Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CL Open Thread


Now that everyone here got the Roma-CFR Cluj matchup completely wrong, it's time to move onto Matchday 2. Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United are you British teams involved, With ManU-Villareal apparently our ESPN2 game of the week. Given that the early listing was for Real Madrid-BATE Borisov, I'll take it. If you don't like that game, please feel free to browse our links. There is one that should really help you out.
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Cristiano Ronaldo will be making his season debut for Manchester United tonight. That is, if he gets off the bench. Unfortunately for us American fans, The Haitian Sensation is not on Villareal's Champions League roster, though Giuseppe Rossi is. Bastard.

Match-ups and lineups after the jump.

Group E
Celtic-Aalborg
Manchester United-Villareal

Group F
Lyon-Fiorentina
Steaua Bucharest-Bayern Munich

Group G
Dynamo Kiev-Arsenal
Porto-Fenerbahce

Group H
Juventus-Zenit St Petersburg
Real Madrid-BATE Borisov


Lineups
Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Robson, Brown, Maloney, Samaras, McDonald
Aalborg: Zaza, Beauchamp, Jakobsen, Olfers, Pedersen, Curth, Johansson, Augustinussen, Risgard, Enevoldsen, Saganowski

Manchester United: Van der Sar; Ferdinand, Evra, Neville, Evans; Hargreaves, Fletcher, Park, Nani; Rooney, Tevez. Subs: Anderson, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Vidic, Brown, Foster, Giggs
Villareal: Diego Lopez; Gonzalo, Capdevilla, Angel Lopez, Godin; Fernandez, Eguren, Edmilson, Cani, Pires; Franco. Subs: Viera, Llorente, ibagaza, Fuentes, Cazorla, Senna, Venta

Dynamo Kiev: Bogush, Betao, Diakhate, Mykhalyk, Nesmachniy, Vukojevic, Yussuf, Yeremenko, Aliev, Ninkovic, Bangoura. Subs: Shovkovskiy, Ghioane, Morozyuk, Shatskikh, Kravets,
Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy; Walcott, Fabregas, Song, Denilson; Van Persie, Adebayor. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Eboue, Bendtner, Ramsey, Wilshere, Djourou

Alright, it's Lingering Bursitis here. I have no idea what I'm undertaking, but I thought that since I'd found a Real Madrid v. BATE Borisov feed, I might as well do a half-hearted liveblog (while still technically at work). Call it madness, but I could probably bank on us being the only ones around with that depth of coverage.

2 mins: Raul goes close to scoring. The feed is in Portuguese. This is not going to be easy.

5 mins: All Real so far, unsurprisingly. BATE elicit loud wolf-whistles for hoofing their sole possession downfield.

11 mins: GOAL REAL MADRID... nice build-up. Robben's romp down the left wins a corner. Van der Vaart takes it short, and Guti's low "cross" scuffs across the box to Sergio Ramos, all alone on the back post, and he one-times it through Veremko's legs. Real Madrid 1, BATE Borisov 0 (Ramos 11")

And brilliantly, the patchy Portuguese feed goes down. What the hell was I thinking anyway? I'm just playing out a crisis on the blog... the need to do something about soccer completely overwhelming my better nature.

Time to troll for another obscure game to cover.

101 comments:

The NY Kid said...

Will Real Madrid master Bate?

Oh, and where's the TM - NY KID on "The Haitian Sensation"?

ü75 said...

I figured you would be along to do it. I was right.

Mike Georger said...

im watching the liverpool/sunderland reserves showdown. one day, id like to see a woman naked.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Also, we get a blog TM on Spartak London

Lingering Bursitis said...

I am going to actually watch the Real/BATE match. Wish me luck

Lingering Bursitis said...

Fuck it, I'm moving to the post for some Real Madrid insights.

The NY Kid said...

Hang in there, Georger! It'll happen for you some day.

The NY Kid said...

the Arsenal kits are making my eyes bleed

Precious Roy said...

Fucking hell... of course they put ManU(re) on the Deuce.

ü75 said...

I hate the home Arsenal kit more. Using the Blackcurrant on the sleeves. Yuck.

ü75 said...

