Report: Wednesday’s Champions League round-up (28 Sep 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

Celtic proved stubborn for Man City in a six-goal thriller, while Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat under Carlo Ancelotti in Wednesday night Champions League group matches.

Pep’s Manchester City went into Wednesday night match against Celtic with a 100 per cent record. But that record came to an end when they shared the spoils with Celtic in a six-goal thriller that ended in 3-3 at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

However, Pep Guardiola remain unbeaten since he took over at Bewsick based club this season. Brendan Rodgers’ men opened the lead 3 minutes into the game through Moussa Dembélé, but Fernandinho restored parity for City few minutes later in the 11th minute.

An own goal from Raheem Sterling in minute twenty gave Celtic the lead for the second time, but Sterling made amends when he put City on level once again in the 28th minute.

Moussa Dembélé again struck in the 47th minutes to give Celtic the lead for the third time, but again Nolito completed the third come back for City scoring in the 55th minute.

In the other group C match, Barcelona came from behind to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 at Borussia-Park.

Thorgan Hazard gave the Germans the lead in the 34th minute, which they maintained until in the 65th minute when substitute Arda Turan brought the Catalans to level. Gerard Pique secured victory for Barca in 73rd minute.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid showed that they are a force to reckon with when they narrowly defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Vicente Caldreon. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored the only goal in the 35th minute. Antoine Griezmann later missed a penalty when he fired his shot to the crossbar after Arturo Vidal knocked over Filipe Luis.

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven had to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Rostov at Stadion Olimp 2, with Davy Pröpper and Luuk de Jong cancelling out a brace from Dmitry Poloz.

In group A matches, both Basel and Ludogorets failed to match Europe heavy weights Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain in their respective matches. Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over the Swiss at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Theo Walcott brace in the seventh and 26th minutes, with Alexis Sanchez getting both assists.

Paris Saint-Germain also shake-off a scare by coming from behind against Ludogorets in a 3-1 win at Stadion Vasil Levski. Blaise Matuidi goal just before halftime cancelled Natanael Pimienta 15th minute goal for Ludogorets, before Edinson Cavani struck twice in the 55th and 60th minutes to secure victory for the Parisians.

At the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul, Besiktas were unable to maintain their lead as they drew 1-1 with Dynamo Kiev. Ricardo Quaresma struck for the Turkish side in the 28th minute before Viktor Tsygankov secured a point for the Ukrainian side after 65 minutes.

Meanwhile, Portuguese outfit Benfica were humbled 4-2 by the Partenopei at the Stadio San Paolo in Napoli. Marek Hamšík opened the floodgate of goals after 20 minutes to give the Italians the lead at halftime.

After recession and ten minutes into the second half, Napoli poured in more goals scoring three goals in the space of seven minutes through Dries Merten brace (51), (58) and Arkadiusz Milik (54).

Benfica were able to pull two back through Goncalo Guedes and Salvio in the 70th and 86th minutes respectively, but that was not as it was too late for a come back.

Wednesday’s results:

Celtic 3-3 Manchester City

Gladbach 1-2 Barcelona

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern München

Rostov 2-2 PSV

Ludogorets 1-3 PSG

Arsenal 2-0 Basel

Bsiktas 1-1 Dynamo Kiev

Napoli 4-2 Benfica

By Prince Dulzy

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