Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mcdonald Scores Against Christiano and Co.

Celtic marksman Scott Mcdonald scored to put his team ahead in their home UEFA champions League tie against Manchester Utd. It occurred in the thirteenth minute, a sublime lob from inside the box, United stand-in keeper Ben Foster had no chance. United pegged it back in the sixth minute after half time, with Giggs heading home a keeper parried strike from CRonaldo.

It was a welcome for the home team after losing 3-0 away the last time they met ManYoo. Celtic manager Gordon Strachan had special praise for Mcdonald:

"It looked like calm finish from Scott.

"But what he has done in recent weeks has been phenomenal. He lost all his striking partners and he has tried to keep it going.

"He can be really pleased with himself. I wanted to keep him on as our experienced striker but he couldn't raise a gallop at the end."

Galatasaray ace Harry Kewell has a "hairline toe fracture" and been sidelined for UEFA Cup matchday 2, away to Benfica,Thursday (Friday morning AEDT). Dissapointing for both club and country given his hot form, scoring goals in the last two games including the winner on matchday one against Olympiakos.

He will apparently could be available for their w/e league match away to Fenerbahce but I doubt he will play, unless it's not really a fracture and they're just resting him.

Oh, and in worse news, the Adelaide Reds were beaten 3-0 away to J-League side Gamba Osaka in the first leg of the Asian Champions League Final. Apparently outplayed, but not without their own chances, Adelaide managed an own goal but not a goal of their own. People haven already started engraving Gamba Osaka name on the trophy and even the Australian media is stating that it's unlikely that Adelaide can score 4 goals in the return tie at home. But we don't need 4 goals, if Adelaide score 3 we can go to overtime and penalties. Scoring 3-0 in ninety minutes is an outside chance, but coming to an away venue with a lead to defend can do things to your mind. Gamba Osaka's coach will know they can't play too defensively so will obviously go for the early goal, to kill the game off. If Adelaide can use this time to catch them on the counter then game on, also don't forget the value of jet lag against teams flying all the way from Japan.


Bobas said...

I read kewell's injury was only a sprained ankle, not fractured toe...

Nursedude said...

Did you get a chance to see the first leg AFC final from Osaka? I missed it, but it looks like Adelaide has their work cut out for them-down 3 goals for the return leg in South Australia...It's going to be tough, but if they can get an early goal and get the crowd into it, you never know...

Nursedude said...

Should have read to the last paragraph!