MOTD- Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus

Bayern Munich have beaten Juventus 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League Quarterfinal tie, with the Germans having scored an amazing twenty-nine goals in their last ten matches.  Bayern started the match dominantly, and amazingly opened the scoring only fifty-five seconds into the match when Juve’s Andrea Pirlo lost the ball inside his own half.  The ball fell to Bayern left-back David Alaba, who slightly mishit a shot from forty-yards out.  It took a slight deflection of Arturo Vidal and amazingly flew into the corner of the net without Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon even getting near it.  Juve didn’t seem fazed though, with Pirlo flashing a free-kick inches over the crossbar from thirty yards out in the twelfth minute.  Seconds later Juve almost equalized when Vidal hit a swerving shot from a twenty-five yards out, and the shot flashed inches wide of the woodwork.  Despite seeing most of the possession after Bayern’s goal, Juve started to fade out of the match.  Bayern took advantage of that, and took complete control of the match about fifteen minutes into the match.

The German side almost doubled their lead in the eighteenth minute when Franck Ribery stormed do Continue reading

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MOTD halftime- Bayern Munich 1-0 Juventus

Juventus are lucky not to be down by more, with Bayern dominating so far in the first leg of their Champions League Quarterfinal tie.  Bayern started the match dominantly, and amazingly opened the scoring only fifty-five seconds into the match when Juve’s Andrea Pirlo lost the ball inside his own half.  The ball fell to Bayern left-back David Alaba, who slightly mishit a shot from forty-yards out.  It took a slight deflection of Arturo Vidal and amazingly flew into the corner of the net without Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon even getting near it.  Juve didn’t seem fazed though, with Pirlo flashing a free-kick inches over the crossbar from thirty yards out in the twelfth minute.  Seconds later Juve almost equalized when Vidal hit a swerving shot from a twenty-five yards out, and the shot flashed inches wide of the woodwork.  Despite seeing most of the possession after Bayern’s goal, Juve started to fade out of the match.  Bayern took advantage of that, and took complete control of the match about fifteen minutes into the match. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Bayern Munich vs Juventus

Bayern Munich are set to take on Juventus at the Allianz Arena in the stand out tie of the Uefa Champions League Quarterfinals.  Both sides won their Group, with Bayern topping Group F ahead of Valencia, BATE Borisov, and Lille, whereas Juve topped Group E ahead of Shakhtar Donestk, Chelsea, and FC Nordsjaelland.  Bayern faced Arsenal in the Round of 16, whereas Juve faced a rather easier Celtic side.  Juve beat Celtic 3-0 in the first leg , with Claudio Marchisio scoring twice and Mirko Vucinic grabbing a goal.  Antonio Conte’s side went on to win the second leg 2-0, with Alessandro Marti Fabio Quagliarella both scoring to give Juve a 5-0 win on aggregate.  In the first leg of Bayern’s tie against Arsenal at The Emirates, the German side bagged two first half goals and one second half goal to win 3-1.  The second leg was a lot tougher for Bayern though, and Jupp Heynkes side ended up losing 2-0, but progressing to the Quarterfinals through away goals.

The two sides have a completely different styles of play, with Bayern being the more attacking and open side and Juve having a more laid back style.  Mario Mandzucic is Bayern’s top scorer so far this season bagging twenty-five Continue reading

MOTD- Juventus 2-0 Celtic

Juventus have reached the Quarterfinals of the Uefa Champions League with a 2-0 win over Celtic and 5-0 win on aggregate. The match started slowly in the pouring rain, with Celtic settling into the game much like they did in the first leg. As Celtic started to settle they almost grabbed an opener in the twenty-first minute but Joe Ledley’s shot from twenty-five yards out whistled wide of the post. Amazingly, Juventus went up seconds later when they dispossessed Celtic in their own half. Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella got the ball right outside Cetic’s box, dribbled inside, and volleyed through the legs of Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson. Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only parry the shot, and the ball fell to Alessandro Marti who tapped it in from six yards out to make 1-0 against the run of play.

Celtic where not fazed by the goal though, and kept up the pressure. They almost equalized only three minutes after the goal and a Kris Commons shot from twenty-five yards out took a deflection and forced Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to react sharply and push it inches wide. Neither side could create anything much for the rest of the half, and the first half ended 1-0.

