Sunday, February 18, 2018

OFC Champions League

The final two games in Group B---both contested at Pater Stadium in Pirae, Tahiti----took place on Sunday as OFC Champions League group-stage action reached its midway point.

In the opener, Bernard Daniel (3') and Barry Mansale (51') each scored once as Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu) gained a 2-2 draw with AS Lossi in what turned out to be the tournament finale for both clubs.

Mone Wamone (29') and Damien Wanapopo (39') delivered the goals for the New Caledonian club.

In the nightcap, Judd Molea's successfully-converted penalty kick in the 83rd minute provided the game winner as Solomon Warriors defeated AS Dragon 2-1 as both clubs advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Final Group B Standings:

1. AS Dragon (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. Solomon Warriors (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
3. Erakor Golden Star (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
4. AS Lossi (GP: 3; GD: -9; PTS: 1)

AS Dragon and Solomon Warriors advanced to the quarterfinal round.

 

Friday, February 16, 2018

OFC Champions League: Action In Group A Ends

Action in Group A of the OFC Champions League concluded on Friday with two games, both contested at Korman Stadium, Port Vila, Vanuatu.


In the opener, Samuela Nabenia produced a hat trick (24', 31', 53') as Ba FC defeated Tupapa Maraerenga 4-1 in the tournament finale for both clubs.


In the nightcap, Azariah Soromon delivered a second-half hat trick (47', 58', 90') as Nalkutan locked up the Group A title by dominating Toti City 4-1.


Final Group A Standings:


1. Nalkutan (GP: 3; GD: +8; PTS: 9)
2. Toti City (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
3. Ba FC (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4. Tupapa Maraerenga (GP: 3; GD: -12; PTS: 0)


Nalkutan and Toti City advanced to the quarterfinal round.



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Copa Libertadores Qualifying

At Barranquilla, Colombia:


Yimmi Chara scored the only goal of the match in the 80th minute on Thursday as Atletico Junior defeated visiting Club Guarani of Paraguay 1-0 in the opening match of their two-game series as the Playoff Round of the Copa Libertadores reached the midway point.


The winner of this series will be joined in Group Eight by Argentina's Boca Juniors, Brazil's Palmeiras, and Peru's Alianza Lima.



Europa League

15 games were played on Thursday as the Europa League's Round of 32 reached the midway point.



At Dortmund, Germany:



Michy Batshuayi scored twice (65', 90'+1) as Borussia Dortmund took the opening match of their series with Italy's Atalanta 3-1 at home.

At Nice, France:



Manuel Fernandes produced a natural hat trick (PK-45', 69', 77') as Lokomotiv Moscow erased a two-goal deficit to knock off OGC Nice 3-2 on the road in their series opener.



At Copenhagen, Denmark:



Kevin Gameiro scored the winning goal in the 37th minute as Atletico Madrid dominated FC Copenhagen 4-1 on the road in game one.



At Moscow:



Aritz Aduriz scored twice (22', 39') to carry Athletic Bilbao to a series-opening 3-1 road win over Spartak Moscow.



At Athens:



Astrit Ajdarevic's goal in the 80th minute enabled AEK Athens to salvage a 1-1 series-opening home draw with Dynamo Kiev.

Viktor Tsyhankov scored at 19 minutes for the Ukrainian club.

At Glasgow, Scotland:



Callum McGregor scored the game's only goal in the 79th minute as Celtic defeated visiting Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-0 in their series opening-contest.

At Naples, Italy:



Timo Werner tallied twice (61', 90'+3) as RB Leipzig knocked off Napoli 3-1 on the road in their series opener.



At Decines-Charpieu, France:



Nabil Fekir scored the winning goal in the 49th minute as Lyon defeated visiting Villarreal 3-1 in their series opener.



At San Sebastian, Spain:



Mikel Oyarzabal (OG-27') and Takumi Minamino (90'+4) each scored once as FC Red Bull Salzburg gained a series-opening 2-2 road draw with Real Sociedad.

Alvaro Odriozola (57') and Adnan Januzaj (80') provided the goals for the hosts.



At Bucharest, Romania:



Harlem Gnohere scored the only goal of the match in the 29th minute to carry Steaua Bucharest to a 1-0 series-opening home victory over Lazio.



At Razgrad, Bulgaria:



Patrick Cutrone (45'), Ricardo Rodriguez (PK-64'), and Fabio Borini (90's+2) each scored once as AC Milan dominated their series-opening match with Ludogorets Razgrad 3-0 on the road.



At Astana, Kazakhstan:



Gelson Martins scored the winning goal in the 50th minute as Sporting CP knocked off Astana 3-1 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.



