Champions League Results 2013: Recapping Tuesday's Most Impressive Performances

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 11, 2013

Manchester, stand up. After an uneven stint of league play, the Premier League's two teams hailing from Manchester made statements on Tuesday in Champions League play. 

Manchester United was far more desperate for a statement game, but both were welcomed signs considering the current state of both teams. 

The positive impressions weren't only being left from teams hailing from Manchester, though. It was a busy day in Champions League, as we wrap up group play. 

Check out the full results and standings, and then I'll recap the three teams that left me the most impressed with their performances. 

UCL Dec. 10 Results
Manchester United1-0Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Sociedad0-1Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen0-2Real Madrid
Benfica2-1Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern Munich2-3Manchester City
Viktoria Plzen2-1CSKA Moscow
Source: ESPN FC
UEFA Champions League Table (as of Dec. 10)
Group A
1Manchester United6420914
2Bayer Leverkusen6312-110
3Shakhtar Donetsk622218
4Real Sociedad6015-91
Group B
1Real Madrid65101516
4FC Copenhagen6114-94
Group C
1Paris Saint-Germain64111113
Group D
1Bayern Munich65011215
2Manchester City6501815
3Viktoria Plzen6105-113
4CSKA Moscow6105-93
Group E
2FC Basel522118
3Schalke 045212-27
4Steaua Bucuresti5032-73
Group F
2Borussia Dortmund530249
Group G
1Atletico Madrid54101013
2Zenit St. Petersburg5131-16
3FC Porto5122-15
4Austria Vienna5023-82
Group H
2AC Milan522138
3Ajax Amsterdam5212-37
Source: ESPN FC

Manchester City

Beating the best team on the planet on its own pitch is always going to be an impressive accomplishment. That is exactly what the Citizens did on Tuesday by authoring a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena. 

With a score from Mario Gotze in the 12th minute, the Citizens were quickly behind 2-0 in this Group D battle. It looked like the Citizens' struggles on the road were well on their way to continuing. 

In Premier League play, the Citizens are 7-0-0 at Etihad Stadium. They are just 2-2-4 as the away team. On top of that, at home in EPL play, the Citizens have scored 29 goals while allowing just two. On the road, they have scored 12 and allowed 13. 

At some point, if they haven't already, those road woes were bound to enter the consciousness of the players. That is a lot less likely after David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner all added scores to help the Citizens comeback against Bayern Munich. 

This is terrible news for the rest of the Premier League. 


Manchester United

With a goal in the 67th minute, Phil Jones gave the suffering fans at Old Trafford a reason to cheer again. His strike gave the Red Devils a 1-0 lead over Shakhtar Donetsk. That score held, and the Red Devils have won Group A.

This was the Red Devils' third straight match at home in all competitions. Not only was this their first non-losing effort of the three, but Jones' score is the only goal the Red Devils have netted in that span.

Although a lone goal isn't going to typically get Red Devils fans excited, considering the recent offensive struggles and the fact that Shakhtar allowed just six goals in their six group matches, this is a step in the right direction.

Also, it is worth noting that the Red Devils have allowed just two goals in their last three matches, as the defense begins to make strides. 

With Robin van Persie returning to fitness and a less-than-daunting schedule awaiting them in their return to Premier League play, hope is not lost yet in EPL play for the Red Devils.  



Considering Anderlecht finished their Tuesday match with Olympiakos with just eight men on the pitch and finished group play by picking up just a single point in group play, Olympiakos' 3-1 victory isn't going to surprise anyone. 

This win is still impressive, however, because of the stakes involved. 

Olympiakos entered this match with their advancement on the line. They needed to match Benfica to advance. Benfica wound up beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1.

So when this game was tied at one at half-time, Olympiakos was in a perilous position. Second-half goals from Javier Saviola and Alejandro Dominguez helped eliminate the pressure and secure Olympiakos' advancement. 


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