Champions League round-up – Week 2

Champions League round-up – Week 2

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After the second round of fixtures in the 2015-16 Champions League group stages, we round up all of the action as Chelsea and Arsenal both lost their games.

Group A

Paris Saint-Germain secured a comfortable 0-3 win over Shaktar Donetsk as they maintained their 100% record. Serge Aurier opened the scoring in Ukraine after just seven minutes before David Luiz doubled the French side’s advantage after 23 minutes. The win was completed in stoppage time, when Darijo Srna put the ball into his own net.

Real Madrid also eased to victory over Swedish side Malmo with a 0-2 win. Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Madrid’s all-time scoring record of 323, as he scored midway through the first half before reaching the record tally in the 90th minute as he completed the win for Los Blancos. Malmo are still winless, and will be without Yoshimar Yotun as he was dismissed with 12 minutes to play after he picked up a second yellow card.

Group B

Manchester United overcame a 0-1 deficit to win 2-1 against Wolfsburg. The Germans raced into a fourth minute lead, Daniel Caligiuri finishing off a six-pass move for the opener. But, Juan Mata levelled from the spot after Caligiuri handled 10 minutes before half time. Mata then set up the winner as he flicked through for Chris Smalling to slide in the winner to keep United’s progression hopes on track.

CSKA Moscow survived a second half scare to beat PSV 3-2 in Moscow. Ahmed Musa put the home side infront after just eight minutes, before a Stephen Doumbia double put CSKA in a commanding 3-0 lead at half time. Two goals in eight minutes from PSV striker Maxime Lestienne set up a nervy finish, but those hopes were somewhat dashed as the Dutch side had Santiago Arias shown a straight red with 10 minutes remaining.

Group C

Benfica maintained their 100% record so far as they beat Atletico Madrid 1-2 at the Vincente Calderon. The home side went ahead through Angel Correa’s 23rd-minute effort, but goals either side of half time from Nicolas Gaitan and Goncalo Guedes gave the Portuguese side their first away win in all competitions this season and put them top of Group C.

Champions League debutants Astana claimed their first ever point in the competition as they drew 2-2 at home to Galatasaray. Bilal Kisa put the visitors infront after half an hour, before the Kazakhs drew level with just 13 minutes remaining as Hakan Balta put the ball into his own net. Gala then may have thought they had won the match, when Astana defender Nenad Eric scored the game’s second own goal with just four minutes left. But, the home side salvaged a point, as incredibly there was a third own goal, this time for Galatasaray’s Sebastian Carole.

Group D

Manchester City copied their intercity neighbours by overcoming a 1-0 deficit as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2. Despite an end to end first half, with City keeper Joe Hart excellently saving a first-half penalty from Raffael, poor defending from the visitors allowed Lars Stindl to precisely side-footing in the opener from 15 yards. Nicolas Otamendi volleyed in the equaliser soon after, before Sergio Aguero calmly swept in a 90th minute penalty having missed a host of chances.

Juventus continued their 100% start with a 2-0 win over Sevilla in Turin. Two goals, one late on in each half, from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza were enough to seal a comfortable win for the Italians, who sit top of the group.

Group E

Bayer Leverkusen lost a one goal lead at home as they went down 1-2 to Barcelona. Despite deservedly going in at half time a goal up through Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ 22nd minute header, Leverkusen were drawn back with just 12 minutes to go through Sergi Roberto’s rebound. Then, with just eight minutes left, Luis Suarez smashed in the winner to claim all three points.

Roma however are still winless after a surprising 3-2 defeat to BATE Borisov. The Belarusians were 3-0 up inside half an hour – captain Igor Stasevich, headed in an eighth-minute opener, before Filip Mladenovic’s speculative long-range effort doubled the lead. Mladenovic then blasted in a second to give the home side a commanding lead. Goals from Gervinho and a late strike from Vassilis Torosidis set up a nervy finish, but BATE held on to move up to third in the group.

Group F

Arsenal are still winless and are in dire need of points as they lost 2-3, at home, to Olympiakos. Felipe Pardo gave the Greek side the lead after 32 minutes, with Theo Walcott equalising three minutes later. The visitors were ahead five minutes later though, after David Ospina fumbled a seemingly easy cross. Alexis Sanchez then hauled the Gunners back level just past the hour mark, before the home side shot themselves in the foot by allowing Alfred Finnbogason to restore Olympiakos’s lead within a minute, and seal the game.

Bayern Munich breezed past Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 as Robert Lewandowski scored his 10th goal in three games. Douglas Costa opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, before Lewandowski got two goals either side of a 25th minute Mario Gotze strike to put Munich 4-0 ahead inside 28 minutes. The Pole then grabbed his third 10 minutes into the second half as the Germans completed the rout.

Group G

In Group G’s other game, Dynamo Kiev overcame Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 in Israel to ensure that they remain unbeaten in the group stage. A fourth minute goal from Andriy Yarmolenko put the Ukranians ahead, before Júnior Moraes sealed the win five minutes into the second half.

Group H

Lyon also remain winless after they lost 0-1 at home to Valencia. Sofiane Feghouli’s goal three minutes before half time following a swift counterattack was enough to seal the Spaniards’ first win of the group stage, with Lyon’s chances of progression slimming rapidly having drawn their first game.

In the other game, Zenit St. Petersburg maintained their 100% record after beating KAA Gent 2-1. Artyom Dzyuba gave the home side the lead 10 minutes before half time, but the Russians were pegged back by a Thomas Matton strike after 56 miuntes. However, Zenit ensured they remained top of Group H when Oleg Shatov sealed the win just after the hour mark.