Report: UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 – (Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015)

By Prince Dulzy

In the Champions League matchday 4, Arsenal were humiliated 5-1 by the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena to leave the Gunners on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.

Arsenal ended Bayern’s 12-match winning run with a 2-0 triumph at Emirates Stadium two weeks ago, but there was little prospect of a repeat from the moment Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

Mesut Ozil had a close-range effort ruled out for handball before Pep Guardiola’s team established total dominance of the match.

At the bridge, Willian scored a brilliant late free-kick to give Chelsea a much-needed 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, and earn under-fire Jose Mourinho some breathing space.

Aleksandar Dragovic had diverted the Brazilian’s cross into his own net late in the first half, but the Ukrainian side made it a nervous second period for the hosts, and they looked to have grabbed a shock point when the defender atoned for his own goal by netting a late equaliser.

Elsewhere, A penalty from Sven Kums secured Gent’s first-ever win in the Champions League, as they defeated a disappointing Valencia 1-0 at Ghelamco Arena.

Meanwhile, Portuguese giants FC Porto turned on the style with a classy 3-1 victory at Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday that left them on the brink of the Champions League knockout stages.

The visitors deservedly led at the end of a dominant first half in the Group G encounter at the Sammy Ofer Stadium with on-loan Barcelona winger Cristian Tello squeezing home the opener in the 19th minute.

At the Karaiskakis Stadium, Felipe Pardo’s second-half double earned Olympiacos a 2-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb and sent the Greek side six points clear of Arsenal in Group F.

Zagreb looked set to pull off a shock when Armin Hodzic crashed in a first-half header to give the visitors the lead at Karaiskakis Stadium before Kostas Fortounis had a second-half penalty saved.

While Artyom Dzyuba stole the show as Zenit moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Lyon, where both sides had a man sent off.

Dzyuba, who also scored in the reverse fixture, hit both goals at Stade Gerland on Wednesday to ensure the Russians maintained their 100 per cent record in Group H, which is propped up by winless Lyon.

Elsewhere, Miralem Pjanic earned Roma a crucial 3-2 win over 10-man Bayer Leverkusen in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter at the Stadio Olimpico by converting a penalty with 10 minutes to go.

Having led 2-0 at the break through Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko, Roma were pegged back early in the second half by quickfire strikes from Admir Mehmedi and Javier Hernandez.

But as the matched headed towards a draw which would have done little for Roma’s hopes of progressing from Group E, an almighty goalmouth scramble led to Omer Toprak shoving Salah as the Egyptian prepared to score.

While Luis Suarez scored either side of a Neymar double as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 Champions League victory over BATE at Camp Nou.

The Barca duo have now scored 18 of the club’s last 21 goals in all competitions, but with Roma defeating Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in Group E’s other match they must wait to book a place in the last 16.

Wednesday 4/11/2015

Full-time scores:

Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal

Gent 1-0 Valencia

Lyon 0-2 Zenit

Barcelona 3-1 BATE

AS Roma 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Olympiakos 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Chelsea 2-1 Dynamo Kyiv

Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-3 Porto