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Champions League – Tuesday Round of 16

Written by on March 15, 2011 | 19 Comments »
Posted in UEFA Champions League

Manchester United v Marseille

First Leg

0-0

Weekend Results

Both sides won 2-0. Manchester United beat Arsenal in the quarter finals of the FA Cup while Marseilles won 2-0 away to Rennes. Scoring for United were Fabio and Rooney while for Marseille Luc Remy and Lucho Gonzales got the goals in the Ligue Un game.

Injury Report

Manchester United will be missing Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Park Ji-Sung, Michael Owen and Anderson. Nani may be available.

The news is fairly encouraging for Marseille. Mathieu Valbuena came on as a very late substitute against Rennes while Andre-Pierre Gignac started in the same game. However, Gignac was taken off with 20 minutes left with an ankle knock.

Suspensions

None

Notes

No knockout tie has ended goalless after two legs in the Champions League.

Manchester United has never lost at home to a French team.

Bayern Munich v Inter

First Leg

Bayern Munich won 1-0 with Mario Gomez scoring late in the game.

Weekend Results

Inter was extremely fortunate to escape with a draw against lowly Brescia. They led through a goal from Samuel Eto’o but Brescia equalized late and then had to rely on Julio Cesar to save a penalty that would have given Brescia all three points.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, was in rampant form and beat Hamburg 6-0. The game was scoreless until the 40th minute when Arjen Robben gave his side the lead. He then scored another two before Ribery, Mueller and an own goal completed the demolition.

Injury Report

For Bayern Munich, Ivica Olic is a long term casualty and Miroslav Klose’s season has been interrupted with a recurring hamstring problem.

Inter centre back Walter Samuel may be out for the season while Diego Milito has not played since the beginning of February. Esteban Cambiasso’s last game was against Bayern Munich while Lucio came off injured against Brescia.

Suspensions

None

Note

Bayern Munich has won their last seven home matches in the Champions League.

So what is it going to be? I’m going to go for 2-1 Manchester United to win and Bayern Munich and Inter to draw 1-1 with the two home sides going through to the quarter finals. In the other four ties the home teams in the second legs have qualified.

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19 responses to “Champions League – Tuesday Round of 16”

  1. zambianator says:

    Bayern Vs. Inter for me. Italian hopes are riding on this one, but Inter won’t be up to the task. 2-0 Bayer.

    Manchester to go through 1-0. Marseille have pacy wingers but are well matched by United full backs.

    Cheers.

    Any comments on the Boothroyd sacking at Coventry?

  2. Bryan says:

    Just wondering ,is the cricket world cup getting any coverage in Canada?
    Do Canadians even know they’ve got a team in it?
    And that the cricket team has managed to do what the football team couldn’t.Win a game ,that is.

  3. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    As a side note, both visitors played their matches on Friday while both home sides played on Saturday. One extra day’s rest and preparation. Pretty shrewd by the French and Italian FAs. Mourinho’s been whining about this in Madrid and now the Spanish FA has granted the option to play on Friday for all LA Liga clubs in the UCL (I suppose it applies only for an upcoming Tuesday UCL match as RM played Saturday this time) When’s the last time we saw an EPL match on a Friday?

    A little squirrel whispered in my ear this morning, “Valbuena, Valbuena, Valbuena”. He gave me a wink 😉 I began to contemplate whether he meant that Arsene should sign him, that he will be the difference maker today, or both? The wise furry friend took a bite from his croissant and a puff on his cigarette then before I could enquire further he sped off in his Citroen in a cloud of dust …

  4. Russell Berrisford says:

    @Bryan- hardly any. I just checked the Globe and Mail website and there is one line about it under “other sports” at the bottom of the page.

  5. Soccerlogical says:

    As long as Vidic is fit and Nani, Valencia, Giggs and Chicharito participate… Manyoo should be fine. But Marseilles may just set up the same way Manyoo did against Arsenal and nick an away goal…. ah IRONY!

  6. Zambianator – It looks like Adie Boothroyd has joined the group of recirculating Championship English managers. That is three position now in about four years is it not?

  7. rdm says:

    In truth I didn’t even know we fielded an international level Cricket team. That being said, GO CANADA!

  8. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    The sexy, sexy, sexy footy cheetah strikes again. Game on!!!

  9. Soccerlogical says:

    And just like the Ketchup… Heinze starts to leak.

  10. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Two Robben shots, two Brasilian GK howlers, two Gomez goals, in two games …

  11. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    That Rannochia is an absolute nightmare of a CB. An Italian version of Dawson. Stick a fork in Inter. Their defending is like wet tissue paper.

  12. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    It’s Valbuena time …

  13. Soccerlogical says:

    Gignac really brings nothing to the table. No excuses for being ineffective against a weak CB pairing and with supply from Lucho, Cheyrou, Remy and Ayew.

  14. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    That’s it Wes! You can do it again. You almost did it earlier in the game. Who needs Dawson when you got Wes?

  15. Eaglesoar says:

    And everybody doubted Inter but themselves…..what a finish by Pandev….him and Eto’o were phenomenal….not to mention Sneijder had a much better game than the first leg. True the defending by both sides was highly suspect.

  16. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Well, pull that fork out of Inter and put it into LvG. The only team that could possibly feel worse than the Arsenal lately is Bayern who may not even end up in the UCL next year. Ouch.

  17. Bayern’s soft centre cost then again. Eto’o and Motta were great.
    Marseille missing that final pass and a finisher – just what United had.

  18. redfan says:

    Bryan, there is a designated Cricket channel on the cable network if you wanna pay for it.
    Cricket in Canada is a little like Ice Hockey in England. Yes there is a team………………

  19. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    Eto’o is always good, but in this game he was great. Somewhere during the second half I looked at my friend and said, “He looks posessed today- like he knows Inter can pull this off, and wants to lead them to it.”

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