Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What We've Got is Champions League, Marina Hyde on Sir Alex vs. Keano, Louise Taylor on Anzhi, Jozy Altidore on the World Cup Draw

Right. And a pleasant hump day to you. 

Hopefully you enjoyed some of yesterday's action. Here are the basics:

Manchester City looked very composed (Silva is back) and beat Bayern, but apparently didn't know what they needed to do to top the group. Oops. Barney Ronay was at the Allianz Arena.

Manchester United were God-awful in the first half and have a Phil Jones goal to thank for their 1-0 win over The Shak. John Brewin has three thoughts about things at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo set the record for most goals in the group stage as Real Madrid coasted past Copenhagen.

Forced to abandon their match in Istanbul because of too much snow, Galatasaray and Juventus completed things this morning. Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal to send the Turks through to the Final 16 at the expense of The Old Lady.

Anderlecht did not advance, but Sacha Kljestan became the fifth Yank to score in the Champions League. The other four? Can you name them? Didn't think so. Here they are: Jovan Kirovski, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones. Full disclosure -- It took a collaborative effort of SSN staff-members to name them.

Here's a Round-Up.

Yeah...this ain't happening.

Here are the eight clubs that have advanced: 

Group A
1. Manchester United
2. Bayern Leverkusen

Group B
1. Real Madrid
2. Galatasary

Group C
1. Paris Saint-Germain
2. Olympicos

Group D
1. Bayern Munich
2. Manchester City

Today's big one is Napoli vs. Arsenal. That Group (F) has three clubs that can finish with 12 points. Wenger vs. Benítez. The Neapolitan Ultras. Violence. Mayhem. It should be good. Elsewhere, you've got Chelsea/Steaua, Barcelona/Celtic, and Milan/Ajax. Here's a complete preview, including all the permutations.

Oh, Sir Alex and Roy Keane. The feud that just won't quit. No, it simply keeps getting better. Marina Hyde is clearly enjoying all the hoopla.

Time to check in with Jozy! Everyone's favorite American who plays for Sunderland is talking World Cup draw...and...his goal against Chelsea.

What happens when sugar daddies get bored? Louise Taylor takes a look at the Anzhi insanity.

Everton's Ross Barkley has been receiving loads of plaudits for his fine play of late. He's being hailed as "The New Gazza." Gary Rose says he's more than that.

Sam Kelly is a solid scribe plying his trade down in South America. He takes a look at the reaction to the World Cup draw down there.

Done and Done.



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