Report: Tuesday’s Champions League round-up (18 Oct 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

There was no way Real Madrid was going to lose against Legia Warszawa and they did not disappoint by thrashing the visitors 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos were fired up ahead of the game and continued with their impressive form dictating the pace of the game even without the midfield maestro Luka Modric, who was out due to injury.

Gareth Bale scored the first goal for Real Madrid in the 16th when he darted in from the left to curl a fine shot from just inside the box to the bottom-left corner where the goalkeeper had no chance of saving. In minute twenty, Marcelo blast a shot in the goal area which deflected Tomasz Jodlowiec and ended in the back of the net giving Real Madrid 2-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Legia pulled one back through a penalty following a poor challenge from Danilo who carelessly brought down Miroslav Radovic. A prefect penalty from Radovic sent Navas to the opposite direction.

Marco Asensio (37), Lucas Vazquez (68) and Alvaro Morata (84) all scored to give Real Madrid a comfortable 5-1 win at home. Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score, but he was involved in two goals providing assists for Morata and Asensio.

In the other Group F match, Borussia Dortmund narrowly beat Sporting 2-1 at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Dortmund opened the scoring through Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the 9th minute, before Julian Weigl’s doubled the lead for the German side in minute 43.

Substitute Bruno Cesar pulled one back for the home side in the 67th minute, but they failed to share the spoils with the visitors who resisted the home pressure to hold on to the three points.

At the Bay Arena, Tottenham held Bayer Leverkusen to a 0-0- draw in a match where Hugo Lloris made a string of saves to deny the home side a win. The other Group E match between CSKA Moscow and AS Monaco also ended in 1-1 draw. Bernardo Silva scored a last minute goal in the 87th minute to salvage a point for Leonardo Jardim’s team, after Lacina Traore had put CSKA ahead in the 34th minute.

Alone goal from former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri gave Sevilla a narrow win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League Group H match on Tuesday evening. Juventus also escaped narrowly with a 1-0 win against Olympique Lyon with Juan Cuadrado scoring the only goal for the Italian giants in the 76th minute. Gianluigi Buffon had pulled off several stunning saves, including saving Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty.

Elsewhere, Porto came from behind to beat Club Brugge 2-1 at the Jan Breydelstadion in the Champions League Group G match on Tuesday. Club Brugge took an early lead in the 12th minute through Jelle Vossen, before Layun put the visitors on level in the 68th minute. Andre Silva scored the winner for Porto in stoppage time when he scored from 12 yards after Claudemir brought down Jesus Corona in the box.

Leicester maintained a 100 per cent record in the Champions League when Riyad Mahrez struck in the first-half to give Leicester a 1-0 win over Copenhagen in Tuesday’s Champions League Group G match at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester doubled their lead in the 67th minute through Slimani but the goal was disallowed for offside, although replays suggested it was an incorrect call by the assistant referee.

Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel produced a last minute superb save to deny countryman Cornelius from grabbing a late equaliser and preserve his third straight Champions League clean sheet.

The victory ensures they remain top of their group with the maximum of nine points to leave them on the brink of the knockout stages.

Tuesday’s results:

CSKA Moscow 1-1 AS Monaco

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warszawa

Sporting Lisbon 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Club Brugge 1-2 FC Porto

Leicester City 1-0 Copenhagen

Olympique Lyon 0-1 Juventus

Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Sevilla

By Prince Dulzy

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