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UEFA Champions League Tuesday Wrap-Up

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 20, 2012

UEFA Champions League Tuesday Wrap-Up

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    Chelsea's woes continued, Shakhtar Donetsk benefited from controversy and Manchester United's 100 percent record came to an end.

    Tuesday featured another enthralling batch of eight UEFA Champions League matches across Europe. We've got all the goals, highlights and tidbits from every match right here.

    Keep reading for the full Tuesday wrap-up.

All the Results

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    Group E

    FC Nordsjaelland 2-5 Shakhtar Donetsk

    Juventus 3-0 Chelsea

     

    Group F

    BATE Borisov 0-2 Lille

    Valencia 1-1 Bayern Munich

     

    Group G

    Spartak Moscow 0-3 Barcelona

    Benfica 2-1 Celtic

     

    Group H

    CFR Cluj-Napoca 3-1 Braga

    Galatasaray 1-0 Manchester United

Group E: Nordsjaelland 2-5 Shakhtar Donetsk

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    Scorers: Nordsjaelland—Morten Nordstrand 24', Kasper Lorentzen 29'; Shakhtar—Luiz Adriano 26', 53', 81', Willian 44', 50'

    Quickie recap: Shakhtar Donetsk took advantage of a controversial first-half equalizer on the way to a valuable and ultimately comfortable victory in Denmark over first-timers Nordsjaelland.

    Controversy: With Nordsjaelland leading 1-0 through Nordstrand's opener, the referee stopped play for a delayed foul midway through the first half then restarted the match with a drop ball. Shakhtar apparently agreed to give the ball back to Nordsjaelland, but Adriano ran onto the resulting long pass and beat a stunned keeper to tie the match in the 26th minute (video at left).

    No makeup goal: Shakhtar did not allow Nordsjaelland a makeup goal. Lorentzen put Nordsjaelland ahead again two minutes after Adriano's controversial goal, but the goal came in the normal run of play.

    Where it leaves them: Shakhtar sit atop Group E with 10 points and have qualified for the knockout phase. Nordsjaelland are last with one point and have been eliminated.

    Up next: Shakhtar host Juventus on Dec. 5. Nordsjaelland play at Chelsea the same night.

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    39 - 39 of Shakhtar's 61 CL goals in the last 10 years were scored by Brazilian players (and only 7 by Ukrainians). Colony.

    — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 20, 2012

Group E: Juventus 3-0 Chelsea

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    Scorers: Juventus—Fabio Quagliarella 38', Arturo Vidal 61', Sebastian Giovinco 90'+1'

    Quickie recap: Juventus heaped pressure on Chelsea and Roberto Di Matteo with a convincing 3-0 victory in Turin. The Italian champs are now the favorites to advance to the knockout phase at Chelsea's expense.

    Where it leaves them: Juventus are second in Group E with nine points. Chelsea are third with seven.

    Up next: Juventus play at Shakhtar Donetsk on Dec. 5. A draw would send Juventus to the knockout phase. For Chelsea to advance, the Blues must defeat Nordsjaelland—who have already been eliminated—the same night and hope Juventus lose.

    Unwanted history: If Chelsea are eliminated in two weeks' time, they would be the first Champions League title holders to be eliminated at the group stage (via Infostrada Sports).

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    1 - Chelsea have won just one of their 12 European games away from home in Italy (W1 D5 L6). Over.

    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 20, 2012

     

    Bonus Tweet

    Chelsea lose by a least a 3-goal margin for the second time in the CL and for the first in 12 years since a 5-1 defeat at Barça in 2000 #CFC

    — Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 20, 2012

Group F: BATE Borisov 0-2 Lille

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    Scorers: Lille—Djibril Sidibe 14', Gianni Bruno 31'

    Quickie recap: Lille gathered their first points of the Champions League group stage and left BATE Borisov's qualification hopes in tatters as first-half goals from Sidibe and Bruno saw off the Belarusians.

    Where it leaves them: BATE, after starting the group stage with back-to-back wins, remained third in Group F. Their fate depended on the Valencia-Bayern match, which started later Tuesday. Lille remained last in the group but now have three points.

    Sent off: Sidibe was sent off in the 74th minute for his second bookable offense. BATE could not capitalize on the one-man advantage.

    Efficient shooting: Lille registered two shots on target in the first half. Both resulted in goals (via Opta).

    Up next: BATE finish the group stage at Bayern Munich on Dec. 5. Lille host Valencia the same night.

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    1 - Djibril Sidibé is the first French player to score and then get sent-off in a Champions League game. Ambivalent.

    — OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 20, 2012

Group F: Valencia 1-1 Bayern Munich

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    Scorers: Valencia—Sofiane Feghouli 77', Bayern—Thomas Müller 82'

    Quickie recap: Müller's late equalizer secured a point for Bayern, who played most of the match with a one-man advantage. Valencia had Antonio Barragan sent off in the first half but took the lead in the second through Feghouli. With the result, both teams qualified for the knockout phase.

