World Football Update - Mar 5th 2013
Jon Forget
Mar 5th 2013
World Football Update - Mar 5th 2013
Feature Matches
 
We are set for the culmination of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, with only eight teams moving on to the Quarterfinals. The biggest match to date of the 2012/13 Champions League competition kicks off this afternoon, with Manchester United hosting Real Madrid at Old Trafford (1-1 aggregate). A well rested Christiano Ronaldo makes his first return to his old stomping grounds, after spending six seasons with the Red Devils. Real Madrid are in fine form, having won all four of their matches since their last meeting with United, including two against arch rivals Barcelona. Madrid are a counterattacking team, and perhaps the best in the World at that particular style of play. Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware of this, and will have his boys ready to spoil the party for Ronaldo and Madrid. His Manchester side have not lacked for goals all season, boasting one of the top strike forces in football right now. Veteran Paul Scholes is out due to injury, and Ryan Giggs is set to start his 1000th competitive match. This is a game the World will stop to watch, and it surely won't disappoint in terms of drama and intrigue. If you can't make it at Lunch for the match, drop in later as there will be replays throughout the evening!
 
In other Champions League action Borussia Dortmund host Shakhtar Donetsk, with the two sides level on aggregate 2-2. The two away goals that Dortmund carry into this tie should be difficult to overcome for the Ukrainians, not to mention the imposing home ground that Dortmund enjoys. Striker Robert Lewandowski has tallied nine goals in Dortmund's last nine matches, making him the man in form. Shakhtar feels they played well in the first leg, only conceding goals on two poor mistakes. They know it will take a mistake free game if they are to come away with a victory here. On Wednesday afternoon we have Paris St. Germain taking on Valencia at home in France. Despite having Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in the first leg, the French side are confident they can advance here. Valencia has their work cut out for them, as they trail 2-1 on aggregate, and will have to score at least two to advance. In our other Wednesday match a confident Juventus host Celtic, carrying a 3-0 aggregate advantage. The Scots had high hopes going into the first leg, but an early goal put them on their back foot, and Juve managed to nab two more. Odds are against the Scots, as Juventus are three years unbeaten at home in European competition, and they have never lost to a Scottish side at home. On the bright side for Celtic, they have never won in Italy, so they have a chance to end that streak here, and revenge their loss at home. Heineken and Newcastle 20oz draughts are on special for all our Champions League matches, and we are serving lunch specials during the entire competition. Don't miss any of the action, as the field is narrowed down to only eight remaining teams!
 
We have two feature matches on the weekend to look forward to. The first is the home opener for our Colorado Rapids, with a 4pm kick off against Philadelphia up at DSG. The Rapids played a tight game against Dallas last week, but came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 result. Long stretches of possession were a positive, but chances were limited for the Burgundy Boys. This is match two, and a positive result is needed before the team heads off to Salt Lake next week. There is an interesting storyline here, as hometown hero Conor Casey returns to DSG (in the wrong colored uniform). You can bet your bottom dollar he will want to put one in the back of the net, as the Rapids back four are well aware. DSG has to be a fortress if the Rapids want to make a return to the playoffs, what better way to start than earning a shutout at home!? As always, we will be running shuttle buses to the match from the Pub, and there will be both an early departure (for anyone wishing to tailgate) and a late departure that will get you to the ground right before kick off. Reservations and tickets are available at: www.coloradosupporters.com/reservations. Our other feature match this weekend has Manchester United facing Chelsea in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. This is one of two highly anticipated Sunday morning clashes, the other being Liverpool v Tottenham in the EPL. Don't miss any of the action, and plan on getting out in support of our hometown Club this Saturday. Cheers!
 
On the Horizon
 
Next week we have Champions League Round of 16, our Colorado Rapids are away for a big derby against Salt Lake, and there is plenty of European and Domestic Club football to enjoy over St. Pat's weekend!
 
This Week's Football

Tuesday March 5th
Manchester United v Real Madrid 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund v Shakhtar D. 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Houston v Santos 6pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
 
Wednesday March 6th
Juventus v Celtic 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Paris St. Germain v Valencia 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Tigres v Seattle 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
 
Thursday March 7th
Anzhi v Newcastle 10am (Europa League)
S. Bucharest v Chelsea 11am (Europa League)
Tottenham v Inter Milan 1pm (Europa League)
Benfica v Bordeaux 1pm (Europa League)
Herediano v L.A. Galaxy 6pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Millionarios v San Jose 7:30pm (Copa Libertadores)
 
Friday March 8th
Genoa v AC Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
 
Saturday March 9th
Everton v Wigan 5:45am (FA Cup Quarterfinals)
Reading v Aston Villa 8am (EPL)
Queens Park v Sunderland 8am (EPL)
West Brom Albion v Swansea 8am (EPL)
Manchester City v Barnsley 10:30am (FA Cup Quarterfinals)
Toronto v Sporting K.C. 11:30am (MLS)
Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna 12pm (La Liga)
Colorado v Philadelphia 4pm (MLS Home Game Bus Shuttle)
D.C. United v Salt Lake 5pm (MLS)
Chicago v New England 5:30pm (MLS)
Vancouver v Columbus 5:30pm (MLS)
Portland v Montreal 8:30pm (MLS)
 
Sunday March 10th
Millwall v Blackburn 8am (FA Cup Quarterfinal)
Liverpool v Tottenham 10am (EPL)
Manchester United v Chelsea 10am (FA Cup Quarterfinal)
Celta Vigo v Real Madrid 12pm (La Liga)
Inter v Bologna 12:45pm (Serie A)
Chivas v Dallas 3pm (MLS)
San Jose v New York 8pm (MLS)

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