Starting the second half strongly, Juventus grabbed their second goal of the match in the fifty-eighth minute off another tap-in. Andrea Pirlo’s inch-perfect lofted long ball found the run of Arturo Vidal on the left of the Celtic box and Vidal chested it down and played the ball past an oncoming Forster to Qualiarella who tapped it in from two yards out. For the rest of the match it was a matter of running down the clock for Juventus and they did it well, with Celtic’s only chance for the rest of the match being a Georgios Samaras shot that blazed over the bar in the eighty-second minute. Despite deserving a goal in the tie, the match ended 2-0 and Juventus won the tie 5-0 on aggregate and Celtic failing to score a goal.

Man of the Match: Arturo Vidal

MOTD preview- Juventus vs Celtic

The second leg of Juventus’s Champions League Round of 16 tie is set to be a good one, with Celtic almost certainly out of the tournament, needing a 3-0 win at Juventus Stadium to advance to the Quarterfinals.  Celtic played well in the first leg, but ended falling 3-0 to Juventus through Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic’s late goals.  Despite almost surely managing to advance, Juventus’s coach Antonio Conte has said that the tie is not over and that he will not rest their main players who are on yellow cards and in risk of missing the next match.  Even though their chances of advancing are slim, Neil Lennon’s side will go down fighting, and will try to manage another fantastic win to add to their tally already existing of their 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Group Stage.  Lennon has warned referee Firat Aydinus to do his job properly in the match, but that tactic has already failed in the Champions League this week and when Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Cunenyt Cakir to do the same ahead of their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid.  It backfired on Sir Alex though, and Cakir made some outrageous decisions against United.  For instance giving Nani a straight red card for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.  But whether it is refereed fairly of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Celtic 0-3 Juventus

It is full time at Celtic Park, and Juventus have grabbed a 3-0 win against Celtic.  The game started in Celtics favor, but in the fourth minute Juventus amazingly took the lead on a counter attack.  Juventus hit a long ball to Alessandro Marti, and Celtic defender Efe Ambrose tried to head it out, but he jumped under the ball and Marti was put in on goal.  His shot went past Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, but cleared off the line by Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson, but the clearance went straight to Juventus’s Claudio Marchisio who poked the ball in from six yards out.  Celtic was dominating the game and they almost equalized in the twenty-eighth minute when Kris Commons’s bicycle kick from a Mikael Lustig cross went just wide of the far post.  Juventus looked most likely to score on counter attacks, athough they had few of them.  Celtic was still in control when the second half started, although they got lucky when Kelvin Wilson blocked Juventus’s Mirko Vucinics goal-bound effort from a Juventus counter attack.  Celtic continued to dominated the match, but again the were punished for not finishing their chanced on a Juventus counter attack in the seventieth- eighth minute.  Marchisio took a perfectly weighted through ball from Marti, and powered it in past an oncoming Forster from eight yards out.  Even though Juventus had pretty much won the tie, Celtic continued to dominate, but again Juventus struck on the counter attack in the eighty-third minute.  Ambrose was caught with the ball by Marchisio, who unselfishly set up Vucinic who nutmeged Forster and pretty much ended Celtics European hopes.  Celtic could not pull one back from there, and the match ended 3-0 Juventus.
Man of the Match: Claudio Marchisio

MOTD preview- Celtic vs Juventus

This round of sixteen Champions League match is going to be a big one, with Juventus traveling to Celtic Park to face Scottish champions Celtic. The last time the two teams met was in October 2001 in the Champions League group stage, in which Celtic won 4-3 at Celtic Park, and the other tie of the stage Juventus won 3-2. This year Juventus topped Group E with twelve points to make it into the round of sixteen, whereas Celtic got second in Group G with ten points. Juventus’s group was made up of them, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, and FC Nordsjaelland, and the other team to qualify for the round of sixteen from the group was Shakhtar Donestk, who tied Chelsea on points with ten. Celtic’s group included them, Barcelona, Benfica, and Spartak Moscow, but Celtic were not favored to qualify from the group, but their fantastic 2-1 win verses Barcelona at Celtic Park nudged them past Benfica. Juventus is expected to win the match, but Neil Lennon’s squad could get win. Whomever wins, the match is sure to be a good one, so look out for my full time review of it, right here on Football Every Day!