F.C København 0 – Chelsea 2
Tuesday night saw Chelsea face F.C. København in Denmark, and Real Madrid travel to Lyon. After Tottenham and Arsenal winning in their matches last week against the public opinion that they could, Chelsea, who were more than expected to beat F.C. København, which they did winning 2-0. Anelka opened the scoring on the 18th minute when he picked up a loose pass he ran directly into the box and shot low and hard. The keeper really could have done better to save that, and maybe will look back on that and feel the same.
Chelsea were playing in a 4-4-2 with Torres and Anelka the two up front and Anelka seemed to be the one who benefited from it most, have the fair share of attacking possibilities. And Chelsea’s second came from Anelka. Lampard did brilliantly to put Anelka through spinning round and putting in the through ball. Anelka’s frist time shot across goal was unable to be saved. Malouda put through Torres and it looked like a confident Torres wouldn’t have thought about it and would have scored, but still adjusting to the team, it seemed Torres thought to much about it and when he did shot it just wasnt good enough and was straight into the keepers arms. Torres worked hard and played well in the team, but for the money spent, goals will be expected soon, and lots of them.
Olympique Lyonnais 1 – Real Madrid 1
Lyon equalised late in the game to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid, but with Madrid having the away goal, it’s going to be tough for them to get a win at the Bernabéu. Both teams had chances in the first half, with Cristiano Ronaldo going close with a free kick for Madrid, and Gomis closet for Lyon.
The second half saw Madrid continue their attacking prowess, with C.Ronaldo hitting the post with one of his typical powerful up and down free kicks, but from on of the more acute angles, and then Ramos headed and hit the bar. On the 64th minute Adebayor came off for the local boy Karim Benzema, and straight away made an impact. he dribbled through the players in the box, and let away an embarrassed shot which creeped in. Benzema did not celebrate and looked even upset that he was to score against his old team, and doing so only 48 seconds after he came on. Lyon did not give up though and on the 83rd minute got the equalizer with Gomis knocking in the ball from Cris’s header.
Olympique de Marseille 0 – Manchester United 0
Wednesday night’s football saw Manchester United travel to Marseille. The game didn’t see any goals, but the advantage goes to United who have the second leg at home, and so with a good chance of progressing, but being the only English club not to win in their first leg will be seen by the media and fans alike as a negative, rather than what it was.
Marseille are not a team of walk-overs. They are a strong team, with pacey wingers and good strikers. The home team not scoring is the bigger disappointment than United not winning away. Remy had a chance for Marseille but he couldn’t keep control of the shot. Marseille were the more attacking team, and always seemed more like the team that wanted and deserved to score, but poor finishing from the strikers was the main failing, rather than a good United defence. Smalling and Vidic were the central defense pairing, and Smalling had a good game as his development continues, is he going to be the next Ferdinand, time will tell, but at the moment, i would say, he will be a good defender, but no Rio Ferdinand. Scholes came on for Gibson but no real impact was seen. Nani, who in recent months has been United best player, was relatively quiet and just wasnt able to bring any magic, and Rooney didn’t have the best of games. No beautiful bicycle kicks today. In the end the draw was a lucky result for United as Marseille should have made more of their chances.
Inter Milan 0 – Bayern Munich 1
Bayern Munich faced Inter Milan in the San Siro in a rematch of last years final. But this Inter is not the all dominant Inter of Mourinho’s reign. Munich are 3rd in the Bundesliga, and a fair distance way from the current leader Borussia Dortmund, were as Inter are also in third but only 5 points away from leaders, and rivals, AC Milan. But who could come out on top this time round. Both teams had their fair share of chances in the first half, with Inter seeming to have the best chances but they just couldn’t convert any.The young Italian Ranocchia had an early chance but saw it go wide. Gustavo, who was signed in January, had a great left footed shot from distance just go wide. Cambiasso had a chance, but the Bayern Munich keeper, Kraft, stood firm and blocked the shot. That was not the only good save he made in the game, he kept his side in the game with some good saves against Eto’o.
The second half was very much the same, but Bayern looked to be the team with more of a chance to score and it came on the 89th minute when Ribery put a cross field pass to Robben, who the shot from distance. Julio Cesar couldn’t keep a hold of the ball and in-form striker Gomez was there to pounce from in the six yard box and gave Bayern a precious away goal victory. Surprising since Ribery and Robben have been at the club, recently this season is the first time they have played regularly in the same first team. Revenge may not yet be taken, but the first strike has defiantly been dealt.