With the first leg of the round of 16 finished, the UEFA Champions
League’s knockout stages are official underway. We have seen some very
exciting football (soccer, or as I prefer footy) from this tournament
in the past years and I do not expect anything less going into 2011’s
edition. After battling out in the group stages, 2 teams from 8 groups
move forward into the knockout round. This round consists of 16 teams
that are paired off against each other. You play your opponent twice
(one home game apiece) with the winner of the aggregate score (can
come down to who scores more away goals) moving forward into the
Here is a look at the matchups and results of the first leg (home team first):
Inter Milan 0 – Bayern Munich 1 –>90th minute winner away goal puts
Bayern in good position.
Marseille 0 – Manchester United –>According to Manager Alex Ferguson,
the goal-less draw can be dangerous for United as they move onto Old
FC Copenhagen 0 – Chelsea FC 2 –>Anelka double puts Chelsea in
driver’s seat as they go back to London.
Lyon 1 – Real Madrid 1 –>Lyon’s late equaliser makes things
interesting moving back to Madrid…Madrid has struggled v. Lyon in
Arsenal 2 – Barcelona 1 –>In the most intriguing matchup of the
round, Arsenal found a way to comeback and defeat the tournament’s
favorite and world-class team. Great goals from Robin Van Persie and
Andre Arshavin put the Gunners ahead late into the match.
AS Roma 2 – Shaktar Donetsk –>3 first half away goals from Shaktar
stunned the Roma team and puts them in a good position for a surprise
berth to the quarterfinals.
AC Milan 0 – Tottenham 1 –>In another brilliant matchup, Tottenham
pulled off a late away goal from Peter Crouch to put them up 1 moving
back to White Hart Lane in London.
Valencia 1 – Schalke 04 1 –>Interesting match ends in a stalemate as
they much back to Germany.
Check back at 756sports next week for results from half of the games
second legs. It should be quite interesting as I hope that the teams
representing the English Premier League can find a way to win.