    Where it leaves them: The teams are level on points heading into the final Matchday. Valencia lead the group with 10 points and a goal differential of plus-six. Bayern are second with 10 points and a differential of plus-five.

    Up next: Bayern host BATE Borisov on Dec. 5, while Valencia play at Lille.

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    3 - Sofiane Feghouli has scored for Valencia in their last three CL goals with only just four shots on target. Skill

    — OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 20, 2012

Group G: Spartak Moscow 0-3 Barcelona

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    Scorers: Barcelona—Dani Alves 16', Lionel Messi 27', 39'

    Quickie recap: Barcelona rebounded from a loss at Celtic on Matchday 4 with an easy win at Spartak Moscow. Three first-half goals wrapped up the points, and Messi passed another scoring milestone.

    Where it leaves them: Barcelona lead Group G with 12 points and have qualified for the knockout stage as group winners. Spartak are last with three points and have been eliminated.

    Up next: Barcelona host Benfica on Dec. 5, while Spartak play at Celtic.

    Another milestone: Messi has scored 56 career Champions League goals. He is tied for second all time with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Raul leads the list with 71 (via Infostrada Sports).

    Off target: Spartak held 29 percent of possession and recorded nine shots. None hit the target.

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    Messi surpasses Raúl as the only player to score 2+ goals in 15 CL matches. Raúl has achieved this 14 times. #fcblive #CL #UCL

    — Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 20, 2012

Group G: Benfica 2-1 Celtic

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    Scorers: Benfica—Ola John 7', Ezequiel Garay 71'; Celtic—Georgios Samaras 32'

    Quickie recap: Benfica grabbed a Group G lifeline by beating Celtic 2-1 in Portugal. Garay scored the winner 19 minutes from time after Samaras had equalized for Celtic in the first half.

    Where it leaves them: Both teams have seven points and neutral goal differentials. Celtic sit second in the group because they have scored seven goals compared to Benfica's five.

    Up next: Celtic host Spartak Moscow, who have already been eliminated, on Dec. 5. Benfica play at Barcelona.

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    -75 - Celtic have faced 75 more shots on goal (108) than they have attempted (33) themselves. Bombarded.

    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 20, 2012

Group H: CFR Cluj-Napoca 3-1 Braga

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    Scorers: Cluj—Rui Pedro 7', 15', 33'; Braga—Alan 17'

    Quickie recap: Portuguese forward Rui Pedro scored a hat trick and eliminated his countrymen as Cluj defeated Braga 3-1 in Romania. Rui Pedro scored all three goals before halftime, and Braga had Douglao sent off in first-half stoppage time.

    Where it leaves them: Cluj are tied second in Group G with seven points and a goal differential of plus-one. Galatasaray also have seven points. Braga are fourth with one point and have been eliminated.

    Up next: Cluj play at Manchester United on Dec. 5. With Galatasaray playing at already-eliminated Braga the same night, victory will probably be necessary for the Romanians to progress to the knockout phase for the first time.

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    Rui Pedro becomes the second Portuguese player to score a CL hat-trick following Cristiano Ronaldo at Ajax earlier this season. #UCL

    — Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 20, 2012

Group H: Galatasaray 1-0 Manchester United

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    Scorers: Galatasaray—Burak Yilmaz 53'

    Quickie recap: Yilmaz scored the lone goal early in the second half as Galatasaray moved into pole position to qualify for the knockout round with a win over a below-full-strength Manchester United.

    Where it leaves them: United, who have already qualified for the knockout phase as group winners, lead Group G with 12 points. Galatasaray are third—level on points with Cluj—with seven points and a goal differential of zero.

    Up next: Galatasaray play at already-eliminated Braga on Dec. 5, while United host Cluj.

    Playing from behind: Manchester United fell behind again Tuesday. It was the fourth straight Champions League match in which United had allowed an opponent to score first. United won the first three (via Opta).

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    5 - Burak Yilmaz has scored all five of the goals that Galatasaray have netted in the Champions League this season. Reliant.

    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 20, 2012

     

    Bonus Tweet

    24y 154d - This is the 3rd youngest starting lineup (based on average age) that Man Utd have ever selected in a Champions League game. Fresh

    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 20, 2012

Wednesday's Fixtures

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    Eight more matches are scheduled for Wednesday. All games are scheduled to kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET except where noted.

     

    Group A

    Dynamo Kiev vs. Paris Saint-Germain

    Porto vs. Dinamo Zagreb

     

    Group B

    Arsenal vs. Montpellier

    Schalke vs. Olympiakos

     

    Group C

    Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Málaga, noon ET

    Anderlecht vs. AC Milan

     

    Group D

    Ajax vs. Borussia Dortmund

    Manchester City vs. Real Madrid

     

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