Goals aplenty as five post emphatic wins
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The goals flowed on Wednesday as Arsenal FC, Manchester City FC, PFC CSKA Moskva, Real Sociedad de Fútbol and SL Benfica all recorded sizeable victories.
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-5 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Maximilian Wagener gave Leverkusen an eighth-minute lead after a quick break and a big mistake in La Real's defence, but the Spanish side roared back to condemn their hosts to a second defeat. Jon Bautista struck twice in the space of six minutes to give his side the lead by the 21st minute, and Andoni Gorosabel and Martin Merquelanz struck in the second half – either side of an Eneko Capilla penalty – to cap an admirable attacking display.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester United FC
United were unable to join La Real on six points, conceding in the third minute as Liam Grimshaw directed the ball into his own goal from an Olexandr Zinchenko free-kick. Shakhtar did have the better of the first half but after the break United responded and Nicky Butt's team levelled with a James Wilson header from Andreas Pereira's right-wing cross on 76 minutes.
However, two 82nd-minute substitutions from Valeriy Kryventsov transformed the game as Rostyslav Rusyn and Oleksandr Zubkov appeared. And it was Zubkov who won it with three minutes left. "In first half we played really well, said Shakhtar coach Kryventsov. "My team did the right things and controlled the ball."
Juventus 3-1 Galatasaray AŞ
Juventus, held by FC København in their opener, picked uptheir first win with a dominant performance against Galatasaray. Juve spent much of the first half camped in the Galatasaray half, finding in Ismail Çipe an insurmountable final obstacle. Matteo Gerbaudo was denied twice, missing the target from close range on the stroke of half time after an excellent burst into the area from Alhassane Soumah, who was himself denied expertly by Çipe after leaving three defenders for dead.
For their part Galatasaray, who drew a fortnight ago against Real Madrid CF, looked comfortable on the ball, but the deft touches led to little in the way of goalmouth danger as Juve's three-man defence did an excellent marshalling job.
Juve finally found a way through in the 48th when Soumah made room for himself down the right and sent in a low cross which Younes Bnou-Marzouk tucked in. Bnou-Marzouk turned provider for Gerbaudo, whose left-foot effort found the far corner. Samet Orhan gave the visitors hope from Hüseyin Taş's cross, but a sweeping Christian Tavanti cross set up Soumah to seal victory with a close-range header.
Real Madrid CF 1-1 FC København
Madrid and FCK both recorded their second successive draws to drop two points behind Group B leaders Juventus. Madrid were in charge until the dismissal of Agoney González six minutes before half-time. Though the hosts went in front on the stroke of the interval through Francisco Jose Rodriguez, FCK drew level on 63 minutes when Andreas Ravn Nielsen applied the finishing touch to a Tobias Harro Christensen corner.
Paris Saint-Germain FC 1-4 SL Benfica
Largely dominant but lacking precision in frot of goal, PSG were made to pay in Versailles by a clinical Benfica side who moved on to six points. Kingsley Coman came close for the home side on 28 minutes but late in the half PSG lost the ball in midfield and Romário Baldé sent through a fine ball to Rochinha, who wrong-footed Rémy Descamps and rolled the ball in.
The Eagles started the second half with the same momentum abnd a Rochinha corner found captain João Nunes to volley in from the penalty spot. The talented playmaker added a second assist to his name just four minutes later, returning the favour to Baldé for the opening goal. Substitute Jean-Kévin Augustin quickly pulled one back but Benfica held firm and in the last minute Rochinha yet again proved the creator, setting up Hildeberto Pereira, who also hit the post late on.
RSC Anderlecht 4-2 Olympiacos FC *
The Belgian side got their campaign off the ground as Aaron Leya Iseka hit a hat-trick to help them defeat Bernd Storck's men and get their first points in the section. More mobile and aggressive in attack, the hosts went in front on 37 minutes courtesy of Andy Kawaya's effort. Nikos Vergos brought it level before the break but then Leya Iseka took over. The No18 restored the lead on 43 minutes before adding two more shortly after, meaning Kostas Garefalakis's 86th-minute goal was merely consolation for the visitors. "This could be a good lesson for my young players," said Storck after the final whistle.
Manchester City FC 6-0 FC Bayern München
In the live Eurosport game, which UEFA.com will have highlights of later this week, City recorded the biggest win of the day. They raced into a three-goal lead inside 21 minutes thanks to Jason Denayer's headed opener and two clinical finishes from Marcos Lopes. George Glendon's low drive made it 4-0 just after the hour, before captain Lopes completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Devante Cole – watched by father Andrew – rounded off the scoring with a cool finish.
"I was very pleased with the way the team played and their shape," said manager Patrick Vieira, whose team are on six points. "I really enjoyed watching them, especially in the first half."
PFC CSKA Moskva 5-0 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Having won 2-0 at Bayern on the opening day, CSKA also have maximum points after a fine display. They were even able to afford a missed penalty and the loss of Pavel Kotov to a red card in the last ten minutes as Dmitri Litvinov struck twice before the break and Svyatoslav Georgievski also managed two goals. Dmitri Efremov had made it 4-0 half-time.
Arsenal FC 4-1 SSC Napoli
Chuba Akpom and Austin Lipman registered two goals apiece as Arsenal made it two wins out of two. Akpom, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Armando Anastasio brought Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, also had a spot kick saved by Napoli's Contini Baranovsky. The Azzurri's hopes were briefly raised when Gerardo Rubino met Gennaro Tutino's cross to make it 3-1 midway through the second half. "I was very pleased with the style of football we played, and obviously getting four goals against top-level opposition was a real positive," said Arsenal manager Steve Gatting.
AFC Ajax 2-3 AC Milan
Milan came from behind to join FC Barcelona on six points. Ajax, looking to get off the mark, scored early through Melvin Vissers and dominated the first half as they switched to three at the back. But it was a different story in the second period as Milan made full use of their physical superiority and within 17 minutes Alessandro Mastalli and Luco Iotti had turned the game. As Ajax picked up injuries they had to play the last seven minutes with ten men and although Branco van den Boomen levelled almost immediately, fellow substitute Ivan Rondanini won the game for the visitors.
Reporters: Matthias Rötters, Viktor Sharafudinov, Ben Gladwell, Jérémie Bennoun, Aurélien Sagnier, Nick Aitken, Jamie Reid, Rico Candido & Miron Goihman
* Game played on Thursday 3 October.