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    UEFA Champions League

    With the second leg games being played this week and next, what is the outlook for the english teams? Arsenal is facing the impossible but if RVP and Co. turn it on, they can score goals en masse. But can the leaky defense withstand the likes of Ibrahimovic, Pato and Robinho?



    Benfica - Zenit St. Petersburg

    A topsy-turvy opening instalment in Russia has left this tie in the balance. Benfica's two away goals – the second of which looked to have secured a late draw until Roman Shirokov's 88th-minute winner – should stand them in good stead back in Lisbon, where a record of 15 victories, three draws and just one defeat in their last 19 European home games will inspire confidence among Jorge Jesus's squad.

    Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti, meanwhile, is without Danny – out for the season with a torn cruciate ligament – and cannot call upon recent loan signing Andrey Arshavin. Back in domestic action after more than three months out, the Russian Premier League leaders will hope Tuesday can inject further momentum into their season.


    Arsenal London - AC Milan

    If Arsenal's European campaign is to continue, they must do what only three teams have ever done in the history of UEFA competition – overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit. Beaten 4-0 in Italy, Arsčne Wenger's team must equal a UEFA Champions League comeback record held by Milan themselves, achieved in the 2003/04 quarter-finals.

    The Rossoneri are unbeaten in two visits to Arsenal, but coach Massimiliano Allegri remains cautious. "I wish to underline that we have not qualified yet," he said. Wise words, though the fact Arsenal have prevailed only twice in UEFA competition ties after losing the first leg away is another portent in Milan's favour.


    FC Barcelona - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

    Leverkusen's is an unenviable task. Only 3-1 down they may be, but on the face of it the Bundesliga outfit look to be staring as starkly down the barrel as Arsenal. Holders Barcelona are unbeaten in 13 European home matches and eyeing up a fifth straight appearance in the last eight, while Leverkusen are without an away victory in the UEFA Champions League in a decade.

    Back on song in the Spanish Liga, Josep Guardiola's charges seem to have recovered from that smallest of wobbles they suffered during the early part of this year.


    Apoel Nicosia - Olympique Lyon

    APOEL made history by becoming the first Cypriot side to reach the knockout phase but will need to overturn a 1-0 first-leg loss if their fairy-tale campaign is to continue. APOEL, though, are tough nuts to crack in Nicosia and went nine European home games undefeated before losing 2-0 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday six.

    Lyon enjoyed a far better time of it in their last group match, triumphing 7-1 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb, and have the experience of eight successive round of 16 appearances behind them. The last word, however, goes to APOEL's William Boaventura: "We always tend to struggle away then we win at home." Rémi Garde's men have been warned.
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    3-0 Arsenal at HT, we are in for one hell of a second half

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    anyone checked the odds for arsenal pre-game?

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    Had you them back Fods?

    The Gervinho/RVP double chance broke them mentally I think

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    No mate, just being 3-0 up at half time and not managing to snik one more

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    Yeah, the miss was the killer, was nearly worse than the damage a goal would have done I'd say. Esp since it was RVP, 5yrds out, unmarked.

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    Tried going for the classy finish, didn't he? Instead of just hammering it in. Said this morning that he's got no regrets about going for the chip.
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    Hard to argue with him in the form he's in. In theory it was probably the correct attempt as he was coming from the right so he couldn't angle back that way to where Abbiati wasn't. Smashing it increased the likelyhood Abbiati would save it since it A. gave him more time to get up and B. he was lying that way from the intial save.

    Still, giving his form and talent you'd still have expected the goal. A goal there and I think Arsenal could have got a 5th and/or 6th to seal it.

    Milan had an awful sitter too

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    Saw that one, it was right after. Not sure who had the shot but someone cut across the 6 yard area and with Szecnesy on the right side of the goal by the post, he had an open goal but hit it straight at the keeper
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    Nocerino I think it was, unbelievable miss.

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    The beautiful game... Quality display, unfortunately they didn't have 90mins in the legs.
    For me the match was up there with that manu/madrid a few years back. Real Ronaldo got a hattrick and Manu won 4-3 but lost 6-5 on agg. I love football sometimes!!

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    And of course, Benfica defeated Zenit, with 20 year old future starlet Nelson Oliveira scoring the second of the game

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    Messi was slightly shit tonight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevchenko View Post
    Messi was slightly shit tonight...
    Unreal. First to player to score 5 goals in one match in the Champions League. ( a couple of goals away from Barcelona's all time top scorer too!)
    Chiotis on the other hand, CM legend and APOEL legend! Signed him manys a time!

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    Keeper? If so legend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevchenko View Post
    Keeper? If so legend!
    The one and only Dionisis!

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    Messi loves that little scoop chip doesn't he?!

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    Weird thing is, I didn't think the 2 chips were that clinical yet the keeper was completely fooled. Thought he had a stinker personally (the keeper).

    Still, no denying his ability!
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    His first goal he should have saved all day long.
    He stayed up and could have just caught it but as you say he was fooled.
    Wasn't even great contact Messi got on it but still it went in and the rest as they say is history!

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    1:0 Arjen Robben (11., Assist: Kroos)

    2:0 Thomas Müller (42., Assist: Robben)

    3:0 Mario Gómez (44., Assist: Badstuber)

    4:0 Mario Gómez (50., Assist: Ribéry)

    5:0 Mario Gómez (61., Assist: Ribéry)

    6:0 Mario Gómez (67., Assist: Ribéry)

    7:0 Arjen Robben (81., Assist: Schweinsteiger)


    Thank you very much!

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    It won't work against top teams, Patinoz. Robben and Ribery are awfully selfish(despite those assists last night) and Gomez up-front rarely moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by churky View Post
    It won't work against top teams, Patinoz. Robben and Ribery are awfully selfish(despite those assists last night) and Gomez up-front rarely moves.
    It might be enough against APOEL, Benfica or Marseille (Jesus man, how bad these guys are for months?).

    Of course if they get Barca or Madrid they are f.cked, but that is true for every team which is still in the tournament.

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