Wednesday, October 03, 2012

UEFA Champions League: Looking Back at Tuesday's Action

Belarussian side BATE Borisov caused one of the biggest shocks ever seen in the Champions League when they stunned last season's beaten finalists Bayern Munich 3-1 on Tuesday. The other likely title contenders all won with European champions Chelsea easily beating FC Nordsjaelland 4-0 away while Barcelona saw off Benfica 2-0 in Lisbon but lost Carles Puyol with a dislocated elbow before Sergio Busquets was sent off. Like Barca and BATE, Manchester United maintained their perfect start with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over CFR Cluj in Romania. The game between Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk finished 1-1 in Turin. There were wins for Valencia, who beat Lille 2-0 while Celtic ended a run of 20 Champions League away matches without a win after a last-minute 3-2 triumph at Spartak Moscow. Braga, in contrast, maintained their fine European record on the road, winning 2-0 at Galatasaray.

CFR Cluj 1 - 2 Manchester United
Mark Ogden in Cluj
Jamie Jackson in Cluj
Martin Rogers: Van Persie has found a home at United

FC Nordsjaelland 0 - 3 Chelsea
Jeremy Wilson in Copenhagen
Dominic Fifield in Copenhagen

BATE Borisov 3 - 1 Bayern Munich
Belarus Soccer Champion Becomes a Serious Contender

Benfica 0 - 2 Barcelona
A Costly Victory in Lisbon

Highlights and Lowlights

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