>Champions League review 30.9.10


It has been a successful week in the Champions League for all the British teams: 

Debutants Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their home campaign proper with a crazy 4-1 win over Dutch side FC. They were awarded 3 penalties, 2 of which were scored by Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko, and one that was missed be Rafa Van Der Vaart. Van Der Vaart did though score a magnificent volley, before being sent off for 2 rather unnecessary bookings. Tom Huddlestone was lucky not to have seen red earlier, as TV replays clearly show him swinging his arm into a Twente player’s jaw. Gareth Bale scored the 4th on the break.

Manchester United new boy Hernadez’s magnificent finish saw them take 3 point away from Valencia. No easy feat giving the fortress like status of the Mestaille stadium. Unsurprisingly the game was close affair, but the young attacking duo of Macheda and Hernadez had enough quality to make the one decisive breakthrough. After a disappointing home draw with Rangers, Manchester United will feel there campaign is truly under way.

The night before Chelsea had cruised to victory against Didier Deschamps’ Marseille side. They won 2-0, the first a near post flick from skipper John Terry, the second an outrageously cool penalty from Nicholas Anelka. Arsenal beat 10 man Partisan Belgrade 1-3, in a game that also saw multiple penalties. Their goals game from Arshavin, Chamakh, and Squillaci. Partisan scored a penalty, but also had one saved by Lukasz Fabianski. Andrey Arshavin also missed a penalty.

Apart from all the British teams winning, even Rangers got in on the act by beating Bursaspor 1-0, it was noticeable the number of penalties awarded. The extra officials seems to mean that more in-the-box incidents get noticed, and more penalties awarded. It will be interesting to see if these continues. 

Tonight Manchester City and Liverpool are in the Europa league, against Juventus and FC Utrecht respectively. 


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