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Champions League – Wednesday Round of 16

Written by on March 16, 2011 | 24 Comments »
Posted in General, UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid v Lyon

First Leg

A late equalizer from Bafétimbi Gomis cancelled out an earlier goal from Karim Benzema to give Lyon a 1-1 draw.

Weekend Results

Benzema was on the mark again with the two goals that guaranteed a 2-0 home win for Real Madrid against Hercules.

A goal in each half from Lisandro Lopez and Pjanic gave Lyon a 2-0 win at Sochaux.

Injury Report

Gonzalo Higuain is unlikely to return this season after suffering an injury to his back. Ronaldo has missed the last two weeks with a thigh injury while

Kaka and Fernando Gago have both missed recent matches.

Sami Khedira came on as a substitute against Hercules and Pedro Leon should be available after missing the same match.

For Lyon Cissokho, Gourcuff and Cris have all been battling various knocks over the last week or so and final decisions are likely closer to kick-off.

Suspensions

Michel Bastos of Lyon will have to sit this one out.

Notes

Lyon has drawn on their three visits to play Real Madrid including a 1-1 draw last season.

Real Madrid last made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2003/04.

Real Madrid have won 21 games at home this season so far.

Chelsea v Copenhagen

First Leg

Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win in Denmark with Nicolas Anelka scoring in each half.

Weekend Results

Chelsea did not play on account on being knocked out of the FA Cup a few weeks ago.

A goal from Costa Rica international Christian Bolanos gave Copenhagen a 1-0 win away to  Aalborg BK.

Injury Report

Alex and Yossi Benayoun are both carrying long term injuries for Chelsea.

Martin Bergvold is a long term absentee for Copenhagen while defender Mikael Antonsson left the game against Aalborg BK.

Suspensions

Copenhagen will be missing Czech Republic full back Zdenek Pospech

Notes

Nicolas Anelka has scored 7 times in this season’s Champions League and Branislav Ivanovic has two goals – no other Chelsea player has scored more than once.

Copenhagen lost their unbeaten record in the Danish League when they lost 2-0 to FC Midtjylland a week past Sunday.

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24 responses to “Champions League – Wednesday Round of 16”

  1. Today’s crystal ball
    Real Madrid 2-1 Lyon
    Chelsea 3-0 Copenhagen

    Bookies say
    Real Madrid to win today 4/11, draw 15/4, Lyon to win 8/1
    Real Madrid to qualify 1/7, Lyon 4/1

    Chelsea to win 1/3, draw 4/1, Copenhagen 8/1
    Chelsea to qualify 1/200, Copenhagen 33/1

  2. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    I’ve ranted about this before, but the Fox Soccer Channel’s decision to put a lopsided tie (Chelsea v Copenhagen) on live TV, while tape delaying a great, competitive tie (Real v Lyon) is absolutely rediculous. I know ratings rule TV, and assume that the North American soccer watching audience is full of British ex-pats— but I’m tired of this network shoving the British teams down our throat during their Champions League coverage, even when the game they show live has a significantly less attractive storyline.

    A shame Bastos has to sit this one out. He’s always my favorite player to watch in this Lyon squad, and could have provided good defensive cover down the wings. Even without his presence, and with Lisandro just getting back into form, I still feel an upset is possible again this season.

  3. Boris says:

    I am looking forward to the Madrid vs. Lyon game. I for one think that Lyon have enough quality to go to Madrid and get a result. They have quality on offense and their defense is looking solid with Chris and Lovren. It looks like Lovren has already matured into a quality defender. He’s only 21 years old but has already shown incredible composure for his age. I think he will become a top defender in a few years.

  4. Al Harris says:

    Got to agree with Rossoneri Red Devil on this one. If you have Fox Deportes you can see it live there. The best $2 a month I ever spent was to get the Hispanic package on my cable system. Even though I don’t speak Spanish, I find the commentary as least as enlightening as the drivel the English commentators feed us. LOL

  5. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    RRD,

    I totally agree with you regarding your rant. I guess this is one day it’s better to be a Kanadian (both games on live TV: Setanta has Chelsea v Copenhagen, Sportsnet has RM v Lyon).

