Wednesday, March 11, 2009

EPL teams continue to dominate Champions League

The self proclaimed ‘best league in the world’ made a major statement this week as all four EPL sides continued to advance in the Champions League tournament with Liverpool looking the most dominant in their disposal of Real Madrid. Chelsea eliminated the defending Italian Champions on aggregate, while Man U won the other British/Italian matchup with a 2-0 shutout of Inter at Old Trafford. The match of the day, and tournament thus far was Arsenal’s 7-6 pk win over Roma, completing the English sweep over Italy. Meanwhile, lost in the shuffle was Barcelona who continued to live up to their billing as the side most likely to sample success in Rome on 27th May as they brushed aside Lyon 5-2 to wrap up a 6-3 aggregate win. Thierry Henry set Pep Guardiola's side on their way in the Camp Nou in the 25th minute as he collected Rafael Marquez's pass to stride into acres of space and slot past Hugo Lloris. Another formidable opponent, Porto advanced after a goalless stalemate they with Atletico Madrid in Portugal, allowing the home side to progress on away goals following a 2-2 draw in the first leg. A tense night at the Estadio Dragao saw a game of few chances. Fernando had an effort for Porto in the first half, while Sergio Aguero turned down the opportunity to pass as Atletico's best attack went to waste. The Spanish side introduced Diego Forlan in the second half after the striker had surprisingly been left on the bench, but it was Porto who almost snatched the win on the night as Lisandro hit a post in the dying minutes. So don’t start engraving the trophy just yet as there is plenty of football left to play and some other countries still might have something to say about the British ‘dominance’ before it’s all said and done. Who is your pick to win the Champions League? Let us know here and in the world soccer chat rooms.

UEFA Champions League Results
Wednesday 11th March
FC Porto 0 - 0 Atletico Madrid
Roma 1 - 0 Arsenal
Man Utd 2 - 0 Inter Milan
Barcelona 5 - 2 Lyon

Tuesday 10th March
Juventus 2 - 2 Chelsea
Liverpool 4 - 0 Real Madrid
Bayern Munich 7 - 1 Sporting
Panathinaikos 1 - 2 Villarreal

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