Chelsea, Marseille, APOEL and Barcelona lead their groups at the end of matchday 2 in the Champions League. The best result of the day belongs to Barcelona, whose 5-0 drubbing of BATE Borisov in Belarus marks the difference between the teams - and we have to remember most of Barça's stars are home-grown - an example in sports management.
Today the teams in Groups EFGH played the second game. Matchday 2b is the end of the second round of the Champions League, in which the champions and best-placed teams of the strongest European Leagues take part in this millionaire competition. Matchday 2a covered groups ABCD on September 27.
Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead in Valencia on 56' but Soldado equalised for the home side on 87' (penalty). Bender (30') and Ballack (90+1) saw off Genk in Germany.
Valencia CF 1 Chelsea FC 1
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 KRC Genk 0
Chelsea FC (England) 2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany) 0
KRC Genk (Belgium) 0 Valência CF (Spain) 0
Chelsea FC 4 points - 3 goals for - 1 against
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3 - 2 - 2
Valencia CF 2 - 1 - 1
KRC Genk 1 - 0 - 2
A. Ayew scored twice for Marseille (20', 69', pen.) against Dortmund's no-reply; Arsenal went two up against Olympiakos (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 8' and André Santos, 20'). Fuster got one back for the Greeks on 27' and the score remained the same.
Olympique de Marseille 3 Borussia Dortmund 0
Arsenal FC 2 Olympiakos FC 1
Olympiakos FC (Greece) 0 Olympique de Marseille (France) 1
Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 1 Arsenal FC (England) 1
Olympique de Marseille 6 - 4 - 0
Arsenal FC 4 - 3 - 2
Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 - 4
Olympiakos FC 0 - 1 - 2
FC Porto started well in St. Petersburg - James Rodriguez gave the visitors the lead after ten minutes, but Zenit came back through Shirokov (20'and 63') and ex- Porto strike Danny (72'). Shakhtar and APOEL drew one apiece, Trickovski scoring for the visitors on 61' and Jadson equalising for the home team three minutes later.
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 3 FC Porto 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1 APOEL FC 1
FC Porto (Portugal) 2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 1
APOEL FC (Cyprus) 2 FC Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) 1
APOEL FC 4 - 3 - 2
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 3 - 4 - 3
FC Porto 3 - 3 - 4
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1 - 2 - 3
Barça thrashed BATE in Belarus, the goals coming from Volodko (own goal, 19') then P. Rodriquez, 22' and Messi on 38'. After the break, Messi got his second (56') and Villa wrapped it up on 90'. For AC Milan, Ibrahimovic scored from a penalty on 53' and Cassano got the second on 66'.
AC Milan 2 FC Viktoria Plzen 0
FC BATE Borisov 0 FC Barcelona 5
FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 AC Milan (Italy) 2
FC Viktoria Plsen (Czech Republic) 1 FC BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1
FC Barcelona 4 - 7 - 2
AC Milan 4 - 4 - 2
FC Viktoria Plsen 1 - 1 - 3
FC BATE Borisov 1 - 1 - 6
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the only two clubs with a 6-point, hundred per cent record after the first two games in the Champions League. Both Manchester clubs had horrendous results on matchday 2a. CSKA Moskva lost at home to Inter, 2-3. Tomorrow the matchday is completed.
At Napoli, the game with Villarreal was over by 20 minutes. Hamsik scored after 15' and Cavani added the second two minutes later, from a penalty. Bayern also finished Manchester City in the first half, with a brace of goals from Gomez (38' and 45+1).
SSC Napoli 2 Villarreal CF 0
FC Bayern Munchen 2 Manchester City FC 0
Manchester City FC (England) 1 SSC Napoli (Italy) 1
Villarreal CF (Spain) 0 FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2
Group A 2 games
FC Bayern Munchen 6 - 4 - 0
SSC Napoli 4 - 3 - 1
Manchester City FC 1 - 1 - 3
Villarreal CF 0 - 0 - 4
A great game in Moscow. Lúcio and Pazzini put Inter ahead. Dzagoev pulled one back on 45+3' and Vagner Love equalised on 77' but after 79', Zárate scored the winner. In the other game in the group,Sow acored for Lille after 30' and Colman equalised for Trabzonspor, in Turkey, after 75' (penalty).
PFC CSKA Moskva 2 FC Internazionale Milano 3
Trabzonspor AS 1 LOSC Lille Métropole 1
LOSC Lille Métropole (France) 2 PFC CSKA Moskva (Russia) 2
FC Internazionale Milano (Italy) 0 Trabzonspor AS (Turkey) 1
Trabzonspor AS 4 - 2 - 1
FC Internazionale Milano 3 - 3 - 3
LOSC Lille Métropole 2 - 3 - 3
PFC CSKA Moskva 1 - 4 - 5
A great result for Benfica - Bruno César scored on 40' and a 6-goal scorcher at Old Trafford, where Manchester United put two past Basel, Welbeck scoring twice on 16' and 17'. In the second half, Basel came out of the cirner fighting and equalised through F. Frei (58') and A. frei (60') before the latter horrified the home crowd with a second after 76' (penalty). Young equalised for United on 90'.
FC Otelul Galati 0 SL Benfica 1
Manchester United FC 3 FC Basel 1893 3
FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland) 2 FC Otelul Galati (Romania) 1
SL Benfica (Portugal) 1 Manchester United FC (England) 1
FC Basel 1893 4 - 5 - 4
SL Benfica 4 - 2 - 1
Manchester United FC 2 - 4 - 4
FC Otelul Galati 0 - 1 - 3
Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and Benzema demonstrated Real's class after 25', 41' and 49', putting the game totally out of the reach of Ajax. At Lyon, Gomis (23') and B. Koné (42') took the three points away from Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb.
Real Madrid CF 3 AFC Ajax 0
Olympique Lyonnais 2 GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0
GNK Dinamo (Croatia) 0 Real Madrid CF (Spain) 1
AFC Ajax (Netherlands) 0 Olympique Lyonnais (France) 0
Real Madrid CF 6 - 4 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais 4 - 2 - 0
AFC Ajax 1 - 0 - 3
GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0 - 0 - 3
Matchday 3a, 3b October 18,19
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