So, the final round of the group stage has passed. Got to make this review a quick one.
Dortmund (Tommytour) defeats Cluj (Milanista) 55-51
Aiming for a historic sixth win from six, I don’t know what to blame more. Lukaku(c) for that 16 point penalty miss, Cisse for a last minute goals plus baps for Tommy or that home advantage rule. Tommy needed a win to guarantee progression to the knockouts and Suarez, Cisse, Bale, Enrique and Turner helped him there despite Michu(c).
Everton (Beric) draw with Spartak Moscow (Arise Sir Giggsy) 45-45
Beric needed a win and Tommy to lose to have a chance of progressing. With neither event coming to pass Everton have ended in 3rd place, the 5 point gap between them and qualification does not show how tight it was. It took until the final GW, but Sir Giggsy finally got off the mark to avoid the shame of ending on 0 points. He’d have got a win if he didn’t talk a hit for Michu and, of all people, Hal Robson Kanu.
Olympiakos (Pratik) defeats Man City (AK) 49-48
A top of the table clash, Pratik qualifies as group winner after winning this one. Captain Bale, Suarez, Sissoko and Bunn produced the points for Olympiakos, City had Benteke(c), Suarez, Bale and Lukaku returning the goods. AK goes through in second.
Sporting (TorresMagic) defeats Granada (Green Windmill) 52-47
H2H record meant that Sporting’s win was not enough to progress despite matching City on 9 points. Suarez provided decisive in this one, Torres picked up 24 points from the little racist with the captains armband, Green Windmill is one of the long suffering non owners having not had Suarez all season.
Stoke (Wild Rover) defeats Shakhtar (Dynamic) 69-64
Two high scoring teams for this blank week, both had Suarez(c) and Bale providing significant returns. The unexpected 16 point haul of Andros Townsend got Wild Rover second spot in the group, completing an impressive comeback after starting with 3 defeats. Dynamic had already qualified as group winner with 4 wins.
Lille (In Like Flynn) defeats Malaga (Ajay) 53-48
Both teams started on 6 points and the winner had a chance of going through, depending on the outcome of the other game. Stoke’s win meant Lille’s triumph was in vain. Blank GWs cause desperation and Ajay was left transferring in Craig Gardner for a point. Admittedly, he used the cash raised to ditch that tosser Pogrebynak for Suarez. The valorous pick of Sissoko(c), along with returns from some of the usual suspects was enough to get ILF the win and leave Ajay with the group’s wooden spoon.
Getafe (Declan) defeats Wigan (Giggs Boson) 55-53
Needing a win to stand a chance of progression, Giggs will no doubt be struggling to find a gif that encapsulates the anguish of that Lukaku(c) penalty miss. Suarez(c) punished Wigan as Declan progressed with 5/6 wins.
Lyon (FC Borec) defeats Koln (Fray Bentos) 46-31
After starting with 4 wins and being the first team to suffer elimination, Borec has regained some credibility by winning the last two. Fray Bentos had a bit of a shocker after handing the armband to Sturridge over Suarez and taking a 12 point hit (58 transfers for the season now) to bring in a bunch of 0-3 pointers. Nevertheless, Koln take second spot after starting the campaign with 3 wins.