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Matchday 2 (Group A) - Wednesday 27th September, 2017

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kick-off 7.45pm

Basel vs Benfica

CSKA Moscow vs Man Utd

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Could see United dropping points here but should be able to grind out the "W". Benfica need to go to Basel and win after losing at home to Moscow in their first game.

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Fellaini didn't travel, hopefully we'll see Herrera in that midfield. Not sure if Matic is playing either, although he travelled.

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2-0. Martial penalty after Mkhitaryan fouled.

 

Basel also 2-0 up at home to Benfica!

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Lukaku 3-0. Defensive error leading to a tap in.

Steals Shaqiri's celebration as well xD 

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Basel penalty. Scored. 3-0. Embarrassing for a club of Benfica's size. The loss of Semedo and Lindelof hitting them hard.

 

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Goal Utd! Martial has a shot saved but Mkhitaryan the quickest to the rebound. Another 4 goals for Utd. Lethal .

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Benfica down to 10. Almeida lunges in 2-footed in frustration. Definite red card. 

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Lukaku doing what he always will do. Scores all types of goals. 

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How lucky did Man United get drawing this group xD

I'd be amazed if they came away with anything other than 6 wins.

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No clean sheet for Utd but the game was over a long time ago. 

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It must fill United full of confidence to have made six points out of two games in a group like this one.  One of the favourites now?

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29 minutes ago, Toony said:

How lucky did Man United get drawing this group xD

I'd be amazed if they came away with anything other than 6 wins.

Their schedule until November is an absolute breeze. 

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1 minute ago, Cicero said:

Their schedule until November is an absolute breeze. 

That's why they're in there with a shot at the title (Premier League).  They'll be fresh for the second half of the season which is the reason coaches rotate in the first half.  No conspiracies with the calendar for Mourinho this season then...  Although if you were to talk to him I'm sure he could muster something for you.

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5 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Their schedule until November is an absolute breeze. 

just seen it. not that much of a breeze but will probably not lose anyway. 

Palace (home)
Liverpool (away)
Huddersfield (away)
Swansea (away)
Spurs (home)
Benfica (home)
 

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1 minute ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

yeah real easy group. glad we didnt get sporting or spartak 

I know, imagine!!! :o

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Basel 5-0 Benfica is embarrassing for Benfica. But they have it tough. Each and every year they are raided for their best players and they just can't progress due to this. For as great as it is to see Basel pull off such a scoreline, it's also sad to see Benfica, a big European club, to be humiliated in this way and look so hopeless.

As for United, they have certainly gotten lucky to avoid the giants considering the rout in which they qualified for the Champions league in the first place, but you've still got to beat who is in front of you, and they are doing that convincingly to be fair to them. Just as they are doing in the league currently. Mourinho looks to be really turning things around there and winning trophies last season has given them the winning mentality. I think themselves, City and Chelsea are all capable of going far in the tournament, same with PSG and it looks tighter than it has in years when you add the top 3 from Spain into the mix as well. Spurs look strong themselves, but very similar to Spain's 4th team in the tournament, they don't have the quality to go all the way and lack that something. But in Spurs' case, I think we may get a better understanding of that when they face Real Madrid in their next 2 games.

English teams have been poor in this competition for a while but I genuinely think the 3 mentioned(City, Chelsea and United) have everything there to go far, so they should as well with the money they spend and the managers they have.

 

 

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