Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Champions League 23/10/13 Match Reviews

Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad

David Moyes was full of praise for Shinji Kagawa's Man of the Match display in the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. "I thought it was Shinji's best game in my time here," said Moyes. "I saw something from him tonight which I hadn't seen in other games, so I was really pleased."
What Moyes and United wanted most was an early boost, something to settle the nerves, and they got it so early it was almost comical. Less than two minutes had elapsed when Rooney turned Markel Bergara inside out in the penalty area in what was United's first attack, calmly making room for a shot that rebounded from an upright straight into the path of Iñigo Martínez, arriving on the scene to help out Bergara but succeeding only in prodding the ball into his own goal. "It was a terrible mistake, a disastrous goal to concede," the Real Sociedad manager, Jagoba Arrasate, said. "We never really got our game together after that." United could have had a second goal after another 10 minutes when Claudio Bravo made the first save of the game, stopping a Rooney shot on the line after Rafael da Silva had crossed from the right.

Jonny Evans had suggested United need to raise the level of their performance after the Southampton game and encouraged by a dream start they seemed to be doing just that, passing more crisply, attacking more forcefully and utilising the whole width of the pitch. Rooney was too high with a somewhat ambitious overhead effort from Antonio Valencia's cross midway through the first half, before Hernández beat Bravo with a header only to be correctly recalled for offside.

Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus


Madrid had the lead before the clock showed four minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo emerged Madrid's man of the match as they defeated 10-man Juventus to put one foot in the Champions League last 16.

Ronaldo scored twice in the first half - his sixth and seventh goals of the competition this season - either side of Fernando Llorente's equaliser, before Juve saw Giorgio Chiellini sent off for an alleged elbow on the Portugal international.

Chiellini, who conceded the penalty that handed Ronaldo his second, was shown a straight red card three minutes into the second period when it looked as though he had done nothing more than fend off the forward with his arm.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Plzen

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribéry v Viktoria Plzen

I already knew that Viktoria Plzen was no match for Bayern, cos the last time they met, they were thrashed 7-1 by Munich.
Franck Ribéry shone on his return from injury, scoring twice as Bayern Munich demolished Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in Group D of the Champions League.

David Alaba doubled the lead before half-time with a low drive and Ribéry got another with a superb chip on the hour, after shaking off two defenders in the box. Bastian Schweinsteiger added a goal three minutes later and Mario Götze completed the scoring from close range in stoppage time to end a nightmare evening for the Czech visitors.

Galatasaray 3-1 FC Copenhagen

Felipe Melo of Galatasaray celebrates his goal

 Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboué helped the Turkish club to a convincing 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen to move into second place behind Real Madrid, who defeated Juventus, inChampions League Group B on Wednesday.

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