My Arsenal feed sucks. I should find a Celtic one, no one will want to watch that.

Mike Georger said...

these games make this class alot more bearable. i love champions league days.
granted i already returned my book, so if i get called on im fucked, but at least ill be fucked with a game in front of me

Ibracadabra said...

Would Gary Neville start for Birmingham?

The NY Kid said...

Sopcast 6029 for Arsenal feed

strong like bull smart like tractor said...

Gilardino scores to put Fiorentina up one (against the run of play) in Lyon...

Mike Georger said...

lyon are the pre 2008 spain of the champions league

The NY Kid said...

Porto already up 2 on Fenerbache.

And dammit, Lyon! Allez!

Mike Georger said...

munchinland up 1-0

Mike Georger said...

munchkin
fuck

Lingering Bursitis said...

Screw looking for a BATE feed... Porto look good, don't they? Poor Aragones... :(

The NY Kid said...

Sergio Ramos master(s) Bate

The NY Kid said...

how the fuck did Ade miss that?

Lingering Bursitis said...

NY Kid: because he's Adebayor. It's what he does. Hat trick one week, 6 weeks without a goal, then another hat trick

Precious Roy said...

Can't get any good streams. Ack. Oh Southeast |Asian pirates, why do you hate the Mac OS? Think I picked Fenerbahce to go through. I'm an idiot.

The NY Kid said...

But doesn't he care about my CL fantasy team?

Lingering Bursitis said...

Aalborg are applying some neat pressure... look out, Celtic. You have the NY Kid dreaded vote of confidence to advance

The NY Kid said...

I am truly the kiss of death. Bet any and all monies against my picks!

Precious Roy said...

Well at least Karma held out over the summer before bothering to get to the racist fuck.

The NY Kid said...

talking about Arsenal's terrible travel arrangements for their return to London. So they get back home at 3AM on Thursday? So what?

It's only Bolton on Saturday.

/tempting fate

Lingering Bursitis said...

Celtic have a Penalty...

Lingering Bursitis said...

... and Barry Robson misses it. Still 0-0 there. Hilarious.

The NY Kid said...

And Fenerbache pulls 1 back

The NY Kid said...

Sir Bobby would have made it

Precious Roy said...

Please don't temp fate against Stupid Fucking Bolton... the Gunners have had enough trouble with them as it is without getting the black arts involved.

Precious Roy said...

Ha ha... the 4-letter gamecaster mentioned the missed PK in the Arnseal v Kiev liveblog.

The NY Kid said...

There would have been a riot in the Ukraine if Walcott had scored on the counter after the ref (rightly) didn't award a PK

Lingering Bursitis said...

Another for Gilardino... 0-2 Fiore away from home against the limp Lyon

The NY Kid said...

FUCK! Gilardino scored again. Lyon down 0-2

The NY Kid said...

I hate you.

Lingering Bursitis said...

sorry


what I meant was limp lyonnais

Lingering Bursitis said...

there's plenty of other good, descriptive l words I could use

lifeless
lackluster
lame
limited
listless


limp is a good one though

The NY Kid said...

Oh, so you're a funny man?

You're lucky I'm a PSG man.

Lingering Bursitis said...

plenty of bad adjectives beginning with P too


:P

Lingering Bursitis said...

Where are all the Man United goals? Arsenal goals?


Europe is looking rather lukewarm tonight as opposed to the general pyrotechnics of yesterday (only one game ended 0-0, goals everywhere).

Of course, they'll all right the ship in the 2nd half. Still, 8 games and only 7 goals!

Ian said...

Fuck yeah Gilardino!

The NY Kid said...

Fuck you, Gilardino!

The NY Kid said...

I had no idea that Pires played for Villareal. Astounding!

ü75 said...

Madrid get a second on BATE

The NY Kid said...

Ronaldo warming up.

ü75 said...

Stats from Glasgow.
Combined shots: 14
On target: 1

The NY Kid said...

@u75 - How Ruud of them

ü75 said...

FUCK

Precious Roy said...

How do you hit the inside of the post there and NOT score? Fucking Villa.

ü75 said...

Damn Dive gets a PK

The NY Kid said...

