The UEFA Champions League returned for round two of action this week and there were some fantastic games across the continent. Read our review of all the action on what was a brilliant two nights for the Premier League sides.
Manchester City and Celtic play out six-goal thriller
A Champions League thriller at Parkhead as Celtic and Manchester City put on a tremendous show for the fans. It ended 3-3.
Celtic were struggling at the end, many players dead on their feet, City testing them to the limit … but they hung on. A display of bravery and bloody-mindedness, a huge bounce-back for the Scottish champions after going down 7-0 in the first round to Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
Celtic started like a bat out of hell and Moussa Dembele took just three minutes to score from a clever free kick which caught City out.
FT | Celtic 3-3 City
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 28, 2016
Just a hint of offside but given. Celtic were pressing City who at times were in full panic mode – playing long balls, hacking it anywhere.
Kolo Toure could have made it two before City began to drag themselves into the game and got their reward when Fernandinho converted after a scuffed shot ended up at his feet.
Celtic poured forward and ripped the City defence to shreds.
Overlapping 19-year-old full back Kieran Tierney shot and Raheem Sterling, on desperate defensive duty, diverted it past Claudio Bravo. But Sterling was to make amends tying the Celtic rear-guard in knots and slotting past Craig Gordon after the home side had carelessly lost the ball in midfield.
45 minutes of breath-taking football. And so it went on. Celtic started the second half as they began the first.
Tierney crossed, Kolarov miskicked and Dembele hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the net. City came back for a third time. A great Gordon save from Sergio Aguero but the rebound fell straight to Nolito who banged it in.
Arsenal continue fine form with Champions League win
Arsenal tore Basle to shreds at the Emirates as Theo Walcott’s hot streak continued. He scored two beauties early doors, one with his head, the other a right-footer off the post and in.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 29, 2016
The Gunners could have notched several more as Sanchez, Cazorla, Bellerin and the rest carved pretty patterns. Into the second period and Arsenal should have been out of sight, but it wasn’t to be and the game ended 2-0 which hardly did credit to the home side’s dominance.
Arsene Wenger described the win as “comfortable” but challenged his team to further improve. As for the England job? “My focus is 100 per cent on Arsenal – nothing will change on that front.”
Son inspires Tottenham Hotspur to vital win
Tottenham Hotspur secured a valuable 1-0 win away in Russia against CSKA Moscow. It was three points they badly needed after going down against Monaco at Wembley in the first round of the Champions League.
South Korean star Son Heung-min, full of confidence and in something of a goal glut despite nearly leaving the club in the summer transfer window, was the man with the vital strike.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 28, 2016
Breaks the line, in behind one-on-one with the goalkeeper who gets a hand to it but sees it trickle over the line. It was no more than Spurs deserved.
They had most of the possession and Hugo Lloris was barely troubled all game.
For the visitors Deli Alli hit the bar with a thumping shot in the first period which left the CSKA goalkeeper grasping fresh air. Spurs were without Harry Kane injured and left out first choice full backs Rose and Walker in preparation for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.
But they got away with it.
Leicester City continue perfect start to Champions League campaign
Leicester City were 1-0 up at half time against Porto, and that’s how it finished. Islam Slimani always scores against the Portuguese and it was no different at the King Power Stadium.
A great cross from Mahrez, Vardy diverts the attention of the goalkeeper but can’t quite rise high enough, and Slimani got across his man to score.
An excellent hit. Leicester had to defend for their lives at points in the second period as captain Wes Morgan acknowledged. “We dug deep. We had a lot of pressure to sustain but we saw the game out.”
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 27, 2016
For Leicester it is two in two and they are Group G leaders after their 3-0 victory at Club Brugge in the first round.
Easy this Champions League, isn’t it?
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