Story of the Match – Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 4 AS Roma (20th Oct 2015)

Being lucky enough to cover the Bayer Leverkusen v Roma game in the Champions League for ByTheMinSport, it was an event worth committing to the archives.

My commentary on the match is below. If you fancy taking a look and re-living the whole game, feel free to read on:

18 hrs ago

Hi all, @leeroberts_82 here for min-by-min updates from the Bay Arena for Bayer Leverkusen v Roma. Hoping for a cracker. Lets do this.

18 hrs ago

Tons of Champions League coverage on ByTheMinSport.com tonight. Its the place to be.

18 hrs ago

Right, Roma have it all to do, without a win in their two CL games so far, including a nightmare defeat at BATE Borisov last time out

18 hrs ago

Leverkusen will give their hopes of getting out of Group E the world of good with a win here. They lost to Barca 2-1 but did beat BATE 4-1.

18 hrs ago

Anyone know why BATE is always in capitals? I shout it every time I type it. Anyway, back to proceedings in Germany #BayerRoma

18 hrs ago

Should be a cracker this. Roma have crept up into second in Serie A having won 3 on the bounce, scoring 12 in the process

18 hrs ago

Bayer have already lost 3 in the Bundesliga and struggling to see teams off consistently. Unbeaten in 4 league games though.

18 hrs ago

Bayer XI: Leno / Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell / Kramer, Toprak, Kampl, Calhanoglu / Bellarabi, Chicharito

18 hrs ago

Roma XI: Szczesny / Torosidis, Manolas, Rudiger, Digne / Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi / Gervinho, Salah

18 hrs ago

No Dzeko or Totti in the starting eleven for the visitors. They have Salah as the most advanced forward tonight. He likes a goal in Europe.

18 hrs ago

The anthem is being played. Nearly time to go here.

18 hrs ago

Lovely roll neck being sported by Bayer manager Schmidt tonight. Leading the fashion stakes so far. Will his team follow suit?

18 hrs ago

And we are off. 0-0. Obviously.

18 hrs ago

Oh early pressure on Roma – Kampl does well and Chicharito reacts to the ball in but can’t direct. Over. 0-0

18 hrs ago

Early sighter from Roma too – but from long range their effort is high and handsome 0-0

18 hrs ago

PENALTY to Bayer – hand ball

18 hrs ago

The referee was reluctant to give it initially. Someone must have had a word in his ear. Torosidis has his outstretched arms behind him.

18 hrs ago

Little Pea SCORES. 1-0 Bayer off to a flyer!

18 hrs ago

It’s one of those, seen them given. And it was. As Torisidis stretched to block the shot he had his arm behind him. Not sure. 1-0. 5 gone.

18 hrs ago

Lightning start. Roma have got to come out and play now. Early, but stay like this and they are in big trouble. 1-0.

18 hrs ago

More bright play down the Bayer right results in a free kick. Calhanoglu’s delivery is a bit aimless and nothing comes of it. 1-0. 8 gone.

18 hrs ago

Roma just after a bit of possession to feel their way into it. They manage a few passes but give it away every time they get in Bayer’s 3rd

18 hrs ago

Back to the penalty decision. Seen it again and I am still not sure. 1-0. 12 gone.

18 hrs ago

Gervinho beats the offside trap but Leno plays the Neuer role splendidly and sweeps up. 1-0

18 hrs ago

Save by Leno from Pjanic. Bayer make a mess and should have cleared, so Pjanic hits a firm effort from the edge of the box. Corner. 1-0

18 hrs ago

Bit more encouragement for Roma. All Bayer’s fault that, but Gervinho was a bit sloppy with his cutback. 1-0. 17 gone.

18 hrs ago

GOAL 2-0 Bayer

18 hrs ago

Roma take a risk and Bayer’s pressing picks the pocket. Hernandez exchanges passes with Calhanoglu and puts it in at the 2nd attempt. 2-0

18 hrs ago

Roma claiming offside but nowhere near. Completely rubbish from the Italians, Rudiger especially. 2-0. 20 gone.

18 hrs ago

Chicharito is a great striker. Everyone but Van Gaal can see that surely. Give him service and he will score all day long. 2-0.

