Bayer Leverkusen 1 Barcelona 3
The best footballing team in the world showed yet again why they are the best in the business with a comfortable 3-1 win against tough German opposition.
Chilean winger Andres Sanchez scored twice (41st minute and 55th minute) to give Barcelona a 2-1 lead after Michal Kadlec levelled after 51 minutes.
The best player in the world, Lionel Messi added a third in the 88th minute to give Barca a relaxing 3-1 aggregate score, with away goals almost pushing the defending champions through to the Last 8.
|Magic Messi: Capping off a fine performance for Barca in Germany.|
|Sanchez scoring to make it 2-1 to Barca against Leverkusen after 55 minutes.|
FACT: Sanchez scored his first two goals in the Champions League in his career yesterday.
FACT: Lionel Messi has now scored 7 goals in the Champions League so far this season - and is the competition's top goalscorer.
Lyon 1 APOEL 0
The French giants take a slender 1-0 home lead against the 2011 Cypriot champions to Cyprus.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the match for 'The Kids' in the 58th minute.
FACT: APOEL are the first team from Cypriot to ever reach the Last 16 of the Cl.
Today's CL Action:
Zenit St Petersburg 3 Benfica 2
This match was played in Russia on a cold night with temperatures falling down to -10c.
Defender Maxi Pereira opened the scoring for the visitors after twenty minutes, before striker Shirokov equalised for Zenit, seven minutes later.
After these two quick-fire goals, it was relatively quiet for the rest of the half and the second half was quiet until 71 minutes, when midfielder Sergei Semak gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the match after a cross was finished with a cheeky backheel past the keeper.
Striker Oscar Cardozo tapped in a goal from 4 yards out after a comical mishap by the keeper after a weak shot was parried - straight into Cardozo's feet.
The old saying is that you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored, and this was the case for Benfica who took their foot off the pedal for a second and were punished.
Less than a minute later, Shirokov scored his second of the match to give Zenit a late winner in the 88th minute and to give them the 3-2 aggregate edge going into the second leg of the tie.....
|Shirokov celebrates scoring a late winner in Russia against Benfica.|
AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0
Robinho, Boateng and Ibrahimovic showed no mercy........
My thoughts and opinions on tonight's 4-0 loss against AC Milan:
See you tomorrow for some tasty Europa League fixtures including Manchester City vs FC Porto, and Manchester United vs Ajax.