Schalke 0-2 Bayern: Kroos controls the game

September 24, 2012
Schalke 0-2 Bayern: Kroos controls the game

Bayern dominated possession throughout the match, and eventually found a route to goal.

Huub Stevens made just one change from the side that defeated Olympiakos in midweek, bringing in Julian Draxler in place of Tranquilo Barnetta.

Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern side had played a day later than Schalke (beating Valencia 2-1) so he freshened up the side with three changes – Mario Mandzukic was back in for Claudio Pizarro, while Thomas Muller and Luis Gustavo replaced Franck Ribery and Javi Martinez.

Bayern always seemed on top, but the game was lacking in excitement and tempo, so there were few goalscoring chances until the away side took command early in the second half. Read more »

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal: two goals from corners

September 23, 2012
Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal: two goals from corners

There was plenty of attacking talent on show, but centre-backs Joleon Lescott and Laurent Koscielny got the goals.

Roberto Mancini chose Scott Sinclair on the left in the absence of Samir Nasri, with Sergio Aguero returning upfront to partner Edin Dzeko.

Arsene Wenger was without Thomas Vermaelen so Laurent Koscielny came in at the back. Aaron Ramsey started on the right, with Gervinho as the primary forward.

Arsenal can be more pleased with their performance – they dominated possession and got into dangerous positions in the final third – but they trailed for 42 minutes, and had to scrap to win a point. Read more »

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: United come from behind to win

September 23, 2012
Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: United come from behind to win

Liverpool started stronger, but Manchester United gained control of the game after Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal.

Brendan Rodgers used Shelvey as the highest player in his midfield triangle, and Glen Johnson continued at left-back.

Sir Alex Ferguson rested Nemanja Vidic, and played Ryan Giggs, rather than Paul Scholes or Tom Cleverley, in the centre of midfield.

Liverpool dominated the first half, United the second – Shelvey’s dismissal was a huge turning point in terms of the tactical battle. Read more »