Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CL Open Thread


Oh, happy days...

It's finally upon us. Catch the excitement! CL Matchday 1. Oh, sweet lord, I never thought we'd get here, and to think we almost didn't if it weren't for the hilarious profligacy of Standard Liege in front of goal.

Moving on, here's the slate for today/tonight:

GROUP A
Spartak London v. Bordeaux
Roma v. CFR Cluj-Napoca

GROUP B
Panathanaikos v. Inter Milan
Werder Bremen v. Anorthosis Famagusta

GROUP C
Barcelona v. Sporting
FC Basel v. Shakhtar Donetsk

GROUP D
Marseille v. Liverpool
PSV v. Atletico Madrid


Any score predictions? Anything to note about the games? Drop it after the mark and let's celebrate the return of Big Cup.



Marseille v. Liverpool:

Marseille: Mandanda, Bonnart, Zubar, Hilton, Taiwo, Cana, Cheyrou, Kone, M'Bami, Ben Arfa, Niang.

Subs: Riou, Ziani, Zenden, Kabore, Samassa, Erbate, Valbuena.

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Dossena, Gerrard, Mascherano, Leiva Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, Babel.

Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Keane, Riera, Alonso, Benayoun, Degen.

Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria). He was the baldie who presided over the Spartak London-Liverpool 1-1 semi-final 1st leg last season, and the disastrous Portugal-Switzerland game in Euro '08 in which he incorrectly disallowed a goal and also failed to give an obvious penalty. Can't wait for this one.

Meanwhile, across the Channel... Spartak London v. Bordeaux

Spartak London: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Obi, Joe Cole, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka.

Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Ballack, Ferreira, Kalou, Alex, Belletti.

Bordeaux: Rame, Jurietti, Diawara, Planus, Placente, Diarra, Menegazzo, Gouffran, Gourcuff, Wendell, Chamakh.

Subs: Valverde, Henrique, Cavenaghi, Bellion, Ducasse, Traore, Obertan.

Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland). This is the guy who reffed the Arsenal-Liverpool quarter-final 1st leg that same year, the one in which Hleb thought he had a penalty when he actually didn't. This bodes well for all teams involved.

68 comments:

Mike Georger said...

marseilles have the worst kits ever.

Mike Georger said...

my tvu stream or the pool game isnt great, anyone got a good one?

The NY Kid said...

fucking fat frank

Lingering Bursitis said...

try justin and his .tv

ü75 said...

Fat Frank!

@Georger-Check our links. There is one very lonely one waiting for you.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Lampard isn't head and shoulders above the rest in that UEFA Midfielder of the Year contest, certainly not enough to win fair and square.

However, he is head and shoulders wider than everyone else.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Two great chances for LFC... Babel with a sublime flick and turn to shoot, then Gerrard forcing a fine save.

Just a matter of time, imho

Lingering Bursitis said...

a rather zesty, attacking start by both sides thus far. Surprised, in fact, amazed to see LFC attacking so much away from home in the CL.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Ah.. bollocks. Good move that, by Marseille. Fuck.

The NY Kid said...

I will never survive 2 French teams losing today.

NEVER!

ü75 said...

What? Marseille scored?

ü75 said...

My stream is horrible. How did it happen?

The NY Kid said...

LORIK CANA!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Carragher stepped up and Cana beat the offside trap, took the chance well 1-on-1. Still, LFC have had 2 or 3 gilt-edged chances so far. The lead won't last.

ü75 said...

1-1. Well done.

Northrider said...

Weak defense from the boys...

Lingering Bursitis said...

unbelievable finish by Gerrard. Marseille's lead lasts 3 minutes. Great build-up, stunning shot.

ü75 said...

Nice placement. Too bad he had no idea about it.

The NY Kid said...

a pox on gerrard.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Unbelievable finish. Gerrard gets the ball out on the right at the edge of the box, delivered behind him, and he somehow gets his entire body around the ball to shoot, sending it curling and looping across Mandanda's goal into the top left. Goalie didn't even move. Stunning.

The NY Kid said...

and 2-0 for chelsea

Lingering Bursitis said...

Penalty to Liverpool...

ü75 said...

2-1. Gerrard is the new Walcott.

Lingering Bursitis said...

2-1 LFC

Gerrard makes it, the ref orders a retake and he puts it in the same corner the 2nd time around.

Northrider said...

My stream keeps dying. Just gonna stick with updates from you guys

The NY Kid said...

If I was Mandanda, I would have gone to the same corner.

Lingering Bursitis said...

this is shocking, when's the last time we saw two french clubs getting humbled in European competition?

