In another exciting night of UEFA Champions League action, Manchester City and Lionel Messi stole all the headlines and plaudits for their stellar performances. Messi scored a hat trick against APOEL Nicosia to became the leading goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League with 74 goals, breaking Raul’s goal scoring record.
Meanwhile, Etihad, Manchester City kept their chances of qualification alive thanks to a dramatic last minute win over 10-men Bayern Munich, as Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat trick. Roma were on their way to knocking City out but they drew in the last minute with CSKA Moscow and now setup a tense final day in group E with 3 teams, all having a chance to qualify.
We look back at the other goals and results from the 4 groups in action on Tuesday night.
Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich
In the tie of the night, Manchester City came up from 2-1 down to beat Bayern Munich. The Argentine Aguero scored the first goal to give City the lead from the penalty box and Benatia was sent off, even with 10 men, Bayern took the lead thanks to goals from Alonso and Lewandowski but two mistakes from Alonso and Boateng in the last 5 minutes gave City a shock win and handed them a lifeline when they face Roma in two weeks time. City are still in it and need to beat Roma to go through.
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Roma
Roma almost knocked out city from the qualification round and almost put a foot in the next round but were undone. Roma took the lead in a freezing night thanks to Totti’s hammer of a free kick but they gave the lead away in the dying minutes of the game when Berezoutski looped in a cross and it evaded everyone to give both Roma and CSKA a chance of qualifying in the next round. Roma face City while CSKA face Bayern, only Bayern have qualified from the group. The other three have their faith in their own hands.
APOEL Nicosia 0-4 Barcelona
Lionel Messi recently broke the La Liga scoring record and now has broken the UEFA Champions League scoring record when he recorded a hat trick against APOEL, Messi scored all his goals via his right foot and Luis Suarez scored his first goal for Barcelona. They face PSG in the final game to decide who tops the group.
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Ajax
Edinson Cavani kept his shooting boots on and scored a brace while Zlatan being Zlatan scored a beautiful goal on the turn as well. Ajax, the Dutch Champions were outclassed although they did equalize 1-1 thanks to a Davy Klaassen goal.
Schalke 04 0-5 Chelsea
Chelsea were on a rampage against the German team who were managed by former Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo. Goals from John Terry, Willian, Drogba, Ramires and an own goal by Schalke’s Kirchhoff were enough for Jose Mourinho’s men to qualify, Schalke would need to beat Maribor away to qualify for the next stage.
Sporting Lisbon 3-1 Maribor
Sporting moved to second spot in the group thanks to a win over Maribor. Goals from Nani, Mane and Slimani helped the Portuguese side win the game, although they scored an own goal to give Maribor some hope there really was no chance for Maribor to get back in the game. Sporting are now 2 points ahead of Schalke but face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the final group game knowing that defeat could make them miss out on the next round.
BATE Borisov 0-3 FC Porto
Porto claimed top spot in the group thanks to a resounding 3-0 victory at BATE. Goals from Herrera, Martinez and on loan winger Tello helped the Portuguese team book their spot in the last 16.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Atheltic Bilbao
The Spanish team finally got their first win the group stage but it was too little too late, Shakhtar had already qualified from the group and now it’s between Bilbao and BATE for the EUROPE league spot.
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