Arsenal 2-2 PSG, Tottenham out of CL, United comeback25th Nov 2016 |
Arsenal couldn’t live up to Wengers wish
Before their match against PSG, Arsenal’s French manager Arsène Wenger, had told the press that he wanted his side to close the deal by defeating PSG at Emirates Stadium. Though the English side was already qualified for the knockout phase, after just four rounds, the Frenchman wanted to see professionalism.
After the 90 minutes, Arsène Wenger could see his team concede a goal in the 77th minute, as the match ended in a draw. The match started in a fairly good tempo, and already after 18 minutes, when Blaise Matuidi took the ball into the box, and passed it on to the other side, where Edison Cavani could score one of the easier goals of his career.
Arsenal was now forced to do something, but the way they played seemed very uninspiring. Out of the blue, the Gunners got a golden opportunity to equalize the score, as Alexis Sanchez got tackled within the penalty area. Olivier Giroud converted the penalty, and bringing Arsenal back in the game.
In the second half, Arsenal looked like a whole different team. From having a very uninspired first half, the second half was the completely opposite. When the clock reached the one hour mark, a cross ended within the area of a lot of players, and at the end, Marco Verratti put the ball to the back of the net. Unfortunately for him, is was an own goal.
With just 15 minutes left to play, Lucas headed the equalizer into the back of the net, after a corner kick. With the draw between Arsenal and PSG, Arsenal has control over their own faith, for securing the number one spot in Group A.
The ship has sailed for Tottenham
In Group E, Tottenham had the opportunity to stay in the top of the group, if they could get points against Monaco. Unfortunately for Harry Kane and co., Tottenham suffered a 2-1 defeat, and are now out of the picture, when it comes to the knockout phase, something that is very disappointing for keeper Hugo Lloris. He told the press, after the game, that is very unsatisfying, and the team needs to have a good talk about what happened. Hugo Lloris further told the press, that maybe the club wasn’t ready to compete in both the Premier League and the Champions League at the same time. One thing is for sure, they have plenty of time to discuss that question now.United back on track
It’s been a good week for the Red Devils, as they announced that they have extended the contract with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for the coming season. The team then needed follow up on that news, in their Europa League match, against Feyenoord at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney gave the Red Devils a 1-0 lead, when he received the ball from Ibrahimovic, and chipped the ball nonchalant over the keeper. That was all for the first half, where United had lots of opportunities to have a bigger lead.
The second half continued in the same tracks, with Manchester United on the ball. United created a lot of chances, but couldn’t seem to get the ball over the line. But with 20 minutes left to play, Juan Mata scored an easy goal. Wayne Rooney saw that Mata wasn’t covered by any defenders, and decided to pass him the ball, for at 2-0 lead.
Five minutes later Zlatan Ibrahimovic crossed the ball, which hit Brad Jones, and the ball ended in the net, for an own goal.
Just as people were starting to head home, Jesse Lingard wanted to show off his skills, by curling the ball into the far corner for a 4-0 victory. United does still have an opportunity to secure the 1st place spot in the Europa League Group A, where they are trailing behind Fenerbahce, who is one point ahead of the Devils. One thing is for sure, this was one of those magical nights at The Theatre of Dreams.
On another note, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out of the team for months, had a stunning performance against Feyenoord. He was very dangerous for the Feyenoord defence, and showed everyone at Old Trafford why the club signed him earlier this year.