Champions League: Barcelona Struggle Yet Again as Mbwana Samatta Gets His Reward

Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League produced an 8 goal thriller and some memorable moments. Below, we look at the main talking points from Tuesday’s action.

Red Cards spoil Ajax party at the Bridge

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Ajax was giving Chelsea a footballing lesson until two red cards in quick succession spoiled their plans. Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind and his teammate Joel Veltman were given their marching orders in less than a minute with the Dutch champions leading 4-2.

With the numerical advantage, Chelsea took advantage and leveled the match to 4-4 and share the points with Ajax but there is no doubt that the result would have been different had Ajax had all players available for the entire course of the match.

Barcelona Struggle yet again

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For the second match running, Barcelona has failed to win despite fielding the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. The team is yet to fully adapt having to play Messi and the former Atletico Madrid forward.

On Saturday, Barcelona simply could not get their attack going and lost 3-1 to Levante while on Tuesday they failed to score despite playing at home to a relatively weaker Slavia Prague side. Time for Valverde to go?

Mbwana Samatta gets his reward

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Mbwana Samatta had a goal wrongly disallowed by VAR on matchday 3 against the European Champions Liverpool. At Anfield in the second leg, the Taifa Stars of Tanzania and Genk Captain got his goal against the Reds in a 2-1 loss.

Genk may be bottom of the table but Samata has a moment that he will treasure forever.

Lyon Revival Continues

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Since sacking former manager Sylvinho in mid-October, French side Olympique Lyon has won three of their last five matches under new manager Rudi Garcia. The Ligue 1 giants revival peaked with a 3-1 win over Benfica who had won all their previous five matches heading into the fixture.

Lyon is now second in Group G with 7 points, just two behind leaders RB Leipzig.

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