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Poor Sacha Kljestan.
Despite his team, Anderlecht, securing a surprising 1-1 draw against PSG on Thursday, it appears the American international still wound up taking one on the chin. Or in this case, the upper lip.
On-pitch trash talk is nothing new, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagging on Kljestan for his mustache is too good to pass up.
Ibra, — likely frustrated by his inability score four goals again — took out his aggravation on Kljestan.
Per Het Nieuwsblad, Kljestan claims Zlatan “told me I have an ugly mustache.” Now, not one to lay down, Kljestan offered this retort: “I told him he has a long nose!”
What witticism from both parties! No telling if either side stuck their tongue out or thumbed their nose. At least the mustachioed Kljestan kept it above the belt, unlike Joey Barton:
And there you have it. It can always get more immature.
Manchester City achieved club history on Tuesday night by reaching their first-ever knockout stage in the Champions League, blowing out CSKA Moscow 5-2. Alvaro Negredo netted a hat trick after two goals by Sergio Aguero had put City comfortably ahead. Not even the two goals conceded by Costel Pantilimon — in place of the benched Joe Hart — could spoil the party.
After two consecutive painful group stage exits, the relief amongst the City players and fans was noticeable on social media:
We have book our place in the knockout round of the champions league for the very first time tonight. It feels so good !!! 😍😍😍👏👏👏👏— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42)
Very proud of the team and the qualification. And thanks to all the people of @MCFC for their support, they deserve this and much more!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)
City wouldn’t have made history had they not received a little help from their Group D rivals Bayern Munich. Bayern still had to take care of business at Viktoria Plzen. Not surprisingly, they did just that, winning 1-0 on a Mario Mandzukic header in the second half:
Not only did Bayern secure a Round of 16 spot themselves, it was also their ninth straight victory in the Champions League, which ties the all-time record set by Barcelona in the 2002-03 season.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola, said afterwards: “I’m very happy over this new record. I hope we can extend it in Moscow.” Indeed, they would set the all-time mark with a tenth straight win.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern)
Hegeler belts beautiful free kick
Mitroglou stripes sensational shot to notch hat trick
Bulut tucks in late goal in thriller
My, what an eventful day in the Champions League. Plenty of goals to go around, but we’ve picked out what we believe are the best three. Which goal is the best of the best, though? That’s for you to decide.
Is it Jens Hegeler’s wonderfully stroked free-kick curler to give Bayer Leverkusen all three points in the closing seconds against Real Sociedad?
Perhaps it’s Olympiakos forward Kostas Mitroglou long-range bullet to seal his hat trick, and the win, against Anderlecht?
Or does Umut Bulut’s equalizer for Galatasaray vs. Juventus to claw out a draw steal the show?
Choose for yourselves!
Oh man, that hurts.
Wednesday’s early Champions League tilt between Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow offered a truly shoddy display of goalkeeping by Plzen netminder Matus Kozacik.
CSKA Moscow mounted an attack after a turnover by Plzen in midfield, but Radim Reznik seemingly snuffed out the chance with a back pass to Kozacik.
Unfortunately for Kozacik, he forgot to actually control the pass, and the ball trickled into his own goal to make the score 3-1 in CSKA’s favor. What an absolute howler.
To make matters worse, Plzen managed to scrape another goal in stoppage time, which conceivably would have given them a draw in the contest.
But alas, they’ll be resigned to remember the time their keeper thought he was stopping a beach ball instead of a soccer ball.
Tuesday’s Champions League action saw two fantastic golazos scored off the boots of German internationals: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Schalke’s Julian Draxler. Both goals gave their teams the lead, and both were two perfectly struck one-timers.
So the question is, who wore it better?
Usually when we see the owner of a football team, they’re sitting comfortably in an owner’s box or relaxing on the deck of a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean. Gigi Becali, however, isn’t your typical owner.
Steaua Bucharest’s front man is serving a three-year prison sentence for illegal land-swap dealings. Ever the good owner, however, Becali was confident his side would emerge the victors in Tuesday’s Champions League tilt against Chelsea.
Seen here in the back of a police van flashing “2-0,” we can’t help but think the Romanian politician was being a bit brash. In reality, it was Chelsea who would hold that lead by halftime, before finishing Steaua off 4-0 after the full 90.
Perhaps he was predicting the scoreline in Chelsea’s favor?