United and Madrid Stalemate in Champions League


Cristiano Ronlado scored against his former team Manchester United in a pulsating 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of knock out round in champions league. Danny Welbeck opened the scoring from a header on 20th minute mark with Ronlado equalizing for the Spanish giants after heading in a fantastic header from Angel Di Maria’s cross from the left.
As expected with both teams wealthy in attacking options, the match seemed to turn from one side to another but in the end probably, draw was a fair result. David De Gea made some excellent saves for United who will now be charged up for the second leg that is to be held in 3 weeks time. Players from both the sides have already expressed their eagerness to play in the second leg with Madrid’s playmaker Xabi Alonso declaring the tie to be equally poised. However, Sir Alex Ferguson and attacker Robin Van Persie believe that United do have an upper hand in the second leg as they have scored an important away goal that could prove to be priceless. It was an emotional night for Ronaldo who spent 6 years at Manchester before making his big money move to Madrid. The winger didn’t celebrate after scoring the equalizer which marks the respect he has for his old employees.
In the other match, Dortmund from Germany continue to impress in the champions league under the management of Jurgen Klopp as they held Shak Donetsk to a 2-2 draw away from home. Srna opened the scoring for Donetsk just after the half hour mark but Dortmund were level before the break when Polish forward Lewandowski scored minutes before the first half whistle. The game followed the same pattern in the second half with chances at both ends but Donetsk again took lead with Costa scoring on 68th minute to give his team a crucial 2-1 lead. Just as it was looking that, the Ukrainian side would hold out for a draw, Matt Hummels pounced in equalizer from close range to score an equalizing goal for his team that could prove to be the one deciding the whole tie.
With champions league games covered up, attention of the English teams now move towards the Europa League where Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle United are all in action on Thursday night. With so many good English teams in the competition, fans from England could well be in for a treat. Liverpool travel to Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia to play the first leg where the temperatures are expected to be around -2C whereas Chelsea travel to Sparta Prague where Peter Cech will be facing his old club. Tottenham travel to France to face Lyon which is surely to be the tie of the knock out stage.