Saturday, 22 October 2016

Champions League Matchday Three Review

After the International break, European action resumed with the Champions League reaching the midpoint of the group stage with matchday three.

Bayer Leverkusen hosted Tottenham with the hosts looking for their first win after two draws . However, their run of draws continued as they shared the points with Spurs in a 0-0 draw.

Monaco remain atop the group after denying CSKA late on for a 1-1 draw. The Russians opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a strike from Traore and looked be on course for their first win.

However, the French side had other ideas and salvaged a point with Bernardo Silva extending his scoring run in the 87th minute.

Real Madrid continued their unbeaten start with a 5-1 routing of struggling Legia Warsaw who have lost all three of their games.

Gareth Bale opened the coring for the hosts after just 16 minutes before a strange three minutes for the visitors saw them fall 2-0 behind with an own goal from Jodlowiec followed by a Radovic penalty for 2-1. Asensio regained the hosts' two goal lead before second half efforts from Vazquez and Morata completed a 5-1 triumph.

Borussia Dortmund remain top of the group after a 2-1 win away to Sporting Lisbon. The Germans started superbly with a ninth minute opener from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A second from Weigl doubled the lead just before the interval with the hosts pulling one back on 67 minutes through Cesar but it served as consolation as the visitors claimed the win.

Club Brugge continue to prop up the group after suffering their third consecutive loss as FC Porto claimed a 2-1 win. Vossen put the visitors into a 1-0 lead after just 12 minutes but their were pegged back just after the hour by Layun's strike for 1-1. The win was sealed in the final minute by Silva's penalty.

Leicester City top of the group with a 100% record after a  1-0 win to end FC Copehnagen's unbeaten start. The winner came five minutes before half-time from Riyad Mahrez. 

Dinamo Zagreb are still without a win as they slipped to a narrow 1-0 win at home to Sevilla who extended their unbeaten start. The winning goal came on 37 minutes as Man City loanee Samir Nasri struck.

Juventus sit atop the group after a narrow 1-0 win away to Olympique Lyonnais.The Italians were reduced to ten men just before the hour mark with the dismissal of Lemina. The hosts were unable to utilise their man advantage and fell behind to Cuadrado's 76th minute winner.

Arsenal top the group after 6-0 hammering of Ludogorets who remain bottom of the group. Alexis Sanchez put the hosts ahead after just 12 minutes with Theo Walcott  and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain extending the lead to 3-0 either side of the interval. The remainder of the rout came from Mesut Ozil who struck a second half hat-trick in the 56th, 83rd and 87th minutes.

Paris Saint Germain also remain unbeaten after they defeated FC Basel 3-0.  The hosts took the lead five minutes before the interval through  Angel Di Maria before Lucas Moura doubled the lead just after the hour mark. The gloss on the win came late on with Edinson Cavani slotting in a penalty.


Benfica claimed their first success with a 2-0 win away to Dynamo Kiev who remain without a win. An early opener for the visitors saw Salvio  slot in a ninth minute penalty before Cervi confirmed the points just before the hour mark.

Napoli remain top of the group despite slipping to their first defeat as Besiktas won 3-2. The visitors struck first with Adriano scoring inside 12 minutes, Dries Mertens levelled on the half hour mark before Aboubakar regained the lead for the visitors. The sides were level on the hour as Gabbiadini struck from the spot for 2-2. However, the Turks were not to be denied their first win as Aboubakar sealed the win four minutes from the end.

Barcelona moved clear at the top of the group with a comfortable 4-0 win over Manchester City.  Lionel Messi fired the Catalan side ahead on 17 minutes and City did well to keep the score narrow past half-time.

However, the dismissal of former Barca 'keeper Claudio Bravo on 53 minutes for handling outside the box saw Barca take full control. Messi completed his hat-trick with two goals in eight minutes before the sides were level man wise with the sending off of Mathieu. Neymar completed the rout in the 89th minute.

Celtic remain bottom after falling to a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach. Lars Stindl put the visitors ahead just before the hour mark with Hahn confirming the points on 77 minutes.

Bayern Munich eased to a 4-1 win at home to a PSV Eindhoven side yet to claim their first win. Thomas Muller opened the scoring inside 13 minutes with Kimmich doubling the lead just eight minutes later.

Narsingh cut the gap for the visitors just before half-time but it was in vain as second half strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben completed the win.

Atletico Madrid continued their 100% record atop the group with a narrow 1-0 win away to FC Rostov. The visitors claimed the points with a 62nd minute winner from Carrasco.