Oh wait -- every year

The NY Kid said...

I MUST PROTEST!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Cluj are holding Roma 1-1 in Italy so far

strong like bull smart like tractor said...

This just in - Sergio Aguero is a f'ing beast.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Halftime scores (or at least close to HT):

GROUP A:
Chelsea 2-0 Bordeaux
Roma 1-1 CFR Cluj-Napoca

GROUP B:
Panathinaikos 0-1 Inter Milan
Werder Bremen 0-0 Anorthosis Famagusta

GROUP C:
Barcelona 1-0 Sporting
Basle 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

GROUP D:
Marseille 1-2 Liverpool
PSV 0-2 Atletico Madrid

The NY Kid said...

Liverpool lead, but Marseille have been bright, perky and dangerous.

I think ESPN just compared Marseille to Angelina Jolie

Lingering Bursitis said...

So they're both giant teases, then?

Oh, at least one of 'em seems mired in a boring marriage, too. That wouldn't fit for a Frenchman, would it?

The NY Kid said...

Well, she did give birth in France.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Another goal for Shakhtar... 2-0 now for them, away at Basel.

Brilliant name for the scorer: Rodrigues Jadson

Lingering Bursitis said...

Very true. Sorry NY, I'm being rough on you today. Something about the French thing. I apologize.

The NY Kid said...

I know that you're secretly still upset about Euro 2004.

Ibracadabra said...

Does anybody else have Tommy Smyth on mute?

Lingering Bursitis said...

lbra: I tried listening to Tommy Smythe once. Never again.

The NY Kid said...

hatem ben arfa looks perpetually confused

Mike Georger said...

ugh i missed all the goals, was watching a video on domestic violence in class and couldnt pull off watching my computer

Ibracadabra said...

Smyth rivals Christian Miles / Keith Costigan as worst footie "faux" experts on TV for unsuspecting US fans who are enamored with British accents...

give me Robbie Earle and I'm fine.

The NY Kid said...

@Georger - remember, domestic violence is bad

Mike Georger said...

i dont know what you guys see in justin tv, every link im trying is 'not broadcasting'

The NY Kid said...

Justin has not been very nice to me lately either. Perhaps he now has too many friends?

Mike Georger said...

eighth time is the charm

Ibracadabra said...

I use http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/ and it's pretty consistent once you download SopCast (free)

Mike Georger said...

livefooty used to be my goto but it got so frustrating whenever their servers get overloaded and the site just wont load

good now though

The NY Kid said...

I have the Marseille-'Pool game on livefooty (SopCast) and the feed is absolutely brilliant

Lingering Bursitis said...

Cluj is ahead 2-1 against AS Roma IN ROME

Mike Georger said...

what the fuck stevie

Mike Georger said...

riise was on the field for both goals and got subbed off after the second
SHOCKING

Mike Georger said...

defense is playing like absolute ass. why oh why is agger out of favor?

Lingering Bursitis said...

Yossi's on for Gerrard, Riera for Torres. Easy does it..

Mike Georger said...

justin crapped out again and livefooty keeps telling me i dont have sopcast installed. these pirates fucking suck at their job

Lingering Bursitis said...

Justin is working just fine for me. Georger, you could always watch Chelsea on ESPN2

Mike Georger said...

link me

The NY Kid said...

do you think that guys like Torres and Babel understand anything that Carra says to them?

Mike Georger said...

wow what a save
my tvu stream works but the audio is popping. as im wearing headphones this sucks ass

The NY Kid said...

brilliant save from Mandanda

The NY Kid said...

3-0 chelsea on Malouda. Traitor.

Ibracadabra said...

What a goal, Chelsea. Glad I took the over 2.5 on Sportsbook.com.

The NY Kid said...

Lovely feet from Reira to slip out of a congested midfield and find Kuyt but he's confronted with too many options for his tiny little brain to cope with and fluffs it.

Um, wow. This ESPN guy doesn't care for Kuyt.

Mike Georger said...

PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS YOSSI

jesus, perfect chance to get keane his first goal

The NY Kid said...

and Anelka gets a gift for 4-0.

/insert Vichy joke here

The NY Kid said...

Reina played absolutely brilliantly, and saved 'Pool this time.

Lingering Bursitis said...

CFR Cluj hang on to beat AS Roma, 2-1, in Italy. Easily one of the most astonishing results in CL history, especially as most of us had AS picked to tango into the next round hand-in-hand with Chelsea.

Ian said...

Roma got smoked by Palermo this weekend too....