UEFA Champions League: Chelsea Drawn Against Barcelona

One Of The Most Awaited Match In Knockout Stage

The UEFA Champions League knockout stage match-ups were drawn yesterday, December 12, 2017. One of its most awaited matches is Chelsea FC, Premier League’s defending champions will be facing the five-time European champions, FC Barcelona. The two giant teams last met each other last April 2012 when Chelsea won (age 3-2) and advances to the Champions League final and wins the title. This year, Chelsea was given the biggest test as they face the unstoppable Barca. Antonio Conte’s men were given a challenge in this year’s Champions League. Lionel Messi and Barca are expected to have a great match versus Eden Hazard and the Blues. Also, this will be the first time that Pedro Rodriguez will face his former team in the Champions League.
On the other fixture, the reigning champions, Real Madrid CF, will be having a difficult time as they face the Ligue 1’s current top 1, Paris Saint-Germain FC. Real and Zinedine Zidane should come up with a solid defense strategy to stop PSG’s striking trio of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Gareth Bale’s injury means Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort must be doubled but the fans hope that Bale will return before the match against PSG on February 13 or 14, 2018.
The other match-ups in this year’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 are the following: Juventus FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC, FC Basel vs Manchester City FC, FC Porto vs Liverpool FC, Sevilla FC vs Manchester United FC, FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma, and lastly, FC Bayern Munich vs Besiktas J.K. Football Team.
The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg will be on February 13-14, 2018. All teams will play on those dates and of course on the second leg that will be on March 6-7, 2018. The twitter also erupts as the teams already know their opponents and the fans are using the #UCLdraw which is now number 2 trending worldwide.

Champions League Review: Leicester City,Real Madrid,Dortmund and Juventus registered wins

Riyad Mahrez scores a goal for Leicester City
Photo Courtesy of Oli Scaff/Getty Images

UEFA Champions once again commenced last night in Europe. It is the most prestigious continental club competition in the world where only the best teams in Europe during their domestic leagues last season will be able to compete. It has a very rich history, great match ups and rivalries being created throughout it’s history.  

Leicester City 1-0 Copenhagen

Leicester City who made a miraculous title winning run last season in the Premier League to participate in the Champions League this season. Despite struggling right now in their title defense in the Premier League. It’s been however a dream start for them in the Champions League as they won now 3 of their first 3 group stages matches scoring 5 goals in the process and without conceding a goal. Riyad Mahrez goal in the 40th minute was the only that separate the two teams. Mahrez goal also means that he has now scored 3 goals in 3 games. 

Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw

 Real Madrid who just won a convincing win a couple of days ago in the Spanish League, once again displayed their might when they dismantled the reigning Polish Champions Legia Warsaw in the Champions League group stages. Gareth Bale opened the scoring in the 16th minute, this is also Bale’s 1st champions league goal for the Los Blancos in almost two years. Tomasz Jodlwiec put his side further behind as he scored an own goal  in the 19th minute to make it 2-0. However just 3 mins later Miroslav Radovic scored for Warsaw. Marco Asensio restored Real Madrid’s 2 goal lead when he scored in the 37th minute, Lucas Vasquez scored in the 68th minute and Alvaro Morata round up the goal fest when he scored in the 84th minute

Sporting CP 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from the frustrating draw a couple of days ago in the German Bundesliga as they won against the Sporting CP. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored 9 goals in 9 matches for Dortmund when he scored a goal in the 9th minute. Julian Weigl scored a fantastic goal to double the lead Dortmund 2 mins before halftime. In the 67th minute Bruno Cesar scored a goal for the home team to ensure an intense last 23 minutes in Lisbon, however Sporting couldn’t find another to tie the match as Dortmund held for the win.
Lyon 0-1 Juventus

The reigning Italian champions wins a tight match against Lyon in the Group H of the Champions League. There were no goals in the game until with only 14 minutes left when Juan Cuadrado scored the winner for the Italian side. Juventus is only one of the 4 remaining sides in this season of Champions League that are yet to concede a goal. 
Other Champions League results:
Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Sevilla
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham
Club Brugge 1-2 Porto 

UEFA EURO 2016 – JULY 1-4 MATCHES



UEFA EURO 2016 LEAGUE Line-ups for July 1-4


POLAND VS PORTUGAL
quarter-finals
@Stade Vélodrome – Marseille

  • Portugal have won four of the previous ten meetings, with three draws 
  • Third major tournament match between the teams, after 1986 & 2002 World Cups 
  • Selecção’s sixth UEFA EURO quarter-final since stage was introduced; more than any other side



WALES VS BELGIUM
quarter-finals
@Stade Pierre Mauroy – Lille Métropole

  • Belgium have won five of previous 12 meetings, with three draws 
  • Red Devils failed to score in both meetings in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016
  • Gareth Bale the match-winner the last time these two sides met (12 June 2015) 



GERMANY VS ITALY
quarter-finals
@Stade de Bordeaux – Bordeaux

  • Italy defeated Germany 2-1 in UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final in Warsaw
  • Germany have never beaten Italy in eight past tournament meetings 
  • Antoni Conte’s Azzurri will be without suspended Thiago Motta in Bordeaux 



FRANCE VS ICELAND
quarter-finals
@Stade de France – Saint-Denis

  • Iceland will be on a high after sensationally defeating England in Round of 16 
  • Hosts France have won two major tournaments on home soil, in 1984 and 1998 
  • Winners will progress to face either Italy or Germany in the semi-final



UEFA EURO 2016 – JUNE 23 MATCHES

UEFA EURO 2016 LEAGUE Line-ups for June 23

ICELAND VS AUSTRIA
Group Stage – Group F
@Stade de France – Saint-Denis

HUNGARY VS PORTUGAL
Group Stage – Group F
@Stade de Lyon – Lyon

  • Victory would see Portugal through, most likely as Group F winners 
  • Portugal have won all five competitive games against Hungary
  • Hungary have already qualified: they can win group by beating Portugal 

ITALY VS IRELAND
Group Stage – Group E
@Stade Pierre Mauroy – Lille Métropole

  • Italy are already through as group winners and will make several changes 
  • Ireland must win to have any possibility of progress – a draw is not enough 
  • Ireland’s sole victory against the Azzurri was a 1-0 win at the 1994 World Cup

SWEDEN VS BELGIUM
Group Stage – Group E
@Stade de Nice – Nice

  • Sweden are out if they don’t win – a draw clinches second spot for Belgium 
  • Sweden face Group E rivals Belgium targeting a first win since 1961 
  • The Blågult’s competitive record against the Red Devils is W2 D0 L3

UEFA EURO 2016 – JULY 16 MATCHES

UEFA EURO 2016 LEAGUE Line-ups for July 16

SWITZERLAND VS ROMANIA
Group Stage – Group A
@ Parc des Princes – Paris

  • Switzerland overcame Romania 4-1 in Detroit at the 1994 World Cup 
  • The Swiss missed out on EURO ’92 following a 1-0 loss to Romania
  • The sides have met 12 times, both winning five matches and drawing two 


FRANCE VS ALBANIA
Group Stage – Group A
@ Stade Vélodrome – Marseille

  • Albania drew 1-1 with France in Rennes and triumphed 1-0 at home in recent friendlies 
  • France are unbeaten in their last four competitive games in Marseille (W3 D1)
  • Les Bleus won the four previous meetings with a goal difference of +10 


ENGLAND VS WALES
Group Stage – Group B
@ Stade Bollaert-Delelis – Lens Agglo

  • England have met neighbours Wales 103 times (W68 D21 L14)
  • Wales last beat their local rivals in May 1984
  • Few of the current players are friends on the opposing teams


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