Sir Alex Ferguson had promised an interesting game - and a good game of football it was. However at the end of the day the class of Manchester United shone through, goals from Hernández and Park Ji-Sung sinking Chelsea; in Donetsk, Barcelona's Lionel Messi made it 6-1 on aggregate.
Manchester United FC (England) 2 Chelsea FC (England) 1
First leg: Chelsea 0 Manchester United 1 (Rooney)
Second Leg: 2-1 Goals Hernández (43'), Park Ji-Sung (77'); Drogba (77')
Manchester United went into the interval a goal ahead. John O'Shea found Ryan Giggs on the right, and the in-form Welsh international made his first assist to Javier Hernández who had only to turn the ball in at the far post. Chelsea levelled after 77', Didier Drogba drilling Michael Essien's pass under Van der Sar. Within a minute, United was 2-1 up - Giggs again providing the pass after receiving from Wayne Rooney - and Park Ji-Sung shot past Petr Čech.
Aggregate: Man. Utd. 3 Chelsea 1
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 0 Barcelona FC (Spain) 1
First leg: Barcelona 5 Shakhtar Donetsk 1
Iniesta (2); Daniel Alves; Pique; Keita; Xavi Hernández (Barcelona); Rakitskiy (Shakhtar)
Second Leg: Shakhtar 0 Barcelona 1
Goal: Lionel Messi (43')
Shakhtar had 10 shots, five on target, against Barça's 14 and the Spanish side's possession (62% to 38%) spelt their control of the game and the tie. The aggregate score speaks for itself.
Aggregate: Barcelona 6 - Shakhtar 1
Tomorrow: Tottenham Hotspur FC (England) v. Real Madrid (Spain)
First leg Real Madrid 4 Tottenham 0
Adebayor (2), Di Maria; Cristiano Ronaldo
Schalke 04 (Germany) Internazionale (Italy)
Inter 2 Schalke 5
Inter: Stankovic; Milito
Schalke: Matip; Edu (2); Raúl Gonzalez; Ranocchia (o.g.)
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill