Sunday, February 24, 2013

Champions League Round-Up

Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo scores with a sublime header,
a sight all too familiar for United fans. 

Manchester United recorded a highly satisfactory 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu against their Spanish Champions League opponents Real Madrid.

The first leg of the tie finished on equal terms thanks to a fine header from Danny Welbeck and an exceptional goalkeeping performance from David De Gea.

Welbeck guided a header beyond Madrid's second choice goalkeeper Diego Lopez from a Wayne Rooney corner as the away side took a twentieth minute lead. Former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the scores with a sublime header 10 minutes later as the Spanish League Champions rescued a point.

United will be pleased with that all important away goal but will know that Real Madrid are capable of getting any result at Old Trafford.

Celtic 0-3 Juventus

Celtic will not be as pleased with their first leg result as they were comprehensively beaten by Italian giants Juventus.

The team from Turin made light work of the Scottish Champions with goals from Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic and will feel confident ahead of the repeat fixture in just over a months time.

Celtic will be hoping for plenty of luck as they bid to up their performance levels during a campaign that has seen them defeat the all-conquering Barcelona.

Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

Arsenal's horrendous run in cup competitions continued as they struggled against a powerful Bayern Munich team at the Emirates.

The Gunners were outclassed throughout the affair and three away goals from Kroos, Mueller and Mandzukic look to have settled the tie already.

The result came only a few days after Arsenal had been eliminated from the FA Cup by Championship side Blackburn and this first leg result will have done little to ease the building pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Best of the Rest

AC Milan hold a shock two goal lead in their tie with Barcelona thanks to goals from Ghanaian duo Kevin Prince-Boateng and Sulley Muntari.

Elsewhere, German Champions Borrusia Dortmund recorded an excellent 2-2 away draw in Ukraine against Shaktar Donestk and Galatasary vs. Schalke finished 1-1.

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