Paris Saint-Germain have booked their spot in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, with a 5-0 win at home over Anderlecht sealing qualification for Unai Emery’s side after Match Day 4.
Paris’ win, along with Bayern’s triumph away at Celtic, means that the duo cannot be caught by either the Hoops or RSCA.
Paris have won all four of their CL games so far- they’ve scored more goals than any other side in the group stages and are also the only team not to have conceded a goal.
The winner of Group A will in all probably be decided in early December, when the Parisians host Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern on Match Day 6. The Bavarians were coached by Carlo Ancelotti when they lost 3-0 at the Allianz Arena in September, but have turned a corner since Heynckes came on board, and are now looking more like their former unbeatable selves.
Les Bleus are assured of atleast a playoff spot and can seal automatic qualification on the final match day after they beat Bulgaria away from home in the penultimate round. Blaise Matuidi’s early strike was enough for Dider Deschamps’ side to see off the Bulgarians, who, as old timers will remember, caused a major upset by ensuring France missed out on the 1994 World Cup. Continue reading
Fantastic finish here from Toulouse FC forward Ola Toivonen for Sweden against Luxembourg. Toivonen’s goal against Luxembourg was Sweden’s eighth in the game, and their biggest World Cup qualifying win since a 7-0 triumph over Malta several years ago. Continue reading
Prior to this game Arjen Robben had taunted PSG saying that “Money doesn’t buy goals”. Unfortunately for the Dutch winger, it did, and with Bayern suffering a chastening defeat at Parc des Princes, Robben offered no comment when asked by a reporter post-match whether the side was fully behind coach Carlo Ancelotti, indicating that there may be divisions at the Allianz Arena.
Two Brazilians were on target for Paris Saint-Germain in the form of Dani Alves and Neymar, with Edinson Cavani’s goal sandwiched between the two.
The result indicates that PSG are favourites to top this group, with a second place finish for Bayern meaning tougher opponents for the Bavarians in the round of 16.
PSG are now only one of three teams not to concede a goal in the group stages (Barca and Man City are the other two), and also look to be France’s only major contenders in the Champions League, with Monaco struggling badly in their group. Continue reading
French champions AS Monaco remain winless in the Champions League this season after FC Porto pulled off a stunning 3-0 win at Stade Louis II. Porto had been beaten at home by Besiktas on MD1, so few expected the Portuguese giants to grab three points against the French champions. But win they did, and by the same margin by which they had beaten Monaco when the two sides met in the Champions League final back in 2004.
Vincent Aboubakar was the star for FCP, scoring twice before Miguel Layun’s last minute effort added icing on the cake Continue reading
AS Monaco played their part in a bit of Champions League history earlier this evening, becoming RB Leipzig’s first ever opponents in Europe’s premier club competition.
Leipzig were effectively founded back in 2009 and 3039 days later, made their European bow. A crowd of over 40,000 was present at the Red Bull Arena for the club’s first ever European night, and Monaco, still smarting from a 4-0 loss away at Nice over the weekend, were the visitors. Continue reading