At Ostersund, Sweden:



Nacho Monreal (13'), Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (OG-24'), and Mesut Ozil (58') each scored once as Arsenal dominated their series opener with Ostersund 3-0 on the road.



At Marseilles, France:



Valere Germain scored twice (4', 69') as Marseille dominated visiting SC Porto 3-0 in game one.

At Belgrade, Serbia:

Radim Reznik's equalizer in the 81st minute lifted FC Viktoria Plzen to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Partizan Belgrade.

Leandre Tawamba scored for the hosts in the 58th minute.

OFC Champions League

Action from Group B of the OFC Champions League continued on Thursday (local time) with two games contested at Stade Pater in Pirae, Tahiti:

In the opener, Gagame Feni produced a hat trick (31', 78', 90') and Kensi Tangis added a double (2', 40') as Solomon Warriors (Solomon Islands) destroyed Lossi (New Caledonia) 6-1.

In the nightcap, Tamatoa Tetauira scored twice during second-half stoppage time (PK-90'+2, 90'+5) as Tahiti's AS Dragon came from behind to pull out a dramatic 4-3 victory over Vanuatu's Erakor Golden Star to all but lock up a berth in the knockout stage.

Group B Standings:

1. AS Dragon (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 6)
2. Solomon Warriors (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
3. Erakor Golden Star (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4. AS Lossi (GP: 1; GD: -9; PTS: 0)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Copa Libertadores Qualifying

Two games were contested on Wednesday as the Playoff Round of the Copa Libertadores continued.

At Banfield, Argentina:

Sebastian Fernandez (49') and Alfonso Espino (81') each scored once to enable Club Nacional of Uruguay to gain a series-opening 2-2 road deadlock with Banfield.

Nicolas Bertolo (57') and Dario Cvitanich (90'+2) each scored once for the hosts.

The winner of this series will be joined in Group Six by Santos (Brazil), Estudiantes (Argentina), and Real Garlicaso (Peru).

At Rio de Janeiro:

Paulo Marcos de Jesus Ribeiro (a.k.a. Paulao; 17'), Paulinho (40'), Yago Pikacku (87'), and Rildo de Andrade Felicissimo (90'+3) each scored once as Vasco da Gama demolished visiting Jorge Wilstermann 4-0 in game one of their two-match series.

The winner of this series will be joined in Group Five by Cruzeio (Brazil), Universidad de Chile (Chile), and Racing Club de Avellaneda (Argentina).

UEFA Champions League: Galacticos, Reds Post Series-Opening Wins

Two more games were contested on Wednesday as the UEFA Champions League's Round of 16 continued.



At Porto, Portugal:


Sadio Mane produced a hat trick (25', 53', 85'; that's him here, celebrating following conclusion of the match) as Liverpool all but clinched a berth in the quarterfinal round following their series-opening 5-0 demolition on the road against FC Porto.


Associated Press photo by Luis Vieira





At Madrid:
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice (PK-45', 83'; that's him here, celebrating) as Real Madrid downed visiting Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the opening match of their two-game series.


Associated Press photo by Paul White

AFC Champions League

The opening week of group-stage play in the AFC Champions League concluded on Wednesday with four games.

GROUP G:

At Guangzhou, China:

Edgar Bruno da Silva's equalizer in the 57th minute lifted Buriram United of Thailand to a 1-1 road draw with Guangzhou Evergrande.

Ricardo Goulart scored in the 16th minute for the Chinese club.

At Seogwipo, South Korea:

Kota Mizunuma's goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time carried Cerezo Osaka to a 1-0 road victory over Jeju United.

Group G Standings:

1. Cerezo Osaka (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Buriram United (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Guangzhou Evergrande (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Jeju United (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



GROUP H:

At Sydney, Australia:

Dejan Damjanovic scored both goals (62', PK-76') in Suwon Samsung Bluewings' 2-0 road victory over Sydney FC.

At Kashima, Japan:

Yasushi Endo's goal in the 51st minute enabled Kashima Antlers to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Shanghai Shenhua.

Giovanni Moreno scored for the Chinese club in the third minute.

Group H Standings:

1. Suwon Samsung Bluewings (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Shanghai Shenhua (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 0)
3. Kashima Antlers (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 0)
4. Sydney FC (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Copa Libertadores Playoff Round

At Valparaiso, Chile:

Wilson Morelo scored twice (29', PK-36') on Tuesday as Independiente Santa Fe knocked off Santiago Wanderers 2-1 on the road in the opening contest of a two-game series.

This match opened the Copa Libertadores' playoff round.

The winner of this series will advance to the group stage and will be joined in Group Four by River Plate (Argentina), Club Sport Emelec (Ecuador), and Flamengo (Brazil).

