Thursday, March 12, 2009

Over Land and Sea

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I have really enjoyed the Champions League football over the last couple of days with English teams all progressing to the Quarter Finals. Both former Chelsea managers Ranieri [Juventus] and Mourinho [Inter Milan] were knocked out of the competition and Arsenal completed a miserable few days for Italian football by beating Roma on penalties.

I watched the full Chelsea match and with a slender one goal advantage we were cautious in the early staged. The Italians took a deserved lead through Vincenzo Iaquinta after 19 minutes before Michael Essien equalised for Chelsea. Juventus regained the lead in the second half through Alessandro del Piero who converted a penalty awarded for a handball from Belletti. Belletti then turned provider crossing for Drogba to score the decisive goal and put us into the draw next Friday for the Quarter Finals.

Manchester United and Liverpool both had impressive results but Arsenal required penalties to beat Roma in what was a nervous finale. Next Friday is the draw and will anyone be capable of preventing Manchester United retaining their crown?

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