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A few quick Tuesday Champions League thoughts

  • The last Matchday began last night and what a dramatic evening it was. Nights like this, there is no better place to watch it than the BT Sport Goals show
  • There will be mixed emotions in Manchester today as United fall into the Europa League while City end up topping the group
  • United looked in control early on after talking the lead but after being masters of their own destiny then they contrived to throw it all away.
  • United were nearly in the next round but a second cheeky Naldo’s goal and then a subsequent PSV winner meant that this double blow dropped Louis Van Gaal’s men to third in the group
  • Van Gaal will point to a pivotal offside call just before half time, but in my opinion it was the right call for Jesse Lingard’s effort to be ruled out due to Juan Mata’s intention to touch the ball.
  • £250m worth of investment under Louis Van Gaal and their return to the Champions League is a short one
  • They had not 1, but 2 get out of jail free cards what with CSKA going ahead and then the Own Goal to level things up
  • The simple question that needs to be asked is “How have Manchester United not qualified out of a group that easy?”
  • On the other side of Manchester, Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted that his side have avoided the likes of Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
  • It looked set to be another drab European encounter for City last night. After going in front through some Silva service then they managed to find themselves 2-1 down
  • Then Raheem Sterling came of age last night as on his 21st birthday he scored twice to put City back in front after being 2-1 down, Wilifred Bony then secured all 3 points
  • They topped the group thanks to Sevilla’s win over Juventus. Fernando Llorente coming back to haunt his old club. This win also means Sevilla can now possibly win the Europa League 3 years in a row as they leapfrogged Borussia Monchengladbach into 3rd place
  • Real Madrid were merciless last night as they massacred Malmo 8-0. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 4 and set a record of 11 goals in the group stages,. Los Blancos also equalled the highest win margin record that was set by Liverpool against Besiktas. The common denominator in all of this?….Rafa Benitez managed both sides, so much for a defensive Manager
  • PSG had a relatively routine win with Zlatan on the score sheet again but it needed Lucas Moura to break the deadlock after the scores were level at the break
  • Atletico held on against a Benfica comeback to win 2-1 in Lisbon. They managed to call on Saul for their opener and despite some second half pressure from the home side the win was never really in doubt
  • While FC Astana were on course for Europa League action but the dream only lasted 2 minutes as Galatasaray equalised and secured 3rd place.

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