Champions League 2012 Fairy Tales do exist
Wednesday night saw action from 2 more Champions League 2012 matches, Again these matches represented games from this years Champions League round of 16. Winners from last nights games are set to progress through to the highly prized Champions League 2012 Quarter Finals.
In the first game we were treated to we saw Champions League 2012 action from the GSP Stadium in Nicosia where trailing APOEL played hosts to Lyon who lead the match up 1-0 following the first game. Many neutrals were behind APOEL in this match hoping for their Champions League 2012 campaign to continue, well lets think about this for a minute the Champions league is’nt usually the place for fairy tales.
More than usual the Champions League plays host to broken and shattered dreams, the problem being the gulf in quality between many of the teams. However APOEL began to believe when in the 9th minute they took the lead to level the scores on Aggregate, it was Gustavo Manduca who hit the net after drilling the ball into the net with his first touch following a pinpoint cross. Neither team could make any further impact during the remainder of normal time, in fact neither team made a goal during extra time either. This left honors even after 240 minutes of regular play time, meaning Penalties would be the deciding factor in this encounter.
Well for all you underdog lovers out there I can happily report that it was APOEL who performed the best and won penalties 4-3, meaning their Champions League 2012 fairytale will continue.
Champions League 2012 fairy tales end with Barca
As for the remaining game in this Champions League 2012 score report we saw Barcelona wrap up the formalities against Bayer Leverkusen at the Nou Camp. Just one man stole the show by scoring a stunning 5 goals Lionel Messi. Messi was in stunning form making a great contribution across the park, his 5 goals making him become the first ever player to score 5 goals in one Champions League game ever. Tello also made the scoresheet for Barcelona with 2 goals and Bellarabi grabbed a last minute consolation for Leverkusen. The final Champions League 2012 Score last night was 7-1 yet Barcelona won 10-2 on aggregate over the 2 games.
Champions League – Its Back !
Finally the Champions League is back for this years round of 16, granted there are some notable absentees who will begin their Europa league campaigns later this week. However many top teams including the current holders are still going strong as they continue their Champions League campaigns tonight.
In fact tonights first game we take a look at the current UEFA Champions League holders Barcelona, the Catalan outfit travelled to Leverkusen this evening in the first leg of the round of 16. Barcelona took first blood this evening with Alexis Sanchez giving Barcelona the lead in the 41st minute, giving Barca the lead going into the break. Leverkusen struck back however in the 52nd minute when Michal Kadlec headed the ball into the net, the even score sheet was however shot lived when Sanchez doubled his UEFA Champions League goal tally with a 2nd goal in the 55th minute showing Barcelona had never lost a grip of the game. Their performance was capped off with none other than Lionel Messi who scored his teams 3rd goal with 2 minutes of normal time remaining. Barcelona ended up winning 3-1 with many wondering how many more goals they will grab in the 2nd leg.
Champions League Results – Lyon V APOEL
Our final game tonight was played at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon where the home team met with surprise qualifiers APOEL. Well this game was to contain many fewer goals than the Barcelona game with only 6 shots on target from both teams for the whole of the game, in fact this was the Cypriat teams main problem only managing one shot on target all game. This meant it was Lyon who scored the games only goal with Alexandre Lacazette continuing his stunning scoring form even though the shot was deflected into the net. APOEL are not out of this years Champions league yet however and are fully capable of over turning a one goal deficit.
Here at Real Sporting News we will continue to cover the remaining Champions league games this week and next, we will also follow this weeks games from the Europa league games. Remember to like and +1 our articles sports fans.