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El Tri in the Champions League (Nov. 1-2)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Javier Hernandez of Bayer Leverkusen during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Wembley Stadium on November 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
El Tri in the Champions League (Nov. 1-2)

The Mexican’s abroad in the Champions League returned to group stage action this week. It was a bag of mixed results for the Mexicans. Some of the Mexicans and their clubs are climbing towards glory, while others are falling flat on their faces.

Take a look at the results…


Raúl Jiménez – Benfica (Portugal)

Benfica entered the match needing all three points. Time is running out for them to collect the necessary points to be in the sweet spot in the group. It was a hard battle against Dynamo Kiev but a goal in the 45th minute was enough to give them the three points.

Raúl came in for some playing time in the second half against Dynamo Kiev. Now, Benfica sit at second place in the group with seven points.


Hector Moreno, Andrés Guardado – PSV (Netherlands)

PSV faced Bayern Munich at home for nothing more than a game to salvage some dignity. PSV has been absolutely abysmal in the Champions League sitting with only a single point.

Hector Moreno and Guardado started and went the full 90 minutes for PSV. However, their performances were mediocre at best. Andrés Guardado was called for a handball to give Bayern the equalizing opportunity, while Moreno had his hands full with the Bayern attack. So much so that he got away with a foul in the box on a corner that would’ve been called had the referee had a clear view.


Hector Herrera, Miguel Layún, Tecatito – FC Porto (Portugal)

All three Mexicans at FC Porto got playing time against Club Brugge. It was not a pretty game by any standards, but Porto was victorious on an own-goal by Club Brugge.

The victory does a lot for FC Porto’s hopes of advancing, as they now sit in second place in the group with seven points.


Chicharito – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

The first match between Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham ended in a 0-0 draw, so going on the road to play the English side was a difficult one for Chicharito’s side.

Chicharito started and went the full 90 minutes in the match. He had a very good work rate and saw several great opportunities, but it was in the 65th minute when Kevin Kampl gave the German side the 1-0 lead on the road. They would be able to see out the result which does a lot for their chances of advancing. They now sit second in the group with six points.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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