Galatasaray and Juve Snowed Out

Galatasaray_SnowGalatasaray and Juventus will have to wait to see who will join Real Madrid from Group B in the Champions League Round of 16 after their match was abandoned due to heavy snowfall in Istanbul.  The game was called with the score 0-0 in the 31st minute.

Juventus only needs a draw to make it to the next round while the home side requires a win to advance.  The game will resume on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record becoming the 1st player to score 9 goals in the group stage.  The Portugal international scored the second goal in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Copenhagen.  He beat out the old record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03).  He missed out on taking his total to 10 when his chipped penalty kick was saved by Johan Wiland.

Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiacos were the 2 teams to book their place in the Round of 16 after Tuesday’s games from Group A and Group C, respectively.  The German side posted a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad while Manchester United beat Shakhtar Donetsk, who started the day in 2nd place, lost by the same scoreline to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Olympiacos held their fate in their hands and defeated 8-man Anderlecht 3-1 at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis.  The game was closer than the scoreline indicates as the sides were level at 1-1 until the 59th minute when Javier Saviola completed his brace for the home side.  They missed 2 penalties but finished matters off with an injury time PK after Anderlecht’s midfielder Kouyaté picked up a second yellow card in the 49th minute, followed by defender N’Sakala in the 88th minute also picking up a second yellow and GK Proto in injury time for a red card.

The Greek side narrowly beat Benfica to a 2nd place finish due to a better head-to-head record.  Benfica took care of their side of things with a 2-1 win over group leaders Paris Saint-Germain but it ended up not being enough.  The win ended PSG’s club record 13-match unbeaten run in Europe.

Group D was settled before the final matches kicked off but Manchester City certainly picked up some confidence with their 3-2 win over holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.  The visitors spotted the home side a 2-0 advantage only to storm back for the win.  The win ended Bayern’s 10 game Champions League winning streak but could not grab first place in the group away from the Bundesliga champions.

Viktoria Plzen shocked 9-man CSKA Moscow 1-2 at the Struncovy Sady Stadion.  The home side knocked in 2 goals in the final 15 minutes with the winner coming from a Tomas Wagner 90th minute finish to earn the Europa League spot as the third place finisher.  CSKA Moscow only needed a draw to continue in Europe and appeared to have it in hand until Alan Dzagoev was shown a red card.  Defender Wernbloom picked up a 2nd yellow late in injury time.

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