Today saw my Corpus Linguistics class let out 30 minutes early, which means that I could catch a good portion of the many Champions League games scheduled for today. I simply love the days that I can sit around and be surrounded by soccer all day long. In normal Champions League fashion, most all games kickoff at the same time, so choosing what games to watch can be difficult.
First, I watched the Sevilla-Steaua Bucuresti game on a feed from Live Footy since Sevilla are my team above all. The game was well played, and Sevilla came out on top 2-1. Here is my recap via The Sevilla Offside.
Here are the GOALS!! in case you are one of those types. Check out Keita’s rocket off the left post around the 1:48 mark. What a stunning volley. Kanouté is back on the scoring train and Luis Fabiano should have netted at least 3 this game.
Along with watching the Sevilla game on my computer, I had the Rangers-Barcelona game on ESPN2. Rangers played typical Scottish defensive football and were able to get a 0-0 draw with Barça at the Ibrox. A great result considering the Barça attacking 4 of Ronaldinho, Gudjohnson, Henry and Messi were held goalless.
American DaMarcus Beasley subbed in for Rangers and had a few chances on goal, but was not able to convert. Rangers also missed a couple of sitters near the end that would have given them the win.
Next on the plate was watching the tape delay of Manchester United – Dynamo Kiev. This game was an utter blowout, with Manchester United winning 4-2. The game itself was boring and devoid of any passion and crowd participation. Rooney scored, Rio Ferdinand scored (I couldn’t believe that one when I saw it) and Cristiano Ronaldo netted 2, one via penalty.
The most shocking game of the day was the 7-0 trouncing Arsenal gave to Slavia Prague to round out the Group H action. Arsenal is now atop of Group H and Sevilla are in second. This game was a blowout from the moment it began. Cesc Fabergas is world class all the way. If you let Theo Walcott score twice, you know you are a struggling side. Arsenal played fantastic, flawless football. It was a clinic.