Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Champions: Day of the minnows, nearly

Sporting Clube de Braga had Manchester United pinned to the ground, two goals up after twenty minutes, both scored by Alan, before United came back, equalising on 62' and scoring the winner on 75'. In Barcelona, the home team needed (as usual) an abnormal amount of extra time (90+4) to score the winner against Celtic.

Champions League Matchday 3a

Today Ground EFGH played. Tomorrow, play ABCD

Group E

 Danish minnows draw with mighty Juve; Shakhtar continues a marvellous season

Nordsjaelland 1   Juventus 1

Beckmann 50  Vicinic 81

Shakhtar Donetsk 2  Chelsea 1

Alex Teixeira 3              Oscar 88

Fernandinho 52

  

Previous games

 

Juventus 1        Shakhtar Donetsk 1

Nordsjaelland 0 Chelsea 4

Chelsea 2       Juventus 2

Shakhtar Donetsk 2  Nordsjaelland 0

Group E (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 3            2            1            0            5            2            3            7

Chelsea FC (ENG)             3            1            1            1            7            4            3            4

Juventus (ITA)             3            0            3            0            4            4            0            3

Nordsjaelland (DEN)             3            0            1            2            1            7            -6             1

Group F

 Three teams on six points, Lille seems out of it with one home and two away games.

BATE 0 Valencia 3

Soldado, 45 Pen; 55, 69

LOSC 0   Bayern 1

T. Muller, 20 pen

Previous games

Valencia 2      LOSC 0

BATE 3                        Bayern 1

LOSC (Lille) 1   BATE 3

Bayern Munich 2      Valencia 1

 

 

Group F (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

BATE (BLR)               3            2            0            1            6            5            1            6         

Valencia (SPA)            3            2            0            1            5            2            3              6         

Bay. Munich (GER)  3            2            0            1            4            4            0          6

LOSC (FRA)              3            0            0            3            1            6            -5            0

 

 

Group G

Barça running Hawai with it, Celtic still in second place. Benfica have two home games, as do Celtic. The crunch match could be in Estádio da Luz with Celtic.

  

Barcelona 2   Celtic 1

Iniesta 45        Samaras 18

Jordi Alba 90+4

 

Spartak Moskva 2   Benfica 1

Rafael Carioca 3       Lima 33

Jardel 43 og

 

Previous games

 

Benfica 0 Barcelona 2

Spartak Moskva 2 Celtic 3

Celtic 0 Benfica 0

Barcelona 3 Spartak Moskva 2

 

 

Group G (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Barcelona (SPA)  3            3            0            0            7            3            4            9

Celtic (SCO)               3            1            1            1            4            4            0            3

Spartak Moskva             3            1            0            2            6            7            -1            3         

(RUS)

Benfica (POR)            3            0            1            2            1            4            -3        1

 

 

Group H

  

Galatasaray 1  CFR Cluj 1

Burak Yilmaz 77   Nounkeu 19 og

Manchester United 3 Braga 2

Hernández 25, 74       Alan 2, 20 

J. Evans 62

  

 

  

  

Previous games

 

Galatasaray 0 Braga 2

CFR Cluj 1     Manchester United 2

Man. Utd. 1 Galatasaray 0

Sp. Braga  0  CFR Cluj 2

                     

 

Group H (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

Man. Utd (ENG) 3            3            0            0            6            3            3            9

CFR Cluj (ROM)             3            1            1            1            4            3            1            4

Sp. Braga (POR)  3            1            0            2            4            5            -1            3

Galatasaray (TUR)  3            0            1            2            1            4            -3            1

 

 

Playing tomorrow

 

Group A

  

FC Porto Dinamo Kyiv

D. Zagreb PSG

  

Previous games

  

FC Porto 1 PSG 0

D. Kyiv 2 D. Zagreb 0

Dinamo Zagreb 0 FC Porto 2

PSG 4                        Dynamo Kyiv 1

 

 

Group A (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

  

FC Porto (POR)               2                  2            0            0            3            0            3            6

PSG (FRA)                 2            1            0            1            4            2            2            3         

Dynamo Kyiv             2            1            0            1            3            4            -1            3         

(UKR) 

D. Zagreb (CRO)             2                    0            0            2            0            4            -4            0

 

 

 

Group B

 

Montpellier Olympiacos

Arsenal Schalke

 

 

Previous games

 

Schalke 2 Montpellier 2

Arsenal 3 Olympiacos 1

Montpellier 1    Arsenal 2

Olympiacos 1 Schalke 2

 

 

 

Group B (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

  

Arsenal FC (ENG)             2            2            0            0            5            2            3            6

Schalke (GER)            2            1            1            0            4            3            1            4

Montpellier (FRA)  2            0            1            1            3            4            -1            1

Olympiacos (GRE)  2            0            0            2            2            5            -3            0

 

 

Group C

 

Zenit Anderlecht

Málaga AC Milan

 

Previous games

 

Zenit 2 AC Milan 3

Anderlecht 0 Malaga 3

Málaga 3 Zenit 0

AC Milan 0 Anderlecht 0

 

 

Group C (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Málaga (SPA)              2            2            0            0            6            0            6            6

AC Milan (ITA)   2            1            1            0            3            2            1            4

Anderlecht (BEL)  2            0            1            1            0            3            -3            1

Zenit (RUS)                 2            0            0            2            2            6            -4            0

  

Group D

 

Ajax   Manchester City

Dortmund Real Madrid

 

Previous games

 

Manchester City 1 Dortmund 1

Ajax 1 Real Madrid 4

Real Madrid 3     Manchester City 2

Dortmund 1 Ajax 0

 

 

Group D (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Real Madrid (SPA)  2            2            0            0            7            3            4            6

Dortmund (GER)  2            1            1            0            2            1            1            4

Man. City (ENG) 2            0            1            1            3            4            -1            1

Ajax (NETH)               2            0            0            2            1            5            -4            0

 

 

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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