UEFA Champions League: 4-1 Victory Over Basel Gives Arsenal Top Spot

Sanchez Treble Helps Arsenal Sink West Ham 5-1Arsenal secured top spot on Tuesday in group a of the UEFA Champions League after beating Swiss side Basel 4-1.

Lucas Perez opened scoring for the visiting side in the 16th minute and doubled the goal few minutes before the end of the first half.

He scored his third at the 47th minute to make the home side’s hope of a comeback more difficult.

At the 53rd minute, Alex Iwobi caped the haul of goals for the Gunners before Seydou Doumbia got a consolation goal for the home side.

In the other Group A games French money bags, Paris Saint Germain, played a 2-2 draw with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgraad to relinquish top spot to the Gunners

Elsewhere, Italian side Napoli beat Benfica 2-1 away while Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev went goal crazy putting six goals past Besiktas.

Catalan giants, Barcelona, also beat Borrussia Moenchegladbach 4-0.

Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored for Manchester City against Celtic but the Scottish side held on for a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Bayern Munich got their pound of flesh against Atletico with a 1-nil victory in Munich while PSV Eindhoven and FC Rostov played a goalless draw.

Atletico Manager Admits Tactical Mistakes Against Rostov

Diego Simeone, Atletico, RostovAtletico Madrid Coach, Diego Simeone, has acknowledged that he made tactical mistakes on Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League match against FC Rostov.

Antoine Griezmann netted two goals to give the Spanish side a 2-1 win in Russia.

He had scored the brace in the 28th and 93rd minutes and Simeone was quick to praise his team for solving a complicated situation.

Atletico is leading Group D on 12 points with Bayern Munich as second on nine points.

This means both teams have qualified for the round of 16 of the European competition with two games to spare.

On the other hand, Rostov and PSV have a point each and would consequently compete for a place in the Europa League.

Barcelona Shatter Guardiola’s Hope Of Victory With Man City

Pep Guardiola, Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, ArsenalIn the face of three games without victory, Barcelona have yet again truncated Pep Guardiola’s hope of victory, as Manchester City lost to the Spaniards on Wednesday night.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi netted the opener for the Spanish giants in a much expected tough UEFA Champions League showdown at the Camp Nou.

Efforts by the English side to balance the scoreboard in the first half proved abortive, but led to David Silva and Fernandinho getting a yellow card apiece.

As City’s Claudio Bravo bagged a straight red card, Messi showed his former coach that he was ready for the face-off, as he netted a brace in the second half (making it a hat-trick for the football legend).

Despite Guardiola’s familiarity with the hosts, Barcelona took their stand to maintain their home unbeaten record in the Champions League since 2013, as the match ended 4 – 0 with Neymar’s late goal.

The former Barcelona player and coach took the helm of the Sky Blues last summer.

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique had expected a completely different Manchester City, now that the British side was being managed by Guardiola.

Pique believed his former coach had tried to make Manchester play in a similar way to the Spanish side.

Arsenal Shine

In England, Arsenal recorded huge success as they humbled Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad 6 – 0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners took the lead right from the first half with a brilliant goal each from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It was an all Arsenal affair, as the English side had another reason to celebrate with Mesut Ozil netting a hat-trick in the second half.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have finally broken the jinx of ‘no victory’ since their last three games in all competitions.

The German side recorded a 4 – 1 win while playing host to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

League One champions, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) also displayed a brilliant performance, defeating Basel 3 – 0 on the French soil.

Elsewhere, FC Rostov lost 0 – 1 to Atletico Madrid, Celtic lost 0 – 2 to Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dynamo Kyiv lost 0 – 2 to Benfica while Napoli lost 2 – 3 to Besiktas.

Teams Ready For UEFA Champions League Face-offs Tonight

UEFA Champions League
Barcelona, Manchester City

As football fans all over the world look forward to viewing Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League showdowns, various European clubs have been talking about their preparedness for the clashes.

Pep Guardiola’s formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering Manchester City side visit his former club, Barcelona in a much anticipated game.

Guardiola’s brilliant start in England, which saw him oversee 10 consecutive wins in all competitions, has given way to a run of three games without victory.

The former Barcelona player and coach took the helm of the Sky Blues last summer.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

The Catalans, however, are unbeaten at their home in the Champions League since 2013.

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique expects a completely different City, now that the British side is under Guardiola.

Pique believes his former coach has managed to make Manchester play in a similar way to the Spanish side.

Elsewhere, Ludogorets Razgrad manager, Georgi Dermendzhiev, says his side have learnt from their mistakes, as they prepare to take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

Ludogorets have been impressive so far in the campaign; drawing with Basel and leading French champions, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) last time out, before eventually succumbing to a 3-1 loss.

The Bulgarian side have won the domestic title five years in a row and have slowly built up experience of European soccer.

Coach Arsene Wenger, however, earlier warned the Gunners against their visitors’ experience and hopes his team would reflect the caution in the match.

Meanwhile, French midfielder, Francis Coquelin, is ready to fight for a place in the Arsenal squad ahead of the clash, after he was out with injury since September 24.

Arsenal midfielder, Francis Coquelin

For the Frenchman to get back in the team, he will have to beat competition from Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in a packed midfield.

On the flip side, Bayern Munich are hoping to return to winning ways in their match against PSV Eindhoven.

Bayern, who started the season well, have not had a win in their last three matches in all competitions.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti, however, says it is too early to talk of a ‘crisis’ in the team.

Carlo Ancelotti, Phillip Lahm
Manager Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern are second in Group D with three points while PSV are in fourth place with one point.

Other fixtures to look out for tonight are: PSG against Basel, Dynamo Kyiv versus Benfica, Napoli against Besiktas, Celtic versus Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Rostov hosting Atletico Madrid.

UCL: Barcelona, Bayern Harvest Goals As PSG, Arsenal Draw

Barcelona-MSNBarcelona and Bayern Munich went rampant with harvests of goals in front of their home fans on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League.

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick, a Luis Suarez brace and one goal each from Neymar and Andres Iniesta helped Barca defeat humiliate Celtic 7-0 at the Camp Nou.

Neymar also shipped in assists for four of the goals, becoming the first player to do so in a Champions League game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in November 2012 for PSG.

In Germany, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller and Juan Bernat added a goal each to Joshua Kimmich’s brace as Bayern also trashed FC Rostov 5-0.

It was a record 13th Champions League home win in succession for Bayern.

In France, it took a hard-fought comeback for Arsenal to salvage a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, as the home side missed several chances after going ahead.

Edinson Cavani headed the French side into the lead after only 42 seconds but missed several presentable opportunities to put the hosts further clear.

Arsenal had few sights of goal but Alexis Sanchez levelled matters with a powerful finish as time was running out.

Both sides finished with 10 men as Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were dismissed.

The Group C game between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed due to heavy rain at City’s Etihad Stadium.

All Tuesday night Results

Group A:
Basel 1-1 Ludogorets
PSG 1-1 Arsenal

Group B:
Benfica 1-1 Besiktas
Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Napoli

Group C:
Barcelona 7-0 Celtic
Man City v Gladbach (called off)

Group D:
Bayern Munich 5-0 Rostov
PSV 0-1 Atletico