Soccer Break Wednesday

March 16, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/That Champions League and drama undoubtedly go hand in hand was again in evidence after another tense night in Europe, with one blog even describing Inter Milan’s comeback victory over Bayern Munich as one of the best Champions League matches of all time.

As if that’s not enough, a “Little Pea” was scoring a double for Manchester United to send them through to their 11th quarter-final in just 19 years of the competition. No club has reached the last eight on more occasions.

What a night of action. Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, instrumental in last year’s cup win, made another bad mistake. Are you worried Inter fans?

Despite the nervous ending for Man United it was all smiles in the end, Wayne Rooney in bullish mood after the match.

Looking to join holders Inter and Premier League leaders Man United in the next knockout round on Wednesday are fellow European giants Real Madrid while Chelsea should progress against Copenhagen.

Real, for all their spending and talent, have not reached the quarters since 2004, and failure again at the hands of Olympique Lyon would leave many baffled critics and fans. Do you think with twice Champions League winning coach Jose Mourinho at the helm they have a better chance?

On to Chelsea and rumours that Fernando Torres, badly in need of a goal to boost his confidence, could be rested. Where’s the logic in that?

Friday’s draw will be eagerly awaited, so far there are big names such as Barcelona, Man United and Inter all through, while less decorated clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke 04 are also in the mix.

Oh for Real to progress and be drawn against Schalke so former striker Raul can return to his homeland.

We’ll end on Arsenal, who were the main talking point in Tuesday’s blog and are once again featured in the news on Wednesday.

Is it all building up for the North Londoners to win the Premier League in May? Or will Arsene Wenger’s men yet again finish a season trophyless?

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Picture: Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez (L) reacts as Inter Milan players Esteban Cambiasso and Yuto Nagatomo celebrate after their second leg round of sixteen Champions League soccer match in Munich March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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