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Another Tuesday night, another gigantic helping of the Champions League.
Matchday five dealt us with a couple of ‘shocks’ that are happening so frequently this season that they weren’t really that surprising. We had Real Madrid go down in one (another) defeat, Inter made it difficult for them and Manchester City was a bit boring.
Here’s all of that, as well as everything else, put together in a neat little package.
There’s only one place to start: Real Madrid’s shocking 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian team also topped Los Blancos in the reverse match and Zinedine Zidane’s men seemed to have learned nothing from that shameful performance, serving up another pitiful display in Kiev.
To be fair, they started the game quite well, but faded poorly in the second half with Shakhtar making the most of it to win 2-0.
Meanwhile, Inter came very close to giving up a 3-1 lead against Borussia Monchengladbach, eventually surviving a disallowed goal scare at the end to claim all three points with a 3-2 victory.
The result leaves Group B delicately prepared for Matchday 6 with all four teams still able to progress. He must be watched next week for sure.
Group A is also delicately balanced after Atlético de Madrid held Bayern Munich’s leaders to a 1-1 draw, while Lokomotiv Moscow fell in a 3-1 loss to Red Bull Salzburg. The selection of goals in this group was a fine shot by Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi (see above), who celebrated with an even more impressive backflip.
As for Liverpool, they had substitute goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher to thank after he made a good save at the end to deny Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. This helped Liverpool secure a 1-0 win over Ajax, a result that confirmed the Reds’ progression. They will be joined by Atalanta, who drew 1-1 against the boys from FC Midtjylland, or Ajax, who will meet next.
Group C closes our round. Why? Because it could be the most boring group of Champions of all time.
The only thing to note is that Andre Villas-Boas’s Marseille finally came off the mark with a 2-1 win over Olympiacos, snapping their 13-game losing streak in the competition. Oh yeah, and Manchester City drew 0-0 with FC Porto to guarantee first place.