Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CL Liveblog: Manchester United v. Porto


If we have to explain, it's already too late

Credit to Bigus


United's war on five fronts can come to a merciful end this evening with anything less than total victory at FC Porto's Estádio do Dragão. But as ever, even when it's not about Liverpool, it's about Liverpool. The Reds supporter is in an awkward position this hour-- does he root for a bloody end to his sworn enemy's European campaign... or does he get out his wiles, and Manc crest, and pull for United to ride into Porto and slay the Hulk, thus ensuring more fixture congestion and "nightmarish rotation hell??" We already know Bad Karma Bursitis's feelings on the issue. Those are his quotes a few words back, and he was not-at-all quietly rooting for the Reds to lose, gracefully, but lose on aggregate to Chelsea yesterday.

ED'S ADDENDUM: To clarify, I absolutely did not root for my team to lose yesterday. I merely said if we did lose, I wouldn't take it as painfully as any other loss. Plus, some stuff about being healthy, focused, etc. I will root for United to win today though, simply because I wish for their tired, flagging squad to be buried under an avalanche of more fixtures. Anything to keep their focus away from the EPL.

LAD'S ADDENDUM TO ED'S ADDENDUM: Pithy, elegant, but ultimately, untrue.

Sadly, the level-headed among us know that Liverpool in 2009 is no Russia in Winter 1942. I'd say they're more like Holland in Spring 1940-- talk a big game, puff their chests a bit, but ultimately destined for quiet capitulation.

So there's the intrigue. As for the game at hand: the ball is round, the tie is square (or, more honestly, it's rhombus, tilting in Porto's direction under the weight of their two massive away goals), and we are set to watch Manc blood flow like the Mondego!!

Oh, and for the rest of our Iberian-interest crowd, I'll be sure to check in on Villareal's afternoon playdate with Uncle Arsene and his Super Adventure Club.

The madness begins... after the hop.



FC Porto XI: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Alves, Cissokho, Gonzalez, Fernando, Meireles, Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez.

Subs: Nuno, Stepanov, Guarin, Mariano Gonzalez, Costa, Madrid, Farias.

Note: Porto's lineup is unchanged from Old Trafford. However, manager Jesualdo Ferreira is banned through an old, since appealed and reduced UEFA suspension. BBC is reporting a rumor that he's not even sticking around the stadium to watch the game. Don't blame him if it's true-- better to go home, have a drink, and check the score online every 15 mins. Less stressful.

Man Utd XI: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Rooney.

Subs: Foster, Neville, Evans, Nani, Scholes, Tevez, Macheda.

Note: Big changes for SAF. After fielding a 75% strength side in the first leg, it's Luftwaffe, Panzer divisions, etc.. all barreling toward the front.

(In London, it's a makeshift Gooner backline, with Gibbs, Silvestre, and Eboue being trusted to protect Fabianski from what are sure to be braver-than-usual-advances from the Yellow Submarine, who themselves are without Marcos Senna.)

4 mins to kickoff: Yesssss. The Anthem! Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahmpionsssss!!!

2 mins to kickoff: Porto fans doing some scary call and response business with the PA. No English team has ever won here, as we've been told 8,764 times in the past fortnight. But still, it's a precedent, no?

0:00 : AAAAnd we are underway. Our friends at ESPN2 confirm the bit about Ferreira not being in the stadium.

1 min: No HD tonight?

2 min: A clever build up from United ends with a Rooney cross cleared by a Porto noggin. Berbatov recovers the ball, but is ultimately dispossessed.

3 min: Free kick for Porto from 30 yards and an angle.

Hulk is the man who has a go-- skips low and into van der Saar's gut.

4 min: Lopez runs at the United defense... Ferdinand prevails, but Porto look to be their old attacking selves from the first leg.

6 min: Nothing was happening.. then Ronaldo scores from 40(???) yards out!!

Tommy Smyth says 35 yards. So 40 it is.

