Wednesday, September 14, 2011

UEFA Champions League: Tuesday's Review, Reports & Analyses

Holders Barcelona recovered from the shock of conceding a goal after just 23 seconds against AC Milan - only to blow their chance of victory at the death. In the other game in Group H, Champions League debutants Plzen fought out a 1-1 draw with Belarusian side BATE Borisov in Prague. Fernando Torres failed to break his goal drought for Chelsea in their Group E opener against Bayer Leverkusen, but the Spaniard was the driving force behind his side's impressive 2-0 victory. There was further good news for Chelsea in Group E as Valencia failed to break through a resolute Genk defence at the Cristal Arena in Belgium and were forced to settle for a goalless draw. Ivan Perisic earned Borussia Dortmund a deserved point in their Group F clash with Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park just when Arsene Wenger's men looked set to claim a fortunate win. In the same group, Marseille grabbed a valuable 1-0 win over Olympiakos in Greece thanks to a 51st minute strike from Luis Gonzalez. Marseille had substitute Rod Fanni sent off in injury time. Porto had to come from behind to see off nine-man Shakhtar Donetsk with a 2-1 victory in a controversial opener in Group G. Also in Group G, Zenit St Petersburg blew a 1-0 lead to fall 2-1 to APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus.


Barcelona 2 - 2 AC Milan
Sid Lowe at Camp Nou

Chelsea 2 - 0 Bayer Leverkusen
Richard Williams at Stamford Bridge
Jason Burt at Stamford Bridge

Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal
Henry Winter at Signal Iduna Park
Kevin McCarra at Signal Iduna Park
David Hytner at Signal Iduna Park

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