Morbo Minute–Champions League MatchDay 5

Match Day Five provided plenty of goals, drama and excitement.  Several teams earned their way into the knockout round–Apoel, Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich to name a few.

Tuesday I watched Napoli against Manchester City. Villarreal had been eliminated and Real Madrid was already through as group winners, so this match had the chance for the most drama, which it delivered. Napoli worked their socks off, were efficient in front of goal and executed their game plan almost to perfection.

Villarreal fell again, and the rest of the season will be spent trying to get back into European competition next year.  As for Real Madrid, the Special One tweaked his lineup and was rewarded with a great effort and lots of goals.  The game saw the first appearance of Sahin and another appearance of Varane as Real build up their squad for a fight on several fronts.  Here is a match recap from Real Madrid Football Blog.

On Wednesday I skipped out of work early to watch AC Milan versus FC Barcelona. What a game.  AC Milan was sharper and more aggressive than the first game, which allowed the game to move from tactical to thrilling.  I was worried that the Rossoneri would not be able to keep up for the entire match but KPB, Abate, and Robinho (then Pato) provided the energy for the veteran players to draw from.  Worried came to mind when I saw Busi and Masch in the back, because I didn’t want them to get isolated against Robinho (pace) or Ibra (strength).  Turns out KPB was the biggest threat, buzzing around the field bringing everyone into the match.  The quality of the goals was hit and miss, but the highlight of the match has to be Boateng’s goal with skill and finish of the highest order. Barcelona win the group but AC Milan show that they may be a tough out in the next round.

Here are some comments from Total Barca.

Valencia absolutely crushed Genk and have given themselves a real chance to advance.  On the last Match Day, they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.  The winner advances and may even the win the group.  I’m still not sure what happens if there is a draw.

Match results (games involving La Liga teams in bold):

Home Score Away
Bayern Munich 3-1 Villarreal
Napoli 2-1 Manchester City
CSKA Moscow 0-2 Lille
Trabzonspor 1-1 Internazionale
Manchester United 2-2 Benfica
Otelul Galati 2-3 FC Basel
Lyon 0-0 Ajax Amsterdam
Real Madrid 6-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Home Score Away
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Chelsea
Valencia 7-0 Racing Genk
Arsenal 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Marseille 0-1 Olympiakos
Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Apoel Nicosia
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 FC Porto
BATE Borisov 0-1 Viktoria Plzen
AC Milan 2-3 Barcelona
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