October 24, 2017

Champions League MatchDay 1 Report — Rough Going for Bundesliga Sides

Champions League football is back. Those Tuesdays and Wednesdays of pure football watching the best teams in Europe compete for clubs footballs best competition is back! Unfortunately for Bundesliga sides, only Bayern Munich came away with all three points, as RB Leipzig had to settle for a draw in their first ever Champions League match and Borussia Dortmund were ambushed by Spurs.  Champions League action will return for the three Bundesliga clubs when Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid and RB Leipzig face Besiktas in Turkey on Tuesday, September 26, while Bayern Munich square off against PSG in Paris on Wednesday the 27th.
FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN 3:0 ANDERLECHT
Bayern came into this game looking to bounce back after a shock 2:0 loss to Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim, with Mark Uth scoringg both goals for Hoffenheim.
The first chance came from a James Rodriguez header that was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Matz Sels. The first goal finally arrived when Robert Lewandowski got dragged down in the box by Sven Kums who got red carded for committing the foul on ‘Lewa’. Lewandowski slotted away the penalty as cool as a cucumber sending Sels the wrong way. Bayern seemed to appeal for another penalty when Arjen Robben fell to ground in the box but the referee did not see a foul.
Half time came and Bayern were still leading 1:0. Anderlecht had a good chance when Alexandru Chipciu shot struck the woodwork with Sofiane Hanni failing to convert the rebound. It wasn’t until the 65th minute until Joshua Kimmich’s cross found the foot of Thiago Alcantara who slotted it home. 2:0 game over for Anderlecht. Kimmich scored himself in the 90th minute with a nice turn around the keeper.
 Key Statistics
 Possession- Bayern: 68%
                 Anderlecht: 32%
Shots on target- Bayern: 10
                       Anderlecht: 1
Corners- Bayern: 13
              Anderlecht: 1
Offsides- Bayern: 3
               Anderlecht: 1
Fouls- Bayern: 10 (which resulted in 2 yellow cards)
           Anderlecht:5 (which resulted in 2 yellow cards and one red card)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Dortmund were looking to put that draw against SC Freiburg behind them when they travelled to London to face the Lilywhites.
Spurs had just beaten Everton 3:0 prior to this game.
Son-Heung Min made a blistering run down the wing, going past Sokratis to score past Roman Bürki at his near post.
Then a moment of magic came from Andriy Yarmolenko. Kagawa passed the ball out to Yarmolenko who which then finessed it over Hugo Lloris to score an absolute wondergoal. Good way to mark your Champions League debut for your new club.
Harry Kane went onto regain the lead for Spurs when he tackled a Dortmund player to score, beating Burki at his front post once again.
 It wasn’t until the 60th minute that Kane made it 3:1. He neatly put it bottom right sealing the victory for Tottenham.
Jan Vertonghen got sent off for violent conduct in the 90th minute. This was his second yellow card.
Key Statistics:
Possession – Dortmund: 63%
                       Spurs: 37%
Shots on Target- Dortmund: 2
                            Spurs: 4
Corners- Dortmund: 8
                 Spurs: 2
Offsides- Dortmund:6
                  Spurs: 4
Fouls- Dortmund:6 (resulting in two yellow cards)
             Spurs: 15 (resulting in two yellow cards and one red)
RB Leipzig v AS Monaco
RB Leipzig were looking to make it three wins in a row when they faced AS Monaco at the Red Bull Arena. Leipzig striker Timo Werner was in fine form coming into this game scoring three goals in his last three games in the Bundesliga.
The first goal came in the 33rd minute from a great through ball from Yussuf Poulsen right to the feet of Emil Forsberg who hit the ball with ease past Diego Benaglio to make it 1:0 to Leipzig.
The second goal came from a sloppy Leipzig defence that was unlucky to concede. Youri Tielemans took a shot that dribbled under Benaglio’s legs which did not go in but Tielemans was there again to get the vital touch which put Monaco back in the match.
This game finished 1:1. RBL gained a result in their first-ever CL match.
Key Statistics
Possesion- Leipzig: 57%
                   Monaco: 43%
Shots on Target- Leipzig:2
                            Monaco:1
Corners- Leipzig: 5
                 Monaco: 4
Offsides- Leipzig:9
                Monaco:2
Fouls- Leipzig: 10 (which resulted in two yellow cards)
            Monaco: 20 (which resulted in three yellow cards)
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