Champions League Knockout Stage RoundUp


Celtic were thrashed at their home stadium after Italian champions recorded an impressive 3-0 win over the Scottish side in the first leg of knock out round in champions league. Celtic were in confident mood after securing one of the greatest wins in Club’s history with a 2-1 win over Barcelona to qualify for the knock out stages but they were given a sucker punch at very start of the match when Matri scored an all important away goal within first 5 minutes of the match.
Neil Lennon knew that now there is no use of holding out for a 1-0 loss as his side had to avail the benefit of being at home and made many impressive moves to score the equalizer but it wasn’t to be. Things got worse for Celtic, when two quick goals within a space of 6 minutes totally left the Scottish champions in a disarray with Marchisio scoring on 77th minute and Vucinic tapping in on 83rd. With this win, Juventus are now clear cut favorites to progress into the quarter finals of the competition. Second leg is due to be played in Olympic Stadium in Italy, where Celtic will be looking to restore their pride and hope for a miracle to happen which is looking highly unlikely.
In the second match, French side PSG scored two vital away goals against Spanish side Valencia to record a priceless 2-1 win away at Mestalla stadium. Valencia played better than their opponents on the night but was not able to capitalize on their possession. David Beckham was in the stands for PSG after signing a 5 month deal with the club to watch his team mates in action. However, the performance of Brazilian Lucas Moura would have made him thinking about his own chances in the team with the trickery and pace of the Brazilian surely out of his reach to replicate.
Lavezzi scored the first goal on 10th minute mark to give PSG the lead and all important away goal. Valencia in response made positive attacking moves but were not able to convert all that possession into a goal and they were given another heavy blow when Javier Pastore scored the second goal for PSG just before the half time whistle. The second followed the pattern of the first with PSG relying on their pace and trickery upfront while sitting back and inviting Valencia to attack in order to exploit gaps at the back.
Valencaia did manage to pull one back through defender Rami on the 90th minute mark but it only proved to be a consolation as the full time whistle was blown with the same score line. However, Valencia will have something to look forward in the 2nd leg of the tie as PSG’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in the dying seconds of extra time which means he will miss the next leg in Paris. This surely is going to be a big boost for Valencia’s chances to progress into the quarter finals.

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