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LiveBlog: UCL Group Stage & LOI First Division Final Day

Welcome to tonights liveblog, which covers Night 3 of the UCL Group Stages and the League of Ireland First Division Final day.

Earlier today Lokomotiv Moscow were unlucky not to take something out of their game against Bayern Munich, with the European Champions winning 1-2. Shaktar Donetsk secured a point against Inter, the team that beat them 5-0 in last seasons Europa League semi-finals.

Here’s this evenings games

Champions League Fixtures:

Atalanta v Ajax

Atletico Madrid v Salzburg

Monchengladbach v Real Madrid

Porto v Olympiacos

Liverpool v Midtjyland

Marseille v Man City

League of Ireland First Divsion Fixtures

Athlone v Bray

Cabinteely v Drogheda

Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers II

Galway v UCD

Wexford v Longford

Games are kicking off now

GOAL Longford: First goal of the night. Longford move up to 3rd as it stands. Goal by Grimes. Wexford will finish bottom regardless of what happens. 0-1

GOAL Porto: Fabio Vieira fires Porto ahead. 1-0.

As things stand in the First Division Drogheda will be Champions with Bray going into the play-offs. Bray need to win with Drogheda failing to do so. If Bray draw Drogheda would have to lose by 5 or more goals. Longford, UCD, and Cabinteely make up the other play-off places.

GOAL Man City: Torres scores his 2nd UCL goal for City. 0-1

RED CARD Cabinteely: Carlin shown a second yellow.

GOAL Galway: Christopher scores, Galway move into the play-offs.

Penalty Ajax: Tadic coolly scores. 0-1

GOAL Atletico: Llorente, the hero in last seasons round of 16, makes it 1-0.

GOAL Bray: Keegan makes it 0-1, Bray go top.

GOAL Monchengladbach: Thuram puts the Germans ahead, Real fall behind for the 2nd game in a row. VAR looked at it, it wasn’t overruled. 1-0

First Division HT

Athlone 0-1 Bray

Cabinteely 0-0 Drogheda

Cobh Ramblers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers II

Galway 1-0 UCD

Wexford 0-1 Longford

As things stand Bray are Champions, Drogheda will go into the play-offs, as will Longford, UCD, and Galway.

GOAL Ajax: Traore doubles the lead. 0-2

GOAL Salzburg: It’s that young superstar so many big teams have been sniffing around Szoboszlai. One-on-one with the keeper, no mistake. 1-1

Champions League Halftime

Atalanta 0-2 Ajax

Atletico 1-1 Salzburg

Monchengladbach 1-0 Real Madrid

Porto 1-0 Olympiacos

Liverpool 0-0 Midtjylland

Marseille 0-1 Man City

More defensive woes for Liverpool. Fabinho has gone off injured.

2nd halves kicking off in the First Division.

Correction to an earlier update. On;y Cabinteely got a player sent off, not Drogheda.

Charlton won so Ron’s something of a happy camper, depending on if Bray become champions he could be the happiest camper there has ever been.

GOAL Wexford: Fitsimons equalizes. 1-1

GOAL Drogheda: James Brown get’s up offa that thing and scores. Drogs go top. 0-1

The First Division trophy is halfway between Athlone and Cabinteely in a car. May have to turnaround a few times yet.

GOAL Salzburg: Berisha volleys it into the back of the net. 1-2 Salzburg

GOAL Drogheda: Heeney makes it 0-2. That should be the title wrapped up.

GOAL Atleti: Felix gets his first UCL goal of the season, himself, Suarez, and Correa link up superbly. 2-2

GOAL Atalanta: Zapata gets the Italians back in it. 1-2 to Ajax

GOAL Liverpool: Jota continues his fine form. 1-0

GOAL Monchengladbach: Thuram’s 2nd shot on target leads to his 2nd goal. 2-0

GOAL Wexford: the bottom side come from behind to lead Longford. 2-1

GOAL Atalanta: Zapata scores again, emphatic finish. 2-2

GOAL UCD: Equalizer by Weir. 1-1

As things stand Drogheda go up, Bray, UCD, Longford, and Cabinteely go into the play-offs. If Cobh or Galway can find a winner they’ll go into the play-offs.

GOAL UCD: They’ll have a home semi as things stand. 1-2

PENALTY SAVED: Drogs save a Cabo penalty, they are going up

GOAL Galway: But it’s come to late for John Caulfields men.

