Thursday, August 20, 2009

champion's league; 4th round; 1st games

Interesting parts...

In the most boring game of this qualification round so far, Arsenal beat Celtic 2:0. This happens to be only the third champion's league game that Celtic had lost at home. Ever. I dunno. The way the Scottish team had played against Dynamo Moscow and now Arsenal, I think the days of Celtic being a staunchly home team are over.

In more exciting games, Sporting couldn't hold on to a lead in the game against Fiorentina. In this game the former Saturn Ramenskoe striker Simon Vukčević gets The Idiot of the Game Day award. The Montenegro international got himself second yellow card for taking off his shirt celebrating his goal that tied the game for Sporting. He will now miss the important second game, where Sporting must win or have a more productive tie to advance. Fiorentina, on the other hand having been able to field the Alberto Giraldino and Adrian Mutu upfront is in good shape to make the group stage.

It seems like every year poor Andrelecht just cannot avoid an embarrassing beating. If last year it was the tiny Belorus team FC BATE that knocked them out of the competiton, this year FC Lyon delivered a 5:1 beating that the Belgians are not likely to recover from.

Maxi Rodríguez, Diego Forlán, Sergio Agüero, and company showed their teeth to FC Panathinaikos, and took a well-deserved 3:2 vicotry in Greece. This Spanish side is rapidly becoming one of my favorite teams in Europe.

Alexandr Hleb who last week admitted that leaving Arsenal for Barcelona was a mistake, has returned to his pre-Arsenal club, VfB Stuttgart. And it seems like he had never left. In Stuttgart's 2:0 win against the Romanian FC Timisoara, Hleb's goal was a bona fide piece of art:

The other parts were not so interesting.

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