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El Tri in the Champions League (Oct. 18-19)

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 18: Miguel Layun of FC Porto celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Brugge KV and FC Porto at Jan Breydel Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Bruges, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
El Tri in the Champions League (Oct. 18-19)

The Mexican legion returned to Champions League action this week, and there were some returns from injuries, golazos, blowouts, and even some late game drama. It was your typical Champions League excitement, and several Mexicans were pivotal in their clubs results.

Take a look at how they did…

Chicharito – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)


Chicharito started in a crucial match against Tottenham Hotspur FC. Chicharito did well and even thought he had scored the go-ahead goal in the second half, but a review showed that the ball didn’t quite get across the line.

Chicharito was subbed off late, and the game ended, 0-0. His club, Bayer Leverkusen, sit at third place with three points after three matches.

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


FC PorTri had a group stage clash on the road against Club Brugge, and it turned out to be quite a difficult one. The first goal of the game was scored by Brugge, sending FC Porto to halftime down a goal.

In the second half, Porto was threatening much more than in the first, but it was Miguel Layún that scored a golazo in the 68th minute to equalize the game.

After a difficult 90 minutes, FC PorTri wasn’t done making an impact. Tecatito Corona made a great move in the area and was taken down, winning a penalty. André Silva would convert for the 2-1 lead, and eventual victory.

The win keeps FC Porto at third with 4 points, but tied with Copenhagen. This win might just be the spark that helps that get in the clear moving forward.

Hector Moreno, Andrés Guardado – PSV (Netherlands)


The best news from the matchup between PSV and Bayern Munich was that Andrés Guardado finally got back on the pitch after nursing a several week injury. Outside of that, not much good came for the guys from the Netherlands.

Bayern Munich’s high pressure was deadly for PSV. There was no space to work, so much so that there wasn’t even much room to clear the ball. Despite only having a one goal lead at half, Bayern continued to thrash PSV around, claiming a 4-1 win.

Hector Moreno and Guardado played the full match, but their PSV is hurting badly sitting in last place in their group, even behind Rostov.

Raúl Jiménez – Benfica (Portugal)


Raúl has been recovering from a knee injury he sustained in September against El Salvador, but on October 19, he made his return.

He got some second half minutes against Dynamo Kiev during their 2-0 victory. Good news for Benfica, and Juan Carlos Osorio, as Raúl has been finding his rhythm before his untimely knee injury.

Benfica, unfortunately, will need to keep things together in the group as they are still in third place with 4 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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