Report: Wednesday’s Champions League round-up (14 Sep 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

Wednesday night games couldn’t produce much goals like yesterday, but at least Manchester City light-up the Etihad Stadium when they thumped Glabach 4-0 to secure the first win for Pep Guardiola.

The match was initial scheduled to kick-off on Tuesday night, but was rescheduled to Wednesday due to bad weather. Sergio Aguero opened the scoreline in the 8th minute tapping in a close range cross from Aleksandar Kolarov.

Aguero went on to score his second in the 28th minute through a penalty and then completed his hat-trick with still fifteen minutes to play. Kelechi Iheanacho added a fourth in stoppage time to wrap things up as Manchester City hammered Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

At the Bay Arena, Bayer Leverkusen failed to maintain their two goal lead as CSKA Moskva score twice in the first half to draw level with the host. Mehmedi score in 9 minutes for the home team before Calhanoglu added the second 6 minutes later to put Leverkusen in a good position.

But CSKA produced some 3 minutes wonders to cancel Leverkusen’s goals in the 36th and 38th minute when Dzagoev and Eremenko scored for the visitors to deny the home team all the maximum three points.

In the other Group E match, Tottenham welcomed AS Monaco to the Wembley Stadium, but within the space of 15 minutes they were trailing the visitors by a goal through Bernardo Silva who dazzled past two Spur’s defenders to shot into the back of the net with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris having no chance.

Fifteen minutes later Thomas Lemar added the second goal when shambolic display by Tottenham defenders gifted him a close range ball right in front of the goalkeeper and obviously he couldn’t miss from there.

Tottenham looked to have come back into the game when Toby Alderweireld scored on the stroke of half-time, but the Principality outfit held on for a precious 2-1 victory at the Wembley Stadium.

Elsewhere, defending champions Real Madrid had Ronaldo and Morata to thank as they score two late goals to give Los Blancos the win over stubborn Sporting CP at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sporting Lisbon fought very hard in the first half which ended goalless and continued with their rhythm in the second half to hand Real Madrid a scare when they took the lead two minutes into the second half through Bruno César.

But Los Blancos hit back in dramatic fashion with two very late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (89′) and Alvaro Morata (90′) securing the comeback win.

Visitors Borussia Dortmund ran rampant over Legia Warsaw as they put six unanswered goals past them at the Pepsi Arena. There were six different goal-scorers for BVB with Mario Gotze (7′) breaking the deadlock before Sokratis Papastathopoulos (15′), Marc Bartra (17′), Raphael Guerreiro (51′), Gonzalo Castro (76′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (87′) all got in on the act.

Meanwhile, reigning England Champions kicked off their debut champions league campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel stadion. The Foxes got an early goal in sixth-minute through Marc Albrighton, who becomes the first player to score for Leicester in the Champions League.

Riyad Mahrez scored a superb free-kick in the 29th to give Leicester a double advantage and then added his second of the night, third for Leicester through a penalty in the 60th minute to cap off a fine performance from Claudio Ranieri’s side.

FC Porto and FC Copenhagen shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Estádio Do Dragão. The home side score first in the 13th miunte through Otavinho, before  Cornelius equalized for the visitors in the 52nd minute.

Lyon produced a master class performance to down Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Goals from Corentin Tolisso (13′), Jordan Ferri (49′) and Maxwel Cornet (57′) ensured that Lyon made a winning start in the Champions League group stages.

The final match which concluded matchday one in the Champions League group stages was between Juventus and Sevilla. Both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils after their clash in Turin ended goalless.

Wednesday’s results:

Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSKA Moscow

Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting CP

Legia Warsaw 0-6 Borussia Dortmund

Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester City

FC Porto 1-1 FC Copenhagen

Lyon 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Juventus 0-0 Sevilla

By Prince Dulzy

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