Real Madrid got a much-needed win in their marquee Champions League match-up vs PSG on Wednesday. The Paris side actually struck first in the match, a ball played through the box from the right side was expertly guided by a backheel from Neymar into the path of Adrien Rabiot, who fired the ball into the net. Real Madrid came back right on the edge of halftime though, as Toni Kroos was fouled in the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty. In doing so Ronaldo became the first player ever to score 100 Champions League goals with a single team. Ronaldo then scored again to give Real a late lead, and Marcelo added a goal to make Real the victors on the night 3-1. The game was pretty even throughout, with a few bounces going the way of Real Madrid. Though this is another disappointing defeat for PSG in Spain in the Champions League, unlike Barcelona last year this was only the first leg, and the Paris side now have a chance to rescue the tie at home in a few weeks.
Liverpool took a commanding lead in their Champions League tie, beating Porto 5-0 in Portugal. Sadio Mane had a hat trick, Roberto Firmino had a goal, and Mo Salah continued his amazing season with a goal. Porto came into the match with one of the best defensive records in all of Europe, but they were swept away in devastating fashion by Liverpool. When they are on their game Liverpool can score on anyone in Europe. With qualification for the next round all but assured, the question going forward is can Liverpool’s defense hold up against some of the better attacking sides in the Champions League?
Unlike their debut partners Atlanta United, Minnesota United did not have a stadium that was being built for them when they joined the league last year. But they are hard at work on one, and they released a new video about Allianz field, complete with renderings for what the stadium should look like upon completion. The stadium is expected to be done in spring of 2019. One of the benefits of MLS being a younger league is that many teams are playing or will soon be playing in brand new state of the art stadiums. Come next spring Minnesota United will have one of their own.
This week saw the retun of the Champions League, and saw two pretty good games, Juventus vs. Tottenham and Real Madrid vs. PSG. Though the games were good, they probably would not crack a list of the best Champions League games of all time. FourFourTwo actually has such a list, of the top 25 Champions league games of all time.
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