Champions League: Zenit is brilliant

Matchday 1 is complete and the two Russian teams, CSKA Moskva and Zenit St. Petersburg, which came away from Valencia in Spain with a brilliant victory by three goals to two. Yesterday CSKA lost by one goal to nil at Wolfsburg's stadium in Germany. The other game in Group H ended in a 1-1 draw between Gent and Lyon.

Tonight's games

Zenit came away from Valencia in Spain with a useful 3-2 win. Hulk had fired the Portuguese André Villas-Boas' side ahead by two goals at the break, on 9' and 44', before the home side came out of the tunnel inspired by Nuno Espírito Santo, the home team's Portuguese coach. João Cancelo and André Gomes pulled two goals back (55' and 73'). Three minutes, Witsel scored the winner.

Zenit played like a fox, taking advantage of the counter-attack with lethal efficiency. The team to watch?

Group E

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany) 4 FC BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1

AS Roma (Italy) 1 FC Barcelona (Spain) 1

Group F

GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 2 Arsenal FC (England) 1

Olympiacos FC (Greece) 0 FC Bayern München (Germany) 3

Group G

FC Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 2 FC Porto (Portugal) 2

Chelsea FC (England) 4 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) 0

Group H

KAA Gent (Belgium) 1 Olympique Lyonnais (France) 1

Valencia CF (Spain) 2 FC Zenit (Russia) 3

Yesterday's games

CSKA go down by minimum margin

A goal by Draxler after 40 minutes was enough to give Wolfsburg the three points against an organized CSKA side...but the statistics speak for themselves. Ball possession was 59% to 41% in favor of the German side, which had 18 shots against CSKA's 7 (7 on target against 3, 6 off target against 2, 5 blocked against 2).The home side also had 5 corners, while CSKA had just one. However, CSKA soaked up the pressure and came through with few wounds. In Moscow things can be different. In the other game in Group B, PSV Eindhoven beat Manchester United 2-1

In the other games, Group A: Benzema got one and Cristiano Ronaldo a hat-trick in Real Madrid's comprehensive dismantling of FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), 4-0. Di Maria and Cavani scored for PSG against Malmö. Group B: Depay scored for United before home side PSV equalized through Moreno (45+2) and Narsingh (57'). Group C:

Griezmann scored a brace for Atlético in the first half in Turkey against Galatasaray, a team which attacked more but inefficiently; in the other game Benfica won in Lisbon against Kazakhstan's first ever presence in the Champions League (Astana) with goals from Gaitán and Mitroglou in the second half. Group D: A bad night for the Premier League with both Manchester teams going down. Manchester City rule the roost at home with five wins from five games but in the Champions, the first game ended in a home defeat to Juve. The first goal came from City but was an own goal by Chiellini on 57', after which the visitors scored through Mandzukic and Morata. Sevilla wrapped up a great night for Spanish teams (three games, three wins, 9 goals scored, zero conceded) with a comprehensive trouncing of Borussia Mönchengladbach with two penalties (Gameiro, 47 and Banega, 66) and the third from Konoplyanka on 84'.

Group A

Real Madrid CF (Spain) 4 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 0

Paris Saint-Germain (France) 2 Malmö FF (Sweden) 0

Group B

VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 1 PFC CSKA Moskva (Russia) 0

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 2 Manchester United FC (England) 1

Group C

Galatasaray AŞ (Turkey) 0 Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain) 2

SL Benfica (Portugal) 2 FC Astana (Kazakhstan) 0

Group D

Manchester City FC (England) 1 Juventus (Italy) 2

Sevilla FC (Spain) 3 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) 0

Matchday 2 September 29/30

Matchday 3 October 20/21

Matchday 4 November 3/4

Matchday 5 November 24/25

Matchday 6 December 8/9

Qualifying round

First Leg

Sporting CP (Portugal) 2 CSKA Moskva (Russia) 1

Astana 1 (Kazakhstan) APOEL 0 (Cyprus)