  6. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Bobby,

    Onside v offside test as per the laws of the game: Eto’o’s goal yesterday very early on. At the time the ball is passed, it looks like the only thing keeping Eto’o onside is the BM defender’s extended right foot – therefore, Eto’o was onside.

    If it wasn’t for that BM defender’s extended right foot, it looks like Eto’o would have been offside.

    Your take Bobby?

  7. Bryan says:

    Bobby – Alex is back in training and should be available this weekend ,and Benayoun is back after this game

    Hopefully young Josh “the next Alan Hudson” McEachran will get to start today. With him and Jack Wilshere England’s central midfield will be set for years.

    Surprised it’s today’s FSC game too.
    You need to check out FoxSoccer.tv ,well worth $15 a month ,I wouldn’t get FS+ even if I could.

  8. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Bryan – with all due respect, I think Jack & Josh are on two different levels, but as always, time will tell.

  9. Sal says:

    Rossoneri Red Devil, Real v Lyon is live on Fox Soccer Plus in the USA.

  10. TVN – impossible to tell – even the timing of the ball being kicked on the freeze can make a difference. In situations like that the attacker is supposed to get the benefit so I would say the call was a correct one.

  11. CDNGooner14 says:

    Can someone explain Valbuena’s yellow card? He just came on as a sub, has a (very minor) collision, gets shoved by the opposing player and gets a caution. How did it make any sense?

  12. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Bobby,

    I thought the call was correct too.

    But let’s suppose the timing of the freeze was correct. And I know in real time we have to give ‘an even’ to the attacker and officials can’t go to the replay. But we can for the purposes of this discussion.

    I submit that the only thing keeping Sammy onside was the BM defender’s extended leg (if it were not for that extended leg, I would say that Sammy would have been offside).

  13. CDNG14 – a very silly card from the referee.

  14. An extended leg – or even a partially or unextended leg is enough.

  15. Derek Taylor says:

    RRD:

    Isn’t the RM/OL game live on Fox Soccer Plus?

    Here in Canada, Sportsnet is killing the Madrid game with it’s big scorebug. Combining it with the originating broadcaster leaving no room at the top of the picture…it’s obscuring way too much of the action. Awful.

  16. Gus Keri says:

    Maradona scored for Real Madrid

  17. Al Harris says:

    Looked like it, didn’t it, Gus? Beautiful goal!

  18. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    I second that Derek. Total bush league on Sportsnet’s part.

    Copenhagen should not be allowed to advance based on their away uniforms alone. That’s a straight red.

  19. Soccerlogical says:

    Just turned on FSC for a sec to hear mental midget Wynalda suggest that Chelsea were unprofessional becauue they lacked any bite and were happy to play unattractive soccer and settle for a goalless draw.

    I have never heard as many asinine observations as I have from that Wynalda guy… why does FSC persist with that fool?

  20. TVN – straight pink I think.

  21. Bryan says:

    Copenhagen played the best offside trap in the first half since Tony Adams’s Arsenal.
    That wasn’t the same team from three weeks ago ,think they might have been ringers.
    And Chelsea had a touch of the Arsenal’s about them trying to play one too many passes ,and when they did shoot the radar was off.

    And no Josh sighting.

  22. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Bobby,

    Can you ever recall a team being scored upon picking the ball out of its own net and racing to the centre line for a quick restart due to the circumstances (mixture of aggregate score & time left in the match) of a two legged tie?

  23. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    I liked the pink Copenhagen kits better than the hilighter yellow that Chelsea have been wearing this year.

    Yes the game was live on Fox Soccer Plus. Sadly that channel’s distribution is not wide enough yet, so my cable provider doesn’t even offer it. It seems like the people at Fox are scheduling their programming as if anyone who has FSC has FSP, but its just not the case. The cable providers that do offer it in neighboring communities charge $15/month for it. I just wish they would have buried the Chelsea-Copenhagen game on Plus, but clearly they chose to show the British team live on the major channel with the larger distribution.

  24. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    Bobby,
    Dame N’Doye was fun to watch during this year’s Copenhagen run. I was curious to hear your opinion on this player. Do you think he has what it takes to make a move and score goals in one of the major European leagues?

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