Leicester ,Spurs Win as Madrid and Dortmund share spoils
Champions league match day 2 fixtures began last night with English Champions Leicester City triumphant over FC porto. For he dubutants
Beating the Belgians was one thing, this was another entirely. Porto are a proper Champions League team, twice winners and perennially in the knock-out stages. They too had no answer to the question of Leicester. As the champions beat Porto 1-0 at the King power stadium
Keep this up and manager Claudio Ranieri can start looking ahead to two-legged ties of his own. Four more points might do it and a win here over whipping boys Bruges — who Leicester beat 3-0 a fortnight ago — appears a distinct possibility.
The Foxes rode their luck a little to see out victory — most notably when Jesus Corona smacked the post in the closing stages as Kasper Schmeichel failed to gather a cross. But the intensity of Leicester’s game, their direct attack and compact defence, appears able to trouble even Europe’s seasoned performers, just as it did England.
The goal came courtesy of Islam Slimani, the so-called Dragon Slayer who so frequently tormented Porto while a Sporting Lisbon player.
He scored against them a month ago for his former team and continued breathing fire here to inflict just their second defeat of the season.
Coming midway through the first-half it was some goal too, of a quality to rival any scored across Europe on Tuesday night.
Danny Drinkwater and Christian Fuchs were involved before Marc Albrighton hit a superb crossfield pass from left to right that fell perfectly to Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian controlled in an instant, beat his man Alex Telles with that trademark shuffle of the feet, and whipped an inswinging cross crying out to be hit.
The ball flew over Jamie Vardy but straight on to Slimani’s head and moments later he was wheeling off having beaten Iker Casillas to score his seventh goal in seven games against Porto.
So it is two wins from two for Leicester, four goals scored and none conceded.
in far away Moscow, Tottenham hotspurs clinched a crucial victory with another goal from the suddenly prolific Heung-min Son against homeside CSKA MOSCOW.The Korean winger now has five in as many games. This one, 19 minutes from time, was precious, as it delivered Spurs the first win of this Champions League campaign after years of Thursday night toil in the Europa League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team moved up to second in Group E, soothing fears of a quick exit from this competition and boosting faith after losing to Monaco at Wembley earlier this month, when Son was hauled off at half-time.
‘Football is about belief,’ he added. ‘We try to work hard and do what we can and we cannot set limits. Only to feel free and believe anything is possible.’
There was also a flash of satisfaction for Pochettino, who replaced Vincent Janssen with Georges-Kevin NKoudou, reshuffled and pushed Son further forward in search of a breakthrough. Four minutes later his team were ahead.
‘We tried to find more mobility in offensive positions and more pace down the sides,’ said Pochettino. ‘That’s why we made the change. From the first ball it seemed we found the link and the goal was fantastic.
CSKA started at a rapid pace, there were early scares and a penalty shout when the ball struck Jan Vertonghen on a hand but Spanish referee Antonio Lahoz waved play on.
Having kept them at bay, Tottenham settled into a steady rhythm and by the time half-time arrived were in control.Dele Alli smacked the bar with a fierce drive from 25 yards and Janssen tucked a neat finish to beat goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev only to be ruled offside.
Toby Alderweireld, dependable as ever at the back, headed too close to Akinfeev when he might have done better from a cross by Kieran Trippier and Alli nodded over from Christian Eriksen.
Indeed it was a mature display from a team without five injured first-teamers, including Harry Kane, the chief source of goals, far from home before only 250 of their travelling fans.
The flagship fixture of the night was at the Signal induna park, where Borussia Dortmund locked horns with Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and made one but failed to inspire a Real Madrid victory against Borussia Dortmund as former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle levelled with three minutes remaining.
After his weekend sulk, Ronaldo was back to his Champions League best putting the finishing touch on a fine team goal midway through the first-half.
Madrid were then hit by a sucker-punch when Keylor Navas used his fists to clear a tame free-kick and the ball rebounded straight to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the line to equalize.
But with the kind of cross he likes to be on the end of Ronaldo delivered the perfect assist. Benzema volleyed it on to the bar and Varane swept it in from close-range restoring Madrid’s lead.
It seemed Real would surely now go on to take all three points but Schurrle rifled a loose ball into the roof of Navas’ net for 2-2 and it means Real have still never beaten Dortmund on their home turf; and they still have ‘yellow fever’ – three draws now against teams who play in that colour.
Things started well with Ronaldo going close with a free-kick that Roman Burki had to save. Navas was soon in the action at the other end when he saved a Gonzalo Castro free-kick and then dived full length to stop a Aubameyang effort.
English referee Mark Clattenburg then let Ronaldo off as he blocked a free-kick with his arm.
It was fast and furious and Madrid were undaunted by their record of never having won here. On 17 minutes, they were ahead.
Modric started the move playing in Benzema who then picked out Toni Kroos. He moved the ball onto to James Rodriguez who found Gareth Bale inside the six-yard box. He set-up Ronaldo with a clever back-heeled nutmeg, which the Champions League record scorer dispatched off the far post.
He might have celebrated with anyone of the team-mates who had been so important in the brilliant build-up but instead he ran to compatriots Fabio Coentrao and Pepe on the touchline. Those closest to him had evidently been important for him in a difficult last few days.
It wasn’t just goal No. 95 in the Champions League it also made it 28 goals in his last 19 games away from home. He scores every time he visits Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund were dominating possession but Real had the lead and two minutes before the break Zidane was a content man. Then Navas made his blooper.
Sergio Ramos’ mistake came first, fouling Mario Gotze on the edge of the area. There was no need for the drama to turn into a crisis, however. Raphael Guerreiro’s free-kick was weak and straight at Navas but unfathomably he punched it instead of letting it drop into his arms. Worse still he punched it straight at Raphael Varane and with the ball bouncing off of him and heading across the line Aubameyang was on hand to make sure – 1-1 and so much of Real Madrid’s first half work undone.