Mizgan Ahmed on 27th November, 2015
Let’s talk about how the English teams fared in Matchday 5 of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Manchester United 0-0 PSV :-
Louis Van Gaal looks disappointed after another lacklustre performance by Manchester United infront of goal.
Manchester United were expected to go past PSV and leave with nothing extravagant for their last group game, but the Red Devils endured another lacklustre performance infront of goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw. This leaves with United having to win their last group game when they go away to Wolfsburg.
United had handful of chances but lack of confidence was clearly evident, even though United’s defensive record this season has been prolific, their goal-scoring has been horrific. The few positives were Martial’s movements which caused problems for PSV’s defense and Lingard’s continued good performance, apart from that it was another flaccid show by Van Gaal’s men.
Juventus 1-0 Manchester City :-
Manuel Pellegrini looks dejected after defeat to Juventus at Turin.
Manchester City’s hopes of topping the group has hit a major blow as first half strike from Mario Mandzukic handed Juventus a 1-0 win over the Citizens.
Already through to the knockout stage, City needed a win at Turin to avoid likes of Barca, Madrid or Bayern in last-16 stage. They started well with controlled possession and a chance for Fernandinho. Mandzukic scored in the 18th minute and eventually, that proved to be the winner. Sterling then made a hash of one of the easiest chances, and apart from those instances, Juventus were in control. This loss meant City will not top the group and will be facing a tougher opponent in the next stage.
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-4 Chelsea :-
Mourinho had a mixed night in Israel.
The result on paper was pleasing and comfortable, but it was far from it when it comes to being satisfied. Goals from Cahill, Willian, Oscar and substitute Zouma handed Chelsea a 4-0 win against 10-men Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Even though the Blues won it comfortably, injury to Terry (thanks to a terrible pitch) and Mourinho’s spat with Costa ensured that it was not a smooth ride. The Portuguese shouted at Costa just before half-time to make runs inside the six-yard box as he couldn’t get across to a Hazard cross. The Spaniard replied in the same manner by shouting at the manager. Costa played the whole of second half, but neither shook hands with players or manager after the game.
Dynamo Kiev’s shock victory over Porto means Chelsea are still not through, they at the least need a draw from their last game.
Arsenal 3-0 Zagreb :-
Wenger had a reason to smile as his side comfortably defeated Zagreb 3-0.
A brace from Alexis Sanchez and a goal from Mesut Ozil handed the Gunners 3-0 win over the Croatian opponents.
Olympiacos’ defeat to Bayern means that Arsenal are still in Champions League and require a win in their last group game against Olympiacos in Greece. Performance wise it was comfortable from Wenger’s men as one should expect at home against a mediocre Croatian opponents. Sanchez and Ozil scored in quick succession in the first half and Sanchez wrapped it up with a fine finish in the 69th minute. Now, a trip to Athens awaits which is described as the ‘finale’ by Cech and certainly it is. Arsenal have to win there if they have to go through, whereas the Greek opponents just need a draw. So, it has to be Arsenal to set the tone of the game, they have to take the game to the opponents.
Qaraba 0-1 Tottenham :-
Harry Kane celebrating after scoring the winner against Qarabag.
Harry Kane continued his hot goal-scoring streak as he netted the winner against Qarabag to earn points in Azerbaijan and a place in last-32 of Europa League.
With Chelsea game on Sunday, Pochettino didn’t toyed with his squad and took all his core players to a 5-hour 2500 mile trip. This showed that the Argentine means business in the Europa League too. It was a game in which both teams had their chances with Qarabag mostly hitting Spurs on the break. In the 78th minute, Kane got his goal which was the difference between the two sides in the end.
It was a win that will keep Spurs primed for the clash against Chelsea even though they have to make a 5-hour journey back home.
Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux :-
Jurgen Klopp celebrating the win with Mignolet and Moreno.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went behind after a horrendous mistake by Mignolet, but goals from Milner and Benteke ensured no more hiccups and now the Reds are through to the last-32 of Europa League.
For the Reds, the game did not start as they were expecting to, with Simon Mignolet guilty of time wasting and Saviet scoring the resulting free-kick. This actually was a blessing in disguise for Klopp’s men as they became more active in their passing and looked more hungrier. They were allowed a route back very soon after Benteke was brought inside the penalty area and the resulting penalty was buried home by Milner. Then Benteke scored one from the top drawer just before the halftime to give the Reds a come from behind lead. Klopp’s men held on to the lead resulting in elimination for Bordeaux.