Manchester United (England) 3 Club Brugge (Belgium) 1

Lazio (Italy) 1 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 0

BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 0

Basel (Switzerland) 2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) 2

Valencia (Spain) 3 AS Monaco (France) 1

Celtic (Scotland)  3 Malmö (Sweden) 2

Rapid Wien (Austria) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 1

Skënderbeu (Albania) 1 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 2

Second leg (Clubs qualified in bold, losers go to Europa League)

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 4 Skënderbeu (Albania) 1 Aggregate 6-2

Malmö (Sweden) 2 Celtic (Scotland)  0 Agg: 4-3

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) 1 Basel (Switzerland) 1 Agg. 3-3 Maccabi pass, away goals

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 2 Rapid Wien (Austria) 2 Agg: 3-2

AS Monaco (France) 2 Valencia (Spain) 1 Agg: 3-4

APOEL 1 (Cyprus) Astana 1 (Kazakhstan) Agg:1-2

Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 2 BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1 Agg: 2-2 BATE pass (away g.)

Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 3 Lazio (Italy) 0 Agg: 3-1

CSKA Moskva 3 Sporting CP 1 Agg: 4-3

Club Brugge (Belgium) 0 Manchester United (England) 4 Agg: 1-7

The draw

Group A

FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) Malmö FF (Sweden) Paris Saint-Germain (France) Real Madrid CF (Spain)

Group B

Manchester United FC (England) PFC CSKA Moskva (Russia) PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)

Group C

Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain) FC Astana (Kazakhstan) Galatasaray AŞ (Turkey) SL Benfica (Portugal)

Group D

Juventus (Italy) Manchester City FC (England) Sevilla FC (Spain) VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)

Group E

AS Roma (Italy) Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany) FC Barcelona (Spain) FC BATE Borisov (Belarus)

Group F

Arsenal FC (England) FC Bayern München (Germany) GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) Olympiacos FC (Greece)

Group G

Chelsea FC (England) FC Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) FC Porto (Portugal) Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)

Group H

FC Zenit (Russia) KAA Gent (Belgium) Olympique Lyonnais (France) Valencia CF (Spain)

Europa League Matchday 1 on September 17

Russia's teams in this competition: FC Rubin Kazan (Group B); FC Krasnodar (Group C); FC Lokomotiv Moskva (Group H)

Matchday 1 games

Group A

AFC Ajax (Netherlands) Celtic FC (Scotland)

Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey) Molde FK (Norway)

Group B

FC Girondins de Bordeaux (France) Liverpool FC (England)

FC Sion (Switzerland) FC Rubin Kazan (Russia)

Group C

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) FC Krasnodar (Russia)

Qäbälä FK (Azerbaijan) PAOK FC (Greece)

Group D

FC Midtjylland (Denmark) Legia Warszawa (Poland)

SCC Napoli (Italy) Club Brugge KV (Belgium)

Group E

FC Viktoria Plzeň (Czech Republic) FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarus)

SK Rapid Wien (Austria) Villarreal CF (Spain)

Group F

FC Groningen (Netherlands) Olympique de Marseille (France)

FC Slovan Liberec (Slovakia) SC Braga (Portugal)

Group G

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) SS Lazio (Italy)

AS Saint-Étienne (France) Rosenborg BK (Norway)

Group H

Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal) FC Lokomotiv Moskva (Russia)

KF Skënderbeu (Albania) Beşiktaş JK (Turkey)

Group I

ACF Fiorentina (Italy) FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland)

KKS Lech Poznań (Poland) Os Belenenses (Portugal)

Group J

RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) AS Monaco FC (France)

Tottenham Hotspur FC (England) Qarabağ FK (Azerbaijan)

Group K

Asteras Tripolis FC (Greece) AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)

APOEL FC (Cyprus) FC Schalke 04 (Germany)

