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

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 10, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United competes with Douglas Costa of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Michael Steele/Getty Images

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

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  David Silva of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Norwich City at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Image
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

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

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United competes with Darijo Srna of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013 in M
Michael Steele/Getty Images

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.  



ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Dimitris Siovas of Olympiacos FC in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC held on September 17, 2013 at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, Greece
EuroFootball/Getty Images

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. 


    Inside the Dorms with Miracle on Ice 2.0 🎮

    Featured logo

    Inside the Dorms with Miracle on Ice 2.0 🎮

    Joon Lee
    via Bleacher Report

    Brady Is the GOAT, and It's Not Even Close

    Featured logo

    Brady Is the GOAT, and It's Not Even Close

    Mike Freeman
    via Bleacher Report

    NBA Teams' Midseason Report Cards

    Featured logo

    NBA Teams' Midseason Report Cards

    Grant Hughes
    via Bleacher Report

    Ex-MMA Champ Miguel Torres Has No Choice but to Fight

    Featured logo

    Ex-MMA Champ Miguel Torres Has No Choice but to Fight

    Jeremy Botter
    via Bleacher Report