Excitement, upset continue in UCL Day 2

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GROUP E

Liverpool held at Anfield

[Analyses]–Liverpool’s return to the UEFA Champions League was laced with drama in a two all draw against their conquerors in the 2016 Europa league final, Sevilla. If the Reds were hoping for a revenge, they got off to the worst possible start as Sevilla’s Ben Yedder scored a tap in from a low cross by Sergio Escudero. The Reds bounced back courtesy of a goal by Roberto Firmino before Mohammed Salah’s deflected effort gave them an advantage entering into the break. Sevilla with eighteen minutes to left on the clock as Joaquin Correa grabbed the equalizer. Liverpool’s Joseph Gomez got his matching orders after fouling Joaquin Correa.

Spartak Moscow drew away against Maribor in the other Group encounter as the host grabbed a late equalizer via Damjan Bohar. As it stands, every team in that group have a point apiece.

GROUP F

Manchester City thrash Feyernood as Napoli fall in Ukraine

Manchester City ran riot in Holland on Wednesday night with a four nil thumping of host, Feyernood. John Stones grabbed the first goal of the game in the second minute courtesy of a cross from David Silva before Sergio Aguero added a second goal in the tenth minute of the encounter. The game was all over within twenty-five minutes as Gabriel Jesus grabbed his first European goal courtesy of a Benjamin Mendy assist. John Stones put the icing on the cake as he headed in a cross from Belguim’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Napoli couldn’t complete a fight back as they lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Dontesk despite having superior ball possession statistics. Taison grabbed the first goal for Shakhtar in the fifteen minute while F. Ferreyra grabbed a second goal thirteen minutes after the restart. Arkadiausz Milik pulled one back from the spot after Dries Mertens was fouled but could not grab the equalizer.

Manchester City top the table, Shakhtar Donetsk is second, Napoli is third while Feyernood is last.

GROUP G

Besiktas shock Porto as Monaco held

Turkish outfit, Besiktas JT caused an upset with a defeat of 2004 winners, FC Porto, 3-1 at Estadio Dragao on Wednesday. Anderson Talisca scored opened the scoring for Besiktas from a Ricardo Quaresma cross. They were pegged back when Dusko Tosic scored an own goal but seven minutes later, Cenk Tosun restored Besiktas’s lead with a shot that got Iker Casillas in goal for FC Porto napping. Ryan Bbael grabbed a third with four minutes to go to condemn the Portuguese giants to a defeat at home.

In the other encounter of the Group, Newcomers, FC Leipzig, secured a one all draw at home against last season’s semi-finalist, AS Monaco. The German team drew the first blood courtesy of a neat finish by Emil Forsberg before Youri Tielemans grabbed the equalizer for the French outfit from a loose ball. Both teams could not find a way past the other and the game ended with bith sharing the spoils.

As it stands, Besiktas lead in the group, AS Monaco and Leipzig occupy second and third respectively while FC Porto is forth on the log.

  

GROUP H

Ronaldo destroys Apoel as Spurs down Dortmund at Wembley

Having witnessed his arch nemesis Lionel Messi destroy Juventus on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo had enough motivation to down Apoel Nicosa at the Barnabeu 24 hours later. He did not disappoint as he grabbed a brace, scoring from a Bale assist and the penalty spot, before Sergio Ramos grabbed a third goal in the sixty-first minute of the tie.

At Wembley Stadium, Harry Kane led Tottenham Hotspurs to a hard fought 3-1 victory of German giants, Borussia Dortmund. Heung –Min Son grabbed an early lead for the Londoners before Andriy Yarmolenko equalized with a fantastic finish from outside the box. Harry Kane restored Tottenham advantage four minutes later before getting his second of the night with a sumptuous finish from a Christian Eriksen pass after Pierre Aubameyang effort was ruled out for offside.

Real Madrid top the table, Tottenham Hotspurs is second, Borussia Dortmund is third while Apoel Nicosa completes the number.

Toluwanimi Adeyefa tweets @Rcadetolu




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