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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Arsenal Face the Ultimate CL Test!

The knock-out round of the Champions League really gets going tonight with the marquee match-up between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Emirates. Can the Arsenal backfour withstand the withering attack of Messi, Suarez and Neymar? Will the Barca backfour give up some googlies? I can't wait to find out. I'll be racing back from a tedious meeting, hopefully in time for kick-off. Join me?

160 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon. I am watching the match. Just a couple of minutes in

2:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The match is being played at the EM

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

Still stuck in my meeting. Hope to be joining you soon, mate

2:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rakitic has a long range effort deflected for a corner

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed away

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry mate. Hope you can be here soon

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's still 0-0 twenty minutes in. Barca must have about 90% of the possession, but the Gunners are doing well to maintain their shape

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from the Gunners as Ox attacked down the right , passed to Bellerin , whose shot was blocked , then Ox had the rebound saved by the keeper.

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

I'm finally back in the office - looks like it's still 0-0 at the Em.

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

Coq au Vin is penalized for a tug on Messi. Pretty far out, though. Barca will play it square - no Route 1 option for them.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

From the crowd reaction to that foul by Masch, the Em faithful are not too pleased with the refereeing so far.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These, btw, are the teams for tonight's clash:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Walcott, Flamini, Chambers, Welbeck, Campbell.
Arsenal team group.
Arsenal team group. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Barcelona: ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar.
Subs: Bravo, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen, Mathieu.

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

From the sound of it, the best chance so far has been the one for The Ox that he hit straight at the keeper. They might regret that.

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

Dangerous free kick chance now for Barca....

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

It's Messi - "and it is messy" says the commentator. Straight into the bottom of the wall.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nasty collision between The Ox and Masch as Arsenal tried to break there.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the replay, The Ox caught Masch late as he cleared it. Both players seriously injured and getting treatment.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ox and Masch are down injured after a nasty collision on Gunner's break

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

Nice shake of the hands as play resumes now.

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

Suarez takes a tumble right on the edge of the area - nothing doing there from the ref.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello mate. I've been watching the match off an d on. The bell just rang, so I'll be around the remainder of the match

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

Oh - danger there for the Arsenal, just narrowly averted by Mert.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great kick save by Cech from Suarez off a nice through ball.

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

That's grand - nice to join you for this marquee match-up.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Glad you're done with the tedious meeting. I had one during lunch

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great move from Barca. Biscuits with a chipped ball to Alves who volleys back to Suarez, who heads wide! Wow!

And that's half-time.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Suarez heads wide with a free header in the six yard box and it's 0-0 at the half.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barry Glendenning of the Guardian says:

"It’s scoreless at half-time and Arsene Wenger will be very pleased with the opening 44 minutes of the half when Barcelona enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but Arsenal had two great chances to take the lead. In the closing 90 seconds of the half, Barcelona squandered two good chances of their own, but if not I’m very much mistaken, Petr Cech has yet to make an actual save of any kind."

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming back out for the second half.

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

Bayern Munich lead Juventus 1-0 at half-time in Turin, with Thomas Muller bagging the only goal of the game just before the break.

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

No changes to either side as of yet - and we're underway again.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We both had tedious meetings today. Mine was during lunch.

3:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
I'm sitting in my living room so not by computer
Second half just underway
Did you get my text Bob?
Leeds 1-1

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bayern are one up at Juve

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, UWS. I wish I was at home.

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

Juve losing to Bayern
We need all the Italian teams to lose

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

Hiya, UWS - thanks for the text. I've got TalkSport going through my phone. Cheers!

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 between Leeds and the Cottage Street Boys

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

Oh - Neymar was in on goal there but fired his shot straight at Cech.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Neymer was through , but his shot was blocked by the on rushing Cech

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see the latest from ER?

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

Let's hope we can keep Kate at bay in the second half - she had a hat-trick at the weekend!

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

Yeah - I've been following it on TalkSport.

