SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS | MANCHESTER CITY 2 VILLAREAL 1 | REAL MADRID 4 OLYMPIQUE LYON 0

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS | MANCHESTER CITY 2 VILLAREAL 1 | REAL MADRID 4 OLYMPIQUE LYON 0

Heads & Tails for the SPANISH FOOTBALL Clubs participating tonight in CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Villareal needed to not lose to keep their slim chances of overcoming their Group for possible qualification, while Real Madrid needed a victory to seal their place beyond the Group phase. 

Spanish Football
David Silva

VILLAREAL needed to not lose their Group A match against MANCHESTER CITY & it was never going to be easy. However, the door of hope opened for the Spanish Football Club in the 3rd min when CANI put them ahead, & this gave wings to Villareal.

But the Spanish team did not count that luck - or bad luck - was going to visit the stadium & "stick a finger" or two into them (Mourinho style). Villareal played well, very well,  against the odds & put City on the ropes at times. But as the wise say you have to find your luck & Manchester City did so in the 42th min when Spanish defender MARCHENA put in an own goal to allow the home team to equalize. Bad luck for Villareal I hear some say...



The second half saw City go all out, & Villareal ( & goalie Lopez ) stood firm admirably. Until good - or bad - luck again made a visit & in the 93rd min SERGIO AGUERO - maybe off-side perhaps? - scored the winner to the delight of the home crowd & the unbelief from the Spanish players. Final result, 2 - 1 & Villareal knowing that their Euro run end with this Group. Congrats to City!

Spanish Soccer
Benzema

REAL MADRID secured their place beyond the Group phase ( Group D, in fact ) to win comfortably 4 - 0 French Club OLYMPIQUE LYON. Real Madrid Coach Mourinho put on Benzema over Higuian & the Frenchmen scored in the 19th min from a Ronaldo header flick-on. Real Madrid was virtually in control of the whole match with some sporadic threats from Lyon that Casillas & the Madrid defence stopped or the Lyon forwards missed.

The goals came in a steady flow in the second half when Madrid decided to go out & "kill" the game while the French only objective was a draw. With the visitors lack of ambition , Real Madrid took the ball & happy moved things around to their liking.


Champions league 2011
Khedira
The second goal came in the 47th min when Benzema set up on a platter a ball the KHEDIRA fired home. Then OZIL got into the action with his 55th min goal sneaking the ball under the Lyon keeper. Madrid denfender SERGIO RAMOS got his goal from a Xabi Alonso corner after finding the ball bounce into the path of his power shot in the 81st min. 


They are the official goals, there could have been more had the referee not disallowed a quick free - kick taken goal from Xabi that Benzema scored ( apparently without referee´s whistle blown) & some nice saves by Lyon goalie Lloris.


Overall, a comfortable night at the "Bernabeu" office for Real Madrid, something that would have been unheard off a couple of years back with Lyon.

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