Arsenal vs Napoli

The “group of death” in the Champions League didn’t look very close, as Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund had no problem manhandling Napoli and Marseille, while Chelsea got their mojo back in Bucharest, Barcelona managed to find one moment of brilliance in order to beat Celtic while Milan needed a late penalty to avoid defeat against Ajax.

Group E

Basel couldn’t follow up on their impressive win in the opening match, being unable to take advantage of Schalke’s poor form. Julian Draxler scored the only goal in a 1-0 win that might help the German side begin a much needed win streak.

If anyone needed any proof that last week’s home loss was a glitch, Chelsea came to Romania and defeats Steaua, maybe the weakest of the sides in the Champions League, with goals from Ramires (twice), Frank Lampard and an own goal from Danijel Georgievski to complete a 4-0.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Germany Schalke 04220040+46
England Chelsea210152+33
Switzerland Basel21012203
Romania Steaua București200207−70

Group F

Arsenal didn’t need much to keep its impressive win streak going, beating a confused Napoli side that were no where near as impressive as they were last week. Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud scored two quick goals in the beginning of the first half to give the Gunners a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Dortmund record their first win in the competition this season, showing the huge difference between themselves and Marseille, beating the French side 3-0; goals came from Robert Lewandowski (twice) and Marco Reus.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
England Arsenal220041+36
Germany Borussia Dortmund210142+23
Italy Napoli210123−13
France Marseille200214−30

Group G

One of the weakest performances we’ve seen in a long time from anyone in the Champions League, as a 10-man Zenit (losing Axel Witsel just before half time) couldn’t do more than 0-0 at home against Austria Wien, which means there’s very little chance of them qualifying.

Atletico Madrid continued with their impressive form, this time against Porto. The Portuguese champions took an early lead through Jackson Martinez, but goals from Diego Godin and Arda Turan made it 2-1, keeping Atletico perfect so far.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Spain Atlético Madrid220052+36
Portugal Porto21012203
Austria Austria Wien201101−11
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg201113−21

Group H

Barcelona didn’t fall into the same trap they did last season, taking advantage of Scott Brown being sent off for kicking Neymar (softly, but still kicking) and getting a slim 1-0 win after Cesc Fabregas scored the winner late in the second half.

A dramatic turn of events in Amsterdam, as Ajax score an 90th minute goal as Stefano Denswil converted a corner kick with a nice header, but AC Milan got a lot of help through four minutes of extra time, and a Mario Balotelli penalty to make it 1-1.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Spain Barcelona220050+56
Italy Milan211031+24
Netherlands Ajax201114−31
Scotland Celtic200203−30

Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona – 3 Goals

2. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Alex Teixeria (Shakhtar Donetsk), Thiago Motta (PSG), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid) – 2 Goals.

Tomorrow

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United

Bayer Leverkusen vs Real Sociedad

Real Madrid vs Copenhagen

Juventus vs Galatasaray

PSG vs Benfica

Anderlechet vs Olympiacos

CSKA Moscow vs Viktoria Plzen

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich

Image: Source; Tables via Wikipedia