Unless Drogs concede at least 2 they are champions.

A Cobh goal would see them into the play-offs.

RED CARD: Shamrock Rovers II have had a player sent off.

GOAL Man City: Sterling finishes the job. 0-3

Drogheda are First Division Champions

First Division Results

Athlone 0-1 Bray

Cabinteely 0-2 Drogheda

Cobh Ramblers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers II

Galway 2-2 UCD

Wexford 2-1 Longford

Drogheda are promoted. The play-offs semi-finals will be:

Bray v Cabinteely

UCD v Longford

GOAL Porto: Sergio Oliveira gets on the end of Moussa Marega’s cross. 2-0

GOAL Real Madrid: Not over yet. Benzema is in the right place to get the La Liga champions back in it. 2-1 Monchengladbach

GOAL Atleti: The Madrid neighbours score within seconds of eachother. Felix with a fantastic finish off a cross by Lemar. Felix has been super tonight. 3-2 Atleti

Penalty Liverpool: Salah wins a penalty off Paulinho. SCORED. Blasts it into the corner. 2-0

GOAL Real Madrid: Modric cross, Ramos header, Casemiro finish. They almost came back against Shaktar, they’ve comeback here and have looked like they’ve sealed the point.

Champions League Full Time

Atalanta 2-2 Ajax

Atletico Madrid 3-2 Salzburg

Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid

Porto 2-0 Olympiacos

Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland

Marseille 0-3 Man City

Almost two upsets in the Champions League. Atleti and Real both managed to come back in their respective games. Midtjylland were unlucky against Liverpool, who were far from impressive.

That’s it for tonights Liveblog. Goodnight.

First Division Run-In Guide

In a truncated season like this, there have been very few games if any without any significance in the League of Ireland. Even more so that’s the case in the First Division with an automatic promotion place and 5 play-off places. It’s going down to the wire despite looking like a one-horse race for early parts of the season. There are 11 games remaining, 10 of which involve a team in contention for a play-off place.

The Promotion Race

Remaining Fixtures

Round 17

Friday 16th

Drogheda United v Wexford

UCD v Cabinteely

Saturday 17th

Shamrock Rovers II v Athlone Town

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

Round 16

Tuesday 20th

Galway United v Drogheda United

Round 17

Saturday 24th

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

Round 18

Tuesday 27th

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

Cabinteely v Drogheda United

Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers II

Galway United v UCD

Wexford v Longford Town

Automatic Promotion

While Longford Town can mathematically still get top spot it looks unlikely. They would need Bray to fail to take anything from their remaining two games, and would require Drogheda to take no more than 5 points from their remaining 3 games. Furthermore there would need to be a goal difference swing of 12 goals in their favor.

More likely it’s between Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United. Drogheda have a game in hand but have the more difficult turnaround. having to go to Galway just 4 days after hosting Wexford. That will be Galway’s first game back. Bray may benefit from having their rearanged fixture afterwards, they host Galway that Saturday. Although Galway are one of the form teams in the division having won 4 of the last 5. They’ve been on super form since John Caulfield took over. They will offer a stern test for both of the sides chasing automatic promotion. Bray will need just 2 points from their remaining games to seal the title if Drogheda lose one of their remaining games. They have only conceded two league goals at home this season, and have a preferable final day game against 8th placed Athlone, who may have an eye on the cup. However if Drogheda win all 3 of their remaining games and Bray lose one they will be champions.

Play-Offs

Only Bray Wanderers are mathematically guaranteed at least a play-off place. That being said it’s unlikely Drogheda and Longford will fall out at this stage. The final two spots will likely come down to UCD, Cabinteely, Galway, and Cobh. Cabinteely looked to be running away with the league until they fell into an abysmal run of form, which now means they could drop out of the play-off places this weekend if they lose. Galway have an extra game to play over their rivals, if they win next Tuesday they will find their way into the play-offs. Goal difference could factor in with 4 teams within 3 points of eachother. UCD and Galway are best placed in that respect to gain a chance at promotion.

Update: Wexford have been found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. Cabinteely and Longford will likely be awarded 3 points.

The team that wins the play-offs will have to face the 9th placed team in the Premier Division, which is likely to be either Finn Harps, Cork City, or Shelbourne.

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