United 1, Porto 0 (United 3, Porto 2 on agg)

9 min: Anderson and Lucho Gonzalez, Porto captain and form United player, collide on the Porto side of the halfway line. Lucho prevails in the writhing contest.

10 mins: Tommy Smyth Wisdom: United have been hurt by the absence of Rio Ferdinand.

11 min: Porto looking about us stunned as I feel. Most of the play is in the middle third.

12 min: Lasagne Boy Carrick tries his luck from just outside the 18-yard box. Alas, he is not Ronaldo and it's a goal kick.

But United are right back in. Rooney's swinging cross falls on vacant green.

15 min: United are playing games with Porto in the midfield. Congested, as Rooney and Berbatov are both dropping back. Still, United tap dance around.

17 min: Carrick's run is halted by... Ronaldo, who'd drifted in... Porto take possession, but Cissokho throws in a weak cross for van der Saar to collect.

18 min: Carrick is down with a nick. Why? Cos Ronaldo stomped on his foot on the way up the field before.

18 min: Scholes getting warm.. just in case.

20 min: Lopez brought down by Carrick 25 yards out. Free kick for Porto.

Alves takes it...

...and licks one about a yard or so wide of van der Saar. Daaamn. Boy kick ball hard.

22 min: Getting chippy in the midfield. Anderson in none to pleased with a Lucho tackle.

24 min: Porto with some possession, but only on the perimeter. Attacking throw.

25 min: Lopez tries to bicycle boot one past van der Saar.. this is made more difficult by Ferdinand, who shoves him to the ground as he turns. No whistle-- a theme for the night?

26 min: Porto midfield starting assert themselves. Still, no REAL chances. Speculative through balls all cut off by the Vidic-Ferdinand Axis.

28 min: a weak clearance/pass from Giggs gives up possession. Porto counter with an awkward cross to Hulk, who's waiting in the box. The ball skips through his legs, and United take a clearance.

29 min: Lucho is down for the count. And as per usual, with (seemingly) real injuries, there was no contact. Just and awkward kick and slip. He's gripping his knee... we'll see. Either a torn ACL or he's back in 10 seconds. Ten months or ten seconds. That's the rule for footy injuries.

30 min: Berbatov lays one off for Ryan Giggs, who doesn't miss by much. United now pressing for a second.

Rooney playing behind Ronaldo at this point...

31 min: Gonzalez on for Lucho, who is, apparently, actually injured. United's luck.

33 min: and our esteemed announcing tandem do their best apologies for Giggs outrageous PFA nomination. He's a sub, shit.

35 min: Old Onion Man points out that, with all the players gone to ground, it must be slippery. That, and it's definitely Portugal.

35 min: I'm not just lazy/stupid... there's not much going on in the way of chances. Spoiled by yesterday? Perhaps.

38 min: Rooney is limping and Lingering is whining. All is right with the world.

38 min: OOOOoooh see that? Metataaaaarsal, eh??

39 min: Helton comes out to challenge Ronaldo near the touch line... ends up kicking it out for a corner...

Carrick receives the corner, then shoots into a crowd of United players. Happily, Macheda is not there to re-direct.

Seriously, as great the first Macheda winner was, the second could've been the work of a heavy traffic cone.

41 min: The cards are finally out... as Vidic sees YELLOW for scything down Rodriguez. Free kick...

43 min: Hulk flies a weakass balloon into vdS's arms. United counter... Ronaldo is pulled down just outside the box. He earned one there... but it's a corner.

44 min: Giggs corner is flicked on by O'Shea to Vidic who slides and puts a golden opportunity into the stands.

45 min: 2 mins until my halftime burrito.

45 + 1 min: Ronaldo free kick is floated across the box, where Porto take over...

45 + 2 min: A Lopez long-range effort is smothered by van der Saar. Bruno Alves header from 10 mins back stands as Porto's best chance.

