On the first night of the Champions League knockout round, a night soccer fans anxiously awaited through two months of winter, much of the conversation was — naturally — about buses.
First, there was Chelsea’s damaged bus, the result, it seemed, of a driver failing to pay proper heed to France’s notoriously narrow parking lot tunnels as he drove the English team into the stadium before the game against Paris Saint-Germain here Tuesday night. No one was hurt in the scrape — most Parisian drivers probably would not even consider it an accident — and the Blues arrived safely about 90 minutes before kickoff.
Once the game began, there was the parked bus, which is the not-especially-complimentary term used by opponents of Chelsea who do not appreciate Manager Jose Mourinho’s long history of boarding his team up behind the ball and playing an energy-sucking defensive game. Mourinho makes no apologies for his strategies (which, to be fair, are often effective), and they worked again Tuesday as Chelsea scored a critical goal and left this round of 16 first leg with a 1-1 draw.
That result, which leaves Chelsea in a strong position as it returns home for the second leg, was not altogether satisfying for most of the packed crowd at the Parc des Princes. A year ago P.S.G. beat Chelsea with 3-1 , in the first leg of the quarterfinals here and still was eliminated on away-goals after losing in London, 2-0.
Ten-man Bayern Munich was left frustrated as Shakhtar Donetsk held the German champions to a 0-0 draw in their first leg match in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Bayern had the better chances but was thwarted by determined defending from Shakhtar and some poor shooting.
Bayern played the last 25 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Xabi Alonso was red-carded in his 100th Champions League game, having picked up his second booking for a poor tackle on Alex Teixeira.
The match was played in Lviv in western Ukraine because Shakhtar has been left homeless by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where its home city of Donetsk is a separatist stronghold.