September 30th, 2010

Champions League Results: Good For You?

 

Alex Ferguson says Javier Hernandez needs to ‘work on his physique’. Sigh. So do we, Sir Alex. So do we. Image: Getty Images/Zimbo

It seems like seconds since we finished writing up the Weekend Results and watched with interest as you lot unleashed yourselves all over the comments. Yet the football season waits for no woman and now we have a whole bunch of midweek Champions League results for you to bicker over. Makes the off-season seem like a distant and thoroughly unpleasant nightmare involving spiders and the revocation of one’s Platinum Amex, does it not?

Tuesday

Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side seem to have dragged their scoring drought into the Champions League, their unconvincing victory over Auxerre via an Angel Di Maria strike rendered all the more disappointing by the fact that Auxerre have yet to win in Ligue 1. Fortunately for Roma, they left their hideous form well and truly in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Cluj. Dazzling duo Marco Borriello and Philippe Mexes scored the goals.

Manuel Almunia will not have been comforted by Lukasz Fabianski’s great performance between the sticks for Arsenal in their away fixture against Partizan Belgrade. Once the lighting issues had been sorted out at the stadium, Fabianski unexpectedly saved a penalty in the Gunner’s 3-1 win, goals coming from Chamakh, Arshavin and Squillaci. Chelsea consolidated their position at the top of Group F, a solid 2-0 victory over Marseille including a John Terry goal. He was pleased (left). (Getty Images/Daylife)

Elsewhere, Ajax were held 1-1 at home by AC Milan, Bayern Munich beat Basle 2-1 away via two Bastian Schwiensteiger strikes, Braga lost 3-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow tonked MSK Zilina 3-0.

Wednesday

Another uncomfortable night for the Spanish contingent, Barcelona held 1-1 away at Rubin Kazan. Kazan led for the majority of the game after Christian Noboa converted a penalty, David Villa equalising in the sixtieth minute, also via the penalty spot. Meanwhile, Valencia looked to have held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw until some strategic substitutions by Sir Alex Ferguson saw Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez find the net, the assist provided by Federico Macheda.

An eventful evening at White Hart Lane saw Spurs see off FC Twente 4-1, pantomime duties embraced by Rafael Van Der Vaart (left). The Dutchman played hero by scoring, then threw himself into the villain role by missing a penalty and getting sent off. Samuel Eto’o simply stuck with the hero tag in Inter Milan’s 4-0 drubbing of Werder Bremen, scoring a hat trick. He celebrated by taking some photos(Reuters/Daylife)

Other results included a much needed 3-1 away win for Lyon against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Schalke’s 2-0 victory against Benfica, FC Copenhagen beating Panathinaikos 2-0 and Rangers getting their first European victory in fourteen attempts through a 1-0 win over Turkish side Bursaspor.

Go on. Have at ‘em, Kickettes!

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44 Responses to “Champions League Results: Good For You?”

  1. @AgnesWonka says:

    Chicarito FTW!!!!!!!!!!!
    the blackout in the Arsenal match was so LOL!!! ……..but that can happen anywhere!
    seems the Barça curse isn't over……

  2. MissTorres says:

    Funny picture! That face xD

  3. blake2108 says:

    Nope sorry, although, because I love Gareth so much I want spurs to win and do well for him, so you can practically call me a supporter. Gareth comes first, then United.

    I finally managed to see it good and proper yesterday and it somewhat made what was a horrible day for me. There are no words to describe him really.

    I'd do anything for/to that man

  4. ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

    aww i know barca could have done better!
    gerard pique was doing some amazing defending against rubin kazan!
    good for you arsenal
    liverpool, hmmmm

    ps nice goal Angel Di Maria

  5. Soooooooooo glad Rangers finally won, all thanks to a goal from my Naisy <3 Plus Arsenal won and we got to see Lio back for Barca :) not forgetting the fact the Godlike Gareth Bale scored ;)

  6. Lisa In NC says:

    Hey Luvin! I will be your Spurs comrade! lol!

  7. cherryboomboom says:

    I'm so pissed at Chelsea .. I seriously hate them …

  8. Izzy says:

    I was so happy that Chicharito scored for Man. U! What a goal!!!! Congrats Javier!!!!

  9. Emme says:

    Snaps to Arsenal & Snaps to Real Madrid!!! The dark purple kits are rather sexy and what is even sexier were all the smiles & man-love after Angel Di Maria scored. Nonetheless, their level of play needs to improve & wtf with all of this Lass non-sense? Was it totally necessary to sit Oezil for so long? A win is a win & that is all I'll say.

