A total of 29 goals were scored in 8 fixtures of yesterday’s (7 October) round of fixtures of the UEFA Champions League, with the shocking one being United’s victory against Juventus away from home. It was an utter goal galore, to say the least. Starting off with group E, Bayern Munich were rescued by a brace from Robert Lewandowski against AEK Athens, while both Benfica and Ajax shared the stakes.
In group F, Lyon and Hoffenheim played an exciting 2-2 draw whereas Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0. In group G, Roma got the better of CSKA Moscow, while Real Madrid flogged Viktoria Plzen 5-0 away from home. Valencia defeated Young Boys in their group H encounter before United made a Fergie-esque comeback against Juventus. So while these remain the result, here are three things we need to bat our eyes on from the fixtures:
Mourinho ‘was insulted for 90 minutes’ –
By the stroke of half-time at the Allianz Stadium, United hardly took any attempt on goal, let alone be it on target. As for Juventus, they were unbeaten in all competitions (13 wins, 1 draw) prior to the game. Playing away from home, it was a typical Mourinho performance, to say the least, and a last-minute drama triggered Mourinho in front of the home crowd.
Mourinho and Serie A have a history, which obviously isn’t a pleasant one for Juventus faithful. So when the full-time whistle was blown, Mourinho squared on the field with his hands cupping his ears. Defender Leonardo Bonucci eventually had to confront the Portuguese before he was taken off the field. Talking about the incident, Mourinho said,
“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” Mourinho told Sky Sports Italia.
“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.”
Raheem – that’s not a penalty – Sterling –
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City ran riot against Shakhtar Donetsk, as they defeated the Ukranian side 6-0 at the Etihad. Although it was Gabriel Jesus who bagged a hat-trick and got the match ball, his performance was overshadowed by Raheem Sterling’s antics.
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Termed by many as one of the worst decisions, Sterling literally went down to the ground by clipping his boot to the turf and was awarded a penalty for that. Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal was able to spot the error, and the player – on his part – accepted the decision. He did speak after the game though, which is quite…
“I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after.
Sergio Ramos at it again –
For once, just calm down Sergio! Liverpool fans haven’t forgotten about what happened in Kiev.
After a rather rough patch, it seems Real are getting back on track, but a certain Sergio Ramos still hasn’t progressed, and this time, a poor Milan Havel had to pay the price. Running for the ball with Viktoria Plzen’s midfielder right behind him, Ramos flew his right arm in the air before his elbow caught Havel right in his face which left him with a bleeding nose.
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Fortunately, Havel was able to continue after a treatment but unfortunately, Ramos escaped the punishment yet again. Well, that’s not the first time you’ve heard that.