45 + 3 min: Giggs cross kicked, oddly, away by Porto keeper Helton.

HALFTIME.

First commercial is...

Heineken. Pure class. Chaaaaaaaahmmpiooooooons!

Now for 20 mins of Soccer.com and... wait, no Proactiv? That's next season I guess.

So advertisers think we are:

Beer-drinking, boot-buying, lawn-week murderers. Got it one-third right, I suppose.

Burrrittos!

(microwaving)

Meanwhile, halftime as well in London, where Le Arse lead 1-0, 2-1 on aggregate. Walcott is the goal scorer, so commence the buggery circles.

By the way-- anyone else get the email about the Macheda jerseys from WorldSoccerShop?

"Represent United's Newest Star Federico Macheda" ...is their pitch. Mehh.

Not the best microwaved Chicken Chimichanga I've had, Jose Ole, not the best.

Chhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahmpions! (Never. gets. old.)

I will never get AT&T. That commercial was officious. Seduce a woman with two-word text messages? I'd need at least 3.

Back underway!!!

46 min: a downpour now in Portugal. Only going to get murkier on that pitch.

46 min: Berbatov played through by Rooney, but strikes one right into Helton's chest. Porto clear the lines.

47 min: Football in RAIN??? Certainly not, Tommy. Not suitable at all.

48 min: Miereles slices a wide-open chance from the top of the United box. Tails away and away and ends up with the fans.

50 min: Gonzalez-Meireles-Gonzalez-Hulk-Section 334 behind the United goal.

52 min: Meireles attempts to give Ryan Giggs the Heimlich near the center line. Giggs picks the ball up before he could have possible heard a whistle.. which comes, eventually. Of course.

53 min: Cissokho hip checks Ronaldo... free kick from 30...

Giggs with a taut, but ultimately lacking in pace ball into the box... Helton collects.

55 min: Meireles heads wide on a clever Gonzalez cross. He was marked, but still got a piece. End result: NIL.

57 min: Patrice Evra's face, meet Mariano Gonzalez. There Will Be (is) Blood.

Free kick for Porto. Dangerous spot, to van der Saar's left.

Hulk?

Bruno flying in?

Hulk rips one right into the Dutch keeper's chest. Cleared.

60 min: Rodriguez wheels around, but outside, the United defense. Shoots wide.

Evra ends up with a Yellow for the challenge that led to earlier free kick.. and the bleeding of his own blood.

UPDATE: Super Adventure Club 2, Villareal 0. That's that.

61 min: United looking for that second goal now. Berbatov follows a blind cross by whacking Sapunaru to the ground. Ref sees. Does No-thing.

64 min: Farias for Rodriguez, for Porto. Second substitute for the Portuguese. Rodriguez ran 7.15 km. So you know.

66 min: Ronaldo feeds Rooney into the right side of the box, his cross pushed out for a corner.

Giggs's kick is headed off into the stratosphere.

AAAnd back in. For another corner.

Giggs again...

Steered away. Anderson intercepts, but his pass back to Giggs is snuffed out. We're back into the midfield.

68 min: SO... QUESTION? Do United not have any TALISMANIC players? They are on pace to win FIVE trophies. Yet, still, no talisman. Strange, that.

69 min: Berbatov off for Nani

69 min: Rooney nearly bulls through the Porto box... ultimately cleared. But wow, great effort for England's best young temperamental Everton fan.

71 min: Vidic gets a foot on a long, low cross. United do not look impossible to crack. But not likely either.

Carrick has run more than 8 km. He must be tired. Or not?

73 min: United are letting Porto hangaround. Hangeeng around, hangeeng around.

74 min: Hulk dribbles down to the byline, then plants one into the side netting. Goal kick. Hanging around, but not doing much else.

75 min: Porto win a corner!!!!!!!

It's their first.. and it's headed a mile wide by the misfiring Bruno Alves.

