Last night began Europe’s and possibly the world’s greatest club football tournament as the Champions League provided football fans all over the world with a goal filled night. The English clubs represented their country wonderfully with both of the Manchester sides winning their matches; yet two English teams are still to play tonight, Chelsea and Arsenal. It was a significant night for the Red Devil, Wayne Rooney as he made history for himself hitting a record of 200 goals for Manchester United, joining the elite 4 man 200 club, which includes the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton.
Out of the two Manchester clubs in the Champions League, United had the tougher match against Bayer Leverkusen whilst City played the not well-known side Viktoria Plzen. Rooney was a key figure for the Red Devils as he buried 2 goals, which included with Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia’s goals, gave United the 4-2 victory. The blue side of the City had a better night against easier opponents as they managed to keep a clean sheet. The final score was 3-0 with goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero all in 10 minutes after the half time break.
Unsurprisingly, current Champions of the Champions League, Bayern Munich, triumphed over CSKA Moscow 3-0 with a dominant performance. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated Olympiakos 4-1 as new singing Edinson Cavani scored, followed by two from Thiago Motta and one in the final 5 minutes from Marquinhos. However, the big score line of the night was at the Türk Telekom Arena as Real Madrid steamrolled over Galatasaray 6-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging an impressive hat-trick, with the help of Gareth Bale who couldn’t get on the score sheet.
The second half of the Champions League for the week continues tonight as Chelsea and Arsenal are the representatives for the English game. The Blues have a tough match against FA Basel, but Arsenal have an all-round hard Group as tonight they play Marseille and will still have to play Napoli and last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund. That means tonight Napoli take on Dortmund, whilst in another Group Barcelona take on Ajax and Celtic play AC Milan. Yesterday, in one night of football we saw 30 goals, tonight we hope for the same.
Author Daniel Foster.
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