20 February 2013

The Champions League Season: Third Day

After the first two games of the Champions League last week, the pressure is on for Bayern Munich and Malaga as no visiting teams lost in those games. And earning an away win or even just scoring goal is vital for each team in advancing to the quarterfinals. It is very crucial for every visiting team to score since away goals matter so much when teams are tied on aggregates. There’s no need for an extra time to play when both teams end up tie on aggregates considering that an away goal holds stronger than home goals. 

And Malaga became the first visiting team to lose in the round of 16-matchup as they succumbed to their defensive style of game. Although Porto, on the other hand, dominated an overwhelming ball possession in what was a one sided match but they struggled to breach the defensive stance of Malaga and only managed a slim advantage going to the second leg at La Rosaleda in three weeks. Yet it is enough for a win as they prevented an away goal from the visitors. 

In the other game, Bayern Munich showed why they are on top of Bundesliga, with a massive 15 points lead, as they comfortably demolish Arsenal right at their own turf. It did not take that long for Bayern to thrash Arsenal and they are already down 0-2 after just 21 minutes. It became another miserable day for The Gunners after they were defeated by second-tier Blackburn for the FA Cup fifth-round at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday and subsequently knocked out of the FA Cup. Arsenal is facing an uphill battle at the Allianz Stadium as The Bavarians only lost once this season and it was still late October 2012 when they lost to Leverkusen.

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