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January 17, 2022

UEFA Champions League: VfB Stuttgart, FC Barcelona draw 1-1

VfB Stuttgart gave holders FC Barcelona a real test but were denied a lead to take to the Camp Nou for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie.

Stuttgart were rewarded for a sound tactical start midway through the first half when the in-form Cacau headed them in front against the team coach Christian Gross warned were “the best club side in the world”. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the most of one of his few chances soon after the restart, getting the away goal which makes Stuttgart’s trip to Spain on March 17 all the more daunting, uefa.com comments.

Olympiacos FC loses to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, 0-1

FC Girondins de Bordeaux are within sight of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time as Michael Ciani’s header in first-half added time earned a narrow but vital victory at Olympiacos FC.

Laurent Blanc’s team, who collected the most points of the 32 teams in the group stage, continued their impressive form in the competition by soaking up long spells of home pressure and snatching the win with Ciani’s third goal of the season two minutes into added time at the end of the first period. Bordeaux twice reached the last eight of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in the 1980s, and will be optimistic of completing the job at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on March 17.

Cedric Carrasso tipped an Ieroklis Stoltidis header over his crossbar and, just as it seemed the home team could be satisfied with their first-half display, the French champions struck seconds before half-time.

Last evening, after ‘Nine O’Clock’ went to print, CSKA Moskow were set to play at home against Sevilla, while Internazionale played against Chelsea on “Giuseppe Meazza”.

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