Champions League 2013 Results: Breaking Down Tuesday's Most Surprising Scores

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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There were a number of exciting Champions League matches that took place Tuesday, although not all of them went as expected.

Three squads that entered the day in first place in their respective groups failed to secure wins, while only Bayern Munich remained perfect with a close victory over Viktoria Plzen.

While fans are not likely surprised by Manchester City's offensive outburst, or Shakhtar Donetsk's tough play against Bayer Leverkusen to earn a draw, there were plenty of shocking outcomes from the first part of Matchday 4. 

Here are the full results from the day, followed by a look at the most surprising results from around Europe.

Champions League Results - Nov. 5
AwayScoreHomeGroup
Real Sociedad0-0Manchester UnitedA
Shakhtar Donetsk0-0Bayer LeverkusenA
FC Copenhagen1-0GalatasarayB
Juventus2-2Real MadridB
Olympiakos1-0BenficaC
Paris Saint-Germain1-1AnderlechtC
Manchester City5-2CSKA MoscowD
Viktoria Plzen0-1Bayern MunichD
via ESPNFC

 

Real Sociedad 0, Manchester United 0

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 05:  Robin Van Persie of Manchester United misses apenalty during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain.  (Photo by
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Once again, Manchester United failed to do much offensively with Robin van Persie out of the lineup. While the Dutch striker was subbed into the match in the second half, it was Javier Hernandez who started the match.

This led to missed opportunities like this one:

Of course, the rest of the attack struggled to produce much, either, including the normally solid Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia. When van Persie finally got a chance, he missed a penalty shot.

It all led to the first scoreless match for United's offense since Sept. 1 against Liverpool.

On the other hand, Real Sociedad could not do much on the attack, either. Leading scorer Antoine Griezmann barely touched the ball and still has not produced a goal in four UCL matches. 

Manchester United had a chance to virtually clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a win, but both sides came away with a disappointing draw.

 

Paris Saint-Germain 1, Anderlecht 1

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: Gregory van der Wiel of PSG is chased by Fabrice N'Sakala of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint Germain and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on November 5, 2013 in Paris, France.  (
Harry Engels/Getty Images

Through the first three sets of matches, Paris Saint-Germain had three victories and were proving they were a legitimate contender in Champions League. Meanwhile, Anderlecht had three losses in the same stretch and seemed to be on their way out.

Most would have predicted PSG to have little trouble in this home match against the struggling Belgian opponent.

However, the host squad struggled in the final third in this matchup. While Paris Saint-Germain controlled the ball for 70 percent of the time, they could only get four shots on goal. Fortunately, one of them went into the back of the net off the foot of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Then again, this was until after Demy De Zeeuw took the lead a few minutes earlier.

The match ended in a draw, which unsurprisingly led to some excitement from Anderlecht:

PSG remains in good shape going forward, but the squad will have to wait in order to clinch a spot in the knockout stage.

 

Juventus 2, Real Madrid 2

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus in action during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Claudio Villa/Getty Images

In one of the bigger matches of the day, Juventus and Real Madrid played to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling display of two of the best squads in Europe.

The Italian champions earned the lead when Arturo Vidal hit a penalty shot toward the end of the first half. While this was the only scoring before intermission, the second half featured plenty more excitement.

Real Madrid saw their two most high-profile players come through in a span of eight minutes, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale each scored to take the 2-1 advantage.

This lead did not last long, though, as Fernando Llorente got the equalizer in the 65th minute for Juventus.

The sides ended with a 2-2 draw that neither should be particularly excited about. Real lost a chance to clinch a spot in the knockout stage, while Juventus remain in last place in the group.

Still, each have a chance to play their way into the next round over the next two matches. 

 

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