Coral’s Champions League Heroes and Villains for matchweek 3
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | October 22, 2015
Coral’s Heroes and Villains
The Champions League group stage has now reached the halfway point, and Coral writers pick out our Heroes and Villains from the third round of fixtures.
Read on to find out our picks of saints and sinners from Europe’s elite club competition this midweek…
Bayer Leverkusen v Roma
On paper and judging by form, a draw was certainly on the cards between these two teams, however not many would have predicted an epic 4-4 scoreline, in what was an absolute thriller.
Serie A side Roma (6/4 to qualify), led by clubman Daniele De Rossi, came from 2-0 down after Javier Hernandez’s early double to lead 4-2, before Bayer snatched two late goals to ensure a share of the spoils.
With Bayern having won each of their last 12 matches in all competitions, scoring 40 times, no one gave previously pointless Arsenal a chance of even claiming a point from this clash.
However, thanks to the heroics of goalie Petr Cech and supersub Olivier Giroud, the Gunners went on to win 2-0 and thus kept their chances of making the last 16 very much alive.
PSG v Real Madrid
A battle between two of Europe’s most exiting teams, and two of the world’s best players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo, promised so much, but viewers of this game were instead left bitterly disappointed.
A goalless draw was the result, which at PSG (6/4 to top the pool) and Real will be pleased with as they stand joint-top by four points in Group A.
Jose Mourinho’s men continued to feel the Blues, as their poor start to the season continued as they now just have one win in their last five matches in all competitions following their 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev.
Nothing went Chelsea’s way once more, with out-of-form Eden Hazard and Willian hitting the woodwork, while Cesc Fabregas was perhaps unlucky not to get a penalty. They now stand third in Group G.
There’s a little bit of bad in everyone
Like a devil in disguise, Germany’s number one stopper pulled off one of the best saves you’ll see as he miraculously palmed away Arsenal forward Theo Walcott’s close-range header, before then being totally at fault for the hosts’ opening goal.
Neuer was certainly unrecognisable for Giroud’s effort, after flapping Santi Cazorla’s free-kick to effectively gift the Gunners all three points.
Unlike Neuer, French teenager Martial’s moment of genius came after what was described by Man Utd (5/4 to win Group B) boss Louis van Gaal as a “stupid” error.
The forward had his arms in the air in his own area to give hosts CSKA Moscow a penalty, which they eventually converted despite David de Gea’s initial save, but made amends later on to superbly find the net off the post to ensure the draw.
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