By; Thomas Odongo;
Match day two of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 witnessed many balls hitting the back of the net. At the Etihad stadium alone, during a game between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, 4 balls went past the goal keeper as City’s Sergio Aguero struck an incredible hatrick and later on substitute K.Iheanacho also put one past the goal keeper hence making the score 4-0. Aguero’s hatrick implies that he now has 9 goals in 5 games and his second hatrick all for this season.
The game between City and Gladbach was to be played on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 but was postponed to Wednesday, 14th September 2016 due to a heavy down pour that hit the Etihad just 20 minutes to kick off time. This later affected attendance of fans as it dropped to 32,000 from around 50,000. Most of the Gladbach fans flew back to Germany on match day two hence they could not watch the game. Gladbach coach, Andre Schubert noted that their defence could not hold City’s attackers hence exposing the net. Guardiola however praised his side for making him and the fans happy.
Premier League Champions were also in action on the same match day as they played an away match with Club Brugge. Albrighton struck the first goal followed by Mahrez’s free kick and a simple but tricky penalty. This was Leicester’s first Champioons League game after 55 years. This match also culminated into Riyad Mahrez striking his two UCL goals. The game ender 3-0 in favour of the English champions.
Another English side, Tottenham Hotspurs were also in action but started their UCL campaign with a disappointing result after losing to AS Monaco 2-1 at Wembley stadium. Spurs dominated the game but were taken by surprise when Bernardo Silva scored for the visitors and later on Thomas Lemar’s strike gave the Spurs a bleeding nose. Toby Alderweireld pulled one back for the hosts just before the break. Despite piling more pressure to Monaco at the second half, The North London side could not find their second for the day. Chelsea’s last season loaned flop, Radamel Falcao also started for the Italian side.
The UCL champions, Real Madrid were also in action with Sporting Lisbon at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Bruno Ceasar opened the scoring when the ball hit the back of the net at the 47th minute hence giving the Portuguese side a break lead. Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata bailed out Real Madrid when they scored at the 89th and 94th minutes respectively.
In other Wednesday, 14th September 2016 UCL results; FC Porto 1-1 Copenhagen, Lyon 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb, Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSK Moscow, Juventus 0-0 Sevilla and Legiawarszawa 0-6 Borussia Dortmund.