76 min: Giggs and Rooney JUST miss running tap and go on the edge of the Porto box. That goes through to Giggs and it's Goodnight, Porto.

78 min: corner, another!, to Porto.

Anderson off for Paul Scholes. Both sides have now used 2 subs.

79 min: Kick floats past van der Saar, right onto Rolando's head... but... ahhhhhh, he put's it wide from just right of the post.

80 min: Sapunaru off for Tomas Costa. Last change for Porto.

81 min: Hulk long-range blast tipped for a corner.

Farias hooks on to it, but cycles over to put yet another Porto chance into the stands.

@umlaut yea, they're just playing for the long cross and header. Not the intense, driving to the net from the first leg...

83 min: Rooney tries his best impression of his teammate from 77 minutes earlier. Ball ends up in the ether.

85 min: United back the whole squad into the box and still Porto fly test balloons over the defense.

Nachhh!!! Porto's best chance of the night is a laser from yards out, right into van der Saar's chest.

Man United hanging on now...

87 min: United making in-roads now on the left. Giggs wins a corner. Tick tick tick

88 min: Giggs is your man of the match, if not for Ronaldo's singular moment. He's everywhere. PFA, hell yea!

89 min: Costa cross is muffed by Farias. Porto just cannot got a header on goal.

Twitchy bum time, regardless. Thanks, Mr. Rae, for introducing "twitchy" to the discourse.

90 min: Mr. Hulk slices another wide from just outside the corner of the 18-yard box.

Three minutes added.

90 + 1 min: Ronaldo with a clever low ball that Helton just nips wide. Another corner. United are looking like they're though. THEY ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO WIN.

90 + 2 min: Porto cannot get out of their own end.

90 + 3 min: Porto have one last rush...

...but nothing comes of it. Again. A failed header.

It's over in Porto.

Instand Postgame Analysis: Porto never had a chance. That United goal could've come in the 6th... or the 86th minute. United were always going to win. And "rotation hell" or not, they're probably going to win every trophy this year. When it matters, they buckle down.

Finally this evening, a big congrats to Lingering Bursitis. His midweek dream has been fulfilled.

Signing off. It's been a pleasure.

UNITED 1(3), PORTO 0(2)... MANCHESTER UNITED GO THROUGH ON AGG, WILL PLAY ARSENAL IN SEMI-FINAL, BEGINNING APRIL 29


148 comments:

Mike Georger said...

Less possible trophies for United the better, I'll be hoping for the team that shouldn't be in the tournament in the first place to advance.

Teeknuts said...

I can't imagine a scenario where rooting for United was an option.

The NY Kid said...

Kieran Gibbs looks positively terrified

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

I'd root for United if they were playing Russian Roulette.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Is it really so unfathomable? I'm trying to play it smart. They lose today, they focus on the league. Tons of fixtures and strategic XI shuffling can help us close the gap! They need to drop points somewhere along the way.

Teeknuts said...

I suppose you're just more pragmatic than I am

Respect to United for the armbands today.

EbullientFatalist said...

The Third Reich is offended at their approximation with Man U.

Mike Georger said...

They lose today they lose confidence, they win today they gain confidence.

EbullientFatalist said...

Fucking Ronaldo.

Teeknuts said...

That didn't take long.

The NY Kid said...

Theo Walcott could beat Usain Bolt in the 200.

Bigus Dickus said...

Wow...Thats all. WOW.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

on the back of that, i'd say their confidence is looking alright.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Georger: fair point. There's a definite pro/con breakdown to either outcome.

The NY Kid said...

Ronaldo is a cockwallet

Lingering Bursitis said...

Will this be like LFC scoring within 7 mins in the 1st Leg?

Mike Georger said...

So United and Barca in the final then.

ü75 said...

Fuck, ADe. Come on.

ü75 said...

Walcott!!!!!

ü75 said...

Classy chip on a 1 on 1

Mike Georger said...

Thanks for showing up today Continental leagues. Jesus.

