Barcelona, Manchester United pull off great escapes

Published: 25 October, 2012 08:31 IST | AFP |

Barcelona and fellow former Champions League winners Manchester United had to draw on all their class on Tuesday to come from behind and claim home wins against Celtic and Braga respectively

Barcelona’s last gasp 2-1 win over the Scottish champions and United’s 3-2 victory over Braga, which saw the English giants become only the second side to come back from a 2-0 deficit twice and win — the other being Arsenal — sees both of them needing just a point from their next games to seal a place in the knockouts.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez scores past SC Braga goalkeeper Beto during their Champions League tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Pic/AFP

Celtic led from an own goal by Javier Mascherano, but a superb goal at the end of the first-half by Andres Iniesta levelled matters. Celtic then succumbed to a goal from Jordi Alba in the 4th minute of time added on as Barcelona recorded their 100th Champions League win.

United had to rely on a Javi Hernandez brace and a messy strike from Jonny Evans to take the three points after their fragile defence let in two goals.

Zenit 1-0 Anderlecht
Meanwhile, last night Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg got their first Champions League win this year beating Anderlecht 1-0.
An Alexander Kerzhakov penalty in the 72nd minute gave the Russians victory.

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