Report: Tuesday’s Champions League round-up (13 Sep 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

While Manchester City had to wait until Wednesday night to play their first group match of the Champions League under Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich and Barca both run riot against their opponents on Tuesday night as they won 5-0 and 7-0 over Rostov and Celtic respectively.

City’s game had to be cancelled because of adverse weather condition, and their encounter against Borussia Monchenglabach at the Etihad Stadium has been schedule for tomorrow night at 7.45pm.

At the Camp Nou Lionel Messi and Co. ran rampant over Celtic as they rebounded from Saturday’s shock loss to Alavés to dismantle Celtic 7-0. Messi scored just within three minutes and finished in styled scoring a hat-trick.

Celtic was unfortunate to miss a penalty by Moussa Dembele in the 24th minute that proved to be costly as Barca upped the tempo and kept hammering home the goals. Neymar, Iniesta registered their names on the score sheet as well as Luis Suarez scored a brace to round it up.

At the same time Bayern Munich also thumped debutants Rostov 5-0 at the Allianz Arena, with Robert Lewandowski opening the scoring in the 28th minute through a penalty.

Thomas Muller added a second in stoppage-time at the end of the first half before Joshua Kimmich scored in the 53rd minute and again with 60 minutes played. Juan Bernat then completed the rout with his 90th-minute effort.

At the Parc des Princes Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain played host to Arsenal, with Edison Cavani scoring an early goal just after a minute of play to ease the pressure away from the home team.

PSG looked the brighter in the early minutes of the game as they tormented the Arsenal defence. Goalkeeper David Ospina had to make vital saves to keep the Gunners in the game.

Gradually Arsenal found their rhythm and started dominating possession even though they lacked the killer instinct to pose any threat to PSG. But Alexis Sanchez popped up on 77 minutes to smash the ball past Alphonse Areola after the keeper had made a good close-range save to deny Alex Iwobi.

Both teams finished with 10 men as Oliver Giroud and Marco Verratti were dismissed after picking up a second yellow card each for a pointless off-the-ball incident as the Gunners striker threw an arm across the PSG winger as he tried to evade his challenge.

Benfica playing home at the Estádio do Sport against Besiktas scored in the 12th minute through Franco Cervi, who capitalized on goalkeeper Tolga Zengin error to shot from close range – but an injury time equalizer from Talisca denied the host the victory with both teams sharing the spoils after the match ended 1-1.

Elsewhere,Dynamo Kiev failed to maintain their lead after Denis Garmash had put them in front in the 26th minute, but two goals from Arkadiusz Milik saw Napoli come from behind to beat the home team. Milik drew Napoli level in the 36 minutes before scoring the winning goal two minutes into first half stoppage-time to secure 2-1 win for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Ludogorets fought hard to share the spoils with FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park. Ludogorets had taken the lead in the 45th minute through Jonathan Cafu when he received a through ball from Marcelinho, beat one man before firing low pass goalkeeper Vaclík.

Basel fought had and dominated most of the play and got rewarded with an equalizer 10 minutes to stoppage time – thanks to Renato Steffen who scored a volley after goalkeeper Stoyanov failed in his clearance.

And in the final match of the night, Atletico capitalise on refereeing mishaps to beat PSV 1-0 at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. Saul scored the only goal of the tie through a stunning volley just before the interval.

PSV thought they had taken the lead in the opening minutes when Luuk de Jong nodded home from very close range, but the opener was chalked off for a dubious foul on Filipe Luis.

Tuesday’s results:

Man City v Gladbach (postponed)

Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Bayern Munich 5-0 Rostov

PSG 1-1 Arsenal

Benfica 1-1 Besiktas

Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Napoli

Basel 1-1 Ludogorets

PSV 0-1 Atletico Madrid

By Prince Dulzy

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