Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Champions League Semi Final Wednesday!

It's Champions League semi final time, chaps. Unfortunately, I had to miss the tense, cagey first leg between Juventus and Real Madrid yesterday, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the home side thanks to a second half penalty from Carlos Tevez. But I'll certainly be watching today as Barcelona take on Bayern at the Camp Nou. It's a classic European evening - don't miss it. Join me here at 2:45 for all the action.

71 Comments:

Blogger United We Stand said...

It actually wasn't a cagey first leg
It was end to end stuff... especially in the first half

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, UWS - great to have you on board. Here are the teams lining up in the tunnel now:

Barcelona: ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Subs: Bravo, Xavi, Pedro, Rafinha, Bartra, Adriano, Vermaelen.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng, Bernat, Alonso, Muller, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Thiago, Lewandowski.

Subs: Reina, Dante, Javi Martinez, Pizarro, Gaudino, Gotze, Weiser.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

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

Teams coming out now on a perfect night in Barcelona - a great occasion. I hope the match can live up to it. Martin Tyler and the Neviller on the mic tonight - marvelous!

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

Teams coming out now on a perfect night in Barcelona - a great occasion. I hope the match can live up to it. Martin Tyler and the Neviller on the mic tonight - marvelous!

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pep Guardiola making a late entrance, perhaps to avoid a lot of hullabaloo. This must be a tense evening for him, on his return to the Camp Nou. He's gone straight to the opposition dugout. And we're ready to go.

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

In the absence of both Ribery and Robben, Guardiola has been forced to press into service Robert Lewandowski who was concussed in an incident just ten days ago.

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

Suarez is bundled over by Boateng, a real liability at the back for Bayern in my estimation. He gets nothing for it.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern are pressing Barca high up the pitch. That's the only way to do things tonight - get after them.

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

Boateng's in trouble again, hacking Neymar. It's going to be hard for him to avoid some cards tonight.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Suarez was straight through now but Neuer saved brilliantly with his feet one-on-one.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern really under the cosh now against perhaps the most dynamic front line in the biz.

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

Oh - Suarez gets to the by-line and pulls back to Neymar who fluffs his chance. Corner.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern have just about weathered the early storm. They'll be looking to get out of this leg, merely keeping the scoreline down.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brilliant work from Thomas Muller down the right, who does well to hold off Jordi Alba and drill the ball low and hard across the face of Barcelona’s goal. Robert Lewandowski slides in but fails to make contact by this much. He should have scored.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great weaving run through the area by Messi but his dish off to Neymar was too far ahead of his teammate.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Messi has a go at goal from a freekick about thirty yards out, which Neuer handles brilliantly. He's been Bayern's best player so far.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alves was in on the keeper and Neuer saved wonderfully once again.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the end of the first half, an absorbing one. Bayern have survived, much due to the brilliant performance of Manuel Neuer. Otherwise Barca might be two or three up.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I saw the last few minutes of the first half on a busy Wednesday. Juve vs Real is finely balanced while this one is 0-0 at the half. Two competitive semis.

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

Hiya, MUR. Yes, two very competitive semis that will likely turn on one or two key incidents. Teams coming back out now.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barca get us underway again....

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lewandowski nearly got through and was pushed over by Dani Alves just on the edge of the box. Close call there.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. There is little to choose between the teams. As I type, Dani Alves fouls Lewandowski just outside the box and is booked.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dangerous free kick here for Xavi Alonso to take....

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into the wall - disappointing.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Xabi Alonso and out for a corner.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lots of tango in the box and a poor corner is caught by Neuer.

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

Medhi Benatia is harshly booked for what looked like an accidental collision with Andres Iniesta, which sends the Barcelona midfielder sprawling. I’m not so sure it was even a foul, let alone one worthy of a booking.

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

Bayern are now in the position to push for that vital away goal. Even if they gave up one goal now, it wouldn't be a tragedy.

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Juan Bernat who's booked for leaning on Messi as he broke away.

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

Oh - nice interchange between Messi and Neymar, but the Argentinian maestro's shot was straight at Neuer.

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

A half chance for Neymar now but it's well blocked over for a corner.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This looks to be an excellent result for Bayern if it continues to play out this way.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pique is booked for a rash challenge, setting up another free kick chance for Bayern.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good ball in but Busquets clears well.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm back . My students are taking a test and I completed some other last minute grading before progress reports go out. It appears to still be 0-0.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ooh! Thiago Alcantara unleashes a fizzing drive from the edge of the area that takes a wicked deflection off Pique’s knee. Luckily, the ricochet takes all the pace out of the wild shot, allowing the wrong-footed Ter Stegen to get down low to his left and save it.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, mate - yes, still 0-0 with 15 minutes left.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fifteen minutes remaining and still 0-0. Advantage Pep against his former club.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! It's that man Messi again!!!

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Neymar goes down, asking for a penalty and
GOAL !!! MESSI GIVES BARCA THE LEAD WITH A NEAT FINISH

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Messi is level with Ronny again on 76 CL goals as fires in a left-footed drive from just outside the area.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mario Gotze is coming on to replace Muller.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great work by Dani Alves as he cut inside then passed to Messi, who beat Neuer at the near post with a powerful shot

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

1-0 is still a really serviceable result for Bayern.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goetze on for Mueller as Bayern look to tie it up

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think 1-0 would leave this semi evenly balanced with either team having a chance to progress.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Messi again with a brilliant goal!

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 2-0 BARCA AS MESSI SCORES WITH A TYPICAL SOLO RUN AND A TYPICAL CHIP

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Messi has destroyed Bayern in a matter of five minutes.

Rakitic started that one, cutting out the Bayern move and then feeding Messi. Messi made a monkey out of Boateng who basically fell over and then chipped the big figure of Neuer into the corner. Great stuff.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Messi made Boateng look like a real mug as hew went past him as if he didn't exist then beat the on rushing Neuer with a delightful chip

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

Xavi coming on to replace Rakitic.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Xavi is on for Rakitic.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern will feel hard done by but their defenders let them down there. They have to go for an away goal now.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now it's advantage Barca as Bayern lost in Spain to real in the semis then couldn't recover. is history about to repeat itself for Pep's lads?

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

Oh - Suarez was in there, but he blazed the shot over.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Suarez got behind the Bayern defense and blazed over with just Neuer to beat

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

I think so; it's odds on for an El Classico final now in my humble opinion.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is true, but at this stage of the competition the teams are so talented that they will punish any little mistake and Messi did just that

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Juve are in with a chance if they can prevent Real from scoring early. The Old Lady has yet to sing.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

High and wide by Pig Stick, who shot like one.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for Iniesta as he's replaced by Rafinha.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Luis Enrique as Masch gets a standing ovation as Marc Bartra is on in his place.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rafinha fouls Suarez by the corner flag and the two get into it.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

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

GOAL! As Bayern chased that away goal, Neymar was put through to slot home unopposed.

3-0 Barca - this tie is over!

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off home, mate. Cheerio!

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 3-0 BARCA DEEP IN STOPPAGE TIME AS BAYERN WERE CAUGHT CHASING THE GAME AND NEYMAR SLOTTED IT PAST NEUER AS BAYERN WERE CAUGHT UP FIELD AND THIS TIE IS EFFECTIVELY OVER.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate . Not a happy return for Pep.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Barca thrash Bayern 3-0 with three late goals.

4:38 PM  

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