Report: Wednesday’s Champions League round-up (19 Oct 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

Pep Guardiola returned to Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the Champions League Group C clash between Barcelona and Manchester City. It was a match billed as the continuation of a rivalry between himself and close friend Luis Enrique.

Manchester City seems to have started the game confidently and for the first fifteen minutes were controlling the game dominating pace and possessing lots of the ball. But a defensive error in the 17th minute gifted an unconvincing Barcelona with the opening goal when Lionel Messi one-on-one with Claudio Bravo dribbled past him to tap into an empty net. Fernandinho had slipped in the goal area leaving Messi with the ball and the goalkeeper had no chance of stopping Messi.

Another City error in the 69th minute error made it 3-0 as the otherwise impressive Gundogan passed absent-mindedly back towards his own goal, allowing Suarez to dash past Stones and lay a simple finish on a plate for Messi.

A horror display from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saw him receive a mindless red card in the 53rd minute when he deliberately handled Suarez’s shot outside the penalty area after failing to clear the ball from danger. Five minutes later Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s advantage with a fine low shot just from the edge of the area before completing his hat-trick in the 69th minute after another City error from Gundogan who absent-mindedly passed back towards his own goal, allowing Suarez to dash past Stones and lay a simple finish on a plate for Messi. Neymar having missed a penalty made amends in 90th minute with the fourth goal of the night. 4-0 for Barca at Camp Nou, a bad return for Pep.

In the other group C match, Celtic welcomed Borussia M’gladbach to the Celtic Park in Glasgow with the first half ending in a goalless draw. The home side relaxed in the second half for M’gladbach to score two goals in minutes 57 and 77 through Lars Stindl and André Hahn respectively.

Elsewhere, Rostov playing home at the Stadion Olimp 2 in Wednesday Champion league Group D match against Atletico Madrid fought extremely hard but were still unable to stop the Spanish from scoring the only goal of the match in minute 62 through Yannick Carrasco.

Bayern Munich unleashed their anger on PSV beating them 4-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. Thomas Muller put Bayern in the lead after 13 minutes before Joshua Kimmich doubled the lead for the Bavarians in 21st minute. Luciano Narsingh pulled one back for PSV before halftime in minute 41. Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich the double advantage once again in the 59th minute, before Arjen Robben scored the fourth with six minutes left to play.

In Group B, Besiktas shocked Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. Adriano Correia opened the scoring for the visitors in the 12th minute, but Napoli responded with the equalizer in the 30th minute through Dries Mertens.

Vincent Paté Aboubakar put the Turkish in the lead once more in the 38th minute after intercepting a poor back pass from Jorginho, but again Napoli drew level in minute 69 through Manolo Gabbiadini. Napoli had the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty, only for Lorenzo Insigne to miss it. The match seemed to be heading to a draw until Vincent Paté Aboubakar scored the winner for Besiktas in the 86th minute to bring San Paolo to a stand still.

Elsewhere, Dynamo were thrashed 2-0 at home by Benfica at the NSK Olimpijs’kyj Stadium. Eduardo Salvio (9) and Franco Cervi (55) scored the goals for the Portuguese Champions.

In Group A, PSG convincingly beat FC Basel 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Parc des Princes to edge closer to progression to the Champions League last 16. Angel Di Maria fired the Parisians to the lead in the 40th minute and that was his first goal of the season. A mistake from Marek Suchy saw Lucas Moura make it 2-0 for PSG in the 62nd minute, before Edinson Cavani scored a late penalty to make it 3-0.

Elsewhere, Arsenal run riot against Ludogorets beating them 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday. Mesut Ozil was in devastating form in front of goal scoring a hat-trick for the Gunners. Sanchez opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a fine lob, before in-form Theo Walcott added the second before half-time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain struck in the 46th minute to kill off any remaining Ludogorets hope, and it was plain sailing from that point onwards. Ozil scored first of his three goals in minute 10 to make it four for Arsenal, with two further efforts from the German in the final 10 minutes of normal time in 83rd and 87th to complete his hat-trick and the rout for the Arsenal.


Wednesday’s results:

Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets

Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 FC Basel

Napoli 2-3 Besiktas

Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Benfica

Celtic 0-2 Borussia M’gladbach

Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City

Rostov 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Bayern Munich 4-1 PSV


By Prince Dulzy

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