The first leg of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is now complete with away teams dominating the opening eight matches.
Six teams on the road recorded victories in the first knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition which has two games evenly poised, another three that could possibly go either way and three which are basically wrapped up after the first leg.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for German clubs as reigning champions Bayern Munich managed to get the better of ten-man Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller breaking down the Gunners’ resistance.
Catalan powerhouse Barcelona had a similar result to Bayern, beating Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, after the home side had a player sent off allowing Lionel Messi to open the scoring from the penalty spot before Dani Alves added a late second.
In Turkey on Wednesday night, Galatasaray and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in front of a fervent crowd at the Turk Telekom Arena while the upset of the first leg fixtures came on Tuesday night when Greek champions Olympiakos defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the Athens port city of Piraeus.
March 19 sees United try to turn around their two-goal deficit when Olympiakos visit Old Trafford whilst Dortmund host Zenit.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 – first leg scores
Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS): 2 (Oleg Shatov 57’, Hulk (p) 69’)
Borussia Dortmund (GER): 4 (Henrikh Mkihtaryan 4’, Marco Reus 5’, Robert Lewandowski 61’/71’)
Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia – 15,099
Olympiakos (GRE): 2 (Alejandro Dominguez 38’, Joel Campbell 55’)
Manchester United (ENG): 0
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens, Greece – 29,815
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