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Finally

The Champions League is a little bit less interesting now that they’ve decided to mess with the format so that there’s only two games on each night. The excitement of the cup-style flood of goals and results was part of what made the competition so enthralling, and now they’ve ruined it for everyone. Well thanks a lot, Mr Platini.

Anyway, of the two games that were played last night, the clash between VfB Stuttgart and Barcelona was the most interesting, with a well below-par Barca side scuttling out of Germany with a jammy 1-1 draw thanks to profligate finishing from Stuttgart and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first ever goal in the knock out stages of the Champions League, which looked like one of those goals you’d be ashamed to score playing FIFA against your mate.

Stuttgart took the lead after 25 minutes thanks to a smart Cacau header, but now the Germans will have to travel to the Nou Camp knowing that they have to score at least once and not concede if they want to go through to the quarter finals. Which they won’t.

In the other match of the night French champions Bordeaux gave themselves a great chance of going through by beating Olympiakos 1-0 in Athens thanks to a goal from defender Michael Ciani, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that the Greek champions had won their last five European home games, including a 1-0 win against Arsenal. The Frenchies will certainly be a tough act to beat in next round, if they do get there.

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