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The Champions League is Back for Third Week 

By: Latifa Waithera Zain

“The Champions League (CL) is the best competition,” said Billy Kouremenos, a club soccer player at The University of Tampa. “Magical nights of Champions League are the best.”

The third week of games for the CL kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with Goals Galore.

“On the first day 35 goals were scored,” said Kouremenos. “There was a lot of action.”

Ajax calmly handed Dortmund four goals while Manchester City placed five in Club Brugge’s net.  

The Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid rivalry is shaping up to be one for the ages. After Atletico Madrid ruined Liverpool’s chances of winning the CL in 2020 with a shocking goal by Morata in the 120th minute, the tension between the teams is still high.  

The game started with a goal from Mo Salah before Naby Keita fired a beautiful volley off his right foot to put the team two-nil up by the 13th minute. Atlético responded quickly, with Griezmann scoring two goals in 14 minutes to equalize before half time. 

Griezmann received a red card at the beginning of the second half putting Atlético a man down for the rest of the game but the current La Liga champions still put up a strong fight. However a foul on Jota cost them the game.  

Liverpool currently sit at the top of Group B after winning all three games that they have played. A win against Atlético on Nov. 3 will guarantee their spot in the round of 16. 

“My favorite game this week was PSG vs Red Bull Leipzig,” said JP Echeverry, UT club soccer player. “Leipzig were up two-one and then Messi scored two goals to give PSG the win.” 

The games on Wednesday were just as action packed with Barcelona winning their first CL game of the season. One goal from Gerard Piqué was all they needed to win against Dynamo Kyiv.  

Barcelona are having a comparatively terrible season both in the CL and in the La Liga. The 26 time La Liga winners currently sit seventh in the league having only won four of their last eight games.  

In the CBS sports Golazo Show, former Arsenal and Barcelona player Thierry Henry said that he doesn’t believe that Barcelona will advance from the CL group stages this season. Henry won his first and only CL title with Barcelona in 2009 after losing to them in the finals in 2006 when he was at Arsenal.  

Manchester United was the team that most fans had their eyes on this week.

“This game was the most significant game of the week because of the criticism their coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has been getting recently,” said Brandon Cordiano, sophomore finance major.

With Villareal two-nil up against Young Boys FC and Manchester United two-nil down in the first half against Atlanta, the boys in red were bottom of their group. Fans all over twitter were enraged at the thought of missing out on yet another CL round of 16.  

Atlanta were missing close to five regular starters, but put up a strong fight in the first half. However, Manchester United came back stronger in the second half with a goal from Marcus Rashford initiating their comeback.  

This was Rashford’s second goal of the season and first start of this season after recovering from surgery he got in August for an injury he had all last season. Rashford had to be subbed off at the 66th minute for Edison Cavani after receiving an injury that was reported to be a dead leg according to the Club.  

The Manchester United and Liverpool rivalry is one that dates back to the beginning of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. However, the last time the red devils beat Liverpool in the PL was in the 2017/18 season after two goals from Rashford at the Stretford end.  

Manchester United lost to Liverpool 0-5 in the Oct. 24 match. The recently defeated team will now play Tottenham on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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