Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea all win
A very interesting round of games this week in the European Champions League. Arsenal led the scoring with a 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The goals came from 5 different scorers, including a penalty from the returning captain and midfield general Cesc Fabregas. After a 5 week layoff with a hamstring injury Fabregas came back to take command of the midfield and inspiration of his team mates. But his compatriot Jack Willshire was not to be overshadowed, he shows a maturity of vision and touch that is quite unique in an 18 year old. He seems to be the replacement in the making for Fabregas, when he inevitably moves to Barcelona. Willshire scored too, along with Song, Nasri and Chamakh. Just to complete the night for Arsenal fans, former Gunners hero Eduardo came on as a substitute for Donetsk to huge applause from the home crowd and scored their consolation goal and received another ovation.
Barcelona managed a 2-0 win over the very solid defence of Copenhagen. Barcelona had 3 goals disallowed, justifiably, due to being offside. The Copenhagen side defended very far forward, sometimes at the halfway line. This went someway to nullifying the world class midfield of Barcelona, who fielded most of the Spanish World Cup winning national side, along with the magnificent Lionel Messi, who scored both the goals. As good as Copenhagen were in defence, they were equally as bad in attack. Cesar Santin had a nightmare game when he gave himself offside after creating a clear break, when he in fact was on side, as he started his run from his own half. This game seemed to require an intimate knowledge of the offside rule, that he did not have. He later missed an open goal from a rebound off the post from N’Doye who had a very good game.
The upset of the round came when Swiss side Basel beat Italian giants Roma 3-1. Basel’s goals came from the relative unknowns Frei, Inkoom and Cabral. Roma’s only goal came from Marco Barriello with Francesco Totti completing his 11th consecutive game without scoring.
Tottenham came up against the European Champions Inter Milan at the San Siro and found themselves 3-0 down and their goalkeeper sent off, inside 15 minutes and then 4-0 down by half time. Spurs staged an amazing comeback in the second half with a hat trick of identical looking goals from Gareth Bale, but could not avoid the 4-3 defeat. Shame, never mind eh?
Other notable results were Man Utd and Chelsea having narrow wins, 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. Glasgow Rangers drew 1-1 at home with Valencia.