Champions League- Away Leg

8 04 2009


Arsenal Take Home Cake (And Away Goal)

Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal

VIL: Senna (10′)
ARS: Adebayor (66′)
If there was a match to watch because of the beauty of the goal it was this one.  Marcos Senna opened the scoring for the Yellow Submarine with a hellfire of a shot from about 25-30 meters out, beating out Manuel Almunia early on, but it would be their first half that would be a clinic in moving the ball around.  Arsenal came back in the second half simply had the home side defending everything within their own 18.  The English side absolutely dominated the game in the second half and that form would be established after Togolese international Emanuel Adebayor scored one of the top ten goals of the tournament.

He would trap a Fabregas cross inside the box with his chest and would unleash a bicycle kick that would leave Diego Lopez anchored to his line.  Arsenal now come back to the Emirates with an important away goals advantage.

Underestimating United Get Slapped

Manchester United 2-2 FC Porto

MNU: Rooney (15′), Tevez (85′)
POR: Rodríguez (4′), Mariano (89′)
According to many people, Sir Alex Ferguson saw more importance in their Saturday game aganst Aston Villa over Porto.  Whether that was what motivated the Portuguese, well it worked.  They outplayed the reigning European champs and left the Theater of Dreams with a favorable 2-2 draw.  Uruguayan international Cristian Rodríguez opened the scoring early for the Iberians.  They would see Manchester equalize on a horrific error by Bruno Alves when he backpassed the ball to Helton and would instead find Wayne Rooney.  Super-sub Carlos Tevez would come in and give the Red Devils  brief lead, but Mariano would score off yet another United defensive gaffe.

Hiddink Out-Everythings Benítez

Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea

LIV: Torres (4′)
CHE: Ivanovic (39′, 62′), Drogba (67′)
Guus Hiddink’s legacy is secure for sure now.  Even when he is double-dipping, he is a coach that has been able to keep a floundering Chelsea safe from disaster.   If there was a team that was clicking on all cylinders, it was Liverpool.  Their thrashing of Real Madrid as well as their incredible form in the Premiership.  Now this team was facing their big Champions League rivals the past five years.  The cards were in place for either the status quo to continue or a commanding performance by the home side.   Fernando Torres began to reinforce that with an early strike, but Chelsea continue to bring the game to Liverpool, then the most uncommon hero would emerge.

Branislav Ivanovic replaced Ricardo Carvalho in Guus Hiddink’s lineup and the media scratched their heads.  He would become the protagonist of the match in the 39th minute when he would equalize the game off a corner kick in the 39th minute.  That goal was that the Blues scored at Anfield since John Arne Riise scored on his own net last year.   Ivanovic scored yet again off a set piece and Drogba sealed the final nail in the coffin five minutes later to a virtually stunned Kop.

Now Liverpool will face the tough task of having to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by three goals in order to reach their fourth semifinal in five years.  Oh, and by the way… George Metellus said this would happen.  You did hear it first on MAF…

Incredible Barca Virually Wraps Up Tie Against Meek Bavarians

Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich
BAR: Messi (9′, 38′), Eto’o (12′), Henry (43′)
Once again, Barca come into a match and surpass expectations.  This time they were able to expose a vulnerable Bayern Munich.  Their 5-1 loss to Wolfsburg seem to not be a fluke, but instead drew a roadmap to the Bavarian goal for the Catalans.  They followed it to perfection despite the downpour and the English refs.  Lionel Messi led the attack with a brace, while Samuel Eto’o, and Thierry Henry scored a goal a piece.  Barca’s offense ran circles around Bayern and locked up the tie within the first 15 minutes when Messi opened the scoring with a beautiful individual play and Eto’o would pounce on a ball to double the Blaugrana lead.

Ladies and gentlemen… if this was Mixed Martial Arts, Bayern tapped out.




2 responses

9 04 2009
Mundial Futbol Ronaldinho

Muy buen blog. No veo la hora de que llegue el mundial de futbol en sudafrica 2010

9 04 2009
Juan Arango

Mantente al tanto de lo que pasa con tu selección aquí en MAF. Vamos a hablar un montón de las eliminatorias en este sitio. Gracias y un abrazo.

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