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Seagulls are two up at Bristol City. That's not idle gossip

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

Two long days
Missed most of the cup match yesterday
Department Meeting for Thursday
United weren't brilliant yesterday
Hull take lead at Portman Road

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now, why didn't Wenger sub The Ox at half-time. He was obviously laboring. Theo on for him, as he should have been back in the first half when he got the knack.

3:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I heard she bought the chez lounges to ER as well as the TV remote.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Weren't brilliant? It wsa 0-3!!!

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

Love the ground to ground stuff

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Doubtless, mate - Kate likes to be comfy.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have a long day too on Thursday. We have Spring Open house that evening

3:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It was Shrewsbury and we didn't do much for 38 minutes
Why doesn't LVG change anything
Why play two holding middies against The Shrews

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal seem to be dropping off here - I think that's risky.

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rakitic with a bit of thuggery on Alexis there - went unpunished.

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Rakitic on Alexis

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Once United scored , they looked a much better side.

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Bellerin on Neymar

3:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Have you guys ever seen a BBC show
Would I Lie To You

You should YouTube it
Very funny stuff

Call My Bluff type show
You'd like it

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - when the ball was played forward to Neymar, he was onside but knocked it back rather than taking it on. Have this lot forgotten what the point of this game is?

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

I'll check it out, mate.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brum are one up vs Bolton as are the Bees vs the Wolves and the Fake Dons vs Hudders.

Middlesbrough 1 Cardiff 1
PNE 1 Charlton 1

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

Some handbags between Giroud and Alba. Retaliation from Alba - should have been sent off.

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

Something happened off camera
A fake by a Barca player
Close to headbutt

3:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I haven't seen it. Sounds like a must see and I'm not lying

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

Please do
I think you'll love it

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

I'd love to see Barca get knocked out

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not even a card. A different set of rules for Barca players

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too , but sadly , they probably won't

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

Arsenal don't seem to be able to get anything going up front.

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

Arsenal not passing well
Bayern two up

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

Some fakery now from Dani Alves. I'm sick of Barca and their nonsense.

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

That should be enough to put them through, then.

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

Oooh
Close by Giroud

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Giroud with a header that Ter Stegen just about clawed away. Might have had a bit more power in it.

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gioroud has a shot blocked by Masch off a pass from Ozil then Ter Steegen claws away a header from Giroud

4:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wednesday miss a pen on Tuesday and now fall behind at home to qpr

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, Bob. It wasn't even a foul by Coq Au Vin on on Alves then he tries to start a fight with Coq Au Vin. Are there special rules for Barca players?

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's a really evil fixture at Loftus Road.

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Messi wins a corner off of Giroud

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Didn't Arsenal beat Bayern 2-0! And lose the second leg 6-0 or something last season?

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Messi takes it short

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quite evil.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - that's my memory, too.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think it was 5-0 in Bavaria. Otherwise, sounds about right

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neymar earns a corner. Of course, he'll likely play it short.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Bees are two up vs the Wolves and the Seagulls are three up at Bristol City. I'm not gossping

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No it was the group stages this season

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ridsdale's lads now lead struggling Charlton 2-1

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

What's the point of Barca's corners and free kicks. They just put it back into play as if it's a throw.

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I hate that crap

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

Wild scrum in the Barca box - no one could get a decent strike on it.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

High and wide by Ramsey after Giroud and Kos had shots blocked.

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I hate the modern day corner to the front post
99 out of 100 times it doesn't beat the first man

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

Great block by Mert as Messi was teeing it up. And then Suarez misses one just wide left.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Suarez

4:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wednesday tie it up on Tuesday
Juve get goal back

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. Barca's short corners are aggrevating to watch

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

about bloody time. Messi called for a push on ALexis. About time the ref called something against Barca

4:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Leeds have the edge but still 1-1

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Giroud had a chance there but got confused by Theo's run.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another good chance there but no one following in when Coq au Vin played it across.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Jordi Alba on Ozil. That should have been a booking

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

Giroud blew that in the box
Then no arse player makes a run in box
Are you United in disguise?

