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November 7, 2018


 Antoine Griezmann calmly slotting in the second goal to become the first Athletico Madrid player to reach 20 goals in the Champions League/European Cup at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Athletico defeated Borussia Dortmund by 2-0, with after Saul Niguez gave Athleti the lead with a deflected goal in the first half. Dortmund would be disappointed at their performance as they failed to register any shot on target against Athleti.

Their first loss in the UCL leaves them equal on points in group A with Athletico. while the German team leads the group on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Thiery Henry’s search for a first win since joining AS Monaco continues as Monaco registered their worst scoreline in UCL history as Monaco was hammered 4-0 at home by Club Brugge in the other match of the group on matchday 4. . Club Brugge must win all their remaining matches to have a slim chance of qualification for the UCL second round.

In group B, Tottenham Hotspurs broke their longest winless streak of 5 matches in the UCL as Harry Kane rescued the team with a brace after PSV rattled the English side by opening the scoring after just 61 seconds at Wembley.  The two goals scored by Harry Kane took his goals to haul in the UCL to an impressive 14 goals in 14 matches keeping the hope of Maurizio Pochettino’s team alive with a minute of the match remaining on the poor surface of the Wembley field.

Meanwhile, at the Guiseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Barcelona broke through a resilient Inter Milan side with an 83rd-minute goal from the debutant, Malcolm, assisted by fellow Brazilian, Coutinho after waves upon waves of Barcelona attacks were repelled by Inter Milan. The draw has made Barcelona the first team to qualify for the next round as they top the table with 10 points and two matchdays to go. Inter are second on the table with 7 points. Tottenham on 4 points would need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley and Barcelona at Camp Nou to be guaranteed a place in the next round after beating PSV who now have a single point from four matches.

The biggest shock of this week’s UEFA Champions League was recorded in group C at Stadion Rajko Mitić in Belgrade where a lacklustre Liverpool side was easily beaten with a 2-0 scoreline by Red Star. Liverpool has now lost three consecutive Champions League away games for the first time in their history having also lost by a goal to Napoli on matchday 2. Liverpool went into the game on the back of an easy 4-0 win over the same opponents and were expected to make an easy walk but were shocked by the aggressive Red Star team, Milan Pavkov scored the first goal from a Marko Marin assist on the 22nd minute and then put Liverpool out of their misery seven minutes after with another goal. The loss complicates Liverpool’s qualification in the group as Napoli are now joint leaders along with Liverpool with 6 points after drawing 1-1 against Paris Saint-German (PSG) in Naples. Bernat put PSG ahead late into the added time of the first half but the Neapolitans equalized through a Lorenzo Insigne penalty. Lorenzo Insigne became the first Italian player in Champions League history to score in five successive home matches in the competition after tucking away the penalty.

With just a single point separating Napoli (6 points), Liverpool (6 points) and PSG, the three teams have all to play for in the next two rounds which will see Liverpool play against Napoli at Anfield and also visit the Parc de Princess in Paris to play against PSG.

In group D, FC Porto remains leaders after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 at home in Portugal. Sergio Conceicao’s team are on the verge of qualifying for the second round of the UCL in 2 consecutive seasons. A point in their next match at home against the German team, Shalke 04 would see the Portuguese through to the next round of the competition but FC Porto would be looking to top the group by beating the Germans who are on 8 points. Just 2 points behind the leaders and only conceded one goal so far in the competition this season. Both teams remain unbeaten in the group.

Galatasaray on 4 points and 3rd in the group lost by 2-0 to Schalke in Gelsenkirchen but the Turkish still have a mathematical chance that would require Schalke to lose their remaining matches.

Locomotive Moscow has no chance of qualifying for the UCL second round as they have lost all their matches so far but they will be hoping to topple Galatasaray for the third position to qualify for Europa League.

Jide Adeyemo

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