Champions League Round Up: Matchday 2 | Sportzwiki

Champions League Round Up: Matchday 2

Here’s a Round up of all the Champions League matches of Matchday 2 from 1st October, 2014 – 

Group C:

FC Zenit 0-0 AS Monaco FC

FC Zenit held out in the first half and then came close in the second as they drew 0-0 with fellow UEFA Champions League Group C matchday one winners AS Monaco FC.

Monaco, who defeated German side Bayer Leverkusen on matchday one did came close number of times but failed to capitalize. Dimitar Berbatov forced a third-minute save from Yuri Lodygin. Lucas Ocampos headed a João Moutinho free-kick wide, and Monaco were causing threats in all areas. They seemed to be more threatning than the home side but Zenit’s compact and organize defense didn’t left any space for the French side.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 SL Benfica

Leverkusen opens their account with an impressive 3-1 victory at home to SL Benfica. Ex German international Stefan KiesslingSon Heung-Min and Hakan Çalhanoğlu scored for the home side.

Jorge Jesus’s man was not able to break Leverkusen’s defense until Argentine Eduardo Salvio scored past Bernd Leno just after Calhanoglu’s open goal miss for Leverkusen. But Leverkusen quickly restored their two-goal advantage as Kiessling went down in the box under the challenge of Jardel. Çalhanoğlu redeemed himself for his earlier wastefulness with a cool penalty into the corner.

Group D:

Arsenal FC 4-1 Galatasaray 

Danny Welbeck scores his first career hattrick as 10 men Gunners thumped Turkish side Galatasaray 4-1. Arsene Wenger celebrated his 18th year at helm for Arsenal with this vital win.

Arsenal were 3-0 up by half-time with Welbeck striking in the 22nd and 30th minutes before Alexis Sánchez added a third four minutes before the interval. Welbeck completed his hattrick seven minutes after the restart and though Burak Yılmaz pulled one back from the penalty spot for the visitors following Szczesny’s dismissal, the result was already in Arsenal’s favour.

Anderlecht 0-3 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund showed once again that UEFA Champions League nights bring out the best in them as they set aside their domestic troubles to beat Belgian side Anderlecht 3-0 and move three points clear in Group D.

Ciro Immobile continues his sublime form with a goal just inside 3 minutes. The visitors were quicker of thought and feet, yet were made to wait for the comfort of a second goal, substitute Adrián Ramos ending a brief spell of Anderlecht pressure and then claiming a second for good measure.

Dortmund sits on top of Group D with two perfect wins.

Group A:

Malmö  2-0 Olympiacos 

Markus Rosenberg scored twice as Sweden’s champions saw off Míchel’s side to earn the club’s first UEFA Champions League points.
The local boy returned to the Allsvenskan champions after nine years away in Europe and quickly proved inspirational in helping his club through qualification. The fairy tale continued as the Greek team were seen off by a goal in each half from the 32-year-old.
Olympiacos who surprised everyone by defeating last year’s runner up Atletico Madrid 3-2 on matchday one failed to capitalize a single goal though they attempted 6 times on target.

Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Juventus

A solitary goal from Arda Turan helped Club Atlético de Madrid bounce back from their matchday one loss and take three points against Juventus in UEFA Champions League Group A.

This was the first time the Spanish and Italian champions had met in a competitive fixture, but neither team were able to gain the upper hand in a quiet first half. Juventus dominated possession in the early exchanges, winning their physical battles and keeping the ball well without ever really troubling the Atlético back line.

The visitors might have snatched the lead, only Tiago’s last-ditch block denying Carlos Tévez, and that was to prove pivotal moments later. Arda met Juanfran’s cross at the back post to poke the ball past Buffon and inflict Juve’s first reverse of the campaign, leaving Group A too tight to call after two rounds of matches.

Group B:

FC Basel 1893 1-0 Liverpool FC

A goal seven minutes into the second half from Marco Streller earned Basel’s first Group B points and consigned Liverpool to defeat.
Streller struck seven minutes after the break as Paulo Sousa’s men consigned their 5-1 Group B-opening defeat at Real Madrid CF to distant, if still painful, memory. With a fitful display in Switzerland, Liverpool met a similar fate to Chelsea FC in Basel last season, and now face the European champions home and away with their group stage ambitions in the balance.
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1-2 Real Madrid CF
Substitute Karim Benzema struck 13 minutes from time as Madrid came from behind to win on a mixed evening for Cristiano Ronaldo.
With a spectacular first half, Marcelinho headed the Bulgarian champions into a sixth-minute lead to the delight of the majority of a full house in Sofia. When Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty saved, it briefly looked like being their night but Madrid’s No. 7 did not pass up a second opportunity. The defending champions were in the ascendancy from then on, but had to wait until 13 minutes from time for substitute Karim Benzema to put them ahead.

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