Leicester shines, Real stuns as Juventus cruises in the UCL

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) matches on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 witnessed stunning performances as top teams returned to match day three of the league.

mahrezAt King Power stadium, Leicester City and FC Copenhagen were seriously locking horns due to a heated contest. Riyad Mahrez first half stunner at the 40th minute helped Leicester stay perfect in Group G and very high chances of the last 16. Much as they did against Porto, Ranieri’s side utilised the quality chances they had in order to take home the three points. Leicester now has 9 points in their 3 UCL games more than what they have taken in 8 Premier League games.

It would be wrong for crediting only Mahrez for taking the three points home, goal keeper Schmeichel deserves an applause for denying Santander’s ball to hit the back of the net. Santander nipped a nice ball past Simpson on the left and bursts into the box. Thanks to Leicester’s number who rescued the situation. What puzzles football pundits is Leicester UCL unbeaten run, a thing they have failed to do in the Premier League.

At Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid hosted Legia Warsaw. This match witnessed a serious flood not of water but of goals as six ball hit the back of the net. The only problem was that most balls that struck the back of the net were from the hosts and the visitors only managed to notch 1 as the match ended 5-1 in favour of Real Madrid. Gareth Bale gave the hosts a 16 minute lead with a curled left-foot drive whose destiny was the back of the net. Tomasz Jodleweic’s own goal doubled Real’s advantage when he deflected Marcelo’s shot to the back of the net.

Miroslav Radovic pulled one back for the visitors but at the 37th minute Marco Asensio made it 3-1. Substituted Lucas Vaquez volleyed home a cross at the 68th minute and former Juventus forward Alvaro Morata crowned the 5-1 victory after utilising Christiano Ronaldo’s fine pass. Real are now second to Borussia Dortmund in their group after Dortmund hammered Sporting 2-1, thanks to first half goals from Aubemeyang.

Meanwhile at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon was hosting the Italian giants, Juventus. However the hosts failed to utilise the home advantage when they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat, thank to Juan Cuadrado’s stunner. Although the Italian side played with 10 men, the French based team could level or take the three points home.

In other Tuesday 18 Oct. 2016 results; Sporting 1-2 B. Dortmund, CSKA Moscow 1-1 Monaco, Leverkusen 0-0 Spurs, Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Sevilla, Club Brugge 1-2 Porto.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 fixtures; Barcelona vs. Man City, Napoli vs. Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev vs. Benefica, PSG vs. Basel, Arsenal vs. Ludo Razgd.

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