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Dortmund 3-0 Shakhtar: Dortmund exploit Shakhtar’s poor positional play

March 6, 2013
Dortmund 3-0 Shakhtar: Dortmund exploit Shakhtar’s poor positional play

After a 2-2 first leg draw, Dortmund performed excellently to qualify for the quarter-finals with surprising ease. Jurgen Klopp was still without Mats Hummels, so Felipe Santana and Neven Subotic continued at the back. Otherwise, the side was as expected, and played in the traditional 4-2-3-1, rather than the 4-3-3 we saw against Bayern last...
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Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid: red card allows Real to take control

March 6, 2013
Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid: red card allows Real to take control

Manchester United’s starting strategy nullified Real Madrid’s main threats, but Jose Mourinho reacted quickly after United went down to ten. Sir Alex Ferguson left out Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa, favouring Nani and Ryan Giggs on the flanks. Tom Cleverley started in place of Phil Jones, while Jonny Evans dropped to the bench as Ferguson...
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Milan 2-0 Barcelona: Barca completely nullified

February 22, 2013
Milan 2-0 Barcelona: Barca completely nullified

Milan restricted Barcelona to only one shot on target – a hopeful effort from 25 yards – and pounced at the other end with a set-piece and a counter-attack. Max Allegri was without cup-tied Mario Balotelli, so Giampaolo Pazzini played upfront. Kevin-Prince Boateng replaced M’Baye Niang on the right, and Max Ambrosini returned to the...
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Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

February 21, 2013
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

Bayern took a commanding lead following a dominant first leg performance. Arsene Wenger chose to leave out Olivier Giroud, using Theo Walcott as the primary striker with Santi Cazorla right and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. Left-back problems forced Thomas Vermaelen into that position. Jupp Heynckes was without Jerome Boateng and long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber, so...
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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: Real dominate but United withstand the pressure

February 14, 2013
Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: Real dominate but United withstand the pressure

A headed goal for either side – and all to play for the in the second leg. Jose Mourinho chose Rafael Varane at the back, and Karim Benzema upfront – elsewhere, his side was as expected. Sir Alex Ferguson named a very positive starting XI, with four outright attacking players in the side – Danny Welbeck...
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