Mixed night for British fortunes in the Champions League

It was a mixed night for British fortunes in the Champions League, with Manchester United putting one foot in the knock out stages thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Benfica. So far last season’s Europa League winners have won 4 from 4 and now require a point from their final two group fixtures to proceed to the final 16.

After his unfortunate mistake in the reverse game a fortnight ago, it was the teenager goal keeper Mile Svilar who again had a mixed night, with some excellent touches to deny Martial from the spot and Lukaku twice in open play, however when Matic’s effort rebounded of the post, it struck the keeper and deflected into his own net to open the scoring on the half time hooter!
Benfica were much improved from the last game between the two teams and along with offering more in attack, they worked well to hold the United attackers at bay, until late in the 2nd half when the red devils were awarded a penalty and with Martial of the field it was down to Daley Blind to score his 1st of the season and ensure United go 6 points clear at the top of Group A.

In Scotland Celtic’s Champions league hopes for this year were ended with a 1-2 defeat to last season’s semi-finalists Bayern Munich. Despite the result this was a much better performance by the Scottish champions and were still in the game mid-way through the second half when Callum McGregor equalised to cancel out Kinglsey Comen’s 1st half goal for the Germans.
Unfortunately for the Scots, the were level for only four minutes as Javi Martinez rose above Celtic’s defence to nod in the winner moments later.

Chelsea had a worse night as they became the first English team to suffer defeat in this year’s champions league, going down 3-0 to a very good Roma team in Italy. The night started bad for Chelsea, who were 1-0 down within a minute thanks to a Stephan El Shaarawy goal. The Premier League champions had their chances with Morata missing a sitter before Shaarawy doubled the Italians lead with his 2nd goal shortly before the break!
Chelsea’s were still getting their fair share of attacks but some poor decisions in front of goal would prove costly they looked to repeat their heroic’s from the reverse fixture were they came back from 2-0 down to draw 3-3.
However, when Diego Perotti unleashed a rocket from 20 yards out that flew into the back of the Chelsea goal Roma knew they had the 3 points and moved into pool position in Group C, a point above Chelsea with two games remining.

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