Europa League: Knockout Stage Opens With Goose Eggs In Belgrade As Red Star And Horses Draw

At Belgrade, Serbia:

Red Star Belgrade and visiting CSKA Moscow battled to a 0-0 Tuesday stalemate in the opening game of a two-match series to open the Round of 32 in the Europa League.

UEFA Champions League: Spurs Erase Two-Goal Deficit To Gain Series-Opening Road Draw With Juve As Knockout Stage Opens; Citizens Too Much For Basel In Switzerland

The opening round---the Round of 16---in the UEFA Champions League's knockout stage commenced with two games on Tuesday.



At Turin, Italy:


Harry Kane (35') and Christian Eriksen (71') each scored once as Tottenham Hotspur came back from two goals down to earn a series-opening 2-2 road draw with Juventus.


Gonzalo Higuain scored both of The Old Lady's goals in the first ten minutes (2', PK-9').


Here's Spurs coach (or manager) Mauricio Pochettino watching the match from the sidelines (or is it touchline).


Associated Press photo by Antonio Calanni



At Basel, Switzerland:



Ilkey Gundogan scored twice (14', 53') as Manchester City scored three first-half goals en route to a series-opening 4-0 road demolition of FC Basel.


Here, we see dejected Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik looking on as the Citizens' Raheem Sterling (left) and the aforementioned Mr. Gundogan celebrate one of Ilkey's goals.


Keystone photo (via Associated Press) by Georgios Kefalas

AFC Champions League

Eight games were contested in the AFC Champions League's group stage on Tuesday.



GROUP C:



At Tehran, Iran:



Ali Alipour scored twice (66', 71') as Persepolis dominated visiting Nasaf Qarshi 3-0.



At Dubai, United Arab Emirates:



Baghdad Bounedjah scored twice (79', 90') as Al-Sadd came from behind and upended Al-Wasl 2-1 on the road.



Group C:



1. Persepolis (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. Al-Sadd (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Al-Wasl (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Nasaf Qarshi (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)











GROUP D:



At Doha, Qatar:



Rodrigo Tabata (OG-6') and Ali Ghorbani (88') each scored once as Esteghlal gained a 2-2 road draw with Al-Rayyan.



Abderrazak Hamdallah (18') and Roridgo Tabata (28') each scored once in the opening half-hour for the Qatari club.



At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:



Al-Hilal and visiting Al-Ain (UAE) battled to a 0-0 stalemate.



Group D Standings:



1. Esteghlal (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
2. Al-Rayyan (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Al-Ain (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Al-Hilal (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)











GROUP E:



At Jeonju, South Korea:



Lee Dong-Gook scored twice (55', 84') as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors erased a two-goal deficit and overcame visiting Kashiwa Reysol.



At Tianjin, China:



Anthony Modeste (32'), Paulinho (OG-36'), and Sun Ke (39') each scored a first-half goal as Tianjin Quanjian dominated visiting Kitchee 3-0.



Group E Standings:



1. Tianjin Quanjian (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Kashiwa Reysol (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Kitchee SC (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)











GROUP F:



At Melbourne, Australia:



Leroy George scored twice (26', 37') and Rhys Williams once (54') as the Melbourne Victory salvaged a 3-3 home draw with Ulsan Hyundai.



Mislav Orsic scored twice (24', 51') and Richard Windbichler once (34') for the South Korean club.



At Kawasaki, Japan:



Elkeson's goal in the 23rd minute provided all the scoring in Shanghai SIPG's 1-0 road win over Kawasaki Frontale.



Group F Standings:



1. Shanghai SIPG (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Ulsan Hyundai (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Melbourne Victory (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Kawasaki Frontale (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

OFC Champions League: Toti City, Nalkutan Advance To Quarterfinals

Action in Group A of the OFC Champions League continued on Tuesday with two games, both contested at Korman Stadium, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

In the opener, Tutizama Tanito scored the only goal of the match in the 63rd minute as Papua New Guinea's Toti City defeated Fiji's Ba FC 1-0 to clinch a berth in the quarterfinal round.

In the nightcap, Azariah Soromon (16'), James Naka (59'), Raoul Coulon (65'), and Roddy Lenga (87') each scored once as Nalkutan of the host country locked up a knockout-stage berth by demolishing Tupapa Maraerenga (Cook Islands) 4-0.

Group A Standings:

1. x-Toti City (GP: 2; GD: +6; PTS: 6)
2. x-Nalkutan (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 6)
3. z-Ba FC (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 0)
4. z-Tupapa Maraerenga (GP: 2; GD: -9; PTS: 0)

x-Clinched berth in quarterfinal round

z-Eliminated from tournament

Monday, February 12, 2018

AFC Champions League: Group Stage Opens

Four games were played on Monday as group-stage play in the AFC Champions League commenced.

