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Barcelona, Arsenal gain first wins

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 23.15CET
Holders FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC recorded their first victories in contrasting fashion while Olympique de Marseille made it two wins from two on Wednesday night.
Barcelona, Arsenal gain first wins
André Santos struck Arsenal's winner on matchday two ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 23.15CET

Barcelona, Arsenal gain first wins

Holders FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC recorded their first victories in contrasting fashion while Olympique de Marseille made it two wins from two on Wednesday night.

Holders FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC recorded their first victories while Olympique de Marseille made it two wins out of two on Wednesday night.

Winners of the competition in three of the last six seasons, Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by AC Milan on matchday one, but turned in a clinical performance to win 5-0 at FC BATE Borisov. Milan also triumphed, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Antonio Cassano on target in a 2-0 defeat of FC Viktoria Plzeň.

Olympique de Marseille were emphatic winners in Group F against Borussia Dortmund, André Ayew contributing to a 3-0 success with a goal in either half. Didier Deschamps' side may be struggling domestically, but are perfect in Europe. They are two points clear of Arsenal, who took an early two-goal lead against Olympiacos FC, but were made to work for victory after David Fuster soon got one back.

Chelsea FC were denied a second straight win after Roberto Soldado's 87th-minute penalty cancelled out Frank Lampard's effort. In Group E's other game, Bayer 04 Leverkusen beat 2-0 KRC Genk. FC Zenit St Petersburg bounced back from their shock loss to APOEL FC by beating FC Porto 3-1, while last season's quarter-finalists FC Shakhtar Donetsk were themselves frutstrated by the Cypriot side in a 1-1 draw.

Group E
Valencia CF 1-1 Chelsea FC
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 KRC Genk

Group F
Arsenal FC 2-1 Olympiacos FC
Olympique de Marseille 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

Group G
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 APOEL FC
FC Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 FC Porto

Group H
AC Milan 2-0 FC Viktoria Plzeň
FC BATE Borisov 0-5 FC Barcelona

Last updated: 29/09/11 10.40CET

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