- November 6, 2019
- Posted by: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
- Category: European Leagues
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most exciting league cups in the world today, it can be said that is the most widely watched league in the world too and also the most glamorous.
- How the teams are lined up
- Who will make it to the round of sixteen?
- The results from fixtures
The most entertaining and most-watched league in the world came again this week with its glitz and glamor and trust me we have a lot of talking points from this week’s UCL matches.
In group F, Barcelona hosted Slavia Prague as the Catalans continue their woeful display after suffering a monumental defeat against Levante over the weekends, coupled with a shambolic display in front of their home crowd as the played Salvia Prague.
In the same group, Borussia Dortmund hosted Inter Milan in a thrilling encounter that recorded 5 goals in that match, we saw a resilient side upturn a 2 goal lead to win the match.
In group E, Liverpool hosted Genk and they also got a die minute winner by in-form Sadio Mane, and this has been the case for Liverpool as they dominate the English Premier League, now popularly called the “the Klopp time”, just the same way we had the “the Fergie time”, during the reign of the Red Devils in Alex Ferguson’s era.
Still, in group E, Napoli hosted Salzburg in an encounter that saw both teams square up to make it one all. We shall be taking a swipe at the groups and what the results were.
Slavia Prague did not get intimidated by the Camp Nou fans as they gave a fine performance that got everybody wondering why they were placed at the bottom of the group F table with just 2 points gathered after 4 matches played. Just as they did at home was the same fashion they played in Spain.
Definitely, they had spies monitor the Barcelona Levante match over the weekend and clearly Barca’s flaws were duly capitalized on as they pressed high and nearly outran the Barca midfield. Once again, Ernesto Valverde’s tactics were called to question as the squad could not comfortably string passes together, though the best chance came from right full-back Nelson Semedo and Lionel Messi as the latter struck the bar in the second half that had goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar helpless, but he did not conceive the goal as a result of the woodwork.
Out wing and Nigerian born Peter Olayinka was the best player on the pitch that night as his attacking prowess dazzled the Catalan’s defense causing serious trouble for Gerard Pique all through the night. Prague’s displayed was applaudable as they held the Camp Nou to a standstill. Unfortunately, Slavia Prague won’t make it to the round of sixteen as they are placed at the bottom of the log of group F and neither will they make it to Europa cup as well.
Chelsea suffered a scare from Ajax in their UCL home game. The visitors took the lead thanks to two own goals by Tammy Abraham and Kepa, the other goals were scored by Quincy Promes and Donny Van De Beek.
Jorginho made it two out of two with the spot-kick, while Cesar Azpilicueta got the third goal before Reece James grabbed the final goal in a match that was filled with drama in an 8 goals thriller. Azpilicueta’s late goal was overruled by the VAR.
Defenders Daley Blind and Joel Veltman both were given a yellow card in the same period of play with the latter for a ball he handled with his hand in the box that gave Jorginho the second for the night.
Liverpool extended their fine form this term with a win over the visiting team Genk in a thrilling encounter. Wijnaldum opened the scoring with an intuitive close-range goal in the 14′, while Mbwana Samata returned the favor for the visitors to make it one all.
Chamberlain grabbed the final goal for Liverpool in the 53′ to seal the victory for the Reds as they now top group E with 9 points while Napoli is with 8 points and they appear to be the likely team to qualify for the next round.
Klopp’s attention now will be turned to the league match on saturday against defending champions Manchester City in a bid to extend the gap they have to 9 points.
Real Madrid showed why they are champions again when they met Galatasary in their group encounter that saw them run riot against the team from Turkey as they could not pull one back.
The star watch was Rodrygo, the 18year old grabbed his first hat trick in the Los Blancos jersey and he was full of praise from both his coach and the fans alike. Kareem Benzema was not left out of the party as he got a brace, while captain fantastic Sergio Ramos scored from the spot to make it a rout on the visitors.
When asked about Rodrygo’s performance Zidane said “we are aware of his abilities for those of us that see him in training on a daily basis, there is still room for improvement and he went further to state that we should not forget that he is just 18 that we should not put much pressure on the lad.”
Dortmund welcome Inter Milan to their home in what can be dubbed the most thrilling match of the night. Inter took the lead in the first half with goals from Lautaro Martinez in the 5′ and Matias Vecino in the 40′ respectively to put them ahead, the lead sent a heavy chill across the stadium and the supporters went cold.
The thrill came in the second half as Dortmund ran riot to come from behind to win the game, former Real Madrid right full-back Achraf Hakimi had a display that was meant for a sporting magazine cover page. Hakimi pulled one back in the 51′, while Julian Brandt was assisted by Paco Alcacer that was brought in for Gotze. Brandt got his first for the night before Hakimi capped it off in the 77′ to secure 3 points for the home team. Hakimi was the star of the night as he played and he impressed with a good performance.
Pep Guardiola knew there was a big match over the weekend so one would think he would field all the first team players but then again UCL is a also a priority for Pep as he wants to lift the cup as well with City like he did with Bayern, and Barcelona.
Klopp complained last week that “the number of matches the English teams play is too much and that the FA should look into it if they really cared about the welfare of the players and they should not only think about their pocket.”
The match that many predicted would be a stroll in the park got complicated for City as their goalkeeper Bravo was sent off after the attack on llicic in the 84′ of the game. Kyle Walker had to man the post in the absent of Bravo that was shown a red card.