By Prince Dulzy
In the Champions League matchday 3, all attention were at the Emirate stadium where Arsenal played German giants Bayern Munich in a thrilling encounter that ended 2-0 in favour of the home side.
Arsene Wenger’s side headed into the Emirates Stadium contest with their Group F campaign in disarray following losses to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos.
If the Gunners had lost the match against Bayern, their chances of qualification to the next round would have been very slim, but thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil, which helped Arsenal reignite their Champions League hopes.
The victory ends Pep Guardiola’s sides 100 per cent record in the domestic and European football this season.
Elsewhere, Substitute Ivan Rakitic scored twice to earn Barcelona a 2-0 victory over BATE on Tuesday and move the European champions three points clear at the top of Group E.
Rakitic replaced the injured Sergi Roberto midway through the first half and made the difference for Luis Enrique’s side in Borisov – scoring from two second-half Neymar passes to give Barca an away win after recent defeats on the road to Celta Vigo and Sevilla.
Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma match ended in an 8-goal thrillers at the Bay Arena.The hosts stormed into a 2-0 lead, before Roma turned the match on its head to lead 4-2 with just six minutes left.
However, after Kevin Kampl had curled a superb strike past Wojciech Szczesny in the Roma goal to put his side back in it, Medmedi popped up at the back post to complete the second comeback of the night ending in a 4-4 draw.
At the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, Olympiacos’ Brown Ideye scored a late goal to give the visitors a priceless 1-0 away win at Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League Group F.
Meanwhile, Chelsea remain outside of the top two of their Champions League group as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kyiv at the Olympic Stadium.
Jose Mourinho’s men struck the woodwork on two occasions, once either side of the interval, but failed to find the back of the net and sit third in Group G after three games – three points adrift of leaders Porto after their win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Porto kept up their unbeaten start to the Champions League group phase with an accomplished win, striking in the first half to secure a 2-0 victory at home.
Elsewhere at the Stadion Petrovskij, St. Petersburg, Hulk scored a stunning individual goal as Zenit beat Lyon 3-1 and moved to the brink of the Champions League knockout stages.
Finally, at the Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia beat a-stubborn Gent 2-1, with both teams scoring in the first half, before an own goal from Gent’s S. Mitrović 72 secured a 2-1 win for the host.
Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich
Valencia 2-1 Gent
Zenit 3-1 Lyon
BATE 0-2 Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 AS Roma
Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Olympiakos
Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea
Porto 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv