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The Champions League draw in full

Looks good, but look at Group H, though. I can’t wait for CL to kick off this season.

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Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, Champions League, FC Barcelona, MILESTONES/HISTORY

FC Barcelona and the greatest comeback in football history

“All the glory and honor to you God. Nothing’s impossible for the one who believes in You.” Neymar

Last evening, FC Barcelona sent the footballing world into a frenzy after pulling off the impossible: overturning a 4-0 deficit in the history of football. No other teams had ever done so previously!

Touted as the greatest comeback in football history, FCB showed the world why they’re FCB. Their 6-1 was a far cry from the 4-0 defeat away to PSG a few weeks ago. With two goals from Neymar, one from Leo, one from Roberto, the opener from Luis and the own goal from Kurzawa, FCB happily booked their ticket to the quarters. Edinson Cavani was the only goal scorer for the Parisien side.

Posted in Champions League, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Champions League last 16 draw: Arsenal draws Bayern Munich for the 100th time

It’s getting rather ridiculous now when it comes to Bayern Munich v Arsenal and Barcelona v PSG.

I have been following the CL closely this season and when it boils down to the last 16, given that Bayern Munich didn’t win their group, I just knew they were going to get stuck with Arsenal. I also knew that FC Barcelona was going to play against Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s so predictable, it’s boring now.

Boring that we’ve seen Bayern-Arsenal matches at least 8 times over the last five years. Boring that Real Madrid always seems to get the easiest opponents available. Boring that Barcelona can’t quit PSG. And had Arsenal finished second? They would’ve gotten Barcelona. Another boring fixed rigging. 

Last 16 Matches:

Manchester City v Monaco

First leg: February 21 – Manchester

Second leg: March 15 – Monaco

Real Madrid v Napoli

First leg: February 15- Madrid

Second leg: March 7 – Naples

Benfica v Borussia Dortmund

First leg: February 14 – Lisbon

Second leg: March 8 – Dortmund

Bayern Munich v Arsenal

First leg: February 15 – Munich

Second leg: March 7 – London 

Porto v Juventus

First leg: February 22 – Porto

Second leg: March 14 – Turin

Bayern Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

First leg: February 21 – Leverkusen 

Second leg: March 15 – Madrid 

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona

First leg: February 14 – Paris

Second leg: March 8 – Barcelona 

Sevilla v Leicester City

First leg: February 22 – Seville

Second leg: March 14 – Leicester 

Posted in Champions League, Goals/Saves I Like, Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris pulls off STUNNING save to keep Tottenham hopes alive

In The Safety Of Hugo Lloris' Gloves

He humbly plays it down, but Hugo Lloris was the hero last evening at BayArena during the scoreless Champions League match.

Lloris made a string of excellent stops last evening to deny Javier Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen any form of victory. The Man of the Match goalie played a pivotal role in making sure that Leverkusen didn’t concede, but his finest moment was when he denied Hernandez from close range. The Frenchman spared no thought as he sprung across goal and with incredible cat reflexes, he managed to grab the ball and cling onto it to ensure that it did not cross the line. 

He was rightfully named Man of the Match, but he refused to take credit for his heroic efforts.

That’s a technology decision. Listen, you need a bit of luck in that kind of action. This time I could save this goal. It’s important. It’s a…

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Posted in Champions League, Miscellaneous

CL: Atletico Madrid beats Bayern Munich 1-0

Bayern Munich was handed their first defeat of the season

Last season, Atletico Madrid ended Bayern Munich’s Champions League dreams in the semi-final stage. Last evening, Atletico claimed a vital 1-0 victory over the German champions courtesy Yannick Carrasco. Had Antoine Griezmann not missed the penalty, then it would’ve been 2-0 for the Spanish side. 

Posted in Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

CL: Cavani comes to PSG’s rescue in Bulgaria

Cavani’s brace gives PSG the Group A winner.

Thirty-four years ago, Paris Saint-Germain made their European debut in Bulgaria. They were beaten 1-0 by Lokomotiv Sofia at the Vasil Levski stadium. Returning to this very same ground last evening, the Parisian side locked horns with another Bulgarian team, Ludogorets.

Natanael opened the scoring with a STUNNER of a free kick in the 16th minute leaving PSG to climb the hill. However, Matuidi leveled things up in the 41st minute just before half-time. In the 55th minute, Cavani made it 2-1 with a header from a Di Maria’s free kick assist. El Matador put the icing on the cake five minutes later when he bagged a brace after Alphonse Areola saved a penalty. 

I see room for improvement for PSG. With Emery, things have gone just a little bit backwards, but he’ll get there. 

SCENES from the match via the club’s official website:

Posted in Champions League, FC Barcelona

CL: Barcelona comes from behind to win in Germany

Barcelona stays on top of Group C thanks to goals by Pique and Turan in the second half.

VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League

Last evening, Barcelona struggled in the first half to get on the scoresheet when they faced Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. Thorgon Hazard put Monchengladbach ahead in the 34th minute and Barcelona had to climb from there. They were a mess in the first half. It took Neymar passing the ball behind the defensive line in the 65th minute for Turan to score the equalizer. Nine minutes later, Pique tucked home the winner from a rebound.

Its games like these that I miss Messi’s passing and his gifted vision. Paco Alcacer did not have a good game, but he’ll eventually get there. Leave him, let him struggle for now, for he’ll come out stronger in the end.

VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League