The third round of matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage has seen clubs begin to state their case for entry into the knockout rounds.
We take a look at the competition’s action from around Europe this week.
SPORTING CP 1 / BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2 – ESTADIO JOSE ALVALADE
Borussia Dortmund kept pace with Real Madrid and now sit atop Group F on goal differential after a 2-1 victory at Sporting CP on Tuesday.
Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Wiegl were the difference as Dortmund found a win for the first time since a league victory on September 23rd.
Manger Thomas Tuchel saw his Dortmund side come out with great pace and pressed the opposition well in the first half, leading to a 2-0 halftime lead.
But a clever free-kick routine finished off by Bruno Cesar in the 67th minute brought the home crowd to life. A fine defensive performance late in the match sealed the three points for the visitors.
Dortmund and Sporting prepare for the reverse fixture on November 2nd at the Westfalenstadion.
REAL MADRID CF 5 / LEGIA WARSAW 1 – THE SANTIAGO BERNABEU
Real Madrid stay level with Borussia Dortmund in Group F on seven points each after a 5-1 home victory over Legia Warsaw on Tuesday evening.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Real in the 16th minute and an unfortunate own-goal led to a difficult 2-0 deficit for the visitors. A foul in the penalty area from Danilo gave Legia Warsaw a chance after the successful spot kick made the score 2-1.
But moving ahead, goals from Marco Asensio (37’), Lucas Vazquez (68’) and Alvaro Morata (85’) put the match firmly in Real Madrid’s control.
Los Galacticos and manager Zinedine Zidane will now travel to Poland to face Legia Warsaw again on November 2nd.
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 0 / JUVENTUS 1 – STADE DES LUMIERES
A masterclass performance from Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon in goal and a late strike from substitute Juan Cuadrado were enough for Juventus to defeat Lyon 1-0 on Tuesday. The result puts the Bianconeri at the top of Group H, level with Spanish side Sevilla on seven points.
Buffon made several key stops, including an incredible save on a penalty kick from Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in the first half.
Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina was sent off in the second half, but Cuadrado’s sensational run and finish brought the visitors all three points in the 76th minute.
Juventus have won their last six matches across all competitions and will host Lyon in Turin on November 2nd.
BARCELONA 4 / MANCHESTER CITY FC 0 – CAMP NOU
The match was balanced early on, with Messi eventually scoring his first in the 17th minute. Injuries to Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique saw Barcelona manager Luis Enrique go to his bench early on.
But a second-half red card to City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo unraveled the visitors, as Messi scored two goals and Neymar added one just before the final whistle.
The two clubs will meet again on November 1st at the Etihad Stadium.
BAYERN MUNICH 4 / PSV EINDHOVEN 1 – ALLIANZ ARENA
Bayern Munich secured a 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven Wednesday night to create a major gap in Group D. Bayern and manager Carlo Ancelotti sit second in the group, five points clear of third place and are three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
First-half scores from Thomas Muller (13’) and Joshua Kimmich (21’) gave the hosts a comfortable lead. PSV found a goal just before halftime to make it 2-1, but Bayern’s attack pulled away in the end.
Second-half strikes from Robert Lewandowski (59’) and Arjen Robben (84’) sealed an important win for the defending Bundesliga champions.
Bayern Munich will travel to the Netherlands to meet PSV Eindhoven on November 1st.
SCORES FROM AROUND THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18TH
CSKA MOSCOW 1 / AS MONACO 1
BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0 / TOTTENHAM 0
CLUB BRUGGE 1 / FC PORTO 2
DINAMO ZAGREB 0 / SEVILLA 1
LEICESTER CITY 1 / FC COPENHAGEN 0
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19TH
CELTIC 0 / BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH 2
FC ROSTOV 0 / ATLETICO MADRID 1
ARSENAL 6 / LUDOGORETS RAZGRAD 0
DYNAMO KYIV 0 / SL BENFICA 2
NAPOLI 2 / BESIKTAS 3
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 3 / FC BASEL 0
Roy Emanuel, TFN Deputy Editor and US Correspondent on 21/10/2016 at 01:25
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