Monday, 3 October 2016

Champions League Matchday Two Review

Ahead of the International break, Matchday two saw some sides looked to record back-to-back wins while others hoped to claim their first success of the campaign.

Tottenham made the long journey to CSKA Moscow looking to bounce back from an opening loss. They did just that by securing a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of a 71st minute strike from Son Heung-Min. 

Monaco looked for consecutive victories as they hosted Bayer Leverkusen who drew their opener. The sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw that saw the game remain scoreless past the hour before Javier Hernandez fired the Germans ahead. The hosts salvaged the draw with a last-gasp leveller from Glik. 

After an opening win, Borussia Dortmund hosted Real Madrid who also looked to add to their perfect start. An early strike from Pierre Aubameyang put the hosts ahead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled just before the interval. Raphael Varane put the visitors ahead on 67 minutes only for them to be denied the win by a late equaliser from Andre Schurrle for 2-2.

Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw faced off with both looking to bounce back from opening losses. The hosts secured all three points with two first half strikes from Ruiz and Bas Dost for a 2-0 win.

After drawing their opening game, FC Copenhagen hosted Club Brugge who were looking to bounce back from an opening loss. The sides remained level into half-time before the Danes ran riot as they raced into a 3-0 lead with a Denswil own goal followed by efforts from Delaney and Santander. The rout was completed late on by Jorgensen for 4-0.

Leicester City had hopes of consecutive wins as they hosted former winners FC Porto. The Foxes did indeed secure back-to-back wins with a 25th minute strike from Islam Slimani enough to claim the three points.

After an opening defeat, Dinamo Zagreb looked to stage a shock as they hosted Juventus. Sadly for the Croatians, they were easily beaten with Juve going into the interval 2-0 ahead after strikes from Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain. The Italians sealed the win before the hour mark as Dybala struck and the rout was completed five minutes from the end by Dani Alves for 4-0.

Sevilla looked to back up their opening draw with a win as they hosted Olympique Lyonnais who had claimed an opening win. This time around it was to be the hosts who took the points with a narrow 1-0 win coming courtesy of a 52nd minute strike from Ben Yedder.

Arsenal and FC Basel faced off at the Emirates both looking to remain unbeaten after opening draws. The Gunners struck early through Theo Walcott after just seven minutes and he doubled the lead on 25 minutes for 2-0. The lead proved to be too much for the Swiss to overcome as 'The Arsenal' moved top of the group.

After also drawing in the opening week, Ludogorets Razgrad and Paris Saint Germain went head-to-head. The hosts took an early lead through Natanael with 15 minutes played before the French champions levelled four minutes before the interval through Blaise Matuidi. The comeback was complete on the hour mark as Edinson Cavani struck a five minute brace for 3-1.

Besiktas looked to remain unbeaten as they hosted Dynamo Kiev who also hoped to claim their first win. The Turks opened the scoring through Ricardo Quaresma just before the half hour but the Ukrainians drew level just after the hour mark through Tsyganov to ensure a share of the points.

Napoli were in the hunt for consecutive victories as they hosted Benfica who looked to build on their opening draw. The Italians struck first as Marek Hamsik opened the scoring on 20 minutes before a rapid treble just before the hour saw Dries Mertens score a brace either side of a penalty from Milik for a 4-0 lead. The visitors staged a comeback with strikes from Guedes and Salvio but to no avail in the 4-2 loss.

Barcelona looked to build on a huge opening win as they travelled to face Borussia Monchengladbach who looked for their first win. The hosts struck first as Thorgan Hazard fired in on 34 minutes before Arda Turan levelled for the Catalans just after the hour mark. The turnaround was complete on 73 minutes as Gerard Pique sealed the points for the visitors.

After an opening humiliating loss, Celtic hosted a Manchester City side looking for consecutive wins. The Scots made a superb start as Moussa Dembele struck inside three minutes before Fenandinho drew City level on 11 minutes. Raheem Sterling scored for both sides in the space of eight minutes with an own goal on 20 minutes gifting the hosts the lead before he levelled for City for 2-2. Celtic went ahead for a third time as Dembele scored his second just two minutes after half-time but City hit back again through Nolito on 55 minutes and a six-goal thriller was how it ended as the sides shared the points.

After both securing opening wins, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich faced off hoping to remain unbeaten. The hosts opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a strike from Carrasco and they held on to the narrow lead to claim the narrow 1-0 win.

FC Rostov and PSV Eindhoven both hoped to get off the mark in the group and they did just that as they shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Propper fired the Dutch into the lead after just 14 minutes only for the hosts to level in the 28th minute through Poloz. The hosts completed the comeback with Poloz's second just nine minutes later but a Luuk De Jong effort just before the interval salvaged a draw.