On Tuesday it was all about goals, goals, goals in the UEFA Champions League as 40 arrived for an average of five per game. Wowza!
[RECAP: Re-live the UCL action]
Massive wins for Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk stood out, plus Manchester City let a 2-0 lead slip away at CSKA Moscow as their European woes continues.
We are at the halfway point in Groups E-H, and here’s a brief recap on all eight UCL matches as the groups are starting to take shape.
CSKA Moscow 2-2 Manchester City – RECAP
City raced into an early 2-0 lead in Russia with goals from Sergio Aguero and James Milner before half time putting them in a commanding position. However a late collapse saw Seydou Doumbia pull one back, then Bebras Natchos equalized from the penalty spot with five minutes to go. City is without a win in UCL play this season and are starring at yet another group stage exit.
Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich – RECAP
Bayern blitzed Roma, as Pep Guardiola’s team taught the Italians a lesson. Arjen Robben scored twice, with Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller putting five on the board without reply in the first half. Gervinho pulled one back for Roma in the second half but Xherdan Shaqiri and Franck Ribery added one each as Bayern are top of Group E with three wins from three. Simply stunning win.
APOEL Nicosia 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Laurent Blanc’s men left it late, but Edinson Cavani’s 87th minute goal gave Les Parisiens all three points in Cyprus. Tiny APOEL deserved better, but PSG remain top on seven points.
Barcelona 3-1 Ajax
Neymar and Lionel Messi both scored in the first half as Barca bounced back from their defeat to PSG last time out. El Ghazi scored for the Dutch champions in the second half to give them hope but Ramirez added a late goal for Barcelona, who are now second in Group F with six points.
Chelsea 6-0 Maribor – RECAP
The Blues cruised to a home win over Slovenian outfit Maribor, with goals from Loic Remy, John Terry and Didier Drogba putting them 3-0 up at half time. In the second half Viler scored an own goal, Eden Hazard notched two more late on, as Chelsea are top of Group G and remain unbeaten on seven points.
Schalke 4-3 Sporting Lisbon
What a game in Gelsenkirchen! Nani put the visitors ahead, but Obasi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Benedikt Howedes replied for Schalke to make it 3-1. Sporting weren’t done, as Perruchet Silva bagged two goals in the second half and it looked like it would be a draw until the final minute when substitute Choupo-Moting scored a penalty. Huge win for Schalke who have five points and are still unbeaten.
BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar battered BATE in Belarus, scoring six goals in the first half as Adriano scored five, plus goals from Teixeira and Costa put the Ukrainians on their way to a first win in Group H. Incredible win for the Ukrainian champions who remain unbeaten.
FC Porto 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
Mexican international Hector Herrera scored the opener for Porto in the first half but Guillermo equalized for Bilbao in an Iberian battle in the Estadio do Dragao. Ricardo Quaresma scored the winner for Porto, as the Portuguese team stay top of Group H and are unbeaten with two wins from three.