Neutral delight, Bavarian fright!

#Arsenal and #PSG played out a wonderfully entertaining 2-2 draw at the #Emirates in their #ChampionsLeague group stage game, taking both teams through to the knockout rounds. PSG dominated much of the 1st half and were unlucky to find themselves level at 1-1 after yet another anonymous #Gunners performance until they came to life in the 2nd half and battled the Parisians toe-to-toe in a game that was fully of quality and technical ability. In so many ways both teams are very similar – PSG are better, for sure, but their styles are similar. With PSG hosting lowly #Ludagorets and Arsenal away to #Basel in the last game of the group, it’s easy to see PSG finishing as the leaders and leaving the Gunners with the familiar position of facing one of the big boys in the knockout. And getting knockout. That list won’t include the mighty Bavarians after #Bayern lost yet another game (after that loss to #BVB over the weekend) beaten 3-2 by a team called #Rostov (yeah, it’s a real team) and leaving them to finish 2nd in the group after winners #AtleticoMadrid who easily beat #PSV 2-0 in Madrid with their little star #Griezman creating one and scoring the other.

#Messi scored yet another brace as he took #Barcelona to the top of group C with a 0-2 win at #Celtic and #DavidSilva’s equalizer for #City for a 1-1 draw at #Monchengladbach means they will take 2nd spot in the group. 3 of the 4 English teams are making their way to the next stage with #Spurs the only team to drop out – surprising given their excellent #EPL form.

Group B remained incredibly open with #Besiktas serving up a Turkish delight as they came from 0-3 down against #Benfica to draw 3-3 and #Napoli’s 0-0 game against #Dynamo means all 3 of those teams, (Benfica, Besiktas, Napoli) can qualify with just 1 point separating them.

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Mad cap game!

#BorussiaDortmund beat #LegiaWarsaw 8-4 to go top of Group F after a game that can only be called ‘crazy’ but oh-so-fun to watch. When BVB are on song, there isn’t another team in the world that is anywhere near as fun to watch. Their ability to rip the Legia defense apart was incredible to watch, just as incredible as it was to see their utter disinterest in defending. 12 goals in 90 minutes in the #ChampionsLeague – now that’s a mad cap game!

#RealMadrid kept abreast with them with a late 1-2 win away at #Sporting, while #LeicesterCity held on to a 2-1 win against #ClubBrugge to send them through to the knockout round, a result that is in absolute contrast to their #EPL form, where they find themselves 2-points above the relegation zone! #Monaco beat #Spurs 2-1 knocking them out of the Champions League and truth be told, if it wasn’t for the utter brilliance of #HugoLloris the loss would have been much bigger. #Juventus continued their ChampionsLeague dominance with a 1-3 win at #Sevilla, putting them through to the knockout round, yet again.

But really, on a day like this, that’s all just details. Go watch the highlights of the Dortmund game. Its no different from watching the entire game anyways.

 

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Escape…..

While #ManchesterUnited are nowhere near the level they need to be at to mount any kind of challenge to the current top 4, a piss poor #Arsenal were exceedingly lucky today to come away with a last gasp 1-1 draw at #OldTrafford, thanks to head of substitute #Giroud and to the chagrin of #Mourinho and the rest of the crowd in Manchester. United looked set for a 1-0 win after a gorgeous finish by #JuanMata and could easily have been 2 0r 3 ahead against probably one of the worst performances by the #Gunners this season. Jose’s decision to bring in the utterly useless #Rooney for #Martial in the 60th minute was one of the more rubbish decisions of his time at the Red Devils. Rooney did nothing – slow, took the energy out of the front line, lost the ball repeatedly but above all, pushed #Rashford to the left wing from centre forward. This meant young Rashford had defensive duties and he isn’t quite all that in that department yet, which is exactly why #Ox was able to skip around him and cross for Giroud to score. Why Jose has kept #Mkhitaryan out of this side while playing this utter waste of human space, boggles the mind.

The other half of Manchester had a much better outcome in the end as 2 goals by the returning prodigal son, #YayaToure gave #City a 1-2 away win at #Palace, taking them tied 1st with #Liverpool who were held to a 0-0 draw away to #Southampton. The blue half of the city did little better as #Everton came from a 0-1 deficit to draw 1-1 against #Swansea thanks to a late #Coleman header. #Watford felled #Leicester’s rapidly disintegrating title defense 3-2 and #Moyes got another win as #Sunderland thrashed #Hull 3-0. In the game of the day in the #EPL though, #Tottenham twice came from behind to beat a fighting #WestHam 3-2, thanks to 2 late late goals from #HarryKane!

Over in the #Bundesliga, the game of the season saw #Dortmund FINALLY beat their arch enemies #BayernMunich 1-0 thanks to an early goal by #Aubameyang. Dortmund played well in parts and the Bavarians dominated most of the game but couldn’t make possession and chances count, which means that a club called #Leipzig ends this week at the top of the Bundesliga. Fun fact!

Now to the Madrid derby we go!

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