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Champions League Round Up

Damien Morris is here with your Champions Legaue roundup from Wednesday night’s action.

Atletico Madrid won in style for the first time in the Champions League this season by beating Malmo FF 5-0 in their Group A clash. Koke opened the scoring for the Madrid side just after half time. Further goals were added in the second half by summer signings Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann before Diego Godin and Alessio Cerci completed the rout for the La Liga team.

Olympiakos caused a major upset by beating former European Cup winners Juventus 1-0 in the other match in Group A. Former Fulham player Pajtim Kasami scored the decisive goal to keep things tight in Group A with all four teams on three points.

Real Madrid kept up their 100% start to the season in the Champions League by beating an out of sorts Liverpool 3-0 in their Group B clash. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a deft finish past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet before French international Karim Benzema piled on the agony for Liverpool with two more goals.

Bulgarian team Ludogorets won their first ever match in the history of the Champions League by beating FC Basel 1-0. Yoran Minev scored the decisive goal in the first minute of stoppage time for a famous win. Real Madrid look really good to win the group outright now after three wins from the three games they have played. FC Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets could yet finish second behind Real Madrid with all three teams so far on three points.

Bayer Leverkusen are now top of Group C after beating Zenit 2-0 despite going down to ten men towards the end of the game. Second-half goals from Giulio Donati and Kyriakos Papadopoulos secured the points for Bayer Leverkusen. Monaco and Benfica played out a dull scoreless draw. Group C is still really tight with Leverkusen leading the group with six points while Monaco and Zenit are both on five points and four points, respectively.

Borussia Dortmund showed that they would be hard to dislodge at the top of Group D by beating a below par Galatasaray 4-0 in Istanbul. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got two of the four goals while Marco Reus and Adrian Ramos completed the rout for Dortmund.

Arsenal came from behind for a crucial victory over Belgian side Anderlecht in Belgium. Andy Najar opened the scoring for the hosts with a great header before Arsenal responded through goals from Kieran Gibbs, who hit a volley past the keeper after a great cross by Calum Chambers. Lukas Podolski then got the winning goal.

Dortmund look really good to win the group now after three wins from their first three games.  Arsenal are likely to progress as runners up from the group after accumulating six points from their first three games while Anderlecht and Galatasaray are both only on one point after three games.

Damien Morris, Pundit Arena.

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