The UEFA Champions League provided plenty of action on Tuesday and confirmed that there are some truly dominant clubs, confirming almost everyone's beliefs about them.
Wins by Manchester United, Real Madrid, Beyern Munich and Manchester City were the highlights of the day, but an incredible goalkeeping job by Copenhagen held them to a 1-1 draw over Juventus in arguably the most thrilling match of the day.
Below are the results from all eight matches, followed by some analysis of the more interesting outcomes.
Tuesday's UEFA Champions League Results
|Manchester United||4-2||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Real Sociedad||0-2||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Olympiakos||1-4||Paris St. Germain|
|Bayern Munich||3-0||CSKA Moscow|
|Viktoria Plzen||0-3||Manchester City|
Tuesday's Top Matches
Copenhagen 1-1 Juventus
(N. Jorgensen 14'; Quagliarella 54')
What an exciting one this was.
Copenhagen dominated the first half, taking the lead early and holding on. They clearly were tired throughout the second half, but they were able to come away with the draw.
Other than a goal in the 54th minute, Copenhagen's goalkeeping was simply outstanding. Juventus maintained possession 56 percent of the match and attempted 25 shots, 17 more than Copenhagen. Wiland was fantastic in the net, grabbing 11 saves on the day.
Had it not been for Wiland, this game could have gotten out of hand. Copenhagen may not be thrilled with the draw after leading in the first half, but it has to be a moral victory after holding off so many shots by Juventus.
Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen
(Rooney 22' and 70', van Persie 59', Valencia 79'; Rolfes 54' Omer Toprak 88')
Allowing two goals might be a bit of a concern, but a win is a win, and the Red Devils' offense certainly led them to victory.
After entering the match with 198 career goals with United, Wayne Rooney came up with two today, scoring his 200th career goal in all competitions in the 70th minute.
Rooney also finished the match with a pretty assist to Valencia.
United's defense might be a little concerning, but you have to give some credit to Leverkusen. They managed to attempt 12 shots, with eight of them on target and one going against the woodwork.
In the end, it was a fantastic day for Rooney and the attack as a whole. They will be in good shape as long as the playmakers keep getting the ball in striking territory.
Galatasaray 1-6 Real Madrid
(Umut Bulut 84'; Isco 33', Benzema 54' and 81', Ronaldo 63', 66' and 90'+1)
Just in case you didn't know by now, Real Madrid are really good.
Cristiano Ronald was brilliant throughout. He capped off the match with a ridiculous goal in extra time, weaving his way through three defenders and scoring on a perfect shot.
Madrid scored or forced a save 12 times on the day while Galatasaray had just six attempts on target. They did a good job getting a number of opportunities right down the middle.
The news for Galatasaray got a little worse during the game, as Drogba went down in at the break after an apparent shoulder injury. Bleacher Report's Dan Levy provided a description of the injury.
Drogba collided with Pepe, has been down for some time, holding his shoulder like he was shot in the chest. Odd.— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) September 17, 2013
Madrid are one of the favorites in the Champions League this year, and they will certainly be a fun team to watch throughout. If they keep up this level of dominance, they can be unstoppable.