EbullientFatalist said...

Tommy Smythe should just approach Ronaldo about a free blow job. Christ, he's in love.

The NY Kid said...

beautiful chip from the youngster

hockalees said...

THEO!!!!!!

1-0 Arsenal

Beautiful backheel from Cesc to Theo who lofts the keeper.

EbullientFatalist said...

I need help. My goals from Mesopotamia are not, in fact, goals or anything similar. Any suggestions?

Mike Georger said...

come on andrew

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

ESPN360?

Is it possible there's a worse keeper out there than Helton?

ü75 said...

Go to our friends at ONTD. Find the CL post. They have lots of useful links.

Spectator said...

Big sigh of relief after that Walcott goal, even though I'm not watching the game and following along via the Guardian's minute-by-minute.

EbullientFatalist said...

I don't have a .edu server.

@Georger: who is this Andrew of which you speak? I know no one by that name.

ü75 said...

Pires is really enjoying his chance to play Arsenal today, I think.

EbullientFatalist said...

Thanks for the help fellas. Nice goal by Walcott.

ü75 said...

Ade, not ready again.

hockalees said...

Ade looks sluggish tonight.

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

That Walcott goal is fantastic, BTW.

Is it okay to root for Arsenal now that Liverpool's out?

ü75 said...

C'mon POrto, make the most of your chances.

Teeknuts said...

Alves almost made up for that horrendous backpass with that free kick

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

@MH: it's never ok to root for Arsenal

ü75 said...

You know, I haven't said it today, but fuck Rossi in the pants.

Mike Georger said...

'Is it okay to root for Arsenal now that Liverpool's out?'
Absolutely not, you have to cheer for non English teams.

EbullientFatalist said...

Villareal are "real"y missing Senna.

Teeknuts said...

Hearing Tommy Smyth makes me think of that article from the guardian today about how no one likes him. I loved that article.

ü75 said...

They couldn't print it if it wasn't true.

ü75 said...

Speculative through balls all cut off by the Vidic-Ferdinan Axis
Way to stick with a theme, TLL.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Also, way to stick with those spelling mistakes

EbullientFatalist said...

I'm impressed by this Porto team. They have "o fogo passional."

/Google translate'd

ü75 said...

Ade rewarded for falling down on a crap surface. 20 yards out.

ü75 said...

THe fuck did that not go in?

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

was that pires who cleared ade's header off the line?

ü75 said...

Can't tell from replay either way.

ü75 said...

About whether the ball was in, not who cleared it.

ü75 said...

Quality play from Anderson.

ü75 said...

This Villareal captain is a nightmare in the back.

ü75 said...

Rooney hurt? He pulled up a little lame on that run.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

Giggs looks awful

Teeknuts said...

He must have something, he's stomping on the ground and he's not even angry

ü75 said...

If that's a foul, that's a card. Fabs was past Rodriguez with open field ahead of him.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

It's probably madcow

Lingering Bursitis said...

I'm whining? Really?

Me thinks you need a new focus, or hast thou run out of pith?

Mike Georger said...

And Leon's getting laaaaaarger

ü75 said...

Come on Porto, find the damn net. van der sar's a damn statue anymore. Put it on frame and reap the rewards.

Teeknuts said...

Aww, poor Tommy's heart was broken after that piss-poor free kick

jape said...

Looks like Ade just wants to bitch about defenders standing between him and the goal tonite.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

Ryan Giggs, how could you not give a better cross to The Continental? Your oldness is no match for his Berbabilities.

ü75 said...

No shit, jape. And, if not for that free kick, I would have had little idea RvP was out there at all.

EbullientFatalist said...

That Walcott goal is very pretty. I dream of a Walcott, Nasri, Walcott, Vela midfield.

ü75 said...

You need to talk to NY Kid on how to fit people onto a pitch.

