualify from the group. In December 2011, Lyon won 7-1 against Dinamo in one of the most controversial matches in the history of the competition, as this difference was the one needed for them to go through. Now, the story was a bit different. The score was 3-0 with the 19-year old Maxwel Cornet starring as the leading actor for the youngsters of Lyon. An assist, a goal and a promise to be one of the most promising players of this season. Will Lyon qualify instead of Juventus or Sevilla? I think they will, as Sevilla seems weaker than last season.
- FC Porto – FC Copenhagen 1-1. The night was not the best one for the Portuguese teams. Porto scored early but Cornelius, the goalscorer of FCK, put his name on the scoring list in the 52nd minute. Gregus left the Danish side with only 10 men after a second yellow card received in the 66th minute but the score remained 1-1 as Porto failed to win. Advantage Leicester – as the Wolves started in perfect shape.