18 hrs ago

Nainggolan booked for trying to buy a penalty. Referee was close by and YES, clearly a dive. Book him for that hair too. 2-0. 24 gone.

18 hrs ago

Feel a tad lucky looking at the other CL games so far. 2 goals and should be more yet. 2-0. 27 gone.

18 hrs ago

GOAL 2-1 De Rossi!

18 hrs ago

Bayer get the Roma disease and completely fail to deal with a corner. De Rossi is found at the back post and his shot escapes Leno.

18 hrs ago

Nainggolan in trouble with the referee again. Escapes a second yellow. He is silly to go to ground but he does play the ball. 2-0. 31 gone.

18 hrs ago

Hernandez is 6 yards in front of goal but his free header bounces over! So close. Should have been 3. And 3 for the Little Pea too. 2-0

18 hrs ago

Sorry 2-1. Such a great game getting all excited. 2-1. 33 gone.

17 hrs ago

Roma much more dangerous now. Gervinho gets a sniff but the keeper deals with. Pressure building. De Rossi booked now as well. Feisty. 2-1.

17 hrs ago

More pressure from Roma and Bayer can’t clear. Free kick on the right corner of the box. Kramer…. you’ve guessed it. Booked. 2-1. 36 gone.

17 hrs ago

GOAL 2-2 De Rossi!

17 hrs ago

Well well well. Pjanic free kick met by De Rossi. He ghosts in and again, the defending is shocking. He knees it in past Leno. 2-2. 38 gone.

17 hrs ago

Took them to being 2-0 down to start playing. Rudi Garcia must be screwing. Capt De Rossi in the right place at the right time. Again. 2-2

17 hrs ago

Schmidt calling for his team to be compact. Bit late for that son. On the ropes at the moment. 2-2. Under 3 left until HT

17 hrs ago

Both teams seem happy to give the ball away in dangerous areas. What happened to GET RID? Modern football eh. 2-2. 1 left until HT.

17 hrs ago

Half time. Bayer 2-2 Roma. Hernandez 4 & 19 / De Rossi 29 & 38

17 hrs ago

A half of two halves that one. Breathless football. Off for a power nap. 2-2. See you in 10.

17 hrs ago

@leeroberts_82 back here. We’re nearly ready to go for the second half of Bayer Leverkusen v Roma. Big ask to top that first half.

17 hrs ago

It was like Rocky IV out there. Drago landed two potential knock out blows but Balboa responded with two harder ones of his own.

17 hrs ago

No defending on show at all. Again, like Rocky I suppose. Kind of good for us watching. Not so much for the managers.

17 hrs ago

We’re back off and running. 2-2.

17 hrs ago

Bit more of a sedate start to the second half. Hopefully not the shape of things to come. 2-2. 48 gone.

17 hrs ago

Pjanic free kick from the left. He whips it in and the keeper has to palm a defender’s header over. Great reaction save. 2-2

17 hrs ago

Barca have taken the lead at BATE. The most obvious sentence I’ve ever written. 2-2 here still. 50 gone.

17 hrs ago

So close! Classic Gervinho. He beats player after player at pace. Beats the last man but his right footed shot is too close to Reno. 2-2

17 hrs ago

By classic there I mean he does all the hard work and then can’t finish. Free kick for Pjanic here. Just his range GOAL 2-3 Roma!

17 hrs ago

What a strike by the Bosnian. He curls it in the corner past Reno who is a mere spectator. Fantastic. 2-3. 55 mins.

17 hrs ago

Stunning comeback from the Romans. Pjanic the main man with his dead ball delivery. Mehmedi is on for Bayer. Can they respond? 2-3

17 hrs ago

They looked out the game after 20 and seemingly lacked inspiration to get back into it. Huge credit to them. So far.. 2-3. 58 gone.

17 hrs ago

Hope for Bayer. Couple of corners pin Roma back. Again the passing in the defensive 3rd is shocking. Not out of this yet. 2-3. Hour mark.

17 hrs ago

First change for the visitors. Salah is off and Falque is on. Like-for-like. 2-3.

17 hrs ago

Another corner after Calhanoglu’s shot is deflected. Roma determined to gift Bayer an equaliser. 2-3. 64 gone.

