Champions League Highlights: Premier League roundup Day 2

Champions League Highlights: How did the Premier League Clubs Do?

Champions League Highlights for English Premier League clubs (including video) for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 with Manchester United and Chelsea. Group stage matches took place Wednesday for Groups E, F, G, and H.

Group E: Chelsea v. Juventus at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea’s Brazilian summer signing Oscar made quite an impact on his full debut by netting 2 stunning goals for the European Cup holders.

Juventus came back to get 2 goals for themselves and put a ball just off the top of the cross bar. Chelsea had only themselves to blame for the draw with some horrid defending (particularly from Side-show Bob, I mean, David Luiz) and they had several good chances they could not quite convert.

Chelsea 2 – 2 Juventus


Group H: Manchester United v. Galatasaray at Old Trafford

I was able to watch this match on a replay after work.

Manchester United started out the match in top gear and looking very strong. Galatasaray were unlucky to have a penalty turned down and this was soon followed up by a Michael Carrick goal in the 7th minute. He could have easily stayed down after the keeper stuck out a foot (which would have meant the keeper’s red card sending off) but stayed up enough to put the ball in.

It seemed certain at this point that United would dominate and go on to a 3-0 or 4-0 win. Unfortunately they allowed Galatasaray to get back into the game.

Rafael was taken down in the box for a clear penalty, but Nani’s stutter-step put off no one but himself as he had his weak penalty shot saved.

Galatasaray continued to press both in offense and defense and made things very uncomfortable for United. This seems to be the best strategy against Manchester United as most clubs who play in this manner make it very interesting.

United had 2 more penalty shouts. Nani’s would’ve been some what soft, but Valencia was clearly clipped and taken down directly in front of the 5th official who seemed to not even be watching the match.

Following Nani’s penalty claim Galatasaray had 2 great chances saved by a fantastic David de Gea in the United goal.

United had a few more chances in the last few minutes, but managed to squeak by with the 1-0 win. Sir Alex will be happy for the 3 points, clean sheet, and excellent defending, but will not be so happy with several squandered chances and some sloppy play, especially in midfield (as well as some poor refereeing decisions). In all fairness Galatasaray played well and pushed United to their limits. Manchester United will have a more difficult time when they meet up again in Turkey

Manchester United 1 – 0 Galatasaray


Group E:  Chelsea 2 – 2 Juventus

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 0 FC Nordsjaelland

Group F:  Bayern Munich 2 – 1 Valencia

Lille 1 – 3 BATE Borisov

Group H:  Barcelona 3 – 2 Spartak Moscow

Celtic 0 – 0 Benfica

Group G: Braga 0 – 2 CFR Cluj-Napoca

Manchester United 1 – 0 Galatasaray