UEFA Champions League: Wednesday Night Results and Analysis
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2ndL) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Sporting CP at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 14, 2016. Real Madrid won 2-1. (Image Credit: CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
The remaining four groups were out on Wednesday night to kick start their UEFA Champions League season. If Tuesday night was about goal riot and close encounters Wednesday night just raised the bar. From a 95 minute winner to Six goals to a 3 star debut and a first nil nil draw it had all of it.
Here is our analysis of the Group wise fixtures.
Manchester City 4-0 Borussia M’gladbach
The Tuesday night fixture was rescheduled for Wednesday due to heavy rains yesterday. However, Manchester City fans wont be complaining as they were entertained to a Sergio Aguero hattrick. He emulated his country mate Lionel Messi to just show if you can do it so can I. The German side had no idea what hit them as City beat them convincingly four goals to nil.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSKA Moscow
The match saw four goals in the first half and nothing in the second. Bayer took a 2-0 lead in the 15 minute and looked set for more but the Russian side scored two in a matter of 2 minutes to level the tie as it ended in a draw.
Tottenham 1-2 Monaco
The second match of the group was also decided in the first half with not much action in the second. The English side in what could be regarded as an upset were second best to the French side Monaco. The Ligue 1 side was 2-0 up by the 31st minute, Spurs did manage to get one goal but that was not enough to avert the loss. After the first round of matches Monaco are top of the group with 3 points and Tottenham last with zero.
Legia Warszawa 0-6 Borussia Dortmund
The Polish side was made to suffer at home as BVB went on a rampage from the word go and did not show any pity at the minnows as they hit 6 past them with all goals coming from different players.
Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Lisbon
Reigning champions Real Madrid left it very late to win the tie. Ronaldo’s childhood club seemed to heading home with what could have been a shocking win. But of all the people it was Ronaldo who proved their nemesis. He leveled the tie in the 89th minute through a free kick and it was Spaniard Alvaro Morata who turned home the winner seconds before the final whistle to show what Champions are made of.
Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester City
The fairy tale continues for Leicester City as they score three goals in their Champions League debut. The star of the match was Riyadh Mahrez who scored twice to give the English Champions a perfect start to their Champions League campaign. The win was a warning signal to the opponents that they are no fluke.
FC Porto 1-1 FC Copenhagen
In their first ever competitive match neither the Portuguese nor the Danish side could leave a mark. Bot teams were held to a 1-1 draw and given how they have been faring in their respective leagues they need to take some drastic steps.
Juventus 0-0 Sevilla
In what was the biggest match of the night both teams were held to a goalless draw much to the anguish of their fans. The Italian Champions tried hard but could not break down the Europa Champions. Sevilla frustrated Juve by putting up a credible defensive performance, as well thanks to wasteful Juve who had fair bit of chances but failed to capitalize of any.
Among all the first round matches this match was perhaps the only match which did not witness even a single goal.
Lyon 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb
The Ligue 1 side was on target as they grabbed the important 3 points to go top of the group. With Dinamo the weakest team Lyon’s along with Sevilla and Juventus will all be fighting for the top 2 places. A 3-0 win will surely be a confidence booster.