Stalemates in the UEFA knockout stages

By Drum Digital
18 February 2015

The UEFA champions league returned last night with stalemates in both match fixtures.

Last night was the return of the most anticipated European football League - the  UEFA champions league. The kick-off between German league leaders FC Bayern Munich and Ukrainian side, Shakhtar Donetsk signalled the beginning of the knockout stages for the last 16 teams left in the tournament.

Chances created by Muller and Schweinsteiger were denied and the lacklustre clash saw the match end in a goalless draw.

The only dramatic event of the match came when Xavi Alonso was red-carded on his 100th appearance in the champions league, a challenge in the 65th minute earned him his second yellow of the game.

Later in the evening, European rivals Chelsea and Paris St Germain met once again as they did in last season's quarterfinal.

Cavani almost gave PSG the lead with a header but a save from Courtois kept Chelsea afloat.

A few minutes later, Ivanovic capitalised on Cahill's flick and his header went to the back of the net which gave Chelsea a lead.

Not to be outdone, PSG came back with a header of their own; Uruguayan striker Cavani balanced the scoring sheet 54 minutes after Chelsea's strike.

The Parisians remained the stronger side by creating more chances, but as fate would have it they could not extend a lead from their stalemate.

Chelsea coach Mourinho admits that his side was fortunate to walk away undefeated.

The second and definitive leg between the clubs that played last night will take place on the 11th of March with Chelsea and Bayern both playing at home.

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