UEFA Champions League continued tonight with the much anticipated clash between two favourites, ATLETICO DE MADRID and JUVENTUS FC. Here is a summary of the main events, along with the goalscorers & the final result.

Starting 11 team vs Juventus FC Champions League

Atletico de Madrid started with the above 11 team, it included the return of midfielder Koke & forward Diego Costa.

Starting 11 vs At Madrid Champions League

Juventus FC went into this game with the above starting 11 missing Khedira who stayed in Turin undergoing medical check over a heart complaint detected a few days back.

At Madrid - Juventus FC Champions League

The first half was even with few goal opportunities to note, except a long range Cristiano Ronaldo free kick stopped by Oblak & a Griezmann free kick stopped by Juventus goalie Szczesny. The match swayed between both teams as Atletico started strong & later Juve regained the upper hand. The game was intense with Atletico showing their habitual physical approach to their Football & while Juve was solid in their defending.

At Madrid - Juventus FC Champions League

The second half was all Atletico de Madrid which decided to go after the game leaving aside some of the tactical discipline. The goal opportunities came early with DIEGO COSTA on his own missing a sitter, that was followed few minutes later with GRIEZMANN hitting the bar.

Atletico de Madrid Coach Simeone decided to make some changes that surprised by there offensive nature. Alvaro Morata came on for Costa, Lemar came on for Tomas & later Correa for Koke...all 3 are forwards.

Atletico was putting Juventus FC on the back foot & in the 70th min MORATA headed in a goal that was later cancelled by a VAR decision, it seemed he pushed Chellini before heading. But the signs were there that more was to come. It did, in the 78th min when Atletico defender GIMENEZ scoped a loose ball in the little square to score the opener. The second goal would come in 84th min when another defender GODIN shot to goal getting a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo that went into the net.

The Italians attempted a late reaction to at least try for an away goal but Atletico goal Oblak made an outstanding save from a Bernardeschi attempt, & Ronaldo failed a header a half chance towards to end. 


Finish off with a mention about the grand perform by Atletico defender GODIN who was outstanding tonight in defence & showing his leadership qualities.

Now it's back to Turin for the second leg match which could be a cliffhanger as Juventus attempts to turn things around. However, Atletico has a healthy & well earned advantage.


UEFA Champions League is back on stage this week with two Spanish Football Clubs down for action. Tomorrow Atletico de Madrid hosts Juventus Fc, while tonight FC BARCELONA has travelled to Lyon to face Olympique

Here is a summary of the main events of the Barça-Lyon game, along with goalscorers & the final result.

Starting 11 team vs Lyon in Champions League

FC BARCELONA went into this game with the needed respect to attempt to avoid surprises & put forward the best available starting 11 as seen above. Olympique is young, brave & rapid which has Barça on alert & knowing that this is a potential "danger match". 

FC Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon UEFA Champions League

Great entertaining first 45 minutes with an open and end to end Football game along with goal opportunities going to both teams. FC Barcelona was slightly more superior the first half over Lyon, but the French team had the clearer goal chances. Barça goalie Ter Stegen had to work while Barça midfielder Sergi Busquets had a great goal opportunity towards to final part of the half that was not to be. Overall very even first 45 minutes.

Olympique Lyon - FC Barcelona Champions League 2019

The 2º half saw a more determined FC Barcelona looking to score the important away goal. The Spanish team created plenty of opportunities & could have done damage to Lyon, but lacked goal. In fact, LUIS SUAREZ had some very clear opportunities in front of goal of which he could not finish off. The Uruguayan is going through a "bad streak" in front of goal & tonight he was clearly visibly  frustrated. 


The elimination is wide open with the return match soon at Barcelona to decide the outcome. 


UEFA Champions League was back tonight after its "in between phase" break with the last 16 teams knock out home & away stage now in motion. Three Spanish Football Clubs are still in the action & while FC Barcelona & Atletico de Madrid play next week, tonight it was REAL MADRID CF which travelled to Holland to play AJAX OF AMSTERDAM. The Final result was a 1 - 2 victory for Real Madrid which still has to be fully secured back in Madrid in the second leg game against Ajax. 

Real Madrid CF vs Ajax Champions League

Here are the starting line-ups for both Teams:

REAL MADRID: Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Reguilon; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Vinicius, Gareth Bale & Karim Benzema.

AJAX: Onana; Tagliafico, Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui; De Jong, Van de Beek, Ziyech; Neres, Schone & Tadic.

Real Madrid

The final result and 1 - 2 victory for Madrid was not the real picture of reality for this game. Ajax of Amsterdam played much better most of the encounter taking the initiative & attacking in waves. The Dutch Club created many occasions & forced Real Madrid on the back foot most of the night, especially the first 50-60 mins of the match.

The Ajax midfielders neutralized Benzema, Bale & Kroos not allowing the Spanish playmakers space to move the ball around & forced them to commit many errors. The Dutch exploited the left wing giving Carvajal a busy night of defending & also forcing mistakes to later create opportunities.

Ajax hit the post in the 25th min when Tadic had his chance, & a 38th min "goal" through a Tagliafico header was disallowed when the "VAR" sentenced that an Ajax player obstructed Real Madrid goalie Courtois in attempting to get to the ball. Controversial & will be part of the ongoing post-match debates.

Real Madrid was very quiet upfront with only a very good Vinicius opportunity appearing which was well saved by Ajax goalie Onana. 

Real Madrid has (& had tonight) the "luck of the Champions" & fully capitalised on their little goal opportunities to score both goals. The first was a wonderful play by Vinicius coming in from his wing & dragging up to 4 Ajax defenders to find BENZEMA who scored in the 60th min

Ajax kept with their game plan & regained control of the game with excellent midfield work & attacking Football. It was not long that they were rightly rewarded for their efforts when ZIYECH scored the equalizer in the 75th min. Seemed some justice was being done.

However, Real Madrid put on Asensio to give the forward line fresh legs & he was quickly announcing with great opportunities what was to come. In a quick counter attack Carvajal made a run down his wing & made a precision pass to find ASENSIO who knocked in the winning goal in the 86th min. This summed up Real Madrid´s night, 3-4 opportunities & 2 goals! Ajax will be disappointed as they deserved at least a draw, however the experience of the Real Madrid players shone through in this game.

Summarizing, Ajax midfielder De Jong looks like a real fine Football player & FC Barcelona will have a great asset in coming years. Sergio Ramos was solid tonight but will miss the next Champions League match in Madrid due to yellow card accumulation. Benzema is in on a goal scoring streak but went off with thigh problems. 

The tie is still open for the return Madrid tie & Ajax still has a chance, but for now Real Madrid has the advantage.


French Football Magazine "L'Equipe" has published their list of the Top 10 Football Players in earnings. Here is the list:


The Top 10 Best Paid Football | Soccer Players in the World

1º - Lionel Messi 8,3M€ Gross/Month (FC Barcelona)
2º - Cristiano Ronaldo 4,7M€ Gross/ Month  (Juventus FC)
3º - Antoine Griezmann 3,3M€ (Atletico de Madrid)
4º - Neymar 3,06M€  (PSG)
5º - Luis Suarez 2,9M€ (FC Barcelona)
6º - Gareth Bale 2,5M€ (Real Madrid)
7º - Philippe Coutinho 2,3M€ (FC Barcelona)
8º - Alexis Sanchez 2,28M€ (Man Utd)
9º - Kylian Mbappe 1,73M€ (PSG)
10º - Mesut Özil 1,6M€ (Arsenal FC)

As you can see a high percentage with this Top 10 list work in the Spanish Football League - La Liga

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