Champions League at half: City-Barca level, Clever Griezmann (video)

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Manchester City vs. Barcelona, Round 2, is living up to the hype, while Arsenal is receiving a surprising battle in Bulgaria and Antoine Griezmann has shown instincts and elasticity for Atleti.

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Ludogorets Razgrad 2-2 Arsenal

There’s an upset brewing in Bulgaria, where Cafu (not that one) and Claudiu Keseru (perhaps the only one) scored before the match was 15 minutes old.

Granit Xhaka pulled one back for the visitors before Olivier Giroud headed an equalizer home for Arsenal, which is hoping to clinch a knockout round spot and stay on pace with PSG for Group A’s top spot.

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Rostov

A wonderful Antoine Griezmann goal (below) has been canceled out by Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun.

Manchester City 1-1 Barcelona

Neymar found Lionel Messi for an opener moments at the Etihad Stadium moments after Manchester City was baffled by a non-call against the visitors.

City probably should’ve had the chance to go ahead from the spot after Raheem Sterling hit the deck inside the 18, but Sterling saw yellow. In our opinion, it was a penalty but the referee probably saw Sterling’s ridiculous embellishment and figured it told the whole story. Play honest, kids.

Ilkay Gundogan would equalize for City after a gaffe at the back for Barcelona, as Aguero found Sterling and the English striker played a striding Gundogan at the back post. 1-1. Fernandinho nearly found Aguero for a go-ahead goal in the 41st minute.

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