The draw for the upcoming UEFA Champions League season have just been announced. Barcelona are the defending champions while Manchester United were the runners up last term. Manchester City are the most popular debutantes in the draw.
Ivica Olic hit an injury-time winner to give Bayern Munich the advantage after the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United. United took the lead after only 66 seconds when Wayne Rooney volleyed in six yards out from Nani’s free-kick. But Franck Ribery’s deflected free-kick set up a dramatic finale, rounded off by Olic’s cool run and finish after a defensive error by Patrice Evra. United’s misery was made complete when Rooney limped off with an ankle injury. The England striker appeared in severe pain after turning over on his right leg in the build-up to Bayern’s winner. United will hope the injury is not too serious, as they face a crucial Premier League match against on Chelsea on Saturday as well as the return match with Bayern next week.
Lyon took a giant step towards their first Champions League semi-final with victory over French rivalsBordeaux. Lisandro Lopez put the hosts ahead after a mistake by Michael Ciani, but Marouane Chamakh headed in a 14th-minute equaliser. Lyon were ahead at half-time thanks to Michel Bastos’s strike, which came after another defensive mistake. And Lisandro’s penalty gave Lyon a two-goal cushion after Matthieu Chalme was harshly penalised for handball.
Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in triumph as Inter Milan sent Chelsea crashing out of the Champions League. Samuel Eto’s clinical strike 11 minutes from time settled a scrappy encounter and sealed a place in the quarter-finals for Mourinho at the expense of the club he left in 2007 after a hugely successful three-and-a-half years. And the misery for Chelsea and coach Carlo Ancelotti was complete when Didier Drogba was sent off in the closing minutes after a penalty area clash with Thiago Motta.
In another game, CSKA Moscow stunned Sevilla in Spain to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 1993 with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Tomas Necid scored with a precise low shot late in the first half half but Sevilla immediately responded through Diego Perotti’s close-range effort. CSKA regained the lead after the break when Andres Palop failed to stop Keisuke Honda’s free-kick.
David Beckham’s return to Old Trafford was brief and ended in the disappointment of a comprehensive defeat as Manchester United swept past AC Milan into the Champions League quarter-finals 7-2 on aggregate. Another brace from Rooney, taking his tally to 30 for the season, made another splendid European night for the Old Trafford faithfuls to cherish.
Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho couldn’t have asked for more. His current side Inter Milan beat his former team Chelsea 2-1 in an entertaining first leg tie at the San Siro with all to play for in the 2nd leg. Diego Milito fired Inter to a lead in as early as the 3rd minute with Inter’s first attack. However, the advantage was nullified just after half-time when Kalou strucked in the equaliser. But the parity was short lived for the blues as Cambiasso scored minutes later to restore Inter’s lead – a narrow one to take to Stamford Bridge.
In another game, Sevilla were well on course for a deserved away win in their first leg tie in Moscow thanks to a goal from Negredo in the first half. But the home side played with added motivation in the 2nd half and with fans supporting their team in full flow, CSKA finally got the equaliser from Gonzalez to save their blushes.
In the English FA Cup, Stoke City ended Manchester City’s hopes for any silverware this season thanks to 2 extra time goals from Ryan Shawcross and Tuncay Sanli.
Aston Villa, Tottenham and Reading were the other teams to go through.
Wayne Rooney scored another brace for Manchester United and both of them were headers – his latest style of scoring goals. For a man who had just 4 headed goals to his name has already scored around 7 this term. Another dimension to this remarkable footballer’s game.
Meanwhile in the Champions League, Barcelona earned a hard-fought draw against Stuttgart thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike from close range and Bordeaux got a crucial away win at Olympiacos.
2 more pre-quarter fixtures were played in the Champions League last night which saw Porto being gifted a win by Arsenal while Klose grabbing a last grasp (and controversial) winner against Fiorentina for Bayern Munich.