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Galatasaray 0 : 2 Sporting Braga - Turkish delight for Braga

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Braga produced an away smash-and-grab of their own to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a rare 2-0 win at Galatasaray. Braga were on the wrong end of an opening-day shock when they were humbled 2-0 by CFR Cluj at home a fortnight ago but it was the Portuguese side who played the spoiler's role. After Ruben Micael stabbed in a 27th-minute opener Braga soaked up the home pressure a...Full Story »

SL Benfica 0 : 2 Barcelona - Puyol injury mars 10-man Barca win

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Barcelona kept their perfect start to the season going with a 2-0 win at Benfica thanks to goals either side of half-time by Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas. Sanchez was on hand to turn in Lionel Messi's cross after just six minutes and despite a few scares from an attack-minded Benfica they sealed the three points 10 minutes into the second period when Messi again set up Fabregas to rifle in ...Full Story »

BATE Borisov 3 : 1 Bayern Munich - BATE shock Munich

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

BATE Borisov claimed one of the biggest scalps in their history after stunning in-form Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Dinamo Stadion to open up a three-point lead at the top of Champions League Group F. Goals Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarusian champions in charge and although Bayern pulled one back in stoppage time through Franck Ribery, BATE added a third through Renan Bressan t...Full Story »

Juventus 1 : 1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Juve held by Ukrainians

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Juventus could not deliver a first Champions League victory at their new stadium but the Bianconeri might count themselves lucky to have salvaged a 1-1 draw against a spirited Shakhtar Donetsk. The Juventus Stadium hosted its first European fixture since opening last summer - despite 10,000 tickets going unsold for the game - but it took a thunderbolt from defender Leonardo Bonucci to guarantee...Full Story »

FC Nordsjaelland 0 : 4 Chelsea FC - Mata brace as champions cruise

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

In the end it was a walk in the Parken as Chelsea scored three times in the final 11 minutes to get their Champions League defence up and running in earnest with a 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland. Juan Mata continued his amazing recent form with his third goal in three games but it took a superb free-kick from David Luiz to open the floodgates as Mata and Ramires sent the European champions top of G...Full Story »

CFR Cluj 1 : 2 Manchester United - Van Persie brace earns United win

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Manchester United were again forced to do it the hard way before Robin van Persie's double over Cluj extended their winning start to this season's Champions League following a 2-1 victory. Named in the same team as Van Persie for the first time, Wayne Rooney created both. The winner, four minutes after the break, was simply sensational as the 29-year-old took his tally to six for his new club....Full Story »

Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid preview - Benzema not taking Ajax lightly

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has refused to underestimate Wednesday's Champions League Group D opponents Ajax despite his side's excellent recent record against them. Jose Mourinho's side have been drawn to face the Dutch giants for a third consecutive year in the competition and have every reason to be confident having triumphed in all four matches from the previous two years. A 3-0 win ...Full Story »

Spartak Moscow 2 : 3 Celtic - Samaras stuns Spartak

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Georgios Samaras' last-gasp header gave Celtic a dramatic 3-2 Champions League Group G victory over 10-man Spartak Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium. Neil Lennon's men recorded a first away win in the group stages of the Champions League for the Parkhead club. Celtic striker Gary Hooper gave visitors the lead in the 12th minute before Emmanuel Emenike netted twice for the Russian club, once eithe...Full Story »

Schalke 04 vs Montpellier preview - Schalke look to seize initiative

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

With a double-header against group favourites Arsenal on the horizon, Schalke are hoping steal a march on the other teams in their pool with a victory over Montpellier at the Arena AufSchalke. The Royal Blues started their European campaign with a 2-1 win over Olympiacos a fortnight ago, and another victory on Wednesday night would set them up nicely for the two matches against the Gunners - wh...Full Story »

Anderlecht vs Malaga preview - Weligton: We're not favourites

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Malaga defender Weligton does not see his side as favourites heading into Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Anderlecht, despite their flying start to the season. The Spanish outfit make the trip to Belgium unbeaten in their nine competitive matches so far this campaign, a record that includes six victories and only two goals conceded. On Saturday they thumped Real Betis 4-0 in La L...Full Story »

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