17 hrs ago

Kramer is off due to an injury and Brandt is on. 2-3.

17 hrs ago

Shot saved from the sub Brandt. Szczesny dives on it comfortably. 2-3. 67 gone.

17 hrs ago

Great chance for 4! Counter sees Florenzi bearing down from the right. He elects to blast, its saved and Falque heads onto the bar. 2-3. 71.

17 hrs ago

Its 4 now! GOAL ROMA 2-4

17 hrs ago

Bayer get caught with players forward and Gervinho picks out Falque on the penalty spot. He lifts it over Leno. Counter attack. Over? 2-4.

17 hrs ago

Bayer look beaten now. Roma have hurt them with that one. Brandts looked bright though. Szczesny saves from him and then from Papa too. 2-4

17 hrs ago

Giroud has scored for Arsenal v Bayern. What universe is this? 2-4 here and I predict more goals. 2-4. 13 left.

16 hrs ago

Final change for Bayer. Toprak off and Yurchenko is on. Last throw of the dice from Schmidt. They need something quick. 2-4. 10 left.

16 hrs ago

Roma knocking it about with bit more confidently now. Understandable, they just came from 2 down and scored 4. 2-4. 82.

16 hrs ago

GOAL 3-4 Kampl!

16 hrs ago

He pings it from the edge of the box with his left. It’s curling and glances off the bar. Great finish. Terrible barnet. 3-4. 5 left.

16 hrs ago

GOAL GOAL GOAL 4-4 WOW

16 hrs ago

Oh. My. Days. Their next attack from the kick off, Kampl feeds Wendl who cuts back for Mehmedi at the back post. Kept his head. 4-4!!

16 hrs ago

Just as they looked dead and buried, they find something from nowhere. What a game. I said goals, I didn’t mean this. 4-4. 2 left.

16 hrs ago

Kampl hadn’t done much to be fair. His hopeful shot over Szczesny got them back in it. He’s then instrumental in the equaliser. 4-4. 1 left.

16 hrs ago

One last twist or is that too much to ask? 3 minutes of injury time left.

16 hrs ago

Oh! Hernandez nearly wins it for Bayer. They break 3 on 3 but he can’t hit the target. So close. 4-4. 2 mins injury time left.

16 hrs ago

More pressure from Bayer. Time running out. 1 left. 4-4. Yes 4-4!

16 hrs ago

Last punt in the box from Bayer but they can’t force it. 4-4 FULL TIME.

16 hrs ago

FT Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma. Hernandez 4 & 19, Kampl 84, Mehmedi 86 / De Rossi 29 & 38, Pjanic 54, Falque 73.

16 hrs ago

I need a lie down. Promised goals, these two delivered. Talking points aplenty, but Bayer were unhappy with the FK awarded for Pjanic’s goal

16 hrs ago

Both will think they could have got the win, having both led, but the defending on both sides was truly truly abysmal. Who cares though!?

16 hrs ago

Anyway, an absolute pleasure to bring you that one. Cheers for now, I’ve been @leeroberts_82

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Article on Fanfeud: Oscar Brings His Best In Swansea Mauling

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My latest for Fanfeud takes a envying look at Chelsea’s attack and Oscar in particular. A key component at Stamford Bridge, he was rested at Anfield in the Carling Cup Semi-Final First Leg, maybe a sign of the Brazilian’s importance to Jose Mourinho.

http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/19/oscar-brings-his-best-in-swansea-mauling/

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UFC On FOX 14: Gustafsson V Johnson – Full Fight Card

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24th January 2015 – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden

MAIN CARD
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia

PRELIMINARY CARD
Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov
Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle
Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Mirsad Bektic vs. Paul Redmond

PRELIMINARY CARD
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta
Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery

MAIN CARD PICKS
Gustafsson, Mousasi, Davis and Corassani

Article On Fanfeud: Ballon d’Or: Hodgson Ensures England Still Make An Impact

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My latest piece for the guys over at Fanfeud concerns Roy Hodgson and his strange number one pick for the Ballon d’Or. Serious choice or attention seeking?

