If you didn’t get a chance to watch any of the Champions League games this past week, I’m sorry to tell you that there was some beautiful soccer that was played along with some phenomenal goals that were put on display. If you missed the match-ups completely, below you’ll see the standings (as of September 28th, 2017). For a brief review of the key match-ups, check out the summaries below.
Tuesday’s Focused Match – Real Madrid Stomps Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid came to Dortmund ready to play as they ran through and dominated Borussia Dortmund gathering a 3-1 final score.
Gareth Bale had an incredible one-touch volley goal to open the game up. Daniel Carvajal distributed a beautiful cross in the box as Gareth was there to finesse it away in the top right corner in the 18th minute. Madrid had been controlling the game up until that point as well, so it was no shocker to see them knock one in. The game started to find an equilibrium as time went on, Dortmund began to create some chances and have more possession as it approached halftime. Cristiano Ronaldo, being his typical self, brought the heat in the beginning of the second half as he found a way to redirect the ball from a Gareth Bale cross in the 49th minute, making it 2-0. Shortly after, Dortmund were finally able to respond from a goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 54th minute; giving the crowd some life! There were many chances for Dortmund to tie this game up, but it just didn’t seem to be there day as Luka Modric delivered a superb cross to Cristiano Ronaldo who so elegantly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner in the 79th minute.
Dortmund have some work to do if they do not want to go to the Europa League this year. They have one of toughest brackets – if not the toughest – in this year’s Champions League, but we’ll be able to see what they can produce against last place, APOEL on October 17th, 2017.
Wednesday’s Focused Match – A Crucial Win for Juventus
Gonzalo Higuaín is Juventus’ hero for the night as he completely changed all aspects of their game against Olympiacos. The tempo, persistence and and purposefulness of Higuaín made it seem as if Juventus was just waiting for him to get on the field. He came on in the 60th minute for Juan Cuadrado and it took him less than ten minutes to find the back of the net as he put it away after a deflected save by Olympiacos keeper Silvio Proto. After the first goal, you could see Juventus was hungry for more. They managed to tally one more from Mario Mandzukic as he was at the right place at the right time to finish the ball into the bottom left corner, finalizing the game at 2-0.
Juventus is now tied with Sporting CP, who happens to be there next opponent for Mathday 3 on October 18th, 2017. The winner of this will be almost guaranteed a spot to qualify for the Round of 16.