27 November 2013

MANCHESTER UNITED 5 (Valencia 22, Spahic 30 og, Evans 65, Smalling 77, Nani 88)

Hyypia's naïve Leverkusen side were given a humiliating thrashing by United, showing just how far the gap is between Bayern & Dortmund and the rest of the Bundesliga. Kagawa, Giggs and Rooney combined on the counter to setup Valencia for the first. Spahic headed a Rooney free kick into his own net. Evans tapped in a rebound after Rooney had a shot saved. The luckless Rooney, who deserved a goal, was off target with a lob, Smalling turned the ball in at the back post. Giggs released Nani for the fifth with a superb first time pass.

Attendance : 29,412
Assists : Rooney, n/a, n/a, Rooney, Giggs

SHAKHTAR DONETSK 4 (Adriano 37, Teixeira 48, Costa 68, Costa 87)

Adriano beat Bravo at his near post from a quickly taken corner. Teixeira punished Martinez's awful clearance to double Shakhtar's lead. Teixeira broke from his own penalty box and slipped a ball out to the left of the Sociedad box and Costa launched himself into an incredible first time left foot shot that ripped into the roof of the net. Costa headed in a second three minutes from time.

Attendance : 44,348
Assists : Costa, n/a, Teixeira, Taison

REAL MADRID 4 (Bale 37 fk, Arbeloa 51, Di Maria 63, Isco 80)
GALATASARAY 1 (Bulut 30)

Galatasaray suck so hard they couldn't take advantage of a ref that cared little for Real Madrid's reputation, sending off Ramos for a last man foul and booking Arbeloa for diving. Bale opened the scoring with a free kick (Ronaldo was injured). Drogba made the equaliser with a super ball inside two defenders. Arbeloa beat a lazy offside trap to put Real in front then chipped a ball inside Chedjou for Di Maria to blast past Iscan. Isco tapped in the fourth after his initial effort was saved.

Attendance : 67,728
Red Card : Ramos 26 (Real Madrid)
Assists : Pepe (won fk), Drogba, Di Maria, Arbeloa, n/a

JUVENTUS 3 (Vidal 29 Pen, Vidal 60 Pen, Vidal 63)
COPENHAGEN 1 (Mellberg 56)

Juve's first penalty was for handball. Mellberg punished typically skittish set piece defending to equalise then undid all his not so hard work by fouling Llorente for the second penalty. Vidal headed in Pogba's cross to complete his hat-trick.

Juve are still awful in Europe. They need to avoid defeat in Turkey to go through.

Attendance : 39,506
Assists : n/a, n/a, Llorente (won pen), Pogba

ANDERLECHT 2 (Mbemba 18, Bruno 77)
BENFICA 3 (Matic 34, Mbemba 52 og, Rodrigo 90)

Mbemba made the most of a Luisao deflection to give Anderlecht the lead. Matic headed in a free kick and Gaitan's smart footwork forced an own goal. Bruno beat Proto at his near post with a fierce first time shot. Rodrigo kept Benfica's hopes of a last 16 place alive within 90 seconds of coming off the bench.

Attendance : 16,780
Assists : n/a, Peres (fk), n/a, Vanden Borre, Sulejmani

PSG 2 (Ibrahimovic 7, Cavani 90)
OLYMPIAKOS 1 (Manolas 80)

Ibrahimovic marked his 100th Champions League appearance with his 39th goal, van der Wiel with another assist. Verratti was shown a second yellow for pulling back a player. Manolas tapped in the equaliser from a corner only for Cavani to score a late winner after Marquinhos split the Greek defence.

Olympiakos should beat Anderlecht to go through in second, provided they're not overcome by nerves.

Attendance : 16,780
Assists : van der Wiel, n/a, Marquinhos

CKSA MOSCOW 1 (Honda 62 Pen)
BAYERN MUNICH 3 (Robben 17, Gotze 56, Muller 65 Pen)

Robben put the champions in front with a great first time shot. Gotze showed silky footwork to weave his way in between three defenders and score a magnificent second. Honda converted a penalty for handball. Robben embellished Schennikov's clumsy challenge to win the penalty which ensured Bayern set the record for most consecutive wins in the competition - 10.

Attendance : 14,000
Assists : Muller, n/a, n/a, Robben (won pen)

MANCHESTER CITY 4 (Aguero 33 Pen, Nasri 65, Negredo 78, Dzeko 89)
VIKTORIA PLZEN 2 (Horava 43, Tecl 69)

Aguero converted a penalty awarded for handball. Horava equalised with a superb first time shot from 25 yards. Nasri restored City's lead, leaping to meet Navas' cross with a spectacular mid-air volley. Teci finished off another slick passing move as the visitors equalised for a second time. Negredo tapped in Navas' centre and Dzeko headed in a fourth to ensure there was no way back.

Attendance : 37.742
Assists : n/a, Kolar, Navas, Kolar, Navas, Milner