  10. senora ramos says:

    well….we won. thank you last minute super sub angel.guys, we need to remember what it's like to score!!
    so :( for valencia. yea!!!!! arsenal!! but seriously, how can a team like that have keepers like they have?! no sense

  11. Rusty (Mrs Fritz) says:

    I watched FOUR Champions League games at once on Tuesday – Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern, and Arsenal. They all meshed into a vampire dinosaur in blue calling himself the Special One.

    Werder? Didn't bother. Am glad I didn't.

  12. @DebStimson says:

    okay…so I guess I'm the only one who thought Real Madrid played well. Granted, they didn't score but their ball possession, control, passing, attacking the ball, defense and overall teamwork was fantastic, IMO and much improved from previous matches. Marcelo's crosses were a little suspect at the beginning of the match but improved as the match went on.

    Pepe definitely gave me a scare with his header. It was also good to see that many of the players were stepping up on offense and everyone was helping out on defense. Idk, it just seems like both Barca and Madrid both go for more of a controled offense than a run and gun…similar to how the SNT plays.

    Barca, I thought, looked actually vulnerable in their match. But as was mentioned, with the defense pushing up so high on the pitch, it does make them more vulnerable on the breakaways. It was good to see Messi help out in the 2nd half…just hope it isn't too soon.

  13. LuvinBale says:

    So happy for Spurs that I was literally jumping on my sofa by the end of the game. What a game it was- the media keeps calling it an emotional roller coaster ride for VdV but I think it was the same for the fans. We lost last week in the Carling Cup then to West Ham (of all clubs) but now we come back VICTORIOUS!!!

    Pav is not my favorite player but to score on both penalties, then VdV to come back and score after he missed 3 in the first half and then BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE- to score the fourth and final goal. The nail in the coffin if you will. I absolutely adore Bale and when he does things like that I just love him more.

    My prayers to the football gods are being answered- now if they can just bring Daws and Defoe back I would just be the happiest girl in the world.

    Come on you Spurs!!!!

  14. JVD says:

    Chicharito scored in an other wise deadly dull game! Barca still dealing with Russian kryptonite : (
    BUT Lashes looked really good in Lyon's win, so all in all it was a decent turn of events.

  15. Rossanera says:

    Less-than-stellar results for Milan and Barca coupled with wins for Madrid and that other Empire of Evil (read: Inter) were really the icing on the craptastic cake that has been this wretched week of hell.

    Side note: it's really hard to scream at a TV screen with strep throat.

    • DeeRoma says:

      Oooooh. My problem was a hacking cough. I made due with gestures instead. Not that I gestured much during the Roma game, but still….

  16. Pique_Xavi says:

    I'm happy for the kid since he is a big promise for us mexicans but I would loooooove it if the media (in mexico) would give all our peeps playing in Europe fair treatment. He scored and it was like such a big deal, which it is. But Vela scored twice and it was like whatever. If we want them to be a true team I think we should support all of them equally through the good time aswell as the bad times. It sucks to see in the headlines, Chicharito not even on the bench… its not his choice as is not their choice having bad moments… grrr But GOOD Hernandez, I hope you don't give up on your dream like you almost did years ago.

  17. Chavete says:

    I AM SO PROUD OF MY CHICHARITO!!! LO AMO! :)

  18. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    It could have been better, but i will have to be satisfied with Barca getting one point. Russia is not exactly home away from home for the Barca boys, obviously.

    But happy for Arsenal! And for Zlatan scoring a great goal!

  19. Leya_S says:

    Can Chicharito come to a team that I support, please?! I'm happy for him though.
    Yay, Arsenal! I was worried, that maybe they weren't doing so hot without Cesc! But now I know they were just having an off moment. SO EXCITED FOR SUNDAY AGAINST CHELSEA!!!!
    Barca = :( but they'll bounce back. I have faith!
    I'm not sad Real Madrid won, but I'm more sad that Barca didn't win also. Granted RM didn't play very well. I feel bad for Higuain, but props to Angel di Maria! I <3 me some Argentines!

  20. BarceLisa says:

    I'm not happy about Barca's result but it could have been a lot worse had Martins scored in the last minute. Both penalties should not have been given and also have been saved by both keepers. On the positive side, Messi returned, which takes a load off my mind. I'm happy that Manchester United got a rare win in Spain. Valencia is never an easy place to go and get a result. I hope Fergie gives Chicharito more starts and doesn't turn him into super-sub, like he did with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  21. hereforthenando says:

    Sadly, I don't really watch the Champions League right now because it's too painful. I wonder when us LFC gals will get our CL football back…

    By the way, I can't believe how the site has grown since the World Cup. I love it! I love all of the commenters and the discussions that we have, everyone is amazing.

    Congrats Kickette, you make rainy days like this so much more thigh-tastic.

  22. beri says:

    aww…I just love Chicharito!

