UCL Rewind: PSG secures key win over Barcelona; Totti rescues Roma; and more

UCL Rewind: PSG secures key win over Barcelona; Totti rescues Roma; and more

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UCL Rewind: PSG secures key win over Barcelona; Totti rescues Roma; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain provided their fans at the Parc des Princes plenty of fireworks in a five-goal thriller against Barcelona in Paris.

PSG took a major step toward qualifying for the Round of 16 on Tuesday afternoon, securing an unlikely 3-2 win without the services of either Ibrahimovic or Thiago Silva. David Luiz put the Parisians ahead in the 10th and they never trailed, adding goals from Marco Verratti in the 26th minute and a 54th-minute winner via Blaise Matuidi.

Lionel Messi and Neymar both scored for Barcelona, but they couldn’t will their side to victory. For now, PSG sits atop Group F, having also secured an earlier point away to Ajax.

The Amsterdam club tied APOEL Nicosia, 1-1, on Tuesday, leaving them third in the group behind Barcelona, which previously beaten APOEL.

Here’s a closer look at the rest of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League action:

TOTTI EQUALIZES FOR ROMA VS. MAN CITY

Although host Manchester City avoided a disaster second straight UCL loss, the headline belonged to Roma in a 1-1 draw, as club talisman Francesco Totti became the oldest ever Champions League scorer at 38-years old.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the fourth minute, drawing a penalty after Maicon tugged on his arm in the box. Aguero converted from the spot, beating Lukasz Skorupski into the right side of the net.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Totti got in behind the defense in the 23rd minute and chipped over Joe Hart for a crucial equalizer that keeps Roma in a good place in Group E.

Man City still isn’t in a strong position in Group E, and they’ll need to take advantage of their games against CSKA Moscow to remain competitive for the top two spots.

BAYERN CONTROLS PLAY OUT IN MOSCOW

Thomas Muller’s 22nd-minute penalty provided the winner in a deceptively close 1-0 score as Bayern dominated play out in Russia, controlling 77 percent of the possession and creating 21 shots, including eight on target.

Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben each peppered the goal with shots, combining for 16 of them, while Manuel Neuer was still called to action enough to make three saves.

WIN SENDS CHELSEA TO TOP OF GROUP G

It wasn’t perhaps as strong a performance as Chelsea were hoping for, but in the end Jose Mourinho got the full three points he was looking for with a 1-0 victory on the road against Sporting Lisbon.

André Schürrle put three shots on target, but it was Nemanja Matic who converted the lone goal, heading home in the 34th minute.

Thibaut Courtois made three saves in the clean sheet, while Nani led the hosts with five shots, but couldn’t put any of them on target to challenge the Chelsea keeper.


Here’s a full rundown of Tuesday’s UCL results:

GROUP E

Bayern Munich 1, CSKA Moscow 0
Manchester City 1, Roma 1

GROUP F

Paris Saint-Germain 3, Barcelona 2
Apoel Nicosia 1, Ajax 1

GROUP G

Chelsea 1, Sporting 0
Schalke 04 1, Maribor 1

GROUP H

Shakhtar Donetsk 2, Porto 2
BATE 2, Athletic Bilbao 1


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