Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Crunch Time in the Champions League

It's crunch time in the Champions League this evening as Bayern try to overcome a 1-0 deficit from the away leg in Madrid last week. It's also crunch time in the PPP as there are real points on the line in this afternoon's result. Who will outwit whom today - join me from 2:45pm here to find out!

95 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's what this match means to the PPP game.

Predicting the correct CL winner is worth 8 points.

Three of us have picked Real (Blue Devil, Red Devil and Sporting)

Six of us have picked Bayern (Gooner, MUR, Red Dragon, Swansong, UWS, Simon)

1:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Munchen tonight:

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba; Kroos, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Müller, Ribéry; Mandzukic. Subs: Raeder, Van Buyten, Rafinha. Martinez, Götze, Hojbjerg, Pizarro.

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrão; Modric, Xabi Alonso, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Diego Lopez, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Isco, Illarramendi, Morata.

2:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A couple of cracking matches in the Championship tonight with PPP implications as well. Brighton fan MUR will be hoping for a big Birmingham win over Wigan tonight, which might allow the Seagulls to sneak into the playoff spots on the last day of the season.

2:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The CL coverage is being pre-empted by the sensational news that racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the Clippers and NBA, has been fined $2.5 million and will be forced to sell the team. Wow!

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm on to Al Jazeera coverage. They're not talking about Sterling.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great atmosphere in the Allianz Stadium tonight. The Bayern fans are having a bit of a sing-song right now.

2:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Players in the tunnel now....

2:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silly CL anthem time.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Moment of silence for Villanova and Boskov, two managers who recently died.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Championship matches have kicked off now. Wigan are now two points clear of Brighton but are a goal worse off.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern get us underway. Here's to an open, attacking match.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rob Hawthorne and Alan Smith on this coverage

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goal at St. Andrews!!!!!

And it's to Wigan - great start for them. They're now four points clear of Brighton. That result would definitely put them into the playoffs.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Remember that Brum are a point worse off than Donny in 22nd. However, they've got better GD.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Real absorbing some early Bayern pressure.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Neuer made a real hash of that clearance and Monkey Boy Bale skied it over the bar. Should have been 0-1 Real.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Handbags between Ribery and Pepe. Referee broke it up.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Ramos has put Real Madrid in the lead!!!!!

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great corner over from Modric and Sergio Ramos came steaming in on it and Neuer had no chance.

Bayern have to score three now!!

0-1!

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! It's Ramos again! They just can't handle him from the set pieces!

0-2!

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Simple ball in, Skippy was triple teamed but no one picked up the danger man Sergio Ramos.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern need four!!

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern are all over the place at the back now. Neuer spilled another one. They could easily be three or four down now in the first half hour!

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Charlton are 1-0 up now through Harriott. A win today would put them well out of trouble on 48 points.

3:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Bob
Just figured out you're on here
I saw both goals go in after I got home

Shocker

I thought I had picked Real in the PPP but I think I opted for BM

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A real shocker. I thought Real would go through but not like this.

According to my records, you did pick Bayern in the end. Only The Red Devil, Sporting and I picked Bayern. Your bruvver Tony picked Chelski (naturally).

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great break there but Benzema ran into trouble when he was released by Modric.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How's your week going, mate?

3:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Forever long!!

State Exams start tomorrow for the next three days…. bloody CC

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody Norah!

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like some states (Indiana, Texas) are starting to scrap Common Core. Maybe NYS will be next?

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HOPE SO

The Guv won't allow it

3:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THREE NIL!@!


BALE BREAKS AND GETS IT TO RONNY!!!

3:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Well done by Bale

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! It's Skippy Time! His 50th CL goal!

Bayern have been hit for three in the first half. Wow!

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Guv's term is nearly up though and he'll have his eye on the Presidency.

3:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hope he buggers off

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon. What is going on with Bayern? There goes eight points down the drain

3:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless effort by Robben with the free kick
Useless commentating by Gus!
TOO MUCH POWER!

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - the Bayern CL dream is well and truly over.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben's complaining about Pepe making a meal of that one. A bit like the pot calling the kettle black, no?

3:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I can't stand the time wasting and acting
Bayern can't complain because they do it too

If all sides stop…. I'd be happy

3:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

These players should be embarrassed with themselves… they should be forced to show their children

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's DiMaria down for the count. Don't know why they're time wasting. They're bloody 4-0 up on aggregate. Bayern would need to score five!

3:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Mark in Berks: Bayern Munich took their foot off the gas the moment they won the German title; they've been unable to get the intensity back and it's cost them



United could have beaten them!



3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nothing comes of that Skippy effort.

3:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Neuer goes walk about … very dangerous with Ronny on the Run

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Neuer was forty yards out of his goal there to clear it!

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's half time. Real are 0-3 up on the night! Incredible scenes.

3:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Did you see that Cech, Terry and Hazard are already to play tomorrow!!

So much for Cech and Terry out for the rest of the season

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I was surprised by that too - more mind games from Mou?

3:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Out for the second half

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern need five goals and they swap a striker (Mandzukic) for a defender (Martinez)???!!!

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Real get us underway in the second half. Hard to see them throwing this one away.

3:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Alonso does a Keane and Scholes and booked in the first half.. out of the final
The World Cup has changed that. A red or two yellows in the semi kick you out of the World Cup Final but cumulative yellows stop after the semis


I don't think players should be banned with a cumulative yellows

3:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Two matches in the Championship tonight
Desperate Birmingham are losing at home to playoff bound Wigan 1-0
Charlton making themselves safe winning 1-0 against Watford at the Valley

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

MUR won't be happy with that Wigan lead. He's still dreaming that Brighton could sneak into the Prem in the backdoor.

3:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

If the scores stay the same
Derby is secured in 3rd
QPR in 4th
Wigan is on 73 in 5th
Reading on 70 in sixth
Brighton still in with a change on 69

The bottom
Brum have 43
Donny 44
Millwall 45
Blackpool 46

ALL WITH ONE GAME TO PLAY

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It all comes down to Saturday morning early doors.

4:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I wouldn't want Pep at OT

Too much possession without going anywhere

No strikers!!

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree; you don't want that.

4:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Do you want Chelsea to make the final?
I don't
I usually want the English clubs to make it but Jose would make it such a dull final

4:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Decent effort by Robben

Fans booing a little because all the little passes going no where before the shot

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben tries a curler - gets it wrong.

4:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Watford have tied it up at the Valley
Charlton back with an unlikely chance of the drop. Way ahead on GD BUT if either Brum or Watford score again… they'll be right in the mix of it

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What is with the Champions League never being able to be defended

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Charlton have retaken the lead

4:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Crippy Cooke: To think Real were just a post's width away from exiting the Champions League in the previous round.

Dortmund could and should have made the big comeback and knock them out

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Boring second half… why can't teams entertain?

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Real have taken the foot off the gas and Bayern haven't got the Plan B to be able to break them down.

4:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Charlton are making it safe… 3-1 up with just over 10 to go… they'll be dancing south of the river tonight

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Birmingham just need a goal to move out of the bottom three and be replaced by Donny

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure that Brum are capable of it. They're destined to go down just as Wolves are going back up.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It might just be that 45 or 46 points will mean safety in the Championship this season.

4:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Has there ever been a Final between two teams from the same city?
I don't think so
Same country but not down the block!!!

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Surely there has been an Inter v. Milan final, no? I seem to remember one from a few years back.

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

43 is going down now
donny with 44 Milwall 45 and Blackpool with 46
one of three to go down

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't think so
The first from the same country was AC v Juventus at OT
We've had United v Chelsea, Bayern v Borussia

Any others?

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blackpool have Charlton at home

Millwall have Bournemouth at home

Donny have Leicester away

Brum have Bolton away.

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Real v Valencia as well in 2000

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Free kick chance for Real… GOAL… RONNY WITH A BRACE

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL!!!!! Skippy rounds it off in style.

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

FOUR BLOODY NIL!!!

FIVE NIL ON AGGREGATE



Useless by the wall.. don't jump

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The wall completely fell apart there and Skippy just rifled it under them and into the net. Terrible defending.

0-4!

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY NORAH! I did not see this coming. Bob will be pleased.

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So… who do you want in the final?

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ronny has two goals but Bale should get some credit for passing it to him for his first… he was one on one and no one could have blamed him from having a go

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Game over and Real are in the Final… come on Atletico!!!

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It would be an exciting final but with a lot of histrionics… of course… Chelsea do that too

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ronaldo playing in Lisbon

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very pleased. I can smell those eight points - and I need them!

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just looked again and have noticed that Simon is the only one who picked Citeh for the title. That could be crucial.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off, lads. I'll catch you later.

4:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Charlton have won and are officially safe
Wigan has won at Brum… the Blue Noses are in MAJOR TROUBLE!!!

4:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Off to college


TTFN

4:44 PM  

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