The Fan's Attic said...

so, TFA now has Verizon FiOS cable TV. Halftime in CL play and now I can watch Bundesliga highlights on GolTV, Fox Sports Espanol, or FSC (Man Citeh v. Fulham match, which I saw this weekend). All of this with the HD package FiOS offers. Life is good.

ü75 said...

To answer from before, it was Rodriguez who cleared off the line.

The NY Kid said...

@u75 - you joke, but the 4-5-2 is unstoppable!

ü75 said...

So is a double Walcott midfield. My question to EF is, why not use a quadruple Walcott midfield?

EbullientFatalist said...

Damn you, TFA. Damn you. I think Comcast has colluded with the GOP to deny me any fucking soccer channel. Because real 'Murikans don't watch soc-cer.

Teeknuts said...

jesus, this rain in porto came out of nowhere

ü75 said...

Hey, the Tigers might win one today.

EbullientFatalist said...

No no no, Umlaut. A four Walcott midfield is completely unfeasible; too little strength in the middle. A two double-Walcott mid will do.

I meant Fabregas

EbullientFatalist said...

The rain in Portugal falls mainly on the plain.

The Fan's Attic said...

it gets better. i'm saving $20 a month with FiOS from what I was spending on Comcast.

ü75 said...

Is it bad to say that I might (maybe) enjoy and cheer a Rossi injury? I swear I'm not like that usually, but everything abut that guy irks me.

Eboue up to his usual antics.

Teeknuts said...

Christ almighty, I get it, his name's Hulk.

EbullientFatalist said...

Well, Eboue does his best impression of a football player. It's not that good.

jape said...

Let's see Eduardo - Ade looks weak and disinterested.

EbullientFatalist said...

@jape: so Ade looks like Ade? He's been disinterested all season, biding his time for Barca.

Teeknuts said...

Evra looks pretty messed up there

ü75 said...

Man U players acting like 2 players going for a ball is a capital offense.

The NY Kid said...

Silvestre is making me very nervous in the back

ü75 said...

2-0

Ade from RvP!

EbullientFatalist said...

Jesus, Ade. Keep your ass onside when playing the advantage.

EbullientFatalist said...

Way to make me shut up Ade.

The NY Kid said...

Ade can look disinterested all damn day if he keeps scoring like that

ü75 said...

Great bit of waiting from RvP. Had Walcott out wide, whole of Villareal defense thought he was going that way, waited for Ade to slide off his man for the pass. Great job.

jape said...

OK who can we shit-talk into scoring next?

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

cute dance. even arsene got in on the action.

EbullientFatalist said...

What a finish too. So cool. Full of composure.

I love the post-goal jig. And Arsene joins in!!!!

The Fan's Attic said...

come on you Porto Cagadas, do something good...score a goddamned goal.

EbullientFatalist said...

Fuck you Silvestre. And you too Eboue. Both you guys suck moose cock.

Now, score.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

I will miss Rodriguez and his green shoes. Man U will have a much easier time defending a player whose feet are not camouflaged with the field.

ü75 said...

Hey, my boy Nihat. Too bad Villareal didn't draw Chelsea.

The NY Kid said...

Gibbs thinks he's Clichy all of a sudden

ü75 said...

Red Card.

ü75 said...

Nothing like bitching to the ref to get a second yellow.

EbullientFatalist said...

PK! Terrible call.

The NY Kid said...

oh and the AR gives a PK!

on Rossi, that little twat

ü75 said...

RvP should just kick it off the keeper when he's standing two feet away.

ü75 said...

3-0. Yay.

The NY Kid said...

this is a Chelsea-like performance from Villareal surrounding the ref

jape said...

I love how all sports replays must alert you when its a "reverse angle" - in case you go insane trying to figure out how everything went mirrored.

ü75 said...

RvP doesn't know the steps for the dance.

EbullientFatalist said...

That spat of possession Arsenal just had reminded me of our game against Bolton back in Sept./Oct. We were on-point, every pass weighted perfectly, everyone moving.