Read it here:

http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/17/ballon-dor-hodgson-ensures-england-still-make-an-impact/

Fanfeud is a daily Fantasy Football game where you can play for free and win cash prizes. Give it a go at .

Notes From UFC Fight Night 59 – McGregor Destroys Siver To Earn Shot At Aldo

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During his systematic two-round beating of Dennis Siver, Conor McGregor didn’t deliver on his promise of ending the fight within two minutes, but he still sent an emphatic message to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Immediately following the stoppage McGregor rushed to hurdle the cage to get in Aldo’s face. He stretched his undefeated streak in the UFC to five (13 overall) and will be handed a UFC featherweight title shot against the Brazilian, who greeted the screaming McGregor with a wry smile. Whether it takes place in Dublin or Las Vegas, it’s one serious title fight to look forward to later in the year.

After the bold statements and trash-talking, anything but a first round victory may have been labelled a disappointment. Although falling short of his prediction, the way the Irishman took Siver apart meant fans in the TP Garden in Boston didn’t want it to end, such was the excitement of the one-sided victory.

Before the fight, as both fighters squared off, Siver refused to touch gloves and received a middle-finger in return. That was about as authoritative as the Russian was all night as from then on McGregor dominated. Stalking his opponent across the Octagon, Siver had nowhere to hide and was unable to deal with the range of his opponent. The number 10 ranked fighter was left battered and bloodied at the end of the first round as a series of straight left jabs did the damage, ‘The Notorious One’ demonstrating his full arsenal of skills by mixing it up with some lightning head-kicks.

The finish came in the second round when one of those straight left-hands finally sent Siver to the ground. McGregor was calm in taking full mount, and then forced the referee to stop the fight as Siver covered up. Calmness personified. Never letting himself get impatient during the bout, McGregor was always in control and when he sensed the stoppage was near, he took his time to gain position and then finished the job.

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Following up his beating of Dustin Poirier, putting Dennis Siver away without even appearing to break sweat shows that maybe Conor McGregor has the skills to back up his continuous barrage of taunts and promises. Aldo says he’s not convinced, but you can bet your bottom dollar he won’t be talking McGregor lightly.

In the co-main event Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone earned what looked a fortunate decision victory over his friend Benson Henderson. Having beaten Myles Jury 15 days ago at UFC 182, Cerrone avenged two previous defeats to Henderson in a closely-contested lightweight match-up. Taking his winning streak to seven, the unanimous scorecard decision means Henderson has lost two consecutive fights for the first time in his career.

Uriah Hall also tasted victory in Boston. After a deep cut under Ron Stalling’s eye forced the referee to end the middleweight bout, Hall took his winning run to three. Stallings was making his UFC debut and took the fight on short notice when both Costas Philippou and Louis Taylor withdrew through injury.

McGregor’s fellow Irishman Norman Parke, unbeaten in five UFC fights, lost a split-decision to veteran Gleison Tibau in the first fight on the main card.

Full UFC Fight Night 59 Results (courtesy of MMAJunkie)

Conor McGregor def. Dennis Siver via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:54

Donald Cerrone def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Uriah Hall def. Ron Stallings via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 3:37

Gleison Tibau def. Norman Parke via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Cathal Pendred def. Sean Spencer via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Lorenz Larkin def. John Howard via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:17

Chris Wade def. Zhang Lipeng via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Patrick Holohan def. Shane Howell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Johnny Case def. Frankie Perez via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:54

Charles Rosa def. Sean Soriano via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 3, 4:43

Sean O’Connell def. Matt Van Buren via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:11

Joby Sanchez def. Tateki Matsuda via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

UFC Fight Night 59 – Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver – Full Fight Card

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Full Fight Card for 18th January 2015 – TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts

Main Event

Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver – Featherweight

 

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Rest of the Main Card

Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson – Lightweight

Uriah Hall vs. Ron Stallings – Middleweight

Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau – Lightweight

Preliminary Card

Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer – Welterweight

John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight

Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade – Lightweight

Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell – Flyweight

Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez – Lightweight

Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano – Featherweight

UFC Fightpass Preliminary Card

Matt Van Buren vs. Sean O’Connell – Light Heavyweight

Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez – Flyweight

Main Card Picks

McGregor, Henderson, Hall and Tibau