6 Champions League takeaways: Dortmund vs. Real Madrid lives up to the hype
Tuesday's slate of the Champions League delivered everything we wanted, and then some. Borussia Dortmund's 2-2 draw vs. Real Madrid was breathless stuff, but there was even more to watch. Here are the best storylines from a busy Tuesday of Champions League fun.
BVB vs. Real leaves us eager for more
Billed as Tuesday's top matchup, Dortmund hosting Real Madrid did not disappoint. The match featured everything you'd expect, as red-hot Dortmund looked to keep rolling against defending Champions League title-holders Real Madrid. The action went end-to-end nearly the entire match, with the two teams exchanging a variety of punches and mixing in unconventional goals. Real Madrid managed to escape with a hard-fought point, but you can't help but feel that BVB will be thirsty for revenge in the return leg on Dec. 7. Circle that date on your calendars.
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Chicharito keeps rolling
Chicharito may have injured his hand under freak circumstances, but not a thing happened to his scoring touch. He’s got four goals in his last two games and he’s the main reason Leverkusen are successful. The dude just is goals.
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Son Heung-min spares Spurs' blushes
Spurs spent most of Tuesday’s match on the front foot at CSKA Moscow, but they also spent most of the day unable to find the back of the net. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem — away draws are fine — but their home loss to Monaco on Matchday 1 left them little room for error. That’s why it was so important when Son Heung-min rescued Spurs in the 71st minute. The Korean now has three goals in his last two matches and has single-handedly earned Tottenham three points in the Premier League and three points in the Champions League since Saturday. Not a bad few days.
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Juventus finally unleash Pjanic
Max Allegri left Miralem Pjanic on the bench for the first 60 minutes against Sevilla and they struggled. He didn’t make that mistake against Dinamo, and Pjanic was fantastic for them in the first half. He scored the opener, then created Higuain’s second, putting the game out of reach by the midway point. Pjanic is brand new to the team, but he already might be Juventus’ most important player.
Leicester remain undaunted by European stage
Leicester City entered the Champions League group stage as unknowns on the European stage, but they've quickly proven that they belong. It's been two matchdays, but the Foxes have not shied away from the European spotlight. With two wins in two matches, they're well positioned not only to just advance, but also win Group G. Jamie Vardy might still be looking to break his duck in Europe, but Leicester's summer signing, Islam Slimani, has paid off. As he did time and time again with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, the Algerian haunted Porto yet again. Leicester will face tougher competition down the line, but they look up to the task so far.
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Sevilla in control
Juventus were always the heavy favorites in Group H. The question was whether Sevilla or Lyon would be the second team to advance. After Sevilla topped Lyon, 1-0, on Tuesday, the Spaniards have a huge leg up. They’re now a point clear of Lyon and they have two matches against Dinamo Zagreb coming up, which will be a chance to extend that lead. Sevilla still have to go to Lyon on the final day of the group stage, so it’s far from over, but Sevilla have to feel good about their chance of making the knockout stages.