Oh shit. PK for Dynamo.

Precious Roy said...

Fuck and now a PK for Kiev. FUCK!

ü75 said...

Slim Charles' little brother gets a PK goal for Kiev

Lingering Bursitis said...

1-0 kyiv

that wasn't supposed to happen

Precious Roy said...

Hey... Arsenal getting the shit end of a dive in the box in the CL. Sounds familiar.

The NY Kid said...

Poop.

ü75 said...

@PR-
I have purged all memories of such an event. What are you on about?

Lingering Bursitis said...

Now now chaps, let's not get all conspiratorial. The pressure of playing in Eastern Europe is clearly affecting the Spanish ref as well as your lot.

The NY Kid said...

Christina has made her debut for ManUre.

Precious Roy said...

Those [officials] who do not learn from the past are dooming [the Gunners] to repeat it.

Mike Georger said...

"Slim Charles' little brother gets a PK goal for Kiev"

who we hittin?

Precious Roy said...

GC description of the call:

"It was a funny one, the pen award. One where both players have a hold of each other, but the attacker flings himself to the floor theatrically, clutching the defender's shirt, and the ref buys it."

Lingering Bursitis said...

Nice Roy. At some point though, the Gunners need to shed the hard-done-to tag and simply just get the job done.

I still sympathize re: the PK just now. Not the one against us though

The NY Kid said...

oh, good - Bendtner will definitely improve the situation

ü75 said...

@PR-
That's a big boy who went flying down under little Bacary's challenge. Laughable, is it had not been awarded.

ü75 said...

*if*

Precious Roy said...

Didn't say Arsenal hasn't blown chances. And by doing so left themselves no margin for error. It's easier to take the loss (if it happens) if the error wasn't a gift from the official though.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Here come Lyon... it's 2-1 now!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Roy: understood. They'll get it sorted, although it won't be due to anything Bendtner does

ü75 said...

There's something wonderfully sad about Bendtner's "run with the ball until I get tackled" style. It's a simplicity that you just don't see much past 8 year-olds.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Juve finally get a goal... 1-0 there, 10-15 mins to go

ü75 said...

Juve scored. Del Piero.

Mike Georger said...

this has 89th minute tevez goal written all over it

ü75 said...

Norwich down to QPR at the half despite QPR being a man down from 25 minutes.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Red Card for Aalborg too... the door is wide open there, Nakamura's free kick needed a fine save from Karim Zaza

ü75 said...

Vela on

Lingering Bursitis said...

Unfuckingbelievable... the damn frogs have equalized

Lyon 2, Fiore 2

ü75 said...

Lyon 2-2

Lingering Bursitis said...

Meanwhile, C-ron botches a chance at the far post and then watches Jonny Evans plant a wide-open header square against the post from close range after his gorgeous cross. I am loving it

ü75 said...

1-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Precious Roy said...

Level. Thanks you Gallas.

The NY Kid said...

BENZEMA!

ü75 said...

Gallas, you useless twat, way to go!

The NY Kid said...

GALLAS!

It's all French all the time!

Lingering Bursitis said...

that's a good result away from home, PK aside.

Goat said...

I've always loved that Gallas kid.

Goat said...

So, what'd I miss? I just came in in the 83rd minute. Am I to understand the penalty was bullshit?

Lingering Bursitis said...

Porto bag another to help their goal difference, 3-1 there

ü75 said...

1-1 FT Arsenal

hockalees said...

I have no feeds... how much extra time after the Gallas' goal?

ü75 said...

And Wenger is pissed. In the American way, not the British one.

ü75 said...

@hockalees-not enough.
Gallas scored in the 88th. Maybe 3 minutes of added time.

Precious Roy said...

Figure Arsenal were hoping for no less than 5 points from the away matches, so that's a huge point to rescue.

Thank you Willie Gallas you batshit insane bastard you.

Goat said...

According to the anjlnouncer it was a "Joobious" penalty.

ü75 said...

LOL at Group E. Two 0-0 games.

Lingering Bursitis said...

close to full time in Norwich too... still 1-0 QPR

ü75 said...

Norwich fail to score. 0-1 at home to 10 man QPR