It was a week of poor results for the English teams left standing in Europe’s premier competition. Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Schalke ended up being the best English result, as Arsenal and Manchester City again reasserted the blundering and shuddering incapability they both seem stricken by at this level, losing to Monaco and Barcelona respectively. With Chelsea primed and confident of securing the tie at Stamford Bridge, the other two are facing daunting away legs in which they must overturn considerable deficits. Both are unlikely to do so. In continental news, Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk, an unexpected result to be sure, though not one that ought to stop the Bavarians from qualifying for the quarter finals. Juventus beat Borussia Dortmund, with Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata scoring the goals for the Italians, Porto and Basel played out a 1-1 stalemate, and Bayer Leverkusen defied the odds to win their opening leg against last season’s beaten finalists, Atletico Madrid.
Here are the goals.
CHELSEA 1 – 1 PSG
BASEL 1 – 1 PORTO
SCHALKE 0 – 2 REAL MADRID
MANCHESTER CITY 1 – 2 BARCELONA
JUVENTUS 2 – 1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
ARSENAL 1 – 3 MONACO
BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1 – 0 ATLETICO MADRID