If there is a Fountain of Youth, Alessandro Del Piero just might have found it.
The Italian star is enjoying an amazing season, both in Serie A and UEFA Champions League, where he added two more goals on Wednesday to help Juventus topple Real Madrid for the second straight time.
Juventus’ victory was one of the more impressive performances in Wednesday’s batch of Champions League matches. You had Aalborg AB tying Villarreal, Bayern Munich scoring late to tie Fiorentina and Manchester United finding a late equalizer from Ryan Giggs to draw at Celtic Park.
Here is a recap of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League action:
AaB 2, Villarreal 2
Giuseppe Rossi worked some magic but the suddenly shaky Villarreal defense made it five goals allowed in two meetings against the Danish club. Should the Spaniards be worried?
Celtic 1, Manchester United 1
The Hoops looked poised to cash in on a big win before Artur Boruc spilled a Ronaldo shot, leaving Ryan Giggs to bury the equalizer. Man Utd will take it considering it rested some starters ahead of the Arsenal clash on Saturday.
Fiorentina 1, Bayern Munich 1
The Italians had been struggling lately but put together a good showing, only to have Bayern score late and drop Fiorentina deeper in the group. Now it’s looking like Fiorentina will have to settle for the UEFA Cup.
Lyon 2, Steaua Bucharest 0
The French champions cruised to a win that will keep them on course for a Round of 16 berth. Steaua never really stood a chance in this stacked group.
Arsenal 0, Fenerbahce 0
The Gunners keep on struggling and all of a sudden the Round of 16 isn’t as much of a lock. Arsenal must now knock off Dynamo Kiev at home to regain control of the group.
Dynamo Kiev 1, FC Porto 2
One of the more surprising results on Wednesday, Porto has catapulted itself from UEFA Cup candidate to Round of 16 contender with an unlikely road win. Can Dynamo rebound against Arsenal in London in the next match?
Real Madrid 0, Juventus 2
Del Piero keeps on scoring them and Real Madrid suddenly doesn’t look like a lock for the knockout round. As impressive as Juve’s attack was, their defense has come together well in recent weeks.
BATE Borisov 0, Zenit St. Petersburg 2
The Russians with a convincing win and just might be able to catch Real Madrid for the second Round of 16 spot.
What did you of the matches? Has Del Piero amazed you? Surprised at Real Madrid’s struggles? Is Arsenal’s season slowly slipping out of control?
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