Fast Paced Stalemates For United And Arsenal
After a bit of a breather watching the league games, we are back to the international stage of club competitions, and it gets no better than the Champions League. With only eight teams left, the battle is on as each club vies for a place in the last four of the competition.
The first leg of the quarter-finals between Manchester United and Porto was played at Old Trafford, and viewers were left with a familiar feeling reminiscing the time when Mourinho danced down the touchline when his charges drew an impossible encounter in the red half of Manchester. The visitors silenced the crowd early through a fantastic left footed curler by Rodriguez. Ten minutes after the first goal of the game, a defensive blunder allowed Rooney to score, and Tevez helped himself to a goal and gave his side the lead. But the Portuguese had a sting in the tail end of the game and an unmarked Mariano Gonzalez hit home with only a minute left on the clock. Sir Alex will be perplexed by this outcome, since this leaves the champions to rewrite the history books. No club from England has beaten the Azuis e broncos at the breathtaking Estadio do Dragao.
Elsewhere in Spain, Villarreal and Arsenal fought it out for a scoring draw that gives the Gunners a crucial away goal as the teams head into the second leg at the Emirates. The game at El Madrigal saw a sensational goal from either side, and combined with the fluid games of both sides, a fantastic game is in prospect next week. Senna scored with a scorcher from long range to give the home side a lone goal lead, while Adebayor showcased his athleticism with his goal in the 66th minute. Fabregas may have had a goal through a cheeky free kick, but instead saw a yellow card. The game finished at one a piece.
Manchester United 2-2 Porto
Rodriguez 4 (P), Rooney 15 (M), Tevez 85 (M), Mariano 89 (P)
Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal
Senna 10 (V), Adebayor 66 (A)