Report: Tuesday’s Champions League round-up (27 Sep 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

A very disappointing night for Real Madrid as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Borussia Dortmund at the Signal-Iduna-Park on Tuesday evening in their second Group F match.

Zinedine Zidane’s men started brightly piling more pressure on the Germans and on two occasions were leading but let slip the lead at 1-0 and 2-1 in the first half and second half respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal for the Los Blancos in the 17th minute when he received a nice back-heel pass from Gareth Bale. The Portugal international later on scored another goal but this time it was disallowed for offside.

With two minutes to end of first halt, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored parity for Dortmund with a poor goalkeeping from Keylor Navas.

Raphael Varane put Real Madrid ahead once again in the 68th minute. Benzema hit the crossbar after a cross from Ronaldo, but the rebound fell to Varane and the Frenchman had little trouble finding the net from close range.

Thomas Tuchel’s men equalised lately with only two minutes left on the clock. Schurrle blasted a shot in the top corner after receiving a nice cross from Christian Pulisic giving Keylos Navas no chance to prevent the equaliser.

In the other Group F match, Sporting recorded their first champions league victory this season when they defeated Legia Warsaw at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. First-half strikes from Bryan Ruiz (28) and Bas Dost (37) were enough to ensure that Sporting CP got their first three points.

Elsewhere, CSKA Moscow sat home for visitors Tottenham to snatch a narrow 1-0 win. Son Heung-min scored in 71 minute to give them the crucial away win. The Londoners looked the brighter side creating more chances and enjoying more of the ball. They even came close to their first goal when Delle Alli hit the crossbar in the first half.

Meanwhile, AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis in Monaco. Javier Hernandez scored first for the visitors in the 73rd minute before Kamil Glik’s brilliant injury-time strike saw Monaco snatch a point at home. It was their first shot on target in the 94th minute and Monaco came up with a glorious equaliser.

In Group G, Copenhagen having drew 1-1 with Porto in their opening game some weeks back cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday night at the Parken Stadium.

The first half half was very balanced even though the home side dominated it still ended goalless. It was the second half the floodgate opened and the goals began to flow. Denswil scored an own goal in minutes 53 when he diverted a low cross from the right into his own net.

It was a night to forget for Denswil as just minutes later he awarded Copenhagen a penalty after his high boot caught Santander’s head as he stooped to meet a cross from the right. But Butelle rescued him when he saved Ludwig Augustinsson’s subsequent spot-kick, diving down low to his right to palm to safety.

But in the 64th minute skipper Delaney scored a screamer from 30 yards, catching the ball on the half-volley and smashing it home off the post. Santander and Jorgensen scored the 3rd and 4th goals in the 69th and 90th minute respectively to put the result beyond doubt and complete Brugge’s miserable evening.

Leicester City maintained the 100 per cent record in Europe when they handed Porto a 1-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium.  It was sensational signing Islam slimani who scored the only goal of the night to give Leicester two wins out of two and put them on six points on top of Group G.

Porto pile pressure on the host in search of an equaliser with Corona hitting the pole, but Leicester were resolute and held on to take the maximum points.

Meanwhile, Sevilla picked their first win of the Champions League campaign when they beat Lyon 1-0 at the Stadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The first half which was very balanced ended goalless. But six minutes into the second half Sevilla took the lead through Wissam Ben Yedder nodding in from close range after Vietto headed N’Zonzi’s deep cross over Lopes.

At the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, Juventus run riot against woeful Dinamo Zagreb putting four past them without a reply. Miralem Pjanic (24), Higuain (31), Dybala (57) and Dani Alves (85) were all on the score sheet as Juventus eased to victory to climb to the top of Group H.

Tuesday’s results:

AS Monaco 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen 

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid

Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Legia Warszawa

Copenhagen 4-0 Club Brugge

Leicester City 1-0 Porto

Sevilla 1-0 Lyon

Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Juventus

By Prince Dulzy

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