Boro take 2-1 lead v Cardiff

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jordi Alba upends Giroud and should have gone into the book.

Good free kick chance now...

Terrible free kick by Beaker, though. Wasted.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Teesiders take a 2-1 lead vs Evil Cardiff./

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

Bob
Did you ever look at links from Saturday

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Haven't had the chance, mate. Will do!

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Barca break
Suarez to Mess
Tie over

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! That's torn it. Messi on the break puts one nail in the Gunners' coffin.

0-1

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Please do
And
Would I Lie to You

4:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Burnley take lead v Forest

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! MESSI GIVES BARCA THE LEAD ON THE BREAK. NEYMAR PLAYED A ONE TWO WITH SUAREZ ON THE BREAK THEN HE SQUARED IT OFF TO MESSI FOR AN EASY TAP IN.IT ALL STARTED WITH BARCA HEADING AWAY A GUNNERS FREE KICK

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now, then. Can Arsenal get it back. They need goals now for sure.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will be tough to see the Gunners coming back as Wellie is on for Giroud.

4:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why take off Giroud

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Bees are now three up vs the Wolves

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welly is on now to add a bit of firepower to the Arsenal frontline.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's like for like. I guess Arsene feels Wellie can offer something a little different

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barca now content to keep possession.

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Should have both on

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I hate Barca
I can't stand how everyone loves them

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

I disagree with the color guy here - Ronaldo is a better all-round footballer than is Messi.

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

I'm off home, lads. I'll catch up with you laters.

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I agree with you bob
Talksport says it was a well worked goal
It was a break and one pass
Not brilliant
Suarez hits the post

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! What an unbelieveable miss from Suarez as he hit the post from two yards out on a break lead by Messi. The Gunners clear the corner from Suarez NOT taken short.

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care
Watch the links an WILTY

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Desmond in Italy

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great close range save by Ter Steegen from Ramsey

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob. Enjoy the trip home.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Seagulls are four up at Ashton. That's not idle gossip.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I didn't expect Bayern to blow a two goal lead. Is that what Citeh fans can expect from Pep?

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Flamini is on for Coq Au Vin. What's the point of that?

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

I'd love United to catch City for fourth and Pep wouldn't get Champioms League
Penalty to Messi
0-2

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY BARCA AS FLAMINI IS CALLED FOR A TRIP ON MESSI AFTER A HORRIBLE CLEARANCE FROM MERTE

GOAL !!! MESSI PUTS BARCA TWO UP FROM THE SPOT, SENDING CECH THE WRONG WAY. HIS AN BARCA'S SECOND . TIE OVER.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That would be fantastic. Would Pep turn down Citeh if that happens?

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pique is booked for tripping Wellie and is suspended for the second leg.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

One former United player booked for tripping another , so he will be replaced by a former Gunner facing his old mates in the second leg.

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

Pompey tie it up at Barnet
Reading take lead v Rotherham

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dani Alves makes an issue off of minimal contact from Ozil and is lectured by the ref about it

4:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ramsey down hurt

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

sorry UWS. That would not be a good result for Pompey.

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

They were losing

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cardiff score a consolation goal at the Riverside

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Still sorry about that. Hopefully Pompey can play up and score a late equalizer.

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Boro 3-1 up
Top three are all winning

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Winner you mean

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great save by Cech

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Cech from a header by Neymar for a Barca corner.

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Damn Talksport just said pompeys equalizer was ruled out!!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hopefully, yes.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Struggling Oldham lead 1-2 at Posh

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

Game and tie over

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

Take Dave
Talk to you at the weekend

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Barca win 0-2 at the EM with both goals scored in the second half by Messi . This tie is basically over.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Dave . Have a great rest of the week.

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

Just home in time to see Barca wrap up a 0-2 win at the Em. I hate Barca, too. They're so boring but they win every time.

Over to Juve v. Bayern. It's 2-2 now. They allowed Juve back into it but they're still in pole position.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, lads - great chatting with you!

4:38 PM  

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