It is a long time since I can remember three of the four Champions League quarter-finals being virtually over before the second leg.
Technically, of course, they are not over but there have only been four occasions in the history of the competition when a team has overhauled a four-goal deficit, which is the task facing Tottenham and Shakhtar.
Barcelona thumping the Ukrainians 5-1 in the Nou Camp was expected. Anyone who says that the Shakhtar away goal means something is clutching at straws.
Barcelona will likely punish them in the second leg when they chase the game and can be backed at 4/5 with bwin to get a win on the night.
Tottenham were expected to put up a better showing than they did, although the loss of Aaron Lennon just before kick-off and Peter Crouch’s mindless read card after 15 minutes left Spurs climbing uphill.
Everything was damage limitation after that and the 4-0 scoreline was deserved by Real Madrid.
The real shock for me, though, was Schalke, who amazingly won 5-2 away to the holders Inter Milan in the San Siro.
On an amazing night when Inter took the lead in the first minute, no-one would have expected what was to follow.
Inter’s betting odds of reaching the semi-finals are now at 8/1, which means a £10 stake would return £90 if they could somehow make the improbable happen in the return leg.
So it looks like after Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night that the last four will not be quite what I expected.
The Blues cannot be written off and if they can nick the first goal against United, they could make things very difficult at Old Trafford.
If you fancy Carlo Ancelotti to overcome the odds, you can back Chelsea to get through at 51/20.
But at this moment in time, it certainly appears to be Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Manchester United vs Schalke, with a Wembley final at stake for the two victors.