And then Eboue fucked it up.

hockalees said...

And Villareal melts down.... harsh penalty given and then a meltdown for red card. RvP scores on penalty 3-0.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

@jape: it's no laughing matter, better men than you have never recovered from such a gruesome twist of camera angles.

EbullientFatalist said...

I am about 2 minutes behind everyone else. RvP fails to represent for us tall white dudes with his jig.

The NY Kid said...

Fabianski has been excellent coming off his line today

ü75 said...

Running kms is for fags. I can run one in about 60% of the time it takes me to run a mile.

EbullientFatalist said...

Ok, Porto. Pull one back. Or two. Whatever you feel.

EbullientFatalist said...

I agree, NYK. He has a confidence about him that I rarely see in Almunia.

The NY Kid said...

Almunia spends too much time during the game worrying about his haunted mansion

hockalees said...

Denilson on for Walcott
Diaby on for RvP

ü75 said...

dammit. get one in please.

hockalees said...

E-BOOOOOOOO-ue cannot freakin' hold the ball, or distribute the ball, or finish.... shy is he on the pitch?!?!

ü75 said...

Tired passing on the Porto break.

ü75 said...

United are 10 behind the ball at 30 yards out. Is there no confidence in this team?

Teeknuts said...

I think Derek Rae might have just made up a word, "rambustuous"

ü75 said...

Worst free cross ever.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

If a breakthrough's coming, it's coming from Gonzalez if he can get his final ball together. He looks otherwise dangerous every time he gets it.

jape said...

Super Nick on for Ade.

ü75 said...

That shoulda been it.

EbullientFatalist said...

Porto just had an excellent opportunity. It passed.

Teeknuts said...

Right at VDS. Come on Porto, you can do better than that

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

Nani beat his man and then looked completely lost...

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Jesus Christ, is it too much to ask for 3 people to try moving out of the box? It's a european night, not a portuguese night at Ronaldo's house.

The Fan's Attic said...

certainly there will only be 1 minute of stoppage time, if that.

Mike Georger said...

Jesus, word to the wise, do NOT look at any general sporting blogs today if they mention the disaster, because you will be flooded with morons talking about how it doesn't matter and they deserved it for being hooligans.

ü75 said...

TBL, Georger? I'm just guessing, but that seems to be their M.O.

ü75 said...

3 minutes.

EbullientFatalist said...

Three minutes injury time. Actually surprised.

Mike Georger said...

"TBL, Georger? I'm just guessing, but that seems to be their M.O."
Yeah. The post was well written but the commentators are fucking idiots.

ü75 said...

Sadly (and easily) I was right.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

really Tommy? If c-ron had just scored "that was the game"? your insight is brilliant and essential to my viewing pleasure.

ü75 said...

30 secs, let's go.

ü75 said...

Ballgame.

Lennon's Eyebrow said...

Another year, another 3 English teams in the semis.

Teeknuts said...

@georger It's largely the guy with the Brock Samson avatar, which is disappointing because of how awesome Venture Bros. is

Mike Georger said...

If we get another United/Chelsea final I'm going to cry.

Well, I GUESS I want Arsenal to win the next round, but I really don't want any of you fuckers to be happy if I can't be ...

EbullientFatalist said...

I'll take that coming from you, Georger.

Teeknuts said...

Arsenal, I usually don't care how you do either way, but do the whole world a favor here will you?

Mike Georger said...

:)

I mean I'm definitely pulling for Barca at this point, but if Chelsea manages to get through, all bets are off.

EbullientFatalist said...

If I were a fan from any league outside the EPL, I would want Barca as well. This English club domination is tiresome. At least when it comes to ManU and Spartak.

Keith said...

I need Arsenal to crash out just in case Villa should pull off the unpossible and get that 8 points back-- which will mean sweet FA if Arsenal has to represent England because they just won the whole damned CL.