UEFA Champions League: Tuesday Highlights
2009-11-04 - Added by
ExtraFootie's Raj Mannick puts his feet up, grabs a cold one, and settles down to a night of watching eight Champions League matches at once, featuring a customary comeback at Old Trafford and a double from Didier Drogba to secure Chelsea's progression into the knockouts.
Game of the Night - Late drama at Old Trafford as Manchester United came back from 3-1 down to secure a 3-3 draw and book their passage through to the knockout phase of the competition. Some hideous defending gifted Moscow a 2-1 lead in the first half with Dzagoev and Krasic outdoing Michael Owen's poached effort. Things got worse for Sir Alex Ferguson when Moscow grabbed a third after some shoddy marking allowed Berezutsky to head home from an acute angle.
However, with Rooney and Evra coming on as subs, there was a renewed sense of vigor to the United team, and their bombastic second half display was rewarded when Paul Scholes headed in and an injury-time own goal completed the comeback. Moscow then had Semberas sent off in the dying seconds following a petty scuffle with Obertan and Rooney. Yet another late action classic at the Theatre of Dreams!
Performance of the Night - Marseille's 6-1 smashing of Zurich at the Stade Velodrome. The French side produced a blistering second half display to embarrass the Swiss champions and put pressure on AC Milan and Real Madrid at the top of group C. An early own goal from Aegerter, as well as strikes from Abriel, Niang, Hilton, Cheyrou, and Brandao capped off a stunning and ruthless performance for Didier Deschamps' team.
Upset of the Night - Although Bordeaux are one of the few unbeaten teams remaining in the competition, it's never easy to rock up at the Allianz Arena and leave with three points, but that is exactly what the French champions did recording a 2-0 win over a below par Bayern Munich. Goals from Gourcuff and the highly rated Chamakh saw Laurent Blanc's side progress through to the knockouts and leave Munich staring straight at the exit.
Player of the Night - Chelsea's Didier Drogba. Despite a lacklustre first half, the Ivorian's double ensured Chelsea grabbed the point they needed to go through to the next round. Drogba continued his excellent form with a fine individual display full of his trademark strength, power, and clinical finishing. The guy is an unstoppable force and an immovable object rolled into one ridiculously talented human being.
Donkey of the Night - Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca, who inexplicably ignored a blatant penalty shout from Darren Fletcher before booking the unfortunate Scotsman for diving - despite being visibly chopped down! Poor Fletch doesn't have the best of fortune when it comes to penalty decisions in the Champions League. Shame on you Mr Benquerenca, and pardon my French but you're a d@$*%y!
Goal of the Night - Sergio Aguero's opener against Chelsea. The Argentine sent a thumping right-footed volley fizzing past Cech and into the top corner from the edge of the box. Absolute stunner! It was Atletico's first goal in the competition this season, and coincidentally the first goal Chelsea have conceded in Europe this campaign.
Talking Point of the Night - With AC Milan and Real Madrid sharing the spoils in a tame 1-1 draw, most of the talk will centre around the English teams making a tough task of eventually progressing through to the all important knockout stage. But draws for Man United and Chelsea were enough to see them proceed and focus now switches to their crunch encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Team of the Night (4-3-3) - Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Chalme (Bordeaux), Rolando (Porto), Hilton (Marseille), Planus (Bordeaux), Scholes (Manchester United), Gentner (Wolfsburg), Camoranesi (Juventus), Drogba (Chelsea), Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Gourcuff (Bordeaux)