UEFA Champions League moves into the Quarter Final phase & continues tonight with the only Spanish Football representative FC BARCELONA travelling to "Old Trafford" to play MANCHESTER UNITED in the 1º leg away game. Here is a brief summary of the main events along with the goalscorers & the final result.

Starting 11 of FC Barcelona vs Manchester United at Old Trafford

As we can see above FC BARCELONA starts the match with the 11 mentioned names. No surprises here really, goes in with their "big guns".

Starting 11 of Manchester United vs FC Barcelona at Old Trafford

As in the image we can see the starting 11 team for MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester Utd vs FC Barcelona Champions League 1º leg game Q/final

A 1ºst half relatively comfortable for FC BARCELONA which showed their habitual ball domination style Football. Manchester United waited more in their own area to attempt to find a counter-attack or force errores in the midfield on the Barça players.

Barça struck first on the 12th min when LUIS SUAREZ headed in his teams goal & opener that was later given by UEFA as an own goal by defender SHAW. The English Team had some occasion from Rashford who was active but not dangerous at all. The contrary from the Barça perspective which nearly got a second goal had Man Utd goalie DE GEA not stopped magnificently a Coutinho effort.

FC Barcelona would have been pleased with their first 45 min as they managed the prized & advantageous away goal that assures some ease for the second half of the game.

Man Utd - Barça Champions League 0 - 1

The second half saw a more intense & determined Manchester United looking to equalize the encounter. They created  a few occasions but without true effectivity, plus the English team did manage to put Barça on the back foot until Barça Coach Valverde decided to make some moves. Barça took of two attacking midfielders (Coutinho & Artur) to put muscle in their place with Vidal & Sergi Roberto which helped Barça regain control.

The rest of the game was Man Utd placing long balls & looking for some luck, while Barcelona neutralized the English efforts & accepted the away goal win to take back to Barcelona.


Good game for the Spaniards who have the advantage although the tie is far from shut.

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