Over the past two nights we have seen some wonderful games of football from 8 European sides, two of which were English. However, the greatest display of football had to come from the Spanish giants and one of the most expensive teams in football history, Real Madrid. Arguably, the biggest disappointment over the past two nights came from the Premier League Champions Manchester United, who have quickly fallen out of form since Sir Alex Ferguson left as their manager. Chelsea also lost out on beating Galatasaray when they could have easily won the match.
Manchester United travelled all the way to Greece and played Olympiakos at their home ground, the Karaiskakis Stadium, but suffered a terrible 2-0 loss, in which the Red Devils managed one shot on target. It took 37 minutes before the deadlock was broken by Alejandro Dominguez to give the home side the lead. The next goal was a wonderful strike by the Arsenal loaned player Joel Campbell who sealed Manchester United’s fate in the 54th minute. Robin van Persie, who only managed to complete 12 passes throughout the match, had the only shot on target in the 89th minute.
The night after Manchester United’s shocking loss, Chelsea managed to grab a point away against Galatasaray in the same match where Didier Drogba played against his old club. However, Chelsea have the home advantage in their second leg against the Turkish team; Drogba has said that it will feel like he is returning home when playing at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United also have their second leg to play and in order to win will need to score 3 goals at home without conceding any, a tough ask for the Red Devils at the moment.
In the other two Champions League games, Real Madrid were on fine form as their three front men linked up well together to put 6 goals past Schalke 04. Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all managed to score 2 goals each whilst Schalke 04 scored a last minute goal through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Elsewhere, last year’s finalists Borussia Dortmund doubled the amount of goals as their opposition Zenit St Petersburg, and will go into the second leg with a 4-2 advantage; also they have the advantage of playing at home in the final leg.
Author Daniel Foster.
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