GROUP A:

At Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Ahmed Al Atlas scored the winning goal in the 49th minute as Al-Jazira held off visiting Al-Gharafa of Qatar 3-2.

At Seeb, Oman (due to deteriorating relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia):

Muhannad Assiri scored the only goal of the match in the 67th minute as Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli (designated as the road team) defeated Iran's Tractor Sazi 1-0.

Group A Standings:

1. Al-Jazira (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Al-Ahli (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Tractor Sazi (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Al-Ghafara (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



GROUP B:

At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Ikromjon Alibaev scored twice (53', 87') as Lokomotiv Tashkent destroyed visiting Al-Wahda (UAE) 5-0.

At Doha, Qatar:

Karim Doufiaf scored twice (74', 76') as Al-Duhail defeated visiting Zob Ahan of Iran 3-1.

Group B Standings:

1. Lokomotiv Tashkent (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 3)
2. Al-Duhail (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. Zob Ahan (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)
4. Al-Wahda (GP: 1; GD: -5; PTS: 0)

OFC Champions League

Two games were played on Sunday as Group B play in the OFC Champions League commenced, with both games contested at Stade Pater in Pirae, Tahiti.

In the opener, Barry Mansale (66') and Tony Kaltack (67') each scored a goal a minute apart in the second half as Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu) blanked Solomon Warriors (Solomon Islands) 2-0.

In the nightcap, Tamatoa Tetauira scored twice (47', 78') as AS Dragon from the host nation demolished New Caledonia's AS Lossi (which played a pretty lousy game) 4-0.

Group B Standings:

1. AS Dragon (GP: 1; GD: +4; PTS: 3)
2. Erakor Golden Star (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. Solomon Warriors (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)
4. AS Lossi (GP: 1; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CAF Champions League Qualifying

The first qualifying round for the CAF Champions League reached its' midway point on Sunday with 11 games, with other scheduled match being postponed.

At Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

The series between Saint George and visiting Wau Salaam from South Sudan was cancelled with the Ethiopia club advancing by default.

The South Sudanese club failed to show up for the opening match of the series.

At Maseru, Lesotho:

Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, with Tony Tsabadse scoring twice (PK-15', 75') knocked off hosts Bantu 4-2 in the opening match of their two-game series.

At Cairo, Egypt (due to security concerns in Libya):

Mahmoud Salem scored the game's lone goal at 34 minutes as Al-Tahaddy of Libya took the opening match of their series with Ghana's Aduana Stars 1-0.

At Setif, Algeria:

Zakaria Haddouche produced a hat trick (13', 58', 76') while Akram Djahnit added a double (60', 89') as ES Setif destroyed visiting Olympic Real de Bengui of the Central African Republic 6-0 in the opening contest of their two-game series.

At Bamako, Mali:

MFM of Nigeria gained a series-opening 1-1 road draw with AS Real Bamako.

Nojeem Akinyemi scored for the visiting club in the 15th minute while the hosts' Mohamed Camera equalized in the 18th minute.

At Owando, Republic of the Congo:

Mahamane Cisse (57') and Bersyl Ngatsongo (74') each scored a second-half goal as AS Otoho blanked visiting MC Alger of Algeria 2-0 in the opening match of their two-game series.

At Jos, Nigeria:

Ogene Elijah (20'), Sunday Ingbede (85'), and Joshua Obaje (90'+2) each scored once as Plateau United dominated visiting Eding Sport (Cameroon) 3-0 in their series-opening match.

At Monrovia, Liberia:

LISCR, with Sheku Sheriff scoring in the 20th minute,  defeated visiting Al-Hilal of Sudan 1-0 in their series-opening contest.

At Colonou, Benin:

ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast, with Ahmed Toure's equalizer in the 66th minute, gained a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Buffles du Borgou.

Marcelin Koukpo scored for the hosts at 63 minutes.

At Moroni, Comoros:

Said Hadji's equalizer in the 79th minute enabled Ngaya Club to salvage a series-opening 1-1 home draw with UD Songo.  

Helder Pelembe scored for the Mozambiquan club in the fifth minute.

At Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Ducapel Moloko scored twice (17', 87') as AS Vita Club demolished visiting Mighty Wanderers (Malawi) 4-0 in match one.

At Luanda, Angola:

The August 1st Club dominated visiting FC Platinum of Zimbabwe 3-0 in the opening match of their two-game series.

Jacques Bitumba scored twice (52', 61') for the hosts.