Pole dancing Kiessling, hailstorm in Istanbul and a confused Pellegrini – Tuesday's Champions League in pics

Pole dancing Kiessling, snow in Istanbul and a confused Pellegrini – Tuesday’s Champions League in pics

Sixteen teams were expected to complete their Champions League group stage campaigns on Tuesday evening, yet only 14 succeeded as snow-bound Istanbul prevented Galatasaray and Juventus finishing their encounter.

It would be a night of mixed emotions as some historic names on the European circuit, such as Benfica, made an early exit from the competition, Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record, and there was a fond farewell to Nelson Mandela paid around the continent.

Below is a collection of some of the very best images taken over the course of the evening.

There are fitting tributes to Nelson Mandela at every Champions League game on Tuesday evening

Brazilian striker Lima takes a tumble as Benfica beat PSG but fall agonisingly short of qualification for the final 16

A poor start for Manchester City sees star performer Mario Gotze add a second for Bayern Munich in the 12th minute

A severe hailstorm in Istanbul causes the clash between Galatasaray and Juventus to be abandoned

David Silva kick starts the Manchester City comeback by finding the net from close-range in the 28th minute

Javier Saviola helps Olympiakos secure a last 16 place and in doing so denies his former club Benfica

Omer Toprak’s strike secures a place for Bayer Leverkusen in the knockout stages

Bayer Leverkusen’s opponents Real Sociedad finish bottom of the group on just a single point

FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland receives congratulates after saving a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty

The Portuguese wasn’t to be be denied his moment, setting a new record for goals scored in the group stages

James Milner makes it 3-2 to Manchester City, the first Englishman to score for the club in the Champions League

A red card for CSKA Moscow’s Alan Dzagoev proves to be the turning point in game against Viktoria Plzen

Relief for David Moyes at Old Trafford as Manchester United edge past Shakhtar Donetsk and top the group

Viktoria Plzen celebrate earning a place in the Europa League after beating CSKA Moscow

Manuel Pellegrini appears to be unaware another goal for Manchester City would secure top spot for his side

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