Franck Ribery

Another dominant performance from Bayern Munich to put them in the forefront of the Champions League once again, humiliating Manchester City. Manchester United continued to struggle with a draw in the Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Real Madrid got over their “crisis” with an impressive 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen.

Group A

Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United finished in a 1-1 draw, as United had a dominant first half and enjoyed an opening goal from Danny Welbeck, but the English champions disappeared in the second half, and deservedly conceded a fantastic goal from Taison.

Bayer Leverkusen were quite lucky to come with their first three points of the competition, getting a 90th minute goal from Jens Hegeler to beat Real Sociedad 2-1. Simon Rolfes scored the opener in the 45th minute, but Socieded equalized through Carlos Vela after missing a penalty kick.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
England Manchester United211053+24
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk211031+24
Germany Bayer Leverkusen210145−13
Spain Real Sociedad200214−30

Group B

A dramatic match in Turin, as Juventus came back from a goal down to lead just before the end of the match, but Galatasaray scored seconds later to make it 2-2. Didier Drogba scored the opener for the visitors; Arutro Vidal from a very soft penalty kick and Fabio Quagliarella put Juve in the lead. Umut Bulut scored the equalizer for Galatasaray.

Real Madrid had no problem continuing their impressive routs of the Champions League, getting a comfortable 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen, with a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo (reaching 55 Champions League goals) and another from Angel di Maria.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Spain Real Madrid2200101+96
Italy Juventus20203302
Turkey Galatasaray201138−51
Denmark Copenhagen201115−41

Group C

Olympiakos positioned themselves as contenders for the second place thanks to an impressive 3-0 win in Belgium against Anderlecht, getting a hat trick from the fantastic Kostas Mitroglou.

Paris Saint-Germain are very close to securing their spot in the knockout stage with a dominant and easy win over Benfica, winning 3-0. Goals came from Zlatan Ibrahimovic (twice) and the young Brazilian Marquinhos.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
France Paris Saint-Germain220071+66
Greece Olympiacos21014403
Portugal Benfica210123−13
Belgium Anderlecht200205−50

Group D

CSKA Moscow got themselves back into the race for the second place with a 3-2 win over Viktoria Plzen, getting goals from Zoran Tosic, Keisuke Honda and an own goal from Radim Reznik. Frantisek Rajtoral and Marek Baors (garbage time) scored for the Czech side.

A very dominant performance from Bayern Munich, coming to Manchester and beating City 3-1, in another example of how big the difference is between them and the less impressive sides of Europe, as rich as they may be. Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben scored for Bayern; Alvaro Negredo scored the finest goal of the match, which meant nothing.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Germany Bayern Munich220061+56
England Manchester City210143+13
Russia CSKA Moscow210135−23
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň200225−30

Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 5 goals.

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiacos) – 3 goals.

3. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Alex Teixeria (Shakhtar Donetsk), Thiago Motta (PSG), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid), Simon Rolfes (Leverkusen), Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus), Umut Bulut (Galatasaray), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – 2 goals.

Image: Source; Tables from Wikipedia