The main headliner of the day was Real Madrid beating Juventus 2-1 although with a penalty kick and a dubious red card helping them along the way, while the European champions Bayern Munich had no problem pulling off another impressive win, beating Viktoria Plzen 5-0.
Manchester United haven’t been convincing this season, but they managed a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad thanks to an own goal. Their city rivals enjoyed a win as well on a terrible Russian pitch, beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 in Russia.
Manchester United did what they’re supposed to, which is win at home, beating Real Sociedad 1-0 with an early own goal from Inigo Martinez. However, this isn’t the match that gives David Moyes some relieft. A quite stunning result came in Germany, as Bayer Leverkusen absolutely crushed Shakhtar Donetsk with a 4-0 win, getting goals from Stefan Kiessling (2), Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam.
Real Madrid needed a penalty kick (that was) and a red card to Giorgio Chiellini (that wasn’t) in order to beat Juventus 2-1 with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals (and one pathetic dive), pretty much putting them in the round of 16. Galatasaray made things very complicated for the Italians with a 3-1 win over Copenhagen. Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Dorgba scored for the winners; Claudemir scored a late goal for the Danes.
An absolute masterclass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scoring four goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Anderlecht 5-0, with Edinson Cavani adding another goal. On an incredibly watery pitch in Lisbon, Benfica and and Olympiakos ended their match in a 1-1 draw. Alejandro Dominguez scored first for the Greek side; Oscar Cardozo equalized six minutes from the end.
Manchester City got over a terrible pitch and an early goal from Zoran Tosic, giving CSKA Moscow the lead, and won 2-1 through a double from Sergio Aguero. Bayern Munich had no problem against Viktoria Plzen with a 5-0 win; Franck Ribery with a brace, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze scored for the European champions.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 7 goals
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 6 goals
3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 4 goals