European football’s premier club competition returned this week as the Champions League got underway with round one of the group stage. Read our review of all the action involving the English sides.
Arsenal snatch a point at PSG after late Sanchez goal
Arsenal stole a hard-fought, precious but underserved point against Paris St Germain in the first of this season’s Champions League fixtures.
Battered for most of the match, the Gunners somehow found a way back as PSG missed chance after chance.
It should have been 6-2. It was the Edison Cavani show in the first period – the Uruguayan scored on 42 seconds as the visitors’ defence stood like statues.
Overlapping full back Aurier, excellent all game, made a break, he wasn’t closed down, whipped a cross over, Cavani lost his man, was in acres of space, rose beautifully and glanced it firmly into the net.
Cavani should have made it two when he harried the stretching Gunners defence, skipped past Ospina but, slightly unbalanced, failed to slot the ball into the empty net.
Arsenal picked up in the second period as Arsene Wenger rang the changes, finally getting Giroud on the pitch. Ozil crossed, great save from an Iwobi shot and Sanchez buried the rebound.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 14, 2016
Controversy late on as Verratti and Giroud were sent off for two second yellow cards after a minor skirmish.
Leicester City make dream start to life in the Champions League
Hang on … could Leicester do it again.
Last season’s Premier League champions Leicester City battered Belgian triers Bruges 0-3 to spark the question – what if they beat Lionel Messi, Neymar, Suarez and all.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 14, 2016
Seems unlikely but then who would call it after the Foxes’ wonder results in 2015/16. Perhaps appropriate that Aston Villa outcast Marc Albrighton should score Leicester’s first ever Champions League goal. Jamie Vardy’s pace terrorised the home team.
Great quote from Claudio Ranieri: “They had control of the ball; we had control of the match.”
Tottenham Hotspur slip up at Wembley against Monaco
No good for Tottenham Hotspur who went down 1-2 before an 85,000 Wembley crowd against Monaco – White Hart Lane being reconstructed.
Spurs will learn – they were simply too inexperienced at such an advanced level. Playing in Europe’s elite tournament for the first time since 2010-11.
Bernardo Silva’s fine angled finish and a near post shot from Thomas Lemar did the damage.
Manchester City hammer Monchengladbach after rescheduled game at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City humiliated Borussia Monchengladbach – the Germans irritated by having to play 24 hours late after Tuesday’s match was called off following torrential rain.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2016
Sergio Aguero got a hat-trick in the 4-0 win – what a special player. Banned from domestic football for three matches the Argentine striker showed why he is regarded as one of the world’s finest forwards.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 14, 2016
“One of the best – quality in the box,” declared his manger Pep Guardiola. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho completed the scoring to continue his fine record for the club.
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