|Ribery for Bayern Munich|
VILLAREAL travelled to Munich to play their Group A match against BAYERN & lost 3 - 1, thus ( nearly impossible saving themselves ) blowing out all their Euro - Champions League candles. It was always going to be difficult for the Spaniards who have most of their big names injured & travelled to Germany with 4 juniors who saw this stage a bit too big tonight for a life saving performance.
Frenchmen & Bayern player RIBERY found his inspiration tonight & scored two great goals ( 2nd & 66th min), while his partner in crime, MARIO GOMEZ scored his goal in the 23rd min. To Villareal´s credit they managed a pride winner with a goal in the 49th min by DE GUZMAN.
|Sahin for Real Madrid|
REAL MADRID defeated 6 - 2 DYNAMO ZAGREB in a one way demolition job that was cosmetically made up for the Croatians by a "over-confident & relaxed" end of match Madrid that saw how the opponents scored two goals. The first for the Croatian team, by BEQIRAJ in the 81st min, was unstoppable, but the second by TOMAECAK in the 90th min was a Madrid defensive mistake. Dynamo leave Madrid with at least some pride as the goal scoreline could have been a riot had Zagreb goalie KELEVA hadn't stopped four clear chances & if Benzema & Callejon had had more luck.
Real Madrid started with this line-up:
ADÁN; LASS, VARANE, RAMOS, COENTRAO; XABI ALONSO, SAHIN; CALLEJÓN, ÖZIL, BENZEMA; HIGUAÍN,
giving rest to the big name regular players & giving Sahin a full match to see how the man is developing. Also Coach Mourinho put up front together Benzema & Higuain & as things turned out it all paid off well.
Real Madrid was 4 - 0 in the first 20 MINUTES with goals from BENZEMA ( 2nd min), CALLEJON ( 6th min), HIGUAIN ( 9th min ) & OZIL ( 27th min). Zagreb were rattled & the opportunities kept coming, but Dynamo kept miraculously afloat.
|Benzema for Real Madrid|
The second half saw this starting line-up for Real Madrid:
From here with 6 - 0 up Real Madrid had some lapses at the end that allowed two consolation goals to Zagreb. Well done by the visitors who really went through a "swallow me up earth please" 70 mins period of play.