Another round of exciting UEFA Champions League 19/20 matches took place across Europe on the evening of Tuesday 26th November 2019, a night on which fans were treated to some impressive comebacks and turnarounds.
As last round, I’m again posting Champions League Highlights for my British friends, from the official UK highlights distributor, BT Sport, who post to YouTube, and make this content available to embed – this allows me to collect the highlights together, into one, super fast loading, mobile friendly, page, for fans of football to enjoy.
So I’ll stop typing, and let you enjoy the highlights, which I’ve placed in order of entertainment value 🙂
Tottenham v Olympiacos (4-2)
Mourinho’s first home match in charge of Spurs. Mourinhos first Champions League match in charge of Spurs. The man was remarkably low key, as were his players, who slumped to a 2-0 deficit in an uninspiring first half.
The coach was quick to react though, and boldly replaced Dier, a defensive midfielder, with Erikson, an attacking one, on the half hour.
They grabbed a fortunate goal through Dele Alli, just before half time, then returned reinvigorated for a more impressive second half comeback to win 4-2, thanks to a brace from Harry Kane, who became the fastest player in history to bag 20 champions league goals in the process (beating a long stading Del Piero record).
Exciting times at Tottenham, who are weak as water at the back, at present, but can product goals galore. Almost the opposit of Jose’s usual setup. Intriguing.
Real Madrid v PSG (2-2)
Probably the biggest tie of the round, in terms of scale, and this one did not disappoint either, as Real got off to a good start, leading 2-0, only to be pegged back by their illustrious visitors.
Real were very fortunate, too, with an amazing VAR incident. This match had the lot, too.
Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1)
Man City are still not quite firing on all cylinders, and saw a 1-0 lead reduced to share a point with Shakhtar at the Etihad. This leaves Group C wide open, and City definitely win the group, but fans will be hoping for more in the business end of the season.
Juventus v Atletico Madrid (1-0)
Rihanna was in town to watch Juve play, and she saw a delightful free kick from Dybala take all three points for the hosts.
Galatasaray v Club Brugge (1-1)
A point apiece in Turkey for Galatasaray and Club Brugge in Group A, but both of these teams don’t have a hope of qualifying from third and fourth spots, now… one of them needed to win, and by about 6 goals, in order to stand even a tiny chance of progressing from this group, which also includes Real and PSG.
It wasn’t this draw which killed either of them 😉
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munich (0-6)
Relentless Bayern travelled to Red Star Belgrade and bagged a double hat-full of goals, mostly thanks to Robert Lewandowski who scored four. They look on course to go deep again this term… but when don’t they.
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb (2-0)
A strong home win for Italian side Atalanta saw them take their first win in Group C. They remain bottom of the pack, but give themselves a showdown with Shakhtar in the last round, as Zagreb have to travel to Man City. This second spot is going to the wire – all three teams could bag it.
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen (0-2)
An earlier kickoff in Russia saw Leverkusen run out clear 2-0 winners in Group D to put some pressure on Juventus and Atletico above them in this difficult group. They’ll need to beat Juve on December 11th and hope Lokomotiv avoid defeat against Atletico, to ensure progress, but their match with Juve is at least a home tie, and the Italian giants have already qualified. Pressure will be on Atletico to get a result.