  23. YouNeverWalkAlone says:

    I'm a Madridista so I'm happy that at least we won (if a little pissed at how we played). RM keeps getting lucky but I hope it lasts. *crosses fingers and squeezes eyes shut*

    I was really going for Valencia yesterday because a) David Villa came from there and b) I HATE MANCHESTER UNITED WITH A PASSION so I'm sad they lost.

    Also, am I the only one that thinks Angel di Maria's heart gesture/ kiss blowing was ADORABLE??? because it really was.

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      Pretty much agree with everything you said. We (RM) are getting lucky wins, and we need to step it up and get decisive wins. I'd like to watch a few matches this season where I can just appreciate the way the boys are playing, and not have my heart in my throat the whole time. Di Maria was so cute after he scored! He's been such a great addition to the team.

      I'm disappointed with Valencia and United as well. I want those Mancs to GO DOWN!

  24. Summer says:

    What a great Tuesday was!!! The only man of my dreams, the man who I'm in love with has scored for the first time this year in this Champions…Obviously he has scored for his Chelsea, and for my Chelsea, and his the only captain JT…This has been one of the most beautiful moments in my life…And I have to say that in the small things there are always the big emotions…And John and his goal are one of these..

    Compliments to Tottenham because yesterday night has won (The next match will be against Inter, and I hope that they could win, because I hate him so much)!! And compliments to Roma (Because has won tuesday night) and to Milan (despite of I'm a little disappointed by them…I thought they would won)..

  25. blitzenTO says:

    Happy enough with the Barca tie, it's hard to win when the other team plays 10 men behind the ball. Very sad to see Valencia lose, they played so well and really deserved the win.

  26. @mezz98 says:

    Glad for the Real Madrid win. And I LURVE those purple kits.

  27. LoseThatGirl says:

    Hell ya! And Darren Fletcher's comment at the end of the match sealed it. What a man!

  28. Fairly uninspiring game until Kiko and Chicharito teamed up for that goal. It was a beautiful thing. So, an away win in a traditionally very difficult place for English teams. I'll take it!

  29. MadridistaJenn says:

    All that matters is a Real Madrid win and Barca tie (yeah, I went there)! Even if it happened to be a marginal win. Nonetheless, Hala Madrid!

  30. YvoGirl says:

    Arsenal did amazing after the weekend loss at home. I think all the goal keepers just need a confidence boost. It doesn’t help when everyone is rallying against them. It is hard fighting for one spot on the team.

    Looking forwards to the Chelsea game on Sunday!

  31. DutchGooner89 says:

    Arsenal did me proud by winning away in a intimidating place (partizan'z fans are KA-RAZY! lol) we over came the temporary powercuts…getting dressed in the dark—i wish i was in that dressing room lol. and scoring 3 more goals….Jack Wilshire is fast becoming one of my fav arsenal players! and Chamack just looks more sexy the more i see him in a arsenal kit yummy!

    We still need a new goalkeeper though—->Fabianski in goal gives me the creeps, just waiting for one of his silly mistakes………..Shane Given for Arsenal in january transfer thats my wish.

    • Leya_S says:

      haha, I wasn't sure when the ball had gone in the net when they scored, bc there was LITERALLY no cheering at that stadium. Partizan fans are some of the rowdiest i've seen (although I probably haven't seen that many).

  32. Leá says:

    Hala Madrid! A win is a win, but ay Dios mio I wish we would unleash some offense! We desperately need to score, and score big. At least Barcelona drew…

    • MadridistaJenn says:

      Exactly, maybe they'll feel a bit more confident Sunday having come off a win and capitalize on goal opportunities. A small victory, but a victory. I'm feeling optimistic about Sunday.

  33. DeeRoma says:

    Since it wasn't televised until 2am, I made do with following a live blog of the game. Then I stayed up to watch my boys in all their glory. Sigh. Love these guys….Forza Roma! They won, they are mounting a save the season campaign and I am a happy happy lady.

  34. gin_in_teacups says:

    Real Madrid won, but once again it was sort of a disappointing win. They are better than this! It's incredibly frustrating. Well, I'm trying to focus on the good – we're at the top of our group right now and our purple kits are so damn sexy, rather than the bad – not playing as well as we should and fear over the match with Milan.

  35. Jo_ says:

    I was really tense about yesterday's match. Quite a few scary moments but Cheech scored a beautiful goal to end my misery. Three points, a clean sheet, and an angry robot. Yes, good for me.

  36. blake2108 says:

    My team Manchester united won, so i'm happy about that.

    Not as happy as I am for my Gareth. He had a great night for Spurs, Won a penalty, scored a goal in their win, and capped it off by taking his shirt off after <3 *drools*

    So I'm pretty chuffed :D

  37. Thea says:

    Glad Barca drew – am not worried as we traditionally don't travel well to Russia, think we should fair better than Valancia and RM this time around as both teams are in a transitonal phase.