Champions League – Week 3 Results & Tables (Groups A – D)

Cristiano Ronaldo

The main headliner of the day was Real Madrid beating Juventus 2-1 although with a penalty kick and a dubious red card helping them along the way, while the European champions Bayern Munich had no problem pulling off another impressive win, beating Viktoria Plzen 5-0.

Manchester United haven’t been convincing this season, but they managed a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad thanks to an own goal. Their city rivals enjoyed a win as well on a terrible Russian pitch, beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 in Russia.

Group A

Manchester United did what they’re supposed to, which is win at home, beating Real Sociedad 1-0 with an early own goal from Inigo Martinez. However, this isn’t the match that gives David Moyes some relieft. A quite stunning result came in Germany, as Bayer Leverkusen absolutely crushed Shakhtar Donetsk with a 4-0 win, getting goals from Stefan Kiessling (2), Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 6
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
Spain Real Sociedad 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0

Group B

Real Madrid needed a penalty kick (that was) and a red card to Giorgio Chiellini (that wasn’t) in order to beat Juventus 2-1 with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals (and one pathetic dive), pretty much putting them in the round of 16. Galatasaray made things very complicated for the Italians with a 3-1 win over Copenhagen. Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Dorgba scored for the winners; Claudemir scored a late goal for the Danes.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9
Turkey Galatasaray 3 1 1 1 6 9 −3 4
Italy Juventus 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Denmark Copenhagen 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1

Group C

An absolute masterclass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scoring four goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Anderlecht 5-0, with Edinson Cavani adding another goal. On an incredibly watery pitch in Lisbon, Benfica and and Olympiakos ended their match in a 1-1 draw. Alejandro Dominguez scored first for the Greek side; Oscar Cardozo equalized six minutes from the end.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
France Paris Saint-Germain 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9
Greece Olympiacos 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Portugal Benfica 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
Belgium Anderlecht 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0

Group D

Manchester City got over a terrible pitch and an early goal from Zoran Tosic, giving CSKA Moscow the lead, and won 2-1 through a double from Sergio Aguero. Bayern Munich had no problem against Viktoria Plzen with a 5-0 win; Franck Ribery with a brace, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze scored for the European champions.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9
England Manchester City 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
Russia CSKA Moscow 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0

Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 7 goals

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 6 goals

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 4 goals

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