Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3 Points- Champions League Upsets Abound

1. It's been a riveting round of Champions League action so far. And neatly enough, we had 3 pretty shocking results. The first one I don't know if given their current form you can classify as surprising. But still, Liverpool coming in had only lost at home once to a French team ever. Now they've lost twice. Lyon beat the decimated Reds 2-1 on an injury time goal by Caesar Delgado, and they didn't even have to utilize a beach ball to do it. The loss puts Liverpool in serious danger of not advancing out of the group stage, as they are now 3 points behind 2nd place Fiorentina in Group E as the Violarossi won in Hungary against Debrecen 4-3. Oli is very very upset.

2. Inter Milan may be leading Serie A, but they are sucking big time in the Champions League. They sank into the bottom spot in Group F with their 3rd draw in 3 matches, this time a 2-2 stalemate against Dynamo Kiev. Jose Mourinho's boys were down 2-1 to the Ukranians at the half, then got an early 2nd half goal from Walter Samuel to even it up and avert total disaster. But there was an even more surprising result in this group that turns it into a complete free for all...

3. Russian champs Rubin Kazan absolutely stunned defending UEFA Champions Barcelona at Camp Nou when Karadeniz Gokdeniz scored in the 73rd minute to put Rubin ahead 2-1, and they held on for a landmark victory despite being outshot 24-3. Barcelona, Rubin, and Dynamo Kiev are now in a 3 way tie atop Group F with 4 points apiece. So what looked like a cupcake trip to the Round of 16 for Barca and Inter could become a nightmare that sees them both get eliminated. Probably not, but it's been a lot more difficult than anyone expected.

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