UEFA Champions League 2016/17 – Matchweek Two Review

The second round of fixtures in the UEFA Champions League group stage provided much excitement, as crucial points were earned by clubs in the early stages of the competition.

With teams returning to domestic league action on the weekend, we highlight some of the best matches from around Europe.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2 / REAL MADRID CF 2 – WESTFALENSTADION

Tuesday evening featured one of the key matches in Group F, as Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund played to an exciting 2-2 draw.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the contest tied 1-1 at halftime, with Los Galacticos grabbing the lead in the 68th minute.

Defender Raphael Varane put away the rebound off a strike from Karim Benzema and the visitors seemed on their way to a victory.

But an incredible sequence saw Andre Schurrle level the match in the 87th minute to leave the two clubs tied atop the group with four points each.

LEICESTER CITY 1 / FC PORTO 0 – KING POWER STADIUM

The Foxes have won their first two matches in the Champions League, as a goal from Islam Slimani and a strong defensive performance were enough for a 1-0 victory over FC Porto on Tuesday.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was in fine form, as he has helped the club to consecutive clean sheets in the competition.

The defending Premier League champions are now atop Group G with six points.

CELTIC 3 / MANCHESTER CITY 3 – CELTIC PARK

One of the most entertaining matches of the season saw Celtic and Manchester City play to a 3-3 draw in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Celtic took the lead on three separate occasions, and a brace from Moussa Dembele helped the Bhoys to a well-earned point in Group C.

Manchester City and manager Pep Guardiola saw a side that came out determined and disciplined.

City now prepares for a massive encounter with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on October 19th, as Guardiola returns to Catalonia with his new squad.

ARSENAL 2 / FC BASEL 0 – EMIRATES STADIUM

Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez stole the show in North London on Wednesday evening, as they lead Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over FC Basel in Group A.

Walcott scored both goals, while Sanchez assisted on each as well. Santi Cazorla turned in a strong performance in the midfield with accurate passing throughout.

Arsenal are now tied atop the group with Paris Saint-Germain on four points each.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH 1 / BARCELONA 2 – BORUSSIA-PARK

Despite over sixty percent of the possession in the match, Barcelona and manager Luis Enrique needed a second-half comeback to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 on Wednesday.

An excellent counterattack finished off by Thorgan Hazard in the 34th minute gave the hosts a 1-0 halftime advantage.

But the Barcelona attack kept the pressure on, as goals from Arda Turan and Gerard Pique now have the club first in Group C with six points.

The Blaugrana eagerly await the arrival of Manchester City and former manager Pep Guardiola on October 19th.

SCORES FROM AROUND THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH

SEVILLA 1 / LYON 0

CSKA MOSCOW / TOTTENHAM 1

AS MONACO 1 / BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1

SPORTING CP 2 / LEGIA WARSAW 0

DINAMO ZAGREB 0 / JUVENTUS 4

FC COPENHAGEN 4 / CLUB BRUGGE 0

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH

FC ROSTOV 2 / PSV EINDHOVEN 2

BESIKTAS 1 / DYNAMO KYIV 1

LUDOGORETS RAZGRAD 1 / PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 3

NAPOLI 4 / BENFICA 2

ATLETICO MADRID 1 / BAYERN MUNICH 0


Roy Emanuel, TFN Deputy Editor and US Correspondent on 30/09/2016 at 19:20

Follow Roy on Twitter @roy13a

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