Aaron Ramsey

The group of death took another interesting twist with a big win for Arsenal in Dortmund thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal, while Napoli joined them at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Barcelona had no problem dispatching of AC Milan at the Camp Nou,furthering the crisis for the Rossoneri.

Chelsea bounced back from their defeat in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Schalke, grabbing the top spot in the group ahead of the Germans and Basel.

Group E

Chelsea get sole possession of the top spot in their group with a third consecutive win, beating Schalke 3-0 after an early and lucky goal from Samuel Eto’o, followed by another one from the Cameroonian and a third from Demba Ba. In Switzerland, Basel couldn’t overtake Schalke after only drawing 1-1 with Steaua, who led for most of the match after Federico Piovaccari scored the opening goal. Giovanni Sio scored a 90th minute equalizer.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
England Chelsea4301112+99
Germany Schalke 04420246−26
Switzerland Basel41214405
Romania Steaua București402229−72

Group F

Another twist in the group of death story, as Napoli beat Marseille 3-2 to keep the French team with 0 points (Napoli with 9). André Ayew scored a surprising opener, but was cancelled out by Gökhan Inler and Gonzalo Higuain. Florian Thauvin equalzied, but Higuain scored a dramatic winner. In Dortmund, Arsenal came away with a surprising win thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
England Arsenal430163+39
Italy Napoli430176+19
Germany Borussia Dortmund420264+26
France Marseille4004410−60

Group G

Atletico Madrid qualify to the round of 16 with an easy 4-0 win over Austria Wien, getting goals from Miranda, Raul Garcia, Filipe and Diego Costa, who also missed a penalty kick. Zenit and Porto ended their earlier meeting in a 1-1 draw; Lucho Gonzalez scored first, Hulk equalized quickly and then missed a penalty kick.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Spain Atlético Madrid4400122+1012
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg412134−15
Portugal Porto411234−14
Austria Austria Wien401308−81

Group H

Ajax got their first win of the competition, beating Celtic after a beautiful team play led to Lasse Schøne scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win. Barcelona dominated as expected in the 3-1 win over AC Milan. Lionel Messi scored twice, and Sergio Busquets also got on the scoresheet, while it was Gerard Pique who scored an own goal in favor of Milan.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Spain Barcelona431092+710
Italy Milan41215505
Netherlands Ajax411237−44
Scotland Celtic410325−33

Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 8 goals

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 7 goals

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 6 goals

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