Good morning, Fear The Wall!
Yesterday was the second half of Match Day 5 in the UEFA Champions League, and there were quite a few interesting results throughout the continent. Chelsea, Juventus, Barcelona and even Club Brugge blanked their opponents on the day, and PSG absolutely pantsed Manchester United 3-1 in Manchester. However, the biggest and most exciting match of the day took place in Turkey, as RB Leipzig defeated Istanbul Basaksehir 4-3.
Yussuf Poulsen get the scoring started after an Emil Forsberg shot took a deflection off Poulsen and found the back of the net, then Nordi Mukiele scuffed a curling shot into the net for the second (that was the only way I could describe that goal). Basaksehir responded right before halftime off a corner kick when Irfan Kahveci scored on a missile from outside the box.
Dani Olmo increased Leipzig’s lead back to two in the 66th minute when he danced his way to a goalscoring position and finished past the goalkeeper’s near post. It was a well taken goal from the Spaniard, and it would not be the last goal scored in this thrilling match. Kahveci scored his second goal six minutes later on another well taken shot from outside the box that curled past the diving Gulasci. Kahveci completed his hat-trick with a perfectly-taken free kick in the 85th minute, with his shot curled over the wall and pinged off the crossbar and in, and suddenly Leipzig looked like they would lose all three points.
Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth, who signed for Leipzig in September, came to the rescue as he scored the winner in the dying moments of stoppage time. He played a give-and-go with Poulsen before getting into position with the ball and unleashing a powerful strike past the goalie. Fun fact, I signed Sorloth in my FIFA 17 career mode save with Bournemouth and he did absolutely nothing of note; it doesn’t have much to do with this match or anything, I just think it’s cool someone I signed in a video game and was bad turned out to be good enough to play for Leipzig and score in the Champions League.
It was a true back-and-forth affair between the two “minnows” of Group H, with a result that leaves the top three spots in the group up for grabs. With PSG’s victory over United and Leipzig’s victory, all three teams have nine points, while United and PSG occupy the top two spots on goal differential. PSG is all but certain to progress as they play Basaksehir in the final group match, while a drew sends United to the knockouts on goal differential. It should be a very exciting finish in Group H.
Erling Haaland Upbeat After Injury
When Haaland was ruled out for yesterday’s match with a hamstring injury, and later ruled out until into January, Dortmund supporters around the world thought the worst about the injury. I know I did.
He made an Instagram post this morning, saying how he’s feeling upbeat regarding the injury without really saying much.
While it’s good to hear from him how he’s positive to get better from the injury, I’m more focused on those thighs. He could probably crush a watermelon between those things!
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What was your favorite UCL match from yesterday?