Group L

Athletic Club (Spain) FC Augsburg (Germany)

FK Partizan (Serbia) AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)

Matchday 2 October 1

Matchday 3 October 22

Matchday 4 November 5

Matchday 5 November 26

Matchday 6 December 10

The groups

Group A

AFC Ajax (Netherlands) Celtic FC (Scotland) Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey) Molde FK (Norway)

Group B

FC Girondins de Bordeaux (France) FC Rubin Kazan (Russia) FC Sion (Switzerland) Liverpool FC (England)

Group C

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) FC Krasnodar (Russia) PAOK FC (Greece) Qäbälä FK (Azerbaijan)

Group D

Club Brugge KV (Belgium) FC Midtjylland (Denmark) Legia Warszawa (Poland) SCC Napoli (Italy)

Group E

FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) FC Viktoria Plzeň (Czech Republic) SK Rapid Wien (Austria) Villarreal CF (Spain)

Group F

FC Groningen (Netherlands) FC Slovan Liberec (Slovakia) Olympique de Marseille (France) SC Braga (Portugal)

Group G

AS Saint-Étienne (France) FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) Rosenborg BK (Norway) SS Lazio (Italy)

Group H

Beşiktaş JK (Turkey) FC Lokomotiv Moskva (Russia) KF Skënderbeu (Albania) Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal)

Group I

ACF Fiorentina (Italy) FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland)

KKS Lech Poznań (Poland) Os Belenenses (Portugal)

Group J

AS Monaco FC (France) Qarabağ FK (Azerbaijan) RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) Tottenham Hotspur FC (England)

Group K

AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) APOEL FC (Cyprus) Asteras Tripolis FC (Greece) FC Schalke 04 (Germany)

Group L

Athletic Club (Spain) AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) FC Augsburg (Germany) FK Partizan (Serbia)

National Championships

Primera Liga - Spain - 3 games

It's three wins out of three for FC Barcelona, followed by four teams on seven points: Real Madrid CF, RC Celta de Vigo, Villarreal CF and SD Eibar.

Premier League - England - 5 games

Manchester City continues its great start to the season with 15 points from five games. Leicester City FC follows on 11 points, continuing a winning streak shown at the end of last season which kept the club in the Premiership. Manchester United, much improved, shares third place with Arsene Wenger's young and exciting Arsenal side on 10 points and fellow London clubs West Ham United FC and Crystal Palace FC have nine

Bundesliga - Germany - 4 games

Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München share top spot with the maximum 12 points from the opening four games, followed by CSKA's rival VfL Wolfsburg, four points behind.

Serie A - Italy - 3 games

Amazingly, only one totalist, FC Internazionale Milano, followed by a pack of six clubs on seven points: AC Chievo Verona, UC Sampdoria, Torino FC, AS Roma, US Sassuolo Calcio and US Città di Palermo.

Primeira Liga - Portugal - 4 games

In Portugal, two teams from the north and two from Lisbon occupy the four top places, FC Porto in top spot with Sporting Clube de Portugal, both on ten points, having won three and drawn one game; third is Sporting CP's arch rival in Lisbon, Sport Lisboa e Benfica one point behind and fourth is FC Paços de Ferreira, on eight.

Ligue 1 - France - 5 games

No totalists in France, with Paris Saint-Germain top on 13 points, followed by Stade Rennais FC one point behind and Stade de Reims and AS Saint-Étienne on ten points sharing third place.

Prem'yer Liga - Russia - 8 games

It's PFC CSKA Moskva clear by five points on 22 points, followed by FC Lokomotiv Moskva on 17 and third place goes to FC Zenit and FC Spartak Moskva (16)

Liga 1 - Romania - 10 games

FC Astra Giurgiu has 20 points, followed by FC Viitorul Constanța on 19; third place is ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș, on 17, sharing with FC Dinamo București, also on 17.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey






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