Tuesday featured some truly great games in the 2013 UEFA Champions League, as it was an overall entertaining day.
Big wins from Borussia Dortmund , Chelsea and Atletico Madrid provided some real excitement, but there was also a thrilling match between AC Milan and Barcelona.
Let's go ahead and take a look at the results from Tuesday's action, along with an updated table and a breakdown of the day's biggest games.
|Steaua Bucuresti||1-1||FC Basel|
|Austria Vienna||0-3||Atletico Madrid|
|FC Porto||0-1||Zenit St Petersburg|
|Zenit St Petersburg||1||1||1||4|
Fernando Torres Leads Chelsea to Big Win
It was a big game for Chelsea in the Group E standings, entering the match three points behind their opponent, Schalke 04. Fernando Torres was critical in the win and came away with a performance he will remember for quite some time.
Torres hit a big milestone with Chelsea entering the match. According to the team's Twitter account, it was his 100th career start for the Blues.
Things got off to a really quick start for Chelsea, as Torres was able to score in the fourth minute. It was the first goal of the day around the Champions League, and it got the Blues off to a good start.
In the second half, Torres came away with another goal. This one came in the 67th minute with a brilliant counter set up by Eden Hazard and Oscar. As you can see from this picture, the team was quite fired up.
Hazard came up with another goal near the end of the match to put the Blues up 3-0 and capped off what was a huge night for Chelsea. Not only did they get a much-needed three points, they were able to take the lead in Group E over Schalke 04 on goal difference.
It's been a very successful season overall for Chelsea, and now they're going to look to continue their success in the Champions League and Barclays Premier League.
Borussia Dortmund Takes Top Spot in Group F
In another big game, Borussia Dortmund was able to win 2-1 over Arsenal, taking the top spot in Group F thanks to a better goal difference.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan got BVB going with this impressive goal in the 16th minute, giving him his first goal this year the Champions League play.
However, shortly before the half, Arsenal was able to tie it up at 1-1. Bacary Sagna delivered an excellent cross into the box, with Olivier Giroud getting the ball and putting it into the back of the net.
After much back and forth in the second half, Robert Lewandowski was able to do what he does best, which is scoring goals. He grabbed one off another nice cross, this time from Kevin Grosskreutz, and gave Dortmund the lead that officially sealed the game.
It was certainly an entertaining match to watch, with two great teams going at it. Dortmund took the victory, and now they're sitting atop their group and are looking to hold on to that spot.
Barcelona Stays Ahead of AC Milan With Draw
A 1-1 draw wasn't what either team wanted, but Barcelona can at least be satisfied with the fact that they were able to keep their top spot in Group H.
Two very early goals were all we got in this one, with Robinho scoring in the ninth minute. He was able to get past Victor Valdes and drew first blood in the match.
Less than 15 minutes later though, Lionel Messi showed everyone why he's such a great player, keeping possession in traffic and coming away with another nice goal.
According to Paul Carr of ESPN, it was Messi's sixth goal against AC Milan in UCL play, tied for the most for him against any team.
Lionel Messi has 6 UCL goals against AC Milan, tying his most vs any team (also Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) October 22, 2013
While the result was a draw, Barcelona controlled this game, and they probably should have won it. They out-shot Milan 17-6 with six shots on target. They also dominated in terms of possession, controlling the ball 72 percent of the time.
It could have been better, but Barcelona is still on top, and they're bound to have another successful run in the Champions League this year.