Real Madrid vs. Manchester United (1-1)
This is the matchup everyone has been looking forward to seeing since the Round of 16 draw came out. Two massive clubs at the famous Bernabeu stadium pitting Cristiano Ronaldo against his old team. It had all the promise in the world and it pretty much lived up to the hype. I think the United fans will be pleased to come out with an away goal, and Madrid know they can head to Old Trafford and snatch a goal or two. Couple highlights to focus on:
Fabio Coentrao came close to putting the home side ahead early but his shot came off the post. Upon closer look, we can see it was one of a few brilliant saves from Spanish keeper David De Gea.
Danny Wellbeck opened the scoring in the 20th minute after breaking free of Sergio Ramos and putting a glancing header into the par post.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s freakish athleticism came in handy to tie the match about 10 minutes later with this lovely hanging header.
RVP had a couple chances and showed some real skill on a number of occasions with this being his closest effort, cleared off the line by Xabi Alonso.
A couple of points of contention I’d like to bring up would be that Rafael Varane should prooobably have gotten a red card for taking out Patrice Evra. He was the last defender and that would have been a clear goal scoring opportunity. Look up the rules, that’s a red card. No call at all given which is highly suspect.
Additionally, what is the ref doing blowing the final whistle right before United’s corner kick attempt? I guess the final time is ultimately up the referee, but c’mon, that corner kick is usually allowed in any game I have watched. Sir, please.
Shakhtar Donetsk – Borussia Dortmund (2-2)
The “other” game of the evening was Shaktar at home to German champions Borussia Dortmund. This game was rather quiet in the coverage due to the matchup above, but it produced some splendid goals that will leave a nail biting second leg at the Signal Iduna Park back in Dortmund. Highlights in GIF form (obviously) are below:
Darijo Srna put the home side up with a brilliant free kick that gave Dortmund’s goalie no chance at all. Brilliantly placed.
Dortmund came back later in the first half with Lewandowski producing either the greatest goal or most embarrassing goal of all time.
Another beautiful goal from Shaktar with a splendid touch and side volley from Douglas Costa.
Finally, with 3 minutes to go Mats Hummels put the Germans level from a poorly defended corner kick.
3 weeks from now certainly promises to be entertaining.