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AC Milan 1 : 1 Barcelona - Messi makes his point

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Lionel Messi scored on his starting return to Barcelona's line-up in the 1-1 draw against AC Milan at San Siro. Messi has been sidelined by injury - which forced him to miss Argentina's World Cup qualifiers last week - but was needed to claim a point after a defensive howler gifted Milan the lead. Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique were at fault to allow Robinho to combine with Kaka before put...Full Story »

Celtic 2 : 1 Ajax - Hoops get the win they need

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Celtic's Champions League Group H campaign got up and running at the third time of asking after their 2-1 win over Ajax at Parkhead. A rather tame first 45 minutes ended in drama when James Forrest scored from the spot with two minutes remaining after Ajax defender Stefano Denswil had clattered Hoops striker Anthony Stokes. Midfielder Beram Kayal scored a second in the 54th minute with a defle...Full Story »

Austria Wien 0 : 3 Atletico Madrid - Diego Costa at the double

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid maintained their perfect record in Champions League Group G with victory over Austria Vienna. Costa, the Brazil-born striker who is being courted by Spain, netted in each half of the 3-0 success, which was kick-started by Raul Garcia's 20th-minute opener. While Diego Simeone's side now have a maximum of nine points, the hosts are struggling with just...Full Story »

FC Porto 0 : 1 Zenit St Petersburg - Kerzhakov leaves it late

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Alexander Kerzhakov scored the winner with just four minutes remaining as Zenit St Petersburg overcame 10-man Porto 1-0 in UEFA Champions League Group G. Hector Herrera was sent off after just six minutes but the home side refused to back down and had the better of a cagey first half. But in the 86th minute the impressive Hulk crossed for Kerzhakov to score and fire Zenit into second place in ...Full Story »

Arsenal 1 : 2 Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal brought down to earth

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Robert Lewandowski brought Arsenal down to earth with a late winner as Borussia Dortmund recorded a 2-1 victory in Tuesday night's Champions League Group F clash at the Emirates Stadium. The Barclays Premier League leaders had done well to fight back from going behind to on 16 minutes when Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled the ball in after Aaron Ramsey had given away possession on the edge of his own...Full Story »

Schalke 0 : 3 Chelsea - Torres at the double for Blues

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

A Fernando Torres double saw Chelsea seize control of Champions League Group E with a 3-0 victory over Schalke at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Chelsea were playing on German turf for the first time since winning the 2012 European Cup in Munich and, as then, for large parts of the game had to absorb the pressure applied by their German opponents. On his 100th Chelsea start Torres netted ...Full Story »

Steaua 1 : 1 Basle - Basle held by Steaua

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Basle suffered a blow in their bid to qualify from the Champions League group stages as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in Bucharest. The Swiss side were poised to go level at the top of Group E with both Chelsea and Schalke when Marcelo Diaz scored three minutes after half-time. But Murat Yakin's men were unable to build on the Chilean's goal and with two minutes left Leandro Tatu ea...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad preview - Arrasate not fooled by Reds run

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Real Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate expects his side to come up against the "real" Manchester United in Wednesday night's Champions League Group A clash at Old Trafford. United head into the contest against the Spanish outfit off the back of Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Southampton, which left the Barclays Premier League champions with a total of just 11 points from their opening eight top-fli...Full Story »

Anderlecht vs Paris Saint Germain preview - Blanc keen to keep PSG on track

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc is treating Anderlecht with due deference as the in-form French champions meet their struggling Belgian counterparts in the Champions League. The cash-rich Parisian club approach the Group C game in Brussels as unopposed Ligue 1 leaders having beaten Bastia 4-0 at the weekend, while Anderlecht are struggling for domestic consistency and sit fifth in the Jupi...Full Story »

SL Benfica vs Olympiakos Piraeus preview - Matic keen to avoid Greek tragedy

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PA

Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has stressed the importance of returning to winning ways in the Champions League when they host Olympiacos on Wednesday night. The Portuguese club won their Group C opener against Anderlecht but lost 3-0 at Paris St Germain last time out. Benfica are level with Olympiacos on three points but the Greeks have a superior goal difference. With PSG current favourit...Full Story »

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