Rooney gives United the edge over Chelsea as Barcelona trounce Shakhtar

Champions League Quarter Final First Leg

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

Rooney scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute

An industrious performance from Manchester United will see them take a one-goal lead back to Old Trafford for the second leg in six days time, with Wayne Rooney’s 24th minute strike the only goal of the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In a match of few clear cut chances, Rooney scored what could be a priceless away goal for United, sidefooting home from 12 yards, after an exquisite pass from Michael Carrick was taken in his stride by Ryan Giggs, and the two-time Champions League winner picked out Rooney to score.

Barcelona 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Andres Iniesta celebrates Barcelona's opener

Tournament favourites Barcelona have all but set up a semi-final tie with bitter rivals Real Madrid, as their clincal finishing put paid to the Ukrainian champions, who will wish that they could have converted some of the opportunities that they spurned at Camp Nou.

Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves had the hosts two goals up at half-time, before Gerard Pique added a third early in the second period.

Yaroslav Rakitskiy reduced the arrears on the hour mark, but within 60 seconds, Seydou Keita had fired Barcelona 4-1 up.

As the game was reaching it’s conclusion, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi bagged a fifth, ensuring Barcelona have quite the advantage before heading to the Donbass Arena.


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