Champions League recap. Groups E,F,G,H
19.10.2016 16:22 Hovakimyan
HaySport.ru presents to you the recap of the first day of the 3rd Champions League round. Mr.Hovakimyan wishes you an enjoyable read ;)
Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham
The most promising match of the Champions League’s 3rd round’s first day did not meet the expectations of fans who had gathered at the "BayArena".
If we put aside Vincent Janssen’s 39th minute shot that hit the crossbar, the first half ended with practically no chances created.
In the second half, the "pharmacists" took the initiative in their own hands, but chances from Kiessling, Mehmedi, and Charles Aránguiz were unsuccessful, as Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris had brought his A-game to Leverkusen.
Ultimately, both teams were unable to break the deadlock – ending the game in a goalless draw.
CSKA 1-1 Monaco
CSKA started the match very energetically at home, in Moscow. The “Red and Blues” were should have opened the scoring on the 11th minute of the match. After a quick counter-attack, a pass followed into the path of Lacina Traoré, who was unmarked, however before the ball reach the Ivorian, the Monaco goalkeeper ran out just in time and saved his side from an early goal.
However Traore did end up scoring on the 34th minute. Zoran Tosic firmly struck the ball from outside the penalty area, forcing Subasic to make a save, however the ball was still in play and was put into the back of the net by the instinctive CSKA striker. Right before the break, Leonardo Jardim’s team could have equalized, if Raggi’s shot from 6 meters had not fallen straight into the arms of Igor Akinfeev.
In the second half, "Monaco" seized their opportunity. On the 87th minute, thanks to a goal from Bernardo Silva, "Monaco" was able to equalize and return from Moscow with a hard-fought point, while Igor Akinfeev conceded for the 40th consecutive time in the Champions League.
Group E: Monaco - 5 Tottenham - 4 Bayer Leverkusen - 3 CSKA - 2
Real Madrid 5:1 Legia Warsaw
Real Madrid, as was expected, easily dealt with Warsaw’s "Legia" (5:1). The Polish club, who this season are celebrating their centenary in the Champions League, seem moreover like a bystander in the UCL, having lost all of the first three matches of the group stage, conceding a total of 13 goals and scoring only once in the process.
Only in the opening stages of the match, the Polish team was able to force a fight, creating a couple of dangerous moments. The most dangerous one coming from "Legia’s" midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe, but Los Blancos were saved by the goalpost.
In the 10th minute of the match Gareth Bale sent a curling hard shot into the far bottom corner, another 10 minutes later, Marcelo shot went in following a ricochet off of defender Yodlovetsa, 2:0.
In the 22nd minute, the intrigue of the match had seemed to be restored, when Legia’s Radovic scored from the penalty spot.
However the enthusiasm of 3000 Polish fans, who had travelled to Madrid, did not last long. Right before the break, Madrid’s young star Marco Asensio sent the third ball behind Legia goalkeeper Malarz.
In the second half, the pace of the match fell. "Real" was limited to the two goals scored by substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata.
In another match of the group, Lisbon’s "Sporting" met with Dortmund’s Borussia. Loved by Armenian fans the playful team of Thomas Tuchel had serious selection decisions to make before the match. Due to injuries, Schmelzer, Reus, Schürrle, Guerreiro, Durm, Bender, and Castro could not help BVB. Despite this, "Dortmund" came away with 3 points from Lisbon, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl. The latter of which, could not hide his joy in the post-match interview, since the last time the young holding midfielder scored was for the youth side of his ex-club "Munich - 1860" – it was his first goal in his professional career.
The hosts managed to answer with a goal from midfielder Cesar on the 67th minute of the match, but it was not enough.
Group F: Dortmund - 7 Real Madrid - 7 Sporting - 3, Legia - 0
Leicester 1-0 Copenhagen
Despite the fact that Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has said that the Foxes are giving priority to the domestic league more than other tournaments, his team are leading Group G after 3 rounds.
On the 40th minute, Leicester’s Algerian midfielder and last season’s Premier League player of the year Riyad Mahrez tapped the ball into the back of the net from close range, off of a headed pass from Slimani.
The match was held in equal fight with plenty of dangerous moments at the each end of the field. However, the 11-time champion of Denmark was unable to score past Kasper Schmeichel.
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